One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot towards China

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a recent closed-door meeting with leaders of the agency’s counterterrorism center, the CIA’s No. 2 official made clear that fighting al-Qaida and other extremist groups would remain a priority — but that the agency’s money and resources would be increasingly shifted to focusing on China. The CIA drone attack that killed … Read more

Zaporizhzhia: Fears for nuclear safety after shelling at Ukrainian power plant

CNN — Ukrainian officials and international experts have been warning for months of the risk that fighting poses to a sprawling nuclear power plant on the banks of the Dnipro River in southern Ukraine. Earlier this week, the global nuclear watchdog said the situation was becoming increasingly dangerous. Then, on Friday, explosions rang out at … Read more

EXPLAINER: A look at the missile that killed al-Qaida leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a year, US officials have been saying that taking out a terrorist threat in Afghanistan with no American troops on the ground would be difficult but not impossible. Last weekend, the US did just that — killing al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri with a CIA drone strike. Other high-profile airstrikes in the … Read more

The downside: US strike shows Afghanistan still terror base

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is holding out the CIA operation that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri as a monumental strike against the global terror network responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001. But there’s a downside, too. The drone strike also is putting into stark relief the mounting evidence that after 20 … Read more

Russia brands Ukrainian steel plant defenders terrorists

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia’s Supreme Court declared Ukraine’s Azov Regiment a terrorist organization Tuesday, a move that could lead to terror charges against some of the captured fighters who made their last stand inside Mariupol’s shattered steel plant. Russia and its separatist allies are holding an estimated 1,000 Azov soldiers prisoner, many of them … Read more

EXPLAINER: Who was al-Zawahri — and why did the US kill him?

WASHINGTON (AP) — A US drone strike in Afghanistan this weekend killed Ayman al-Zawahri, who helped Osama bin Laden plot the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and helped al-Qaida survive and spread in the years after. By finding and striking al-Zawahiri, President Joe Biden said, the US was ensuring that Afghanistan under … Read more

Red Cross requests access to Ukraine prison after POWS die

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia launched nighttime attacks on several Ukrainian cities, Ukrainian officials said Saturday as they and Moscow blamed each other for the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war in a separatist-controlled area of ​​the country’s east. The International Red Cross asked to visit the prison to make sure the wounded … Read more