Abdullah Abdullah, Ashraf Ghani’s main rival in Saturday’s presidential election in Afghanistan, claimed victory on Monday without waiting for the official results, at the risk of creating strong political tensions. “We have the largest number of votes in this election,” Abdullah said at a press conference, saying there will be no second round. The Independent…

Fifteen armed Islamists were killed in clashes with Egyptian police in northern Sinai, the Interior Ministry announced Sunday in a statement. “We had received reports that a group of terrorist elements were hiding in one of the farms in Hoss District, in the al-Arish transit area, to prepare for hostile actions and it was decided…

Somali insurgents on Monday mounted an ambitious attack on a base where U.S. special forces train Somali commandos, while an Italian military convoy was hit in a separate blast in the capital Mogadishu. No casualties were reported in either attack, U.S and Italian officials said. Twin vehicle-borne bombs at the Baledogle base, where Somali forces…

Iraq and Syria have opened a key border crossing between the two neighboring countries, seven years after it was closed during Syria’s civil war. Monday’s opening of the crossing between the Iraqi town of Qaim and Syria’s Boukamal is expected to strengthen trade between the two countries. It’s also a boost to Iran’s influence in…

Yemeni Houthi rebels released 290 prisoners on Monday, after announcing that they would release 350 prisoners later in the day, including three Saudis. Among the released prisoners are 42 survivors of the attack on a detention centre in Damar province this month,” the ICRC said. A prisoner swap between the Houthis and the internationally recognized,…

Yemeni Houthi rebels said on Saturday that they had launched an attack near the border with Saudi Arabia. During this attack, which took place in August, more than 200 members of the Saudi Arabian-led coalition were killed and more than 1,300 captured, including 280 wounded and senior Saudi army officers. The information has not been…

Eight people were killed in an attack on Saturday in Komsilga, a village in the commune of Zimtenga, about 20 kilometres from ongoussi, in northern Burkina Faso, security sources reported. “Armed individuals attacked the village of Komsilga on Saturday morning, killing eight people among the population,” a security source told AFP. “They (assailants) also set…

On Saturday, September 28, at around 11:40 a.m., two shells exploded near the synagogue of the moshav of Bnei Netsarim (Eshkol Regional Council). Both shells were likely fired by tanks from Egyptian territory during fighting with jihadists from the Islamic state. Several people were in the synagogue at the time of the attack, but none…