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’57 dead’ in first US raid on Qaeda in Yemen under Trump

SANAA: A US raid in Yemen killed 41 suspected Al-Qaeda militants and 16 civilians today, an official said, in what would be America's first military action in the country under President Donald Trump. Eight women and eight children were among those killed in the dawn raid in Yakla district, in the central province of Baida, said the provincial official, who did not want to be named, and tribal sources. Sources in the region said the raid targeted the houses of three tribal chiefs linked to Al-Qaeda. The…

After Iraq gains, ISIS declares itself Islamic ‘caliphate’

BEIRUT:  An offshoot of al Qaeda which has seized territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on Islamist websites and Twitter said on Sunday. The move poses a direct challenge to the central leadership of al Qaeda, which has disowned it, and to conservative Gulf Arab rulers who already view the group as a security threat. The group, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and also known as…