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Salah Sabdow Farah was shot when the bus he was traveling in was attacked by al-Shabab militants in December 2015. He is recovering at Nairobi's Kenyatta National Hospital in January 2016.(J. Craig/VOA)

Audio Death of a Hero in Kenya

Salah Farah, a Muslim teacher in Kenya who defied the sectarian divisions sought by extremists, died recently in a hospital in Nairobi. Mr. Farah was shot in December when the bus he and others were riding on in northeastern Kenya was attacked by al-Shabaab terrorists. More

A man walks past burnt out houses following an attack by Boko Haram in Dalori village 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, Nigeria, Jan. 31, 2016.

Audio Boko Haram Strikes Again in Nigeria

Boko Haram militants set fire to as many as 300 homes in the village, burning alive some people who were inside, including children. More

A victim in the Bacha Khan University attack.

Audio No Honor in Murdering Students

The United States condemns the appalling attack at Bacha Khan University. More

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack at the gate of a Civil Order Police compound, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 1, 2016.

Audio U.S. Condemns Attack on Afghanistan

Seven people have been killed and twenty five wounded after a suicide bomber struck a minibus on Darulaman Road in Kabul carrying employees of the prominent Afghan news network Tolo TV on January 20th. More

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter attends a news conference at the French Defence Ministry in Paris, France, Jan. 20, 2016.

Audio Increasing the Counter-ISIL Momentum

Over the past few months, the counter-ISIL coalition and forces fighting on the ground in Syria and Iraq have dealt ISIL a series of defeats. More

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Audio Wins for Tough, Patient Diplomacy

Over the past several days, the decision to follow the course of patient, tough diplomacy with Iran bore fruit.

Audio Local Communities Key to Fighting Terrorism

Real progress against terrorism requires not only eliminating terrorists, but also disrupting the process by which people become terrorists. Only a broader and more holistic approach can ensure that new recruits don't join the ISIL battlefield.

Audio Progress Against ISIL

The Counter-ISIL Coalition and its allies on the ground in Syria and Iraq are making progress in rolling back ISIL.

Technology Advances Demining Efforts

New technological advances in the demining process is saving lives.

A Step Closer to Political Resolution in Syria

On December 18th, the United Nations unanimously approved Resolution 2254, which is to serve as a roadmap toward peace in Syria.

U.S.-Mauritania-Senegal Military Cooperation

Beginning in early February 2016, Senegalese and Mauritanian military units will welcome Special Operations Forces from more than 19 European and North American countries to train alongside soldiers from 14 African nations.

U.S. Condemns Boko Haram Attacks

The United States condemns the terrible attacks carried out by Boko Haram in Nigeria, December 25–28, as well as other recent attacks in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.

Retaking Ramadi

"We congratulate the Iraqi Security Forces for their continued success against ISIL in Ramadi.

Sanctioning CAR Militia Commanders

U.S. Treasury Department action “targets two individuals who threaten the stability of the Central African Republic’s Transitional Government and undermine free and fair elections.

Audio Impeding North Korea's WMD Programs

The United States will continue enforcement of U.S. and UN sanctions in response to North Korea’s proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and conventional weapons.

Audio U.S. Sanctions Entities Aiding Assad

The United States continues to target the finances of all those enabling Assad to continue killing the Syrian people.

Audio Spiraling Into Chaos in Burundi

“We have a very small window left to restore rationality and reasonableness in place of the chaos and madness that is spreading throughout the country. We urge all parties to make the right choice, before Burundi truly plunges into the abyss.”

Audio Helping the Builders in the Mideast

The focus of U.S. policy in the Middle East is to “help ensure that the builders and the healers throughout the region have the chance that they need to accomplish their tasks.”

Audio Seeking Peaceful Resolution in the South China Sea

“We agree on the need for bold steps to lower tensions, including pledging to halt further reclamation, new construction, and militarization of disputed areas in the South China Sea."

Audio U.S. Sanctions Hezbollah Financiers

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has targeted significant Hezbollah procurement facilitators responsible for providing material support to enhance the group’s military and terrorist capabilities.

Audio Montenegro Invited to Join NATO

The Balkan nation of Montenegro has been formally invited to begin the accession process of joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO.

Audio U.S. Condemns Terrorism in Tunisia

The people of the United States extend our deepest sympathies to the victims’ families.

Audio A United Front Needed on ISIL and Syria

President Barack Obama has called on the leaders of Turkey and Russia to de-escalate tensions following the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey last month and to focus on the common threat posed by ISIL.

Audio Unity, Not Isolationism Will Defeat Da'esh

We must be vigilant but also stay true to our common values.

Audio Strategy to Destroy ISIL

​In the wake of the barbarous terrorist attacks by ISIL on Paris, Mali, Nigeria and elsewhere, the resolve of the United States and its allies to defeat ISIL has intensified.