Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week suggested that the Islamic State or IS is regrouping in Iraq and Syria. His statement comes following a major terrorist attack in Afghanistan, for which IS claimed responsibility. Nadeem Yaqoob reports on the threat posed by IS as it expands its influence into South Asia. For Nadeem Yaqub, Aman Azhar, VOA News.
A trend is emerging in Pakistan in which banned militant groups are jumping into mainstream politics in Pakistan. The Milli Muslim League (MML), a newly launched political party, is considered to be the front organization for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group in Pakistan. It supported an independent candidate in a recent by-election in Peshawar. VOA's Nadeem Yaqub reports.
Coal has long been a key source of energy and a major source of income for millions of Americans. But coal production in the U.S. is now at its lowest level in 30 years. Several big coal companies have closed recently and the Obama administration has stopped issuing new coal mining leases on public lands. The change has affected the lives of tens of thousands of people in the coal mining region in the Appalachian Mountains. Nadeem Yaqub reports.