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Lucrative Qatari hostage payments bankrolled a feared Al Qaeda-linked militant group in Syria, one that has grown to become the most effective and powerful extremist faction in the war-ravaged country where it has imposed its extremist vision and kidnapped an American journalist, wealthy Gulf royals, UN ...
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – An Al-Qaeda branch in Syria has recently merged their group with another jihadist faction to form a new terrorist legion in the northern part of country. According to a statement from Tanzim Hurras Al-Deen, their organization has merged with another jihadist group, Ansar ...

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):. 12:50 p.m.. Syrian state media say an agreement has been reached to evacuate al-Qaida-linked fighters from a Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus, in return for the release of dozens of people that the insurgents have been ...
DUBAI: Yemen's army has launched the “Black Mountains” operation, a military offensive against Al-Qaeda militants in the north of Hadramout province in eastern Yemen, Saudi ... Military spokesman, Hisham Jaber, said the operation came after monitoring the movements of Al-Qaeda in those areas.
Major General Faraj Salmeen Al Bahsani, the governor of Hadramout, told Gulf News that army troops on Saturday launched a fresh offensive aimed at denying Al Qaida a foothold in the districts of Amed, Dhalia, Hajer and Yabouth where they cashed in on light presence of government forces to regroup.
Elite security forces in Yemen backed by the Arab coalition on Friday liberated one of the largest strongholds of the Al Qaeda militant group in the war-ravaged country, according to the unit's commander, as the military announced a new operation named “Black Mountains” to deal further heavy blows to the ...

Jabhat Fatah Al Sham, the group formerly known as Jabhat Al Nusra – the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, is one of the most powerful groups in opposition-held Syria. The incident took place on Thursday amid a wave of assassination attempts of various figures in the opposition-held province of Idlib. A broad ...
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was on his way into Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from the airport when a blue van screeched to a halt in front of his cavalcade. Men with machine guns jumped out, aiming for the cars — hoping to assassinate Mubarak. Mubarak survived — two police officers and seven of the ...
In the past five years, only one attack in a Western country — the Kouachi brothers' attack against Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 — can be connected to al-Qaeda. Why did the once infamous and feared group halt its terror campaign in the West? Part of the explanation is that al-Qaeda has indeed suffered ...
Al-Qaida carried out attacks against the U.S. embassy in Africa in 1998 and the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. ... “[H]ow many people (even inside the U.S. government) would seriously have thought, on September 10, 2001, that the United States was engaged in an ongoing armed conflict with al Qaeda?
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday the Pakistan military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said, "If Pakistan had not dismantled Al Qaeda, this (terror) threat would have reached India". Major general Ghafoor also mentioned about the border cooperation between India and Pakistan ...
An American military strike in Libya over the weekend that killed a high-ranking al-Qaeda member marked a notable expansion in the U.S. campaign there. ... Saturday's strike near Ubari in the country's southwest, killed two al-Qaeda terrorists, including Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking AQIM official who ...
"This is the first precision airstrike the US has conducted against al Qaeda," Africa Command spokesperson Robyn Mack told CNN. Africa Command said in a statement Wednesday that the strike, which took place near Ubari, Libya, killed "two al Qaeda terrorists, including Musa Abu Dawud, a high ranking ...
In particular, al-Qaeda, including its nominally independent major affiliate in Syria, Hay'at Tahrir ash-Sham, may turn out to be the greater long-term threat, having survived a massive worldwide campaign to destroy it and having modified its strategy to reflect lessons learned from past mistakes.
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Three explosions over four days in or near the Somalian capital have left a trail of carnage, killing nearly 20 people and injuring dozens of others, as Islamist militants unleashed a wave of attacks on the country. On Sunday, a car bomb exploded at a security checkpoint near the ...
... a sweep operation in which another group of militants managed to evade arrest. According to the Haftar-led forces' counter-terrorism department statement, the 16 arrested militants had Sudanese and Syrian passports and had fought in Syria with Jabhat al-Nusra and other Al-Qaeda-affiliated entities.
Al-Qaeda's current leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has appeared in a new recording in which he defends the banned Muslim Brotherhood. The recording broadcasted by al-Sahab, the media arm of the extremist group and posted on social media, showed Zawahiri defending the group which has been classified ...

After the deaths of Osama bin Laden and several other leaders in 2011 and 2012, followed by the rise of Islamic State, many considered al-Qaeda 'a spent force'. But in an important brief, (with an expanded version for the Lowy Institute), leading terrorism scholar Bruce Hoffman argues that Ayman ...
Qassemi was reacting to remarks by Mohammed Bin Salman in an interview with US television channel CBS aired Sunday night accusing Iran of being a destabilizing force in the region that has been hosting and supporting Al-Qaeda leaders, including Osama Bin Laden's son. The spokesman explained ...
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's claim that Iran is hosting and supporting al-Qaeda leaders has been derided by Iranian officials as a “big lie.” In a “60 Minutes” interview aired on CBS March 18, Prince Mohammed said, “Unfortunately, Iran is playing a harmful role. The Iranian regime ...
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has accused Iran of being a destabilising force in the region in an interview with US television in the run-up to his visit to the United States. He said the country has been hosting and supporting al-Qaeda leaders, including Osama Bin Laden's son.
"This is the first time the judiciary system in Aden start running sessions for terrorist elements especially those accused of being members of Al Qaeda since 2014. Most of the courts headquarters in Aden were destroyed in the last war with the Houthis,” Gyab Saleh a lawyer in the supreme court told The ...
BEIRUT — For the first time since its meteoric rise in 2012 amid the chaos of war, al-Qaida's branch in Syria is in retreat, battling rival militant groups in the north and fighting for survival in a key foothold near the capital, Damascus. Over the past three weeks, the extremist group has been driven from nearly ...
Though the the Ansar Ghazwatul Hind – an extremist outfit operating in Kashmir with links to Al Qaeda – announced that the third militant was from Hyderabad in south India, it was only on the evening of March 14 that the police identified him as Muhammad Taufeeq from Telangana. Taufeeq is the first ...
On March 14, 2018, Al-Malahem, the media outlet of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), launched a new bulletin named Madad. The first issue of this bulletin is dedicated to Ahmad Nasr Jarrar, a Hamas terrorist who murdered an Israeli in January 2018 and was killed by the Israel Army in early ...
For the first time since its meteoric rise in 2012 amid the chaos of war, al-Qaeda's branch in Syria is in retreat, battling rival militant groups in the north and fighting for survival in a key foothold near the capital, Damascus. Over the past three weeks, the extremist group has been driven from nearly all of the northern province ...
Following the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the United States uncovered the Abbottabad documents disclosing the rituals and customs of marriage and interesting stories about the women of the extremist group. acquired exclusive information that is published for the first time ...
This photo released Feb. 24, 2018 by the al-Qaida-affiliated Ibaa News Agency, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, purports to show al-Qaida-linked fighters from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham or Levant Liberation Committee, in Idlib province, Syria. For the first time since its meteoric rise in 2012 amid ...
Al-Qaeda's persistent calls for unification—a troubling enough campaign in a post-caliphate world—come as a UN Security Council report notes that as ISIS “continues to transform into a terror organization with a flat hierarchy, with cells and affiliates increasingly acting autonomously,” al-Qaeda “has ...
In an interview with the Egyptian Al Youm Al Sabaa newspaper, Ahmad Obeid Bin Daghar said that he sees Al Houthis as most dangerous group in the war-ravaged country even more so than Al Qaida or Daesh and his government would intensify military operations until they agree to disarm, exit major ...
Magazines exist for every popular topic you can think of, such as sports, cars, and business. Then there are magazines, such as Cigar Aficionado, that cover offbeat topics. Believe it or not, even terrorists have magazines. That's right. Al-Qaeda publishes a magazine geared toward women titled Beituki.
In a series of interviews, his first since being freed, Vinas gave an unusually revealing look at life inside al-Qaida. He spoke of a training camp, where he slept in flea-ridden sleeping bags but befriended other young men from around the world, and gained access to Qaida leaders, who discussed with him ...
BAGHDAD -- A Baghdad court has convicted the sister of the former leader of al Qaeda in Iraq who was killed in 2010 and sentenced her to death on terrorism charges, a spokesman said Thursday. The spokesman of Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council, Abdul-Sattar Bayrkdar, said in a statement that Abu ...
An al-Qaeda-linked group has claimed claiming it was behind Saturday's attack in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou. The French Embassy and the army headquarters were targetted - leaving 16 people, including eight gunmen, dead. Al Jazeera's Nicolas Haque reports from Ouagadougou.
Syrian state media claimed they were fighting al-Qaeda. A month later, the Syrian regime escalated its bombardment of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave, near the capital, Damascus. As civilian casualties exceeded 500 in just a week and aid agencies warned of a humanitarian disaster, Syria and ...
AUSTIN, Texas – A new show tracing the rising threat of Al-Qaeda is set to premiere on the streaming service Hulu. "The Looming Tower" is based on the book written by Austinite Larry Wright, who also serves as the show's executive producer. The show chronicles the dysfunction at the federal level ...
Ibrahim Khaza'il, also known as Abu Muhammad al Filistini, seen here in an undated picture reportedly taken in the Ain el Helwe refugee camp in Lebanon. The commander of a Palestinian faction fighting in Syria was recently eulogized by a central al Qaeda-linked jihadist figure in Lebanon, further ...
One of the most sensitive documents recently revealed in the cache taken in Osama bin Laden's house details the recruitment methods employed by al-Qaeda. Members of the international terror organization were especially instructed to target those Muslims who were deemed “common” and “ignorant.
On the sidelines, Al Qaeda (AQ), not one to be left behind, has also released a threat via social media that it will attack Indian and multinational corporate entities, looking to target strategic economic installations. Both ISIS and AQ statements have come within a short time of each other, a trend that was also ...
After the September 11 terrorist attacks, the United States and allies undertook a global “war on terror.” Now, more than 15 years later, the war is the longest armed conflict in American history. The consequences — particularly American tolerance of perpetual war in the name of security — inspired UC ...
The threat to Western interests from jihadists groups and transnational terrorists operating in Africa has grown steadily over the past decade. The attacks are transforming the continent into one of the most important frontiers for the war on terror, according to a report published Monday by the non-partisan ...
It reveals that al-Qaeda targeted “common” and “ignorant” recruits worldwide, as stated by the group's Libyan military commander Abu Yahya al-Libi. Abu Yahya was al-Qaeda's second-in-command after Ayman al-Zawahri and was killed in a US drone attack in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan.
"With the sentence handed down today, our justice system has once again held accountable an al-Qaeda operative for his terrorist activities, ensuring that he will spend the rest of his life in prison," acting Assistant Attorney General O'Callaghan said, according to a Justice Department news release.
The annual accounting to Congress of global threats to the United States made it sound like al-Qaida's separate branches were managing to thrive independently of one another, said Bruce Hoffman, Cipher Brief expert and Council on Foreign Relations visiting senior fellow, in comments to The Cipher Brief ...
In July 2016, Al Nusrah Front, an official arm of al Qaeda, was rebranded as Jabhat Fath al-Sham (JFS). Months later, in Jan. 2017, JFS merged with several other groups to form Hay'at Tahrir al Sham (HTS). These moves were intended to unify the jihadists' ranks, creating one political and military entity ...
Al-Qaida operates most prominently as Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, a Salafist group that is concentrated near and in the major Syrian city of Idlib. It is also present in eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, where currently the government is engaged in a mass bombing campaign. Earlier in the war, the group ...
He thought he was going into witness protection, with a home far away and a new identity, after he helped the American government battle Al Qaeda as one of the most important cooperators in the government's fight against terrorism. Captured in 2008 after training for months at Qaeda camps, Mr. Vinas ...
While the self-proclaimed Islamic State has dominated the headlines and preoccupied national security officials for the past four years, al-Qaeda has been quietly rebuilding. Its announcement last summer of another affiliate—this one dedicated to the liberation of Kashmir—coupled with the resurrection of ...



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