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Bin Laden successor making limited impact, say analysts

Four months after succeeding Osama bin Laden at the head of Al Qaeda, Ayman Al Zawahiri is spreading jihadist propaganda over the Internet but must mainly be preoccupied with his own survival, experts say. On June 16, six weeks after Al Qaeda founder bin Laden was killed in a US raid, 59-year-old Egyptian Zawahiri was…

Yemen’s Al-Qaeda denies death of its media chief

ADEN — Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula denied on Sunday the death of its media chief in a suspected US drone strike earlier this month, a statement distributed to the public in Yemen’s southern Shabwa province said. Yemen’s defence ministry announced on October 15 that Ibrahim al-Banna was among at…

Air strikes take out top Yemen Al-Qaeda leaders, including Awlaqi’s son

Suspected US air strikes took out a raft of top Al-Qaeda leaders in Yemen barely two weeks after a drone killed US-born jihadist cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi, provincial and tribal sources said on Saturday. The seven killed in Friday evening’s triple raid included a son and cousin of Awlaqi, as well…

Secret panel can put Americans on ‘kill list’ without any oversight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials. There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is…

Obama: Death of Awlaki is ‘major blow’ to Al Qaeda

President Barack Obama announced the death of Anwar al-Awlaki ahead of his remarks at a ceremony marking the departure of Adm. Michael G. Mullen as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Earlier this morning, Anwar al-Awlaki, a leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed in Yemen,”…

U.S. issues global travel alert on ‘retaliation’ fears

The United States issued a worldwide travel alert warning its nationals of the “potential for retaliation” after two key Al-Qaeda figures were killed in an air raid in Yemen. The State Department notice came one day after the killing of US-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi, who President Barack Obama said…

Obama hails death of radical cleric as ‘major blow’

President Barack Obama said the killing of US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi is a “major blow” to Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni outfit and vowed to be relentless in destroying global terror networks. In Sanaa, the defence ministry said Awlaqi, an Al-Qaeda leader wanted over attacks in the US, was killed on Friday morning, while a man…

Australia slams ‘irresponsible’ Wikileaks

SYDNEY — Australia lashed out Wednesday at WikiLeaks, calling it “incredibly irresponsible” for publishing a secret US cable detailing Australians with suspected links to Yemeni terrorism. The whistle-blowing site’s latest batch of confidential and secret documents includes one from the US embassy in Canberra that recommends 11 Australians be placed…

Concern grows over al Qaeda poison threat: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is concerned that a dangerous regional arm of al Qaeda is trying to produce the deadly poison ricin to use in attacks against the United States, the New York Times reported Friday. Citing unnamed intelligence officials and classified intelligence reports, the newspaper said al…

Suicide bomber kills 9 Yemen troops

ADEN — A suicide bomber Sunday detonated a truck packed with explosives at an army camp in Aden, killing nine soldiers, a military source said, amid raging battles between troops and Islamist militants. The defence ministry blamed Al-Qaeda for the massive blast, which soldiers said tore through military vehicles as…

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