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French police surround self-declared Al-Qaeda militant’s apartment

French police laid siege Wednesday to an apartment block where a self-declared Al-Qaeda militant who has claimed a series of deadly attacks on troops and Jewish children was holed up. Prosecutors said suspect Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent, had fought off several police assaults on his flat…

Al-Qaeda offshoot claims Algeria attack

An Al-Qaeda splinter group claimed Saturday to have carried out a suicide attack on a military base in southern Algeria which left 24 people wounded. “We inform you that we are behind the explosion that occurred this morning at Tamanrasset,” a message sent to AFP and signed by the Movement…

Arrested ‘Senior Al-Qaeda leader’ not Al-Qaeda after all, freed in Egypt

An Islamist mistakenly arrested in Cairo on suspicion of being a senior Al-Qaeda figure has been freed, judicial sources and state media said on Thursday. Muhamed Makkawi, confused for the senior Qaeda militant known by the nomme de guerre of Seif al-Adel, was arrested at Cairo airport on Thursday, with…

Pakistan ‘Al-Qaeda chief’ killed by US drone

US missiles on Thursday killed Al-Qaeda’s chief in Pakistan, one of the Americans’ main targets in the volatile country and wanted for attacks that killed scores of people, officials said. Badar Mansoor, who reputedly sent fighters to Afghanistan and ran a training camp in North Waziristan, was killed in a…

Pakistan Taliban commanders ‘at each other’s throats’

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Al Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban and Pakistani militants have held a series of meetings aimed at containing what could soon be open warfare between the two most powerful Pakistani Taliban leaders, militant sources have said. Hakimullah Mehsud, the head of the Pakistani Taliban, also known as the…

U.S. posts $10 million bounty on al Qaeda financier

The United States on Thursday offered a $10 million reward for information leading to the arrest of a key Al-Qaeda fundraiser, who is said to be a Syrian operating from Iran. The reward for Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil marks the first time that a “terrorist financier” has been targeted in…

Dutch architects apologize for 9/11 blast look-alike design

SEOUL (Reuters) – A Dutch architectural firm has apologized for its design of twin skyscrapers in central Seoul which resemble the exploding World Trade Center towers in New York and have infuriated families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. The blueprint for the luxury apartment buildings was released last…

White House targets domestic extremism

WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday laid out a plan to implement a government strategy to combat homegrown domestic terrorism and any attempts by Al-Qaeda to seek to radicalize American Muslims. The initiative commits the federal government to work closely with local authorities and communities that may be targeted…

Al Qaeda number two killed in Pakistan: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number two leader of al Qaeda, Atiyah abd al-Rahman, was killed on August 22 in Pakistan, a senior U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday. Powered by Mochila…

Johnny Five Is Alive

John McCain appears to know less about the Middle East than robots do about love. Asked on ABC’s “Good Morning America” about the situation in Afghanistan — where both presidential candidates call for sending more US troops to take on the resurgent Taliban and root out al Qaeda, McCain replied.…

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