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US drone strikes kill 18 in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – US missiles killed 18 militants in Pakistan’s tribal district of South Waziristan on Monday, destroying compounds and a vehicle in the deadliest drone strikes for months, local officials said. Three strikes were reported just days after Pakistani officials said they believed senior Al-Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri…

Key al-Qaeda operative killed in Pakistan by U.S. drone

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Senior al Qaeda operative Ilyas Kashmiri, regarded as one of the most dangerous militants in the world, was killed by a U.S. drone aircraft missile strike in Pakistan, an intelligence official and local media said on Saturday. The death of the Pakistani militant was another intelligence coup…

U.S. concerned over Libya weapons reaching al Qaeda

ALGIERS (Reuters) – The United States has real concerns about weapons from Libya ending up in the hands of al Qaeda, the commander of the U.S. military’s Africa Command said on Wednesday. “There is a very real concern for all the regional partners, and the United States shares this concern,…

US condemns killing of Pakistani journalist

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the abduction and murder of a Pakistani journalist who had written about alleged links between the Pakistani military and Al-Qaeda. “The United States strongly condemns the abduction and killing of reporter Syed Saleem Shahzad,” she said in a statement. “His…

U.S. announces charges against five 9/11 terror suspects

WASHINGTON — US military prosecutors at Guantanamo were expected to file fresh charges on Tuesday against the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four alleged co-conspirators. The recommendations, which must still be approved by a military tribunal official, set the stage for the high-profile Al-Qaeda suspects to…

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri calls for uprisings in Saudi Arabia

NICOSIA — Ayman al-Zawahiri, the longtime Egyptian number two to Osama bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda leader killed earlier this month, has called on Saudis to take up this year’s wave of Arab revolt. In an audiotape which the jihadist network’s media arm Al-Sahab said was recorded before bin Laden’s death…

Obama: Arab revolutions show that repression no longer works

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama said Thursday that the uprisings sweeping the Arab world show that a policy of repression will no longer work as people seek to win their freedom and human rights. He also warned in a speech at the State Department that Al-Qaeda’s agenda of…

NATO helicopter strike wounds two Pakistani soldiers

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — NATO helicopters from Afghanistan wounded two Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border attack Tuesday, officials said, triggering a “strong protest” from Islamabad as tensions with the US simmered after Osama bin Laden’s death. The two choppers opened fire in the direction of a restive tribal region in Pakistan’s…

Bin Laden was a US prisoner before being killed: Iran

TEHRAN — Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was a prisoner in US custody for “sometime” before he was killed by the American military, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday. “I have exact information that bin Laden was held by the American military for sometime… until the day they killed…

Most Afghans welcome bin Laden death: poll

KABUL — More than two-thirds of Afghan men say the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is good news for their war-torn nation but opinions are split over the terror network’s future, a poll shows. The poll results, collected from across Afghanistan, point to general approval of the US…

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