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French free Dutch hostage in Mali four years after kidnap

Paris - French special forces on Monday rescued a Dutch train driver kidnapped nearly four years ago in Mali by Al-Qaeda's north Africa arm in an operation that killed several jihadists.

French police foil terrorist plot to blow up the Eiffel Tower

A 29-year-old Algerian man living in Vaucluse, a south eastern region of France, has been arrested for allegedly plotting to blow up the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and a nuclear power plant, among other targets.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claim responsibility for attack

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghrib today claimed responsibility for a coordinated attack in the city of Timbuktu. The group released it's statement of responsibility on the Al-Sharq website.

'Al-Qaeda' base found and dismantled in northern Mali

France's Defence Minister has claimed that French forces have located and dismantled a major base belonging to AQIM (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghrib).

U.S. to strengthen focus on al-Qaeda militants in North Africa

On Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the Obama administration would pursue AQIM (al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) in North Africa, in an effort to ensure that the international terror network has no place to hide.

Op-Ed: Head of Algerian attack veteran of jihadist war in Afghanistan

Algiers - Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the mastermind of the attack on the gas plant in Algeria, is a veteran jihadist who fought in Afghanistan back in the early nineteen nineties. He lost sight in one eye in an explosives incident.

Op-Ed: Foreign intervention unites Islamic groups in the north of Mali

Bamako - Usually the mainstream press simply describes the rebels in Mali as Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda linked. Yet at least four distinct groups are active in the northern rebellion.

Profile of Iyad Ag Ghali, leader of Mali Islamists

In order to secure their long-held ambition of an independent Azawad in northern Mali, Tuareg rebels have jumped into bed with extreme Islamists. Yet the Tuaregs do not support the rule of sharia law which the Islamists are imposing.

Libyan Islamist Abel Hakim Belhadj to sue Britain

The U.K. law firm of Leigh Day & Co has been instructed to sue the British government by Libyan Islamic extremist Abdel Hakim Belhadj, military commander of Tripoli.

Abdel Hakim Belhadj denies rebels receiving unauthorized weapons

As Libya's new interim government accepts international funds to search for and destroy weapons, it has alleged that Qatar is involved in shipping unauthorized weapons to Tripoli's military commander Abdel Hakim Belhadj.

Libya's neighbors warned of missing surface to air missiles early

President Itno of Chad warned of missile surface to air missiles going missing from Libya back in March, as did sources from Mali and Niger. Itno warned that pillaged weapons were falling into the hands of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the danger.

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