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Air strike kills Al-Qaeda leader in Syria: Pentagon

Washington - A US-led coalition air strike earlier this month killed the leader of an Al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria that American officials accuse of plotting attacks against the United States and its allies, the Pentagon said.

Drone strikes kill 10 Qaeda suspects in Yemen

Aden - Two missile strikes by unmanned American drones in southeastern Yemen have killed 10 suspected members of Al-Qaeda, including three local chiefs, an official said Saturday.

French special forces kill Al-Qaeda commander in Mali: army

Paris - France said on Tuesday its special forces in Mali killed an Al-Qaeda commander who had been released from prison in a swap for a French hostage.

Qaeda in North Africa denies US strike killed ex-chief

Tripoli - Al-Qaeda in North Africa has denied reports its former leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar was killed in a US air strike last week in Libya, in a statement posted online overnight.

Wuhayshi, former Bin Laden aide who led Qaeda's Yemen arm

Dubai - Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the Al-Qaeda second-in-command who has been killed in a US drone strike, was a former aide of Osama bin Laden who tunnelled out of prison to take command of its Yemen arm.

Libya jihadist group denies death of Qaeda-linked Belmokhtar

Tripoli - A Libyan jihadist group denied Tuesday that Al-Qaeda-linked militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar -- the man behind multiple deadly attacks with a history of coming back from the dead -- was killed in a US air strike.

Al-Qaeda confirms top commander killed in US strike

Dubai - Al-Qaeda confirmed that its second-in-command, head of its powerful Yemeni branch, was killed in a US drone strike, in the heaviest blow to the jihadist network since the death of Osama bin Laden.

Algeria gas plant jihadist Belmokhtar 'killed in US strike'

Benghazi - Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who allegedly masterminded the siege of an Algerian gas plant in which 38 hostages died, has been killed in a US air strike, Libya's internationally recognised government said.

Algerian jihadist Belmokhtar killed in US strike: Libya's recognised govt

Benghazi - Notorious Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar has been killed in a US airstrike in Libya, the strife-torn country's internationally recognised government said in a statement Sunday.

U.S. strike on 'Al-Qaeda-associated terrorist' in Libya: Pentagon

Washington - The US military carried out a strike on what it called an "Al-Qaeda-associated terrorist" in Libya, the defense department said Sunday.

German spy agency 'helped US find bin Laden': Report

Berlin - Germany's foreign intelligence agency helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan where US special forces killed the al-Qaeda leader, according to a German news report published Sunday.

Bin Laden aide gets life for East Africa attacks

New York - A New York court sentenced Saudi exile Khalid al-Fawwaz to life in prison Friday over his role in the 1998 Al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in East Africa which killed 224 people.

Adam Gadahn: California rocker turned Al-Qaeda mouthpiece

Washington - Adam Gadahn, the Al-Qaeda spokesman believed killed in a US operation, was a teenage rock music fan who grew up on a Californian goat farm before he was drawn into radical Islam.

Al-Qaeda seizes provincial airport in southeast Yemen: Official

Aden - Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen on Thursday seized control of an airport in the southeastern provincial capital of Mukalla, an airport official told AFP.

Qaeda in Yemen says ideological leader killed by drone

Dubai - The ideological leader of Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed in a drone strike this week, allegedly by the United States, AQAP said in a statement published Tuesday.

Top Qaeda leader, commanders reported killed in Syria

Damascus - The military chief and several top commanders of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front have been reported killed in northwestern Syria, where the jihadist militia has made major gains in recent months.

Drone raid 'kills three Qaeda militants in Yemen'

Aden - A drone strike Saturday killed three Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, a tribal source said, in a region where the United States is the only country operating the unmanned aircraft.

Top Qaeda militant in Yemen dead in US drone strike: AQAP

Dubai - Al-Qaeda said Thursday that Harith al-Nadhari, a senior figure who threatened more attacks on France after last month's Charlie Hebdo killings, had died in a US drone strike in Yemen.

9/11 plotter says Saudi royals backed Al-Qaeda

New York - The only Al-Qaeda plotter convicted over the 9/11 attacks has told American lawyers that members of the Saudi royal family donated millions of dollars to the terror group in the 1990s.

Qaeda in Yemen says France top enemy

Dubai - The ideological leader of Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said Friday that France had surpassed the United States as the top enemy of Islam.

Syria loyalists repel Qaeda attack on Shiite villages: monitor

Birut - Syrian pro-regime militia have repelled an incursion by Al-Qaeda on two Shiite Muslim villages in the north of the country, a monitoring group said.

Qaeda blames Obama for Yemen hostage deaths

Sanaa - Al-Qaeda has blamed President Barack Obama for the deaths of a US journalist and a South African during a failed hostage rescue attempt, warning "the lives of all Americans are in danger".

Tearful widow receives body of slain South African hostage

Johanesburg - The South African government refused to point fingers Tuesday as the body of a hostage killed in a failed US rescue in Yemen arrived home to his grieving widow.

Questions swirl over failed Yemen hostage rescue mission

Johanesburg - Questions are mounting over a botched US rescue mission in Yemen that left one US hostage and another South African hostage dead, the day before he was expected to be released by his Al-Qaeda captors.

US defends failed Yemen rescue operation

Sanaa - US officials Sunday defended President Barack Obama's decision to launch a special forces rescue operation in Yemen that ended with Al-Qaeda killing an American photojournalist and a South African teacher.

Pakistan kills senior Al-Qaeda leader, says military

Islamabad - Pakistan's military said Saturday it had killed a senior Al-Qaeda leader wanted by the US over a 2009 plot to attack the New York subway system.

Drone strikes kill 9 'Qaeda' militants in Yemen

Sanaa - Drone strikes killed nine suspected Al-Qaeda militants Saturday in southeast Yemen, where the US military launched a failed operation last month to rescue an American hostage, security and tribal sources said.

Yemeni Qaeda threatens to kill US hostage after failed rescue

Sanaa - Al-Qaeda on Thursday threatened the imminent execution of an American journalist it kidnapped in Yemen, mocking as "foolish" a failed bid by US forces to free him.

US military tried to rescue American hostage in Yemen

Washington - US and Yemeni forces recently tried unsuccessfully to rescue an American journalist held by Al-Qaeda, which has now threatened to execute him, officials said Thursday.

Yemen's Qaeda threatens to kill U.S. hostage in video

Dubai - Al-Qaeda in Yemen released a video Thursday threatening to execute a U.S. journalist taken hostage last year.In the video dated December 2014, the hostage said his name was Luke Somers, 33, and that he was kidnapped more than a year ago in Sanaa.
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