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U.S. drone strike kills top Qaeda chief in south Yemen

Aden - A senior Al-Qaeda operative in Yemen with a $5 million US bounty on his head was killed Thursday in one of two suspected American drone strikes in the war-torn country.

Escaped Al-Qaeda death row prisoner held in Guinea

Nouakchott - A Mauritanian Al-Qaeda jihadist, on death row until his escape on New Year's Eve, was re-arrested on Tuesday night after crossing the Guinea-Bissau border into Guinea, security sources said Wednesday.

Qaeda in Syria abducts prominent media activists

Birut - Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate abducted two of the country's most prominent media activists from a radio station in the northwestern Idlib province on Sunday, opposition officials told AFP.

Qaeda in Yemen stones woman to death for adultery: witnesses

Aden - Al-Qaeda militants have stoned a woman to death in a southeastern Yemeni city they control after accusing her of adultery and prostitution, several witnesses said on Monday.

Six dead as Yemen loyalists, Qaeda suspects clash

Aden - Six people were killed in a firefight Friday between Yemeni pro-government forces and Al-Qaeda suspects who were travelling in a weapons-laden vehicle toward second city Aden, security officials said.

Qaeda seizes key south Yemen town: Officials

Aden - Al-Qaeda fighters seized a strategic town from pro-government forces in southern Yemen on Wednesday after clashes that left at least seven people dead, security officials said.

Somalia's Al-Qaeda branch warns members against joining IS

Nairobi - Somalia's Shebab fighters have warned they will "cut the throat" of members who shift allegiance from Al-Qaeda to Islamic State, amid reports some factions have already been punished for doing so.

Yemen Qaeda attacks leave 15 soldiers, 19 jihadists dead

Aden - Al-Qaeda launched attacks on two army positions in southeast Yemen early Friday that left 15 soldiers and 19 jihadists dead as well as several civilians wounded, army and medical sources said.

Al-Qaeda calls for lone wolf attacks on West

Washington - Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for lone wolf attacks against Western countries, in particular America, and praised recent Palestinian attacks against Israelis.

Qaeda makes Aden inroads under cover of Yemen conflict

Sanaa - Al-Qaeda's black flag is flying over several official buildings in Yemen's second city Aden as jihadists make inroads in the absence of state authority and with the country mired in conflict.

Qaeda in Syria executes 56 regime troops: Monitor

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate and its Islamist allies have executed at least 56 regime troops at a military airport they recently seized in the northwest, a monitoring group said Saturday.

Qaeda in Syria takes last regime base in Idlib

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies seized the last regime-held military base in northwestern Idlib province on Wednesday, in the latest setback for President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Drone kills five Qaeda suspects in Yemen stronghold

Aden - An apparent US drone strike killed five Al-Qaeda suspects in the extremist network's southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, a government official said Thursday.

UAE forces rescue British hostage in Yemen

Abu Dhabi - Forces from the United Arab Emirates have rescued a British hostage held for more than 18 months by Al-Qaeda in Yemen, authorities in Abu Dhabi and London said on Sunday.

Four Qaeda suspects killed by 'U.S. drone' in Yemen: Official

Aden - Four suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed overnight in an apparent US drone strike in Mukalla, the southern Yemeni city that the extremist group overran in April, a local official said Sunday.

Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri vows allegiance to new Taliban chief

Dubai - Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Thursday pledged his group's allegiance to new Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour who is facing a bitter struggle over his leadership.

Pakistan claims killing of major Al-Qaeda commander in country

Quetta - Pakistani security forces have killed a senior Al-Qaeda commander and detained his wife in an overnight raid on his hideout in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, a provincial minister said Sunday.

Syria Qaeda branch posts video of U.S.-trained rebels' 'capture'

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syria branch has posted a video purportedly showing its capture last week of members of a US-trained rebel force it accuses of aiding US-led air strikes against its fighters.

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.
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