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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019, 12:01 p.m.

Extremists launch 2 attacks on military targets in Somalia

Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels on Monday launched two attacks on U.S. and European military targets, officials said.


White House says bin Laden son killed in US operation

The White House says Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaida leader who had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, has been killed in a …


Al-Qaida chief in 9/11 speech calls for attacks on West

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri called Wednesday on Muslims to attack U.S., European, Israeli and Russian targets in a speech on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.


Trudy Rubin: Ending the Afghan ‘forever war’: Trump will fail by imitating Obama

As the White House prepares to announce a U.S. deal with the Taliban, Donald Trump seems poised to mimic his predecessor.


State Department offers $1 million for information on Osama bin Laden’s son

The State Department is offering a $1 million reward for information on the whereabouts of Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden, who masterminded the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks …


State-run news agency in Iran is reporting a suicide bombing in the country’s southeast has killed at least 20 elite Revolutionary Guard personnel and wounded 20

A suicide bombing targeting a bus carrying personnel of Iran’s elite paramilitary Revolutionary Guard force killed at least 20 people and wounded 20 in the country’s southeast, state media reported. …


U.S. says airstrike targeted militant tied to USS Cole bombing

An American airstrike earlier this week targeted an al-Qaida operative accused of involvement in the attack nearly two decades ago on the USS Cole that killed 17 sailors, a U.S. …


Cal Thomas: Osama bin Laden was right

Lawrence Wright quotes Osama bin Laden as saying: “Look at Vietnam, look at Lebanon. Whenever soldiers start coming home in body bags, Americans panic and retreat.” With President Trump’s announcement …


Syria rebels destroy bridges in anticipation of offensive

Syrian opposition fighters blew up bridges Friday linking areas they control to government-held territories in northwestern Syria in anticipation of a military offensive against their last stronghold in the country, …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 1:37 p.m.

Al-Qaida bomb master killed in U.S. strike, officials say

Al-Qaida’s chief bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, who was behind the 2009 Christmas Day plot to down an airliner over Detroit and other foiled aviation-related terror attacks, was killed in a …


Minnesota terror case shows challenge of predicting attacks

After Tnuza Jamal Hassan was stopped from flying to Afghanistan last September, she allegedly told FBI agents that she wanted to join al-Qaida and marry a fighter, and that she …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 12:27 p.m.

8 Turkish troops die in Syria operation; Russian pilot slain

Turkey said eight of its troops were killed Saturday in Ankara’s military operation against a Syrian Kurdish militia, the deadliest day in the two-week-old offensive in the enclave of Afrin, …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 9:54 p.m.

Bin Laden files back up U.S. claims of Iran ties to al-Qaida

The CIA’s release of documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden appears to bolster U.S. claims that Iran supported the extremist network leading up …


Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

While the U.S.-led coalition and Russian-backed Syrian troops have been focused on driving the Islamic State from Syria, an al-Qaida-linked insurgent coalition known as the Levant Liberation Committee has consolidated …


Thousands march over ‘Somalia’s 9/11;’ attack details emerge

Somali intelligence officials shared a detailed account of the country’s deadliest attack, while thousands marched Wednesday in Mogadishu in a show of defiance against the extremist group blamed for Saturday’s …


Turkey’s president announces operation in Syria’s Idlib

Turkey’s president announced Saturday that the country has launched a “serious” operation in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province with Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces, following international efforts for de-escalation in the war-torn …


Russia says its airstrikes wounded al-Qaida leader in Syria

Russia said Wednesday it carried out airstrikes in Syria this week that critically wounded the leader of an al-Qaida-linked group and killed 12 other militant commanders.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 4:12 p.m.

Al-Qaida-led fighters on the offensive against Syrian troops

Insurgents led by an al-Qaida-linked group launched one of their widest offensives yet Tuesday against Syrian pro-government forces, which responded with heavy airstrikes targeting hospitals and first responders.


Al-Qaida-led fighters on the offensive against Syrian troops

Insurgents led by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria launched a wide offensive on Tuesday against Syrian pro-government troops, moving south of their stronghold in the western province of Idlib.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 10:48 a.m.

2 hostages freed by al-Qaida make 1st public appearances

JOHANNESBURG – Two men released from al-Qaida captivity after six years in northern Mali made their first public appearances Thursday, recounting their ordeals and saying they were not clear whether …


UPDATED: Sun., July 30, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

Al-Shabab attack on African Union convoy kills 8 in Somalia

Fighters with the al-Shabab extremist group ambushed an African Union convoy in southern Somalia on Sunday, killing at least eight soldiers, a Somali military officer said. The attack came hours …


Al-Qaida suspect linked to cartoonist plot extradited to US

An al-Qaida suspect linked to a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist has been brought to Philadelphia from Spain to face terrorism charges in federal court, despite President Donald Trump’s …


In Yemen’s secret prisons, UAE tortures and U.S. interrogates

Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme – …


Depositions provide glimpse into minds of psychologists who advised CIA’s advanced interrogation program

When Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell urged their bosses in the CIA to halt the waterboarding of a terrorism suspect in 2002, they were pressured to keep going, according depositions …


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 9:57 p.m.

Federal judge in Spokane asked to provide Poland with CIA torture evidence from Mitchell and Jessen

A federal judge in Spokane has been asked to turn over evidence needed to determine a legal dispute in Poland regarding whether laws were broken when that country allowed the …


Al-Qaida tries comeback with bin Laden son as mouthpiece

The voice is that of a soft-spoken 28-year-old, but the message is vintage Osama bin Laden, giving orders to kill. When the audio recording began turning up on jihadist websites …


Al-Qaida member who flipped and helped U.S. gets time served

A federal judge decided to spare an admitted homegrown terrorist known as Bashir the American a long prison term on Thursday, agreeing he should instead receive a sentence of time …


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017, 10:04 a.m.

U.S. military member killed in Somalia, 1st death since 1993

A U.S. service member has been killed in Somalia during an operation against the extremist group al-Shabab – the first U.S. combat death in the country in more than two …


Suspected U.S. airstrike kills 4 al-Qaida operatives in Yemen

A suspected U.S. airstrike killed four al-Qaida operatives in Yemen’s eastern province of Marib on Sunday, Yemeni tribal and security officials said.


UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

Pentagon chief visits African nation home to key U.S. base

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday visited Djibouti to bolster ties with the tiny and impoverished African country that is home to an important base for U.S. counterterrorism forces, …