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June 23, 2011 | By Ahmed al-Haj and Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press
SANA'A, Yemen - Nearly 60 suspected al-Qaeda militants tunneled their way out of a Yemeni prison in the lawless south Wednesday, deepening the chaos of a nation where protesters are trying to topple the autocratic regime. The escape from the Mukalla prison in Hadramawt province is the latest sign that Islamic militants are seizing on the mayhem to operate more freely, something the United States fears will become an increasing international threat if the impoverished nation grows even more unstable.
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July 3, 2008
If the term war on terror ever meant anything, it meant war against those directly responsible for the horrors of 9/11. In October 2001, the United States began that war in Afghanistan. We drove the Taliban from power. Militants (including al-Qaeda) fled across the border into mountainous, tribal regions of Pakistan. That's where the enemy remains. We never chased down Osama bin Laden. In the rubble of the World Trade Center, the president vowed that the terrorists would "hear all of us soon," but the job remains unfinished.
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May 30, 2007 | Andy Borowitz
Andy Borowitz is a humorist, television personality and film actor In a bold move to undermine the international terror network, President Bush today named former deputy defense secretary and World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz to be the new president of al-Qaeda. Wolfowitz, who has no experience running an international terror organization, struck many Washington insiders as an unlikely choice for the al-Qaeda job. But in a White House ceremony introducing his nominee for the top terror post, Bush indicated that Wolfowitz's role in planning the war in Iraq and bringing scandal to the World Bank showed that he was "just the man" to bring chaos and disorder to al-Qaeda.
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January 24, 2005 | By Matthew Schofield INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
German police yesterday arrested two suspected al-Qaeda members, accusing them of planning suicide attacks in Iraq and trying to purchase uranium from a dealer in Luxembourg. German prosecutor Kay Nehm said the two arrests came after months of investigation. He described one of the suspects, Ibrahim Mohamed K., 29, a German citizen with an Iraqi background, as a high-ranking member of al-Qaeda in charge of recruiting suicide bombers and planning attacks from Europe. Mohamed K., whose last name was not released, is suspected of trying to arrange purchase of material for a nuclear bomb.
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April 10, 2012 | By Ahmed Al-haj, Associated Press
SANAA, Yemen - An al-Qaeda attack on a Yemeni army post in the south set off clashes that left 64 people dead Monday and prompted local civilians to take up arms alongside the military to beat back the militants, said army officials and residents. The dawn attack was the latest in a series of bloody battles in recent months that mark an escalation in al-Qaeda's efforts to expand its control around a swath of land it seized last year. The group took advantage of the country's political turmoil to overrun cities and towns in southern Yemen.
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December 10, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - A U.S. drone strike has killed a senior al Qaeda leader in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials said, in the latest blow to the Islamic militant network. Sheik Khalid bin Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan, who was also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was killed when missiles slammed into a house Thursday near Mir Ali, one of the main towns in the North Waziristan tribal area, the officials said. Al-Kuwaiti appeared in many videos released by al Qaeda's media wing, Al-Sahab, and was presented as a religious scholar for the group.
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May 14, 2003 | By Dave Montgomery and Tom Infield INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Despite a worldwide crackdown and the arrests of many of its leaders, al-Qaeda remains a deadly terrorist force and appears to be thriving in Saudi Arabia, where it is the chief suspect in Monday's bombing attacks in Riyadh. While Bush administration officials credit the Saudi government with aggressively pursuing al-Qaeda since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, possibly hundreds of al-Qaeda members have escaped detection and maintain active cells throughout the desert kingdom, U.S. officials and terrorism experts say. The group's Saudi operatives, echoing the message of their fugitive Saudi-born leader, Osama bin Laden, are winning recruits from a growing sector of impoverished young men by decrying the opulence of the ruling monarchy and the government's close ties with the United States.
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June 13, 2012 | By Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press
SANAA, Yemen - Yemeni troops backed by armed tribesmen routed al-Qaeda on Tuesday from two southern strongholds that the terror network had held for more than a year. It was the most significant victory so far in a monthlong offensive against a local franchise that has tried time and again to bomb U.S.-bound planes. The military campaign, orchestrated by U.S. military advisers and bankrolled by neighboring Saudi Arabia, has left al-Qaeda's dangerous Yemen branch on the run. The group remained in control of only a handful of towns, with hundreds of its members scattered in the mountains, valleys, and vast desert of the Arab world's most impoverished country.
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September 7, 2010
9 tonight HBO Based on a one-man stage production by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright (center), this new documentary chronicles his efforts to understand Islamic terrorism in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001.
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December 10, 2012 | By Rasool Dawara and Ishtiaq Mahsud, Associated Press
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A U.S. drone strike has killed a senior al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials said, in the latest blow to the Islamic militant network. Sheikh Khalid bin Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan, who was also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was killed when missiles slammed into a house Thursday near Mir Ali, one of the main towns in the North Waziristan tribal area, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
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September 28, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The state Attorney General's Office on Thursday said miscommunication and an "overzealous" delivery led one of its staffers to sprinkle references to al-Qaeda, child pornography, and serial killers into a talk with 9- and 10-year-olds in a Lower Merion school this week. Shirley Clifford learned about the assembly at Merion Elementary School when her fifth-grade daughter crawled into the backseat of her van Wednesday. "She got in the car and was like, 'Do you know there's a website to look up murderers?
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July 25, 2013 | By Adam Schreck, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - Al-Qaeda's branch in Iraq claimed responsibility Tuesday for audacious raids on two high-security prisons on the outskirts of Baghdad this week that killed dozens and set free hundreds of inmates, including some of its followers. The statement from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Iraq, was posted on a jihadist website. It said months of planning went into assaults on the prisons in Abu Ghraib and Taji that began late Sunday. The attacks, among the most stunning in Iraq since a surge in violence began in April, have drawn sharp criticism from opposition lawmakers and ordinary Iraqis over government efforts to keep the country safe.
NEWS
July 3, 2013
CAIRO - With the clock ticking, Egypt's besieged president said yesterday that he will not step down, as state media reported that the powerful military plans to overturn his Islamist-dominated government if the elected leader doesn't meet the demands of the millions of protesters calling for his ouster. Mohammed Morsi's defiant statement sets up a major confrontation between supporters of the president and Egyptians angry over what they see as his efforts to impose control by his Muslim Brotherhood as well as his failure to introduce reforms more than two years after the revolution that ousted autocratic predecessor Hosni Mubarak.
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June 10, 2013 | BY DOYLE McMANUS
WHO EXACTLY is the enemy in the continuing U.S. war against terrorism? In some cases, the answer is: It's a secret. When the United States began its war against al Qaeda, after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the identity of the enemy was clear: Osama bin Laden and his followers, and the Taliban who protected them in Afghanistan. Congress quickly passed a resolution authorizing President George W. Bush to use "all necessary and appropriate force" against anyone who "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the 9/11 attacks, plus anyone who harbored them.
NEWS
May 17, 2013
RECENTLY, in response to the hat trick of scandals that the White House has scored over the past few days, some liberal commentators have tried to distance President Obama from at least two of them. It's not surprising that the Fourth Estate is up in arms that a Holder-led Department of Justice snooped into the private lives of their Associated Press colleagues, so you can't expect them to carry Barry's water on that one. But the other two scandals that have either intensified (Benghazi)
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May 10, 2013 | By Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press
SAN'A, Yemen - The president of Yemen on Thursday warned that the al-Qaeda branch in the country was expanding and using assassinations and abductions of foreigners as a way to challenge the central authority. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi issued his warning during a closed session of the National Dialogue, which brings political, religious, and other leaders together to decide on the country's political system before writing a constitution. The official SABA news agency said Hadi held an "exceptional" meeting, but offered few details on the president's remarks about security in the county.
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May 8, 2013 | By Elaine Ganley, Associated Press
PARIS - An Algeria-based al-Qaeda offshoot said in an online video on Tuesday that Muslims have an obligation to attack French interests around the world because of France's military intervention in Mali. In a message posted on YouTube, Abou Obeida Youssef Al-Annabi, a notable in the al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb group, or AQIM, said the "crusade" led by France in Mali makes its interests "legitimate targets. " French President Francois Hollande said he takes the threat seriously.
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April 23, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
TORONTO - Two men were arrested and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al Qaeda elements in Iran, police said Monday. The case bolstered allegations by some governments and experts of a relationship of convenience between Shiite-led Iran and the predominantly Sunni Arab terrorist network. Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, had "direction and guidance" from al Qaeda members in Iran, though there was no reason to think the planned attacks were state-sponsored, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner James Malizia said.
NEWS
April 19, 2013
THIS [the Boston Marathon bombing] makes me sick. Aren't we tired of these reprehensible people? Someone has hurt us again. Our country has been attacked again. Even if it proves to be a single person or a group of people attacking us in remembrance of other violent attacks, they must be dealt with and punished immediately. We are too politically correct in the way we handle these terrorists. I say they must be tortured to find out the truth of who they are, who they work for and what will come next.
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April 14, 2013 | By Jason Straziuso, Associated Press
NAIROBI, Kenya - The U.S. official who oversees American efforts to counter al-Qaeda and other militants in the online battlefield keeps a quote on his desk from a "Most Wanted" jihadi from America's South. The Alabama native wrote that "the war of narratives has become even more important than the war of navies, napalm and knives. " "I keep that on my desk because that is true," Alberto Fernandez, the top official at the State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, told the Associated Press.
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