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April 11, 2013 | By Aya Batrawy, Associated Press
CAIRO - The deputy leader of al-Qaeda in Yemen slammed Saudi Arabia's policy of allowing the United States to launch deadly drone strikes from bases in the kingdom, calling on Saudis, in a new audio message released Wednesday, to revolt against the ruling family. Saeed al-Shihri's statement appeared to back up al-Qaeda denials this week that he was killed in a drone attack. The Saudi national was reported killed by a U.S. drone strike earlier this year by Yemeni security officials, based on alleged Saudi intelligence.
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April 2, 2013 | By Abdullah Rebhy, Associated Press
DOHA, Qatar - Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with the emir of Qatar in Doha on Sunday to discuss the possible opening of a Taliban office in Qatar. The move could foster peace negotiations with the Islamic fundamentalist movement in a bid to stem violence as foreign combat forces prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The Qatar News Agency said Karzai met with the emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and other senior government officials. He also held talks with Qatar's ambassador to Pakistan during a tour of an Islamic art museum in Doha.
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March 21, 2013 | By Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - An al-Qaeda in Iraq front group claimed responsibility Wednesday for bloody attacks that killed 65 people across the country a day earlier, underscoring the terror group's potency a decade after the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. On an extremist website, the Islamic State of Iraq said it unleashed the car bombs and other explosions to avenge the executions and "massacres" of convicted Sunni inmates in Iraqi prisons. It made no mention of the start of the war, but the claim of responsibility came 10 years after the U.S.-led war began March 20, 2003, with an air strike on Dora Farms in southern Baghdad in a failed attempt to kill Hussein.
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March 13, 2013 | By Joby Warrick, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - With the expulsion of a senior al-Qaeda official, Iran appears to be signaling a crackdown on the terrorist group that has long sought refuge within its borders, even as Tehran allows al-Qaeda operatives safe transit to Afghanistan, U.S. officials say. Iran's ouster of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a former al-Qaeda spokesman and a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden now held in the United States, marked at least the third time in the last year that...
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March 10, 2013 | By Larry Neumeister and Tom Hays, Associated Press
NEW YORK - A senior al-Qaeda leader and son-in-law of Osama bin Laden pleaded not guilty Friday to plotting against Americans before and immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks in his role as the terror network's top spokesman. Bearded and balding, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, captured in Jordan a week ago, was escorted into the heavily secured courtroom at the federal courthouse in Manhattan, where he entered the plea through a lawyer to one count of conspiracy to kill Americans. The case marks a legal victory for President Obama's administration.
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February 24, 2013 | By Craig Whitlock, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President Obama announced Friday that about 100 U.S. troops have been deployed to the West African country of Niger, where defense officials said they are setting up a drone base to spy on al-Qaeda fighters in the Sahara. In a letter to Congress, Obama said about 40 U.S. military personnel arrived in Niger on Wednesday, bringing the total number of troops based there to "approximately" 100. He said the troops, who are armed for self-protection, would support a French-led military operation in neighboring Mali, where al-Qaeda fighters and other militants have carved out a refuge in a remote territory the size of Texas.
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February 23, 2013 | By Craig Whitlock, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President Obama announced Friday that about 100 U.S. troops have been deployed to the West African country of Niger, where defense officials said they are setting up a drone base to spy on al-Qaeda fighters in the Sahara. In a letter to Congress, Obama said about 40 U.S. military personnel arrived in Niger on Wednesday, bringing the total number of troops based there to "approximately" 100. He said the troops, who are armed for self-protection, would support a French-led military operation in neighboring Mali, where al-Qaeda fighters and other militants have carved out a refuge in a remote territory the size of Texas.
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February 18, 2013
The nation's vexation over the morality and legality of President Obama's drone war has produced a salutary but hopelessly confused debate. Three categories of questions are being asked. They must be separated to be clearly understood. 1. By what right does the president order the killing by drone of enemies abroad? What criteria justify assassination? Answer: (a) imminent threat, under the doctrine of self-defense, and (b) affiliation with al-Qaeda, under the laws of war. Imminent threat is obvious.
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January 28, 2013 | By Ian Deitch, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - Israel could launch a pre-emptive strike to stop Syria's chemical weapons from reaching Lebanon's Hezbollah or al-Qaeda inspired groups, officials said Sunday. The warning came as the military moved a rocket defense system to a main northern city, and Israel's premier warned of dangers from both Syria and Iran. Israel has long expressed concerns that Syrian President Bashar al Assad, clinging to power during a 22-month civil war, could lose control over his chemical weapons.
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January 21, 2013
Blast kills 13 in Yemen SAN'A, Yemen - A Yemen security official says an explosion in the province of Bayda has killed at least 13 suspected al-Qaeda militants. The official in Bayda's capital city, Radda, said the explosion went off in a house owned by a known al-Qaeda operative, Ahmed Abdullah Deif-Allah Al-Zahab. It appeared to be an accident. Residents were barred Sunday from approaching the scene of the incident by militants with links to al-Qaeda, the official said. The group is active in southern Yemen and has launched deadly attacks against the military since it lost control of key cities it overran in 2011.
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