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August 29, 2011 | By Jon Gambrell, Associated Press
ABUJA, Nigeria - Two top U.N. officials offered conflicting views Sunday on the safety of its headquarters in Nigeria after a suicide car bombing there, as the world body paused to mourn the 23 people killed in the attack claimed by a radical Muslim sect. U.N. security chief Gregory Starr acknowledged that safety features "could have been better" to stop the speeding sedan loaded with explosives. Hours later, U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told journalists that the building had "really, really tight" security.
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June 26, 2011 | By Ishtiaq Mahsud, Associated Press
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - Two militants attacked a police station in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, fighting gun battles before blowing themselves up during a five-hour standoff that killed at least 10 officers, authorities said. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which involved a female suicide bomber, saying it was partly in revenge for the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Similar recent attacks have underscored the vulnerability of Pakistan's security establishment, which is reeling from humiliation after the unilateral U.S. raid.
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April 1, 2003 | By Joel Bewley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Best friends Christian Williams and Michael Curtin made plans to join the Army together after graduating in 1998 from Howell High School. While Williams chose a different path, as a township fire inspector, Curtin's desire to become a soldier remained strong. In May 2001, he signed up to become a paratrooper. The longtime pals intended to room together when his tour was done. "He was a loyal soldier and a loyal friend," Williams recalled yesterday. "He was such a genuine guy. I'm really going to miss his friendship.
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September 1, 2005 | By Hannah Allam and Tom Lasseter INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
Madiha Shamki said she knew tragedy would strike yesterday as hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslims marched toward a shrine in Baghdad to mark the death of a revered saint. She did everything she could to keep her two grown sons at home. She told them she had dreamed of disaster. She threatened to kill herself if they left. But they insisted, saying faith was more important than fear. Shamki told her story as she joined throngs of hysterical Iraqis outside a medical complex in Baghdad, waiting to claim the bodies of her sons, who were among about 800 Shiites killed in a panic-induced stampede.
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September 11, 2001 | By Sudarsan Raghavan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even if Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat manage to resume talks today, the likelihood that they can end the killing seems to be receding. One particularly ominous sign of how pervasive the violence has become was the suicide bombing Sunday at a railroad station in northern Israel that killed three and was blamed on an Arab citizen of Israel. Israeli officials identified the bomber as Mohammad Shaker Habashi, 48, and authorities believe he is the first Israeli Arab to carry out a suicide attack.
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December 27, 1997 | By Barbara Demick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He is blue-eyed, fair-haired. He arrived in Israel last month on a flight from Amsterdam with a video camera, film, maps and $4,000, looking rather like an ordinary tourist, albeit a prosperous one. But Steven Josef Smyrek, a 26-year-old German, was allegedly no tourist. It is charged by Israel that he was carefully trained as a suicide bomber, and was planning an attack in either Haifa or Tel Aviv on behalf of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement. If the charges are to be believed, they signal a new, deadly wave of terrorism directed against Israelis.
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November 29, 2002 | By Sudarsan Raghavan and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A powerful car bomb exploded at an Israeli-owned beach resort yesterday, killing 12 people and three suicide bombers, minutes after at least two missiles narrowly missed an Israeli airliner as it took off from a nearby airport. In Lebanon, a previously unknown faction calling itself the Army of Palestine said in a faxed statement that it had sent two groups of attackers to Kenya to "make the world hear once again the voice of Palestinian refugees. " Israel and Kenya quickly pinned the blame on Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terror network.
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August 9, 2012 | By Rahim Faiez, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide attack hit a NATO patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing three coalition service members, the international military force said, while Afghan officials added that a civilian was also killed in the bombing. Hours later on the other side of the country, a roadside bomb hit a bus, killing at least three people, a witness said. Many wounded passengers were trapped in the bus by a fierce battle between insurgents and Afghan police that raged most of the day. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the bombing of the NATO patrol in Kunar province, an eastern stronghold of the insurgency that lies along the volatile border with Pakistan where militants have hideouts.
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June 27, 2011 | By Laith Hammoudi, McClatchy Newspapers
BAGHDAD - Three civilians were killed and 18 people, including nine police officers, were wounded when a suicide bomber in a wheelchair blew himself up inside a police station in north Baghdad early Sunday. Also Sunday, two U.S. service members were killed in northern Iraq, according to a U.S. military statement. No details of the deaths were provided. The suicide attack targeted the police station of Tarmiyah, one of the Sunni neighborhoods in north Baghdad. The head of the Tarmiyah city council, Qassim Khalifa, told the Associated Press that it was not clear whether the bomber was really handicapped or using the wheelchair as a ploy against security personnel.
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May 28, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Amid a rising chorus of Palestinian calls for more suicide attacks on Israel, a Palestinian blew himself up in a market area of the Tel Aviv suburb Petah Tikva yesterday, killing an elderly woman and an 18-month-old toddler, and wounding 27 others. At least four of the wounded were children who were in the coffee shop - where the bomber struck - and in a nearby ice cream parlor at an outdoor mall near the Em HaMoshavot commercial center. Meanwhile, Israeli forces early today entered the West Bank town of Jenin, Palestinian security sources said.
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June 5, 2013 | By Kay Johnson, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber targeting U.S. troops outside an Afghan government office killed nine children walking home from school and two of the Americans on Monday, the latest sign that this year's fighting season could be one of the deadliest of the 12-year-old war. An increase in casualties among civilians and security forces reinforces fears that foreign forces will be leaving behind a country in the throes of relentless violence when...
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April 5, 2013 | By Kim Gamel, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Insurgents wearing Afghan army uniforms launched a suicide attack and stormed a courthouse Wednesday in a failed bid to free Taliban inmates, killing at least 44 people, half of them shot in the basement. All nine attackers were killed. The attack - one of the deadliest in the more than 11-year-old war - began about 8:30 a.m. when nine men wearing suicide vests drove into the capital of Farah province in western Afghanistan, evading checkpoints by using army vehicles, according to the provincial police chief.
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February 2, 2013 | By Suzan Fraser, Associated Press
ANKARA, Turkey - In the second deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in five months, a suicide bomber struck the American Embassy in Ankara on Friday, killing a Turkish security guard in what the White House described as a terrorist attack. Washington immediately warned Americans to stay away from all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey and to be wary in large crowds. The attack drew condemnation from Turkey, the United States, Britain, and other nations. Officials from both Turkey and the United States pledged to work together to fight terrorism.
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January 22, 2013 | By Amir Shah and Patrick Quinn, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban suicide bombers carried out a brazen attack in the Afghan capital on Monday, the second in less than a week and a sign that insurgents are determined to keep fighting despite recent overtures of peace from the U.S. and Afghan government. The nine-hour assault on the traffic police headquarters, which sent heavy black smoke rising over Kabul, was the second such attack in the heart of the snow-covered capital in six days. It came a week after the Afghan and American presidents agreed that the Taliban should open a political office in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar to facilitate possible reconciliation with the hard-line Islamic group.
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January 13, 2013 | By Abdul Sattar, Associated Press
QUETTA, Pakistan - About 3,500 Pakistani Shiites protested in southwestern Pakistan for a second day on Saturday, blocking a main road with dozens of coffins of relatives killed in explosions to demand better security from the government. Police in the city of Quetta said the protest had ended, but prominent Shiite leader Ibrahim Hazara said it would continue until the city was handed over to the army and the provincial government was dismissed. About 50 coffins blocked the road near a place where Shiites worship in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province.
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October 31, 2012
A LTHOUGH I'VE YET to have the pleasure of shaking his hand, I "met" Capt. David Henderson this summer when I was researching a column about how our government had not kept its promises to rescue the brave Iraqis who assisted Americans as translators. A native Philadelphian, Henderson is a graduate of Roxborough High (2003) and West Point (2007), meaning that he is one of America's best. Originally in field artillery, he is serving his third tour in the Mideast, now embedded with Afghanistan's security forces.
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August 9, 2012 | By Rahim Faiez, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide attack hit a NATO patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing three coalition service members, the international military force said, while Afghan officials added that a civilian was also killed in the bombing. Hours later on the other side of the country, a roadside bomb hit a bus, killing at least three people, a witness said. Many wounded passengers were trapped in the bus by a fierce battle between insurgents and Afghan police that raged most of the day. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the bombing of the NATO patrol in Kunar province, an eastern stronghold of the insurgency that lies along the volatile border with Pakistan where militants have hideouts.
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March 18, 2012 | By Albert Aji and Zeina Karam, Associated Press
DAMASCUS, Syria - Two suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in near-simultaneous attacks Saturday on heavily guarded intelligence and security buildings in the Syrian capital, Damascus, killing at least 27 people. There have been a string of large-scale bombings against the regime in its stronghold of Damascus that suggest a dangerous, wild-card element in the year-old antigovernment revolt. The regime blamed the opposition, which denied having a role or the capabilities to carry out such a sophisticated attack.
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March 15, 2012 | By Michael Hinkelman
A Philadelphia man was arrested this morning by the Philadelphia FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Justice Department said. Bakhtiyor Jumaev, 45, of Port Richmond, was charged with helping to fund the Islamic Jihad Union. Charges were filed in Colorado by the U.S. Attorney, which is handling the case. The IJU is a terrorist organization which splintered from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the early 2000s. It has conducted attacks and bombings in Uzbekistan and against Coalition forces in Afghanistan and attempted attacks in Germany.
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February 19, 2012 | By Nedra Pickler and Eric Tucker, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A 29-year-old Moroccan man, who believed he was working with al-Qaeda, was arrested Friday near the U.S. Capitol as he was planning to detonate what he thought was a suicide vest, given to him by undercover operatives, said police and government officials. Amine El Khalifi of Alexandria, Va., was taken into custody with an inoperable gun and inert explosives, according to a counterterrorism official. He arrived near the Capitol in a van with the two undercover officers, and walked toward the building, according to court papers.
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