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Stories with organization: Al-Qaida
  • Islamic State group radio claims Saudi mosque suicide attack story has photos
    Updated: May-23-15 4:10 pm

    CAIRO - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead in a direct challenge to the rulers of the Sunni kingdom.

  • The frustrations of allied warfare - al-Qaida-style 
    Updated: May-21-15 3:45 am

    WASHINGTON - If President Barack Obama or his predecessor thought fighting a war with coalition partners was hard, they might consider Osama bin Laden's frustrations.

  • Algerian army kills 21 extremists who planned to hit capital 
    Updated: May-19-15 4:54 pm

    ALGIERS, Algeria - Algerian army troops killed 21 armed Islamic extremists who were meeting Tuesday in a forest to plan attacks on the country's capital, a ranking gendarmerie official said.

  • Sahara extremists pledge allegiance to Islamic State group 
    Updated: May-14-15 10:01 am

    RABAT, Morocco - An extremist group based in the Sahara desert known for carrying out terror attacks in Algeria, Mali and Niger has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group after years with the rival al-Qaida.

  • Hezbollah leads fight in strategic Syrian mountain range 
    Updated: May-10-15 10:34 am

    QALAMOUN MOUNTAINS, Syria - Here in pockets of the rugged mountains near the Lebanese border, the distinctive yellow flag of Hezbollah now flies where al-Qaida militants once held sway.

  • Ex-Gitmo inmate Omar Khadr asks Canada for a fresh start 
    Updated: May-08-15 1:51 pm

    TORONTO - A former Guantanamo Bay inmate, free for the first time since he was captured in Afghanistan when he was 15, asked Canadians for a second chance after spending 13 years in prison including a decade at Guantanamo.

  • Turkey, Saudi in pact to help anti-Assad rebels 
    Updated: May-07-15 7:10 pm

    ISTANBUL - Casting aside U.S. concerns about aiding extremist groups, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have converged on an aggressive new strategy to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad.

  • Al-Qaida says 1 of its top commanders killed in Yemen 
    Updated: May-07-15 3:26 pm

    CAIRO - Al-Qaida in Yemen has announced the death of one of its top commanders in a U.S. airstrike.

  • Kerry seeks pause in Yemen war as he arrives in Saudi Arabia story has photos
    Updated: May-06-15 3:43 pm

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to secure a pause in Yemen's war as he arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday to meet with the king and other top officials, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that already has neighboring countries bracing for a mass exodus of refugees. He was to hold further talks Thursday.

  • Kerry says he'll discuss pause in Yemen war with Saudis 
    Updated: May-06-15 7:31 am

    DJIBOUTI - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he'll discuss with Saudi Arabian officials how to implement a "humanitarian pause" in Yemen's civil war, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that has already caused thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries.

  • Former CIA leader defends drone strikes, torture 
    Updated: May-04-15 2:57 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama ordered a barrage of CIA drone strikes in Yemen in 2013 that killed the al-Qaida operatives behind the most serious plotting against American interests in years, a former CIA leader says in a new memoir that broadly defends the targeted killing of terrorists.

  • US gives $45 million to help Kenya with refugee crisis story has photos
    Updated: May-04-15 12:56 pm

    NAIROBI, Kenya - The United States said Monday it will give $45 million to help Kenya deal with an increasingly complex refugee crisis in a region long defined by Somalia's endemic violence, but where war in nearby Yemen is now creating conditions so dire that some people are even fleeing to Somalia.

  • Ex-CIA official: GOP distorted agency analysis of Benghazi 
    Updated: May-04-15 12:04 pm

    WASHINGTON - A former CIA deputy director says Republicans repeatedly distorted the agency's analysis of the Benghazi attack in 2012 that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. He also says U.S. intelligence agencies failed to recognize that al-Qaida would rapidly regain strength after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

  • In the face of IS successes, al-Qaida adapts, grows stronger 
    Updated: May-04-15 9:13 am

    CAIRO - When al-Qaida overran the Yemeni port city of Mukalla last month, the group's commanders immediately struck a deal to share power with the area's tribesmen. No jihadi banners were raised. Al-Qaida even issued a statement denying rumors that it had banned music at parties or men wearing shorts.

  • Administration worries grow over Saudi campaign in Yemen story has photos
    Updated: May-01-15 3:53 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is growing increasingly wary about the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen and how to restore peace to a country wracked by sectarian divisions, endemic poverty and the al-Qaida offshoot posing the greatest threat to the American homeland.

  • US commander: Loss of military toehold in Yemen is worrisome 
    Updated: May-01-15 3:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - The top commander of U.S. special operations forces is expressing "very great concern" about losing a presence on the ground in Yemen, where his forces had been working with Yemeni forces against al-Qaida's affiliate there.

  • Pakistanis see double standard in drone strikes story has photos
    Updated: May-01-15 6:51 am

    ISLAMABAD - People in Pakistan who live under the threat of U.S. drone strikes see a double standard at work in Washington.

  • AP Poll: Americans approve of drone strikes on terrorists 
    Updated: May-01-15 3:22 am

    WASHINGTON - Nearly three-quarters of Americans say it's acceptable for the U.S. to use an unmanned aerial drone to kill an American citizen abroad if that person has joined a terror organization, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

  • White House: Facilitating ransom not the same as paying 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 4:45 pm

    WASHINGTON - Despite a U.S. ban on ransom payments to terrorists, the White House said Thursday that federal officials helping to facilitate a payment is not the same as actually paying a ransom.

  • Pakistan drops case against ex-CIA chief, agency's lawyer 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 3:55 am

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistani police dropped a case that was recently registered against a former CIA station chief and a former agency lawyer over a 2009 drone strike that killed two people in a tribal region, police said Thursday.

  • German-Moroccan man charged with training, fighting in Syria 
    Updated: Apr-27-15 11:10 am

    BERLIN - German federal prosecutors say they have charged a German-Moroccan dual citizen with membership in a terrorist organization on allegations he went to Syria to train and fight with an al-Qaida linked group.

  • Deaths raise questions about ways to aid abducted Americans story has video
    Updated: Apr-25-15 3:16 am

    WASHINGTON - The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism - and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families.

  • Obama defends US intelligence after hostage deaths story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-24-15 7:31 pm

    MCLEAN, Virginia - A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised the nation's spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes.