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ISIS Blasted as Too Tyrannical ... by al-Qaeda

'A severe punishment has been promised'

(Newser) - Adam Gadahn was a US citizen and an al-Qaeda rep; he's now dead, having been unintentionally killed in a January drone strike that accidentally killed an American hostage. But sometime in the fall before his death he apparently gave an interview that's been published in an al-Qaeda magazine,... More »

Al-Qaeda: US Killed No. 2

Nasir al-Wuhayshi led powerful Yemen franchise

(Newser) - Once again, an American drone strike has apparently created some room at the top in al-Qaeda. The group's Yemen branch, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has confirmed that its leader, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, was killed in a strike last week, reports the Washington Post . Wuhayshi, who was reportedly groomed by... More »

Why al-Qaeda Is on Verge of 'Collapse'

ISIS is stealing money, recruits, territory from floundering terror group

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda's spiritual leaders say the organization is on the verge of "collapse" while ISIS thrives. The former al-Qaeda branch—booted last year for disobeying Osama bin Laden successor Ayman al-Zawahiri—is attracting money and recruits that have helped it spread from Afghanistan to west Africa, even as an... More »

Every Book on bin Laden's Bookshelf

Well, the English-language ones, at least

(Newser) - The Office of the Director of National Intelligence yesterday released an "unprecedented number" of documents recovered in the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan (among them: an al-Qaeda application and a warning about Iranian dentists ). The ODNI also released a list of the 39... More »

Secret Osama Docs Released: Love Notes, Dentist Fears

'Treasure trove' also confirms bin Laden's obsession with attacking US

(Newser) - The Navy SEALs didn't just take out Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011—they also retrieved hundreds of documents from his Abbottabad, Pakistan, hideout that have reportedly been described by officials as a "treasure trove" of info about the al-Qaeda leader. The Office of the Director of... More »

Italy Terror Bust Is One of Its 'Most Important Ever'

Police take down Sardinia cell with alleged ties to Osama bin Laden

(Newser) - Italian police say they have taken down a terror cell comprised of businessmen who financed al-Qaeda from Sardinia. Counterterrorism agents arrested 18 Pakistani and Afghan nationals in seven provinces today in "one of the most important operations we ever conducted," the lead investigator tells NBC News . "We... More »

When Taken, US Hostage Was About to Return Home

Warren Weinstein was abducted by al-Qaeda, eventually killed by US drone strike

(Newser) - Stories recounting the life of Warren Weinstein—the 73-year-old American accidentally killed by a US drone strike after nearly four years as an al-Qaeda hostage—tend to mention one detail up high: When the aid worker was abducted in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2011, he was just days away from returning... More »

US Accidentally Killed American al-Qaeda Hostage

Warren Weinstein died in January drone strike

(Newser) - "I profoundly regret what happened," President Obama today said in reference to a January drone strike that accidentally killed two al-Qaeda hostages. The Wall Street Journal reports the deaths of American development expert Dr. Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto mark the first time the... More »

'I'm Afraid,' Says American Jailed in Yemen

Sharif Mobley, once suspected of al-Qaeda ties, makes rare call home in plea

(Newser) - The confusing story of Sharif Mobley just took a desperate-sounding turn. The 31-year-old father of three, held prisoner in Yemen since 2010, placed a "rare call" to his lawyers this week from what he said was a Sanaa military base, and things don't sound good, the Intercept reports.... More »

As Yemen Deteriorates, US Pulls Last Troops

About 100 special ops forces evacuating

(Newser) - Another sign of the chaos in Yemen: The US is pulling its last troops from the country. CNN reports that about 100 special ops forces were evacuating the Al Anad airbase as militants affiliated with al-Qaeda cement their gains in the country. Those militants recently took control of the nearby... More »

How al-Qaeda Used CIA Money to Fight US

NY Times: Agency gave cash to Afghan government, which gave it to terrorists

(Newser) - Even Osama bin Laden thought it was too good to be true: CIA money bankrolling al-Qaeda operations? The New York Times explains how it sometimes came to be, and it's not all that complicated. For years, the agency delivered bags of cash monthly to the Afghan presidential palace. When... More »

Papers From Osama Raid Listed More Planned Attacks

One letter at trial: attacking US "in its heartland ... has the most significance"

(Newser) - US prosecutors yesterday presented declassified al-Qaeda documents obtained after the 2011 raid of Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound at the trial of a man charged in a British terrorism plot. The al-Qaeda documents, read by the FBI linguist who translated them from Arabic, were presented at the trial of... More »

Al-Qaeda in Yemen on Charlie Attack: It Was Us

But subsequent violence was coincidental, statement says

(Newser) - Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attack in an online video called "Vengeance for the Prophet: A Message Regarding the Blessed Battle of Paris," the New York Times reports. The group says it "chose the target, laid the plan, and... More »

Al-Qaeda Member: Group Ordered Paris Attack

Member of Yemeni branch makes anonymous statement

(Newser) - A member of al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen says the group directed the attack against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris "as revenge for the honor" of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The member today provided the AP a statement in English saying "the leadership of AQAP... More »

One Paris Suspect Was in TV Program on Extremism

Cherif Kouachi is seen rapping in 2005 documentary on French TV

(Newser) - They couldn't have known it at the time, but viewers of a French TV documentary on extremism in 2005 got a close look at one of the two suspects wanted in yesterday's carnage in Paris. Cherif Kouachi, now 32, appears as a "lanky young man" who, according... More »

Alleged al-Qaeda Leader Dies 10 Days Before Trial

Abu Anas al-Libi was accused of planning embassy bombings

(Newser) - Fifteen years after allegedly helping al-Qaeda plot the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, Abu Anas al-Libi parked his car on a quiet street in Libya's capital. Within moments, soldiers from the US Army's elite Delta Force forced him at gunpoint into a van and... More »

Pentagon: Airstrike Targets Somali Terror Leader

Attacked aimed at al-Shabab leader in Somalia, officials say

(Newser) - A US airstrike in Somalia targeted a senior leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, the Pentagon said today. It did not identify the leader or say whether the strike was successful. In a brief written statement, the Pentagon said the airstrike took place today in the vicinity of Saakow, Somalia.... More »

How an Arrest Ended Secret Talks to Save Peter Kassig

Stanley Cohen feels betrayed after covert operation fell through

(Newser) - For weeks before Islamic State militants released a video showing the beheading of Peter Kassig , FBI officials backed a plan to save the US aid worker. In an exclusive, the Guardian reveals New York lawyer Stanley Cohen—who has represented Osama bin Laden's son-in-law —convinced al-Qaeda-linked clerics Abu... More »

Khorasan's French Bomb-Maker Survived US Strike

David 'Daoud' Drugeon treated for serious injuries: officials

(Newser) - A high-value French bomb-maker isn't dead after all . US officials say David (Daoud) Drugeon of the al-Qaeda-linked Khorasan Group , believed to have been killed in a November airstrike in Syria, actually survived, CNN and French newspaper L'Express report. Drugeon, the intended target of the drone strike on his... More »

US 'Unaware' of Other Hostage in Failed Raid

Locals say civilian boy also killed in Yemen raid

(Newser) - The US had no idea that South African Pierre Korkie was being held with American Luke Somers before the raid that both men died in , officials say. A US official tells the BBC that special forces were "unaware" of the identity of the other hostage being held with Somers... More »

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