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Drone in Yemen Kills 9 al-Qaeda Suspects: Officials

3 civilians killed in attack: reports

(Newser) - A drone strike in southern Yemen killed at least nine suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians today, authorities said. A Yemeni military official said the strike hit a vehicle carrying the militants in the Sawmaa area in the al-Bayda province as another car carrying civilians passed by. A medical official... More »

Video Emerges of 'Brazen' al-Qaeda Meeting

In attendance: Nasser al-Wuhayshi

(Newser) - A CNN analyst is calling it an "extraordinary video"; Washington Post reporter Greg Miller calls it a "brazen" scene: a lengthy clip of what appears to be the largest meeting of al-Qaeda members in years, an open-air gathering of some 100 militants somewhere in Yemen. The video (an... More »

Bin Laden Son-in-Law Found Guilty

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith faces life in prison

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was found guilty of conspiring to kill Americans today, ending a landmark terror trial in New York City. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith now faces up to life in prison for serving as al-Qaeda's spokesperson in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the AP reports. The... More »

Bin Laden Son-in-Law on 9/11: He Told Me 'We Did It'

Osama wondered about US response

(Newser) - On the night of the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden summoned his future son-in-law to a cave in the mountains of Afghanistan to tell him, "We are the ones who did it," and seek his opinion on what would happen next, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith told a Manhattan courtroom... More »

9/11 Mastermind: Osama Son-in-Law Wasn't Violent

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith focused on preaching, says Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

(Newser) - As Osama bin Laden's son-in-law faces trial in New York , the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks has come to his defense. In 14 pages' worth of answers to questions from a lawyer for Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed asserted that the accused wasn't involved in al-Qaeda military... More »

Karzai: al-Qaeda Is a 'Myth'

Outgoing leader vents frustrations with US

(Newser) - Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai says he's "done enough; it’s time for me to move on." But ahead of April's elections to replace him, Karzai is reflecting on his time as president—and his anger at the US government—in a lengthy Washington Post interview. Furious... More »

Big Reveal: FBI Had Mole Who Met bin Laden—in 1993

He then died on a CIA mission

(Newser) - The FBI once had a mole so deep within al-Qaeda that he met with Osama bin Laden and provided the intelligence necessary to thwart his planned attack on a Masonic Lodge in LA, new investigative reports from the Washington Times and NBC News have revealed. The informant started out as... More »

Al-Qaeda Disowns Deadly ISIS Faction

Even as offshoot kills 2 Syrian rebel leaders

(Newser) - The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is "not a branch of al-Qaeda," Ayman al-Zawahiri declared in a statement posted online yesterday. "Al-Qaeda is not responsible for ISIS' actions," and has "no connection" to it, al-Qaeda General Command said, according to the BBC . It added... More »

World Paid Terrorists $105M in Ransoms in 3.5 Years

And UN wants the payments to stop

(Newser) - In the past three and a half years, terror groups tied to al-Qaeda have raked in an estimated $105 million via ransom, Britain's ambassador to the UN says—and the UN Security Council wants those payments to end. Though countries are already legally banned from making such payments, it'... More »

Israel: Al-Qaeda Planned to Hit US Embassy

Authorities say they foiled plot in Tel Aviv and attacks elsewhere

(Newser) - Israel says it has foiled a major plot by al-Qaeda that included a planned attack on the US embassy in Tel Aviv, reports the AP . The Shin Bet security agency arrested three Palestinians it says were recruited indirectly by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. The alleged plot called for suicide bombers... More »

FBI Thinks Americans Are Training for Terror in Syria

And it's watching them like a hawk

(Newser) - The FBI is keeping a close watch on Americans who have traveled to and returned from the war in Syria. The US believes that al-Qaeda affiliates in the war-torn country are actively attempting to recruit Americans there and train them to carry out attacks back home, senior intelligence and counterterror... More »

Syrian Rebels' Infighting So Bad, They Need a Judge?

Al-Qaeda leader calls for Islamic court to be set up

(Newser) - Syrian rebels are locked in a bitter and violent struggle—with each other. Hostilities between Syria's more moderate rebel factions and the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria exploded into open warfare on Friday, and it's been so costly that the head of another al-Qaeda affiliate, the... More »

'Jihad Jane' Gets 10 Years

Colleen LaRose will serve 6 more years

(Newser) - Colleen LaRose, the American woman known as " Jihad Jane ," was sentenced to 10 years in prison today for a failed plot that involved al-Qaeda, with credit given for four years already served. The 50-year-old faced a life sentence, but she's helped authorities with other terrorism cases since... More »

Iraqi Troops Fight al-Qaeda, Leaving 34 Dead

In Syria, opposition fighters battle rebels linked to extremists

(Newser) - The Iraqi military tried to dislodge al-Qaeda militants in Sunni-dominated Anbar province today, unleashing airstrikes and besieging the regional capital in fighting that killed at least 34 people, officials said. A series of bombs in Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad, meanwhile, killed at least 20 people. The recent gains by the... More »

Al-Qaeda's Mundane Life Revealed via Receipts

Terrorist group likes meat and tomatoes, spends a lot at hardware stores

(Newser) - Even terrorists have to get the car fixed, and the AP takes a look at al-Qaeda's mundane day-to-day via some 100 receipts and invoices found in a Timbuktu building occupied by its North African branch. Turns out the terrorist group keeps close tabs on its dollars and cents. Some... More »

Benghazi Attack Didn't Involve al-Qaeda: Report

Anti-Islam video did help spark violence: NYT investigation

(Newser) - A major New York Times investigation sheds new light on the debate over the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Initially, officials' accounts suggested an anti-Islam video had sparked the violence on Sept. 11, 2012, but Republicans have argued that al-Qaeda was involved, citing a " cover-up ."... More »

American al-Qaeda Hostage: US Has 'Abandoned' Me

Held in Pakistan since 2011, Warren Weinstein appeals for Obama's help

(Newser) - Little has been heard of US government worker Warren Weinstein, abducted in Pakistan in 2011 , since al-Qaeda released a video of the hostage last year. Now, he's resurfaced to plead again for President Obama to meet his captors' demands via a new video in which he "looked ashen... More »

Attacks on Baghdad Christians Kill 37

And US embassy in Kabul hit by indirect fire, but no one injured

(Newser) - Militants in Iraq targeted Christians in two separate bomb attacks in Baghdad today, killing at least 37 people. In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church during Christmas Mass in the capital's southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38, a police officer... More »

Feds ID Major al-Qaeda Funder

Abd al-Rahman al-Nu'aymi is a sort of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

(Newser) - According to US officials, Abd al-Rahman al-Nu'aymi is a sort of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: The 59-year-old Qatar-based professor is the onetime president of the Qatar Football Association and, more prominently, well-regarded for his deep experience in raising funds for human rights causes, a role that his seen... More »

Al-Qaeda: Sorry About Yemen Hospital Attack

AQAP says assault that killed 52 was work of fighter who disobeyed orders

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda, not necessarily the first organization one thinks of when one thinks of remorse, is apologizing for an assault on a hospital in a Yemeni defense ministry complex that killed 52 people, al-Jazeera reports. "Now we acknowledge our mistake and guilt," says al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula chief... More »

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