al-Qaeda in Iraq

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Gutted al-Qaeda Incapable of Another 9/11: Experts

Core 'essentially gone,' but spinoff groups a concern

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda today is mostly a spent force, unable to carry out another 9/11-style attack, said US intelligence officials yesterday, reports Reuters . The mostly anonymous assessment—in a conference call led by Robert Cardillo, deputy director of US national intelligence—came one year after the killing of Osama bin Laden , with... More »

Iraq Hit by First Major Attacks in Month

At least 30 dead as bombs strike six cities

(Newser) - Bombings struck several areas in Baghdad and five other cities today, killing at least 30 people in the first major attacks in Iraq in nearly a month. Nearly 100 people were wounded in the rapid-fire explosions that unfolded over an hour and 15 minutes. Half of the bombs struck at... More »

Sweeping Attacks Kill 50 Across Iraq

String of coordinated bombings strike 12 cities

(Newser) - A rapid series of bombings and shootings exploded across 12 Iraqi cities today, in what appeared to be a large, coordinated al-Qaeda attack. The attacks hit government offices, restaurants, and in one case exploded close to a primary school, though security forces appeared to be the primary targets, the AP... More »

Al-Qaeda: Help Syria Boot Assad

Al-Zawahri confirms terror group seeking to turn tide in Syrian uprising

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda's chief has called on Muslims from other countries to support rebels in Syria seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, saying they cannot depend on the West for help. Ayman al-Zawahri, in a videotaped statement released late yesterday, asked Muslims in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey to join the... More »

US Suspects al-Qaeda Behind Syria Bombings

Group may be looking to exploit the chaos

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda's Iraq branch is moving into the chaos in Syria, and is responsible for two recent bombings and most likely yesterday's bombing in Aleppo , US officials tell McClatchy . Intelligence reports seem to back up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assertions—disputed by the opposition—that al-Qaeda has been involved... More »

With US Gone, Iraq Explodes

Violence rampant thanks to political crisis

(Newser) - Iraq has experienced a surge in violence since US troops left the country last month, with 327 people dying in explosions or assassinations by the Iraqi Ministry's official count. Bombings have hit Baghdad neighborhoods , Shiite pilgrims , and Sunni police, among other targets. "They are not arbitrary attacks. They... More »

Wave of Bombings Targets Iraq's Shiites, Killing 72

Heightens fears that attacks will increase now that US has withdrawn

(Newser) - A wave of bombings targeting Shiites in Iraq killed 72 people today, deepening sectarian tensions that exploded just after the last American troops left the country in mid-December. The bombings began early in the morning when explosions struck two Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad, killing at least 27 people. A few... More »

29 Dead in Iraq Mosque Bombing

Um al-Qura mosque is largest Sunni mosque in Baghdad

(Newser) - A suicide bomber blew himself up inside Baghdad's largest Sunni mosque tonight, killing 29 people during prayers, a shocking strike on a place of worship similar to the one that brought Iraq to the brink of civil war five years ago. Iraqi security officials said parliament lawmaker Khalid al-Fahdawi,... More »

2 Iraqis Living in Kentucky Charged With Terror Plotting

Men accused of trying to send weapons, money to al-Qaeda

(Newser) - Two Iraqis living in Kentucky have been arrested on charges that they tried to send sniper rifles, stinger missiles, and money to al-Qaeda operatives in their home country, according to court documents unsealed today. Thirty-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan and 23-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, who both have lived in Bowling Green... More »

56 Killed in Iraq Hostage Siege

Gunmen in military uniform seize Tikrit government building

(Newser) - Gunmen wearing military uniforms over explosives belts charged into a government building in Saddam Hussein's hometown Tuesday in an attack that left 56 people dead, including 15 hostages who were shot execution-style. The five-hour standoff in Tikrit ended only when the attackers blew themselves up. American troops who were nearby... More »

Egypt Church Blast Kills 21

Bomb hits New Year's church service

(Newser) - Egyptian authorities believe a suicide bomber was behind a blast that killed at least 21 people and injured dozens more at a church in Alexandria. The blast hit as Coptic Christians left a New Year's church service, Bloomberg reports. Angry Christians clashed with police and local Muslims after the explosion.... More »

Defiant Iraqi Christians Mark Somber Christmas

Celebration subdued as al-Qaeda threatens more violence

(Newser) - Iraqi Christians gathered today to mark Christmas in the same church where less than two months ago dozens from their beleaguered community were killed by Muslim extremists intent on driving them from Iraq. The walls were pockmarked with bullet holes, plastic sheeting covered gaps where glass windows used to be... More »

Iraqi Christians Cancel Christmas

Al-Qaeda threatens more violence against the beleaguered minority

(Newser) - Iraq's Christian leaders have canceled Christmas services and urged worshippers not to decorate their homes this year after they received fresh threats from al-Qaeda in Iraq on Tuesday. Even an appearance by Santa Claus was called off, reports the AP . "Nobody can ignore the threats of al-Qaeda against Iraqi... More »

Al-Qaeda Tried to Turn Dogs Into Suicide Bombers

Iraqi terrorists try to smuggle bombs onto plane inside dogs

(Newser) - How evil is al-Qaeda in Iraq? So evil that they once tried to blow up a plane using bombs hidden inside of living dogs. The plot failed only because the terrorists had done such a poor job stitching up the dogs that they died before their kennels could be loaded... More »

Al-Qaeda in Iraq Plots Comeback as US Departs

Disgruntled Awakening forces offered raises to switch sides again

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda in Iraq is trying to make a comeback, by luring Awakening Council fighters to defect. Awakening leaders tell the Guardian that the terrorist group is offering to pay its fighters more than the $300 a month militia members get from the government. One says he believes 100 of his... More »

Iraq Suicide Attacks Kill at Least 48

Bombers target anti-Qaeda militia group Sahwa

(Newser) - Twin suicide bombings killed 48 people today, including dozens from a government-backed, anti-al-Qaeda militia who were lined up to get their paychecks near a military base southwest of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said. The bombings were the deadliest in a series of attacks across Iraq today aimed at the Sons of... More »

Coordinated Iraq Attacks Kill 84 in Year's Deadliest Day

Sunni insurgents show off deadly power

(Newser) - The death toll is climbing in Iraq following this morning's coordinated gun-and-bomb attacks, with the AP putting the number at 84, making it the deadliest day this year. A police spokesman said a suicide bomber detonated himself outside a textile factory south of Baghdad where a crowd was trying to... More »

Al-Qaeda in Iraq's Leader Killed in Attack

After several false alarms, US confirms al-Masri is dead

(Newser) - Two of the most wanted al-Qaeda in Iraq figures have been killed in a joint US-Iraq operation, confirms the US military. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced earlier today that the group's leader, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi were killed over the weekend when US and Iraqi forces fired... More »

Baghdad Blasts Kill 34; al-Qaeda Blamed

Explosions rock apartment buildings across city

(Newser) - Baghdad's top military spokesman is blaming al-Qaeda in Iraq for a series of massive explosions at apartment buildings across Baghdad that killed at least 34 people. Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, a spokesman for Baghdad's operations command center, told state-owned TV after the blasts today, "we are in a state... More »

Gates Arrives in Iraq in Wake of Bombings

US officials say spate of violence won't affect withdrawal plan

(Newser) - Robert Gates flew to Baghdad today for an unannounced visit, finding a city still reeling from the bombings that killed at least 127 people on Tuesday. The defense secretary is scheduled to meet with Nouri al-Maliki and other top officials, and to offer condolences to victims of the attacks. He’... More »

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