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UN blacklists Saudi-led coalition for killing children in Yemen

Oct 06, 2017 - 10:40 AM

The group was briefly included on the annual list of shame last year before a threat by Saudi Arabia to cut off its funding to UN programs forced a reversal

UN BLACKLIST. In this file photo, displaced Yemeni children stand outside a make-shift shelter at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Sanaa on April 15, 2017. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Bin Laden documents: Worry over ISIS tactics, 'aging' Al-Qaeda

Jan 20, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Documents released by the CIA show Osama bin Laden trying to keep his jihadist followers around the world aligned in his war against the United States

CIA DOCUMENTS. This videograb provided by the Site Intelligence Group shows slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden shown in previously unreleased video footage, part of a video posted by al-Qaeda's media branch as-Sahab on jihadist forums on September 12, 2011 to commemorate the September 11, 2001 attacks. File photo by SITE Intelligence Group/AFP

5 years after bin Laden, Al Qaeda down but far from out

May 01, 2016 - 11:39 AM

Replaced as the preeminent global jihadist power by the Islamic State ISIS group Al Qaeda nonetheless remains a potent force and dangerous threat experts say

Undated file picture of the head of the al-Qaeda terror network Osama bin Laden at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. AFP FILE PHOTO

US strike kills 40 Al-Qaeda militants at Yemen camp

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:23 AM

3rd UPDATE According to a tribal source the casualties were new Al Qaeda recruits

Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, hold a position during clashes with Shiite Huthi rebels west of the city of Taez, on March 21, 2016. Ahmad al-Basha/AFP

Al-Qaeda in Yemen says leader killed in drone strike

Jun 16, 2015 - 3:56 PM

Al Qaeda commanders have met and chosen AQAP military chief Qassem al Rimi as their new leader

DESTROYED. Yemenis clear the rubble of houses in the UNESCO-listed heritage site in the old city of Yemeni capital Sanaa, on June 15, 2015. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Timeline of Mohammed cartoons controversy

May 05, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Here is a recap of events since the controversy began in September 2005 when Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten published 12 cartoons of Mohammed sparking outrage throughout the Muslim world

OFF THE PRESS. Copies of the an edition of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are stacked at a distribution centre in Nantes, France, January 13, 2015. Eddy Lemaistre/EPA

Saudi pounds Yemen rebel camps, Arab allies gather

Mar 28, 2015 - 11:06 AM

At least 39 civilians have been killed in Saudi led Operation Decisive Storm against the Huthis and their allies

ANTI-SAUDI. Armed Houthi members hold their guns in the air while shouting anti-Saudi slogans during a rally protesting Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthi positions in Sana?a, Yemen, March 26, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemen troops, separatists clash with UN talks in peril

Feb 28, 2015 - 11:13 PM

The clash coincides with a drone attack that killed 3 suspected Al Qaeda militants in southern Yemen

CLASH. At least 9 Yemeni soldiers are wounded in a clash with separatist fighters, coinciding with a drone attack that killed suspected Al-Qaeda militants. File photo by AFP/STR

Attacks challenge 'lone wolf' terrorist theory

Jan 18, 2015 - 10:39 PM

A New York based think tank says a better term would be known wolves given how many are already known to Western intelligence agencies before they strike

'KNOWN WOLF.' An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province. File Photo by Al-Furqan Media/AFP

Yemen arrests 2 French Al-Qaeda suspects: top official

Jan 17, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Washington regards the Yemen based franchise as the network s most dangerous branch

AQAP. An image grab taken on April 16, 2014 from a video released on March 29, 2014 by Al-Malahem Media, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), allegedly shows AQAP jihadists arriving at a meeting with their chief Nasser al-Wuhayshi at an undisclosed location in Yemen. AFP PHOTO/HO/AL-MALAHEM MEDIA

Qaeda in Yemen claims attack on Charlie Hebdo

Jan 14, 2015 - 6:38 PM

One of the group s leaders Nasser al Ansi says the attack is an order from Ayman Zawahiri the network s global commander

Firefighters push a stretcher outside the headquarters of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015, after armed gunmen stormed the offices leaving eleven dead, including two police officers, according to sources close to the investigation. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD

Al Qaeda group claims responsibility for Paris attack – report

Jan 10, 2015 - 8:24 PM

AQAP has a record of launching attacks far from its base in Yemen including a bid to blow up a US airliner over Michigan on Christmas Day in 2009

AQAP. An image grab taken on April 16, 2014 from a video released on March 29, 2014 by Al-Malahem Media, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), allegedly shows AQAP jihadists arriving at a meeting with their chief Nasser al-Wuhayshi at an undisclosed location in Yemen.  AFP PHOTO/HO/AL-MALAHEM MEDIA

At least 20 dead as car bomb hits Yemen police academy

Jan 07, 2015 - 1:55 PM

UPDATED The attack struck as dozens of Yemenis queued to join the police academy in the center of the capital and also wounded at least 23 people

Yemeni security forces and emergency personnel carry a body on a stretcher at the site of a car bomb explosion outside a police academy in the capital Sanaa on January 7, 2015. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

15 schoolgirls killed in Yemen car bomb

Dec 17, 2014 - 8:17 AM

The schoolgirls are killed in Yemen when their bus was caught up in a car bomb attack targeting a Shiite militia leader by suspected Al Qaeda militants

US, S.African hostages killed in Yemen rescue bid

Dec 06, 2014 - 5:21 PM

2ND UPDATE Luke Somers and Pierre Korkie die in a failed rescue attempt by US forces against Al Qaeda

Iran diplomat fatally wounded in Yemen shooting – medic

Jan 18, 2014 - 10:18 PM

There has been a spate of attacks targeting foreigners in the Yemeni capital in recent months

Al-Qaeda 'sorry' for Yemen hospital attack

Dec 22, 2013 - 4:35 PM

A deadly Al Qaeda attack this month on a Yemeni defense ministry hospital was a mistake and the jihadist network is ready to pay blood money to the victims which included Philippine citizens

ATTACKED. A handout photo released by the Yemeni Defense Ministry shows burned cars after the explosives-packed car hit the country's Defense Ministry complex. Photo from EPA/Yemeni Defense Ministry

PH tells Filipinos to leave Yemen

Dec 09, 2013 - 6:02 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs has raised crisis alert level 3 over the Middle Eastern country after a suspected terrorist attack killed 7 Filipinos there

ATTACKED. A handout photo released by the Yemeni Defense Ministry shows burned cars after the explosives-packed car hit the country's Defense Ministry complex. Photo from EPA/Yemeni Defense Ministry

Yemen says defense complex attackers mostly Saudi

Dec 07, 2013 - 5:57 PM

UPDATED A preliminary report says suspects were mostly Saudis adding credibility to Al Qaeda s claim that they are responsible

ATTACKED. A handout photo released by the Yemeni Defense Ministry shows burned cars after the explosives-packed car hit the country's Defense Ministry complex. Photo from EPA/Yemeni Defense Ministry

7 Filipinos dead in Yemen attack

Dec 06, 2013 - 11:02 AM

4th UPDATE Al Qaeda claims the attack on the Yemeni defense complex according to a statement they posted online

ATTACKED. A handout photo released by the Yemeni Defense Ministry shows burned cars after the explosives-packed car hit the country's Defense Ministry complex. Photo from EPA/Yemeni Defense Ministry

2 Filipinos killed in Yemen - report

Dec 05, 2013 - 10:04 PM

At least 25 people are killed in a suicide attack at Yemen s defense ministry on December 5

ATTACKED. A handout photo released by the Yemeni Defense Ministry shows burned cars after the explosives-packed car hit the country's Defense Ministry complex. Photo from EPA/Yemeni Defense Ministry

9/11 and the black flag movement

Sep 12, 2013 - 3:00 AM

12 years after 9 11 the ties that bind the same social network are stil behind the latest bombings in Mindanao

Al-Qaeda and Afghanistan: 1 year after bin Laden's death

May 02, 2012 - 3:15 PM

Although Al Qaeda s command central is heavily degraded one year after Osama bin Laden s death the social networks remain and more groups continue to join

Undated file picture of the head of the al-Qaeda terror network Osama bin Laden at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. Bin Laden was killed in a raid in Abottabad, Pakistan on May 2, 2011. AFP PHOTO/FILES