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Trump in Pennsylvania on 9/11 to honor Flight 93 heroes

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:13 PM

The White House says Trump will put the emphasis on 'remembering that horrific day... and certainly honoring the individuals who were not only lost that day, but also put their lives on the line to help in that process'

9/11. The Tower of Voices stands above visitors, dignitaries and family members of the victims of Flight 93 at the Flight 93 National Memorial on September 9, 2018 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP

FBI foils U.S. independence day attack by Al Qaeda sympathizer

Jul 02, 2018 - 10:41 PM

The FBI said Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts, who also used the name Abdur Raheem Rafeeq, told an undercover agent that he wanted to load up a vehicle with explosives and blow it up during the US national day celebrations on Wednesday.

Al-Qaeda warns Saudi Arabia crown prince over 'sin'

Jun 01, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spearheads a string of policy changes in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia, including reinstating cinemas and allowing women to drive

WARNING. A handout picture released by the Saudi Royal Palace on April 15, 2018 shows Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud attending the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran. Photo by  Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

German jihadist tied to 9/11 attacks caught in Syria – Pentagon

Apr 20, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Mohammad Haydar Zammar has been accused of recruiting some of the September 11 Al-Qaeda hijackers who carried out attacks on Washington and New York, killing almost 3,000 people

Iraq hangs 38 members of ISIS, Qaeda for 'terrorism'

Dec 15, 2017 - 1:17 PM

Rights watchdog Amnesty International has voiced repeated concerns about the use of the death penalty in Iraq, which it ranks as one of the world's top executioners behind China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia

LINI MASA: Serangan teror di penjuru dunia

Nov 24, 2017 - 10:49 PM

Rangkuman berita aksi teror yang terjadi berbagai pelosok dunia

AKSI TERORISME GLOBAL. Rangkuman aksi terorisme di seluruh dunia. Foto oleh Adinda Maya.

Suspected ISIS recruiter arrested in Russia

Oct 21, 2017 - 8:10 AM

The suspect recruited central Asian targets online to organize terrorist acts on Russian territory, security sources say

ARRESTED. A Tajikistan national is arrested in Russia carrying a pistol, a quantity of drugs and "literature of an Islamist nature."

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

Anti-terror chiefs want social media help with 'lone wolves'

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Top counter terror chiefs say tough privacy laws and the protections enjoyed by the largely American internet and social media giants are impeding authorities in their ability to ferret out lone wolf threats

Opium of the people in Marawi

Jul 29, 2017 - 7:30 PM

In this day and age extremism religious or otherwise has become the new opium of the people an addiction to the promise of paradise and its ultimate high is the assurance of going to heaven as a reward for martyrdom

Russian intelligence says Telegram app used in bombing

Jun 26, 2017 - 5:01 PM

They used Telegram at each stage of the preparation of this terrorist attack on the Saint Petersburg metro the FSB security agency says

SAINT PETERSBURG BOMBING. Police officers guard the entrance to Sennaya Square metro station in Saint Petersburg on April 3, 2017. File photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

Terror in Mindanao: The Mautes of Marawi

Jun 26, 2017 - 11:30 AM

We tell the story of a family behind a homegrown terrorist group that most effectively spread the ISIS ideology in the Philippines

Trump urges Muslim leaders to confront extremism

May 21, 2017 - 5:08 PM

4th UPDATE This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it says US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

U.S. air strike in Afghanistan killed senior Qaeda leader – official

Mar 26, 2017 - 9:44 AM

Al Qaeda military commander Qari Yasin was accused of plotting the September 20 2008 bombing on a Marriott Hotel in Islamabad

US claims Syria strike, denies hitting mosque where 49 killed

Mar 17, 2017 - 3:45 PM

UPDATED The US Central Command says it would look into any allegations of civilian casualties in relation to this strike which was carried out unilaterally by the United States

9/11 mastermind tells Obama attacks were America's fault

Feb 09, 2017 - 1:30 PM

It was not we who started the war against you in 9 11; it was you and your dictators in our land writes self proclaimed mastermind Mohammed

US President Barack Obama speaks as an image of the twin towers are projected during a ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on May 15, 2014 in New York. Obama inaugurated the museum commemorating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad / AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD

U.S. elite forces in deadly raid on Al-Qaeda in Yemen

Jan 30, 2017 - 7:37 AM

The assault marked Washington s first major military action in Yemen under Donald Trump who has vowed to step up the US fight against Islamic extremism

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

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Jan 06, 2017 - 1:20 PM

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U.S. puts bin Laden's son on terror blacklist

Jan 06, 2017 - 12:17 AM

Hamza who is in his mid twenties is active as an Al Qaeda propagandist since his father s death at the hands of US special forces in 2011

HAMZA BIN LADEN. This file frame grab photo taken on November 7, 2001 shows Hamza, who appears to be the youngest son of Saudi born Osama bin Laden, as he recites a poem extolling Kabul and Mullah Mohammad Omar, supreme leader of Afghanistan's Taliban rulers, in this frame grab taken from the Qatar based al-Jazeera satellite news channel. File photo by AL-JAZEERA / AFP

Fighting puts Syria peace negotiations at risk

Jan 04, 2017 - 8:06 AM

A dozen Syrian rebel factions have suspended talks on new peace negotiations accusing President Bashar al Assad s regime of violating a 4 day old ceasefire

A Syrian man carries wood to be used for heating in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, on January 3, 2017. Abd Doumany/AFP

US strike killed Afghanistan Al-Qaeda leader Qahtani – official

Nov 05, 2016 - 8:39 AM

The Pentagon has been actively hunting for Farouq al Qahtani for 4 years He had longstanding ties with Osama bin Laden before his death in the 2011 US raid on his Pakistan compound

Syria regime advances in Aleppo, MSF decries 'bloodbath'

Oct 01, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Aleppo is also the focus of a new French led United Nations draft resolution calling for the cessation of hostilities

'BLOODBATH.' Syrian volunteers carry an injured person on a stretcher following Syrian government forces airstrikes on the rebel held neighbourhood of Heluk in Aleppo, on September 30, 2016. Photo by Thaer Mohammed/AFP

US names Syrian group Jund al-Aqsa to terror list

Sep 21, 2016 - 12:06 AM

The US State Department says the 4 year old group was originally a unit of the al Nusra Front the Al Qaeda arm in Syria before splitting off to carry out operations independently

A Syrian man rides a bike in the neighbourhood of Jobar, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on January 23, 2016. AFP / Abd Doumany

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Sep 12, 2016 - 1:33 PM

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Tragedi 9/11, 102 menit yang mengubah dunia

Sep 12, 2016 - 12:14 AM

Berikut lini masa kejadian bersejarah yang mengantarkan Amerika Serikat menjadi pemain dalam perang di Timur Tengah

United States marks 15th anniversary of 9/11

Sep 11, 2016 - 11:27 PM

UPDATED The United States marks the 15th anniversary of the 9 11 attacks with solemn services to commemorate the victims of the deadliest terror strikes on US soil which changed the world forever

A man photographs beams of light symbolizing the two World Trade Center towers the night before the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States on September 10, 2016 in New York, New York. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

September 11, 2001: 102 minutes that changed the world

Sep 11, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Here is the timeline of the events that fateful morning which reshaped the course of US and world history

IMPACT. This file photo taken on September 11, 2001 shows a hijacked commercial plane crashing into the World Trade Center in New York. Seth McAllister/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Terror in America, 15 years ago

Sep 11, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Over 3 000 people died in the terror attacks in New York Washington DC and Pennsylvania – a major turning point in recent history

Photo taken on September 11, 2001 shows  a hijacked commercial plane crashing into the World Trade Center in New York.  The Twin Towers collapsed later on that day. September 11, 2016 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the event. Photo by Seth McAllister/AFP

15 years after 9/11, America in perpetual war

Sep 11, 2016 - 7:58 AM

The 9 11 attacks of 2001 forever changed America and upended its foreign and national security policy leaving the country for the past 15 years in a war against jihadists – without ending the upheaval in the Middle East

TERROR STRIKES AMERICA. Smoke pours from the twin towers of the World Trade Center after they were hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist attack September 11, 2001 in New York City. Robert Giroux/Getty Images/AFP

15 years on, 9/11 seared into New York history

Sep 10, 2016 - 2:07 PM

The Al Qaeda hijackings of September 11 2001 ruptured a sense of safety and plunged the West into wars still being fought today

RISING PROUDLY. People walk past New York's iconic One World Trade Center, which stands on the site of the Twin Towers that were destroyed on September 11, 2001. File photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

US adds Al-Qaeda South Asia affiliate to 'terror' list

Jun 30, 2016 - 11:21 PM

The State Department designates AQIS a foreign terrorist organization and its leader Indian born Asim Umar a specially designated global terrorist

CIA chief says secret 9/11 report not evidence of Saudi complicity

Jun 12, 2016 - 3:47 PM

A decision is expected soon on whether to release the classified 28 page section of the report by the House and Senate intelligence committees

FOREIGN AFFAIRS. US President Barack Obama (R) and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia talk during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in 2015. Photo by Olivier Douliery/EPA

Qaeda chief backs new Taliban head as 'emir of believers'

Jun 11, 2016 - 10:02 PM

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri pledges allegiance to Afghan Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada who was named as the Afghan Taliban s new leader last month

This still image from video obtained on October 26, 2012 courtesy of the Site Intelligence Group shows Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri speaking in a video. AFP PHOTO / Site Intelligence Group

Shabaab says it executed 6 'spies' in Somalia

Jun 11, 2016 - 7:28 PM

They say one of them helped kill their supreme leader in a US drone strike

UN alarmed about Boko Haram ties to ISIS

May 14, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The UN Security Council has voiced deep concern that the activities of Boko Haram continue to undermine the peace and stability of the West and Central African region

TIES WITH ISIS. Soldiers from 21 Brigade and Army Engineers clearing Islamic militant group Boko Haram camps at Chuogori and Shantumari in Borno State, Nigeria, July 30, 2015. File photo by EPA/STR

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

800 Al Qaeda fighters dead as Yemen gov't forces make gains

Apr 25, 2016 - 10:50 AM

Yemeni troops backed by Arab coalition air strikes killed more than 800 members of Al Qaeda in an attack on a southeastern provincial capital held by the group for the past year

Fierce fighting kills 35 around Syria's Aleppo – monitor

Apr 10, 2016 - 5:35 PM

Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah fighters are fighting alongside regime troops and other loyalist militia against jihadists and rebels the monitoring group says

Kenya marks Garissa university massacre anniversary

Apr 02, 2016 - 5:28 PM

The country marks the first anniversary of the Garissa university massacre with a run in honor of the victims as well as prayers and candlelight vigils organized by ordinary citizens

epa04988267 YEARENDER 2015 APRIL A young girl inspects photographs of mourners taken and sold by a photographer as souvenirs outside a Catholic church where a service for twenty one-year-old Angela Nyokabi Githakwa who was killed in an attack on Garissa University College on 02 April 2015 was held in a village near Gatundu, some 50km north of Nairobi, Kenya, 10 April 2015. Githakwa was killed in an attack by Islamist militant group al-Shabab from Somalia just one month before she turned 22. Hundreds of people gathered in a small village to mourn the young girl's death. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Gunmen kidnap Malaysian ship crew – reports

Apr 02, 2016 - 2:43 PM

UPDATED A spokesman from the Philippine regional army says the military was verifying reports after Malaysian authorities informed them but have yet to confirm Abu Sayyaf involvement

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

Little to show for in Boko Haram-ISIS partnership - analysts

Mar 06, 2016 - 12:53 PM

Some security consultants predict Boko Haram in Nigeria could this year be reduced to a largely criminal regional threat

Somali journalist who killed colleagues sentenced to death

Mar 03, 2016 - 10:51 PM

A Somali journalist who masterminded the assassination of five colleagues for the Al Qaeda linked Shebab is sentenced to death after confessing to their murders a court in the capital ruled

CONVICTED. Hassan Hanafi Haji, alleged senior commander of Somalia's Shebab Islamists, looks on as his sentence is read on March 3, 2016 at the courthouse in Mogadishu, in a case brought against him for the murder of journalists in the troubled capital. Photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP

Bin Laden left millions for jihad in handwritten will

Mar 02, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The late 1990s document is among a tranche of newly declassified letters and files that were seized by Navy SEALs during the 2011 raid that killed the terror leader

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 FILE PHOTO

Destruction of Timbuktu goes before ICC judges

Feb 28, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Timbuktu founded in the 11th century was one of the great centers of Islamic learning in the world a center of civilization at a time when Europe was in the dark ages

HERITAGE. Workers begin the reconstruction of 15th-16th century mausoleums in Timbuktu, Mali in 2014. File photo courtesy of UNESCO

Assad vows to retake all of Syria, keep 'fighting terrorism'

Feb 12, 2016 - 11:33 PM

4th UPDATE Speaking at his office in Damascus Assad says he supported peace talks but that negotiations do not mean that we stop fighting terrorism

BASHAR AL-ASSAD. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gestures during an exclusive interview with AFP in the capital Damascus on February 11, 2016. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP

Al-Qaeda claims attack on UN military camp in Timbuktu

Feb 06, 2016 - 11:15 PM

The attack comes 3 months after a similar strike on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako and one month after a raid on a top hotel in Burkina Faso

Somali, AU troops retake key port from Shebab – army, witnesses

Feb 06, 2016 - 7:37 PM

UPDATED Several Shebab fighters and one Somali soldier are killed in the clashes in the city of Merka says a Somali military official

Al-Qaeda affiliate claims Swiss woman's kidnap in new video

Jan 27, 2016 - 9:29 PM

Beatrice Stockly who was previously abducted by Islamists in northern Mali in 2012 is taken for the second time on January 7