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Al-Qaeda chief denounces Islamic State 'liars'

Jan 06, 2017 - 8:44 AM

In an audio message Ayman al Zawahiri complains that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi had alleged that Al Qaeda opposes sectarian attacks on Shiites and was prepared to work with Christian leaders

AL-QAEDA CHIEF. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri denounces what he said was a dishonest propaganda campaign by rival jihadist group the Islamic State against his organization. File photo by 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

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

Southeast Asia after 9/11

Sep 13, 2015 - 10:50 AM

On September 11 2001 planes crashed into the World Trade Center What s happened since then and what lessons have we learned?

The 'Tribute in Lights' memorial that is lit every year to mark the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, USA, 11 September 2015. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief

Aug 13, 2015 - 9:26 PM

UPDATED The statement comes amid a bitter struggle within the Taliban over Mansour s leadership

India on alert as Al-Qaeda opens South Asia front

Sep 04, 2014 - 9:39 PM

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri says the new operation would take the fight to Myanmar Bangladesh and India which has a large but traditionally moderate Muslim population

Asim Umar, head of new Al-Qaeda branch

Sep 04, 2014 - 9:21 PM

Umar is named by Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri in a video message as the leader of the network s new operation which will try to rouse fighters in India Bangladesh and Myanmar

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

Al-Qaeda declares new branch in Indian subcontinent

Sep 04, 2014 - 9:10 AM

In a video posted online Ayman al Zawahiri says the new force would crush the artificial borders dividing Muslim populations in the region

ISIS declares caliphate as Iraq presses counter-offensive

Jun 30, 2014 - 11:49 AM

ISIS s announcement comes as Iraq takes delivery of the first batch of warplanes from Russia with the newly purchased Su 25s expected to be pressed into service

AIR STRIKE. Iraqis inspect the damage at a market after an air strike by Iraqi army, in central Mosul city, northern Iraq, June 28, 2014. Photo by EPA

Deal for Syria rebels to withdraw from Homs bastion

May 03, 2014 - 8:26 AM

The agreement comes after government forces began an assault against the few remaining rebel held areas in the city last month

WITHDRAW FROM HOMS. Syrian policemen and citizens inspect the damage at the site of a car bomb explosion in the Abbasid neighborhood, Homs province, Syria, April 29, 2014. Photo by STR/EPA

US warns of new generation of global terrorists

May 02, 2014 - 12:28 AM

Extremist violence last year was also increasingly marked by sectarian motives which the US said was a worrisome trend

TERRORISM? Flames and smoke rise from the site of twin bombings in Syria on April 9, 2014. File photo by EPA

Egypt police end standoff with Islamists at mosque

Aug 17, 2013 - 10:05 PM

UPDATE The government says 173 had died in the past 24 hours bringing the country s death toll to more than 750 since Wednesday

Egyptian riot policemen get in the community services hall of Cairo's Al-Fath mosque where Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi held up on August 17.  Photo by AFP/MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

US to reopen Mideast embassies except Yemen on Sunday

Aug 10, 2013 - 8:08 AM

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says 18 of 19 embassies and consulates that were closed for a week would reopen on Sunday

ON ALERT. Yemeni soldiers (L) guard at security barriers blocking the access to the US Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen, 03 August 2013. Photo by EPA/Yahya Arhab

Yemen says Qaeda plotted to take hostages at oil port

Aug 07, 2013 - 9:01 PM

2nd UPDATE Yemeni authorities have foiled an Al Qaeda plot to seize control of two cities and an oil export terminal in Yemen and to kidnap foreigners a government spokesman says

NO ENTRY. A checkpoint leading to the US embassy compound in the Yemeni capital Saana is seen on August 3, 2013. Photo by AFP/Mohammad Huwais

US orders citizens to leave Yemen amid Qaeda alert

Aug 06, 2013 - 7:23 PM

UK also announces temporary withdrawal of all personnel from its embassy in Yemen saying it would remain closed until staff are able to return

ON ALERT. Yemeni soldiers (L) guard at security barriers blocking the access to the US Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen, 03 August 2013. Photo by EPA/Yahya Arhab

Intercepts from Al-Qaeda 'sparked embassy closures'

Aug 06, 2013 - 11:59 AM

Reports: Electronic communications reveal Zawahiri ordered Nasser al Wuhayshi the head of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to carry out an attack as early as Aug 4

NO ENTRY. A checkpoint leading to the US embassy compound in the Yemeni capital Saana is seen on August 3, 2013. Photo by AFP/Mohammad Huwais

US extends embassy closures

Aug 05, 2013 - 8:00 AM

UPDATED The US State Department noting it was acting out of an abundance of caution said 19 diplomatic outposts would be shuttered through Saturday

NO ENTRY. A checkpoint leading to the US embassy compound in the Yemeni capital Saana is seen on August 3, 2013. Photo by AFP/Mohammad Huwais

Security alerts spark embassy closures

Aug 04, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Interpol issues global security alert after jailbreaks linked to Al Qaeda and as Western powers plan temporary closure of certain embassies mostly in the Middle East over terror threats

The Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France, 19 October 2007. AFP File / Fred Dufour

Zawahiri confirms death of Al-Qaeda deputy

Sep 11, 2012 - 2:19 PM

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri has released a video coinciding with the anniversary of the September 11 attacks confirming for the first time the death of his deputy