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‘Al-Qaeda attack’ kills 20 Yemeni soldiers in latest wave of violence

Yemeni soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint in Amran province, 50km north of Sanaa. Photo: Xinhua

Gunmen in Yemen killed 20 soldiers on Monday at a checkpoint in Hadramawt province, the official Saba news agency said of the latest in a wave of attacks blamed on al-Qaeda.

Monday, 24 March, 2014, 7:01pm

Suicide bombers storm Iraq ministry building, 24 killed

A woman stands near a destroyed vehicle at the site of a car bomb explosion in the Shuala area of Baghdad. Photo: AFP

Six suicide bombers burst into an Iraqi ministry building, took hostages and killed at least 24 people including themselves on Thursday before security forces regained control, security officials said.

30 Jan 2014 - 11:16pm

US drone missiles kill 17 in Yemen attack on wedding party convoy

Men look at graffiti showing a US drone on a wall in Yemen. Photo: AFP

Missiles fired by a US drone slammed into a convoy of vehicles travelling to a wedding party in central Yemen, killing at least 17 people, Yemeni security officials said.

The officials said the attack took place on Thursday in the city of Radda, the capital of Bayda province, and left charred bodies and burnt out cars on the road.

14 Dec 2013 - 2:16am 1 comment

Leaked al-Qaeda plot did more harm than Snowden disclosures

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Photo: AFP

The impact of a leaked al-Qaeda terrorist plot has caused more immediate damage to US counterterrorism efforts than the thousands of classified documents disclosed by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, US government analysts and senior officials say.

1 Oct 2013 - 2:41am 1 comment

American ‘rapping jihadi’ killed in Al-Shabab ambush in Somalia

US-born militant Omar Hammami has been killed. Photo: AP

A "rapping jihadi" from Alabama who ascended the ranks of Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked militant group and was on the FBI's Most Wanted list with a US$5 million reward for his capture was killed yesterday in an ambush ordered by the militant group's leader, rebels said.

13 Sep 2013 - 3:13am

US drone kills senior Haqqani commander

Pakistani activists protest against US missile strikes in tribal areas. Photo: AFP

US missiles on Friday killed a senior commander in the al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, wanted for kidnappings and sending hundreds of foreign fighters into Afghanistan, Pakistani officials said.

Mullah Sangeen Zadran, blacklisted as a terrorist by the United Nations and United States, was among six fighters killed in a drone strike in the tribal district of North Waziristan.

6 Sep 2013 - 9:26pm

Egyptian crackdown against Islamists ‘aiding al-Qaeda’

Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood protest in Cairo. Photo: Reuters

Egypt's bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood has been a gift to al-Qaeda that will help it attract fresh followers and open a new front in the Middle East, experts say.

24 Aug 2013 - 4:36am

US, Britain pull embassy staff from Yemen amid al-Qaeda terror threat

Yemeni security forces man a checkpoint in Sanaa. Photo: Reuters

The United States told its citizens in Yemen on Tuesday to leave immediately and airlifted out some US government personnel, following warnings of potential attacks that have pushed Washington to shut diplomatic missions across the Middle East.

7 Aug 2013 - 12:42am 1 comment

Al-Qaeda chief vows to free 'all our prisoners' from US jails

Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of al-Qaeda, issued the vow to free Muslim prisoners.Photo: AFP

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has vowed to break out Muslim prisoners from US prisons and the heavily fortified compound for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

2 Aug 2013 - 5:08am

Al-Qaeda says it freed 500 inmates in Iraq jailbreak

A policeman checks the documents of Iraqis at a checkpoint in Baghdad. Photo: AFP

Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility on Tuesday for simultaneous raids on two Iraqi prisons and said more than 500 inmates had been set free in the operation, one of its most brazen in Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, formed earlier this year through a merger of al-Qaeda’s affiliates in Syria and Iraq, said it had stormed Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib jail and another, some 20 kilometres north of capital, after months of preparation.

24 Jul 2013 - 2:16am

Al-Qaeda's Iraq head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, defiant over Syria bid

Al-Qaeda's global leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri

The leader of al-Qaeda's Iraq arm defiantly has rejected an order from the terror network's central command to stop claiming control over the organisation's Syria affiliate, according to a message purportedly from him that was posted online.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:32am

Papers found in Timbuktu suggest al-Qaeda has ground-to-air missiles

A French soldier holds an SA-7 launch tube near Timbuktu. Photo: AP

The photocopies of the manual lay in heaps on the floor, in stacks that scaled one wall, like handouts for a class.

13 Jun 2013 - 4:33am 1 comment

Bombs and battles hit northern Iraq, more than 70 dead

Civilians gather at the site of a car bomb attack at Jadidat al-Shatt in Diyala province, north of Baghdad. Photo: Reuters

Insurgents attacked cities across Iraq on Monday with car bombs, suicide blasts and gun battles that killed more than 70 people in unrest that has deepened fears of a return to civil war.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Al-Qaeda poison gas workshops busted, Iraq officials say

Soldiers in gas masks hold chemical bottles. Photo: Reuters

Iraq's defence ministry said it had broken up an al-Qaeda cell that was working to produce poison gas at two locations in the capital for future attacks at home and abroad.

2 Jun 2013 - 7:58am

Gunmen kill policeman in Pakistan polio team attack

Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team in part of Pakistan’s restive tribal regions on Monday, killing a policeman who was providing security, officials said.

The attackers opened fire as the team was going to administer polio drops in Kalam town in Bajaur district, one of the seven tribal areas along the Afghan border, local administration official Suhail Ahmed Khan said.

20 May 2013 - 5:54pm