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Militants Kidnap Six Pakistani Workers of Polish Oil Company

By Saud Mehsud DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, Nov 27 – Six Pakistani workers from a Polish oil and gas surveying company have been kidnapped in northwestern Pakistan, military sources told Reuters, years after a Polish engineer from the same company was beheaded by Pakistani militants. The six Geofizyka Krakow workers were snatched on Saturday afternoon

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Could Trump Save U.S. Mideast policy? Or Just Make It Worse?

By Peter Apps Nov 23 – As the U.S. election results trickled in in the early hours of Nov. 9, Syrian government forces began yet another assault on Aleppo – with humanitarian workers and medical centers again in the line of fire. When historians look back on the presidency of Barack Obama, they may well

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Four Charged with Plotting to Assassinate Late Saudi King – Media

DUBAI, Nov 22 – Four suspected al Qaeda members have gone on trial accused of plotting to assassinate the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, newspapers in the kingdom reported on Tuesday. The reports provided no details on the alleged assassination plot or when it may have occurred, but said the defendants were also charged

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This Week in History: November 9 – November 13

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  November 12, 1996: Charkhi Dadri Mid-Air Collision The Charkhi Dadri incident is considered the deadliest mid-air collision to date. A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 en route from Delhi to Dhahran, and a Kazakh Ilyushin Il-76 cargo en route from Chimkent to Delhi collided

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Popular Pressures and Policy Options Awaiting Donald Trump

By Rami G. Khouri When Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were competing over the American vote, intense speculation over how either candidate’s foreign policy would impact the many tensions and wars in Middle East dominated the news. But in the end, it is just that — speculation that is likely to be overtaken by events the

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Two Italians and Canadian Kidnapped in Libya Freed, Flown to Italy

MILAN/TRIPOLI, Nov 5  – Two Italian workers and a Canadian kidnapped in Libya in September have been freed and were flown to Italy early on Saturday, Italian and Libyan officials said. Danilo Calonego, Bruno Cacace and Frank Poccia – were abducted on Sept. 19 in Ghat, southwestern Libya, near the site where they worked by

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U.S. Warns About Possible Al Qaeda Attacks in Virginia, Texas, NY

By David Ingram NEW YORK, Nov 4 – Federal officials have warned New York City authorities about possible attacks by the al Qaeda militant group around Election Day, putting local law enforcement on alert the weekend before Tuesday’s vote, officials said on Friday. Both the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Port Authority of

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Yemeni Money Exchange, Owners Sanctioned for Aiding Al Qaeda: U.S. Treasury

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 – A currency exchange business suspected of supporting Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the its two owners have been added to the U.S. Treasury Department’s list targeting those who aid U.S.-designated terrorist groups, the department said on Tuesday. Said Salih Abd-Rabbuh al-Omgy and Muhammad Salih Abd-Rubbuh al-Omgy were placed

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Al Qaeda’s Ruthless Pragmatism Makes it More Dangerous Than Daesh

By Colin P. Clarke and Barak Mendelsohn Oct 30 – Policymakers and terrorism scholars are debating whether al Qaeda or Daesh is the more dangerous threat to the United States and the West. After the various bombings and attacks across the West, many experts insist Daesh is the more serious problem. That is a mistake.

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U.S. Says Two Top Al Qaeda Leaders in Afghanistan Targeted in Strikes

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, Oct 26  – The United States carried out strikes in Afghanistan on Sunday targeting two of al Qaeda’s most senior leaders in the country, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. The U.S. military is still assessing the results of the strikes against the two leaders who were targeted at command-and-control locations in

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