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Bin Laden Documents Outline Inheritance Wishes, Division of Funds

By Jonathan Landay and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, March 1  – Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden outlined in letters and other documents how at least $29 million of his funds and possessions should be apportioned after his death, requesting that most of it be used to continue global jihad. One of the letters—part of a

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Drones Kill 12 Yemen Militants, Including Top Al Qaeda Leader

CAIRO, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Two suspected U.S. drone strikes killed 12 Islamist militants overnight in southern Yemen, residents said on Thursday, including a top Al Qaeda commander who may have been the new leader of Daesh in Yemen. One strike killed six men in a car traveling in al Rawda city in Shabwa province,

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Lebanese Army Kill 2, Arrests 27 Militants in Border Town

BEIRUT, Feb 3 – Lebanese soldiers killed two gunmen and arrested at least 27 suspected militants, including a commander from the Daesh group, in a raid in the town of Arsal near the border with Syria, a security source on Wednesday. The source said that among those detained was Abu Bakr Al Raqqawi, a local

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Russia Won’t Stop Syria Strikes Until “Terrorists” Defeated: Lavrov

MUSCAT, Feb 3 – Russia will not stop its air strikes on Syria until armed groups, such as Al Qaeda’s wing there, are defeated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Russia should stop bombing opposition forces in Syria now that U.N.-led peace talks

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Al Qaeda Releases Video of Swiss Nun Held Hostage

DAKAR, Jan 27 – Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a video of a Swiss nun who had been kidnapped in northern Mali nearly three weeks ago in the first claim of responsibility for the hostage-taking, according to SITE Intelligence Group. The video, which outlined the conditions for the release of Beatrice Stockly,

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At least 20 Dead in Siege by Suspected Islamists at Burkina Faso Hotel

By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Nadoun Coulibaly OUAGADOUGOU, Jan 16 – At least 20 people died and others were taken hostage when Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in the capital city of Burkina Faso on Friday, a hospital director said, an attack for which al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility. Security forces began

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Al Qaeda Warns Saudi Arabia it Will Pay for Executing Militants

DUBAI, Jan 11 – Al Qaeda has warned Saudi Arabia it will pay for the executions of dozens of its members, saying they were intended to be a new year’s gift to Riyadh’s Western allies aimed at consolidating the rule of the Saud dynasty. Though it was the killing of a Shi-ite cleric in the

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Daesh Threatens to Destroy Saudi Prisons After Executions

RIYADH, Jan 6 – Daesh threatened to destroy Saudi Arabian prisons holding jihadists after Riyadh’s execution of 47 people including 43 convicted al Qaeda militants. The militant group, which has claimed responsibility for attacks in the kingdom and stepped up operations in neighbouring Yemen, singled out the al-Ha’ir and Tarfiya prisons where many al Qaeda and Daesh

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Crafting Stability

This troubled region of ours requires lateral thinking and a new approach By Ismail Serageldin The horrors of Daesh and Al Qaeda have reached such a level of barbarity and violence that we are unable to find the right words to describe them. Today, they have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe and their affiliates are

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Anger as Shiite Cleric Among 47 in Mass Saudi Terrorism Execution

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, Jan 2 – Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric and dozens of Al Qaeda members on Saturday, signaling it would not tolerate attacks by either Sunni jihadists or minority Shiites seeking equality, but stirring sectarian anger across the region. Scores of Shiite Muslims marched through the Qatif district of

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