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U.S.-Backed Alliance Advances Against Islamist Groups in Syria’s North

BEIRUT, Jan 1 – A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters advanced against Islamist insurgents in the north of the country on Friday, capturing at least one village in Aleppo province, a spokesman and a monitoring group said. Fighters from the Democratic Forces of Syria seized the village of Tanab near the town

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Al Qaeda’s Syria Wing Says Truces Only Benefit Gov’t

BEIRUT, Dec 13 – Truces between the Syrian government and rebels only benefit Damascus, the leader of one of the largest insurgent groups in the war said in comments broadcast on Saturday, in which he also criticized a recent opposition meeting as a “conspiracy.” The remarks by Abu Mohamad Al Golani, head of al Qaeda’s

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Al Qaeda Releases Lebanese Hostages

BEIRUT, Dec 1 – Al Qaeda’s Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, released Lebanese security personnel held captive since August, 2014 in a swap deal that will also release an ex-wife of Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, live TV footage showed on Tuesday. A first group of five captives were handed over and seen boarding a

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Al Qaeda Threatens Saudi Arabia Over Plan to Execute Prisoners

DUBAI, Dec 1 – Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen threatened the Saudi government over its plan to carry out a mass execution of prisoners, including Al Qaeda members, the militant group announced in a statement posted on social media. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the deadliest branches of the global militant

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Nusra Front Demands Obstruct Release of Lebanese Soldiers

BEIRUT, Nov 30 – Efforts to secure the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen held captive by the Nusra Front have been obstructed by last minute demands from the Syrian Al Qaeda-linked group, the head of a Lebanese security agency was quoted as saying on Monday. Major General Abbas Ibrahim, head of General Security, told

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Pakistani Man Faces Sentencing in U.S. Over Al Qaeda Plot

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK, Nov 24 – A Pakistani man is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday after a U.S. jury convicted him of plotting to bomb a shopping center in England as part of an Al Qaeda plan for attacks in Europe and the United States. Abid Naseer, 29, faces life in prison

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Terrorism Is Faithless

Extremist groups resort to brainwashing and bribery to gain followers  By Rami G. Khouri  The brutal nature and wide geographic scope of the terror attacks by Daesh in recent weeks that killed over 400 innocent people in Sinai, Beirut, Baghdad and Paris have once again sparked a frantic quest by befuddled intelligence agencies and analysts

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Turkey Detains 18 Al Qaeda Suspects Ahead of G20 Summit

ANKARA, Nov 10: Turkish police detained 18 people on Tuesday suspected of recruiting fighters for Syria’s Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, media said, days before world leaders were due to meet at a G20 summit in southern Turkey. The suspects included two women and a number of people who had crossed into Turkey after being wounded

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Suicide bomber kills two militiamen in Yemen

Reuters 10/26/2015 ADEN, Yemen – A suspected al Qaeda suicide bomber killed two militiamen on Monday at a checkpoint in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, already beset by violence, a security source said. The bomber approached the militiamen as they were inspecting cars at a large intersection in the Mansoura district and detonated an

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