May 6, 2011 |
An online posting attributed to al-Qaeda on Friday confirms the death of Osama bin Laden and warns of retaliation against the United States and other nations for the slaying of the terrorist leader. The statement, which was posted on jihadist Web forums, appears to mark the first acknowledgment by al-Qaeda that its founder and leader for more than two decades was killed in a U.S. commando raid in a garrison city in Pakistan. If confirmed, the message would also represent the network's first attempt to appeal...
November 30, 2012 |
BAMAKO, Mali — Khaira Arby, one of Africa's most celebrated musicians, has performed all over the world, but there is one place she cannot visit: her native city of Timbuktu, a place steeped in history and culture but now ruled by religious extremists. One day, they broke into Arby's house and destroyed her instruments. Her voice was a threat to Islam, they said, even though one of her most popular songs praised Allah. "They told my neighbors that if they ever caught me, they would cut my...
December 31, 2009
Al-Qaeda has used Yemen as a base to launch attacks against U.S. interests since the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000. Some major events: Oct. 12, 2000 USS Cole attack Al-Qaeda militants ram the USS Cole with an explosives-packed speedboat off the southern city of Aden, killing 17 U.S. sailors. Nov. 3, 2002 Al-Qaeda figure killed Abu Ali al-Harithi , reputed head of the group al-Qaeda in Yemen, is killed in eastern Yemen by a missile fired at his car by a Predator drone.
August 21, 2008 |
There's a consensus in post-Saddam Iraq that after five years of conflict, violence is tapering off. U.S. combat deaths are at their lowest levels in months (AFP) , and attacks on Iraqi civilians are on the wane. These " still fragile security gains ," as the top U.S. commander in Iraq calls them, are attributable to many factors, including political progress and extra U.S. troops. But among the most celebrated has been the taming of the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq . The group is linked to the attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad five...
June 17, 2008 |
LEADERLESS JIHAD Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century By Marc Sageman Univ. of Pennsylvania. 200 pp. $24.95 THE CONFRONTATION Winning the War Against Future Jihad By Walid Phares Palgrave Macmillan. 296 pp. $24.95 Al-Qaeda is synonymous with Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri. The war in Iraq inflicted a strategic defeat on al-Qaeda, as President Bush stated on the fifth anniversary of the invasion. Bin Laden and Zawahiri are in command of a new generation of radicals born...
January 16, 2013
The Jan. 12 front-page article " Obama, Karzai hasten handoff " included this statement by President Obama: "We achieved our central goal, or have come very close to achieving our central goal, which is to de-capacitate al-Qaeda, to dismantle them, to make sure that they can't attack us again. " If Mr. Obama believes that we are close to eliminating al-Qaeda's capacities, he should tell the French soldiers who recently went into combat in Mali to prevent that country's takeover by al-Qaeda-allied guerrillas.