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Ivory Coast anti al-Qaeda attack music video

Ivorian Musicians To Al-Qaeda: We’re Not Even Scared

A group of musicians in the Ivory Coast have released a song that directly and defiantly addresses al-Qaeda after the group killed 19 people in an attack on a popular beach resort.

March 25, 2016
A soldiers stands guard in front of Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou

Burkina Faso And Mali To Coordinate Forces After Deadly Attacks

Prime ministers met on Sunday, two days after al Qaeda militants seized the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital, killing at least 28 people.

January 18, 2016
View shows vehicles on fire outside Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou

Burkina Hotel Retaken From Al Qaeda Fighters, But Dozens Dead

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said 28 people were killed in the Splendid Hotel, a Cappuccino restaurant across the street, and a second nearby hotel.

January 17, 2016
A photo of Al Qaeda's new leader, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, is seen in this still image taken from a video released on September 12, 2011

Al Qaeda Calls Islamic State Illegitimate But Suggests Cooperation

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri dismissed the Islamic State movement and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as illegitimate but said his followers would join them in fighting the Western-led coalition in Iraq and Syria if possible.

September 9, 2015
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The Freedom To Provoke

Propagandists like Pamela Geller are intent on convincing Americans that not only extremists but Islam itself and Arabs everywhere are enemies of the U.S.

May 13, 2015
Extremists worry the Balkans, Europe's Muslim heartland

Extremists Worry The Balkans, Europe’s Muslim Heartland

Even as Balkan men fight in Syria and Iraq, mostly with the Islamic State, fundamentalists at home are intensifying attacks on the legitimacy of the liberal version of Islam that’s evolved in the Balkans over centuries.

May 2, 2015
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White House: Two Al-Qaeda Hostages Killed In U.S. Operation

The White House said Thursday that a U.S. operation in January against an Al Qaeda compound near the Afghan-Pakistan border killed one American and one Italian hostage, along with an American member of the jihadist group.

April 23, 2015
Yemen military

Yemen Faces Power Vacuum After President Quits

Learn more about the volatile situation in Yemen.

January 23, 2015
Guantanamo

In New Book, Guantanamo Inmate Describes Beatings, Death Threats, And Mock Execution

One of Guantanamo’s longest-held prisoners shares his experience in a new book.

January 20, 2015
Sharia Law

Useful Idiots: Why The Violent Extremists Welcome Attacks On Islam

Extremists can only be grateful when anti-Muslim propaganda, repeated constantly in right-wing publications and broadcasts, casts them as the defenders of Islam.

January 15, 2015
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What Lies Ahead For The U.S. In Afghanistan, Iraq

Everything you need to know about America’s future in Afghanistan.

December 29, 2014
Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

The Senate Torture Report: Crimes Without Punishment

The CIA broke international law and American values. How can the nation hold torturers accountable?

December 10, 2014
ISIS

Islamic State Considered An Interloper By Larger Militant Groups

The Islamic State is struggling to gain support among fellow extremists.

December 1, 2014
Detention at Guantanamo grinds on: 13 years and counting, 148 captives remain

Detention At Guantanamo Grinds On: 13 years And Counting, 148 Captives Remain

American use of the world’s most expensive prison still has no end in sight.

November 20, 2014
AFP Photo/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch

Obama Admits U.S. Underestimated IS, As Air Strikes Intensify

Islamic State militants release a message in response to the air raids launched on Syria.

September 29, 2014
AFP Photo by Wang Zhao of Susan Rice

U.S. Can’t Confirm Death Of Khorasan Group Leader: Rice

The U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice says that it is possible that the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrikes killed Kohrasan’s alleged leader and long-standing al-Qaeda operative Muhsin al-Fadhi.

September 24, 2014
AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski

Bin Laden Son-In-Law Sentenced To Life In U.S. Prison

Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law received the maximum sentence from Judge Lewis Kaplan, who said that the defendant failed to show remorse for the September 11th attacks.

September 23, 2014
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Khorasan Group Was Planning ‘Major’ Attack: Pentagon

Air strikes from the U.S. and allied forces not only targeted the Islamic State, but also Al-Qaeda’s Khorasan group, which was reportedly on the verge of executing “major attacks” against the West.

September 23, 2014
Obama 9-11

ISIS: Republican Reaction To Obama Speech Reveals Much — About Them

Within minutes after President Obama concluded his strong and sensible address explaining how he intends to destroy ISIS, the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization, Republicans popped up on television like political snipers. He should have kept a “residual force” in Iraq, complained Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and he is to blame for ISIS advances. He […]

September 11, 2014
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Dick Cheney Lectures Obama On Islamic State

Washington (AFP) — He spent eight years bending the ear of George W. Bush. On Wednesday, former vice president Dick Cheney sought to advise another U.S. leader, this time over how to contend with violent jihadists. In a Washington speech, Cheney, an architect of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, criticized a “disengaged” President […]

September 10, 2014
Peter Curtis

U.S. Journalist, Home From Hostage Ordeal, Gives Thanks

Boston (AFP) – A U.S. journalist taken hostage by Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Syria thanked those who supported him during his two years in captivity Wednesday, saying he was “just overwhelmed with emotion.” Peter Theo Curtis, 45, made a brief statement to reporters outside his mother Nancy Curtis’s house in Cambridge, Massachusets, the morning after his […]

August 27, 2014
Iraq Violence

Proud Sunni Neighborhood Writhes Under Iraq’s Shiite Security Forces

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times BAGHDAD — He fought alongside U.S. troops battling Al Qaeda militants on the streets of Adhamiya, one of Baghdad’s most treacherous districts during the long American-led occupation. Now he is ready to take up arms against the Iraqi government that he once fought to preserve. “We are prepared […]

July 21, 2014
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Benghazi: What New Details Reveal About The ‘Scandal’ — And Its Promoters

In the years since the terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, his aide Sean Smith and CIA officers Tyrone Smith and Glen Doherty in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, President Obama’s congressional critics have complained long and loudly about his failure to apprehend the perpetrators immediately. Republican experts like Ted Cruz and Darrell Issa, […]

June 20, 2014
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At Least 15 Dead As Islamists Strike Again On Kenyan Coast

Mpeketoni (Kenya) (AFP) – At least 15 people have been killed in a new attack near Kenya’s coast, officials said Tuesday, just 24 hours after Somalia’s Shebab rebels massacred close to 50 people in the same area. The Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group said its fighters carried out the latest attack on a village, and that its […]

June 17, 2014
Syria Fighters

Police, Army Flee As al-Qaeda Group Seizes Iraq’s Second Largest City

By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff ISTANBUL — Iraqi police and army forces abandoned much of the northern city of Mosul Tuesday after fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria seized control of key government buildings late Monday night, leaving the central government’s control of northern Iraq in grave doubt. Residents told local […]

June 10, 2014