Al Qaeda

  • Terror export to Iraq matter of concern: Shiv Sena July 15, 2014

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Tuesday expressed concern over what it described as "home-grown terror being exported" to Iraq, which could pose serious ramifications for India. In an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana', the party said that the incident of four missing youngsters from Kalyan town in Thane, who have reportedly...
  • Bodies found north of Baghdad as Sunni insurgents turn on each other July 14, 2014

    Baghdad: Residents of a town north of Baghdad found 12 corpses with execution-style bullet wounds on Monday, after fighting between rival Sunni insurgent groups that could eventually unravel the coalition that seized much of the north and west of the country. The incident points to an intensification of infighting between the...
  • Indian-American pleads guilty to funding al-Qaeda groups July 13, 2014

    Washington: A 31-year-old Indian-American, caught in a FBI sting operation, faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to providing thousands of dollars in material support to three terror groups operating under al-Qaeda in war-torn Syria and Somalia. Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed was arrested last year in a Miami-based...
  • Some US-bound air travelers must turn on phones for better security July 8, 2014

    Washington: Passengers at some overseas airports that offer US-bound flights will soon be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board their flights. The measure is intended to enhance aviation security at a time of increased threats. The Transportation Security Administration says it is adding the requirement that...
  • ISIS renames itself as the Islamic State July 7, 2014

    Baghdad: As violence continues unabated in conflict torn Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has now renamed itself as simply the Islamic State. The militant organisation that has swept vast swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria are now waging a bitter propaganda war. In a recent video...
  • ISIS chief Baghdadi urges people to join him in the jihad July 6, 2014

    In a rare public appearance, ISIS chief Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi addressed supporters at a mosque in Mosul urging them to obey him and join him in the jihad for a separate caliphate. ...
  • France calls for urgent and political response to Iraq crisis June 20, 2014

    Paris: France has called for an urgent but also political response from Iraq to the offensive by jihadist ISIL forces, and said it was "ready" to contribute to reinforcing the democratic opposition in Syria. The Iraq crisis, where ISIL forces have seized control of large swathes of the country north of...
  • ISIS dangerous not only for Syria but whole world: Syrian Ambassador June 19, 2014

    Syrian Ambassador to India, Riyadh Abbas on Thursday said that the ISIS is getting support from Al Qaeda supporters, like western, colonial states and some Saudi countries. In an interview to CNN-IBN, Syrian Ambassador said, "ISIS is terrorist organisation which is dangerous not only for Syria but the whole world." ...
  • Karzai says Afghanistan will not be a repeat of Iraq June 18, 2014

    Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has dismissed suggestions that his country could descend into the same chaos as Iraq when US-led troops pull out and leave the national police and army to impose security. Both countries have been at the centre of US wars, and are plagued by insurgencies fighting against...
  • Iraq insurgents take Saddam's home town in lightning advance June 12, 2014

    Sunni rebels from an Al Qaeda splinter group overran the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Wednesday and closed in on the biggest oil refinery in the country, making further gains in their rapid military advance against the Shi'ite-led government in Baghdad. The threat to the Baiji refinery comes after terrorists from...
  • Mosul falls to militants, Iraqi forces flee northern city June 10, 2014

    Mosul: An al-Qaeda splinter group in Iraq seized control of the big northern city of Mosul on Tuesday, putting security forces to flight in a spectacular show of strength against the Shi'ite-led Baghdad government. The capture of the city of some two million by the Islamic State of Iraq and...
  • Yemen says 500 al Qaeda militants, 40 soldiers killed in campaign June 5, 2014

    Sanaa: Five hundred al Qaeda militants and 40 soldiers have been killed since the military launched an offensive against the group in April, Yemeni army spokesman, Colonel Saeed al-Faquih, told a news conference on Thursday. Yemen's military mounted a campaign in the south of the country to try to crush the...
  • 17 policemen killed in Yemen attack June 5, 2014

    Aden: Suspected Al Qaeda militants early Thursday attacked a military checkpoint in Yemen and killed at least 17 policemen, an official said. "Assailants of the Al Qaeda group raided a checkpoint in Bayhan district of Shabwa province, killing up to 17 policemen at around 5 a.m.," the official told Xinhua. "Three armoured...
  • American PoW - hero or villain? Bowe Robert Bergdahl 'returns' as protagonist of TV hit 'Homeland' June 4, 2014

    In 2003, a US marine sergeant and his scout sniper partner were captured near the Syrian border by forces loyal to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and thereafter sold to an Al-Qaeda commander. For the next eight years they were held captive in Damascus and through most of this time were...
  • Qaeda in Syria targets army with four suicide bombings May 25, 2014

    Syria's Al-Qaeda branch staged four suicide bomb attacks on army positions on Sunday, leaving dozens of casualties, in a bid to cut off Idlib province from the coast, a monitoring group said. The attacks came a day after the Al-Nusra Front announced the creation of an arms factory. "Four Al-Nusra Front fighters...
  • UN Security Council committee blacklists Nigeria's Boko Haram May 23, 2014

    Washington: The UN Security Council committee on al-Qaeda sanctions blacklisted Nigeria's Islamist militant group Boko Haram on Thursday after the insurgents kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls, diplomats said. Nigeria, which until recently had been reluctant to seek international help to combat Boko Haram, requested earlier this week the group be sanctioned. As...
  • Nigeria asks UN al-Qaeda committee to blacklist Boko Haram May 21, 2014

    Nigeria has formally asked the UN Security Council al-Qaeda sanctions committee to blacklist the Islamist militant group Boko Haram after the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls, according to a confidential document obtained by Reuters. If there is no objection by the 15-member council committee, which operates by consensus, Boko Haram will...
  • Africa leaders declare 'total war' on Nigeria's Boko Haram May 18, 2014

    Nigeria and four neighbouring countries have declared a "total war" on Boko Haram saying the dreaded Islamist militant group holding over 220 schoolgirls must be crushed as it had become a "regional al Qaeda" that threatened all of them. Under a "global and regional action plan" firmed up to face the...
  • US: Nigeria abductions sharpen focus on Boko Haram May 9, 2014

    Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry is pledging to do everything possible to help return to their families more than 300 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped from their boarding school last month by the militant group Boko Haram. Kerry said on Thursday that a team of US officials and agents...
  • Car bomb kills 13 at Afghanistan checkpoint May 2, 2014

    Kabul: A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives at a busy checkpoint in central Afghanistan, killing at least 13 people on Thursday, an official said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack on the entry checkpoint into Panjshir province killed five police officers and one intelligence officer assigned...
  • US court convicts Osama bin Laden's son-in-law on terrorism charges March 26, 2014

    New York: Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, the voice of fiery al-Qaeda propaganda videotapes after the September 11 attacks, was convicted on Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans for his role as the terror group's spokesman. The verdict came after about five hours of deliberation in the case against Sulaiman Abu Ghaith,...
  • 9/11-style terror angle in missing Malaysian jet case: Reports March 16, 2014

    If reports are to be believed, the evidence of a plot by Malaysian Islamists to hijack a passenger jet in a 9/11-style attack is being investigated in connection with the disappearance of Flight MH370. As reported by The Telegraph, an al-Qaeda supergrass told a court last week that four to five...
  • Despite fear of Taliban's rise, India starts projects in Afghanistan February 19, 2014

    Kandhar: In an attempt to root out terror, India and Afghanistan inaugurated a new agricultural university in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. The project which is part of India's 2 billion dollar development commitment to Aghanistan was inaugurated by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and will cost nearly 8 million...
  • Indian-origin UK soldier gets 1st 'field promotion' in 60 years January 28, 2014

    An Indian-origin soldier, helping in the fight against the al-Qaeda, has become the first in the British Army to get an on-the-spot "field promotion" in more than 60 years. Rifleman Gigar Das, from 1st Battalion The Rifles (1 Rifles), was presented with his Lance Corporal's stripe in front of his colleagues...
  • Car bomb blamed on al-Qaeda kills 26 in north Syrian town January 16, 2014

    Beirut: A car bomb blamed on a radical group linked to al Qaeda killed at least 26 people in a rebel-held city of northern Syria on Wednesday, an opposition monitoring group said. Hours earlier, a Belgian commander from the same al Qaeda-linked group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the...
  • India, China, Russia to hold trilateral meet on Afghanistan January 16, 2014

    Beijing: Senior officials from India, China and Russia will hold a trilateral meet on Friday to discuss the emerging situation in Afghanistan in the backdrop of the US troops withdrawal that have sparked concern over the reemergence of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in the region. The meeting of the three...
  • In talks with FBI, will bring Dawood back to India, says Shinde January 9, 2014

    Mumbai: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Wednesday said that the Indian government along with US intelligence agency FBI is working towards bringing India's most wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to India. "Efforts are on to track Dawood. We are in talks with the FBI," Shinde said in...
  • US fears grow about Iraq, but response remains limited January 8, 2014

    The Obama administration is considering expanding its support to Iraqi forces as they fight off a renewed al Qaeda threat, but Washington's ability to significantly increase security assistance to Baghdad will remain limited. US officials say they are in discussions with the Iraqi government about training its elite forces in a...
  • American Al-Qaeda hostage seeks Obama's help December 27, 2013

    The FBI is trying to authenticate the 13-minute alleged Al Qaeda video that shows a 72-year-old American hostage urging his government to help free him. American contract worker Warren Weinstein was taken from his home in Pakistan several years ago. ...
  • Al-Qaeda releases video of American kidnapped in Pakistan December 26, 2013

    Al-Qaeda has released a video of an American NGO worker kidnapped by it in Pakistan in 2011, in which he is shown asking US President Barack Obama to negotiate with his captors for his release. Warren Weinstein, 72, seen wearing a a grey tracksuit, sounded tired as he said he felt...