December 25, 2009 |
The Yemeni government said it carried out airstrikes Thursday on a suspected gathering of Al Qaeda operatives and indicated that a radical cleric linked to the shootings at Ft. Hood, Texas, may have been among those killed. "Yemeni fighter jets launched an aerial assault" before dawn on a compound in the southern part of the country, says a statement issued Thursday by the Yemeni Embassy in Washington. Anwar al Awlaki, a cleric who communicated with the accused Ft. Hood gunman before the attack last month at the Army base and who afterward applauded the carnage that left 13 dead, is among those who "were presumed to be at the site," the Yemeni government statement said.
March 15, 2009 |
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has called Israel's offensive on Gaza a "holocaust" and accused Arab leaders of not doing enough to stop the fighting, in his latest audio recording aired on Al Jazeera. Bin Laden accused some Arab countries of "collaborating" with Israel on the offensive in December-January that killed about 1,300 Palestinians. He did not name any specific Arab countries in the brief audio played on Al Jazeera. The Arabic satellite channel did not say how it obtained the recording, and the authenticity of the tape could not be verified.
January 9, 2009 |
Two senior Al Qaeda operatives were killed in a CIA missile strike on New Year's Day in Pakistan, including a suspect in the bombing of Islamabad's Marriott Hotel in September, a senior U.S. counter-terrorism official said Thursday. The two operatives were also suspects in the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa for which they had been indicted in the United States, the official said.
December 12, 2008 |
In a major anti-terrorism sweep carried out as European leaders arrived in Brussels for a summit, Belgian police on Thursday arrested 14 suspects allegedly linked to Al Qaeda, including one who police believe was close to launching a suicide attack. The arrests were made by 242 officers who conducted 16 searches in Brussels and Liege, while French police arrested two additional suspects tied to the group, anti-terrorism officials said.
October 28, 2008 |
U.S. commandos crossing into Syria in an unprecedented raid this weekend killed a senior Al Qaeda associate accused of funneling fighters, weapons and cash to the insurgency in Iraq, U.S. officials familiar with the operation said Monday. Abu Ghadiyah, the chief of a Syrian smuggling network who was killed in the controversial operation Sunday, was "one of the most prominent, if not the most prominent, facilitators of foreign fighters going into Iraq for Al Qaeda," a senior U.S. official said.
August 13, 2008 |
A senior Al Qaeda figure died this week in fighting in Pakistan's tribal borderlands, a Pakistani security official and other sources said Tuesday. Abu Saeed Masri, also known as Mustafa Abu Yazid, was believed to have been a close associate of Al Qaeda's No. 2, Ayman Zawahiri, and to have played a prominent role in the organization's overall structure.