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February 19, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Gen. James T. Conway, commandant of the Marine Corps, said Monday he was confident the militant group Al Qaeda in Iraq had been defeated here in western Iraq but that he was disappointed the central government in Baghdad had not done more to reconcile with the region and begin providing essential services. Conway, on a whirlwind tour of sprawling Anbar province, declined to say whether he would recommend to Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the U.S.
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February 7, 2008 | Ned Parker, Times Staff Writers
The three boys in black hoods and green T-shirts hold Kalashnikov assault rifles as the youngest shouts to the camera in a pre-pubescent voice, "Fight them and God will torture them through your hands." The videotape, found during a U.S. military raid Dec. 4 in Diyala province, also shows about 20 boys in dark blue sports jerseys jumping walls and storming houses.
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February 2, 2008 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
The top U.S. military officer on Friday described the airstrike that killed a leading Al Qaeda commander in Pakistan as an important victory, but he refused to say whether the U.S. government had anything to do with it. "The strike was a very important one, it was a very lethal one," Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Pentagon news conference. He brushed aside questions about any role the Pentagon may have played.
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January 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Islamic extremists attacked and seized a small Pakistani army fort near the Afghan border, leaving at least 22 soldiers dead or missing. A military spokesman said this morning that the militants had left the fort and disappeared into the surrounding hills. Although the fighters did not gain significant ground in the attack Tuesday night on Sararogha Fort, they did further erode confidence in the U.S.
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January 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
President Pervez Musharraf said U.S. troops were not welcome to join the fight against Al Qaeda on Pakistani soil, despite the growing threat from Islamic extremists. Musharraf said that Pakistan would resist any unilateral U.S. military action against insurgents in its mostly lawless tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan. "I challenge anybody coming into our mountains," he told Singapore's the Straits Times newspaper. "They would regret that day." The region along the border has long been considered a likely hiding place for Osama bin Laden.
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January 9, 2008 | Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
Under cover of darkness Tuesday, American soldiers crept across a bridge where just days before insurgents had left a chilling warning: a severed head with a message identifying the Iraqi victim as a U.S. collaborator scrawled across the forehead with a black marker. Through the biting cold, the troops crunched down a winding gravel road, past frost-glazed reeds, empty storefronts and spacious homes surrounded by orange and pomegranate trees.
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January 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistan reiterated that it would not let U.S. forces hunt Al Qaeda and Taliban militants on its soil, after a news report said the Bush administration was considering expanding military and intelligence operations in the nation's tribal regions. The Foreign Ministry dismissed as speculative a New York Times story saying President Bush's top security officials discussed a proposal Friday to deploy U.S. troops along the Pakistani-Afghan border. The border area has long been considered a likely hiding place for Osama bin Laden.
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January 7, 2008 | From the Associated Press
An American Al Qaeda militant urged fighters to meet President Bush with bombs when he visits the Middle East, according to a video posted Sunday on the Internet. Adam Gadahn, who was raised in Orange County, also tore up his U.S. passport in the nearly hourlong tape. The video came three days before Bush is scheduled to arrive for a weeklong trip in the region to push for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. "Now we direct an urgent call to our militant brothers . . .
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January 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A car bomb exploded near a police station in a town east of Algiers, killing at least four officers and injuring 20 other people, officials and witnesses said. The explosion tore off the front of the police station and damaged neighboring buildings. Al Arabiya satellite television had reported that Al Qaeda's North Africa branch claimed responsibility for the attack, but the claim couldn't immediately be confirmed with Algerian officials. The blast followed twin suicide bombings on Dec. 11 at United Nations offices and a court building that killed at least 37 people in the capital.
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December 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Osama bin Laden warned Iraq's Sunni Arabs against fighting Al Qaeda and vowed to expand the terrorist group's focus to Israel in an audiotape released Saturday. Most of the 56-minute tape dealt with Iraq in an apparent effort to keep supporters there unified at a time when the U.S. military claims to have the Sunni group Al Qaeda on the run. Bin Laden's comments included unusually direct remarks about Israel, which has warned of growing Al Qaeda activity in the Palestinian territories.
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