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December 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Al Qaeda has invited questions for its No. 2 figure, Ayman Zawahiri. On an Islamic militant website, the terrorist network's media arm, Al Sahab, invited "individuals, agencies and all media" to send questions to web forums where Al Sahab traditionally posts its messages. It said it would take questions until Jan. 16, after which Zawahiri would answer them. The authenticity of the invitation, posted Sunday, could not be independently confirmed.
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December 19, 2007 | Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
The twin suicide bombings in Algeria's capital that took at least 37 lives last week have given the enigmatic militant group Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb a sharp burst of publicity. But experts say the reality is more complex than the propaganda or media reports depicting an overwhelming and ubiquitous menace. In fact, the Algerian military has recently inflicted damage on the group, chopping away at its rural strongholds and capturing or slaying leaders, experts say.
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December 17, 2007 | From Reuters
Al Qaeda's second in command, Ayman Zawahiri, said Britain's transfer of security in southern Iraq shows that insurgents are gaining the upper hand in the country. "Reports from Iraq point to the increasing power of the mujahedin and the deteriorating condition of the Americans," Zawahiri told an off-camera interviewer from Al Sahab, the terrorist network's media arm, in a video posted on the Internet on Sunday. The video had English subtitles.
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December 7, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
In the weeks after Sept. 11, Salim Ahmed Hamdan -- Osama bin Laden's driver -- helped the Al Qaeda leader evade capture and applauded his quest to destroy the United States, witnesses told a military panel here Thursday. Prosecutors seeking to prove that the Yemeni native should be considered an unlawful enemy combatant said that Hamdan had two surface-to-air missiles in his car when he was captured in southern Afghanistan in November 2001.
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December 4, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. military is seeing early signs that Al Qaeda may be stepping up its activities in Afghanistan, a senior Pentagon official disclosed as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates made his third trip to the country. U.S. officials said they were considering the possibility of providing local tribes in Afghanistan with weapons, training, equipment and other support. The effort would be modeled after efforts in Iraq.
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November 30, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
A federal prosecutor urged a jury Thursday to convict seven Miami men on terrorism conspiracy charges for an alleged plot to bomb Chicago's Sears Tower, saying they offered themselves as a ready-made cell to a man they believed was an emissary from Al Qaeda. But defense attorneys for two of the men on trial called the case an outrageous example of government entrapment, in which the men pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda and promised to commit criminal acts in hopes of getting $50,000.
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November 23, 2007 | Ann M. Simmons and Tina Susman, Times Staff Writers
In signs of continued instability in Baghdad, suspected Al Qaeda in Iraq insurgents launched a surprise attack on Iraqi troops and armed civilians in the southern part of the capital Thursday, sparking a fierce battle that left at least two dozen people dead, Iraqi army sources and local Sunni leaders said. In separate attacks later in the day, police said, insurgents fired 10 mortar rounds at the city's heavily fortified Green Zone, where the U.S.
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November 18, 2007 | Doug Smith, Times Staff Writer
A least 30 bodies were discovered Saturday in an unfinished west Baghdad house as police and citizens groups probed neighborhoods that they said until recently were under the control of militants with the group Al Qaeda in Iraq. Iraqi police described the site in the heavily Sunni Muslim Hur Rijab section of the Dora neighborhood as a grisly scene, with decomposed bodies wrapped in black plastic. The dead, some not bearing identification, appeared to be mainly Shiite Muslims.
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November 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Al Qaeda's No. 2 figure harshly criticized Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi in an audio recording released Saturday, accusing him of being an enemy of Islam and threatening a wave of attacks against the North African country because it has improved relations with the U.S. In a 28-minute recording titled "Unity of the Ranks," Ayman Zawahiri also said the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group was joining ranks with Al Qaeda. "The Islamic nation is witnessing a blessed step. . . .
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October 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Yemen has set free one of the Al Qaeda masterminds of the bombing that killed 17 American sailors aboard the destroyer Cole in 2000, a senior security official said Thursday. Jamal Mohammed Ahmad Ali Badawi, who is wanted by the FBI, was convicted in 2004 of plotting, preparing and helping carry out the Cole bombing in the Yemeni port of Aden. He received a death sentence that was commuted to 15 years in prison. He and 22 others, mostly Al Qaeda fighters, escaped from prison last year.
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