January 3, 2008 |
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.
December 30, 2007 |
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.
December 20, 2007 |
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.
December 19, 2007 |
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.
December 17, 2007 |
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.
December 12, 2007 |
Two bombs that killed at least 26 people, including 11 United Nations workers, in the Algerian capital on Tuesday were orchestrated by a resurgent Al Qaeda-linked group seeking to overthrow North African governments, Algerian authorities said. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, one of the region's most proficient militant organizations, claimed responsibility for the nearly simultaneous attacks in Algiers -- one in front of the Constitutional Council and the second at a U.N. compound.
December 7, 2007 |
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.
December 4, 2007 |
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.
November 30, 2007 |
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.
November 23, 2007 |
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.