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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.
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 . . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 12, 2007 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
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 | 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.
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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