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April 1, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Rushdi abu Alouf
GAZA CITY  - The leadership council of Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza Strip, has reelected Khaled Meshaal to lead the militant organization for the next four years, a senior official with the movement said Monday. No official announcement was made of Meshaal's reelection during a secret vote by leaders in Cairo, and the senior official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter. However, the news was widely reported in the Arabic language media.
January 16, 2009 | Mubashir Zaidi and reporting from and Mark Magnier
A senior Pakistani official said Thursday that Islamabad has tightened the screws on Jamaat ud-Dawa, a charity created by the founders of the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which India has accused of masterminding the Mumbai attacks. Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik told reporters in Islamabad that his government had shut down five training camps run by Jamaat ud-Dawa in Punjab province and the Pakistani-administered portion of Kashmir.
June 9, 2011 | By Jeb Boone, Los Angeles Times
Hundreds of Yemeni and foreign fighters, including members of an Al Qaeda affiliate, are pouring into a provincial capital after government forces fled in chaos, according to a local official and a fighter who described himself as an Al Qaeda member. The situation in Zinjibar, capital of the southern coastal province of Abyan, reflects the paralysis in Yemen's security and political structure as President Ali Abdullah Saleh struggles to remain in power. Saleh, who has faced months of pro-democracy protests, was wounded last week in a rocket attack by clan rivals and is receiving medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.
December 12, 2008 | Kim Barker and Henry Chu, Barker writes for the Chicago Tribune; Chu is a Times staff writer.
Pakistani officials Thursday arrested several leaders of a charity group linked to militants accused in the Mumbai attacks, closed the group's offices in many towns and cities where it ran schools and clinics, and froze its assets. Among the Jamaat ud-Dawa leaders placed under house arrest for three months was Hafiz Saeed, who founded Jamaat and Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani militant group suspected in the attacks in India's financial capital late last month.
February 1, 2012 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
U.S. military aircraft launched strikes that killed at least five suspected militants in southern Yemen in one of the deadliest attacks since the Pentagon and CIA stepped up counter-terrorist operations in the impoverished Middle Eastern nation last year, U.S. officials said. The attacks Tuesday in Yemen's Abyan province targeted a meeting of members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a militant group whose leadership has been badly degraded in a series of U.S. air attacks, the officials said.
February 9, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- India executed Mohammad Afzal Guru on Saturday, an Indian national from divided Kashmir convicted of providing logistical support for a notorious 2001 attack on parliament that killed at least seven people and fanned regional tension. Authorities hoped this would put an end to a painful chapter in the country's history but braced for violence, erecting barriers, deploying hundreds of security forces and slapping a curfew on parts of Kashmir. Residents of the disputed region, which has had a separatist insurgency for decades, learned of the restrictions through mosque announcements made during morning prayers.
December 7, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal set foot in the Gaza Strip for the first time Friday, emerging from the Egyptian border with his hand over his heart and telling jubilant supporters that his visit marked a new era in the pursuit of Palestinian independence. Though Meshaal has led the Islamist militant group since 2004, traveling to its Gaza-based home was unthinkable just a month ago because of fear that Israel might assassinate him as it did his two predecessors.
The Irish Republican Army agreed to a cease-fire this month, and now another terrorist organization, less well known to the wider world but just as deadly, is offering a truce to authorities. Gamaa al Islamiya (Islamic Group)--the most active militant group in Egypt and an organization accused of more than 1,000 killings of police, intellectuals, foreign tourists and Christians in the past seven years--says it is abandoning violence in its battle to attain an Islamic state here.
January 18, 2005 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, under intense pressure to rein in militant groups, issued instructions to his security forces Monday to try to prevent attacks against Israel, members of his Cabinet said. The announcement, made without details on the eve of Abbas' planned visit today to the Gaza Strip for meetings with leaders of Palestinian militant organizations, drew a lukewarm response from Israel.
October 31, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
U.S. efforts to weaken the Al Qaeda branch in Yemen have collided with that nation's political reality as President Ali Abdullah Saleh needs foreign support to defeat militants but cannot appear to appease Western interests in a country where distrust of America runs deep. Yemen is a freewheeling mix of clan loyalties, rebellions in the north and south and suspicion of the government that in recent years has made it an ideal gathering ground for Al Qaeda. Echoing the quandary Washington faces battling militants in Pakistan, Yemen is marked by corruption and, at times, what seems to be a calculated inability to crush militant elements.
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