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Trump confirms killing of Arabian Peninsula Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen

Feb 07, 2020 - 8:28 AM

The killing happens days after the jihadist group claimed responsibility for a mass shooting at a US naval base

AQAP LEADER. In this file photo reproduction of a combo of two pictures of a suspected military chief of al-Qaeda network in Yemen, identified as Qassem al-Rimi (or Qassim al-Rimi), shows the activist on a Yemeni interior ministry document in two different undated images. Photo by Yemeni Ministry of the Interior/AFP

UN blacklists Saudi-led coalition for killing children in Yemen

Oct 06, 2017 - 10:40 AM

The group was briefly included on the annual list of shame last year before a threat by Saudi Arabia to cut off its funding to UN programs forced a reversal

UN BLACKLIST. In this file photo, displaced Yemeni children stand outside a make-shift shelter at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Sanaa on April 15, 2017. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

U.S. elite forces in deadly raid on Al-Qaeda in Yemen

Jan 30, 2017 - 7:37 AM

The assault marked Washington s first major military action in Yemen under Donald Trump who has vowed to step up the US fight against Islamic extremism

Bin Laden documents: Worry over ISIS tactics, 'aging' Al-Qaeda

Jan 20, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Documents released by the CIA show Osama bin Laden trying to keep his jihadist followers around the world aligned in his war against the United States

CIA DOCUMENTS. This videograb provided by the Site Intelligence Group shows slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden shown in previously unreleased video footage, part of a video posted by al-Qaeda's media branch as-Sahab on jihadist forums on September 12, 2011 to commemorate the September 11, 2001 attacks. File photo by SITE Intelligence Group/AFP

5 years after bin Laden, Al Qaeda down but far from out

May 01, 2016 - 11:39 AM

Replaced as the preeminent global jihadist power by the Islamic State ISIS group Al Qaeda nonetheless remains a potent force and dangerous threat experts say

Undated file picture of the head of the al-Qaeda terror network Osama bin Laden at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. AFP FILE PHOTO

US strike kills 40 Al-Qaeda militants at Yemen camp

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:23 AM

3rd UPDATE According to a tribal source the casualties were new Al Qaeda recruits

Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, hold a position during clashes with Shiite Huthi rebels west of the city of Taez, on March 21, 2016. Ahmad al-Basha/AFP

MERS-CoV claims first death in PH

Oct 03, 2015 - 11:10 AM

2nd UPDATE The 63 year old Saudi male showed symptoms on September 26 and was pronounced dead 3 days later the Department of Health says

Al-Qaeda in Yemen says leader killed in drone strike

Jun 16, 2015 - 3:56 PM

Al Qaeda commanders have met and chosen AQAP military chief Qassem al Rimi as their new leader

DESTROYED. Yemenis clear the rubble of houses in the UNESCO-listed heritage site in the old city of Yemeni capital Sanaa, on June 15, 2015. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Saudi pounds Yemen rebel camps, Arab allies gather

Mar 28, 2015 - 11:06 AM

At least 39 civilians have been killed in Saudi led Operation Decisive Storm against the Huthis and their allies

ANTI-SAUDI. Armed Houthi members hold their guns in the air while shouting anti-Saudi slogans during a rally protesting Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthi positions in Sana?a, Yemen, March 26, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Attacks challenge 'lone wolf' terrorist theory

Jan 18, 2015 - 10:39 PM

A New York based think tank says a better term would be known wolves given how many are already known to Western intelligence agencies before they strike

'KNOWN WOLF.' An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province. File Photo by Al-Furqan Media/AFP

Yemen arrests 2 French Al-Qaeda suspects: top official

Jan 17, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Washington regards the Yemen based franchise as the network s most dangerous branch

AQAP. An image grab taken on April 16, 2014 from a video released on March 29, 2014 by Al-Malahem Media, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), allegedly shows AQAP jihadists arriving at a meeting with their chief Nasser al-Wuhayshi at an undisclosed location in Yemen. AFP PHOTO/HO/AL-MALAHEM MEDIA

Qaeda in Yemen claims attack on Charlie Hebdo

Jan 14, 2015 - 6:38 PM

One of the group s leaders Nasser al Ansi says the attack is an order from Ayman Zawahiri the network s global commander

Firefighters push a stretcher outside the headquarters of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015, after armed gunmen stormed the offices leaving eleven dead, including two police officers, according to sources close to the investigation. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD

Al Qaeda group claims responsibility for Paris attack – report

Jan 10, 2015 - 8:24 PM

AQAP has a record of launching attacks far from its base in Yemen including a bid to blow up a US airliner over Michigan on Christmas Day in 2009

AQAP. An image grab taken on April 16, 2014 from a video released on March 29, 2014 by Al-Malahem Media, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), allegedly shows AQAP jihadists arriving at a meeting with their chief Nasser al-Wuhayshi at an undisclosed location in Yemen.  AFP PHOTO/HO/AL-MALAHEM MEDIA

At least 20 dead as car bomb hits Yemen police academy

Jan 07, 2015 - 1:55 PM

UPDATED The attack struck as dozens of Yemenis queued to join the police academy in the center of the capital and also wounded at least 23 people

Yemeni security forces and emergency personnel carry a body on a stretcher at the site of a car bomb explosion outside a police academy in the capital Sanaa on January 7, 2015. Mohammed Huwais/AFP

15 schoolgirls killed in Yemen car bomb

Dec 17, 2014 - 8:17 AM

The schoolgirls are killed in Yemen when their bus was caught up in a car bomb attack targeting a Shiite militia leader by suspected Al Qaeda militants

Questions swirl over failed Yemen hostage rescue mission

Dec 08, 2014 - 10:22 PM

Questions are mounting over a failed US rescue mission in Yemen that left one US hostage and another South African hostage dead

QUESTIONS. A handout photograph made available by the US Department of Defense, 07 December 2014 showing US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, taking a moment to speak with members of the media on board an aircraft as they travel to Afghanistan, on 05 December 2014. Master Sgt Adrian Cadiz/US Department of Defense/EPA

US, S.African hostages killed in Yemen rescue bid

Dec 06, 2014 - 5:21 PM

2ND UPDATE Luke Somers and Pierre Korkie die in a failed rescue attempt by US forces against Al Qaeda

43 dead in suicide attack in Yemen capital – medics

Oct 09, 2014 - 5:59 PM

Medics say dozens were also wounded in the Sanaa blast – the largest in the capital since a May 2012 attack on an army parade which killed 100 people

500 'Qaeda' killed, aid needed – Yemen army

Jun 05, 2014 - 9:27 PM

We will press on with our war against Al Qaeda especially in the regions that militants fled to Colonel Saeed al Fakeih says

WAR ON TERROR. Yemeni Army spokesman Saeed al-Faqih says his country’s forces have killed a total of 500 suspected al-Qaeda militants and wounded 100 others in an all-out offensive last May in the southern provinces of Shabwa and Abyan. Photo by Yahya Arhab/ EPA

30 dead as Yemen army launches new assault on Qaeda

Apr 30, 2014 - 7:10 AM

Separate ambushes by Al Qaeda militants kill 30 of which 18 were Yemeni soldiers and 12 were militants

Drone attacks kill dozens of Qaeda suspects in Yemen

Apr 21, 2014 - 1:12 AM

US drones fired several missiles into a training camp run by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula AQAP on Sunday

20 Yemen soldiers killed in 'Qaeda attack': report

Mar 24, 2014 - 4:14 PM

Gunmen suspected to be Al Qaeda attack a checkpoint killing 8 Yemen soldiers and wounding 6 others

Iran diplomat fatally wounded in Yemen shooting – medic

Jan 18, 2014 - 10:18 PM

There has been a spate of attacks targeting foreigners in the Yemeni capital in recent months

Al-Qaeda 'sorry' for Yemen hospital attack

Dec 22, 2013 - 4:35 PM

A deadly Al Qaeda attack this month on a Yemeni defense ministry hospital was a mistake and the jihadist network is ready to pay blood money to the victims which included Philippine citizens

ATTACKED. A handout photo released by the Yemeni Defense Ministry shows burned cars after the explosives-packed car hit the country's Defense Ministry complex. Photo from EPA/Yemeni Defense Ministry

PH tells Filipinos to leave Yemen

Dec 09, 2013 - 6:02 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs has raised crisis alert level 3 over the Middle Eastern country after a suspected terrorist attack killed 7 Filipinos there

ATTACKED. A handout photo released by the Yemeni Defense Ministry shows burned cars after the explosives-packed car hit the country's Defense Ministry complex. Photo from EPA/Yemeni Defense Ministry

Yemen says defense complex attackers mostly Saudi

Dec 07, 2013 - 5:57 PM

UPDATED A preliminary report says suspects were mostly Saudis adding credibility to Al Qaeda s claim that they are responsible

ATTACKED. A handout photo released by the Yemeni Defense Ministry shows burned cars after the explosives-packed car hit the country's Defense Ministry complex. Photo from EPA/Yemeni Defense Ministry

7 Filipinos dead in Yemen attack

Dec 06, 2013 - 11:02 AM

4th UPDATE Al Qaeda claims the attack on the Yemeni defense complex according to a statement they posted online

ATTACKED. A handout photo released by the Yemeni Defense Ministry shows burned cars after the explosives-packed car hit the country's Defense Ministry complex. Photo from EPA/Yemeni Defense Ministry

2 Filipinos killed in Yemen - report

Dec 05, 2013 - 10:04 PM

At least 25 people are killed in a suicide attack at Yemen s defense ministry on December 5

ATTACKED. A handout photo released by the Yemeni Defense Ministry shows burned cars after the explosives-packed car hit the country's Defense Ministry complex. Photo from EPA/Yemeni Defense Ministry

6 months on, hunger strike roils Guantanamo

Aug 08, 2013 - 4:06 PM

Many legal political obstacles to closing Guantanamo remain meaning dozens of detainees who have been force fed are no nearer to returning home

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. Photo by  EPA/J. Scott Applewhite / Pool