Taliban say they’ve not found body of al Qaeda leader

Taliban say they’ve not found body of al Qaeda leader

KABUL, Aug 25 (Reuters) - The Taliban have not found the body of Ayman al-Zawahiri and are continuing investigations, group spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said on Thursday, after the United States said they killed the al Qaeda leader in an airstrike in Kabul last month. The United States killed Zawahiri with a missile fired from a drone while he stood on a balcony at his hideout in July, U.S. officials said, in the biggest blow to al Qaeda since U.S. Navy SEALS shot dead Osama bin Laden more than a decade ago. Reporting by Mohammad Yunus Yawar; Writing by Charlotte Greenfield;…
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Al Qaeda leader’s killing risks greater anti-American violence, State Dept warns

Al Qaeda leader’s killing risks greater anti-American violence, State Dept warns

Aug 2 (Reuters) - The killing of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri by the United States may prompt al Qaeda supporters to target U.S. facilities or citizens with the potential for more anti-American violence, the State Department warned. "Following al-Zawahiri’s death, supporters of al- Qa’ida, or its affiliated terrorist organizations, may seek to attack U.S. facilities, personnel, or citizens," the State Department said in a Worldwide Caution Update. "The Department of State believes there is a higher potential for anti-American violence given the death of Ayman al-Zawahiri on July 31, 2022." (Reporting by Caitlin Webber; writing by Costas Pitas; Editing by Leslie…
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UPDATE – U.S. kills al Qaeda leader Zawahiri in Kabul drone missile strike

UPDATE – U.S. kills al Qaeda leader Zawahiri in Kabul drone missile strike

KABUL/WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (Reuters) - The United States killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri with a drone missile while he stood on a balcony at his home in Kabul, U.S. officials said, the biggest blow to the militants since Osama bin Laden was shot dead more than a decade ago. Afghanistan's Taliban government has not confirmed the death of Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon who had a $25 million bounty on his head and helped to coordinate the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people. U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Zawahiri was killed…
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CIA operative who helped inspire lead character in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ talks with Reuters in first-ever interview

CIA operative who helped inspire lead character in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ talks with Reuters in first-ever interview

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the 2012 Hollywood hit “Zero Dark Thirty,” a red-haired Central Intelligence Agency analyst played by Jessica Chastain travels to a secret CIA prison and watches a colleague waterboard a screaming Al Qaeda suspect, then lock him in a box a little bigger than a mini-fridge, to make him talk. In 2002, red-haired CIA analyst Alfreda Scheuer, then known by her maiden name Bikowsky, traveled to a secret CIA prison to watch the torture of Al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah, who was waterboarded and locked in a “dog box,” Senate investigators reported. The Central Intelligence Agency had granted the…
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UPDATED: ISIS leader Quraishi killed himself during Syria raid, U.S. says

UPDATED: ISIS leader Quraishi killed himself during Syria raid, U.S. says

AMMAN/WASHINGTON  (Reuters) - The leader of Islamic State died when he blew himself and family members up during a U.S. military raid in Syria, President Joe Biden said on Thursday, dealing a blow to the jihadist group's efforts to reorganize as a guerrilla force after losing large swathes of territory. Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi, had led Islamic State since the death in 2019 of its founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was also killed when he detonated explosives during a raid by U.S. commandos. https://twitter.com/latimes/status/1489432547461197828 As U.S. forces closed in on Quraishi in northwestern Syria overnight, he triggered a blast that…
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Senior al Qaeda leader in Syria killed in drone strike

Senior al Qaeda leader in Syria killed in drone strike

The U.S. military killed senior al Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar in a drone strike in Syria on Friday, a U.S. Central Command spokesman said. "The removal of this al Qaeda senior leader will disrupt the terrorist organization's ability to further plot and carry out global attacks threatening U.S. citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians," U.S. Army Major John Rigsbee said in a written statement. The strike comes two days after a U.S. outpost in southern Syria was attacked. Rigsbee did not say if the U.S. drone strike was carried out in retaliation. Photo - file photo of an MQ-9…
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Pompeo to accuse Iran of al Qaeda links – sources

Pompeo to accuse Iran of al Qaeda links – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to use newly declassified U.S. intelligence on Tuesday to publicly accuse Iran of ties to al Qaeda, two people familiar with the matter said, as part of his last-minute offensive against Tehran before handing over to the incoming Biden administration. With just eight days left in office for President Donald Trump, Pompeo is expected to offer details on allegations that Iran has given safe haven to al Qaeda leaders and support for the group, the sources said, despite some skepticism within the intelligence community and Congress. It was not immediately…
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Al Qaeda in North Africa names new leader to succeed Droukdel

Al Qaeda in North Africa names new leader to succeed Droukdel

Al Qaeda's North Africa branch (AQIM) has appointed a new leader and confirmed the death of its former leader Abdelmalek Droukdel who was killed by the French army in June, SITE Intelligence Group said on Saturday.  U.S.-based SITE, which monitors jihadist websites, said AQIM displayed the dead body of its former leader for the first time in a video.  The French army killed Droukdel in Mali after hunting him for more than seven years in the Sahel region.  AQIM said that following Droukdel's death, another Algerian, Sheikh Mujahid Yazid Mubarak, also known as Abu Ubaida Yusuf al-Annabi, was chosen as…
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Afghan forces kill senior al Qaeda leader al-Masri who was on FBI most wanted list

Afghan forces kill senior al Qaeda leader al-Masri who was on FBI most wanted list

Afghan security forces have killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a senior al Qaeda leader who was on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Most Wanted Terrorists list, Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a tweet late on Saturday. Al-Masri has been charged in the United States with having provided material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organisation, and conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals. Al-Masri, believed to be al Qaeda's second-in-command, was killed during a special operation in Ghazni province in eastern Afghanistan, said the NDS, adding that he was the supreme leader of the organization in the Indian subcontinent.…
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