Tag: Al Qaeda

Gunmen Kill at Least 24 at Church in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Gunmen killed at least 24 people, including a pastor, in an attack on a church during Sunday Mass in northwestern Burkina Faso, four security sources said on Monday. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack, but jihadist groups with links to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State […]

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Young Somalis Step in Where Government Fails

MOGADISHU, Somalia — She had just finished battling the floods, and then the bomb went off. For a month of 10-hour days, Dr. Amina Abdulkadir Isack, 27, tended to anemic mothers, children with malaria and pregnant women as a volunteer in central Somalia, where record floods had left thousands of people in dire need of […]

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We Once Fought Jihadists. Now We Battle White Supremacists.

As a former soldier and F.B.I. agent, we both risked our lives to fight Al Qaeda. But the enemy we currently face is not a jihadist threat. It’s white supremacists — in the United States and overseas. One American group, The Base, peppered a recruitment video with footage of our faces, intercut with shots of […]

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Killing of Terrorist Leader in Yemen Is Latest Blow to Qaeda Affiliate

WASHINGTON — For more than a decade, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen has been one of the most dangerous terrorist organizations on the planet. The group spent years inventing explosives that are difficult to detect, including trying to disguise bombs in devices like cellphones. It has tried at least three times to blow up American […]

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White House Confirms Killing of Terrorist Leader in Yemen

WASHINGTON — The United States killed the leader of Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, the White House confirmed on Thursday. The confirmation came about a week after The New York Times first reported that the United States believed it had killed Qassim al-Rimi, the Qaeda leader, in January after months of tracing him. The C.I.A. […]

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U.S. Strikes at Leader of Qaeda in Yemen

The United States has carried out an airstrike against the leader of Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen after months of tracking him by using aerial surveillance and other intelligence, according to three current or former American officials. The officials expressed confidence that the Qaeda leader, Qassim al-Rimi, was killed in a January airstrike in Yemen […]

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The Day I Realized I Would Never Find Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq

I rolled west from Baghdad in a convoy of soft-side Humvees. It was a morning in late June 2003, and I had traded a bottle of whiskey for the use of an American military police detachment as protection for a daylong mission to Abu Ghraib prison. As an intelligence officer for the Department of Energy […]

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Russia Exerts Growing Influence in Africa, Worrying Many in the West

WASHINGTON — Nearly 200 Russian mercenaries have deployed in recent months to Mozambique to combat a growing Islamic State offshoot there, even as Moscow is taking initial steps toward building a military port in the Horn of Africa that could become Russia’s first permanent base on the continent. Russia is steadily expanding its military influence […]

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The Saudi Connection: Inside the 9/11 Case That Divided the F.B.I.

This article is a partnership between ProPublica, where Tim Golden is an editor-at-large and Sebastian Rotella is a senior reporter, and The New York Times Magazine. On the morning of Sept. 11 last year, about two dozen family members of those killed in the terror attacks filed into the White House to visit with President […]

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Psychologist Who Waterboarded for C.I.A. to Testify at Guantánamo

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — They first met at a secret C.I.A. prison in March 2003. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was believed by his captors to be a senior Qaeda operative who might have information that could save American lives. James E. Mitchell was […]

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