Tag: Al Qaeda

The Violence That Followed Iraq’s Post-Invasion Spiral

You’re reading this week’s At War newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Friday. Email us at atwar@nytimes.com. A little more than two years ago, The New York Times Magazine published an article by James Verini on the battle for Mosul, a consequential phase of the military effort to beat […]

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‘Waiting for All of It to End’: A Marine’s Battlefield View of U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

Thomas Gibbons-Neff, a Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, served four years in the Marines and first deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, then again in 2009 at the beginning of the troop increase ordered by President Barack Obama. I don’t think there was ever a time when we thought we were winning or losing. […]

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Terrorism Is Terrorism

When detectives from the New York Police Department’s intelligence bureau arrested Jose Pimentel on Nov. 20, 2011, he was in a Washington Heights apartment putting the finishing touches on a pipe bomb he was building in an Al Qaeda-inspired plot to attack military and police targets in the city. On March 22, 2017, James Harris […]

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Growing With Grief in the Shadow of Sept. 11

ImageAn image of Jake Campbell above his mother’s name on the south fountain of the 9/11 Memorial in New York.CreditDamon Winter/The New York Times When I was growing up, the only time I noticed that I was different from other kids at school was when their parents were around. One of my earliest memories is […]

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Afghans Push Back on U.S. Deal With Taliban, as Violence Intensifies

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government is pushing back against American diplomats on the eve of a troop withdrawal deal with the Taliban, concerned that the proposed agreement lacks assurances that the insurgents will honor their promises once American troops leave. Zalmay Khalilzad, the American special envoy who has finalized “in principle” a deal with […]

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As Afghanistan Seeks Peace, Social Media Raises Fear of Reprisals

KABUL, Afghanistan — In recent months, an increasing number of graphic images of atrocities in the Afghan war have circulated on social media — raising alarm that hatred sown deep into local communities would be difficult to resolve even if a peace agreement can be reached with the Taliban. In one video, disheveled Taliban fighters […]

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Trump Administration Officials at Odds Over C.I.A.’s Role in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — Senior White House advisers have proposed secretly expanding the C.I.A.’s presence in Afghanistan if international forces begin to withdraw from the country, according to American officials. But C.I.A. and military officials have expressed reservations, prompting a debate in the administration that could complicate negotiations with the Taliban to end the war. Some administration […]

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Military Lawyer Denied Promotion While Defending Qaeda Suspect

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — Lt. Alaric A. Piette was tough enough to serve nearly seven years as a Navy SEAL. He was smart enough to go on to Georgetown University’s law school, dedicated enough to rejoin the Navy as a lawyer and […]

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Benin Awakens to the Threat of Terrorism After Safari Ends in a Nightmare

PENDJARI NATIONAL PARK, Benin — As a safari guide in a sprawling wilderness preserve in West Africa, Fiacre Gbédji often seemed no different from the tourists in his care: He gushed at each lion sighting and thrilled at each bushbuck he spotted through the trees. But when Mr. Gbédji and two French tourists he was […]

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As Taliban Talk Peace, ISIS Is Ready to Play the Spoiler in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Even as the United States and the Taliban seem close to a deal on an American troop withdrawal, the Islamic State in Afghanistan is making clear that it stands to inherit the role of violent spoiler if any peace agreement is reached. That message was punctuated on Saturday by a suicide bomber […]

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Egyptian Sought in F.B.I. Qaeda Query Says He Has Nothing to Hide

An Egyptian who has been living and working in Brazil as a furniture mover says he long ago got an inkling that he was on the American security establishment’s radar. A few years ago, while he was living in Istanbul, a friend told the man, Mohamed Ahmed El Sayed Ahmed Ibrahim, that American officials wanted […]

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Debate Flares Over Afghanistan as Trump Considers Troop Withdrawal

WASHINGTON — President Trump met with top national security officials on Friday to review near-final plans for withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan, a prospect that has already prompted fierce political debate but could offer Mr. Trump a compelling talking point for his 2020 re-election campaign. The president and his advisers gathered at his golf club […]

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The U.S. and the Taliban Are Near a Deal. Here’s What It Could Look Like.

DOHA, Qatar — After months of negotiations between the United States and the Taliban, both sides have signaled that they are nearing an initial peace deal for Afghanistan, perhaps in the coming weeks or even sooner, even though the recent talks have seemed bogged down in the final details. Even a provisional agreement would be […]

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I Spent 25 Years Fighting Jihadis. White Supremacists Aren’t So Different.

When a young Muslim man, self-radicalized online, kills in the name of Islamist ideology, we have no trouble calling him a terrorist and connecting him with groups like ISIS. When a young white man, similarly self-radicalized, kills in the name of racist ideology — even when he publishes a manifesto to that effect — we […]

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Mass Shootings Are Terrorism

If one of the perpetrators of this weekend’s two mass shootings had adhered to the ideology of radical Islam, the resources of the American government and its international allies would mobilize without delay. The awesome power of the state would work tirelessly to deny future terrorists access to weaponry, money and forums to spread their […]

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ISIS, Eyeing Europe, Could Launch Attacks This Year, U.N. Warns

GENEVA — Less than five months after the military defeat of the Islamic State in Syria, a United Nations report is warning that the group’s leaders could launch international terrorist attacks before the end of the year, including those intended to “exacerbate existing dissent and unrest” in European nations. In a bleak assessment of the […]

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Mogadishu Mayor Dies of Injuries From Suicide Bombing

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The mayor of Mogadishu has died after being badly wounded in a suicide bombing by Al Shabab in his offices last week, Somalia’s government said on Thursday. Six of his colleagues were also killed in the attack, and nine members of his staff wounded. Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman had been airlifted to […]

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Hamza bin Laden Sought to Continue His Father’s Terrorism Legacy

BAGHDAD — As a boy, Hamza bin Laden appeared in propaganda films for Al Qaeda, the terrorist group led by his father, Osama. He preached jihad, trained with fighters and was introduced as a voice of Al Qaeda, “a young lion to carry forth the cause.” But much of his story remains shrouded in mystery. […]

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If These Walls Could Talk: A War Correspondent Revisits a Hotel of Ghosts

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. ANTAKYA, Turkey — When I step into the narrow, dim cafe, I expect to see them sitting there on the stiff, brocade-covered chairs. I expect to hear their murmurs and arguments echoing off the walls […]

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