Al-Qaida - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Al-Qaida Some recent major attacks in Europe The deadly bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester is the latest attack in Europe in recent years. Here are some of recent major ones: —April 7, 2017: A man driving a hijacked beer truck struck pedestrians at a Stockholm department store, killing 4 people. —March 22, 2017: A man drives his rented SUV into pedestrians at London... Tue, 23 May 2017 07:33:00 GMT 2017-05-23T07:33:00Z Syria's third largest city Homs clear of opposition BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's government announced Sunday the country's third largest city Homs— once named the capital of the revolt against President Bashar Assad— had been cleared of armed opposition for the first time in more than five years. The announcement follows the completion of the evacuation of the last rebel-held neighborhood. Besieged for four years... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:16:00 GMT 2017-05-21T18:16:00Z The Latest: Homes declared fully under government control BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria developments (all times local): 8:15 p.m. A Syrian official has declared the country's third largest city Homs clear of armed opposition for the first time in more than five years, following the completion of the evacuation of the last holdout neighborhood. Homs governor Talal Barrazi... Sun, 21 May 2017 17:11:00 GMT 2017-05-21T17:11:00Z Macron calls for countries' support in fighting extremism GAO, Mali (AP) — On his first official trip outside Europe, new French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday highlighted his determination to crush extremism but said "other countries can do more" to help protect Europe from the threat. He was visiting France's largest overseas military operation, which is combating jihadist groups in West Africa. The regio... Fri, 19 May 2017 17:25:00 GMT 2017-05-19T17:25:00Z AP Explains: Why France's new president is visiting Mali JOHANNESBURG (AP) — France's new president has chosen the West African nation of Mali for his first official visit outside Europe. Why? Here's a look at Emmanuel Macron's trip on Friday to France's largest overseas military operation — in a country where multiple extremist groups pose a growing danger to the region. WHAT'S THE THREAT? Several jihadist gro... Fri, 19 May 2017 10:58:00 GMT 2017-05-19T10:58:00Z Ex-Hamas member named in killing of senior Hamas commander GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A gunman who killed a senior Hamas commander in a March ambush was a former member of the group who joined a radical al-Qaida-inspired rival and was secretly recruited by Israel, Hamas officials said Tuesday. The assailant's deep roots in Hamas caused more embarrassment for the Islamic militant group. The March 24 killing of M... Tue, 16 May 2017 16:59:00 GMT 2017-05-16T16:59:00Z The Latest: Syrian Kurds take largest dam, town from IS BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria (all times local): 7:55 p.m. U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces say they have captured the country's largest dam and a nearby town from the Islamic State group. The fighters known as Syrian Democratic Forces, which are mostly Kurdish-led but also include Arab fighters, say they expelled IS militants from the Tabqa Dam and the nearby town, als... Wed, 10 May 2017 17:13:00 GMT 2017-05-10T17:13:00Z Man arrested near UK Parliament in court on terror charges LONDON (AP) — Prosecutors say a British man arrested with several knives near Parliament last month is also accused of being an al-Qaida bomb-maker in Afghanistan. Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali appeared in court Wednesday to face one charge of preparing terrorist acts and two of making or having explosives. The 27-year-old Londoner was arrest... Wed, 10 May 2017 11:19:00 GMT 2017-05-10T11:19:00Z Russia-backed Syrian safe zones plan goes into effect BEIRUT (AP) — A deal hammered out by Russia, Turkey and Iran to set up "de-escalation zones" in mostly opposition-held parts of Syria went into effect in the early hours of Saturday. The plan is the latest international attempt to reduce violence in the war-ravaged country, and is the first to envisage armed foreign monitors on the ground in Syria. The United States is not p... Fri, 05 May 2017 22:24:00 GMT 2017-05-05T22:24:00Z US military member killed in Somalia, 1st death since 1993 MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A U.S. service member has been killed in Somalia during an operation against the extremist group al-Shabab — the first U.S. combat death there in more than two decades — as the United States steps up its fight against the al-Qaida-linked organization in a country that remains largely chaos. "We do not believe there has been a cas... Fri, 05 May 2017 21:14:00 GMT 2017-05-05T21:14:00Z UK jury finds student guilty of planting bomb on London Tube LONDON (AP) — A university student with an interest in weapons and extremism has been found guilty of planting a home-made bomb on a busy London subway train. Damon Smith, 20, faces years in jail after a jury found him guilty Wednesday of building an explosive device at home using a 2-pound ($2.58) clock bought from a supermarket. Smith had Googled an al-Qaida article entitl... Wed, 03 May 2017 17:20:00 GMT 2017-05-03T17:20:00Z US issues new terrorism alert for Europe WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department is warning Americans living in and traveling to Europe of the ongoing threat of terrorist attacks on the continent through the summer. In a new travel alert issued on Monday, the department said the Islamic State group, al-Qaida and their affiliates retain the "ability and to plan and execute" attacks in Europe. It said the U.S. officials r... Mon, 01 May 2017 20:31:00 GMT 2017-05-01T20:31:00Z Syria: Airstrike in Hama kills 8 White Helmets rescuers BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes struck a center of Syria's rescuers known as the White Helmets in a rebel-held area in the country's center, killing eight volunteers, opposition activists said Saturday. The airstrike was one of the deadliest against the rescuers who operate in opposition-held areas and who have garnered world attention for operating in extreme conditions, pulling s... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:33:00 GMT 2017-04-29T19:33:00Z Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors. Apparently seeking to interrupt weapons transfers to the Hezbollah group in Lebanon, Israel has struck inside Syria with incre... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:07:00 GMT 2017-04-28T00:07:00Z Airstrike kills 8 family members in northern Syria BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike killed eight family members, five of them children, as they fled fighting between U.S.-allied Syrian forces and Islamic State militants on Monday, according to local activists, who said the strike appeared to have been launched by the U.S.-led coalition. Al-Qaida's leader meanwhile urged his followers and other militants in Syri... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:26:00 GMT 2017-04-24T17:26:00Z Chinese jihadis' rise in Syria raises concerns at home BEIRUT (AP) — Many don't speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organized, battled-hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad's forces in the country's northern regions. Thousands of Chinese jihadis have com... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:25:00 GMT 2017-04-22T10:25:00Z Delicate bargain frees 26 hostages, including Qatar royals BAGHDAD (AP) — Qatar has secured the release of 26 hostages after nearly a year and a half in captivity, including members of its ruling family, in what became possibly the region's most complex and sensitive hostage negotiation deal in recent years. Several people with knowledge of the talks and a person involved in the negotiations said the hostage deal... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:02:00 GMT 2017-04-22T07:02:00Z Fugitive Turkish al-Qaida convict arrested working as imam ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish media reports say a fugitive who was convicted in absentia for involvement in a 2003 bomb attack against HSBC bank in Istanbul and of membership in al-Qaida has been arrested. The state-run Anadolu Agency said the man, identified by his initials Z.C., was arrested Wednesday in a village in the central Turkish province of Cank... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:30:00 GMT 2017-04-20T08:30:00Z Syrian army moves to tame rebellious Damascus districts BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by Russian air power and allied militiamen on the ground, Syrian troops have recaptured entire cities from rebels and Islamic State group extremists in the past year, including the key cities of Aleppo, Homs and Palmyra. Yet for the past three years, President Bashar Assad's forces have been unable to free opposition-held neighborhood... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:50:00 GMT 2017-04-15T14:50:00Z The Latest: Syrian official says evacuations to start Friday BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria (all times local): 10:30 p.m. A local official involved in the planned evacuations from four besieged areas in Syria says buses will start moving after sunrise Friday. Preparations had been underway Thursday for the evacuation of more than 10,000 residents from two pro-government Shii... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:22:00 GMT 2017-04-13T19:22:00Z Somalia roadside bomb kills at least 20 in minibus: Official MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A roadside bomb exploded and killed at least 20 people in a minibus in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region Thursday evening, the region's governor said, blaming the extremist group al-Shabab. Most of the victims were women, Ibrahim Aden Ali said. He called the blast a "national disaster." Six other people were injured, regional secur... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:46:00 GMT 2017-04-06T17:46:00Z Somalia leader declares country a war zone, replaces chiefs MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's new president on Thursday declared the country a war zone and replaced its military and intelligence chiefs while instructing the army to prepare a new offensive against al-Shabab extremists. The shakeup is an attempt to improve the worsening security situation as the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab steps up deadly bombings i... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:37:00 GMT 2017-04-06T13:37:00Z Suspected subway bomber moved to Russia from Central Asia Hours after a deadly bombing in St. Petersburg, members of the special services knocked on the door of a house in Kyrgyzstan's city of Osh, more than 2,000 miles away. The leafy and socially conservative bazaar city of Osh, on the edge of Central Asia's Ferghana Valley, was until a few years ago the home of the suspected bomber — Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, who turned 22 only two d... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:15:00 GMT 2017-04-04T18:15:00Z Police: 'No evidence' London attacker associated with IS LONDON (AP) — Police have found no evidence that the man who killed four people in London last week was associated with the Islamic State group or al-Qaida, a senior British counterterrorism officer said Monday. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu of the Metropolitan Police said Westminster attacker Khalid Masood clearly had "an interest in jihad," bu... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:22:00 GMT 2017-03-27T17:22:00Z Why the London attacker's links to Saudi Arabia might matter DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The British man who killed four people in a rampage in London last week had made three trips to Saudi Arabia in his lifetime. Though millions of foreigners from around the world live and work in the kingdom, Khalid Masood's time there immediately raised questions about whether the country's ultraconservative brand of Islam impacted his worl... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:22:00 GMT 2017-03-26T17:22:00Z UN warns that destroying cultural heritage may be war crime UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday condemning the unlawful destruction of cultural heritage and warning the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and other combatants that such attacks may constitute war crimes. The resolution approved by the U.N.'s most powerful body expands previous measures which w... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:05:00 GMT 2017-03-24T19:05:00Z US forces ferry Syrian-Kurdish fighters behind IS lines BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. aircraft ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allied forces behind Islamic State lines on Wednesday to spearhead a major ground assault on a strategic town held by the extremist group outside its self-declared capital, Raqqa, the Pentagon said, marking the first time U.S. forces have provided airlift for local forces on a combat operation in Syria. ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:28:00 GMT 2017-03-22T18:28:00Z Before Parliament violence, other attacks on Britain LONDON (AP) — Britain has been targeted anew by what authorities are calling a terrorist incident. A look at other attacks on the country in recent years: MARCH 22, 2017 An attacker stabbed a police officer at Britain's Parliament before being shot by police, while a vehicle ran over pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge at around the same time. One woman was killed, othe... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:33:00 GMT 2017-03-22T17:33:00Z Syrian troops respond as rebels renew attack on Damascus BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes and artillery fire shook Damascus on Tuesday as government forces tried to repel a second rebel attack on the Syrian capital in three days. The military deployed tanks along the city's leafy Fares al-Khoury Avenue leading to the eastern Jobar and Qaboun neighborhoods, where opposition forces have been pinned for years, and the cracks of gunfire could... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:43:00 GMT 2017-03-21T16:43:00Z Al-Qaida steps up violence against Syrian government BEIRUT (AP) — Under pressure from fellow insurgents and escalating airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition, Syria's al-Qaida branch is stepping up violence against President Bashar Assad's strongholds with precise, high-profile attacks, including a surprising breach of the capital in the most serious infiltration in years. Sunday's attack, in which insurgent... 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