Mail.com: Al-Qaida https://www.mail.com/organizations/15984-al-qaida.html Mail.com - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Mail.com: Al-Qaida https://s.uicdn.com/mailint/8.812.0/assets/mailcom_logo_rss.png https://www.mail.com/organizations/15984-al-qaida.html Syria's third largest city Homs clear of opposition https://www.mail.com/news/world/5211066-syrias-third-largest-city-homs-clear-opposition.html 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 https://www.mail.com/news/world/5211066-syrias-third-largest-city-homs-clear-opposition.html 2017-05-21T18:16:00Z The Latest: Homes declared fully under government control https://www.mail.com/news/world/5211162-latest-homes-declared-fully-under-government-contr.html 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 https://www.mail.com/news/world/5211162-latest-homes-declared-fully-under-government-contr.html 2017-05-21T17:11:00Z Ex-Hamas member named in killing of senior Hamas commander https://www.mail.com/news/world/5197320-ex-hamas-member-named-killing-senior-hamas-command.html 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 https://www.mail.com/news/world/5197320-ex-hamas-member-named-killing-senior-hamas-command.html 2017-05-16T16:59:00Z Seeking employment: Terrorist who flipped on al-Qaida https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5188692-seeking-employment-terrorist-who-flipped-al-qaida.html NEW YORK (AP) — As mid-career resumes go, this one's a doozy: Bryant Neal Vinas tried to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, advised al-Qaida on potential bombing targets, then morphed into a prized informer for the U.S. government. After eight years in solitary confinement, the 34-year-old New Yorker is set to become a free man. Which raises the question: W... Fri, 12 May 2017 19:50:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/business/economy/5188692-seeking-employment-terrorist-who-flipped-al-qaida.html 2017-05-12T19:50:00Z Al-Qaida member who flipped and helped US gets time served https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5185074-al-qaida-member-who-flipped-helped-us-time-served.html NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge decided to spare an admitted homegrown terrorist known as Bashir the American a long prison term on Thursday, agreeing he should instead receive a sentence of time served — about eight years in mostly solitary confinement — as credit for becoming a prized U.S. government cooperator. Bryant Neal Vinas, 34, grew up in obscuri... Thu, 11 May 2017 21:03:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5185074-al-qaida-member-who-flipped-helped-us-time-served.html 2017-05-11T21:03:00Z Former CIA captive wants to speak at Guantanamo despite risk https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5183886-cia-captive-wants-to-speak-guantanamo-despite-risk.html MIAMI (AP) — The first CIA captive subjected to what the U.S. government called "enhanced interrogation techniques" after the Sept. 11 attacks is choosing to testify about conditions inside the Guantanamo Bay detention center even if it could create legal problems for him later. The lawyer for the Palestinian known as Zayne Abu Zubaydah says in a letter r... Thu, 11 May 2017 14:11:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5183886-cia-captive-wants-to-speak-guantanamo-despite-risk.html 2017-05-11T14:11:00Z US offers $10 million reward for Syria rebel leader https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5181740-us-offers-10-reward-syria-rebel-leader.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information about the whereabouts of the military leader of Syria's al-Qaida affiliated Nusra Front. The State Department says the reward will be paid for information "leading to the identification or location" of Abu Mohammed al-Golani. The offer is the first under the department's "Rew... Wed, 10 May 2017 15:37:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5181740-us-offers-10-reward-syria-rebel-leader.html 2017-05-10T15:37:00Z US military member killed in Somalia, 1st death since 1993 https://www.mail.com/news/world/5169584-us-military-member-killed-somalia-1st-death-1993.html 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 https://www.mail.com/news/world/5169584-us-military-member-killed-somalia-1st-death-1993.html 2017-05-05T21:14:00Z The Latest: Official: Senior al-Shabab members were target https://www.mail.com/news/us/5169934-latest-official-senior-al-shabab-members-were-targ.html MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The Latest on the death of a U.S. service member in Somalia (all times local): 11:55 p.m. The deputy governor of the Somalia region where a U.S. military service member was killed during an operation against al-Shabab says one goal of the raid was to "surgically target" senior members of the... Fri, 05 May 2017 20:56:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/us/5169934-latest-official-senior-al-shabab-members-were-targ.html 2017-05-05T20:56:00Z Syria: Airstrike in Hama kills 8 White Helmets rescuers https://www.mail.com/news/world/5154214-syria-airstrike-hama-kills-8-white-helmets-rescuer.html 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 https://www.mail.com/news/world/5154214-syria-airstrike-hama-kills-8-white-helmets-rescuer.html 2017-04-29T19:33:00Z Pentagon: US airstrike killed 8 al-Qaida operatives in Yemen https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5152294-pentagon-us-airstrike-killed-8-al-qaida-operatives.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says a U.S. airstrike in Yemen on Sunday killed eight operatives of group known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, including a key leader. A spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said the airstrike April 23 killed Abu Ahmed Awlaqi (ah-lah'-key), who had led AQAP operations in Shabwa province. Davis said he was a plotter of external attacks and h... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:25:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5152294-pentagon-us-airstrike-killed-8-al-qaida-operatives.html 2017-04-28T17:25:00Z Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war https://www.mail.com/news/world/5147196-israeli-strikes-inside-syria-pick-up-tempo-proxy-w.html 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 https://www.mail.com/news/world/5147196-israeli-strikes-inside-syria-pick-up-tempo-proxy-w.html 2017-04-28T00:07:00Z Airstrike kills 8 family members in northern Syria https://www.mail.com/news/world/5138990-airstrike-kills-8-family-members-northern-syria.html 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 https://www.mail.com/news/world/5138990-airstrike-kills-8-family-members-northern-syria.html 2017-04-24T17:26:00Z Chinese jihadis' rise in Syria raises concerns at home https://www.mail.com/news/world/5135168-chinese-jihadis-rise-syria-raises-concerns.html 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 https://www.mail.com/news/world/5135168-chinese-jihadis-rise-syria-raises-concerns.html 2017-04-22T10:25:00Z 26 hostages, including Qatar royals, freed in bargain https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5135298-26-hostages-including-qatar-royals-freed-bargain.html 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 07:14:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5135298-26-hostages-including-qatar-royals-freed-bargain.html 2017-04-22T07:14:00Z Delicate bargain frees 26 hostages, including Qatar royals https://www.mail.com/news/world/5133064-delicate-bargain-frees-26-hostages-including-qatar.html 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 https://www.mail.com/news/world/5133064-delicate-bargain-frees-26-hostages-including-qatar.html 2017-04-22T07:02:00Z Pentagon chief: US won't reveal 'mother of all bombs' toll https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5130936-pentagon-chief-us-wont-reveal-mother-bombs-toll.html TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The ear-splitting explosion from America's "mother of all bombs" has been followed by calculated silence about the damage it inflicted. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday he does not intend to discuss damage estimates from last week's use of the military's most powerful non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State stronghold in Afghanistan. ... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:17:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5130936-pentagon-chief-us-wont-reveal-mother-bombs-toll.html 2017-04-20T18:17:00Z Activists: Airstrikes in northern and eastern Syria kill 20 https://www.mail.com/news/us/5123850-activists-airstrikes-northern-eastern-syria-kill-2.html BEIRUT (AP) — An overnight airstrike likely carried out by the U.S.-led coalition struck an eastern Syrian town held by the Islamic State group, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens, opposition activists said. Another airstrike, this one during the day, hit a rebel-held village in the northwest on Tuesday, killing a woman and nine children. The ... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:42:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/us/5123850-activists-airstrikes-northern-eastern-syria-kill-2.html 2017-04-18T15:42:00Z Syrian army moves to tame rebellious Damascus districts https://www.mail.com/news/world/5118078-syrian-army-moves-to-tame-rebellious-damascus-dist.html 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 https://www.mail.com/news/world/5118078-syrian-army-moves-to-tame-rebellious-damascus-dist.html 2017-04-15T14:50:00Z The Latest: Syrian official says evacuations to start Friday https://www.mail.com/news/world/5113820-latest-syrian-official-evacuations-to-start-friday.html 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 https://www.mail.com/news/world/5113820-latest-syrian-official-evacuations-to-start-friday.html 2017-04-13T19:22:00Z US judge deems mentally ill man fit for trial in terror case https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5114538-us-judge-deems-mentally-ill-man-fit-trial-terror-c.html RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday declared a mentally ill man fit for trial on a terrorism charge 10 months after the man started getting forcible injections with drugs that made him competent to defend himself in court. But a defense attorney for the North Carolina man accused of trying to join al-Qaida-linked fighters in Syria said he wil... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:57:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5114538-us-judge-deems-mentally-ill-man-fit-trial-terror-c.html 2017-04-13T17:57:00Z Mattis: Defeating Islamic State still top US priority https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5109200-mattis-defeating-islamic-top-us-priority.html WASHINGTON (AP) — After attacking a Syrian air base in response to President Bashar Assad's alleged battlefield use of chemical weapons, the Pentagon intends to refocus on defeating the Islamic State group without getting more deeply involved in the country's civil war, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. "The military campaign is focused on ... br... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:58:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5109200-mattis-defeating-islamic-top-us-priority.html 2017-04-11T21:58:00Z Can the president attack another country without Congress? https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5097966-president-attack-country-without-congress.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. missile strikes Thursday on a Syrian air base were conducted without formal congressional approval. Some questions and answers about how and why presidents can conduct military action without permission from the 535 representatives of the American people. DID CONGRESS KNOW? Trump did let Congress know of his plans to launch 59 T... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:42:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5097966-president-attack-country-without-congress.html 2017-04-07T12:42:00Z What role should Congress plan when president orders attack? https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5098248-what-role-congress-plan-when-president-orders-atta.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. missile strikes Thursday on a Syrian air base were conducted without formal congressional approval. Some questions and answers about how and why presidents can conduct military action without permission from the 535 representatives of the American people. DID CONGRESS KNOW? Trump did let Congress know of his plans to launch 59 T... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:03:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5098248-what-role-congress-plan-when-president-orders-atta.html 2017-04-07T08:03:00Z Syria strikes latest of 21st century US military forays https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5098246-syria-strikes-latest-21st-century-us-military-fora.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration opened a new military front Thursday when it ordered dozens of cruise missiles against a Syrian air base, adding to a growing list of recent U.S. military forays. A look at where the United States has fought in the 21st century: AFGHANISTAN After al-Qaida attacked the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. led an invas... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:00:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5098246-syria-strikes-latest-21st-century-us-military-fora.html 2017-04-07T08:00:00Z Syria strikes add to list of 21st century US military forays https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5097834-syria-strikes-add-to-list-21st-century-us-military.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration opened a new military front Thursday when it ordered dozens of cruise missiles against a Syrian air base, adding to a growing list of recent U.S. military forays. A look at where the United States has fought in the 21st century: AFGHANISTAN After al-Qaida attacked the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. led an invas... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 01:57:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5097834-syria-strikes-add-to-list-21st-century-us-military.html 2017-04-07T01:57:00Z Somalia roadside bomb kills at least 20 in minibus: Official https://www.mail.com/news/world/5096414-somalia-roadside-bomb-kills-20-minibus-official.html 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 https://www.mail.com/news/world/5096414-somalia-roadside-bomb-kills-20-minibus-official.html 2017-04-06T17:46:00Z Somalia leader declares country a war zone, replaces chiefs https://www.mail.com/news/world/5095586-somalia-leader-declares-country-war-zone-replaces.html 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 https://www.mail.com/news/world/5095586-somalia-leader-declares-country-war-zone-replaces.html 2017-04-06T13:37:00Z With Trump approval, Pentagon expands warfighting authority https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5083238-with-trump-approval-pentagon-expands-warfighting-a.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Week by week, country by country, the Pentagon is quietly seizing more control over warfighting decisions, sending hundreds more troops to war with little public debate and seeking greater authority to battle extremists across the Middle East and Africa. This week it was Somalia, where President Donald Trump gave the U.S. military more a... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 02:57:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5083238-with-trump-approval-pentagon-expands-warfighting-a.html 2017-04-02T02:57:00Z More aggressive US strikes in Somalia said to risk civilians https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5082576-aggressive-us-strikes-somalia-to-risk-civilians.html MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — President Donald Trump's approval of greater U.S. military authority to pursue al-Qaida-linked extremists in Somalia will put civilians further at risk, experts say, especially as drought displaces thousands of people in areas that now will be considered a war zone. Trump has approved a Pentagon request to allow more aggressive a... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 14:20:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5082576-aggressive-us-strikes-somalia-to-risk-civilians.html 2017-04-01T14:20:00Z