WASHINGTON – A U.S. citizen working in Syria with a militant group backed by al-Qaida conducted a suicide bombing there Sunday, in what is believed to be the first time an American has been involved in such an attack, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
The suicide attack first surfaced Tuesday in Twitter messages from the Nusra Front, an Islamist extremist group in Syria aligned with al-Qaida in the fight against the government of President Bashar Assad of Syria.
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KABUL — A suicide bomber blew himself up at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 45 people in the country’s deadliest terrorist attack this year, officials said.
The bloodshed came just hours after Parliament approved agreements allowing U.S. and NATO troops to remain in the country past the end of the year.
SANAA, Yemen — An American photojournalist and a South African teacher held by al-Qaida militants in Yemen were killed Saturday during a U.S.-led rescue operation that President said he ordered because of “imminent danger” to U.S. hostage.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen has offered to pay tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who kills the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa or an American soldier in the country. An audio produced by the group's media arm, the al-Malahem Foundation, and posted on militant websites Saturday said it offered three kilograms of gold worth $160,000 for killing the ambassador, Gerald Feierstein.
The day after the United States and its Arab allies launched airstrikes in Syria last September, President Barack Obama advised American lawmakers the targets had included “elements of al-Qaida known as the Khorasan Group.”
Khorasan was described as a terrorist faction operating in Syria that had been set up by the senior al-Qaida leadership to recruit Westerners, train them and send them back to North America and Europe to conduct bombings.
TORONTO — Jahanzeb Malik thought he had found a brother in arms when he discovered the man who had hired him to install hardwood floors in a house near Toronto had fought on the side of the Muslims in Bosnia.
Before long, over coffee and cigarettes, Malik confided that he, too, was an Islamic fighter. He said he had just spent two years in Libya, where he had been part of al-Qaida and had served as right-hand man to the commander.
Washington — In highly unusual testimony inside the federal supermax prison, a former operative for al-Qaida has described prominent members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family as major donors to the terrorist network in the late 1990s and claimed he discussed a plan to shoot down Air Force One with a Stinger missile with a staff member at the Saudi embassy in Washington.
BAHRAIN — In the early hours of Saturday morning, American Osprey aircraft whirred over the Yemeni coast from the Gulf of Aden, flying above the rugged mountains of Shabwe province.
The aim of the 40 Special Forces soldiers on board was to mount one of the most difficult of all military operations, namely a rescue mission to save Luke Somers, a U.K-born American hostage, and other captives from al-Qaida’s clutches.
TIMBUKTU, Mali — One of the last things the bearded fighters did before leaving this city was to drive to the market where traders lay their carpets out in the sand.
The al-Qaida extremists bypassed the brightly colored, high-end synthetic floor coverings and stopped their pickup truck in front of a man selling more modest mats woven from desert grass, priced at $1.40 apiece. There they bought two bales of 25 mats each, and asked him to bundle them on top of the car, along with a stack of sticks.