March 1st, 2013
11:52 AM ET

Prominent al Qaeda figure in Mali killed

One of al Qaeda's most influential figures in North Africa has been killed by French and Chadian forces, a U.S. official saidFriday.

French military sources had earlier said that Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, a deputy leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, was killed in an airstrike in Mali late last month.

Abou Zeid was one of the group's most ruthless commanders, having seized at least a dozen foreigners for ransom. At least two have been killed; several French citizens remain captive.

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Filed under: Al Qaeda • France • Mali
February 3rd, 2013
03:23 PM ET

Recovering Malala has skull, ear surgery

Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousufzai was in stable condition at a British hospital on Sunday after undergoing surgeries to repair her skull and help her hearing, officials said.

"Both operations were a success and Malala is now recovering in hospital. Her medical team are 'very pleased' with the progress she has made so far," the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham said in a statement. "She is awake and talking to staff and members of her family."

Saturday's five-hour operations were the latest step on a long road to recovery for Malala, who was shot in the head and neck by Taliban gunmen in October for speaking out in favor of education for Pakistani girls.


Filed under: Pakistan • Taliban • United Kingdom
January 28th, 2013
08:54 PM ET

Ship bearing illegal arms seized off Yemen

Yemeni authorities working with the U.S. Navy intercepted a ship carrying a "substantial" cache of "illegal arms" such as surface-to-air missiles, potent explosives and rocket-propelled grenades, a U.S. official and Yemen's government said Monday.

The incident took place in Yemeni territorial waters in the Arabian Sea last Wednesday, according to a statement issued five days later from Yemen's embassy in Washington.


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Filed under: Military • Terrorism • U.S. Navy • World • Yemen
Man charged in alleged threat to blow up Liberty Bell
January 27th, 2013
03:20 PM ET

Man charged in alleged threat to blow up Liberty Bell

An Arizona man accused of threatening to blow up Philadelphia's Liberty Bell was charged Sunday, police said.

Carlos Balsas, 41, of Tempe, Arizona, is charged with terroristic threats, bomb threats and several other offenses, police spokeswoman Christine O'Brien said. Prosecutors approved the charges and will take up the case Monday, she said.

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Filed under: Crime • Pennsylvania • Terrorism • U.S.
American sentenced to 35 years for role in Mumbai terror attacks
In a courtroom drawing, David Coleman Headley pleads guilty in U.S. District Court in Chicago in 2010.
January 24th, 2013
01:25 PM ET

American sentenced to 35 years for role in Mumbai terror attacks

[Updated at 1:25 p.m. ET] A federal judge in Chicago on Thursday sentenced Chicagoan David Headley to 35 years in prison for his role in the deadly 2008 siege in Mumbai, India that killed more than 160 individuals including six U.S. citizens.

[Posted at 04:07 a.m. ET] American David Headley is scheduled to be sentenced by a federal judge in Illinois today for his role in the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.

Headley, 52, has admitted conducting advance surveillance for the attacks that killed 160 people.

Although he could receive life in prison, the Justice Department is recommending that a federal judge sentence him to 30 to 35 years because he cooperated with U.S. authorities after his arrest.

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37 foreign workers killed in Algeria siege, prime minister says
Dozens of hostages died during a seige after terrorists attacked the remote gas complex near In Amenas, Algeria.
January 21st, 2013
02:02 PM ET

37 foreign workers killed in Algeria siege, prime minister says

[Updated at 2:02 p.m.] U.S. State Department confirms the deaths of three Americans in Algeria: Victor Lynn Lovelady, Gordon Lee Rowan and Frederick Buttaccio.

[Updated at 12:43 p.m.] Three Americans were killed in the hostage crisis at an Algerian gas plant last week, a senior administration official said Monday. Previously, one American was known to have been killed.

[Original post] Thirty-seven foreign hostages died in last week's terrorist attack on an Algerian gas plant, Prime Minister Abdul Malek Sallal said Monday. Algerian authorities had previously reported the death toll as 29.

Five foreign workers remain missing.

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January 18th, 2013
03:30 PM ET

What we know - and don't - about Algeria hostage situation

Reporting on militants' seizure of workers at a natural-gas complex in eastern Algeria has been a special challenge, in part because outside journalists need a visa and accreditation before they can enter the country.

Access to live information from the Sahara Desert facility - which British Prime Minister David Cameron this week noted was "one of the most remote places in the world" and about "18 hours by road from the capital, Algiers" - is hard to come by, and conflicting accounts have emerged about the hostages and other aspects of the story.

Here is a look at what CNN has reported from:


Initial attack on Wednesday

- The incident began when militants attacked workers who were traveling from In Amenas gas field to the In Amenas Airport early Wednesday, Algerian Interior Minister Diho Weld Qabilyeh told Algerian state television. Two people, an Algerian and a Briton, were killed in that attack, according to Algerian and British officials.

- After security forces accompanying the workers returned fire, the militants went to the gas installation itself and took hostages, Qabilyeh told Algerian state television.


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Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony date set
January 17th, 2013
11:48 AM ET

Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony date set

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on last year's terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, before the Senate Foreign Relations committee on January 23. Clinton will also appear on the same day before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Senate committee has announced.

U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in September 11 attack.

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January 10th, 2013
11:40 AM ET

Report: String of deadly blasts hit Quetta, Pakistan

At least nine people were injured in two successive explosions in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, CNN affiliate Geo TV said Thursday. A Geo TV photojournalist is among the injured, Geo TV said.

Earlier in the day, 11 people were killed and 27 others were injured when a bomb planted in a vehicle near a security checkpoint in the center of Quetta exploded, police spokesman Wazir Khan Nasir said.

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January 3rd, 2013
11:51 AM ET

Britain extradites terror suspect to United States

Britain extradited a man wanted by U.S. authorities for alleged terrorism offenses Thursday, police in London said, more than two years after he was detained.

Abid Naseer, 26, was put on a plane bound for the United States at Luton Airport, north of London, after having been handed over to U.S. officials.

Naseer, a Pakistani national, was arrested in northern England in July 2010 by British police officers acting on a provisional extradition arrest warrant issued at the request of the U.S. government.

He had been held at London's high-security Belmarsh prison since his arrest, London's Metropolitan Police said.

U.S. authorities want him to stand trial on charges of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, conspiracy to provide material support to such an organization, and conspiracy to use a destructive device.

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December 4th, 2012
11:01 AM ET

Faces of Florida terrorism suspects

Our colleague Kim Segal got these mugshots of two brothers earlier today accused of plotting to use an explosive device and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

Raees Alam Qazi, on the left, is 20 years old and the younger brother. Sheheryar Alam Qazi is 30.

Filed under: Florida • Terrorism
November 15th, 2012
01:37 PM ET

Man indicted in alleged Federal Reserve bomb plot

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis was indicted Thursday on charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and trying to provide material support to al Qaeda in a foiled effort to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York City.

Nafis - a 21-year-old exchange student - is accused of plotting to detonate a bomb outside of the bank in October.

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Radical cleric Abu Qatada released from jail
Muslim cleric Abu Qatada has been described as "more radical than Osama bin Laden."
November 13th, 2012
06:28 AM ET

Radical cleric Abu Qatada released from jail

Radical cleric Abu Qatada was released from jail on bail today, following a successful appeal Monday against deportation from the United Kingdom to face terror charges in Jordan.

It's the latest stage in a long-running battle over British efforts to deport the man accused of funding terrorist groups and said to have inspired one of the 9/11 hijackers.

Radical cleric Abu Qatada to be released on bail
November 12th, 2012
11:05 AM ET

Radical cleric Abu Qatada to be released on bail

[Updated at 11:05 a.m. ET] Abu Qatada is expected to be released on Tuesday, but his bail conditions are still being set, Britain’s Judicial Communications Office said Monday.

Britain's Special Immigration Appeals Commission upheld the radical cleric's appeal against deportation to Jordan earlier Monday

[Posted at 7:47 a.m. ET] Radical cleric Abu Qatada has won a legal battle that means he will not be deported from the United Kingdom to Jordan, the latest round in a long-running battle over British efforts to deport the man accused of funding terrorist groups and said to have inspired one of the 9/11 hijackers.


November 6th, 2012
05:01 AM ET

Car bomb kills Iraqi soldiers, recruits near army base

[Update 5:50 a.m. ET] The car bomb exploded outside a recruiting center about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Baghdad.   Four of the dead were soldiers, but most were recruits, police officials said.

[Update 5:40 a.m. ET] Baghdad police officials have upped the death toll from the attack to at least 26 people.  Another 30 have been wounded.

[Posted at 5:01 a.m. ET] Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and 11 others were wounded today when a car bomb exploded near an Iraqi army base in an area with many Sunni and Shiite residents, police officials said.


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November 5th, 2012
03:55 PM ET

New Saudi interior minister named, signaling possible generational shift

Saudi Arabia's king has named Prince Mohammed bin Nayef  as interior minister, making him the first in the next generation of the Saudi royal family to rise to such a powerful post.

King Abdullah issued the royal order ousting Interior Minister Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, who had been named to the position in June and is Prince Nayef's uncle, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported.


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Construction resumes at World Trade Center site
Water from Superstorm Sandy floods the World Trade Center site on October 30.
November 5th, 2012
12:10 PM ET

Construction resumes at World Trade Center site

Construction work has started again at ground zero, site of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, which was flooded by Superstorm Sandy.

About 750 workers are back at it, now that more than 95% of the storm surge at the 16-acre site has been pumped out, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.


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Filed under: Flooding • New York • September 11 • Superstorm Sandy • U.S. • Weather
November 4th, 2012
01:10 PM ET

Grenade turns church service deadly

A grenade flew into a Kenyan church today, turning a prayer service into carnage.

The attack in Garissa, a city in northeastern Kenya, killed at least one person and wounded at least 13 others.  At least two are in critical condition.  It was the latest in a slew of similar attacks in the country.


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Filed under: Kenya • Somalia • Terrorism • World
October 29th, 2012
12:23 PM ET

Pakistan police say they suspect boys behind Malala attack

Pakistani police say they suspect two boys were responsible for the attack that nearly killed a Pakistani teenage girl internationally famous for campaigning for girls' education.

On October 9, Malala Yousufzai was on her school van in the Taliban-held Swat Valley when armed thugs stopped the vehicle and jumped on board. They demanded that other girls riding identify 15-year-old Malala. Then they shot two girls and fired at Malala, striking her in the head and neck.

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Filed under: Pakistan • Terrorism
October 29th, 2012
08:44 AM ET

Sunni extremists: We set off bombs in Iraq, more to come

A Sunni extremist group with links to al Qaeda is claiming responsibility for bombs that exploded in Iraq over the weekend.

A wave of attacks shook Iraqis as they were celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid.


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