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Terrorists Turn to Online Chat Rooms to Evade US

WASHINGTON - Al-Qaida fighters have been using secretive chat rooms and encrypted Internet message boards for planning and coordinating attacks - including the threatened if vague plot that U.S. officials say closed 19 diplomatic posts across Africa and the Middle East for more than a week. It's highly unlikely that al-Qaida's top leader, Ayman... more

Website: Al-Qaida Branch Replaces Commanders

DAKAR, Senegal - A Mauritanian news agency says al-Qaida's North Africa branch has chosen replacements for two deceased commanders, including the former head of one of its most violent brigades who was killed in northern Mali in February. The ANI website, which has previously been used as a publicity tool by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or ... more

Al-Qaida Urges Abducted Man's Family to Press US

CAIRO -- Al-Qaida urged the family of an American aid worker it abducted in Pakistan three years ago to demand that the U.S. government negotiate a prisoner exchange for his release. Warren Weinstein was abducted in August 2011, four days before his seven-year stint as a business development expert with international aid agency USAID was to end... more

Al-Qaida Decentralized, But Not Necessarily Weaker

This May 27, 2014, file photo shows Yemeni boys looking at a vehicle destroyed during a police raid on an al-Qaida militants' hideout in the Arhab region, north of Sanaa, Yemen, which resulted in the death of five militants and six soldiers. Hani Mohammed

WASHINGTON -- Al-Qaida has decentralized, yet it's unclear whether the terrorist network is weaker and less likely to launch a Sept. 11-style attack against the United States, as President Barack Obama says, or remains potent despite the deaths of several leaders. Obama said in his foreign policy speech last week that the prime threat comes not... more

Al-Qaida-Claimed Attack in Yemeni Capital Kills 52

ADEN, Yemen -- Militants stormed the Defense Ministry in the heart of Yemen's capital Thursday, killing 52 people, including at least seven foreigners, in a suicide car bombing and assault by gunmen. The brazen attack claimed by al-Qaida's local branch in Yemen follows a rise in U.S. drone strikes in this key American ally in the Middle East. T... more

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