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Putting Al Qaeda in perspective

Commentary: The US sheds blood and treasure on a threat no more risky than taking a bath.
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The annual “Tribute in Light” memorial echoing the twin towers of the World Trade Center illuminates the night sky during the 10th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
Material seized when Osama bin Laden was killed last year reveals that its members have been primarily occupied with dodging drones, complaining about the lack of funds, and watching a lot of pornography.

Triple threat: Coordination suspected between African terrorist organizations

Despite scant evidence, government officials are concerned by potential operational links between Al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and Al Shabaab in Somalia.
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A car lies upside-down, vandalized on June 17 by Christian mobs in reprisal for a suicide bomb attack. Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists claimed responsibility for suicide attacks on three churches that sparked reprisals by Christian mobs who rampaged and burned mosques, killing least 52 people. (Victor Ulasi/AFP/Getty Images)
NAIROBI — The top US military commander for Africa has warned that Al Qaeda affiliates are seeking to strengthen ties across the continent. General Carter Ham, commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), described Nigeria's Boko Haram, Somalia's Al Shabaab and the Saharan Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb as "dangerous and worrisome" but added that there were signs the groups were trying to coordinate their activities.

Toulouse hostages: 'Al Qaeda' gunman wounded as police storm bank

All of the hostages were released unharmed and the gunman was arrested.

Chatter: US drones aimed at Al Qaeda's Number 2?

The US might have tried to drone-bomb Al Qaeda's chief deputy, Wisconsin's governor prepares for recall, and life on the lam comes to an ignominious end for the "Canadian Psycho."
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The US might have tried to drone-bomb Al Qaeda's chief deputy, Wisconsin's governor prepares for recall, and life on the lam comes to an ignominious end for the "Canadian Psycho."

US hacked Al Qaeda websites in Yemen, says Hillary Clinton

"We can tell our efforts are starting to have an impact because extremists are publicly venting their frustration and asking supporters not to believe everything they read on the internet," Clinton said.

Chatter: Suicide bomber strikes Yemen's soldiers

At least 20 people were killed in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, when a suicide bomber struck soldiers rehearsing for a military parade.
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A suicide bomb attack in Yemen, aftershocks in Italy, the Lockerbie bomber's funeral, and a rare treat for sky watchers.

Syria: Al Qaeda 'must be' behind Damascus bombs, says Ban Ki Moon

Ban Ki Moon described the attacks as "very alarming and surprising."

Warren Weinstein, US Al Qaeda hostage in Pakistan, makes video plea to Obama

In a video that appeared on jihadist forums yesterday, hostage Warren Weinstein tells President Barack Obama that "my life is in your hands."

Yemen says dozens dead in Al Qaeda assault

Militants linked to Al Qaeda launched a dawn attack on a Yemeni army post on Monday, leaving at least 23 people dead, according to army officials.

Saudi Arabia puts 50 Al Qaeda suspects on trial

Fifty men suspected of links to Al Qaeda were put on trial in Saudi Arabia on Saturday on charges of attacking foreign compounds in the capital and the Eastern Province.
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