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Drone kills 15 'Qaeda', 3 civilians in Yemen

A drone strike Saturday killed 15 Al-Qaeda suspects and three civilians in Yemen's central Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group, a security official said. The jihadists were travelling in a vehicle towards the southern Shabwa province, witnesses said. The three civilians were passing by in another car. The United States is the only country that operates drones in Yemen, but officials rarely discuss the covert programme.

Drone kills 15 'Qaeda', 3 civilians in Yemen

A drone strike Saturday killed 15 Al-Qaeda suspects and three civilians in Yemen's central Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group, a security official said. The jihadists were travelling in a vehicle towards the southern Shabwa province, witnesses said. The three civilians were passing by in another car. The United States is the only country that operates drones in Yemen, but officials rarely discuss the covert programme. mou-lyn/jk

Drone kills 15 'Qaeda', 3 civilians in Yemen

A drone strike Saturday killed 15 Al-Qaeda suspects and three civilians in Yemen's central Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group, a security official said. The jihadists were travelling in a vehicle towards the southern Shabwa province, witnesses said. The three civilians were passing by in another car. The United States is the only country that operates drones in Yemen, but officials rarely discuss the covert programme.

Syria rivalry sharply splits jihadist ranks

Rivalry between jihadist groups fighting in Syria has sharply divided global militant ranks once loosely allied under Al-Qaeda, sparking infighting which experts say has hampered efforts to topple President Bashar al-Assad. And while senior leaders of Al-Qaeda were all but above question under revered founder Osama bin Laden, the conflict has gone so far that even his replacement Ayman al-Zawahiri has come in for fierce criticism on jihadist forums online.

Qaeda chief calls for unity as jihadist schism deepens

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for unity in a new interview amid widening divisions with a rival jihadist organisation rooted in the Syrian civil war. The interview, which the SITE monitoring service dated to between February and April, was released after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) accused Al-Qaeda of having "deviated from the correct path." "They have divided the ranks of the mujahideen (holy warriors) in every place," ISIL spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani said in a statement posted on jihadi forums.

Syria rivalry sharply splits jihadist ranks

Rivalry between jihadist groups fighting in Syria has sharply divided global militant ranks once loosely allied under Al-Qaeda, sparking infighting which experts say has hampered efforts to topple President Bashar al-Assad. And while senior leaders of Al-Qaeda were all but above question under revered founder Osama bin Laden, the conflict has gone so far that even his replacement Ayman al-Zawahiri has come in for fierce criticism on jihadist forums online.

Egypt police officer killed in new Cairo bomb blast

An Egyptian police officer was killed on Friday evening when a bomb targeting a traffic police kiosk in Cairo exploded, security officials said, the latest of such attacks. A policeman and a civilian were also wounded when assailants threw the bomb from a nearby bridge onto the kiosk, located on a main square of the Egyptian capital, the officials said. Militants have stepped up their attacks against security forces since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July and the military-installed authorities launched a deadly crackdown on his supporters.

Attacks on the United Nations

The United Nations, which said Friday at least 58 people were killed in an attack against one of its bases in South Sudan, has been the target of several attacks in the past decade. Here are some of the worst assaults: - April 18, 2014: SOUTH SUDAN - At least 58 people are killed and more than 100 others wounded in an attack against one of the UN's bases in South Sudan sheltering thousands of civilians.

Rival group accuses Qaeda of betraying jihadist cause

A powerful rival organisation has accused Al-Qaeda leaders of betraying the jihadist cause, in the latest widening of divisions rooted in Syria's civil war. "Al-Qaeda today is no longer a base of jihad (holy war)," Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani said in a statement posted on jihadist forums. "Its leadership has become a hammer to break the project of the Islamic State," Adnani said, adding that "the leaders of Al-Qaeda have deviated from the correct path."

Briton 'global exporter of terrorism' NY trial hears

British hate preacher Abu Hamza was a "global exporter" of violence and terrorism intent on waging war against non-Muslims, prosecutors said Thursday as the Egyptian-born cleric's trial opened in New York. Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, 56, better known in Britain as Abu Hamza al-Masri, has pleaded not guilty to 11 kidnapping and terror charges which predate the 9/11 attacks. He faces the rest of his life in a maximum security US prison if convicted. He is blind in one eye and lost both arms, blown off above the elbow, in an explosion in Afghanistan years ago.
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