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'Qaeda' militants kill four Yemen soldiers

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants in police uniforms killed four soldiers Tuesday in an attack on a special forces' checkpoint in southeastern Yemen, a security official said. The attack is the latest in a series of deadly operations against security forces blamed on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), perceived by Washington as the jihadist network's most dangerous affiliate. The gunmen "suspected of belonging to Al-Qaeda" opened fire on the checkpoint at the western entrance to the port city of Mukalla, the provincial capital of Hadramawt, the official said.

Egypt arrests Islamist close to Qaeda's Zawahiri

Egyptian police have arrested a senior Islamist militant close to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, security officials said on Monday. Thirwat Salah Shehata was arrested in a Cairo suburb, the sources said, adding he had been sentenced to death in absentia in the 1990s for an attempted assassination of a minister. Shehata is believed to have been a deputy to Zawahiri when he ran the Egyptian Islamic Jihad before joining forces with former Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, killed by US special forces in 2011.

Two foreign UN workers killed in Somalia

By Abdiqani Hassan BOSASSO (Reuters) - A Briton and a Frenchman working for the United Nations were shot dead on Monday at an airport in north central Somalia, officials said. A U.N. mission spokesman said it was not clear who was behind the killings. But one witness said the pair were attacked by a man in a police uniform while they sat in their car at Galkayo airport.

Qaeda chief Zawahiri's brother to stand trial in Egypt

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri's brother is to stand trial with 67 others for forming a "terrorist group" and plotting attacks after Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's ouster, Egyptian state media reported Sunday. Mohamed al-Zawahiri was arrested last August, a month after Morsi's ouster by the army, and has been called to go on trial by the state prosecutor. The military-installed authorities have since launched a crackdown against Morsi's supporters that has left more than 1,400 people dead and thousands jailed.

Pakistan to release 13 Taliban prisoners

Pakistan will release another 13 Taliban prisoners as a "goodwill gesture" to help ongoing peace talks with militants, the interior minister said Saturday. The announcement came after the Pakistani Taliban on Friday extended a ceasefire by six days, stating they were doing so to allow the government more time to meet their demands of releasing "non-combatant" prisoners and pulling back soldiers.

Al Qaeda chief mourns slain Syria fighter, says infighting must end

By Alexander Dziadosz BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for Islamist fighters in Syria to end the infighting that killed a one-time companion of Osama bin Laden earlier this year, according to an audio tape posted online. In the message, Zawahiri mourned the death of Abu Khaled al-Soury, who was killed by an al Qaeda splinter group in a suicide attack in February, and lamented the "strife of the blind that has befallen the blessed land of the Levant."

Lawsuit over American drone strikes dismissed by U.S. judge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government by the families of three American citizens killed in U.S. drone strikes in Yemen in 2011 but said their case raised serious constitutional issues. The families of the three, including New Mexico-born militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, sued over their deaths, arguing that the killings were illegal. Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court in Washington threw out the case.

Britons guilty of U.S. terror charges denied access to secret files

By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Two British men who pleaded guilty to raising money for al Qaeda and the Taliban were denied their bid on Friday to gain access to secret documents about a witness whose testimony could have a major impact on how long they spend in prison. The pair, 39-year-old Babar Ahmad and 34-year-old Syed Talha Ahsan, have argued in papers filed in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Connecticut, that they have a right to more information on the witness, British citizen Saajid Badat.

Jihadist infighting in Syria is 'sedition'

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has told rival jihadists in Syria to accept independent Islamic arbitration to end three months of infighting, saying in an audio message Friday the violence is "sedition". Powerful rebel groups in Syria, including the Islamic Front and Al-Qaeda's affiliate Al-Nusra Front, have been locked in fierce fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since January.

Kenyan police quell unrest after Islamist shooting: witness

By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan police fired in the air and unleashed tear gas to disperse scores of Muslim youths angered by the killing of a prominent Islamist in the port city of Mombasa this week, a Reuters witness said on Friday. Tensions have been simmering in the tourist hub since Tuesday when unknown attackers shot dead Abubakar Shariff, more commonly known as Makaburi, who was accused by the United States and U.N. Security Council of supporting Somali militants.
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