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Jihadist group in Mali announces death of French hostage

One of Mali's top jihadist groups said on Tuesday a French hostage it had kidnapped in November 2012 was dead. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), a splinter group of Al-Qaeda's regional branch, told AFP Gilberto Rodrigues Leal "is dead, because France is our enemy". Yoro Abdoul Salam, a spokesman for the group, gave no details on the date or circumstances of Rodrigues Leal's death during a brief telephone exchange.

Attacks kill four Yemeni officers in two days

A Yemeni military police colonel shot dead Tuesday was the fourth officer to be killed in suspected militant attacks in the capital Sanaa in two days, an official said. Similar attacks in the past have been blamed on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a powerful affiliate of the global terror network that has been the target of a US drone campaign and repeated military operations by the weak central government.

Iraq attacks kill 26 as election looms

Attacks including five suicide bombings hit various areas of Iraq on Monday, killing at least 26 people as parliamentary elections loom next week, the first since American troops departed. Iraq is suffering a protracted surge in bloodshed that has killed more than 2,750 people so far this year, and the UN envoy warned Monday that militants were seeking to stoke sectarian tensions between the Shiite Muslim majority and the Sunni Arab minority.

Iraq attacks kill 26 as election looms

Attacks including five suicide bombings hit various areas of Iraq on Monday, killing at least 26 people as parliamentary elections loom next week, the first since American troops departed. Iraq is suffering a protracted surge in bloodshed that has killed more than 2,750 people so far this year, and the UN envoy warned Monday that militants were seeking to stoke sectarian tensions between the Shiite Muslim majority and the Sunni Arab minority.

Drone strikes alone won't stamp out al Qaeda in Yemen: analysts

By Mohamed Ghobari and Yara Bayoumy SANAA/DUBAI (Reuters) - An intense two days of air strikes on al Qaeda in Yemen may have killed or wounded some of its commanders, but drones alone are unlikely to eradicate the threat the group poses to Yemenis and the West.

Dozens killed as Yemen, US mount air war on Qaeda

An "unprecedented" US and Yemeni aerial campaign in Yemen killed at least 68 Al-Qaeda militants in a bid to head off attacks by the network's local affiliate, officials said Monday. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been linked to a number of failed terror plots against the United States, and its leader has appeared in a rare video in which he vowed to attack Western "crusaders ... everywhere in the world".

Dozens killed as Yemen, US mount air war on Qaeda

An "unprecedented" US and Yemeni aerial campaign in Yemen killed at least 68 Al-Qaeda militants in a bid to head off attacks by the network's local affiliate, officials said Monday. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been linked to a number of failed terror plots against the United States, and its leader has appeared in a rare video in which he vowed to attack Western "crusaders ... everywhere in the world".

Yemen, US mount 'unprecedented' air attacks on Qaeda

An "unprecedented" US and Yemeni aerial campaign has killed more than 40 Al-Qaeda militants in recent days in a bid to thwart attacks by the network's local affiliate, officials said. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been linked to a number of failed terror plots against the United States, and its leader recently appeared in a rare video in which he vowed to attack Western "crusaders" wherever they are.

Yemen, US mount 'unprecedented' air attacks on Qaeda

An "unprecedented" US and Yemeni aerial campaign on the weekend in Yemen has killed more than 40 Al-Qaeda militants in a bid to thwart attacks by the network's local affiliate, officials said. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been linked to a number of failed terror plots against the United States, and its leader recently appeared in a rare video in which he vowed to attack Western "crusaders" wherever they are.

Drone kills three Qaeda suspects in Yemen

Three more Al-Qaeda suspects, including an alleged senior militant, were killed Monday in a drone strike in southern Yemen, a local official said. The attack was the latest in an intensified air campaign that has killed more than 40 suspected Al-Qaeda militants, including 30 on Sunday alone, days after the jihadist network's Yemen affiliate vowed to fight against Western "crusaders." The United States is the only country operating drones over Yemen, but US officials rarely acknowledge the covert drone programme.
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