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Suspected al Qaeda militant killed in drone strike in central Yemen: tribesmen

SANAA (Reuters) - A suspected al Qaeda militant was killed in a drone strike late on Monday in Yemen's central Maarib province, an oil-producing area where al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operates, local tribesmen said. The sources said three rockets, presumed to be fired by a U.S. drone, hit a car that a man who went by the name of Ebad al-Shabwani was driving. The car was completely burnt, the tribesmen said.

Al Qaeda says has no link to Syrian militant group ISIL

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's general command said it had no link with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and that it was not responsible for the actions of the militant group, which has clashed with other Syrian rebels this year. "Al Qaeda announces that it does not link itself with (ISIL) ... It is not a branch of the al Qaeda group, does not have an organizational relationship with it and (al Qaeda) is not the group responsible for their actions," the General Command said in a message posted on jihadi websites on Monday.

From Falluja to Maghreb, a new, diffuse al Qaeda

By Peter Apps LONDON, Jan 16 - More than two years after the death of Osama bin Laden, the turbulent aftermath of the "Arab Spring" has helped his group - or more accurately, its offshoots and successors - gain ground. Two weeks ago, fighters from al Qaeda affiliate the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took over much of the central Iraqi city of Falluja, reversing their defeat at the hands of U.S. forces and local tribal allies almost a decade ago.

Qaeda attacks kill 10 soldiers in Yemen

Al-Qaeda militants killed 10 Yemeni soldiers in three simultaneous attacks Thursday on army positions in the central province of Bayda, a military official said. Eight extremists were also killed in the assaults, which prompted further clashes with the army, a local official said. "Al-Qaeda assailants carried out simultaneous attacks against three military positions in Rada" in Bayda, an extremist stronghold, the official told AFP. Ten soldiers were killed and others wounded, and four soldiers captured, the military source said.

Qaeda attacks kill 10 soldiers in Yemen

Al-Qaeda militants killed 10 Yemeni soldiers in three simultaneous attacks Thursday on army positions in the central province of Bayda, a military official said. "Al-Qaeda assailants carried out simultaneous attacks against three military positions in Rada" in Bayda, an extremist stronghold, the official told AFP. Ten soldiers were killed and others wounded, while some of the attackers also died, including one wearing an explosive belt who was killed by soldiers. The attacks were followed by clashes between the army and gunmen.

Syrian rebels kill Belgian commander linked to al Qaeda: activists

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Belgian commander of al Qaeda-linked forces in Syria was killed in fierce clashes between rival rebel groups for the northern town of Saraqeb on Wednesday, activists said. Supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant however denied reports that the local Saraqeb "emir", known as Abu Baraa al-Jazairi, had been killed.

Fueled by Syria war, al Qaeda bursts back to life in Iraq

By Suadad al-Salhy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Al Qaeda gunmen seeking to form a radical Islamic state out of the chaos of Syria's civil war are fighting hard to reconquer the province they once controlled in neighboring Iraq, stirring fears the conflict is exporting ever more instability. Exploiting local grievances against Baghdad's rule and buoyed by al Qaeda gains in Syria, the fighters have taken effective control of Anbar's two main cities for the first time since U.S. occupation troops defeated them in 2006-07.

Iraqi air force strikes city to try to oust al Qaeda

By Suadad al-Salhy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces battling an al Qaeda offensive near the Syrian border launched an air strike on Ramadi city on Sunday killing 25 Islamist militants, according to local officials. Government officials in western Anbar province met tribal leaders to urge them to help repel al Qaeda-linked militants who have taken over parts of Ramadi and Falluja, strategic Iraqi cities on the Euphrates River.

Iraqi air force strikes city to try to oust al Qaeda

By Suadad al-Salhy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces battling an al Qaeda offensive near the Syrian border launched an air strike on Ramadi city on Sunday killing 25 Islamist militants, according to local officials. Government officials in western Anbar province met tribal leaders to urge them to help repel al Qaeda-linked militants who have taken over parts of Ramadi and Falluja, strategic Iraqi cities on the Euphrates River.

Iraq army, tribes join fight against al Qaeda forces

By Suadad al-Salhy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Sunni Muslim tribesmen backed by Iraqi troops fought al Qaeda-linked militants for control of Iraq's western province of Anbar on Friday in a critical test of strength for the Shi'ite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
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