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Bin Laden son-in-law found guilty on US terror charges

A New York jury on Tuesday found Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former Al-Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Ghaith guilty of three counts of conspiracy to kill Americans and supporting terrorists. The 48-year-old preacher from Kuwait, whose three-week trial has been the most high-profile Al-Qaeda case to reach a US federal court, now faces life behind bars. jm/bd/dc/jm

France says 40 Islamists killed in recent Mali operations

French soldiers have killed about 40 Islamist fighters, including some senior commanders, in Mali in recent weeks, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday. "We have conducted operations over the past weeks," Le Drian said, adding that "about 40" fighters had been killed including "Ould Hamaha, a historic leader of AQIM," or Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Omar Ould Hamaha, known as "Red Beard", was a commander of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and AQIM, armed groups which occupied northern Mali for almost ten months in 2012.

2 Egypt police killed in clash with militants in Delta

Two Egyptian policemen were killed during a raid on a militant hideout north of Cairo on Wednesday, security officials said, as the military-installed government battles a widening jihadist campaign. The policemen were shot dead in an exchange of fire with the militants near the Nile Delta town al-Qanatir al-Khayriya, roughly 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of Cairo. Militants have killed more than 200 policemen and soldiers in bomb and shooting attacks since the army's overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

Tunisia police kill three suspected militants in raid near Algeria border

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia police shot and killed three suspected Islamist militants in a raid near the Algerian border, a security official said on Monday, days after Algerian troops reportedly killed seven militants on the other side of the frontier. Clashes broke out on Monday morning when security forces raided a house in northwest Jendouba, the official said. Gunmen disguised as police had killed three officers and a civilian in an attack there last month.

Eight armed Islamists killed in Algeria

Algerian forces killed eight armed Islamists on Friday, including a group of seven militants on the country's eastern border who had entered from Tunisia, security sources said. The seven men, "including some foreigners", crossed the border in a jeep near the town of El Ma Labiod in the Tebessa region, and were chased to Mount Boudjelal, where troops surrounded them, official media cited a security source as saying.

Spain, Morocco, arrest seven in jihadist cell bust

Spanish and Moroccan security forces have broken up a major jihadist network suspected of sending fighters to Syria and other conflict zones, the two countries said Friday. "It has been a very big operation that has dismantled an international cell, without doubt the biggest and most active in Spain and one of the biggest and most active currently in Europe," Spain's Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz told a news conference.

French kill jihadist commander in Mali

A notorious Islamist militia leader known as "Red Beard" has been killed in French missile strikes in north-eastern Mali, a senior Malian army officer told AFP. Omar Ould Hamaha was a commander of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), armed groups which occupied northern Mali for almost ten months in 2012. "Omar Ould Hamaha, the terrorist of Malian nationality, is one of ten terrorists killed last week by French planes," the officer said late on Thursday.

Bomb in southwest Pakistan kills 10

A bomb blast on Friday killed 10 people and wounded 31 others in Pakistan's restive southwestern city of Quetta, officials said. City police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema said a vehicle carrying security forces appeared to have been the target of the attack, which occurred outside a college in the centre of the city. Quetta is the capital of the southwestern province of Baluchistan, which is rife with separatist and Islamist militants and plagued by sectarian bloodshed.

Militant Islamist website calls for attacks on France and Hollande: SITE

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - A militant Islamist website has created a series of posters calling for attacks on France and for the assassination of President Francois Hollande in reprisal for the country's policies in Mali and the Central African Republic, the SITE monitoring service said late on Monday.

Militant Islamist website calls for attacks on France and Hollande - SITE

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - A militant Islamist website has created a series of posters calling for attacks on France and for the assassination of President Francois Hollande in reprisal for the country's policies in Mali and the Central African Republic, the SITE monitoring service said late on Monday.
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