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German rapper-turned-jihadist reported dead in Syria

A German former rapper who joined jihadists fighting in Syria was reported dead on Tuesday by jihadist sources, but hours later some retracted the claim, saying he was still alive. Denis Mamadou Cuspert, who rapped under the name Deso Dogg but took on the name Abu Talha al-Almani in Syria, was initially reported to have been killed in a suicide attack Sunday in an eastern province.

German rapper-turned-jihadist reported dead in Syria

A German former rapper who joined jihadists fighting in Syria has been killed in a suicide bombing carried out by rival fighters, jihadist sources and a monitor said Tuesday. Denis Mamadou Cuspert, who rapped under the name Deso Dogg but took on the name Abu Talha al-Almani in Syria, was reported to have been killed in a suicide attack Sunday in an eastern province.

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.

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.

Egypt arrests Cairo bombing suspect

Egyptian police said they arrested a man Monday suspected of carrying out a deadly bomb attack in the capital Cairo, accusing him of having fought with jihadist groups in Syria. Since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year, militants have launched frequent attacks on police and troops across the country, but particularly in the Sinai Peninsula. Four blasts targeting the police hit Cairo on January 24, killing six people. An Al-Qaeda-inspired militant group based in the Sinai, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, claimed the attacks.

Top Qaeda operative killed in Syria suicide blast

Al-Qaeda's representative in Syria was killed Sunday in a suicide bombing, the rebel Islamic Front announced on its Twitter account. Abu Khalid al-Suri, who was appointed last year by Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri as his representative, died in the northern city of Aleppo, said the group. The Islamic Front is the biggest rebel alliance in Syria, and it has been locked in battle with the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Suri was a commander of Ahrar al-Sham movement, one of the main rebel groups in the Islamic Front alliance.

Jihadist ISIL inks truce with Syria rebel brigade

The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has signed a truce deal in Syria with an Islamist rebel brigade involved in a widespread armed backlash against it. The deal signed Tuesday between ISIL and Suqour al-Sham was posted online on Wednesday, and also reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It calls for "an immediate halt to fighting between the sides and no assault by either side on the other in any way".

Train plotter accuses Canada of 'colonizing' Afghanistan

A Tunisian-born scientist accused of plotting to derail a passenger train in Canada said in a newspaper interview published Wednesday his aim was to protest the US-led military mission in Afghanistan. "My aim is very simple: to give them a message," Chiheb Esseghaier told the daily National Post. "But the problem is that Canada, the Canadian government I mean, it don't want to listen." "Canada go and hurt Muslims in Afghanistan and they took their land and they kill them, and supporting Americans who kill women and babies," he said.
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