Al-Qaeda in Iraq http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/44889/all en Qaeda in Iraq confirms Syria's Nusra is part of network http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130409/qaeda-iraq-confirms-syrias-nusra-part-network <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Al-Qaeda in Iraq confirmed for the first time on Tuesday that Al-Nusra Front, a jihadist group battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, is part of its network and is fighting for an Islamic state in Syria.</p> <p>The remarks by the leader of Al-Qaeda's front group in Iraq were made in an audio message posted to jihadist forums and confirm widespread suspicions of links between the two groups.</p> <p>psr/bpz</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Al-Qaeda in Iraq Asia Islam AFP Tue, 09 Apr 2013 06:31:46 +0000 5806251 at http://www.globalpost.com Qaeda confirms Syria war role as US mulls new pressure http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130409/qaeda-confirms-syria-war-role-us-mulls-new-pressure-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Al-Qaeda in Iraq confirmed on Tuesday long-held suspicions that it is behind jihadists fighting in Syria, as Washington said it was mulling new ways to drive President Bashar al-Assad from power.</p> <p>The mainstream rebel Free Syrian Army kept its distance from the jihadists, insisting its alliance with the key opposition fighting force was purely tactical and that its goal was a democratic Syria.</p> <p>"The Al-Nusra Front is simply a branch of the Islamic State of Iraq," the head of the Al-Qaeda in Iraq front group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, said in a recording posted online.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130409/qaeda-confirms-syria-war-role-us-mulls-new-pressure-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Qaeda in Iraq Asia Middle East Technology War AFP Wed, 10 Apr 2013 00:16:43 +0000 5808558 at http://www.globalpost.com Qaeda in Iraq Syria role boast could backfire http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/qaeda-iraq-syria-role-boast-could-backfire <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Al-Qaeda in Iraq's public boasting of its role in spawning and supervising Syria's Al-Nusra Front could backfire on the jihadist rebel group's support on the ground, analysts say.</p> <p>The announcement, in an audio message posted on jihadist forums, confirmed widespread suspicions of links between the two organisations, both of which are blacklisted as terror groups by Washington.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/qaeda-iraq-syria-role-boast-could-backfire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Qaeda in Iraq Asia Middle East Technology War AFP Wed, 10 Apr 2013 07:15:17 +0000 5808688 at http://www.globalpost.com Al-Nusra commits to Al-Qaeda, cool on Iraq branch 'merger' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/al-nusra-commits-al-qaeda-cool-iraq-branch-merger <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The head of Syria's jihadist Al-Nusra Front on Wednesday pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri in an audio message, but distanced his group from claims it had merged with Al-Qaeda in Iraq.</p> <p>"The sons of Al-Nusra Front pledge allegiance to Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri," Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani said in the recording.</p> <p>But, he added, "we were not consulted" on an announcement on Tuesday of a merger of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and Al-Nusra Front.</p> <p>kam/ram/sah</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Al-Qaeda in Iraq Islam Terrorism AFP Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:45:25 +0000 5808756 at http://www.globalpost.com More than 70 killed in wave of Baghdad bombings http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130527/more-70-killed-wave-baghdad-bombings <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Kareem Raheem</p> <p>BAGHDAD (Reuters) - More than 70 people were killed in a wave of bombings in markets in Shi'ite neighborhoods across Baghdad on Monday in worsening sectarian violence in Iraq.</p> <p>No group claimed responsibility for the blasts. But Sunni Muslim Islamist insurgents and al-Qaeda' s Iraqi wing have increased attacks since the beginning of the year and often target Shi'ite districts.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130527/more-70-killed-wave-baghdad-bombings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Qaeda in Iraq Iraq Islamic terrorism Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Mon, 27 May 2013 16:00:50 +0000 5846920 at http://www.globalpost.com Qaeda group claims Baghdad attacks that killed 50 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130908/qaeda-group-claims-baghdad-attacks-killed-50 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An Al-Qaeda-linked group on Sunday claimed a dozen car bombings in Shiite neighbourhoods in Baghdad which killed 50 people last week, part of a nationwide surge in unrest.</p> <p>The bloodshed was a response to "army and police security campaigns that target Sunni areas," according to a statement posted on a jihadi forum and attributed to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an Al-Qaeda front group.</p> <p>Sunni militants linked to the group frequently attack members of Iraq's Shiite Muslim majority, whom they regard as apostates.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130908/qaeda-group-claims-baghdad-attacks-killed-50" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Qaeda in Iraq Islam Islamic terrorism War AFP Sun, 08 Sep 2013 17:17:16 +0000 5927847 at http://www.globalpost.com 13 dead as Iraq Sunni mosques close over unrest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131122/13-dead-iraq-sunni-mosques-close-over-unrest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Attacks mostly targeting Sunni-majority areas of Iraq killed 13 people on Friday as the minority community shuttered countless mosques nationwide, complaining that security forces were failing to provide adequate protection.</p> <p>The move follows a months-long surge in bloodshed, with the latest wave of violence leaving nearly 200 people dead in just the past week, that has forced Baghdad to appeal for international help in combatting militancy just months before its first general election in four years.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131122/13-dead-iraq-sunni-mosques-close-over-unrest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Qaeda in Iraq Asia Fertile Crescent Social Issues War AFP Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:02:22 +0000 5997178 at http://www.globalpost.com 15 killed as Iraq struggles to stem unrest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131128/15-killed-iraq-struggles-stem-unrest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Attacks in Iraq on Thursday killed 15 people as a senior police officer escaped assassination, the latest in a surge of violence nationwide that authorities have failed to stem.</p> <p>The bloodshed, in which more than 6,000 people have been killed this year, is the worst violence in Iraq since 2008, comes just months before a general election, and has forced Baghdad to appeal for international help in battling militancy.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131128/15-killed-iraq-struggles-stem-unrest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Qaeda in Iraq Asia Islamic terrorism War AFP Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:34:44 +0000 6002788 at http://www.globalpost.com Suicide bombers kill over two dozen Shi'ite pilgrims in Iraq: police http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131219/suicide-bomber-kills-at-least-10-shiite-pilgrims-baghdad-police <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Suicide bombings in Iraq killed more than two dozen people on Thursday in attacks targeting Shi'ite pilgrims ahead of a major holy day next week, police said.</p> <p>Two years after U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq, violence is at its highest level since 2006-7, when strife between Sunnis and Shi'ites killed tens of thousands of people.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131219/suicide-bomber-kills-at-least-10-shiite-pilgrims-baghdad-police" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Qaeda in Iraq Iraqi insurgency Islamic terrorism War Thomson Reuters Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:09:24 +0000 6024655 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. to support fight on al Qaeda in Iraq without troops: Kerry http://www.globalpost.com/node/6035465 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced confidence on Sunday the Iraqi government and tribes would be successful in their fight against al Qaeda, and said Washington was not considering sending troops back to Iraq.</p> <p>"This is a fight that belongs to the Iraqis ... We are not contemplating returning." Kerry said during a trip to Israel. "We will help them in their fight, but this fight, in the end, they will have to win and I am confident they can."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/node/6035465" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Qaeda in Iraq Iraqi insurgency Islam Thomson Reuters Sun, 05 Jan 2014 07:01:09 +0000 6035465 at http://www.globalpost.com Iran ready to help Iraq battle Qaeda: military chief http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140105/iran-ready-help-iraq-battle-qaeda-military-chief-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iran's deputy chief of staff General Mohammad Hejazi said Sunday the Islamic republic was prepared to provide military equipment and advice to Iraq to help it battle Al-Qaeda.</p> <p>"If the Iraqis ask, we will supply them with equipment and advice, but they have no need of manpower," Hejazi was cited by the official IRNA news agency as saying.</p> <p>Hejazi said there had not been any request from Iraq to "carry out joint operations against the 'takfiri' terrorists," a term used to describe Al-Qaeda.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140105/iran-ready-help-iraq-battle-qaeda-military-chief-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Qaeda in Iraq Islam Islamic terrorism War AFP Sun, 05 Jan 2014 18:01:33 +0000 6035714 at http://www.globalpost.com