Al Qaeda fighters in Syria kill rival rebel leader – Fox News

Fox NewsBEIRUT – Al Qaeda fighters killed the leader of a rival Islamic brigade in a twin car bombing near Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, an attack likely to further…

UN calls for unity after deadly Lebanon bombing – The Daily Star

The Daily StarBEIRUT: The U.N. Security Council appealed to the Lebanese people to preserve national unity despite consistent attempts to undermine the country’s stability, in the wake of the deadly…

Somali Leader Says Militant Hit a Blow to Rebels – ABC News

ABC NewsSomalia’s president says the killing of a militant in a U.S. drone strike Sunday is “another blow” to the Islamic rebels who continue to stage lethal attacks across the…

Syrian govt says terrorism, not talks, is priority – Washington Post

Washington PostGENEVA — Syria’s government declared that its main priority was stopping terrorism — not ensuring peace — and the opposition hinted it was far from ready to negotiate directly…

Syria’s warring factions agree to talks, as Al Qaeda leader urges rebels to unite – Fox News

Fox NewsDelegations representing the Syrian regime and its main Western-backed opposition have reportedly agreed to start direct talks when negotiations resume on Friday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Sky…

Israel foils Al Qaeda’s plan to blow up US Embassy in Tel Aviv – Business Standard

Business StandardIsrael has reportedly said that it has foiled an ‘advanced’ Al Qaeda plan to carry out suicide bombing on the US Embassy in Tel Aviv and other targets. Analysts…

Israel says it stopped al-Qaeda attack on US Embassy – USA TODAY

USA TODAYJERUSALEM – Israel’s internal security agency said Wednesday it arrested three Palestinians for allegedly planning to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, the Jerusalem International Convention Center…

Israel arrests Al-Qaida recruits trying to bomb US embassy in Tel Aviv – Haaretz

HaaretzShin Bet officials announced on Wednesday that they have arrested three Palestinians, two of them East Jerusalem residents with Israeli identification cards, for alleged involvement in an Al-Qaida plan to…

Iraqi special forces, tribesmen assault militants in Ramadi – Reuters

ReutersBAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi tribesmen backed by police special forces and helicopter gunships assaulted al Qaeda-linked militants in the eastern and southern outskirts of the city of Ramadi on Sunday,…

Almost 500 reported killed in Syria – USA TODAY

USA TODAYAMMAN, Jordan – Clashes among different rebel factions in northern Syria have killed nearly 500 people and may determine the future of al-Qaeda-linked regiments fighting in the country. The…

Why ‘Jihad Jane’ could be free in four years (+video) – Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science MonitorAn American-born woman who called herself “Jihad Jane” was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday for plotting with an Al Qaeda-linked terrorism cell to kill a…

Iraqi tribes taking lead in fight to evict al-Qaeda – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe Iraqi army is letting local police and tribes lead the fight against al-Qaeda in Fallujah and Ramadi, a strategy that reflects concerns that a large influx of government…

Kerry vows support for Iraq government in Fallujah, but won’t send US troops – Fox News

Fox NewsIn his first remarks since Islamic militants with Al Qaeda ties overran the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry promised support for Iraq’s…

Syrian rebels battle al-Qaeda-linked fighters – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels seized a compound held by al-Qaeda-linked militants Sunday as their one-time allies used car bombs against them, in some of the most serious infighting…

Kerry: We’ll help Iraq but won’t send in troops – CNN International

CNN International(CNN) — Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will help Iraq in its battle against al Qaeda-linked fighters in western Iraq, but stressed it won’t send…

McCain, Graham blast Obama for Al Qaeda-related takeover of Fallujah, call … – Fox News

Fox NewsRepublican senators on Saturday blamed the Obama administration for Al Qaeda affiliates over-running parts of Iraq, including the city of Fallujah, which the United States secured before President Obama…

Syria fighting between rebels and Al Qaeda-linked group spreads – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesAMMAN, Jordan – Clashes spread Saturday between groups nominally united against the Syrian government as mainstream rebels attempted to expel an Al Qaeda-linked group from opposition areas. Rebels…

Syrian Rebel Alliance Battles al-Qaida-linked Fighters – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaBEIRUT — An alliance of Islamist and other rebel factions battled fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across north-western Syria on Saturday in…

Al-Qaida Group Says Responsible for Beirut Bombing – ABC News

ABC NewsAn al-Qaida linked group claimed responsibility on Saturday for a suicide car bombing last week in a Shiite-dominated neighborhood in Lebanon, as its fighters fought other rebels in neighboring…

Top al-Qaeda-linked commander dies in Lebanese jail – The Hindu

The HinduThe head of the Al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, who had been earlier nabbed by Lebanese authorities in connection with the bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut, has…

Al-Qaida Takes Control of Iraqi City – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaReports Saturday say the Iraqi government has lost control of Fallujah to al-Qaida militants after days of fighting. A senior security official told the French news agency that…

Analysis: Anbar violence goes beyond sectarian conflict in Iraq – BBC News

BBC NewsThe attacks on the main police station in Fallujah on Wednesday, followed by the takeover of other police stations in Fallujah and Ramadi on the following day, are part…

Iraq clashes: Battle continues for Ramadi and Fallujah – BBC News

BBC NewsTwo cities in western Iraq are reportedly still partly under the control of Sunni militants linked to al-Qaeda. Fierce fighting is continuing as government troops try to force militants…

Iraq Fighters, Qaeda Allies, Claim Falluja As New State – New York Times

New York TimesBAGHDAD — Black-clad Sunni militants of Al Qaeda destroyed the Falluja Police Headquarters and mayor’s office, planted their flag atop other government buildings and decreed the western Iraqi…

Al-Qaeda Fighters Take Control of Fallujah as Iraq Army Attacks – Businessweek

BusinessweekAl-Qaeda-linked militants held control of much of the Iraqi city of Fallujah and other nearby towns, fighting off efforts by troops with air support to regain control, according to a…

Iraq Fights to Recapture Towns From Al-Qaeda as Violence Spirals – Businessweek

BusinessweekA police vehicle burns during a clash between Iraqi tribesmen and Iraqi security forces in Ramadi, Iraq on Jan. 2, 2014. Source: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images. Iraqi forces backed…

Al-Qaeda launches attacks in western Iraq – USA TODAY

USA TODAYAl-Qaeda militants in key western Iraqi cities launched a series of brazen attacks against police stations and fought battles with government forces Thursday amid growing sectarian tensions between Sunnis…

Lebanon arrests Saudi leader of Al-Qaeda-linked group – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldBeirut: Lebanese military authorities have arrested the leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, the offshoot of al-Qaeda that claimed responsibility for the double suicide bomb attack on the…

A Deadly Mix in Benghazi – New York Times

New York TimesMonths of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned…

US Captive of Al Qaeda Makes a Plea to Obama – New York Times

New York TimesISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An American development consultant abducted by Al Qaeda in Pakistan more than two years ago has urged the Obama administration to help secure his freedom…

American Al-Qaeda Captive Warren Weinstein Seeks Obama’s Help – ABC News

ABC NewsAn elderly American man kidnapped and believed to be held captive by Al Qaeda for more than two years has a direct message for PresidentObama: He wants to come…

In video, American abducted in Pakistan says he feels abandoned – CNN

CNN(CNN) — Captured American Warren Weinstein looks tired and pale and speaks in steady monotone in pleading for his freedom to President Barack Obama. In the video released by al…

American Held by Al Qaeda in Pakistan Asks Obama to Negotiate Release – New York Times

New York TimesISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An American development consultant abducted by Al Qaeda in Pakistan more than two years ago has urged the Obama administration to help secure his freedom…

UPDATE 4-Christmas bombings kill 34 in Iraq – Reuters

Reuters… Print. * Car bomb kills 24 after Christmas mass. * Separate attacks on Shi’ites, police kill 10. * Al Qaeda-linked groups have targeted Christians (Adds quote and detail from…

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood declared ‘terrorist group’ – BBC News

BBC NewsThe military-backed interim Egyptian government has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group after blaming it for a deadly attack on a police HQ earlier this week. The group,…