Guest blogger Alex Thurston rounds up information on kidnappings and murders of Americans and Europeans by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Africa's Sahel region.
French and African officials say Saturday's killing of two French hostage in Niger was likely carried out by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which has claimed responsibility for a number of kidnappings in recent years.
The terror suspects are accused of recruiting jihadists and plotting a possible attack on Belgium. The arrests are not believed connected to ongoing terrorism worries in Germany.
Airport police in Namibia discovered a suitcase with batteries, wires, and a ticking clock. It was a security test, German police have discovered, though who planted the suspicious bag is unknown.
According to new reports, the UPS flight carrying one of the intercepted cargo plane bombs from Yemen last month would have been on a route that placed it over Canada when the detonation was set to occur.
Amid US pressure, Yemen on Saturday ordered troops to 'forcibly arrest' fiery cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is thought to be a senior figure in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
Less than two years ago, Yemeni and Saudi militants formed a new franchise called Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The January 2009 merger of existing operations in Saudi Arabia and Yemen was acknowledged by Osama bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri. Since then, AQAP has hatched a series of attacks against the West and is suspected of being behind the recent UPS and FedEx cargo bombing attempts. Though foiled, the incidents underscore the Al Qaeda offshoot's potential threat beyond the Arabian Peninsula. Here are five of its leaders and key members.
The Yemen bomb plot has brought fresh scrutiny to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, of which Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is thought to be a key leader. Mr. Awlaki has not been officially linked to this latest attack, although Yemen – under international pressure to rein in AQAP – put him on trial in absentia today for plotting to kill foreigners. Mr. Awlaki, a Yemeni-American fluent in English who has been on the radar of US intelligence and military for several years, has a track record of promoting attacks against US targets. Here are some of the incidents to which he has been linked:
Yemen officials arrested a suspect Saturday in the alleged plot to mail bombs to two synagogues in Chicago, but clues also lead to a bombmaker for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), reports say.
CNN cites an unnamed NATO official who charges that members of Pakistan's intelligence service are giving shelter to Osama bin Laden in the country's northwest.
The British Foreign secretary said the 'shameful' Yemen attacks would only 'redouble Britain's determination' to address security concerns in Yemen.