Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab – the terror suspect who allegedly tried to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day – hails from Nigeria in West Africa. The Monitor takes a look at how the fight against Al Qaeda is going in the region.
Somalia is set to get 100 EU forces to help train the fledgling UN-backed government counter insurgents. On Tuesday, Islamist militants stoned a woman to death for adultery.
The insurgents' threat to bomb the famous festival is apparently meant to weaken Germany's resolve for the fight in Afghanistan. It follows similar warnings issued by the Taliban and Al Qaeda ahead of Sunday's elections.
The new Al Qaeda tape, attributed to Osama bin Laden, coincides with a US policy debate on the Afghan war and a new poll showing the German race tightening.
Experts say Noordin's death Thursday gives Indonesia a window to recalibrate its battle to confront other militants.
US commandos killed Kenyan national Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan in a helicopter raid against Mr. Nabhan's convoy, as it traveled through the Barawe district in southern Somalia.
The president is too ‘powerless’ and the Israeli lobby and corporate interests too strong, the Al Qaeda leader said in a purported taped address.
Police now doubt the man killed Saturday is Noordin Mohammed Top, who claims to be Indonesia's Al Qaeda leader and is accused of planning multiple bombings.
Noordin Mohammed Top, sought in connection with Indonesia's most deadly terror attacks and a self-described representative of Al Qaeda, is likely killed after an overnight gun battle.
Investigation turns to an Islamist school that one of the suspected suicide bombers attended in 1995.
Friday's terror attack in Jakarta puts the Al Qaeda-linked Indonesian militant group back in spotlight.
It has massed troops on the Somali border. Islamist militias have threatened retaliation if Kenya acts.
Two recordings from the Al Qaeda chief and his deputy may signal that Obama's overtures, particularly his speech in Cairo Thursday, have put the organization on the defensive.
The group wants to prevent Islamist militias from getting arms. Meanwhile, Ethiopia's apparent renewed involvement in support of the government carries risks.
Somalis near the border with Ethiopia say that country's troops have crossed over, raising speculation of another battle with the militant Islamists closing in on Somalia's government.
US intelligence officials do not see a reversal in security gains, but Iraqi political maneuvering could affect decisions to keep US troops in trouble spots.
Iraqi security forces say they arrested Abu Omar al-Baghdadi in April. US officials say they are uncertain whether the name refers to a specific person or is simply a commonly used pseudonym within the insurgency.
The arrest is perhaps the greatest blow to the insurgency since Zarqawi was killed in 2006.
Kenya tightened security at all airports and border crossings on Tuesday as authorities warned of a potential attack.
The US pursuit of Al Qaeda with airstrikes complicates Pakistan's struggle against the Taliban, who launched their largest attack in months over the weekend.
The Sunni insurgent group may strike back, but Iraq experts say it's unlikely they will ever achieve the level of power they once wielded.
Hezbollah denies firing three rockets Thursday. Israeli officials blame Al Qaeda militants.