Tag Archives: Al Qaeda

The Secret History of US-Pakistan Relations

The modern relationship between Pakistan and the US can be traced back to a significant starting place: Afghanistan. Modern Afghanistan is divided by Hindu Kush mountain range stretching across the middle of the country. To the south live mainly Pashtun … Continue reading

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Shadow Wars: The CIA’s ‘Secret’ Drone Campaign in Pakistan (and beyond).

On September 30th, 2011, a senior leader of the Islamist organization ‘al-Qaeda’ was killed in Yemen. There were three things remarkable about this death. First, the man was assassinated from thousands of feet in the air by a laser-guided missile … Continue reading

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More drone strikes against Al-Qaeda linked Yemeni militants

A U.S. drone strike killed five al-Qaida-linked militants in southern Yemen on Wednesday, Yemeni officials said.An official, who spoke on condition of anonymity according to military rules, said the dawn strike targeted militant hideouts in the al-Arqoub area east of … Continue reading

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The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki and the Predator Empire

Friday September 30th 2011 saw the death of American-born Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda ‘leader’ of sorts. But it also cemented the new age of extra-judicial drone strikes and assassinations-without-trial. President Obama and the Department of Justice previously argued that the … Continue reading

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Al-Qaeda’s Anwar Awlaki killed in Yemen

US-born radical Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a key al-Qaeda leader, has been killed in Yemen, the country’s defence ministry said. Awlaki, of Yemeni descent, has been on the run in Yemen since December 2007. The US had named him a “specially designated … Continue reading

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Al-Qaeda chief in Pakistan killed in drone strike

Al-Qaida‘s chief of operations in Pakistan, a former bodyguard of Osama bin Laden, has been killed in a CIA drone strike in the tribal belt, senior US officials have said. If confirmed, the death of Abu Hafs al-Shahri, a 29-year-old Saudi militant, would … Continue reading

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Pakistan detains top al-Qaeda suspect

A battered al-Qaida suffered another significant blow when Pakistani agents working with the CIA arrested a senior leader believed to have been tasked by Osama bin Laden with targeting American economic interests around the globe, Pakistan announced Monday.Younis al-Mauritani’s arrest … Continue reading

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Al Qaeda Affiliates increasingly independent

This New York Times article suggests that Al Qaeda ‘affiliates’ in the Middle East and Africa are now detaching themselves from core Al Qaeda leadership, a process accelerated by the May killing of former leader, Osama Bin Laden, and the … Continue reading

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CIA drone takes out Al Qaeda number 2

A CIA operated drone in northwest Pakistan killed Al Qaeda’s second-ranking figure on the 27th of August. Atiyah Abd al-Rahman was said to be the group’s top operational planner. The Wall Street Journal reports on the continued Pakistani frustration about … Continue reading

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Al-Qaeda on Brink of Collapse?

The Washington Post, citing unnamed officials, reports that al-Qaeda is on the brink of collapse following the death of bin-Laden and 7 years of drone bombardment in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta declared during a recent … Continue reading

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