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    1. August 14, 2015

      Syrian Islamist rebel group looks to the west

      Ahrar al-Sham, once seen as a fading rebel force of Syria’s war, with an ideology a step away from al-Qaeda, is...

    2. August 8, 2015

      Mali hotel siege hostages freed

      BAMAKO, August 8 — Malian security forces on Saturday stormed a hotel used by UN staff and freed four hostages held...

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    1. August 3, 2015

      Obama authorises air strikes in Syria

      The Obama administration has decided to provide air cover to the Syrian rebels it has trained if they come under attack...

    2. August 2, 2015

      The aftermath of the shadowy life and death of Mullah Omar

      In late 1994 and much of 1995 I would stand outside the Kandahar residence of Mullah Mohammed Omar, leader of the newly...

    3. August 1, 2015

      Osama bin Laden’s family members killed in private jet crash

      Relatives of al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden are among the four people who died when a private jet crash-landed at a...

    4. July 4, 2015

      Tunisia president declares state of emergency

      Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday declared a state of emergency, saying an “exceptional situation...

    5. July 3, 2015

      Terrorism: Radical shift

      The odd thing about Seifeddine Rezgui, recalls Fadi Saidi, a computer science student at Tunisia’s Kairouan university,...

    6. June 24, 2015

      Syria edges towards partition

      On a visit to Syria early this month, Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds force of the Islamic...

    7. The Exchange

      June 22, 2015

      Afghan military crisis is more acute than a car bomb

      The devastating suicide attack on the Afghan parliament in central Kabul on Monday morning that killed at least six...

    8. June 16, 2015

      Al-Qaeda number two killed in US strike

      Nasir al-Wuhayshi, second-in-command of al-Qaeda and leader of its most virulent cell, has been killed by a US strike...

    9. June 15, 2015

      US targets Algerian militant in Libya air strike

      US air strikes over eastern Libya may have killed an al-Qaeda leader who was responsible for an attack on a gas plant...

    10. May 27, 2015

      Sunni tribes in bitter rift over Isis’s Iraq gains

      Sheikh Wissam Hardan blames Iraq’s government for the loss of swaths of territory to jihadi forces, but saves his...

    11. May 27, 2015

      More than half world’s countries now producing jihadis

      More than half of the world’s countries are now producing jihadis to fill the ranks of violent Sunni terrorist...

    12. May 20, 2015

      Bin Laden bookshelf shows taste for conspiracy theories

      The man behind the 9/11 attacks took an unusual interest in conspiracy theories that questioned his role in the 2001...

    13. May 18, 2015

      Ramadi takeover is yet another symbol of a hollowed-out state

      The battle for Ramadi The violent seizure by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) of Ramadi, the capital of...

    14. May 10, 2015

      Saudi blockade threatens ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ in Yemen

      Yemen’s violent conflict has intensified in the run up to a five-day ceasefire scheduled to start on Tuesday as aid...

    15. April 24, 2015

      Stark reality behind CIA drone operations as innocent die

      CIA surveillance aircraft monitored the compound in Pakistan’s Shawal valley, close to the Afghan border, for several...

    16. FT Alphaville

      April 24, 2015

      FirstFT (the 6am Cut)

      A US drone strike killed two western hostages in an al-Qaeda compound in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region, the...

    17. April 23, 2015

      US drone strike on al-Qaeda killed western hostages, says White House

      A US drone strike killed two western hostages in an al-Qaeda compound in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region, the...

    18. The Exchange

      April 10, 2015

      The mysterious reappearance of the Taliban's Omar

      The Afghan Taliban posted on their website on April 4 an extraordinary 5,000-word biographical essay about their...

    19. April 9, 2015

      Saudis embark on a mission in Yemen with uncertain ends

      King Salman of Saudi Arabia is a “lion” and the pilots leading bombing raids against Houthi rebels in Yemen are...

    20. April 6, 2015

      Kenyan air force strikes al Shabaab camps in Somalia

      The Kenyan air force has destroyed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, it said on Monday, in the first major military...

    21. April 2, 2015

      Al-Qaeda militants free as many as 300 in Yemen prison break

      Yemen’s virulent al-Qaeda militants stormed a prison in the southeast of the country on Thursday, freeing as many as...

    22. April 2, 2015

      Jihadis kill 147 in raid on Kenya university campus

      Nearly 150 people have been killed in an attack by Islamist militants on a Kenyan university near the border with...

    23. March 30, 2015

      Houthi rebels defy Saudi air raids to advance on Aden

      Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels pushed hard into the southern city of Aden. The move showed that the Shia group had...

    24. March 30, 2015

      Fighters flock back to resurgent al-Nusra

      Jabhat al-Nusra, Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate, is once more in the ascendant after being eclipsed by Islamic State of...

    25. March 26, 2015

      Saudi intervention adds heat to regional cold war

      Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen’s civil conflict has turned up the heat on the simmering cold war that...

    26. March 26, 2015

      Decades of deadly conflict will spread across the Middle East

      The modern Middle East is like 17th-century Europe, enmeshed in violent and costly, political and religious struggles...

    27. The Exchange

      March 26, 2015

      The Middle East Takes Another Turn for the Worse

      It was nearly a year ago when I first compared the modern Middle East to 17th-century Europe, saying that the region...

    28. March 25, 2015

      Gulf states launch air strikes in Yemen

      Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies have launched a military operation involving air strikes in Yemen against Houthi...

    29. March 22, 2015

      Q&A: Yemen’s slide into civil war

      Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement cemented its control of Taiz, the country’s third largest city, after declaring a...

    30. March 20, 2015

      Suicide bomb kills 126 in Yemen mosque attack

      Suicide bombers killed more than 100 worshippers at Friday prayers in two mosques in Yemen’s capital frequented by...

    31. March 19, 2015

      Libya: A divided land

      This time it was the guards from an Austrian-run gas facility in Libya’s Saharan southwest. They were shown beheaded in...

    32. March 19, 2015

      Yemen fighting escalates leaving six dead

      Yemen descended further towards civil war on Thursday as fighting escalated in the strategic port city of Aden and an...

    33. March 19, 2015

      Q&A: Canada beefs up antiterrorism laws

      Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative party are pushing through a new antiterrorism law that...

    34. March 15, 2015

      US shuts Saudi diplomatic missions in terror alert

      The US has temporarily closed diplomatic facilities in Saudi Arabia after warning that terrorists could be planning to...

    35. The Exchange

      March 12, 2015

      The war against Boko Haram

      Last week Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, reportedly pledged allegiance to the...

    36. March 3, 2015

      Explainer: Syria’s militant groups

      Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Seen as the world’s wealthiest and most powerful jihadi group, Isis, or Islamic...

    37. March 1, 2015

      Leading US-backed Syrian rebel group Hazm dissolved

      One of the main US-backed rebel groups in Syria dissolved itself following weeks of clashes with al-Qaeda’s local...

    38. March 1, 2015

      Security services confront fast-changing terror

      The unmasking of Mohammed Emwazi, a Londoner as Jihadi John, an Isis hostage executioner, has triggered renewed...

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