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  1. July 4, 2014

    Spy agencies fear export of jihadi terror

    In the Syrian city of Raqqa, the nominal “capital” of the caliphate proclaimed last weekend by the militant Islamist group...

  2. June 30, 2014

    Isis Q&A: why ‘caliphate’ declaration is an effort to topple al-Qaeda

    On Sunday, the extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) – whose campaign of terror has...

  1. February 3, 2014

    Al-Qaeda disowns Isis as jihadist groups jostle for influence

    Al-Qaeda has formally disowned the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Isis), in a testament to just how brutal the writ and...

  2. January 23, 2014

    Al-Qaeda chief calls for unity between Islamist groups in Syria

    Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for rebel Islamist groups in Syria to stop fighting each other in a further sign...

  3. August 6, 2013

    US embassy in Yemen evacuated

    The Pentagon began evacuating personnel from the US embassy in Yemen on Tuesday following a potential al-Qaeda terrorism...

  4. August 5, 2013

    Al-Qaeda’s new tactic: prison breaks

    Is it a coincidence or an effective new strategy that a spate of astonishing prison breaks in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan...

  5. April 14, 2013

    Global Insight: Syria’s jihadis deal blow to rebel cause

    In the universe of jihadis, Syria’s Jabhat al-Nusra stands out as a rare success, with a string of advances against forces...

  6. April 10, 2013

    Syrian jihadists pledge fealty to al-Qaeda

    The leader of a powerful Syrian jihadist opposition militia has pledged its allegiance to the head of al-Qaeda but hit back...

  7. FT Photo Diary

    April 10, 2013

    Syrians flee Aleppo

    Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP Syrians leave an area were Syrian rebels are fighting with government forces for control of Al-Kendi...

  8. July 9, 2012

    Assad slams support for ‘terrorists’

    International envoy Kofi Annan held talks with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Monday on ways to revive the...

  9. June 5, 2012

    Drone kills top al-Qaeda strategist

    A US drone strike has killed one of the leading figures in al-Qaeda, the US government said on Tuesday, dealing another blow...

  10. December 2, 2011

    Al-Qaeda claims US kidnapping in Pakistan

    Al-Qaeda, the Islamist terror network, has issued a video message claiming responsibility for the kidnapping of a US...

  11. October 20, 2011

    Clinton lands in Pakistan to ‘reset’ relations

    When Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, meets Pakistan’s leaders in Islamabad on Friday, she will find m any of...

  12. October 17, 2011

    Heartache in Rawalpindi

    General Ashfaq Kayani may wish he had hung up his boots when he was supposed to last year, and retired with honours. It’s...

  13. September 8, 2011

    Jihadist terrorism: Al-Qaeda franchises are still cause for concern

    Ten years after the al-Qaeda attacks that scarred the US, western states continue to face serious challenges from jihadist...

  14. August 28, 2011

    Drone kills al-Qaeda’s deputy leader, US says

    Al-Qaeda’s recently appointed deputy leader has been killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan, US officials said, cutting...

  15. June 16, 2011

    Zawahiri named new al-Qaeda leader

    Al-Qaeda announced on Thursday that it had appointed Ayman al-Zawahiri, its longstanding number two figure, to be the...

  16. May 18, 2011

    Al-Qaeda ‘appoints’ al-Adel interim leader

    Al-Qaeda is reported to have appointed Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian militant, as its temporary leader while leading figures in...

  17. May 2, 2011

    Significance of death on terror fight limited

    The assassination of Osama bin Laden by US forces in Pakistan will deal a huge psychological blow to his followers in...

  18. February 28, 2011

    Al-Qaeda acts to exploit Middle East unrest

    Ayman al-Zawahiri, the number two in al-Qaeda and deputy to Osama bin Laden, has attempted to exploit the uprisings in Egypt...

  19. February 19, 2011

    The Tenth Parallel

    The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Faultline Between Christianity and Islam, by Eliza Griswold, Allen Lane, RRP£25, 336...

  20. February 18, 2011

    ‘Osama bin Laden’ by Michael Scheuer

    Demonstrators at a pro-Taliban rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, hold up images of Osama bin Laden, who continues to enjoy the...

  21. February 6, 2011

    Future in Arab region up for grabs

    After the US-backed jihad against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan during the last decade of the cold war, thousands of Arab...

  22. October 20, 2010

    CIA admits errors led to Afghanistan attack

    The Central Intelligence Agency has acknowledged that a series of missteps and errors led to the worst attack on its staff...

  23. July 22, 2010

    Iraq intelligence fiasco could happen again

    So now we know. Iraq posed no real threat prior to the Anglo-American invasion of March 2003. There was no credible...

  24. March 6, 2010

    Taliban commander killed in US airstrike

    Pakistan officials believe a deputy commander of the country’s Taliban movement with links to al Qaeda has been killed in an...

  25. January 11, 2010

    Intelligence fiasco in Afghanistan

    The story of the suicide bomber who killed seven CIA agents in eastern Afghanistan on December 30 is extraordinary. Humam...

  26. January 8, 2010

    How triple-agent outwitted CIA’s best

    The coffin of intelligence officer Sharif Ali bin Zeid, who was triple agent al-Balawi’s Jordanian handler Just over a year...

  27. November 29, 2009

    Brown blames Pakistan for failure to catch bin Laden

    Gordon Brown sought to blame Pakistan on Sunday for the persistent failure to catch Osama bin Laden eight years after the...

  28. November 20, 2008

    Al-Qaeda denounces 'hypocrite' Obama

    Al-Qaeda's second in command criticised Barack Obama yesterday for his support for Israel. In the terrorist group's first...

  29. November 19, 2008

    Al-Qaeda criticises Obama’s support for Israel

    Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command criticised Barack Obama on Wednesday for his support for Israel. In the first al-Qaeda reaction...

  30. September 9, 2008

    Al-Qaeda calls Tehran a western ally in 'crusader' war

    In a video issued to mark the anniversary of the September 11 2001 terror attacks, al-Qaeda yesterday accused Iran of...

  31. September 8, 2008

    Al-Qaeda calls Iran a ‘crusader’ ally

    In a video issued to mark the anniversary of the September 11 2001 terror attacks, al-Qaeda accused Tehran on Monday of...

  32. June 25, 2008

    Saudi Arabia detains 520 terror suspects

    Saudi Arabia has detained 520 people suspected of “involvement in terrorism”, a security spokesman said on Wednesday....

  33. May 1, 2008

    West is 'failing' in battle of ideas with al-Qaeda

    The west is struggling in the ideological battle against radical Islam and has failed to provide an effective response to...

  34. April 30, 2008

    US warns over battle against al-Qaeda

    The west is struggling in the ideological battle against radical Islam and has failed to provide an effective response to...

  35. March 4, 2008

    Al-Qaeda is losing the war of minds

    The US “surge” in Iraq has been so manifestly successful that no serious person can deny that gains have been made. Even...

  36. February 1, 2008

    Afghanistan al-Qaeda leader killed

    A top al-Qaeda operative has been killed in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan, a western official said on...

  37. December 22, 2007

    Muslims further inter-faith dialogue

    More than 130 Muslim scholars and religious leaders will issue a Christmas message of thanks and greetings to the Christian...

  38. December 21, 2007

    Muslims further inter-faith dialogue

    More than 130 Muslim scholars and religious leaders will issue a Christmas message of thanks and greetings to the Christian...

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