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    1. October 14, 2014

      Pakistan Taliban leaders pledge allegiance to Isis

      Six leaders of the Pakistani Taliban have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, and...

    2. September 17, 2014

      Al-Qaeda groups offer support to Isis

      Al-Qaeda’s two most powerful branches offered support for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Tuesday, in a sign of...

    1. September 4, 2014

      Ayman al-Zawahiri launches al-Qaeda south Asian wing

      Ayman al-Zawahiri, the al-Qaeda leader, has announced the formation of a south Asian branch of the Islamist extremist group,...

    2. September 2, 2014

      US military launches air strike on al-Shabaab extremists in Somalia

      US military forces have attacked al-Qaeda-linked Islamists in Somalia in an air strike aimed at the leader of al-Shabaab,...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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....

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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