Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for ‘bold raid blessed by God’ after hundreds escape Abu Ghraib


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BAGHDAD — Al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq claimed responsibility Tuesday for audacious raids on two high-security prisons on the outskirts of Baghdad this week that killed dozens and set free hundreds of inmates, including some of its followers.

The statement issued in the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Iraq, was posted on an online jihadist forum. It said months of planning went into the highly co-ordinated assaults on the prisons in Abu Ghraib and Taji that began late Sunday.

The attacks, among the most stunning in Iraq since a surge in violence began in April, have drawn sharp criticism from opposition lawmakers and ordinary Iraqis over the government’s efforts to keep the country safe. The spike in bloodshed is intensifying fears of a return to the widespread sectarian killing that pushed the country to the brink of civil war after the 2003…

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No end in sight for Syria’s civil war as conflict revives al-Qaeda in Iraq, U.S. official warns


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Government troops fired mortar rounds that slammed into a main market in a town in northern Syria on Sunday, killing at least 20 civilians, activist groups said.

The mortar shells struck the town of Ariha, which is held mostly by opposition fighters, a few hours ahead of iftar, the meal that breaks the dawn-to-dusk fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees, two opposition groups tracking the violence in Syria, said at least 20 people were killed including two children and two women. It was not immediately clear what triggered the shelling.

Also Sunday, state media said government forces killed nearly 50 rebels in an ambush near Damascus.

Separately, Kurdish rebels freed the local commander of an al-Qaida-linked group in a town near Syria’s northern…

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U.S. lays charges against al-Qaeda loyalist behind deadly Algerian gas plant attack


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U.S. prosecutors filed charges Friday against Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the one-eyed al-Qaeda loyalist who led a band of terrorists that included two Canadians on a deadly attack at a Western-owned Algerian gas plant in January.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in New York filed eight charges against Belmokhtar, leader of the Signers in Blood Battalion, ranging from kidnapping to conspiracy over the attack that killed 37 hostages, three of them Americans.

Among the terrorists who seized the plant with AK-47s and rocket launchers were Kris Katsiroubas and Ali Medlej, friends from London, Ont., who traveled in 2011 to Morocco, Mauritania and Mali, where they allegedly joined Belmokhtar’s group.

The criminal complained filed by FBI Special Agent Jessica Ulmer did not mention the pair but it quoted from transcripts of the phone calls made to the company by an English-speaking hostage-taker, believed to be Katsiroubas.

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Canada: Terrorist Attack Prevented


The link below is to an article reporting on a plot to attack Canadian railways and the arrest of al Qaeda linked terrorists.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/23/canada-passenger-train-terrorist-plot

Bangladesh: Islamist Movement Growing


The link below is to an article reporting on the growing menace of Islamist movements in Bangladesh.

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http://khabarsouthasia.com/en_GB/articles/apwi/articles/features/2013/04/03/feature-02

Syria: al-Nusra Front and al-Qaeda


The link below is to an article reporting on the latest news from Syria and the terrorist links of the al-Nusra Front.

For more visit:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22095099

Mali: Al Qaeda Kills French Hostage


The link below is to an article reporting on the death of a French hostage at the hands of Al Qaeda in Mali.

For more visit:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/24/al-qaida-mali-french-hostage

Algeria: Latest News on Sahara Hostage Crisis


The link below is to an article reporting on the latest news from the Algerian hostage crisis in the Sahara. Many more dead have been found following the end of the siege.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/22/world/africa/algeria-hostage-siege.html