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Indian on alert after Al Qaeda forms local wing

India's domestic security agency issued a security alert to several states on Thursday after Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahri announced the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group, two television networks said. Ear

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The doubt at the heart of Iraq's Sunni 'revolution'

Sheikh Ali Hatem Suleiman, one of the leaders of the Sunni revolt against the Shi'ite-led government of Iraq, sat cross-legged on a couch last month, lit another Marlboro Red, and discussed the struggle with visitors from his home city of Ra

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Rise of Islamic State tests Syrian army strategy

The growing power of the ultra-hardline Islamic State means the Syrian army is now having to confront a group it has until now been reluctant to attack for political reasons.  

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Saudi probes imams who failed to condemn attack

Saudi Arabia's Islamic Affairs Ministry is investigating 17 mosque imams in the capital Riyadh for not using their Friday sermons to denounce an Al Qaeda attack this month, the English daily Arab News reported on Saturday. The

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Yemen army continues fight in north town

Clashes in the north Yemen town of Omran continued on Sunday between the army and fighters from the Houthi movement after at least 104 people were killed on Saturday, while in the south six soldiers were shot dead by al Qaeda militants.

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US tightens airport security over new threats

Airlines with direct flights to the US have been told to tighten screening of mobile phones and shoes in response to intelligence reports of increased threats from al Qaeda-affiliated militant groups, US officials said on Thursday.

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Rebels capture three key Iraqi towns

An al Qaeda splinter group thrust east from a newly-captured Iraqi-Syrian border post on Sunday, taking three towns in the western Anbar province in a push to evict Iraqi security forces from Sunni Muslim areas, witnesses and security sources sa

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Iraq militants take over strategic Syria-border post

Sunni fighters seized a border post on the Iraq-Syria frontier, security sources said on Saturday, smashing a line drawn by colonial powers almost a century ago and potentially creating an Islamic Caliphate from the Mediterranean Sea to Iran.

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Iraq's implosion could redraw ME boundaries

The capture of Iraqi cities Mosul and Tikrit by al Qaeda-influenced jihadis has not only redrawn the map of a country corroded by sectarian hatred. It could also redesign Middle Eastern national boundaries set nearly a century ago

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Despite spike, oil market risks in Iraq look limited

The sudden eruption of an Al Qaeda-linked militant insurgency in northern Iraq this week triggered the biggest oil price spike in almost a year, as traders feared a civil war that might also draw in oil-rich neighbors. Yet for the

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