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Top US military officials say they warned Biden against Afghanistan withdrawal

General Mark Milley, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, claimed that the United States' withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan amid the Taliban offensive had ‘damaged’ American credibility.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley listens to a Senator's question during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations, on September 28, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Patrick Semansky / AFP)
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley listens to a Senator's question during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations, on September 28, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Patrick Semansky / AFP)
Updated on Sep 29, 2021 06:46 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Trial of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed resumes in Guantanamo

  • Mohammed and alleged co-conspirators face the death penalty if found guilty on charges of murdering 2,976 people in the 2001 attacks.
Al-Qaeda's Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged organiser of the September 11, 2001 attacks at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.(AFP / File)
Al-Qaeda's Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged organiser of the September 11, 2001 attacks at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.(AFP / File)
Published on Sep 07, 2021 07:06 PM IST
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Taliban affiliate Al Qaeda calls for liberation of Kashmir as global jihad

  • The Al Qaeda statement came on the day the senior Taliban leader Sher Mohammed Stanakzai assured the Indian envoy to Qatar that no anti-India activity would be allowed in Afghanistan.
The Taliban has repeatedly assured other countries, including India and the US, that they won’t allow terrorist groups to use Afghan soil against them.
The Taliban has repeatedly assured other countries, including India and the US, that they won’t allow terrorist groups to use Afghan soil against them.
Updated on Sep 01, 2021 09:16 PM IST
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By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

News updates from HT: Centre asks states to withdraw all cases under Section 66A

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Published on Jul 14, 2021 08:53 PM IST
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Imran Khan calling bin Laden ‘martyr’ was ‘slip of tongue’, says Pak minister

  • Imran Khan’s remark on the slain al-Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden has resurfaced following Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s recent interview.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had called Osama bin Laden, who was killed in 2011 by US special forces in Abbottabad, a “martyr.”(AP)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had called Osama bin Laden, who was killed in 2011 by US special forces in Abbottabad, a “martyr.”(AP)
Published on Jun 27, 2021 04:47 PM IST
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At least 114 killed in deadliest Burkina Faso attacks since 2015

  • President Roch Marc Christian Kabore denounced an attack near the borders with Mali and Niger where jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda and Islamic State have been targeting civilians and soldiers.
The government said that
The government said that "the defence and security forces are at work to neutralise these terrorists and restore calm to populated areas."(AFP / file)
Updated on Jun 05, 2021 08:26 PM IST
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Nearly 500,000 killed in a decade of Syria war: Report

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the conflict has claimed 494,438 lives since it erupted in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.
A US Army soldier hands out candy to children while on joint patrol with local allied forces on May 25, 2021 near the Turkish border in northeastern Syria.(AFP)
A US Army soldier hands out candy to children while on joint patrol with local allied forces on May 25, 2021 near the Turkish border in northeastern Syria.(AFP)
Published on Jun 01, 2021 01:43 PM IST
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Al Qaeda is battered, but don’t rejoice yet

It may return if more structural concerns in counter-terror thinking and policies are not addressed over time
The entire top leadership of al Qaeda has gone. But don’t rule out a merger with IS or its ability to stitch together geopolitical alliances(Getty Images)
The entire top leadership of al Qaeda has gone. But don’t rule out a merger with IS or its ability to stitch together geopolitical alliances(Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 18, 2020 05:57 AM IST
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Certain elements inside Pak military had links to al-Qaeda: Obama on raid that killed Osama

In the book that hit the stands globally on Tuesday, America’s first Black president described the various options of killing bin Laden once it became increasingly clear that the elusive al Qaeda chief was living in a safe hideout on the outskirts of a Pakistani military cantonment in Abbottabad.
After the successful Abbottabad raid, Obama made a number of calls domestically and internationally, the toughest of which he expected to be that with the then Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, he wrote.(REUTERS)
After the successful Abbottabad raid, Obama made a number of calls domestically and internationally, the toughest of which he expected to be that with the then Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, he wrote.(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 17, 2020 02:04 PM IST
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Washington | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Questions over Al-Qaeda future after leaders’ reported deaths

Iran has strongly denied the report over the killing of Abdullah, while Al-Qaeda has not issued any confirmation of the purported death of al-Zawahiri through its usual media channels.
Prominent experts on Al-Qaeda have quoted sources as saying that Ayman al-Zawahiri is dead.(REUTERS)
Prominent experts on Al-Qaeda have quoted sources as saying that Ayman al-Zawahiri is dead.(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 16, 2020 08:14 PM IST
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Paris | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Kunal Gaurav

Killing of Al-Qaeda leader points to its links with Taliban: Afghan govt

The Taliban’s sheltering of al Qaeda was the original reason for the US invasion of Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Masri’s killing was an indication of the relationship between the Taliban and al Qaeda, Afghanistan’s interior minister Masoud Andarabi claimed on Sunday without providing details.(AP)
Masri’s killing was an indication of the relationship between the Taliban and al Qaeda, Afghanistan’s interior minister Masoud Andarabi claimed on Sunday without providing details.(AP)
Updated on Oct 26, 2020 04:02 AM IST
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Kabul | By Agence-France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi, Kabul

Afghan forces say they killed Al-Qaeda terrorist al-Masri

The special operation was carried out in the Andar district of Ghazni province in Afghanistan’s eastern region, according to the statement released by the country’s National Directorate of Security
Afghan forces have killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a senior Al-Qaeda mastermind for the Indian subcontinent(AFP)
Afghan forces have killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a senior Al-Qaeda mastermind for the Indian subcontinent(AFP)
Updated on Oct 25, 2020 08:04 PM IST
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Ghazni | By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri

UN official says Al-Qaeda remains close to Taliban in Afghanistan

Taliban has rejected the claims and alleged certain intelligence groups are attempting to disrupt peace in Afghanistan.
UN official says the Taliban had been constantly in touch with Al-Qaeda. In Picture - Afghan security personnel gather near a prison after an attack in the city of Jalalabad, east of Kabul.(AP)
UN official says the Taliban had been constantly in touch with Al-Qaeda. In Picture - Afghan security personnel gather near a prison after an attack in the city of Jalalabad, east of Kabul.(AP)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 01:19 PM IST
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Kabul | By Asian News International | Srivatsan K C

Al-Qaeda threatens Charlie Hebdo for republishing Mohammed cartoons: SITE

Al-Qaeda has threatened French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo with a repeat of a 2015 massacre of its staff, after it republished controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, the SITE observatory said on Friday.
Al-Qaeda in its publication One Ummah had warned that Charlie Hebdo would be mistaken if it believed the 2015 attack was a “one off”, after the magazine printed the “contemptible caricatures” in a defiant issue that marked the start of the trial in Paris of suspected accomplices in the attack.(File photo for representation)
Al-Qaeda in its publication One Ummah had warned that Charlie Hebdo would be mistaken if it believed the 2015 attack was a “one off”, after the magazine printed the “contemptible caricatures” in a defiant issue that marked the start of the trial in Paris of suspected accomplices in the attack.(File photo for representation)
Updated on Sep 11, 2020 11:38 PM IST
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Paris | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Niyati Singh

‘Capture not possible’: France’s desert operation against Al-Qaeda chief

At its climax, they claim one of the greatest successes of France’s deployment in the Sahel region of north Africa -- the killing of the head of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Abdelmalek Droukdel.
Officials describe the death of the Algerian Droukdel as the fruit of meticulous intelligence work.(AFP photo)
Officials describe the death of the Algerian Droukdel as the fruit of meticulous intelligence work.(AFP photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2020 10:06 PM IST
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Paris | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Niyati Singh

‘Missing’ former Pak Army General died in 2018, claims Al Qaeda

Retired Pakistani General Shahid Aziz died in 2018, claims Al Qaeda.
Lt. General Shahid Aziz served with the Pakistan Army for 37 years until he retired in 2005. He served as the Director General of Military Operations when Pervez Musharraf was the military chief.(Pakistan Today)
Lt. General Shahid Aziz served with the Pakistan Army for 37 years until he retired in 2005. He served as the Director General of Military Operations when Pervez Musharraf was the military chief.(Pakistan Today)
Updated on Feb 18, 2020 11:10 AM IST
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Riyadh | By Asian News International

New IS leader could replace Baghdadi in weeks, says US official

An official stated the Islamic State has a number of people who could take the leadership helm, with the ability to command some 14,000 fighters who have dispersed across Syria and Iraq.
A US military raid in the northern Syria targeted Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on October 27.(AP File Photo)
A US military raid in the northern Syria targeted Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on October 27.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Oct 31, 2019 07:41 AM IST
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Washington | By Agence France-Presse

Donald Trump confirms death of Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama who was seen as the next heir to al-Qaeda

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed the death later last month, saying it was “his understanding” that Bin Laden was dead, but Trump and other senior officials had not publicly confirmed the news.
Updated on Sep 14, 2019 07:58 PM IST
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Washington | By Agence France-Presse

Alleged 9/11 plotters at Guantanamo to go on trial in 2021: Report

A military judge at the US Navy’s Guantanamo, Cuba base set the date for the death-penalty trial for January 11, 2021, according to the newspaper.
Alleged 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp will finally go on trial in 2021(AP)
Alleged 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp will finally go on trial in 2021(AP)
Updated on Aug 31, 2019 09:59 AM IST
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Washington | By Agence France-Presse

New round of US-Taliban talks opens in Doha: Taliban

The US, which invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban in 2001, wants to withdraw thousands of troops and is hoping for a breakthrough.
Washington is hoping to strike a peace deal with the Taliban by September 1(AFP Photo)
Washington is hoping to strike a peace deal with the Taliban by September 1(AFP Photo)
Published on Aug 03, 2019 11:04 PM IST
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Doha | By Agence France-Presse

‘I can’t comment but...’: Trump on death reports of Hamza Bin Laden

The US media on Wednesday, quoting unnamed officials, reported that Hamza bin Laden was killed during the first two years of the Trump administration. There has been no official confirmation of it from the United States.
Hamza bin Laden was very threatening to the US, President Donald Trump said as he refrained from making any comment on news reports about the death of the son of Osama bin Laden. (AP Image)
Hamza bin Laden was very threatening to the US, President Donald Trump said as he refrained from making any comment on news reports about the death of the son of Osama bin Laden. (AP Image)
Updated on Aug 02, 2019 11:55 AM IST
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Washington | By Press Trust of India

Al-Qaeda remains ‘resilient’, works closely with LeT, says UN report

Al-Qaeda “continues to cooperate closely with Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Haqqani Network”, the UN report said underscoring the threat these Pakistan-based terrorist groups still pose for south Asia and the world.
Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Al-Qaeda continues to work closely with the Lashkar-e-Toiba in Afghanistan according to a UN report.(AFP FILE PHOTO)
Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Al-Qaeda continues to work closely with the Lashkar-e-Toiba in Afghanistan according to a UN report.(AFP FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 30, 2019 08:27 PM IST
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Restrictions imposed in Valley after Zakir Musa killing lifted

Reports said a shutdown was observed in places like Pulwama, where Musa was killed. “There was hartal. Shops were closed and traffic movement was affected.
Paramilitary soldiers stood guard during restrictions in downtown Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India on Friday. Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Kashmir in view of a strike called by senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani against the killing of Zakir Musa, a top militant commander and a civilian, Zahoor Ahmad earlier this week.(Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)
Paramilitary soldiers stood guard during restrictions in downtown Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India on Friday. Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Kashmir in view of a strike called by senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani against the killing of Zakir Musa, a top militant commander and a civilian, Zahoor Ahmad earlier this week.(Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 26, 2019 10:09 PM IST
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Srinagar | By HT Correspondent

Schools, colleges shut, curfew imposed in Kashmir after Zakir Musa killing

Musa, who is believed to have been killed in the gunfight with security forces, was the so-called head of the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind.
Photo of Zakir Musa who was named al-Qaeda commander in Kashmir. (Photo arranged by Wassem Andrabi)
Photo of Zakir Musa who was named al-Qaeda commander in Kashmir. (Photo arranged by Wassem Andrabi)
Updated on May 24, 2019 11:45 AM IST
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Srinagar | By Press Trust of India

‘Victory for American diplomacy’: Mike Pompeo on terror tag for Masood Azhar

The UN sanctions committee on the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda on Wednesday announced the designation of Azhar, leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), over its ties to Al-Qaeda.
The designation of Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN demonstrates the international commitment to rooting out terrorism in Pakistan and bringing security and stability to south Asia, the White House has said.(AP)
The designation of Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN demonstrates the international commitment to rooting out terrorism in Pakistan and bringing security and stability to south Asia, the White House has said.(AP)
Updated on May 02, 2019 10:03 AM IST
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Washington | By Press Trust of India

15 killed as Somalia bomb hits restaurant at lunchtime

Security officials and witnesses reported bodies strewn on the ground as plumes of smoke rose high into the air after the bomb detonated on Mogadishu’s Maka Al-Mukarama road, one of the seaside capital’s main thoroughfares, an area busy with businesses and travellers.
At least 15 people died when a bomb exploded on a busy street and ripped into a nearby restaurant in Somalia’s capital on Thursday.(AP)
At least 15 people died when a bomb exploded on a busy street and ripped into a nearby restaurant in Somalia’s capital on Thursday.(AP)
Updated on Mar 28, 2019 09:35 PM IST
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Mogadishu | By Agence France-Presse

Donald Trump confirms key plotter in USS Cole attack has been killed

The military said Friday that Al-Qaeda operative Jamal al-Badawi was believed to have been killed in a precision strike in Yemen.
President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday that the US military has killed one of the architects of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole that left 17 American servicemen dead.(REUTERS)
President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday that the US military has killed one of the architects of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole that left 17 American servicemen dead.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 06, 2019 09:25 PM IST
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Washington | By Agence France-Presse

New al Qaeda affiliate ‘ideologically inclined’ to carry out attacks in India, claims UN report

The UN report noted that al Qaeda still maintains a presence in South Asia. The report said the terror group adapts to the local environment to embed itself into local struggles and communities and is closely allied with the Taliban.
The black Al-Qaeda flag is sprayed on the wall of a damaged school in Taiz, Yemen on October 16, 2017.(AP File Photo)
The black Al-Qaeda flag is sprayed on the wall of a damaged school in Taiz, Yemen on October 16, 2017.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Aug 14, 2018 02:09 PM IST
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United Nations | By Press Trust of India

Al-Qaeda warns Saudi crown prince over ‘sinful’ projects; opening cinemas, allowing women to drive

Prince Mohammed has spearheaded a string of policy changes in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia, including reinstating cinemas and allowing women to drive
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud attending the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran.(AFP File Photo)
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud attending the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jun 01, 2018 06:52 PM IST
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Dubai | By Agence France-Presse

Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri calls for jihad on eve of US embassy move to Jerusalem

In a five-minute video, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took charge of Al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011, referred to the Palestinian Authority as the “sellers of Palestine” while urging followers to take up arms.
A man looks at the road leading to the new US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018.(REUTERS)
A man looks at the road leading to the new US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 14, 2018 06:43 PM IST
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