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Pentagon confirms Qaeda higher-up killed in Libya strike

Pentagon confirms Qaeda higher-up killed in Libya strikeA senior Al-Qaeda operative and another jihadist were killed in a US air strike in Libya, the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday. The March 24 strike near Ubari in southern Libya killed “two Al-Qaeda terrorists, including Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking Al-Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) official,” the US military’s Africa Command said in a statement.



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Hezbollah and Al Qaeda exchange dead bodies of 14 fighters after ceasefire 

Hezbollah and Al Qaeda exchange dead bodies of 14 fighters after ceasefire Two militant groups were due to exchange bodies on Sunday after fierce fighting in a region of Lebanon that borders Syria.  Hezbollah, a Shiite group that is an ally of both the Lebanese and Syrian governments, and Jabhat Fatel al Sham, a Syrian jihadi group linked to al Qaeda, swapped the dead in a deal facilitated by the Lebanese government.  The two groups had been fighting in the mountainous region of Arsal after Hezbollah launched an offensive aimed at driving back Jabhat Fateh al Sham over the border to Syria.  Lebanon's Hezbollah movement and jihadist militants began implementing a ceasefire deal for the Syria-Lebanon border, with an exchange of bodies of fighters killed in week-long clashes Credit: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images A ceasefire between the two groups came into effect on Thursday after Jabhat Fateh al Sham agreed to move its fighters and their families to Idlib, in Syria.  The War Media Centre, an Arabic-language Twitter account affiliated with Hezbollah, said that nine bodies of Jabhat Fateh al Sham fighters would be handed over, and bodies of five Hezbollah fighters would be received in return.  In a televised speech on Wednesday, Hezbollah's leader, Hasan Nasrallah, said that his group "was in the face of a very big military victory" in Arsal.   A Hezbollah ambulance carrying the coffins of bodies of Nusra Front fighters in Labwe, Lebanon Credit: Reuters handout  Al Jazeera reported that two dozen Hezbollah fighters died during the fighting, and that 150 Jabhat Fateh al Sham fighters had been killed.  In 2014, Lebanese soldiers were taken hostage by jihadists in Arsal, leading to the outbreak of serious fighting in the town. Four soldiers were later executed. Sporadic fighting between the army and the jihadists has continued since then.  Hezbollah took journalists on a tour of the newly captured areas yesterday, and showed them an array of military hardware. The victory, and its presentation to the press, are signs of the confidence of power of the group. Lebanon's President, Michel Aoun, is a political ally of Hezbollah.  



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Drone kills two Qaeda suspects in Yemen

Drone kills two Qaeda suspects in YemenA drone strike likely to have been carried out by the United States killed two suspected Al-Qaeda members in southern Yemen, a security official said on Sunday. One of the suspects was identified as Ibrahim al-Adani, who was said to have run Al-Qaeda’s finances in the region. The United States considers the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, to be the group’s most dangerous branch and has conducted a long-running drone war against its leaders.



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Qaeda claims suicide bombing in south Yemen

Qaeda claims suicide bombing in south YemenAl-Qaeda on Friday claimed responsibility for a recent deadly attack on a government building in southern Yemen, which involved a suicide bombing. Al-Qaeda’s Ansar al-Shariah arm in a statement identified the suicide bomber as Abu Amer al-Hadrami, saying he had rammed his explosives-laden car into the gate of the local government building in the provincial capital of Lahj on Monday. The online Al Qaeda statement acknowledged the death of three militants “who controlled the building for three hours” before being killed, in addition to Hadrami.



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US air strike in Afghanistan killed senior Qaeda leader: official

US air strike in Afghanistan killed senior Qaeda leader: officialA senior Al-Qaeda commander linked to major attacks in Pakistan including the bombing of a luxury hotel and an assault on a cricket team has been killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan, Washington said Saturday. Qari Yasin, a member of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan group (Pakistani Taliban), was killed on March 19 in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktika province, the Pentagon said. “The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement.



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At least two killed in new drone strikes on al Qaeda in Yemen: residents

At least two killed in new drone strikes on al Qaeda in Yemen: residentsDrones fired missiles at suspected al Qaeda targets in two separate attacks in Yemen on Saturday, local sources said, in what appeared to be a third successive day of U.S. strikes against militants in the Arab country. Tribal sources and residents said one of the pilotless aircraft unleashed its missiles on a vehicle traveling on the outskirts of the southern city of Ahwar, killing two suspected al Qaeda members inside. Another fired at a crowd of suspected al Qaeda militants in al-Saeed, in the adjacent province of Shabwa, but there were no reports on casualties in that incident.



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U.S. wages second day of strikes on al Qaeda in Yemen

U.S. wages second day of strikes on al Qaeda in YemenBy Phil Stewart, Mohammed and Mukhashaf WASHINGTON/ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) – The United States carried out a second day of air strikes against al Qaeda in Yemen on Friday, U.S. officials said, in the latest sign of increasing U.S. military focus on a group whose strength has grown during Yemen’s civil war. Since a January commando raid, the United States has shown a desire to both strike al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and to recover from what U.S. officials acknowledge has been an intelligence shortfall about the group since Yemen’s civil war forced the closure of the U.S. Embassy in 2015.



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US kills 8 Qaeda in new day of raids: Yemeni officials

US kills 8 Qaeda in new day of raids: Yemeni officialsUS warplanes pounded Al-Qaeda targets in Yemen for a second straight day Friday, killing eight militants, security and tribal sources said as Washington boosts its air war against the jihadists. A defence official in Washington told AFP that American forces conducted “about 10″ strikes in Yemen on Friday. The Pentagon said on Thursday it had carried out more than 20 strikes against Al-Qaeda in the southern provinces of Shabwa and Abyan and the central province of Baida.



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