U.S. raids to free hostages seen continuing

| Dec 8, 2014

U.S. raids to free hostages seen continuing

The death of two hostages during a rescue attempt in Yemen shows how little room there is for bad intelligence or bad luck when U.S. forces go into action on such high-risk missions. Faulty intelligence doomed a raid in Syria earlier this year to ...

Senate report on CIA torture will spur attacks: U.S. intel chief

Dec 8, 2014

Senate report on CIA torture will spur attacks: U.S. intel chief

Foreign governments and U.S. intelligence agencies are predicting that the release of a Senate report examining the use of torture by the CIA will cause “violence and deaths” abroad, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday. Republican Rep. Mike Rogers is regularly ...

Dec 7, 2014

Slain U.S. photojournalist remembered as passionate free-thinker

An American photojournalist who U.S. officials say was executed by al-Qaida militants in Yemen was a passionate free-thinker known for his rich portrayals of pro-Democracy protests and life, friends said on Saturday. Luke Somers, 33, was shot along with a South African teacher by ...

Yemen's al-Qaida branch threatens U.S. hostage in new video

Dec 5, 2014

Yemen's al-Qaida branch threatens U.S. hostage in new video

Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen threatened an American hostage kidnapped over a year ago, giving Washington three days to meet unspecified demands in a new video released Thursday. The hostage, identified as 33-year-old Luke Somers, an American photojournalist born in Britain, is shown for the ...

Nov 29, 2014

Bomb attack plot on U.S. Embassy in Yemen claimed by al-Qaida

Al-Qaida has claimed it detonated two bombs outside the U.S. Embassy in Yemen’s capital, killing several guards, a U.S.-based monitoring group said Saturday. In a message on Twitter, al-Qaida’s media branch said its fighters set off the explosive devices at an entrance to the ...

Nusra Front executes Syrian for 'insulting prophet'

Nov 27, 2014

Nusra Front executes Syrian for 'insulting prophet'

Al-Qaida’s Syrian branch on Wednesday executed a man it accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad, in a summary killing mirroring those by the Islamic State group, a monitoring group said. Nusra Front militants shot dead the civilian, identified as Mohammad al-Mir, in the town ...