The director of national intelligence on Saturday declassified more documents that show how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al Qaeda terrorists.
The State Department named a key leader of a Lebanon-based militant group with ties to al Qaeda factions in Syria as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" on Tuesday, shedding fresh light on evidence that Islamic extremists operating in Syria may be eager to expand their operations regionally.
The U.S. made two key terrorism designations Wednesday, casting a spotlight on the al Qaeda affiliate organizations in the Middle East and North Africa that increasingly have replaced the Afghanistan and Pakistan-based network built by Osama bin Laden as the focus of global security concerns.
U.S. intelligence agencies are monitoring a political dispute between Iran's foreign minister, who is a key player in nuclear talks, and the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the hard-line shock troops behind the Islamist regime in Tehran.
Just five years ago, President Obama was one of the most popular figures in Europe, with favorability ratings hovering in the 80 percent to 90 percent range. He's not so cool in Europe anymore, though, as polls have shown an average slip in the double digits throughout the Continent.
On his last day as an ordinary teenager, Abdullah Siddeh kept to his daily routine: He filled in for his father at the small family grocery in the afternoon, asked his mother at home about dinner and then played soccer with friends at the nearby high school.
Yemen authorities say a U.S. drone killed several civilians en route to a wedding after intelligence erroneously identified the convoy as a group of al Qaeda terrorists.
A senior U.S. figure said the Obama administration may expand its support for Syrian rebel fighters — to include Islamist groups that seized American equipment and gear stored at a warehouse near the Syrian-Turkey border.
In another sign of the Obama administration's troubled Syria policy, the White House said Wednesday the U.S. and Britain have suspended all non-lethal aid to northern Syria after rebels linked to al Qaeda seized American equipment intended for moderate opposition groups.
The White House confirmed Wednesday that the U.S. has suspended all non-lethal assistance in northern Syria after rebels aligned with al Qaeda seized the headquarters and warehouses belonging to the opposition's Supreme Military Council.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel renewed a defense agreement with Qatar on Tuesday during a visit aimed at showing U.S. commitment to Persian Gulf allies despite disagreements over policies on Iran and Syria.
Members of a group affiliate with al Qaeda have kidnapped two experienced Spanish journalists in Syria, the newspaper El Mundo said on Tuesday.
A Muslim man on trial for the brutal machete street killing of British soldier Lee Rigby said during testimony in London's Central Criminal Court on Monday that he not only loved al Qaeda, but he also considered the terrorist group as close as family.
The Obama administration quashed intelligence reports that suggested an al Qaeda-linked group could have been responsible for the sarin gas attack carried out in Syria last August, according to a news report published in London on Sunday.
A growing clutch of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle is publicly countering the Obama administration's portrayal of al Qaeda as an organization on the run, saying that an evolving network of the terrorist group's affiliates now may pose as grave a threat to the U.S. as its predecessor did a decade ago.