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  • Former Rep. Allen B. West, Florida Republican, speaks at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday, March 14, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Allen West appeal: We must stop ‘dangerous duo,’ Holder and Obama

    Former Rep. Allen West said in a fundraising email that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is more harmful to America's constitutional future than the leader of al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri.Former Rep. Allen B. West, Florida Republican, said in a fundraising email that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is more harmful to America's constitutional future than the leader of al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri.


  • Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, known as the blind sheik. (Credit: Associated Press)

    Blind sheik’s social media empire grows from behind bars

    The blind sheik, convicted of orchestrating the deadly World Trade Center bombing 20 years ago, has benefited from a sophisticated social media messaging machine despite serving life in prison in a solitary confinement cell in North Carolina.


  • FILE - In this Wednesday, July 27, 2011 file photo provided by IntelCenter, an American private terrorist threat analysis company, purports to show Al-Qaida's new leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a still image from a web posting by al-Qaida's media arm, as-Sahab. The leader of al-Qaida has urged Muslims to kidnap Westerners to exchange for imprisoned jihadists. Ayman Al-Zawahri also urged support for Syria's uprising and called for the implementation of Islamic Shariah law in Egypt. In an undated two-hour videotape posted this week on militant forums, the Egyptian-born jihadist said that abducting nationals of "countries waging wars on Muslims" is the only way to free "our captives, and Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman," the Egyptian cleric serving a life sentence in U.S. prisons for his masterminding of 1993 bombings in New York City. (AP Photo/IntelCenter, File)

    Al Qaeda leader urges kidnapping of Westerners

    The leader of al Qaeda has urged Muslims to kidnap Westerners to exchange for imprisoned jihadists, including a blind cleric serving a life sentence in the United States for a 1993 plot to blow up New York City landmarks.


  • Jihadists claim Syria attacks

    An al Qaeda-inspired group claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks across Syria, the latest evidence that extremists are exploiting the chaos to make inroads in another Middle Eastern country.


  • ** FILE ** In this undated image from video seized from the walled compound of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and released on Saturday, May 7, 2011, by the U.S. Department of Defense, a man whom the American government identified as Osama bin Laden watches television with an image of President Obama on the screen. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Defense)

    Weaker al Qaeda still plots payback for bin Laden death

    A year after the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda is hobbled and hunted, too busy surviving for the moment to carry out another Sept. 11-style attack on U.S. soil. But the terrorist network dreams still of payback, and U.S. counterterrorist officials warn that, in time, its offshoots may deliver.


  • Al-Shabab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, in February 2011. Over the past year, al-Shabab has lost much of the territory it held.  (Associated Press)

    Al Qaeda embrace of al-Shabab seen as driven by desperation

    Al Qaeda's decision to formally extend its terrorist franchise to what once was a nationalist movement in Somalia may be only a desperate joining of hands to prop up two militant groups that are losing popular support and facing increasingly deadly military attacks, analysts said.


  • ** FILE ** This frame-grabbed image from video provided by the SITE Intel Group, an U.S. private terrorist-threat-analysis company, purports to show al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri on a Web posting on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/SITE Intel Group)

    Al Qaeda urges Muslims to help Syrian rebels

    Al Qaeda's chief has called on Muslims from other countries to support rebels in Syria seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad, saying they cannot depend on the West for help.


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    Somalia's extremist Shebab fighters have joined ranks with al-Qaeda, terror network chief Ayman al-Zawahri announced in a video message posted on jihadist forums on Thursday.


  • **FILE** This photo of al Qaeda top deputy Ayman al-Zawahri was taken from videotape and posted on the Internet in 2005. (Associated Press)

    Al Qaeda chief urges Islamic rule in Libya

    Al Qaeda's new leader called on Libyan fighters who overthrew Moammar Gadhafi to set up an Islamic state and urged Algerians to revolt against their longtime president in a new Internet video posted on Wednesday.


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