Al Qaeda in the Maghreb
Jan 20, 2013 11:57 EST
The brazen hostage attack in a remote Algerian gas field which rocked the world was carried out by 40 fighters from the Muslim world and European countries, its mastermind said in a video put on line Sunday.
Jan 19, 2013 13:01 EST
The US and British defence ministers on Saturday vowed to hunt down Al-Qaeda-linked militants in north Africa following a deadly Algerian hostage crisis, but said they would not be sending in any ground troops.
Jan 19, 2013 12:31 EST
The US State Department has ordered all family members of embassy employees to leave Mali, amid the country's escalating conflict with Islamist militants who control the vast arid north.
Jan 19, 2013 12:11 EST
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said Saturday the United States would "take all necessary steps to protect our people" from the threat of Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in Africa.
Jan 19, 2013 09:53 EST
West African leaders Saturday urged more global involvement and funding as they met to speed up the deployment of regional troops in Mali and boost a French-backed offensive to halt an Islamist onslaught.
Jan 19, 2013 09:45 EST
Veteran jihadist Moktar Belmokhtar's audacious hostage attack in Algeria after a bitter split from his north African Al-Qaeda allies is a statement that he is still a force to be reckoned with, experts say.
Jan 19, 2013 07:29 EST
West African leaders Saturday called for greater international involvement in Mali as they met to speed up the deployment of regional troops to boost a French-backed offensive to halt an Islamist onslaught.
Jan 19, 2013 00:20 EST
The White House and the US Defense Department are at odds over the danger posed by radical Islamic groups that have taken control of parts of Mali and are stirring up trouble in other parts of West Africa, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Jan 18, 2013 09:00 EST
Mali's struggle against Islamists now being targeted by French and African forces has raised fresh questions over an insurgency in nearby Nigeria and ties between extremists in both countries.
Jan 18, 2013 08:28 EST
The United States has been rocked by a new crisis spurred by Islamic militants amid a deadly hostage-taking in Algeria, prompting warnings to US interests in north Africa to boost security.
Jan 18, 2013 00:51 EST
Western governments voiced alarm over the fate of dozens of foreigners seized by Islamists at a gas plant in the Algerian desert after several hostages were killed in a dramatic rescue operation.
Jan 17, 2013 21:40 EST
Foreign governments voiced alarm over the fate of their citizens seized by Islamists at a gas plant in the Algerian desert, where a dramatic rescue operation left several hostages dead.
Jan 17, 2013 17:22 EST
Washington desperately sought news of hostages caught in the crossfire of an Algerian rescue bid Thursday, ordering US firms to boost security in north Africa plagued by rising militant groups.
Jan 17, 2013 16:20 EST
Washington was Thursday trying to determine the fate of US hostages caught in the crossfire of an Algerian military rescue bid, and urged its embassies and US businesses to tighten security.
Jan 17, 2013 12:36 EST
Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the one-eyed Islamist whose men seized dozens of hostages in a deadly attack on an Algerian gas field, is a wily desert fox branded as a terrorist by some but perhaps just a common brigand.
Jan 17, 2013 11:57 EST
Algerian troops launched an air and ground assault Thursday on a gas complex besieged by Islamists, killing nearly 50, most of them hostages, the kidnappers said as they threatened to kill their remaining captives.
Jan 17, 2013 11:50 EST
Fresh clashes have erupted between the Malian army, backed by French troops, and Islamist insurgents encircling the central town of Konna, military sources said Thursday.
Jan 17, 2013 11:15 EST
Algerian troops Thursday launched strikes on a gas complex where Islamists are holding dozens of foreigners killing nearly 50 people, most of them hostages, the kidnappers said.
Jan 17, 2013 09:08 EST
Algerian military forces killed 34 hostages and 15 of their Islamist kidnappers in an assault on a remote desert gas field on Thursday, the ANI news agency quoted a spokesman for the kidnappers as saying.
Jan 17, 2013 08:12 EST
Thirty Algerian workers and 15 foreigners managed to escape on Thursday from a gas facility in Algeria where they were being held by Islamist extremists along with dozens of Westerners, national media reported.