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France says 19 Islamists killed in recent Mali offensive

Last Updated: Sunday, December 15, 2013, 20:19

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius confirmed that 19 armed Islamists had been killed in a French-led military operation this week targeting al Qaeda-linked rebels in restive northern Mali.

Al Qaeda hostage video `seems credible`: France

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 09:21

A video released by al Qaeda`s north African branch on Monday apparently showing seven kidnapped Westerners, including four Frenchmen, seems "credible", the French foreign ministry said.

US charges Mokhtar Belmokhtar over Algerian gas plant seige

Last Updated: Saturday, July 20, 2013, 10:36

US authorities have charged the former leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Mokhtar Belmokhtar, over the deadly January siege at an Algerian gas plant and other crimes.

Eight European hostages still alive: Al Qaeda group

Last Updated: Sunday, June 23, 2013, 13:24

Al Qaeda`s north African branch said in a statement Saturday that eight European hostages it is holding are alive and well, promising to release a new video of the five Frenchmen among them.

Al Qaeda opens `complaints department` in Syria

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 04, 2013, 13:17

Al Qaeda has now created a complaints department in Syria, in an apparent move to demonstrate how it is willing to participate in free government.

British Facebook `fantasist` jailed over beheading videos

Last Updated: Saturday, January 19, 2013, 18:31

A British man has been sentenced to five years imprisonment after he posted a string of ghastly beheading videos on a Facebook account set up by him.

Algerian forces free 650 hostages from militants

Last Updated: Saturday, January 19, 2013, 00:27

Around 650 hostages detained by an armed group at a gas field in Algeria have been freed, the official APS news agency reported.

US helping French with intel on Mali: Panetta

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 00:53

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta says the US is providing intelligence-gathering assistance to the French in their assault on Islamist extremists in Mali.

Algerian forces kill two Islamist insurgents

Last Updated: Thursday, January 03, 2013, 08:27

Algeria has been fighting a years-long battle with Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, which uses the Kabyle region as its headquarters.

Top Al Qaeda leader killed in Algeria

Last Updated: Monday, November 19, 2012, 09:42

A senior leader of the Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has been killed by Algerian forces in the southern province of Bejaia, Xinhua reported.

Islamists conduct amputations in Mali

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 11:58

Islamic police said they used a stage in a public square to amputate the right hand and left foot of five accused thieves in a city of Mali.