al qaida

  • A Houthi fighter sits in a military vehicle belonging to Houthi fighters on a street leading to the Presidential Palace during clashes in Sanaa
    January 19, 2015  

    In Yemen, Shia rebels known as Houthis battled with government forces at the presidential palace, and have also vowed to wipe out al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Abdulwahab Alkebsi of the Center for International Private Enterprise tells Judy Woodruff that while the Houthis seem to be allies in the fight against al-Qaida, their fight may also benefit the terrorist group. Continue reading

  • Belgian police block a street in central Verviers where Belgian counter-terrorist police raided an apartment
    January 15, 2015  

    The attacks in Paris and today’s raids against militants in Belgium highlight the trend of European Muslims traveling to Syria and Iraq to fight. Gwen Ifill talks to Lorenzo Vidino of the European Foundation for Democracy about Europe’s porous borders and the challenge of monitoring possible suspects. Continue reading

  • French intervention police take up position near the scene of a hostage taking at a kosher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris January 9, 2015. Photo by Youssef Boudlal/Reuters
    January 15, 2015   BY Ken Dilanian, Associated Press 

    WASHINGTON — U.S. and French intelligence officials are leaning toward an assessment that the Paris terror attacks were inspired by al-Qaida but not directly supervised by the group, a view that would put the violence in a category of homegrown incidents that are extremely difficult to detect and thwart. Continue reading

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    January 13, 2015  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Prime Minister Manuel Valls addressed the French National Assembly, saying France is at war with terrorism, not Islam or Muslims. Meanwhile, investigators probed deeper into the weapons and financing behind last week’s terror attacks. Also, President Obama renewed a push to improve American cyber-defenses. Continue reading

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    January 12, 2015  

    One of the brothers involved in the Paris attacks received al-Qaida training in Yemen. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to explain why that country is a hotbed for jihadism, and to examine the competition and cooperation between al-Qaida and the Islamic State. Continue reading

  • French intervention police take up position near the scene of a hostage taking at a kosher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris January 9, 2015. Photo by Youssef Boudlal/Reuters
    January 9, 2015  

    How worried should Western nations be about future attacks in the same vein as the Paris shootings? Judy Woodruff gets analysis from Peter Neumann of King’s College London and former White House counterterrorism official Juan Zarate about what security officials should focus on now and why terrorists have moved to soft targets like shopping malls and office buildings. Continue reading

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    December 12, 2014   BY Stephen Braun, Associated Press 

    WASHINGTON — From the early stages of the CIA’s coercive interrogations of terror detainees, the agency’s health professionals were intimately involved.

    Front-line medics and psychologists monitored and advised on abusive tactics, even as they sometimes complained about the ethical dilemmas gnawing at them, according to this week’s Senate intelligence committee report. Senior CIA medical officials helped the agency and the White House under President George W. Bush. Continue reading

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    December 11, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, two months of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong ended after police cleared the main protest site. Also, a powerful storm was expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain on the West Coast, knocking out power, disrupting flights and raising fears of landslides. Continue reading

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    December 8, 2014  

    The White House said American officials had not known about efforts to win the freedom of South African school teacher Pierre Korkie before a failed U.S. commando raid to rescue Korkie and the American photographer Luke Somers from al-Qaida captors in Yemen. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

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    December 8, 2014  

    In the wake of the failed mission to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie, Brian Jenkins of the RAND Corporation joins Judy Woodruff to explore the risks of such raids, as well as what other alternative options the U.S. has to consider. Continue reading