Francisco Alameda Sanchez, 60, a survivor of the 11-M deadly attacks perpetrated on March 11, 2004 in Madrid, poses on March 6, 2024 at Atocha train station, where he resulted injured twenty years ago by the bombing. - Spain marks the 20th anniversary of the attack that caused nearly 200 fatal victims, claimed by "al-Qaeda in Europe" as punishment for Spain's involvement in the war in Iraq. During the morning rush hour of March 11, 2004, ten bombs exploded nearly simultaneously on Madrid’s commuter trains, killing 192 people and injuring almost 2,000. The shockwave caused by the terrorist attacks - the deadliest ever committed on Spanish soil - weakened the PP which was criticised for insisting ETA was to blame despite mounting evidence to the contrary. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP)

Twenty years on, Spain honours train bombing victims

Spain and the European Union pay homage Monday to the 192 victims of the March 11, 2004 Madrid train bombings that marked the start of mass Islamist attacks in Europe.
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(FILES) In this undated handout file photo released by Al-Andalus on May 23, 2012 shows Abdelmalek Droukdel, aka Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, a leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), with his fighters in Azawad, an unrecognized state in northern Mali. - Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) chief Abdelmalek Droukdel was killed on June 5, 2020 in Mali. (Photo by - / Al-Andalus / AFP)

Al-Qaeda-linked group claims Mali attack on UN troops

An al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group has claimed responsibility for an attack that wounded members of the UN’s peacekeeping force in Mali, which is pulling out of the country, monitors said. [ad] At least
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Supporters wave Nigerien's flags as they rally in support of Niger's junta in front of the National Assembly in Niamey on July 30, 2023. - Niger's junta on Sunday said ECOWAS could stage an imminent military intervention in the capital Niamey as the regional body meets for an "extraordinary summit" on the coup-hit country, with sanctions a possibility. The country's elected president Mohamed Bazoum has been held by the military for four days, and General Abdourahamane Tiani, the chief of the powerful presidential guard, has declared himself leader. (Photo by - / AFP)

The coup in Niger: Military option unrealistic

The entry of the military into the politics and governance of Niger Republic is yet another negative development in the growth of democracy and people-centred rule in that country and the West
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Taliban fighters investigate at a site after a blast near the Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan Mosque that reportedly happened as people were leaving the mosque after Friday prayers at Wazir Akbar Khan in Kabul on September 23, 2022. (Photo by - / AFP)

Afghan Taliban say Biden ‘acknowledged reality’ about Al-Qaeda

Afghanistan’s Taliban government on Saturday seized on an off-the-cuff remark by US President Joe Biden to underscore their claim that there was no Al-Qaeda threat in the country. [ad] Biden was leaving
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(FILES) A still image from a video released by Al-Qaeda’s media arm as-Sahab and obtained on October 26, 2012 courtesy of the Site Intelligence Group shows Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri speaking from an undisclosed location. - President Joe Biden announced August 1, 2022 that the United States had killed Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the world's most wanted terrorists and a mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks, in a drone strike in Kabul. (Photo by - / SITE INTELLIGENCE GROUP / AFP) / NO USE AFTER AUGUST 12, 2022 00:55:57 GMT - AFP PHOTO / SITE INTELLIGENCE GROUP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS FROM ALTERNATIVE SOURCES, AFP IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIGITAL ALTERATIONS TO THE PICTURE - AFP PHOTO / SITE INTELLIGENCE GROUP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS FROM ALTERNATIVE SOURCES, AFP IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIGITAL ALTERATIONS TO THE PICTURE / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by - has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [corrects date August 1, 2022] in second sentence instead of [August 2, 2022]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

US kills Al-Qaeda chief in Kabul drone strike

A United States drone strike killed Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri at a hideout in the Afghan capital, President Joe Biden said Monday, adding "justice had been delivered" to the families of
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