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Al Qaeda Inc.
The global reach of al Qaeda-affiliated groups from Syria's Nusra Front to Somalia's al Shabaab.
SYRIA-CRISIS/
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December 03, 2014
NUSRA FRONT: A Syrian-based official affiliate of al Qaeda's core organization, which is still based...
Idlib, Syria
A member of al Qaeda's Nusra Front carries his weapon as he stands in an olive tree field in the southern...
NUSRA FRONT: A Syrian-based official affiliate of al Qaeda's core organization, which is still based in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA
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February 18, 2015
Nusra Front is a powerful rebel group comprised of both Syrians and foreign militants and has been formally...
Aleppo, Syria
Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front prepare to fire a mortar towards forces loyal to Syria's President...
Nusra Front is a powerful rebel group comprised of both Syrians and foreign militants and has been formally recognized by the central leadership of al Qaeda as its franchise in Syria. REUTERS/Hosam Katan
MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA
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May 29, 2015
The leader of Nusra Front Abu Mohamad al-Golani tried unsuccessfully at a recent meeting to convince...
Idlib, Syria
A member of al Qaeda's Nusra Front climbs a pole where a Nusra flag was raised at a central square in...
The leader of Nusra Front Abu Mohamad al-Golani tried unsuccessfully at a recent meeting to convince rival Islamist factions to merge into one unit. But he made clear that Nusra would not cut its ties with al Qaeda, and its allegiance would remain to Ayman al-Zawahri, who took over as leader after U.S. Navy SEALS killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
MIDEAST-CRISIS/NUSRA
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November 26, 2014
Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front carry their weapons as they move towards their positions near al-Zahra...
Aleppo, Syria
Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front carry their weapons as they move towards their positions near al-Zahra...
Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front carry their weapons as they move towards their positions near al-Zahra village, north of Aleppo city, November 25, 2014.
REUTERS/Hosam Katan
SOMALIA-FAMINE/
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September 04, 2011
AL SHABAAB: A Somali-based militant group officially affiliated to core al Qaeda. Caption: Members of...
KM50, Somalia
Members of al Shabaab distribute relief to famine stricken internally displaced people at Ala Yaasir...
AL SHABAAB: A Somali-based militant group officially affiliated to core al Qaeda. Caption: Members of al Shabaab distribute relief to famine-stricken internally displaced people at Ala Yaasir camp September 3, 2011. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
SOMALIA-CONFLICT/
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March 23, 2012
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu by African peacekeeping forces in 2011 but has waged a series of...
Mogadishu, Somalia
Somali police arrest a suspected rebel member al Shabaab among beach goers at the Lido beach north of...
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu by African peacekeeping forces in 2011 but has waged a series of gun and grenade attacks to try to overthrow the government and impose its strict version of sharia law. Caption: A Somali police officer (R) arrests a suspected rebel member (L) of al Shabaab among beach goers at the Lido beach north of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, March 23, 2012. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
YEMEN/
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March 26, 2013
AL QAEDA IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA (AQAP): A Sunni Muslim group that claims to be subordinate to the...
Sanaa, Yemen
Suspected al Qaeda militant holds his head as he stands with co-defendants behind bars at the state security...
AL QAEDA IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA (AQAP): A Sunni Muslim group that claims to be subordinate to the main global militant organization and has expanded during Yemen's civil war. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
YEMEN-BLAST/QAEDA
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July 03, 2007
Viewed by Western analysts as the most dangerous arm of al Qaeda, AQAP claimed responsibility for the...
Marib, Yemen
Policemen stand by a tourist's car at the site of a suspected al-Qaeda car bomb attack in the Yemeni...
Viewed by Western analysts as the most dangerous arm of al Qaeda, AQAP claimed responsibility for the deadly January 2015 attack in Paris on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Caption: Policemen stand by a tourist's car at the site of a suspected al-Qaeda car bomb attack in the Yemeni province of Marib July 3, 2007. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
YEMEN/
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July 07, 2010
Mansour Dalil (L), an al-Qaeda suspect, reacts after a verdict was announced at a state security court...
Sanaa, Yemen
Al-Qaeda suspect Dalil reacts after a verdict was announced at a state security court in Sanaa
Mansour Dalil (L), an al-Qaeda suspect, reacts after a verdict was announced at a state security court sentencing him to death in Sanaa, Yemen, July 7, 2010. The court sentenced Dalil and co-defendant Mubarak al-Shabwani (R) to death for killing senior security officers in attacks last year. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
VIOLENCE-NIGERIA/
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March 24, 2015
BOKO HARAM: Nigerian Islamist militant group that pledged allegiance to ISIS last year, but was previously...
DAMASAK, Nigeria
A wall painted by Boko Haram is pictured in Damasak
BOKO HARAM: Nigerian Islamist militant group that pledged allegiance to ISIS last year, but was previously aligned with al Qaeda. REUTERS/Joe Penney
NIGERIA-VIOLENCE/SAMBISA
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May 02, 2015
A girl and her mother rescued from Boko Haram in Sambisa forest by Nigerian military arrive at the Internally...
Yola, Nigeria
A girl and her mother rescued from Boko Haram in Sambisa forest by Nigeria Military seen with some food...
A girl and her mother rescued from Boko Haram in Sambisa forest by Nigerian military arrive at the Internally displaced people's camp in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria, May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
MAURITANIA-SPAIN/
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December 03, 2009
AL QAEDA IN THE ISLAMIC MAGHREB (AQIM): North Africa official affiliate to al Qaeda. Caption: A man walks...
Nouakchott, Mauritania
A man walks on the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott
AL QAEDA IN THE ISLAMIC MAGHREB (AQIM): North Africa official affiliate to al Qaeda. Caption: A man walks on the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott, where three Spanish aid workers were abducted in Mauritania, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
MALI-REBELS/
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January 27, 2013
A mosque damaged in fighting between French-backed Malian troops and AQIM militants is seen in the town...
KONNA, Mali
A mosque damaged in recent fighting between French-backed Malian troops and al Qaeda-linked militants...
A mosque damaged in fighting between French-backed Malian troops and AQIM militants is seen in the town of Konna, Mali, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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