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Suspected drone attack kills 10 in Pakistanupdated: Fri Aug 24 2012 07:52:00

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed at least 10 militants Friday in northwest Pakistan's tribal area, bordering Afghanistan, officials said.

Mosque shooting, suicide bombing hit Russia's Caucasus regionupdated: Sun Aug 19 2012 12:16:00

At least six people were wounded when two masked men opened fire inside a mosque in Russia's North Caucasus region Saturday night, Russian officials said Sunday.

Panetta: Afghanistan forces must be rigorously vettedupdated: Sun Aug 19 2012 08:08:00

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is urging Afghanistan to rigorously vet its security force recruits following a spate of attacks that has seen Afghan soldiers and police turn their weapons on NATO troops.

U.S. drone attack kills 5, officials say updated: Sat Aug 18 2012 04:25:00

A U.S. drone attack killed at least five militants Saturday in northwest Pakistan's tribal area, two local officials said.

Suicide bomber kills 5 soldiers in Pakistan updated: Sat Aug 18 2012 03:46:00

A suicide bomber in a car detonated his explosives near a checkpoint in Pakistan, killing five soldiers, authorities said Saturday.

Wave of violence in Iraq claims more than 80 livesupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 21:00:00

A wave of shootings and bombings that Iraqi officials said bore the hallmarks of al Qaeda killed more than 80 people and wounded more than 270 across the country Thursday.

'Drones completely counterproductive'updated: Thu Aug 16 2012 11:12:00

Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S., Sherry Rehman, says the drone program is counterproductive to all her country's goals.

Afghan police officer fires on NATO troopsupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 09:57:00

An Afghan policeman opened fire on NATO troops Monday, wounding two in the latest "green-on-blue" attacks in the country, a police official said.

Shootings by Afghan forces take growing toll on NATO troopsupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 17:49:00

Before dawn on Friday, a man wearing an Afghan uniform shot and killed three U.S. soldiers during a meeting to discuss local security issues in the southern province of Helmand.

Official: Man in Afghan security uniform kills 3 U.S. troopsupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 12:02:00

A man in an Afghan military uniform killed three U.S. troops Friday in southern Afghanistan, the latest in a series of assaults against NATO soldiers by Afghans clad in security force garb.

7 troops killed in 2 Afghan. attacksupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 12:02:00

A man opened fire on U.S. troops killing three soldiers and a suicide bomb attack left four more Americans dead.

25,000 people flee Darfur refugee camp amid fighting, U.N. saysupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 10:11:00

All 25,000 people living in a refugee camp in Sudan's Darfur region have fled amid fighting between armed militia groups and Sudanese government forces, U.N. officials said Friday.

Darfur refugees in crisisupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 10:11:00

The U.N.'s former envoy to Sudan explains why he has been prevented from visiting refugees.

Spain 'al Qaeda cell' may have planned strike to coincide with Olympicsupdated: Tue Aug 07 2012 11:19:00

Three suspected al Qaeda terrorists arrested last week in Spain appear to have been interested in targeting a Gibraltar-area shopping mall in a strike that was likely intended to coincide with the London Olympic Games, an analyst says.

Spain arrests three al Qaeda suspectsupdated: Tue Aug 07 2012 11:19:00

CNN's Erin Burnett discusses the arrests of three al Qaeda suspects in Spain.

Spain 'al Qaeda cell' may have targeted Gibraltar updated: Mon Aug 06 2012 15:03:00

Three suspected terrorists arrested last week in what Spanish officials call one of their largest operations against al Qaeda appear to have been interested in targeting a Gibraltar shopping mall.

Officials: Dozens killed in suicide attack at Yemen wakeupdated: Sun Aug 05 2012 08:10:00

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a wake in southern Yemen on Saturday night, killing more than 45 people and wounding at least 41, the interior ministry said.

Al-Qaeda in Yemen wants Western recruitsupdated: Sun Aug 05 2012 08:10:00

Al Qaeda's Yemeni affiliate is trying to attack the U.S. by recruiting Westerners, CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Possible plot to attack US base in Spainupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 21:44:00

CNN's Nic Robertson reports on the terror arrests that took place in Spain and how close the men were to an attack.

Three terror suspects held in Spain, authorities sayupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 21:44:00

In what the interior minister calls one of Spain's largest operations against al Qaeda, security services said Thursday they arrested three suspected terrorists who might have been plotting attacks on U.S. or British targets.

Iraq suffers deadliest day of 2012 as 103 are killedupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 16:57:00

The number of dead in a wave of attacks across Iraq on Monday has risen to 103, authorities said Tuesday, making it the deadliest day in the country this year, according to a CNN count. The attacks wounded 267 people, they said.

Pakistan spy agency chief to tell CIA: End drone strikes; ID targets for us to attackupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 05:25:00

The new chief of Pakistan's spy agency will urge the United States to end drone strikes on Pakistani soil and identify targets that the country's security forces can then attack, a senior intelligence official said.

Attacks in Iraq kill at least 82 people, officials sayupdated: Mon Jul 23 2012 16:13:00

Attackers detonated car bombs and roadside explosives in at least a dozen attacks across Iraq on Monday as at least 82 people were killed and more than 180 wounded in one of the bloodiest days since the withdrawal of U.S. military forces in December, authorities said.

Raising awareness of Autism in Iraqupdated: Mon Jul 23 2012 16:13:00

Iraq fights to raise awareness of Autism amid logistical and cultural obstacles. CNN's Jomana Karadsheh reports.

Taliban's vaccine ban may affect 280,000 childrenupdated: Tue Jul 17 2012 05:13:00

A ban on polio vaccinations imposed by the Taliban could affect about 280,000 children living in tribal areas of northwest Pakistan, according to estimates from the World Health Organization.

Civilian casualties plummet in drone strikesupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 17:15:00

Last week, a U.S. drone attack killed 19 suspected Taliban militants at a compound in North Waziristan on the Afghan border, according to Pakistani intelligence officials.

International criminal court adds to charges against Congolese generalupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 15:59:00

The International Criminal Court said Friday it has issued a second arrest warrant for a former Congolese rebel leader who is now a general in the Congolese Army despite war crimes accusations.

Ratko Mladic taken to hospital, criminal trial adjourned for dayupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 05:35:00

Ratko Mladic, who is on trial at the International Criminal Court on charges he masterminded an army campaign to cleanse Bosnia of Croats and Muslims, was taken to the hospital Thursday as a precautionary measure, a court spokeswoman said.

Yemen on brink of hunger catastropheupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 21:35:00

Aid groups says millions are in need of emergency aid in Yemen. Schams Elwazer reports.

Blast kills at least 10 at police academy in Yemen's capital cityupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 21:35:00

A suicide bomber attacked police officers and cadets outside an academy in Yemen's capital on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people, according to a statement from the Yemeni Embassy in Washington.

Pros and cons of dronesupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 17:41:00

Rep. Peter King (R) and Rep Lynn Woolsey (D) on the pros and cons of drones used overseas and in the U.S.

Drones decimating Taliban in Pakistanupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 17:41:00

On Sunday a missile launched from a U.S. drone struck a house in Pakistan's remote tribal agency of North Waziristan, killing eight suspected militants, most of whom were loyal to the Pakistani Taliban commander, Hafiz Gul Bahadur. Bahadur has reportedly overseen multiple attacks against NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Hundreds tear gassed amid clampdown on Sudan protests updated: Sat Jun 30 2012 12:56:00

Riot police sprayed tear gas at hundreds of protesters who attempted to lead a march after Friday prayers from the two main opposition party mosques in Sudan's capital of Khartoum and its second city, Omdurman.

Understanding the protests in Sudanupdated: Sat Jun 30 2012 12:56:00

CNN's Nima Elbagir explains the causes behind continuing civil unrest in Sudan.

11 killed in attacks north of Baghdadupdated: Sat Jun 30 2012 10:34:00

Four Awakening Council members were killed and four others were wounded Friday when gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Diyala province, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Queen makes history with ex-IRA leader handshakeupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 10:49:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II shook hands Wednesday with former IRA commander Martin McGuinness in a historic gesture marking a giant step forward in the peace process relating to British rule of Northern Ireland.

Symbolic handshake marks end of violenceupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 10:49:00

Handshake between Queen Elizabeth and former IRA leader Martin McGuinness symbolizes end of strife in Northern Ireland.

Handshake the latest step on road to Northern Ireland peaceupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 10:40:00

For Martin McGuinness, shaking Queen Elizabeth II's hand is the biggest single step yet on his road from feared paramilitary commander to politician.

See queen shake hands with ex-IRA leaderupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 10:40:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II shook the hand of a former Irish Republican Army commander in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Queen Elizabeth visits Northern Irelandupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 11:30:00

A cheering crowd greets Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

Queen's Northern Ireland visit marks symbolic end to conflictupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 11:30:00

Queen Elizabeth's jubilee tour strikes an historic note today, when the British monarch visits Northern Ireland on a trip it is hoped will mark a symbolic end to the decades-long conflict there.

Queen arrives in Northern Ireland on jubilee visitupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 10:25:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Northern Ireland Tuesday for a two-day diamond jubilee visit during which she will shake hands with a former IRA commander, Martin McGuinness, in a highly symbolic gesture.

India makes key arrest in Mumbai terror plotupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 05:54:00

A key suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that killed more than 160 people has been apprehended, Indian authorities said Tuesday.

Queen Elizabeth to meet former IRA commanderupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 12:20:00

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is to meet a former IRA commander, Martin McGuinness, during her visit to Northern Ireland next week.

Last suspect in Bali bombings sentencedupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 20:22:00

The man accused of playing a role in the 2002 Bali bombings is found guilty and is sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Obama leak 'scandal' is wildly overblownupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 11:32:00

On Monday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate a series of recent leaks that critics charge are designed to bolster the national security credentials of the Obama administration.

Judges set to deliver Bali bombing verdictupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 01:12:00

In front of a packed courtroom in Jakarta Thursday, a panel of five judges was delivering the verdict in the trial of Umar Patek -- a 45-year-old Indonesian man accused of taking part in the 2002 Bali bombings.

Indonesian cleric jailed for 15 yearsupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 01:12:00

An Indonesian court sentenced radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir to 15 years in prison. CNN's Kathy Quiano reports.

Top Yemen commander killed; al Qaeda claims responsibilityupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 17:08:00

One of Yemen's top military leaders died Monday in the southern port city of Aden in a suicide attack for which al Qaeda claimed responsibility.

Taliban to U.S.: End drone strikes in Pakistan, or no more polio vaccines updated: Mon Jun 18 2012 10:52:00

A Taliban commander in northwest Pakistan has announced a ban on polio vaccines for children as long as the United States continues its campaign of drone strikes in the region, according to a statement by the Taliban.

At least 50 dead in three Nigeria church bombings, reprisal attacksupdated: Sun Jun 17 2012 20:32:00

Three church bombings and retaliatory attacks in northern Nigeria killed at least 50 people Sunday and injured more than 130 others, the Nigerian Red Cross Society said.

Can world court survive African Union's attack?updated: Fri Jun 15 2012 09:03:00

On January 20, 1942 the Nazi high command gathered at a villa in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee to discuss eliminating European Jewry. One attendee expressed reservations, worrying that they might one day be held responsible. Hitler dismissed the man's concerns, saying, "Who now remembers the Armenians?"

African man tied to Somali terror group pleads guiltyupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 20:41:00

A man from the Horn of Africa has pleaded guilty to conspiring with al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked terror organization, and traveling to Somalia to receive military training from the group, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Officials: U.S. drone strikes kill suspected militants in Yemenupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 16:31:00

U.S. drone strikes targeted al Qaeda hideouts in southern Yemen on Wednesday, killing 27 suspected militants, local government officials said.

Togo security forces clash with opposition over electoral lawupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 11:09:00

Togolese security forces shot canisters of tear gas to disperse angry anti-government protesters who demonstrated against a new electoral law Tuesday in this capital city.

Thousands flee in wake of clashes in western Ivory Coast updated: Tue Jun 12 2012 22:01:00

Clashes along Ivory Coast's border with Liberia led thousands of people to flee their villages Tuesday, officials said. The confrontations occurred four days after seven U.N. peacekeepers and four civilians were killed in an ambush in the same area.

Obama ramps up covert war in Yemenupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 08:39:00

President Obama is celebrated and criticized for greatly accelerating the number of CIA drone attacks in Pakistan, but the similar covert war that he has launched in Yemen has received considerably less attention.

Suicide blast kills 100+ troops in Yemenupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 08:39:00

An attack aimed at the heart of Yemeni military causes casualties in Yemen's capital. CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney reports.

Thousands flee after Ivory Coast attackupdated: Sun Jun 10 2012 20:28:00

Thousands on Saturday fled the area in southwestern Ivory Coast where attacks left seven U.N. peacekeepers and eight civilians dead, according to a U.N. official.

Commander apologizes for civilian deaths in Afghan airstrikeupdated: Sat Jun 09 2012 13:55:00

The coalition commander in Afghanistan went to the site of a recent airstrike and apologized for civilian deaths, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Friday.

7 peacekeepers killed in Ivory Coastupdated: Sat Jun 09 2012 13:44:00

Seven peacekeepers from Niger were killed Friday in an ambush in southwestern Ivory Coast, and more may be in danger, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

50 cancers recommended for 9/11 fund coverageupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 23:46:00

Federal health authorities Friday recommended that 50 types of cancer be added to the list of covered illnesses for people who were exposed to toxins at the site of the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

7 U.N. peacekeepers killed in Ivory Coastupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 18:14:00

Seven Nigerian peacekeepers were killed Friday in an ambush in southwestern Ivory Coast, and more may be in danger, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

U.S. puts bounties on 7 key members of Somali terror groupupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 09:40:00

The United States is offering millions of dollars for the whereabouts of seven key members of the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based terror group behind bombings and attacks in the region.

Panetta: U.S. running out of patience with Pakistan on militant havensupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 13:59:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday that the United States was "reaching the limits of our patience" with Pakistan over militants that attack U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan from havens within its borders.

Bombers kill dozens in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 08:57:00

CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports on the suicide bombings that killed dozens of people in Afghanistan.

Afghan leader condemns NATO airstrike; U.S. defense secretary visits Kabulupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 08:57:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned a NATO airstrike this week that a provincial official says killed women and children, in a statement that came just as U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived Thursday in Kabul for talks.

And now, only one senior al Qaeda leader leftupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 05:48:00

The news that Abu Yahya al-Libi, the No.2 leader of al Qaeda, is now confirmed to have been killed in a CIA drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region along the border with Afghanistan further underlines that the terrorist group that launched the 9/11 attacks is now more or less out of business.

U.S. official: Al Qaeda leader killed in CIA drone strike in Pakistanupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 14:39:00

Abu Yahya al-Libi, the No. 2 man in al Qaeda and a longtime public face of the terror network, has been killed by a CIA drone strike in Pakistan launched Monday, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

Four convicted in Scandinavian 'Mumbai-style' terror plotupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 10:01:00

Four men behind what officials describe as the most serious Islamist terrorist plot ever hatched in Scandinavia were convicted of the plot Monday in a courthouse in Glostrup, just outside of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Lawmaker: US should cut aid to Pakistanupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 02:43:00

Rep. Rohrabacher believes Pakistan was giving safe haven to Osama bin Laden and has proven to be an enemy to the U.S.

Official: 15 militants killed in suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistanupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 02:43:00

A suspected U.S. drone strike in northwestern Pakistan on Monday morning killed 15 militants and wounded three others, a local government official said, the third such deadly attack in as many days.

9 militants in Pakistan killed in suspected U.S. drone strike, official saysupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 04:18:00

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed nine militants in Pakistan's tribal region on Sunday, the second such attack in 24 hours in the region, a local government official said.

2 militants in Pakistan killed in drone strikeupdated: Sat Jun 02 2012 13:25:00

A suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan killed two militants in Pakistan's tribal region on Saturday, a local government official said.

Obama will visit World Trade Center siteupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 11:20:00

President Barack Obama will visit the World Trade Center site in New York on June 14, a White House spokesman said Friday.

Suicide attack kills 5 in southern Afghanistanupdated: Thu May 31 2012 05:09:00

A suicide bomber attacked a district police office in southern Afghanistan Thursday morning, killing four police officers and one civilian and wounding six others, the Kandahar governor's office said.

By the numbers: Veterans and Memorial Dayupdated: Sat May 26 2012 07:37:00

As the country heads into the Memorial Day weekend, there are still almost 1.5 million U.S soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deployed in war zones or combat missions worldwide, and the 3,000th coalition service member, a U.S. sailor, has died in Afghanistan.

Drone stike kills at least 2 in Pakistan, official says updated: Sat May 26 2012 02:27:00

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed at least two militants Saturday morning in Pakistan's tribal region, a local official said.

Recordings reveal Belfast murder secretsupdated: Fri May 25 2012 16:23:00

CNN's Nic Robertson brings us the story of one woman whose high-profile murder was never solved.

1 killed, 18 wounded in Turkey suicide bombingupdated: Fri May 25 2012 11:13:00

A suicide bombing in central Turkey on Friday morning left one person dead -- not including two suicide bombers killed by the blast -- and 18 people wounded, the country's prime minister and interior minister said.

8 killed in drone strike in Pakistan's tribal regionupdated: Thu May 24 2012 05:34:00

A suspected U.S. drone fired two missiles at a militant hideout in Pakistan's tribal region on Thursday, killing eight people, a senior local official said.

Afghan war is not over yetupdated: Wed May 23 2012 12:13:00

At the NATO summit in Chicago, President Obama and leaders of America's NATO allies agreed on an "irreversible" plan to withdraw from Afghanistan. But challenges remain.

4 killed in drone strike in Pakistanupdated: Wed May 23 2012 01:02:00

At least four militants were killed Wednesday after a suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

NATO accepts Obama timetable to end war in Afghanistan by 2014updated: Tue May 22 2012 09:36:00

NATO leaders signed off Monday on President Barack Obama's exit strategy from Afghanistan that calls for an end to combat operations next year and the withdrawal of the U.S.-led international military force by the end of 2014.

Obama lays out NATO's Afghanistan planupdated: Tue May 22 2012 09:36:00

President Obama lays out the plan for the war in Afghanistan at the NATO summit in Chicago.

When peacekeepers can't keep the peaceupdated: Mon May 21 2012 08:24:00

In Syria, peacekeepers are forced to do what only soldiers can: Hurry up and wait.

Afghan peace council member killedupdated: Sat May 19 2012 04:27:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh assesses the importance of the assassination of Moulavi Arsala Rahmani.

Penetrating al Qaeda's most dangerousupdated: Fri May 18 2012 05:56:00

CNN's Brian Todd reports on Saudi Arabia's efforts to penetrate al Qaeda's most dangerous branch.

Al Qaeda's al-Zawahiri calls on Saudis to rise up updated: Fri May 18 2012 05:56:00

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged people in Saudi Arabia to follow the example set by popular revolutions in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia and rise up.

Ratko Mladic: Bosnian Serb commander turned fugitiveupdated: Wed May 16 2012 03:50:00

Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb army commander wanted for crimes against humanity, is a notorious name synonymous with the dissolution of Yugoslavia, the Balkan wars of the 1990s and the bloody assaults on Sarajevo and Srebrenica.

Prosecutor seeks new Congo war crimes warrantsupdated: Tue May 15 2012 19:28:00

International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has announced new charges against a former Congolese rebel leader, who is also a general in the Congolese Army despite having been already accused of war crimes.

Concern grows over jihadist numbers in eastern Libyaupdated: Tue May 15 2012 13:19:00

Diplomats and other observers in Libya say that with elections one month away, the National Transitional Council is struggling to exert control over various militia prominent in the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi.

The hunt for Joseph Konyupdated: Mon May 14 2012 01:23:00

CNN's Nima Elbagir, embedded with U.S. special forces, reports on the hunt for Joseph Kony in central Africa.

Yemeni military kills 24 suspected al Qaeda militantsupdated: Sun May 13 2012 19:12:00

Government troops in southern Yemen on Sunday attacked al Qaeda hideouts, killing two dozen suspected militants in the latest push to clear the area of the terror organization, local security officials said.

Drone strikes kill suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemenupdated: Sun May 13 2012 06:35:00

A pair of U.S. drone strikes killed 11 suspected al Qaeda militants Saturday in Yemen's Mareb province, part of a continuing air campaign targeting the terror organization, security officials said.

Mole worked for Saudi intelupdated: Fri May 11 2012 12:18:00

Nic Robertson explains if al Qaeda's would-be airplane bomber was actually working for U.S. and Saudi intelligence.

Saudi agent in bomb plot held UK passport, source saysupdated: Fri May 11 2012 12:18:00

New details are emerging about the agent sent by Saudi counterterrorism agents into Yemen to track a plot by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner.

Finding bin Laden -- more Agatha Christie than '24'updated: Fri May 11 2012 12:02:00

In a new book, a "60 Minutes" interview and other recent public statements, Jose Rodriguez, a three-decade veteran of the CIA who rose to become head of the National Clandestine Service, has stoutly defended the CIA's use of coercive interrogation techniques on al Qaeda detainees.

Drone strike kills 8 militants in south Yemenupdated: Thu May 10 2012 09:00:00

A U.S. drone strike killed eight militants in southern Yemen on Thursday morning, the latest hit in an intensified U.S. air camaign against al Qaeda and its affiliates in the area, security officials said.

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