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Al-Zawahiri named new al-Qaeda chief

Group’s second-in-command appointed leader following killing of Osama bin Laden.

Last Modified: 16 Jun 2011 11:34 GMT

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Endgame?

People and Power 15 Jun 2011 09:39 GMT

Will the US withdrawal from Afghanistan threaten hard-won gains in the battle against the Taliban?

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US building secret CIA base in Gulf to counter Al-Qaeda

WASHINGTON: Preparing for a worst-case scenario in Yemen, the United States is building a secret CIA air base in the Gulf to target Al-Qaeda terrorists there, in case anti-American factions win the current power struggle and shut US forces out, The Associated Press has learned. The White House has already increased the numbers of CIA officers in Yemen, in anticipation of that possibility. And it has stepped up the schedule to construct the base, from a two-year timetable to a rushed eight months.

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