March 1st, 2013
08:57 PM ET

Al Qaeda leader killed in French airstrike in Mali

U.S. officials confirmed Friday the death of a  key member of al Qaeda. According to French military sources, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid was killed in an airstrike in Mali in February.

Abou Zeid was a deputy leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and his fighter were in northern Mali. Abu Zeid had a reputation of brutality.

Outfront tonight: Peter Brookes is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense under the Bush administration and retired general Wesley Clarke is a former NATO commander.

Filed under: al Qaeda • International • Mali
February 6th, 2013
09:39 PM ET

U.S. misses chance to kill Jihadist targeting Americans

One of the most feared jihadists in North Africa has been hunting Americans. Erin first heard about Algeria-born Mokhtar BelMokhtar while traveling on the Mali border last summer.

A Tuareg tribesman who accompanied Erin received a warning call, telling him he was in the area.

Now we are learning the United States had the chance to kill Mokhtar Bel Mokhtar a decade ago but missed the opportunity.

OutFront tonight: CNN's Chris Lawrence has the story.

Filed under: International • Mali • News
January 25th, 2013
10:26 PM ET

Mali's Algeria connection: Signs al Qaeda in Mali orchestrated attack

United States officials are now telling CNN they are zeroing in on al Qaeda operatives based out of northern Mali as the prime suspects behind last week's terror attack and hostage crisis at a gas plant in Algeria.

The attack left three Americans dead - seven survived.

CNN'S Barbara Starr says U.S. officials are cobbling information together because Algerians are not cooperating. But all signs point to AQIM and Moktar.

Erin Burnett reported about this connections last week, hours after the siege began, when she spoke on the phone with Omar Hamaha, a military leader in the islamist group Ansar Dine, which has taken over and terrorized Northern Mali.

Al Qaeda in Mali behind Algeria attack

He told Burnett that he was working with one of al Qaeda's most senior leaders in Africa, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who claimed responsibility for the January 13th attack.

OutFront tonight: Retired General Wesley Clark is the former NATO commander and Retired Air Force Colonel Cedric Leighton is a former intelligence officer.

Filed under: International • Mali
January 24th, 2013
08:14 PM ET

Obama's North Africa problem, warns Americans to stay out

The U.S. is warning Americans to stay out of Benghazi, Libya  - site of the deadly attack on the U.S. mission four months ago.

That comes as the British government warns of a "specific and imminent threat to Westerners" in the city. Germany and the Netherlands also urging their citizens to leave Benghazi immediately.

The terror threat in north Africa is a growing concern for the Obama administration - one that's opening up a divisive debate about what the U.S. should do.

Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence has the story.

Filed under: International • Mali
January 18th, 2013
10:59 PM ET

Moktar Belmoktar, the man claiming responsibility for Algeria attack

The man claiming responsibility for the hostage operation is a veteran Jihadist with a history of kidnapping foreigners.

Moktar Belmoktar is a 40-year-old Algerian who has long eluded counter-terrorism forces. Erin Burnett reports.

Filed under: International • Mali
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