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Turkish airlines exec on arms shipped to Islamists in Nigeria: ‘I feel sinful’


Special to ANKARA — Turkey was said to have been arming groups in Nigeria. An airline executive said the government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan was arming factions in the war in Nigeria. The executive, Mehmet Karatas, said Ankara transferred the weapons to Nigeria via the state-owned Turkish Airlines. “I do not know whether [...]

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U.S. intel presses for expanded satellite surveillance of Al Qaida in North Africa

Gen. David Rodriguez.  /AP

Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has intensified coverage of North Africa and its Al Qaida network. Officials said the intelligence community was ordering additional electronic and satellite intelligence on North Africa and the Sahel region amid the war in Mali. The officials said a key goal was to track the movement [...]

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Trial reveals close ties between Nigerian intelligence and Mossad on Hizbullah

Two Lebanese men claim they were harshly grilled by Mossad agents in Nigeria.

Special to CAIRO — The trial of alleged Hizbullah operatives has highlighted growing security cooperation between Israel and Nigeria. A trial in Nigeria has released information on an Israeli intelligence presence in the African country. The trial of two Lebanese alleged to work for Hizbullah included testimony that pointed to close ties between Israel’s [...]

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An Easter appeal for hope and God’s mercy


VATICAN CITY — Following are excerpts from the official English language translation provided by the Vatican of Pope Francis’ Easter Sunday message, delivered in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica: I would like it to enter every heart, for it is there that God wants to sow this Good News: Jesus is [...]

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Al Qaida reports execution of German hostage in Nigeria

German engineer Edgar Fitz Raupach was reportedly killed by his Al Qaida captors.

Special to WASHINGTON — Al Qaida has warned the West against trying to rescue hostages held in North Africa through military means. Al Qaida Organization in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has reported the death of a European hostage said to have been killed in a botched rescue attempt. AQIM said the operation was sponsored [...]

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UN ties weapons shipments for West Africa to Iran’s IRGC

Nigeria had in November 2010 reported Iran to the United Nations Sanctions Committee over high calibre arms and ammunition intercepted by security agencies at Apapa Port.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United Nations has sanctioned Iranian arms exporters to Africa. A Security Council committee has identified members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Force responsible for shipping weapons to African clients. On April 20, the committee, in the first such measure since June 2010, imposed sanctions on officers from IRGC’s Quds [...]

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