Feb 5, 2013 — A justice department memo obtained by NBC News says the president can order drone strikes on Americans overseas if they take on leadership posts in al-Qaida or affiliated organizations and are "imminent" threats to Americans. But there's no need for proof of "specific" plans aimed at the U.S.
Jan 16, 2013 — After five days of airstrikes aimed at Islamist militants, French troops are engaged in their first ground operation in Mali, according to several news outlets. The rebels, who had vowed to retaliate, may have done so by grabbing hostages at an oil field in neighboring Algeria.
Jan 14, 2013 — Looking to rout Islamist militants who might try to make Mali a base for terrorist operations elsewhere, French forces have been mounting air and ground attacks. The militants pushed back on Monday and said they would take the fight to French soil.
Dec 4, 2012 — "Officials from a cross-section of agencies" tell The Wall Street Journal that references to al-Qaida were removed to protect sources. Those sources say the White House did not drive that decision. The wording, used by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, has come under criticism.
Oct 16, 2012 — A federal appeals court ruled that providing material support for terrorism wasn't a crime when Salim Ahmed Hamdan was Osama bin Laden's driver from 1996 to 2001. The decision likely will not affect high-profile cases against suspected terrorists, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports.
Oct 2, 2012 — As al-Qaida has fragmented, U.S. officials have turned their attention to loosely affiliated groups that present threats of their own. Officials tell The Washington Post that among the steps being considered are drone strikes aimed at terrorists based in North Africa.
Jul 23, 2012 — A series of apparently coordinated attacks in at least 13 cities also injured hundreds of people.
Jun 13, 2012 — Terrorists linked to or supporting al-Qaida are suspected in the coordinated attacks on Shiite Muslim pilgrims at locations across the country.
May 3, 2012 — West Point's Combating Terrorism Center says the "most compelling story" from the documents is the frustration shown by the al-Qaida leader with the terrorist network's affiliates.
May 2, 2012 — Two men claim the al-Qaida leader traveled in a large convoy to a tribal area on the border with Afghanistan. He reportedly attended a dinner with some local elders. That conflicts with reports he was in hiding the last five years of his life.