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US expands its drone war in push for victory over al-Qa’ida

The strikes bring to six the number of countries where the drones have been used. US officials increasingly identify the East African country as a major terrorist base

'War on terror' set to surpass cost of Second World War

The total cost to America of its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus the related military operations in Pakistan, is set to exceed $4 trillion – more than three times the sum so far authorised by Congress in the decade since the 9/11 attacks.

Soldiers charged over death of unarmed man

Police have charged six members of a paramilitary force with the killing of an unarmed man, a government lawyer said, in a rare rebuke to Pakistan's powerful military.

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Shami Chakrabarti: 'Liberty is about more than just one woman'

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US envoy embarks on mission to halt Yemen sliding into civil war

Fighting between forces loyal to the Yemeni President and one of the country's most influential tribes intensified yesterday as an American envoy flew to the region in an attempt to stop the country from plunging into a bloody civil war. At least 135 people have died in clashes in the capital, Sanaa, in the past 10 days, the bloodiest period since a popular uprising calling for political reform started in January.

Police warned not to misuse anti-terror laws to round up innocent people

Police must avoid the "temptation" to abuse anti-terrorism laws by using them as a net to round up innocent people – particularly in the run-up to next year's Olympics, the Government's terrorism watchdog has warned.

Staying one step ahead in the war on terror

David Usborne on how technology helped Bin Laden run al-Qa'ida

Mark Steel: The modern jihadist must be on Twitter

What seems strange is that if this raid was watched live on film, wouldn't someone have bought the rights and released it on DVD by now? Americans aren't usually slow with a commercial opportunity. They probably arranged a three-minute gap between the two shots fired at Bin Laden, to allow for a commercial break. It would become the best-selling film ever. But so far, they've not even put a tiny clip on YouTube.

Men questioned over Sellafield pictures

Five British men of Bangladeshi origin were being questioned under anti-terrorism laws yesterday after they were arrested while taking photographs close to the perimeter fence of the Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria.

Video: Pakistan 'hit below the belt'

Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK, says that his country has been at the forefront of the war on terror.

Rupert Cornwell: America must end its 9/11 mindset

Posters of turbaned bad guys turned into metaphors for Muslims, from Cairo, to the person next to you on a plane

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