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Timeline: Awlaki’s Role in Terror Attacks

Yemeni and U.S. authorities believe Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical al-Qaida-linked cleric, played a role in a number of terrorist attacks. Here is a look at the major incidents.

September 2001: U.S. authorities conduct a series of interviews with Awlaki in the aftermath of the September 11th U.S. terror attacks for his alleged dealings with suspects linked to the plot. However, no criminal charges were filed against him.

August 2006: Awlaki is among a group of five suspects arrested in Yemen for the suspected kidnapping of a Shi'ite Muslim teenager who was held for ransom.

American-Born al-Qaida Leader Killed in Yemen

A radical American-born cleric wanted by Yemen and the United States has been killed in Yemen in a drone and jet strike that news reports say was coordinated by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

Anwar al-Awlaki was killed early Friday while riding in a convoy in eastern Yemen. Western news organizations quote U.S. officials as saying the raid was coordinated by the CIA and led by U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, the counterterrorism unit that led the May operation killing Osama bin Laden.

Al-Shabab Fighters Attack Somali Border Town

Heavy fighting broke out Friday near Somalia's border with Kenya, as al-Shabab fighters attacked a town controlled by forces loyal to Somalia's transitional government.

The militant Islamist group carried out the attack on the southern Somali town of Dhobley, five kilometers from the border with Kenya. Witnesses say forces loyal to the government later regained control of the town.

Six al-Shabab militants were killed in the fighting, while government forces also suffered casualties.

Pakistan Officials Reject Outside Pressure to Go After Haqqani Network

Top Pakistani officials have denied U.S. allegations of connections between Pakistan's intelligence service and an al-Qaida-linked Afghan militant group, and rejected outside pressure to do more in the war on terrorism.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told a meeting of leading politicians and top military commanders held in Islamabad Thursday that Pakistan “cannot be pressured to do more.” He said the U.S. accusations had been “surprising” given Pakistan's “sacrifices and successes” in fighting terrorism.

Mr. Gilani organized the meeting to discuss the U.S. allegations.

Pro-Assad Protesters Pelt US Ambassador with Eggs, Tomatoes

A Syrian opposition figure says supporters of President Bashar al-Assad have thrown tomatoes and eggs at the U.S. ambassador to Syria and tried to storm an office where the two men were meeting.

Hassan Abdul-Azim said a crowd of about 100 pro-Assad protesters was outside his Damascus office as he met with Ambassador Robert Ford.

Also Thursday, Syria's foreign ministry accused the United States of inciting violence against its security forces.

Gadhafi Collapse Raises Concerns Over Arms for Africa al-Qaida

The collapse of Moammar Gadhafi's rule is raising concern about the spread of weapons from Libya and the effect on security in a Sahelian region where al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists are already active.

Human Rights Watch says thousands of mines, mortars and shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles are missing from Gadhafi arsenals.

Some of those weapons are being used in Libya as the war there continues. But other arms are moving south into the Sahel - some with former Gadhafi forces who have crossed into Mali and Niger, some for sale.

At Least 6 Killed in Fighting in Kashmir

Officials in Indian-controlled Kashmir say at least six people have died in fighting between militants and government forces in recent days.

The fighting began Monday when police and soldiers raided a militant hideout in Kashmir's Kupwara district, which borders the Pakistani-administered part of the state.

Officials say the victims included at least three militants, and two policemen and an army officer.

In a separate incident Wednesday, suspected militants killed a policeman in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Yemeni Tribesmen Shoot Down Government Warplane

Anti-government tribesmen in Yemen have shot down a government warplane north of the capital, Sana'a, while tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated later Wednesday against President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The jet went down about 40 kilometers from Sana'a in an area where tribesmen have been battling forces loyal to the president.

Tribal sources said their fighters shot down the plane using anti-aircraft weapons and captured the pilot.

Two days ago, tribesmen in the area overran a base of Yemen's elite Republican Guard, killing a commander and capturing about 30 soldiers.

Gadhafi May Be Hiding Near Algerian Border

According to provisional authority officials in Libya, the military believes former leader Moammar Gadhafi could be hiding in the western town of Ghadamis near the Algerian border.

The officials said Wednesday they also believe Gadhafi is under the protection of ethnic Tuaregs. The former leader once supported a Tuareg rebellion in northern Niger, and hundreds of former Tuareg rebels have fought for him.