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Bin Laden Practicing Near an Armoire

Video of Usama bin Laden practicing for a videotapes statement in front of an armoire released by the Department of Defense.

Philippines Arrests Suspected Terrorist With Links to al-Qaida

The Philippines police have arrested a suspected member of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, who had been working as security guard in the capital.

The police said Friday that Arabani Jakiran was arrested Thursday at the plush Manila condominium where he worked as a security guard. Jakiran is suspected of taking part in the abduction of hospital staff in the southern island of Basilan in 2001. Some of the captives were killed as police hunted down the kidnappers.

US Drone Strike Kills 15 Militants, Says Pakistan

Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. missile attack close to the Afghan border has killed at least 15 people.

Friday's drone attack was the first reported strike since Monday's pre-dawn U.S. commando raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Authorities say the attack targeted a compound in North Waziristan, a stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaida militants on the border with Afghanistan.

Al-Qaida Confirms bin Laden Death

Al-Qaida has confirmed the death of its leader, Osama bin Laden.

The U.S. monitoring group SITE Intelligence quoted on Friday a statement attributed to the terrorist network, which had appeared on militant websites.

In the statement, al-Qaida vowed to continue its attacks on Americans and U.S. allies both inside and outside the United States. It also promised to release soon an audio message that it said bin Laden recorded the week before his death.

Al-Zawahiri Likely bin Laden's Heir Apparent

Osama bin Laden's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is being tipped as a likely successor to the slain al-Qaida chief. Whoever might lead the network would be hard pressed to fill bin Laden's role.

Bin Laden's death has led to speculation about who, if anyone, will take control of al-Qaida. Often mentioned is the Egyptian Islamist Ayman al-Zawahiri, a frequent spokesman for the group who stressed his closeness to the late leader.

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Pakistan Wants US to Reduce Military Presence

Pakistan's military on Thursday warned that any future U.S. raids on Pakistani territory will result in a review of military and intelligence cooperation with the United States.

The statement is the first to be issued by the Pakistani military since Monday's U.S. commando raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. The statement says U.S. military personnel in Pakistan will be reduced to the “minimum essential” levels. The statement also admits, however, to “shortcomings” in the military's efforts to locate bin Laden.

Suspected US Missile Strike Kills 2 al-Qaida Militants in Yemen

A suspected American missile strike has killed two brothers believed to be al-Qaida militants in a remote region of Yemen.

Yemeni officials said the brothers Abdullah and Mosaad Mubarak died in Shabwa province Thursday, but they did not elaborate on how they were killed. Media reports quote tribal officials and witnesses as saying they suspected it was a U.S. missile strike.

One witness told Reuters that people in the area saw what was believed to be a missile hit the brothers' car, causing it to explode and burn completely.

Castro Criticizes US for Way it Killed Bin Laden

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has criticized the way the United States carried out the raid against Osama bin Laden, saying the U.S. commandos killed him in front of his family.

Castro made the comments in an essay published by state media on Thursday. He also said the U.S. raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan violated that country's laws and offended its dignity.