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Al-Qaida's Continuing Loss Of Leadership

An American CIA drone over Yemen this week killed Anwar al Awlaki — an al-Qaida figure who was born in New Mexico and initially fashioned himself as a Muslim-American spokesman. Over the years, Awlaki's message grew much more radical. He started using YouTube to inspire new recruits from the West. To understand how al-Qaida copes with the loss if this and other leaders, weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin speaks with Michael Leiter, former head of the National Counterterrorism Center, who's been following Awlaki for years.

Afghan Factions Vie For Position Amid Civil War Fears

In Afghanistan, ethnic political parties are carving up the government and military in anticipation of renewed factional fighting after Western forces leave the country. Tajik and Pashtun groups, in particular, are placing party faithful in key posts.

Deadly Insurgents With Ties To U.S. Dollars

The Haqqani Network operates in eastern Afghanistan, where it carries out bombings and kidnappings. It was also blamed for the recent bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti says the network finances its activities partially through extortion money it receives from U.S.-funded contractors in Afghanistan.

Deadly Blasts Strike Two Cities In Afghanistan

At least 18 people — including about a dozen children — were killed in two separate bomb attacks. A suicide car bomber targeted a bakery that supplies bread to police in Helmand province, while a minivan filled with people hit a roadside bomb in Herat province.

Killing Deals Another Blow To Afghan Peace Talks

A suicide bomber last week killed former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who headed the country's council for peace and reconciliation. His death further damages the already limited prospects of peace negotiations.

As Drones Evolve, More Countries Want Their Own

The Obama Administration has dramatically ramped up its use of drones as military and foreign policy tools. But many other countries want drones of their own, and advances in technology will soon allow for smaller, more powerful and cheaper models.