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Osama's Driver Freed In Latest Guantanamo Release

Ibrahim al-Qosi was released and sent home this week. Now, 168 detainees remain, down from a high of 680 in May 2003. It's part of the Obama administration's quiet effort to reduce numbers at the prison.
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Al-Qaida: Now Vying For Hearts, Minds And Land

The terrorist network has been testing a new strategy: trying to capture territory and win over citizens by governing them and providing social services. The group failed in Iraq, but is still trying in Somalia, Yemen and, most recently, in the northern deserts of Mali.
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Al-Qaida Arm In Yemen Flexes Its Muscles In Nigeria

Two Nigerian men have been charged with accepting thousands of dollars from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula to recruit potential terrorists in Nigeria. U.S. officials are watching closely because it suggests that al-Qaida's most aggressive affiliate is seeking to boost its presence in Africa.
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Hacking Drones And The Dangers It Presents

A professor at The University of Texas has figured out how to intercept drones while in flight. Todd Humphreys and his team taps into the GPS coordinates of a civilian drone and can alter the flight path, even land it. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz speaks with Humphreys about how he did it and the dangers that hacking can present.
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Yemen Airstrikes Punish Militants, And Civilians

In an exclusive report, NPR's Kelly McEvers visits the sites of the escalating U.S. airstrikes in Yemen. The air campaign has helped drive al-Qaida-linked fighters out of towns in southern Yemen. But residents say the civilian casualty toll has been high.
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Military's Green Energy Criticized By Congress

The military says it's dangerous to depend exclusively on fossil fuels, and has launched a program to develop alternative fuels for use by military vehicles. Energy consumption is a big expense for the Pentagon. But some members of Congress don't think the military should be a laboratory for finding energy alternatives, and say the military should not be spending money on this kind of research at a time when defense dollars are shrinking.

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