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May 8 2012 US Discovers Al-Qaida Airliner Bomb Plot

WASHINGTON - The United States has broken up an al-Qaida plot to place a bomb aboard a U.S.-bound airliner. 
A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) statement said close cooperation with overseas security and intelligence partners enabled the thwarting of the plot, which involved an improvised explosive device (IED).
Media reports quoted U.S. intelligence officials as saying the […]


Apr 5 2012 Khalid Sheikh Mohammed May Face Death Penalty

WASHINGTON - The cases of the five suspected al-Qaida militants believed to have planned the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States have been formally referred to a military tribunal.
The self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and his four alleged co-conspirators, could face the death penalty if a U.S. military […]


Dec 23 2011 US Places Bounty On Syrian National Yasin al-Suri

WASHINGTON - The United States Thursday announced a $10 million reward for information leading to the arrest of a Syrian national said to be operating as an al-Qaida paymaster from a base in Iran. The bounty, under the State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program, is the first ever offered for a terrorist financier.
The bounty of […]


Nov 9 2011 Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri Faces Tribunal

GUANTANAMO BAY - The alleged mastermind of the deadly bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 is scheduled Wednesday to face a military judge before a war crimes tribunal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a 46-year-old Saudi of Yemeni descent, is scheduled to be arraigned on charges that include murder, terrorism and conspiracy.
He could […]


Nov 2 2011 US Arrests Four Men For Ricin Terror Plot

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department says four men have been arrested for an alleged plot to buy explosives and produce the deadly toxin ricin to attack citizens and the government.
In a statement, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia said two of the men sought to buy explosives and a silencer, while […]


Sep 30 2011 Anwar Al-Awlaki Killed In Yemen

SANAA - Yemen’s Defense Ministry says radical U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed.
Awlaki, who is linked to al-Qaida forces in the country, was killed along with several other suspected militants, ministry officials said.
No additional information on the circumstances of his death was released.
But tribal sources and security officials say the U.S.-born cleric was killed […]


Sep 23 2011 Pakistan Spy Agency Accused Of Supporting Terror

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has warned the United States it risks losing an ally if the U.S. continues to accuse Pakistan’s intelligence agency of supporting extremist attacks against U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar was responding to comments by U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, who said Thursday Pakistan’s military spy […]


Sep 20 2011 Burhanuddin Rabbani Killed In Afghanistan

KABUL - Afghan police say a suicide attack has killed Burhanuddin Rabbani, the country’s former president tasked with leading peace efforts with the Taliban.
The blast occurred late Tuesday at the Rabbani’s home in the capital, Kabul. One of President Hamid Karzai’s advisors, Masoom Stanekzai, was wounded in the attack.
Mr. Rabbani led Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, […]


Sep 15 2011 Abu Hafs Al-Shahri Killed In Pakistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say a CIA drone strike has killed al-Qaida’s chief of operations in Pakistan, in the latest blow to the terror group’s leadership.
The officials, who did not want to be named, told news agencies Thursday that Abu Hafs al-Shahri was killed earlier this week, but did not give details.
Pakistani security officials said […]


Sep 5 2011 Younis al-Mauritani Captured In Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s military said it has arrested a senior al-Qaida official and two other members of the terrorist group in an operation assisted by U.S. intelligence agencies.
An army statement identified the senior detainee as Younis al-Mauritani, who it said had been tasked by Osama bin Laden with targeting economic interests in the United States, […]


Jun 17 2011 Ayman Al-Zawahri Radical Islamic Terrorist

WASHINGTON - Ayman al-Zawahri, the new leader of the al-Qaida terror network, was born into a life of comfort in Egypt, but shaped by life experiences into a feared radical Islamic terrorist.
He is a surgeon by training but an ideological firebrand by choice. Now he is replacing Osama bin Laden, who was killed last month […]


Jun 16 2011 Zawahri Is New Leader Of Al-Qaida

CAIRO - A Jihadist website has announced that Ayman al-Zawahri,  Osama bin Laden’s deputy, is the new leader of al-Qaida. The Egyptian-born terrorist was the expected replacement for the slain al-Qaida founder. 
A web posting Thursday said Zawahri has assumed responsibility for the group, and that there will be no shift in al-Qaida policy.  The post […]


May 7 2011 Ayman al-Zawahri Targeted By US Authorities

CAIRO - Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, 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 […]


Feb 4 2011 Fort Hood Shooting Was Preventable Says Report

WASHINGTON - A congressional investigation into the 2009 shootings at a U.S. Army base at Fort Hood, Texas, in which 13 people were killed, finds that federal authorities could have prevented the tragedy. 
The report’s title, “A Ticking Time Bomb” revealed its sobering contents.  At a news conference on Capitol Hill, Senate Homeland Security Chairman Joseph […]


Jan 24 2011 Suicide Bomber Kills Many At Moscow Airport

MOSCOW - An explosion has ripped through the international section of Moscow’s busiest airport, killing at least 35 people and wounding more than 145, Health Ministry officials said.
RIA Novosti news service said the explosion may have been caused by a suicide bomber. The state-owned agency estimated the bomb to have the explosive force of seven […]


Jan 22 2011 Osama Bin Laden Threatens France

WASHINGTON - A man claiming to be al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden has said in an audio message that the release of French hostages depends on the withdrawal of French troops from Afghanistan.
The message, broadcast by al-Jazeera Friday, said the French people will pay a “high price” for President Nicholas Sarkozy’s policies.
He said Mr. Sarkozy’s […]


Nov 27 2010 Somali Born Teen Busted By Feds

PORTLAND - U.S. prosecutors say an Oregon teenager of Somali descent has been arrested in an alleged terrorist plot to car-bomb a Christmas tree lighting event in the northwestern city of Portland, Oregon Friday night.
Authorities say 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud was taken into custody by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after he dialed […]


Oct 28 2010 Man Arrested In DC Subway Terror Plot

WASHINGTON - A Pakistani-American man has been arrested on charges he planned to bomb subway stations near Washington. He also is charged with sharing information with people he believed were affiliated with al-Qaida.
U.S. Justice Department officials say 34-year-old Farooque Ahmed had been taking photographs of subway stations in the Washington area since April and plotting […]


Oct 6 2010 Times Square Bomber Sentenced To Life In Prison

NEW YORK - The Pakistani-American man who loaded a van with explosives in May and parked it in New York’s Times Square, hoping to kill Americans, was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 
Silence filled the packed courtroom as Faizal Shahzad was led in handcuffs by federal marshals into the […]


Aug 6 2010 US Charges 14 For Supporting al-Shabab

WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced charges on Thursday against 14 suspects accused of supporting the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia. Holder said the indictments reflect a “disturbing trend” of terrorist organizations recruiting in the United States.
Attorney General Holder announced four indictments charging suspects in Minnesota, California and Alabama with seeking to provide […]


Jun 22 2010 Times Square Terrorist Bomber Pleads Guilty

NEW YORK - Calling himself a “Muslim soldier,” Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-born man accused in a failed attempt to ignite a car bomb in New York City’s Times Square last month, has pleaded guilty to all ten counts against him.
“I want to plead guilty, and I’m gonna plead guilty 100 times over,” he said at […]


May 10 2010 Taliban Behind Failed NY Bomb Attack

WASHINGTON - Top Obama administration officials say the Pakistani Taliban was behind the attempted bombing in New York’s Times Square. 
Attorney General Eric Holder said new evidence shows the Pakistani-American arrested in the case did not act alone. “We have now developed evidence that shows the Pakistani Taliban was behind the attack,” he said.
Holder said the […]


May 5 2010 Faisal Shahzad Admits Car Bomb Attempt

WASHINGTON - The chief suspect in Saturday night’s failed terror attack on New York, a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen named Faisal Shahzad, has admitted that he rigged a car bomb and attempted to detonate it in Times Square. 
Thirty-year-old Faisal Shahzad will face charges of terrorism, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, and other crimes […]


May 4 2010 US Arrests Suspect For Attempted NY Bomb Attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. government authorities say they have arrested a man suspected of playing a role in last week’s failed terrorist bombing attack in New York City’s famous Times Square entertainment district.
Agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security arrested Faisal Shahzad, late Monday night, at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as […]


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