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July 26, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
Undercutting new assertions by President Bush, a top U.S. intelligence official testified Wednesday that Al Qaeda's organization in Iraq is overwhelmingly composed of fighters from that country, and that the terrorist network's ability to operate in Pakistan poses the greater danger to the United States.
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WORLD
January 20, 2010 | By Greg Miller
U.S. officials believe that as many as three dozen Americans who converted to Islam while in prison in the United States have traveled to Yemen over the last year, possibly to be trained by Al Qaeda, according to a Senate report. The findings have alarmed U.S. counter-terrorism officials, who think that Al Qaeda has expanded its recruitment efforts in Yemen "to attract nontraditional followers" capable of carrying out more ambitious operations. The report by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee underscores the growing anxiety in the United States about the Al Qaeda offshoot, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has claimed responsibility for orchestrating the suspected attempted suicide bombing of a U.S. jetliner bound for Detroit from Amsterdam on Christmas Day. "The Christmas Day plot was a nearly catastrophic illustration of a significant new threat from a network previously regarded as a regional danger, rather than an international one," the report concluded.
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OPINION
January 11, 2005 | ROBERT SCHEER
Is it conceivable that Al Qaeda, as defined by President Bush as the center of a vast and well-organized international terrorist conspiracy, does not exist? To even raise the question amid all the officially inspired hysteria is heretical, especially in the context of the U.S. media's supine acceptance of administration claims relating to national security.
WORLD
January 11, 2010 | Times Wire Services
President Obama says he has no intention of sending American troops to Yemen or Somalia. Obama told People magazine in an interview to be published Friday that he still believes the center of Al Qaeda activity is along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. "I never rule out any possibility in a world that is this complex," Obama said. However, he said, "in countries like Yemen, in countries like Somalia, I think working with international partners is most effective at this point."
NATIONAL
April 2, 2008 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
Saudi Arabia remains the world's leading source of money for Al Qaeda and other extremist networks and has failed to take key steps requested by U.S. officials to stem the flow, the Bush administration's top financial counter-terrorism official said Tuesday. Stuart A.
NEWS
December 18, 2001 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The band of terrorists who survived the battle for Tora Bora came down the mountain on donkeys Monday, dazed and sick and wounded, hands tied behind their backs with red nylon, their eyes to the ground. There were 18 of them--nine Arabs and nine Afghans. They were young and bearded and caked in dirt. They rode with slumped shoulders. Some cried. Village men and boys lined the dirt track along the way but said nothing as the nameless faces of Osama bin Laden's shattered army passed by.
WORLD
September 29, 2002 | From Reuters
Iraq's most influential newspaper is denying U.S. accusations that Baghdad has links with the Al Qaeda terrorist network, saying Saturday that the allegations are a "stupid new American ploy." The denial in Babel, the newspaper published by President Saddam Hussein's eldest son, Uday, came after top U.S. officials including Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney alleged links between Iraq and Al Qaeda, which Washington blames for the Sept. 11 attacks.
WORLD
January 24, 2003 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
KUWAIT CITY -- A Kuwaiti man arrested in connection with the deadly ambush of two American military contractors was described by Kuwaiti and Saudi officials Thursday as an Al Qaeda sympathizer who had been investigated for possible ties to the terrorist network. The accused gunman, 25-year-old Sami Mohammed Marzouq Obeid al Mutairi, a civil servant, was detained Wednesday at the border by Saudi officials, the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry said in a statement Thursday night.
WORLD
December 12, 2008 | Sebastian Rotella, Rotella is a Times staff writer.
In a major anti-terrorism sweep carried out as European leaders arrived in Brussels for a summit, Belgian police on Thursday arrested 14 suspects allegedly linked to Al Qaeda, including one who police believe was close to launching a suicide attack. The arrests were made by 242 officers who conducted 16 searches in Brussels and Liege, while French police arrested two additional suspects tied to the group, anti-terrorism officials said.
WORLD
December 15, 2003 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
It was easier to capture Saddam Hussein alive than it would be to catch the Bush administration's No. 1 fugitive, Osama bin Laden, U.S. officials said Sunday. Both Hussein and Bin Laden spent huge sums of money preparing to elude an American-led dragnet. But Bin Laden, who has hidden from U.S. forces for more than two years, has advantages that Hussein didn't enjoy, according to U.S. officials and counter-terrorism experts.
WORLD
January 9, 2010 | By Mark Magnier
A Pakistani television station aired a video Saturday allegedly showing the suicide bomber who hit a CIA outpost in Afghanistan telling the Pakistani Taliban leader that he had shared U.S. and Jordanian intelligence secrets with fellow militants. He also urged militants to strike other U.S. targets in retaliation for the killing of the leader's predecessor last year in a U.S. missile strike. Although its veracity could not be immediately determined, the video is a powerful recruiting tool and its content potentially embarrassing to the U.S. spy agency.
WORLD
December 25, 2009 | By Greg Miller
The Yemeni government said it carried out airstrikes Thursday on a suspected gathering of Al Qaeda operatives and indicated that a radical cleric linked to the shootings at Ft. Hood, Texas, may have been among those killed. "Yemeni fighter jets launched an aerial assault" before dawn on a compound in the southern part of the country, says a statement issued Thursday by the Yemeni Embassy in Washington. Anwar al Awlaki, a cleric who communicated with the accused Ft. Hood gunman before the attack last month at the Army base and who afterward applauded the carnage that left 13 dead, is among those who "were presumed to be at the site," the Yemeni government statement said.
WORLD
March 15, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has called Israel's offensive on Gaza a "holocaust" and accused Arab leaders of not doing enough to stop the fighting, in his latest audio recording aired on Al Jazeera. Bin Laden accused some Arab countries of "collaborating" with Israel on the offensive in December-January that killed about 1,300 Palestinians. He did not name any specific Arab countries in the brief audio played on Al Jazeera. The Arabic satellite channel did not say how it obtained the recording, and the authenticity of the tape could not be verified.
WORLD
January 9, 2009 | Greg Miller
Two senior Al Qaeda operatives were killed in a CIA missile strike on New Year's Day in Pakistan, including a suspect in the bombing of Islamabad's Marriott Hotel in September, a senior U.S. counter-terrorism official said Thursday. The two operatives were also suspects in the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa for which they had been indicted in the United States, the official said.
WORLD
December 12, 2008 | Sebastian Rotella, Rotella is a Times staff writer.
In a major anti-terrorism sweep carried out as European leaders arrived in Brussels for a summit, Belgian police on Thursday arrested 14 suspects allegedly linked to Al Qaeda, including one who police believe was close to launching a suicide attack. The arrests were made by 242 officers who conducted 16 searches in Brussels and Liege, while French police arrested two additional suspects tied to the group, anti-terrorism officials said.
WORLD
October 28, 2008 | Greg Miller and Josh Meyer, Miller and Meyer are Times staff writers.
U.S. commandos crossing into Syria in an unprecedented raid this weekend killed a senior Al Qaeda associate accused of funneling fighters, weapons and cash to the insurgency in Iraq, U.S. officials familiar with the operation said Monday. Abu Ghadiyah, the chief of a Syrian smuggling network who was killed in the controversial operation Sunday, was "one of the most prominent, if not the most prominent, facilitators of foreign fighters going into Iraq for Al Qaeda," a senior U.S. official said.
NATIONAL
July 25, 2002 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A lawyer for Zacarias Moussaoui asked a federal judge Wednesday to delay a hearing scheduled for today at which the accused terrorist has vowed to plead guilty to charges of conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks. Frank W. Dunham Jr. filed the motion asking U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema to halt the pretrial proceedings so that Moussaoui can undergo additional mental competency examinations.
NEWS
April 1, 2002 | JOSH MEYER and BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
U.S. officials scrambled Sunday for conclusive evidence that they have captured one of Osama bin Laden's top commanders, and began the process of interrogating the man for information about Al Qaeda terrorist plots that may already be underway.
WORLD
August 13, 2008 | Zulfiqar Ali and Laura King, Special to The Times
A senior Al Qaeda figure died this week in fighting in Pakistan's tribal borderlands, a Pakistani security official and other sources said Tuesday. Abu Saeed Masri, also known as Mustafa Abu Yazid, was believed to have been a close associate of Al Qaeda's No. 2, Ayman Zawahiri, and to have played a prominent role in the organization's overall structure.
WORLD
June 3, 2008 | Mubashir Zaidi and Laura King, Special to The Times
A car bombing that killed at least six people and wounded dozens of others Monday near the Danish Embassy raised fears that Al Qaeda-linked militants might be moving to fill a void left by other Islamist fighters seeking truces with Pakistan's new government. The powerful blast occurred just outside the embassy gates in a leafy, upscale neighborhood of Islamabad, the capital.
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