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December 7, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
In the weeks after Sept. 11, Salim Ahmed Hamdan -- Osama bin Laden's driver -- helped the Al Qaeda leader evade capture and applauded his quest to destroy the United States, witnesses told a military panel here Thursday. Prosecutors seeking to prove that the Yemeni native should be considered an unlawful enemy combatant said that Hamdan had two surface-to-air missiles in his car when he was captured in southern Afghanistan in November 2001.
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December 4, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. military is seeing early signs that Al Qaeda may be stepping up its activities in Afghanistan, a senior Pentagon official disclosed as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates made his third trip to the country. U.S. officials said they were considering the possibility of providing local tribes in Afghanistan with weapons, training, equipment and other support. The effort would be modeled after efforts in Iraq.
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November 30, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
A federal prosecutor urged a jury Thursday to convict seven Miami men on terrorism conspiracy charges for an alleged plot to bomb Chicago's Sears Tower, saying they offered themselves as a ready-made cell to a man they believed was an emissary from Al Qaeda. But defense attorneys for two of the men on trial called the case an outrageous example of government entrapment, in which the men pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda and promised to commit criminal acts in hopes of getting $50,000.
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November 23, 2007 | Ann M. Simmons and Tina Susman, Times Staff Writers
In signs of continued instability in Baghdad, suspected Al Qaeda in Iraq insurgents launched a surprise attack on Iraqi troops and armed civilians in the southern part of the capital Thursday, sparking a fierce battle that left at least two dozen people dead, Iraqi army sources and local Sunni leaders said. In separate attacks later in the day, police said, insurgents fired 10 mortar rounds at the city's heavily fortified Green Zone, where the U.S.
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November 18, 2007 | Doug Smith, Times Staff Writer
A least 30 bodies were discovered Saturday in an unfinished west Baghdad house as police and citizens groups probed neighborhoods that they said until recently were under the control of militants with the group Al Qaeda in Iraq. Iraqi police described the site in the heavily Sunni Muslim Hur Rijab section of the Dora neighborhood as a grisly scene, with decomposed bodies wrapped in black plastic. The dead, some not bearing identification, appeared to be mainly Shiite Muslims.
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November 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Al Qaeda's No. 2 figure harshly criticized Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi in an audio recording released Saturday, accusing him of being an enemy of Islam and threatening a wave of attacks against the North African country because it has improved relations with the U.S. In a 28-minute recording titled "Unity of the Ranks," Ayman Zawahiri also said the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group was joining ranks with Al Qaeda. "The Islamic nation is witnessing a blessed step. . . .
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October 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Yemen has set free one of the Al Qaeda masterminds of the bombing that killed 17 American sailors aboard the destroyer Cole in 2000, a senior security official said Thursday. Jamal Mohammed Ahmad Ali Badawi, who is wanted by the FBI, was convicted in 2004 of plotting, preparing and helping carry out the Cole bombing in the Yemeni port of Aden. He received a death sentence that was commuted to 15 years in prison. He and 22 others, mostly Al Qaeda fighters, escaped from prison last year.
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October 21, 2007 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
The FBI is quietly reconstructing the cases against Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and 14 other accused Al Qaeda leaders being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, spurred in part by U.S. concerns that years of CIA interrogation have yielded evidence that is inadmissible or too controversial to present at their upcoming war crimes tribunals, government officials familiar with the probes said.
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October 16, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers
The U.S. military announced Monday that it had killed three suspected terrorists with ties to Al Qaeda in Iraq and captured 30 more in a series of operations in central and northern Iraq between Saturday and early Monday. The United States still considers the group its chief obstacle to establishing security in Iraq, but U.S. military leaders have been encouraged by a recent series of successful strikes.
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October 14, 2007 | Dirk Laabs and Sebastian Rotella, Special to The Times
ulm, germany -- As Al Qaeda regains strength in the badlands of the Pakistani-Afghan border, an increasing number of militants from mainland Europe are traveling to Pakistan to train and to plot attacks on the West, European and U.S. anti-terrorism officials say. The emerging route, illuminated by alleged bomb plots dismantled in Germany and Denmark last month, represents a new and dangerous reconfiguration.
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