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September 3, 2008 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
A U.S.- educated female Pakistani neuroscientist suspected of links to Al Qaeda who was captured in Afghanistan in July was carrying handwritten notes referring to a "mass casualty attack" and famous locations in New York, including the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, according to a federal indictment authorities made public Tuesday. The notes found in the possession of Aafia Siddiqui, 36, also listed other U.S. locations, including Wall Street and the Brooklyn Bridge, said the indictment handed up by a federal grand jury in New York.
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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.
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August 5, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
The war crimes case against Salim Ahmed Hamdan went to the military jury Monday, with defense lawyers urging acquittal to restore the world's faith in U.S. respect for the rule of law and a prosecutor accusing the defendant of having protected Al Qaeda leaders so they could "kill another day." In closing arguments, a defense attorney, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brian Mizer, made a surprising disclosure, suggesting that Hamdan had offered to help U.S.
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June 11, 2008 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
Any future terrorist attack on the United States probably would originate in Pakistan's western tribal regions, where Al Qaeda leaders have set up their most secure haven since the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the top U.S. military officer said Tuesday. But Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said action to forcibly disrupt the militants' planning effort is unlikely for now.
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June 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in McLean upheld the conviction of an Al Qaeda member who plotted to assassinate President Bush, but it said he must be resentenced. The court rejected a 30-year prison term and ordered a new sentencing hearing for Ahmed Omar Abu Ali. Prosecutors had argued that the judge deviated from sentencing guidelines that called for life in prison.
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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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April 18, 2008 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration has not drafted a comprehensive plan to destroy a resurgent Al Qaeda or other militant groups in the tribal areas of Pakistan and has not adequately monitored the billions in U.S. taxpayer dollars sent to the Pakistani government to combat the groups, according to a sharply critical report by an independent government watchdog agency issued Thursday. The Government Accountability Office said the administration's effort has been so ineffective that the U.S.
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April 10, 2008 | Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
Abu Ubaida al Masri, a suspected mastermind of Al Qaeda plots including the London transportation bombings of 2005, has died of an infectious disease in Pakistan, Western anti-terrorism officials said Wednesday. The Egyptian militant is thought to have died of hepatitis C, a U.S. anti-terrorism official said.
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April 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Al Qaeda No. 2 Ayman Zawahiri denied Wednesday that the terrorist network had killed innocent people, but also said any such deaths were unintentional -- or necessary. His comments came in a 90-minute audio response billed as the first installment of answers to more than 900 questions submitted online.
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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.
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