August 6, 2013 |
Fears of impending terrorist strikes against Western targets in the Muslim world reached fever pitch Tuesday after a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, the evacuation of diplomatic missions in Africa and Europe and the approaching end of Ramadan and symbolic anniversaries of past deadly attacks. Extremists believed to be aligned with Al Qaeda shot down a Yemeni army helicopter, killing all eight on board headed for a central province to protect oil installations. Though thought to have been a target of opportunity rather than a carefully executed plot, the blow undermined the Sana government's assurances to the United States and other Western countries that its forces are able to protect foreign entities in this high-risk season.
July 9, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Incompetence by Pakistan's spy agencies and civilian government allowed Osama bin Laden to hide in the country for nine years before he was killed by U.S. commandos, a Pakistani investigative commission has concluded, though it added it did not have enough evidence to assert government complicity in the Al Qaeda leader's presence in the South Asian nation. The commission was established following Bin Laden's death in May 2011 , when many Pakistanis demanded to know how the Al Qaeda leader was able to evade detection in the country for so long, and were deeply angered by the ease with which Navy SEALs in stealth helicopters slipped in and out of Pakistan to carry out the covert raid against Bin Laden without any reaction from the military.
May 1, 2013 |
How many films about the search for and killing of Osama bin Laden can the market bear? The answer appears to be three - a bad one, a good one and now, a messy but provocative one. National Geographic Channel's docudrama "Seal Team Six" was first out of the Bin Laden box, although its combo of histrionic drama and sketchy intel made for a better headline than film. Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," on the other hand, provided a master class in how to turn a crowded, complicated, highly emotional series of events into a beautifully constructed, if factually controversial, story.
April 10, 2013 |
BEIRUT - The leader of Al Nusra Front, militant Islamist fighters whose role in the Syria uprising has raised concerns in Washington, acknowledged Wednesday for the first time his group's affiliation with Al Qaeda and the extremist movement's Iraq affiliate. In a seven-minute audio message posted online, Abu Mohammed Jolani pledged Al Nusra Front's loyalty to Al Qaeda chief Ayman Zawahiri and acknowledged its ties to the Islamic State of Iraq, or ISI. However, the Syrian militant expressed surprise at a statement by ISI late Monday of a merger between the the front and ISI. He said the leadership of Al Nusra Front, or Jabhat al Nusra, “had no prior knowledge of this [announcement]
March 8, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Sulaiman abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden and a spokesman for Al Qaeda, appeared in federal court in New York on Friday morning and entered a plea of not guilty to a charge that he conspired to kill Americans. Hands shackled behind his back and wearing dark blue prison togs, Abu Ghaith was arraigned before U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in New York. If convicted, the Kuwaiti-born man who is accused by U.S. authorities of being part of the terror group's inner circle, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.
March 8, 2013 |
NEW YORK - In jailhouse blues, hands cuffed behind his back, the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden pleaded not guilty in Manhattan on Friday to a federal charge of conspiring to murder Americans - reigniting the debate over where alleged terrorists should be prosecuted. Sulaiman abu Ghaith, a 47-year-old senior Al Qaeda leader who for the last decade had been hiding in Iran, now may become the first defendant to be tried in a U.S. civilian court on charges related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, just blocks from where the World Trade Center towers were destroyed.
March 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The FBI and CIA helped capture an Al Qaeda spokesman who was Osama bin Laden 's son-in-law and have flown him to New York City from Jordan to face terrorism-related charges, U.S. officials say. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, an Al Qaeda spokesman who appeared on video to praise the terrorist attacks of September 2001, was deported from Turkey to Jordan, where he spent several weeks, and then flown to New York. A U.S. official speaking on condition on anonymity said Abu Ghaith has been indicted on federal charges of providing material support to a terrorist organization along with being a spokesman for Al Qaeda.
March 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The FBI and CIA helped capture an alleged Al Qaeda spokesman who was Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and have flown him to New York City to face numerous terrorism-related charges, according to U.S. officials. Sulaiman abu Ghaith was taken into U.S. custody in Jordan, where he was stopped while being deported from Turkey to Kuwait, his native country, under a scheme orchestrated by U.S. authorities. He is believed to have spent most of the last decade in Iran. He has been providing information to U.S. interrogators since his arrest, said a former U.S. official who was briefed on the case.
February 13, 2013 |
Out of the service, out of the shadows: The Navy SEAL who reportedly killed Osama bin Laden in the world's most famous secret raid has stepped a little closer toward the sunlight. The unnamed shooter, profiled in a recent Esquire cover story that describes a post-military life without a pension or timely disability benefits, met with lawmakers Tuesday to discuss veteran's care. The SEAL, who didn't qualify for a pension or health benefits for his family because he retired four years earlier than the Navy's 20-year threshold, met with Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.)
February 12, 2013 |
The fog of Abbottabad strikes again. On Tuesday, confusion continued to swirl around Esquire magazine's cover story about the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden during the instantly legendary May 2011 raid on the terrorist leader's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The article, which was published online Monday, is framed around the premise that the SEAL, dubbed the Shooter, got "nothing" from the government after his retirement, including no healthcare coverage. According to officials and experts, that claim was incorrect : All Iraq and Afghanistan veterans get five years of healthcare benefits after retirement.