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NATIONAL
March 1, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Weeks after he took office, President Obama met privately with 40 grieving Americans, many clutching photographs of loved ones lost in terrorist attacks. The new president told them he would be closing Guantanamo Bay military prison within the year and putting many of the detainees there on trial in the U.S., where justice would be swifter. Five years later, the first and probably only federal court trial of a Sept. 11-related case will start with jury selection on Monday at a U.S. District courthouse in Lower Manhattan, blocks from ground zero, where the World Trade Center once stood.
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NATIONAL
February 19, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The federal judge overseeing the case against accused Al Qaeda propagandist Sulaiman abu Ghaith on Wednesday granted a one-week delay in the trial's start date, giving defense attorneys additional time to review potential testimony that is expected to be offered by Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. The judge, Lewis A. Kaplan, agreed to postpone jury selection from next Monday to March 3. Defense lawyers had sought a 45-day delay. Last week, Mohammed, who is awaiting his own military trial at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, agreed to review and answer an extensive list of questions about Ghaith, who was Osama bin Laden's son-in-law.
NATIONAL
February 18, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Defense lawyers in the upcoming New York terrorism trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law asked for a 45-day delay Tuesday, saying their case hinges on testimony that self-confessed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is expected to give from his Guantanamo Bay prison cell. New York attorney Stanley Cohen said in court filings that Mohammed would receive written questions on Friday and would need at least four days to review the materials and respond, making it impossible for the federal conspiracy trial against his client, Sulaiman abu Ghaith, to begin Monday as scheduled.
NATIONAL
January 28, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
ARLINGTON, Va. - Dressed in a white T-shirt, the former bodyguard of Osama bin Laden sat at the center of a long table Tuesday in the Guantanamo Bay prison, his beard dark and long, listening to two sides argue his fate. On one side, his attorney David H. Remes told a review board that Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab Rahabi was a model prisoner who helped end a hunger strike last year, was elected “block leader” by fellow detainees and worked with camp authorities to ease the tensions in the prison.
NATIONAL
January 9, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - A former bodyguard for Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the first in a series of review hearings that the Obama administration is holding to speed up the eventual closure of the U.S. military prison for terrorist detainees, the Pentagon announced Thursday. Mahmoud Abd Al Aziz Al Mujahid, who allegedly underwent militant training at a secret camp in Afghanistan, is no longer a "significant threat" to the United States and is eligible for transfer from the prison at some point, the review board members decided.
NATIONAL
December 23, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- The son-in-law of Osama bin Laden entered not guilty pleas Monday to two additional terrorism charges filed against him last week, and a judge granted the prosecution's request that jurors chosen for the trial remain anonymous, even while they go through the selection process. The trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is due to begin Feb. 3 and would mark the first time a terrorism suspect charged with crimes related to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has been tried in a U.S. civilian court.
WORLD
November 22, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A local Pakistani government handed down murder charges this week against a doctor who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden, a move that could worsen already strained ties between Washington and Islamabad. Dr. Shakil Afridi was hailed as a hero by U.S. officials for organizing a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad on behalf of the CIA in a bid to collect DNA and otherwise confirm the identity of the Al Qaeda leader. A raid by U.S. SEALs in May 2011 killed Bin Laden.
WORLD
October 23, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The trouble with writing poetry, as terrorism suspect Samantha Lewthwaite found when she penned an ode to Osama bin Laden after his death, is finding elegant rhymes. Martyred, for example, can be reasonably rhymed with "started. " But kuffar, the favorite word for non-Muslims among Islamist militants, posed more of a problem for Lewthwaite, nicknamed the White Widow in the British and Kenyan media and viewed by many as the world's most wanted woman. Toward the end of the 34-line poem that Sky News reports she wrote about Bin Laden, Lewthwaite appeared to give up trying to find rhymes for words such as paradise, killed, Koran, almighty and planners.
NEWS
October 15, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
Hillary Rodham Clinton has not said for sure if she is running for president in 2016. Joe Biden has not said for sure if he is running for president in 2016. Into that Democratic vacuum rides the wink-wink, nudge-nudge part of campaign 2016. On Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution quoted a source as saying that Clinton used a Q-and-A period after her closed-to-the-public speech in the city to note that she had backed the raid that ended in the death of Osama bin Laden. Not incidentally, the source said, the former secretary of State noted several times that Vice President Biden had opposed it. Clinton's team had insisted that no video or recordings be made of her speech, a familiar demand from her camp.
WORLD
August 29, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A Pakistani appeals court on Thursday overturned the 33-year jail sentence of Shakeel Afridi, a doctor widely credited with helping the CIA track down Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in 2011. Afridi remains in the central jail in Peshawar, where the appeal was heard, while awaiting a new trial. U.S. officials consider Afridi a hero for his assistance, and his arrest and harsh sentence for allegedly helping militants further strained ties between Washington and Islamabad already damaged by the Bin Laden raid.
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