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October 7, 2013 | Ken Dilanian and David S. Cloud
The Obama administration's decision to mount two risky attempts to capture Al Qaeda operatives in Africa reflects a reduced role for lethal CIA drone strikes and a growing prominence for the Pentagon in counter-terrorism operations, U.S. officials said Sunday. In one raid, Navy SEALs stormed the coastal Somalia home of a leader of the Shabab, the Somali-based group that claimed responsibility for last month's massacre in a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. In that operation, the administration opted to put U.S. commandos at risk against a fixed target that could have been destroyed with bombs or missiles from the air. U.S. intelligence had indications that a dozen or more family members and other noncombatants were present at the compound, raising the risk of civilian casualties in any missile strike, according to a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity in discussing the classified operation.
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October 6, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian and David Cloud
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's decision to mount two risky capture raids against Al Qaeda operatives in North Africa reflects a reduced role for lethal CIA drone strikes and a growing role for the Pentagon in leading counter-terrorism operations, U.S. officials said Sunday. In storming the coastal Somalia home of a leader of Shabab, the Somali-based group that claimed responsibility for last month's massacre inside a shopping mall in Nairobi, the Obama administration opted to put U.S. Navy SEALs at risk against a fixed target that could have been destroyed with bombs or missiles from the air. The suspect sought in the raid was not captured, though he may have been killed in a firefight that ultimately forced the U.S. force to withdraw, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Twenty-one people suspected of carrying out crimes on behalf of the Mexican Mafia in Orange County remain at large after a raid early Tuesday resulted in 55 arrests. In what authorities described as a major blow to the Mexican Mafia, 129 people were indicted by federal and state authorities on racketeering and other charges related to what officials said was a criminal enterprise that engaged in murder, extortion and drug-dealing. The 2 1/2-year probe was dubbed Operation Smokin' Aces and was conducted by  FBI agents, Santa Ana police officers, Orange County sheriff's detectives and members of the Orange County district attorney's office and other agencies, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A violent prison gang ran drugs in Orange County's jails, ordered brutal beatings of inmates, collected tariffs from neighborhood gangs and issued so-called hard candy lists that marked disobedient members for death, according to indictments made public Tuesday In what authorities described as a major blow to the Mexican Mafia, 129 people were indicted by federal and state authorities on racketeering and other charges related to a criminal enterprise...
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September 20, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Russian commandos armed with assault rifles and handguns seized a Greenpeace ship and detained 30 activists who were protesting oil drilling in the Arctic, Greenpeace and Russian officials said Friday. Activists aboard the the Arctic Sunrise icebreaker ship  told Greenpeace officials that about 15 troops rappelled down ropes from a combat helicopter in a surprise raid Thursday night in international waters, said Maria Favorskaya, a spokeswoman for the environmental group.  “At gunpoint, they rounded up all the people on board and also broke the door of the radio room, where some activists tried to barricade themselves in, ” Favorskaya said.
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September 17, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian was killed during an Israeli military raid early Tuesday in the West Bank city of Jenin, Israeli and Palestinian sources reported. In a statement , the Israeli Defense Forces said soldiers entered Jenin overnight to make an arrest of "a wanted terrorist" when a riot erupted. Israeli soldiers came under attack from Molotov cocktails, improvised grenades and live fire and responded in self-defense, the IDF said. Several Palestinians were reported injured in the clashes, including one who died of his wounds in an Israeli hospital.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Nearly three dozen members of the Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips were in custody Thursday morning on federal and state charges after early-morning raids by hundreds of LAPD officers and FBI agents across South Los Angeles, officials said. The arrests on gang, drug and conspiracy charges are the culmination of Operation Thumbs Down, an investigation initiated in 2012 to target high-level members of the Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips, one of city's 10 most notorious gangs, federal officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
About three dozen members of the Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips were taken into custody Thursday on federal and state charges after early morning raids by hundreds of LAPD officers and FBI agents across South Los Angeles, officials said. The arrests on gang, drug and conspiracy charges are the culmination of Operation Thumbs Down, an investigation initiated in 2012 to target high-level shot-callers in the Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips, one of the city's 10 most notorious gangs with an estimated 700 to 1,000 members, federal officials said.
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August 26, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Maher Abukhater
JERUSALEM - Palestinians warned Monday that newly restarted peace talks could be derailed after a deadly clash between Palestinian refugees and Israeli security forces. Three Palestinians were shot and killed at the Kalandia refugee camp near Jerusalem. Israeli security forces say they fired in self-defense after a predawn raid to arrest a suspected militant sparked a riot among residents. It was the deadliest such clash since 2009, when three Palestinians were killed in Nablus during a standoff against Israeli soldiers attempting to arrest them.
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