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  • Blast Injures U.S. Soldiers as Riots Rage in Afghanistan (Ministry shooter had silencer on pistol)

    02/26/2012 4:20:05 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/26/12 | GRAHAM BOWLEY and ALISSA J. RUBIN
    -snip- A few details of the killing within the Interior Ministry were emerging, although many reports offered conflicting views of what had happened. According to three Afghan security officials familiar with the case, the main suspect was Abdul Saboor, who was said to have worked in the ministry for more than a year as a driver. The two American officers who were killed were shot in the head and the pistol used to kill them was equipped with a silencer, the officials said. Afghan officials said that Mr. Saboor was at large, apparently able to leave the ministry without complication...
  • ...A Brief Assessment of Hizballah and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

    02/23/2012 4:00:36 PM PST · by Cindy · 1 replies - HSPI - HSPI Commentary Series ^ | February 23, 2012 | A. Aaron Weisburd
    HSPI Commentary Series "WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE A-TEAM OF TERRORISM? A BRIEF ASSESSMENT OF HIZBALLAH AND IRAN’S ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS" HSPI Commentary 24 February 23, 2012 by A. Aaron Weisburd SNIPPET: "Since at least May 2011, the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) - operating through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its affiliated organizations1 – seems to have been engaged in a high-risk, high-profile, and not entirely successful campaign to murder perceived enemies of the régime of Ayatollah Khamenei." SNIPPET: "Has the world become generally less hospitable to these kinds of operations? It is possible that the difficulties...
  • Internet is a powerful catalyst for jihad: Dutch security service

    02/16/2012 12:31:58 AM PST · by Cindy · 25 replies
    DUTCH ^ | February 14, 2012 | n/a
    The internet has become a powerful catalyst for international violent jihad, according to a new report from the Dutch security service AIVD.
  • From US private school student to al-Qaida agent

    02/05/2012 6:06:17 PM PST · by Cindy · 20 replies
    (AP) via ^ | Wednesday, January 18, 2012 11:59 PST | GENE JOHNSON and CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press
    SNIPPET: "Moeed Abdul Salam didn't descend into radical Islam for lack of other options. He grew up in a well-off Texas household, attended a pricey boarding school and graduated from one of the state's most respected universities." SNIPPET: "It is not clear to what extent Salam's family knew of his radicalism, but on his Facebook page the month before he died, he posted an image of Anwar al-Awalki, the American al-Qaida leader who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, beside a burning American flag." SNIPPET: "The family, originally from Pakistan, immigrated to the U.S. decades ago."
  • Philippine military 'kills three wanted militants'

    02/02/2012 5:51:15 AM PST · by csvset · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 Feb 2012 | Wire
    The Philippine military says it has killed three senior militants from al-Qaeda-linked groups in a raid in the south of the country. The air raid took place on Thursday in an area known as a militant stronghold. Officials said two Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leaders and one Abu Sayyaf leader were among a total of 15 people killed. Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, or Marwan, who was on the US FBI's most wanted list with a $5m (£3.2m) reward offered for his capture, was reported killed. According to the military, the militants were killed in the town of Parang on Jolo island,...
  • For CIA family, a deadly suicide bombing leads to painful divisions

    01/29/2012 12:49:58 AM PST · by No One Special · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 28, 2012 | Ian Shapira
    The call from the Central Intelligence Agency came on a December afternoon in 2009 while Gary Anderson was skiing with his three children. It’s about your wife, the agency man said. Standing inside Eagle Rock ski lodge in Pennsylvania, Anderson pleaded for details. The CIA official said simply: Where are you? We’ll meet you. Anderson suspected dreadful news about Jennifer Matthews, his college sweetheart, his wife of 22 years and a CIA operative on assignment almost 7,000 miles away in Afghanistan. With several hours until the CIA meeting, Anderson and his three children — then 12, 9 and 6 —...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: The BONE

    01/23/2012 8:28:18 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 30 replies ^ | May 27, 2008 | USAF Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway
    Somewhere over Afghanistan. Via (medium, large, huge) The Photographer Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway, United States Air Force  
  • US Embassy warns of terrorist attack, Thai police arrest Hezbollah suspect

    01/13/2012 8:07:43 AM PST · by Individual Rights in NJ · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Science Montior ^ | 1/13/2012 | Panarat Thepgumpanat
    "A Lebanese suspect from the Hezbollah group has been taken into custody by Thai officials and police are investigating further," Chalerm Yoobamrung told Reuters. "Following concern raised by the Israeli embassy about a possible attack by a group of Lebanese terrorists in Bangkok, Thai police officials had been coordinating with Israeli officials since before the New Year."
  • Activists denounce FBI probe revealed by papers

    06/23/2011 8:47:35 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Daily Chronicle ^ | May 19, 2011 | AMY FORLITI

    MINNEAPOLIS – When Meredith Aby met with members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in 2006, she asked what it would take to get them to stop fighting. Jess Sundin did the same during her trip to Colombia 11 years ago. They returned and openly wrote and spoke about their experiences, while criticizing the U.S. government’s involvement in that country. FBI documents recently found by the anti-war activists suggest the trips may have started an investigation into apparent connections between local activists and radical groups in Colombia and the Middle East. One document says the probe expanded to include...
  • U.S. Expels Venezuelan Consul in Miami

    01/08/2012 4:01:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/1/12
    The United States has ordered the expulsion of Venezuela’s consul general in Miami, AFP reported on Sunday. The expulsion comes amid reports linking the diplomat to an alleged Iranian plot to target sensitive U.S. facilities with cyber attacks. According to the report, the Venezuelan embassy in Washington was notified on Friday that Livia Acosta Noguera, the consul general in Miami, had been declared persona non grata and had until Tuesday to leave the country...
  • The Jihad Will Be YouTubed

    01/01/2012 3:26:29 PM PST · by Cindy · 25 replies
    FOREIGN POLICY - The AFPAK Channel ^ | December 15, 2011 | by Raffaello Pantucci
    The Jihad Will Be YouTubed by Raffaello Pantucci December 15, 2011 FOREIGN POLICY - The AFPAK Channel SNIPPET: "While clearly the technology to make such videos is something that is universal, it does seem as though it is aspirant jihadists in the West who find it easiest to use. There was no evidence that Gul was being directed by foreign terrorist organizations to produce his material, and his case shows the continued existence of young Westerners producing radical material on their own. It may indeed be the case that the virtual armies have yet to fully emerge as active warriors...
  • Dissemination *_is_" Collection

    01/01/2012 2:25:01 PM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies ^ | 01 January 2012, 11:35 | Aaron Weisburd
    SNIPPET - quote: Dissemination *_is_* collection I always get a kick out of people who tell me I give away intelligence for free. What I do is watch how information moves. Keep in mind that the subject covered on this site are pretty darn esoteric by most standards. What kind of people, for example, even know who Oussama Salhab is? Answers include: Oussama Salhab, his family, friends, associates in and out of Hizballah, people he does business with, spies of various nations, etc. Yep. The barn is free, and so is the food.
  • Iraqi National Pleads Guilty to 23-Count Terrorism Indictment in Kentucky...

    12/19/2011 1:23:46 AM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies - Louisville - Press Release ^ | December 16, 2011 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Iraqi National Pleads Guilty to 23-Count Terrorism Indictment in Kentucky Defendant Participated in Numerous Efforts to Kill U.S. Troops in Iraq with IEDs U.S. Department of Justice December 16, 2011 Office of Public Affairs BOWLING GREEN, KY—Iraqi citizen Waad Ramadan Alwan pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges today in U.S. District Court before Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, announced Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; David J. Hale, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky; and Elizabeth A. Fries, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Louisville Division. Alwan,...
  • DEA Raids Car Dealership with Alleged Ties to Terrorist Group Hezbollah

    12/18/2011 7:59:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/18/11 | Fox News
    Drug Enforcement Administration agents have raided an Oklahoma car dealership that the government suspects may be one of about 30 such businesses in the U.S. involved in funding the terrorist group Hezbollah. DEA agents say the car lot of Ace Auto Leasing in Tulsa is part of a huge network that is selling cars and drugs -- and then using the money to support terrorism against the U.S., reports. During Friday's raid, agents could be seen carryout out filing cabinets and other items. They also questioned employees and took inventory. "They're making big time money and it's going right...
  • Nigeria's ex-Boko Haram spokesman Konduga jailed

    12/11/2011 11:06:12 PM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies · 1+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | 6 December 2011 Last updated at 08:15 ET | n/a SNIPPET: "A Nigerian court has sentenced a former spokesman of the militant Islamist sect Boko Haram to three years in prison. Ali Sanda Umar Konduga was arrested last month with Nigerian senator Ali Ndume, who is accused of backing Boko Haram. The group has staged several attacks in Nigeria, including on the UN base and police headquarters in Abuja. Last week, a US Congressional report said Boko Haram was an "emerging threat" to the US and its interests. Nigeria's security services said Konduga spoke on behalf of Boko Haram, using the name Usman al-Zawahiri." SNIPPET: "Boko Haram means "Western...
  • Woodbridge man faces terror charges in production of violent jihadist video (Jubair Ahmad)

    09/05/2011 5:54:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/03/11 | Justin Jouvenal
    Woodbridge man faces terror charges in production of violent jihadist videoBy Justin Jouvenal, Published: September 3 A Woodbridge resident is facing terrorism-related charges after he allegedly produced a violent jihadist video with the help of the son of a leader of a Pakistani group that the United States has deemed a terrorist organization. Jubair Ahmad, 24, a native of Pakistan, was arraigned Friday in federal court in Alexandria on charges that he provided material support to the militant group known as Lashkar-i-Taiba and made false statements during a terrorism investigation. **SNIP** Federal authorities allege that Ahmad created the video in...
  • FBI, Cops Arrest Suspected Filipino Terror Hackers

    11/26/2011 5:47:23 PM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies
    PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER ^ | 5:16 am | Friday, November 25th, 2011 | By: DJ Yap
    SNIPPET: "MANILA, Philippines—A group of suspected Filipino hackers allegedly financed by a Saudi-based terrorist cell was arrested by agents of the Philippine National Police and the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) disclosed on Thursday." SNIPPET: "The group was allegedly behind attacks on the US telecommunication firm AT&T that resulted in $2 million in losses to the company in 2009. In a statement, the CIDG said the group also had links to the Asian terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI)." SNIPPET: "ATCCD chief Senior Supt. Gilbert Sosa identified the suspects as Macnell Gracilla,...
  • Senator pushes for last word on Bush-era war briefings [Carl Levin won't let go]

    11/03/2011 6:05:22 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, November 3, 2011 | Rowan Scarborough
    The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee is intervening with a Pentagon investigator to influence the final wording of a report that exonerates George W. Bush-era officials who gave war briefings to retired military TV and radio commentators. Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat, has tried for three years to convince federal investigators that the briefing program violated government rules and that some of the retired officers turned analysts received preferential treatment for Pentagon contracts. Two previous government probes found no misconduct, and the Pentagon inspector general now has wrapped up a third investigation. A source close to the third...
  • Key general calls Iraq pullout plan a ‘disaster’

    10/24/2011 5:56:27 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sunday, October 23, 2011 | Rowan Scarborough
    President Obama’s decision to pull all U.S. forces out of Iraq by Dec. 31 is an “absolute disaster” that puts the burgeoning Arab democracy at risk of an Iranian “strangling,” said an architect of the 2007 troop surge that turned around a losing war. Retired ArmyGen. John M. Keane was at the forefront of persuading President George W. Bush to scuttle a static counterinsurgency strategy and replace it with 30,000 reinforcements and a more activist, street-by-street counterterrorism tactic. Today, even with that strategy producing a huge drop in daily attacks, Gen. Keane bluntly told The Washington Times that the United...
  • BREAKING — President Obama Will Announce Today Complete Drawdown of US Troops/Iraq/By Year End

    10/21/2011 9:33:36 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 176 replies · 3+ views
    ABC News ^ | October 21, 2011 | Jake Tapper
    Sources tell ABC News that the president will announce today that US troops in Iraq will draw down to zero by the end of the year. A White House official says that at approximately 11:30am today, President Obama convened a secure video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to talk with him about this news.
  • U.S. combat brigade to leave Iraq well ahead of schedule

    10/16/2011 9:07:31 AM PDT · by Cindy · 42 replies ^ | October 15th, 2011 06:40 PM ET | n/a
    SNIPPET: "A brigade of U.S. troops originally scheduled to be among the very last to leave Iraq is being pulled out of the country months ahead of its planned departure, military officials said Saturday." SNIPPET: "The Fourth Brigade Combat Team, First Armored Division, based at Fort Bliss, deployed to Iraq in August to replace two withdrawing brigades. The troops were sent with the understanding they would be among the last to leave the country and were told to expect up to a 12-month deployment, though it wasn't clear how long they would stay in Iraq. But brigade officials informed hundreds...
  • State Dep’t offers condolences to family of … American jihadi killed in Awlaki strike

    10/08/2011 3:06:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 7, 2011 | AllahPundit
    Via the Jawa Report, the surreal postscript to Obama’s decision to target an American citizen. An official from the U.S. State Department has called the Charlotte family of al-Qaida propagandist Samir Khan to offer the government’s condolences on his death in a U.S. drone attack last week in Yemen, according to a family spokesman. “They were very apologetic (for not calling the family sooner) and offered condolences,” Jibril Hough said about the Thursday call from the State Department to Khan’s father, Zafar. The phone call came a day after the family released a statement through Hough that condemned the “assassination”...
  • House Chairman Charges FBI With Stonewalling Awlaki Probe

    10/06/2011 4:32:54 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 3 replies ^ | October 06, 2011 | Catherine Herridge
    Neither the FBI nor the Justice Department has provided documents or witnesses for an official congressional investigation launched by the House Homeland Security Committee into the American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a CIA-led mission last Friday, Fox News has learned. The congressional investigation -- opened in May -- questioned whether the cleric's contacts with three of the five hijackers on American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, were coincidental or part of the terror plot's development. The House Homeland Security Committee, led by Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., is also seeking to...
  • Police Tail Sydney's Jihad Gang

    10/03/2011 1:50:51 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies
    DAILY - THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH ^ | October 02, 2011 12:00 AM | Yoni Bashan
    SNIPPET: "AN EXTREMIST Islamic group suspected of planning a crime spree across Sydney to raise money for the Taliban has been uncovered by counter-terrorism police. The Sunday Telegraph can reveal that NSW Police and national security agencies have been investigating the group members for over a year, with the case currently active. The extremists have been the subject of a top secret operation led by the NSW Police Force, ASIO, Australian Federal Police and the NSW Crime Commission. A group of men, aged between 20 and 30, all Australian citizens of Middle Eastern-descent, have been identified as the core members."...
  • Morocco: State Breaks Up Terrorist Cell - Police Department

    10/03/2011 12:57:43 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies
    SNIPPET: "Rabat — Morocco's security forces have broken up a five-member terrorist cell that used to operate in the cities of Salé (near Rabat) and Casablanca, National Police Department said on Saturday in a statement. The statement added that the dismantled cell includes a member linked to the former emir of al Qaeda network in northern Iraq. The cell, which pledged allegiance to Ayman Al-Zawahiri, used Internet to forge close ties with al Qaida, especially in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Yemen and Somalia, it said." SNIPPET: "To carry out their plans, the members of the cell contacted, via Internet, experts in...
  • Awlaki's Dead. Justice Served?

    10/02/2011 6:34:26 AM PDT · by Silverfiddle · 16 replies
    Western Hero ^ | 2 October 2011 | silverfiddle
    Liberals are up in arms over the Al-Awlaki killing. And so are many conservatives... Uber liberal Glenn Greenwald sums up the case against Obama, leveling the charge of Due-Process-Free Assassination: No effort was made to indict him for any crimes (despite a report last October that the Obama administration was “considering” indicting him). Despite substantial doubt among Yemen experts about whether he even had any operational role in Al Qaeda, no evidence (as opposed to unverified government accusations) was presented of his guilt. This controversy involves two questions. One of law, and one of motives and legitimacy. Let's look...
  • Another Three Terrorists to Dodge Deportation by Using Human Rights Act to Stay in Britain

    09/28/2011 7:59:08 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies
    DAILY ^ | Last updated at 2:00 PM on 27th September 2011 | By CHRIS GREENWOOD and SAM GREENHILL
    “Another three terrorists to dodge deportation by using Human Rights Act to stay in Britain Fanatics will claim they could face ill-treatment in their homelands Trio are among dozens of dangerous fundamentalists due to be released” SNIPPET: “Those likely to fight deportation on their release include internet expert Younes Tsouli, 28, who ran websites with instructions on how to make suicide vests. The Al Qaeda supporter faces being sent back to Morocco but instability in the country means he could use the Human Rights Act to argue he would be in danger. ‘Not only is a convicted terrorist permitted to...
  • Muslim in road rage attack on U.S. Marines linked to Seattle terror plotters

    09/22/2011 8:27:10 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 9 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | 22 September 11 | creeping
    In what may be a new development in a June South Seattle terror plot, state prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against a longtime criminal in Washington state who attempted to run two Marines off the road, and who allegedly had contact with one of the terrorism suspects.
  • Four lessons I’ve learned since 9-11 and a prayer for our country

    09/11/2011 9:52:43 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 6 replies
    Vivificat ^ | 11 September 2011 | TDJ
    Brethren: Peace be with you, the Peace of Christ, the Peace that is unlike that which the world gives, the Peace surpassing all understanding. Today is the tenth anniversary of the terrorists attack in New York and Washington, and of the first resistance to the forces of evil resulting in the death of the passengers and crew of Flight 93 on a field in Pennsylvania. This September 11th is unlike any other I’ve observed because I am here, in Afghanistan, as a direct consequence of those attacks. I’ve been here for most of the year and will be until early...
  • Misplaced blame puzzles local Muslims (MEGA-BARFER)

    09/10/2011 3:22:03 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 19 replies
    Southtown Star (Chicago) ^ | September 9, 2011 1:36PM | LAUREN FITZPATRICK Sun-Times Media
    Maryam Salem, a fifth grader at a private Islamic school in Bridgeview in September 2001, knew something was very, very wrong. A plane crashed in New York. Police surrounded the Universal School campus next to Maryam’s family’s mosque. Word got out that the hijackers who turned four airplanes into missiles were waging holy war in the name of Islam. People in big cars started driving around the Universal School honking and waving American flags. “Ignorant people,” Salem said. “There were Muslims who died that day. I had nothing to do with it. I was 10.” Salem was too young to...
  • Fear was the weapon that hit America on 9/11 (MEGA-PROJECTILE BARF ALERT)

    09/10/2011 2:43:24 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 13 replies
    SouthtownStar (Chicago) ^ | September 9, 2011 11:36PM | Phil 'the Cad' Kadner
    Fear is a powerful weapon. Its destructive force can be more devastating to a nation than a nuclear explosion. It is the primary tool of terrorists. After the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, dozens of “patriotic” Americans carrying flags gathered in the Southland to march on a mosque in Bridgeview. More than 200 police officers were called to the scene to prevent violence. A man from Pakistan, who wasn’t even a Muslim, was bashed over the head in Chicago because “he looked like one of them.” A neighbor of mine, a woman who grew up in Palestine, suddenly disappeared. This...
  • The Next 9/11 — A Nuclear One?

    09/09/2011 5:22:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 105 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 9, 2011 | Staff
    National Security: The Sept. 11 commission stated that our biggest failure was one of imagination. Imagine an Iranian nuclear device detonating high over the American heartland. They're working on it. On the same day the 9/11 Commission issued its report, another commission issued a report on a threat that could change our world and way of life in ways we can scarcely imagine. It is a real and credible threat, and it is largely being ignored. The threat is a phenomenon known as electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, and demonstrates why the issue of homeland security extends beyond the need for...
  • Joe Wilson joins with Al Jazeera to perpetuate baloney about Saddam and Al Qaeda

    09/07/2011 6:43:48 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 7 Sept 2011 | Unattributed
    It’s been a long time since anyone cared about Joe Wilson, the erstwhile career diplomat selected by his wife to travel to Africa to find out about Saddam Hussein’s quest for uranium. Things must be slowing down for poor old Joe and that government pension courtesy of US taxpayers must not be providing the life style that he so richly desires. So, Joe is talking with Al Jazeera, the news network of Jihad and Islamofacism.
  • Senior Al Qaeda leader arrested in Pakistan (Younis al-Mauritania)

    09/05/2011 7:10:58 AM PDT · by csvset · 12 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | September 05, 2011 | AFP
    A senior Al Qaeda leader who has been linked to the planning of attacks on Australia has been arrested in Pakistan. Younis al-Mauritania was caught in the suburbs of the south-western city of Quetta, the military said in a statement. Two other senior operatives in the Al Qaeda terrorist group were also captured and arrested by Pakistan's main intelligence service. Mauritania was responsible for conducting international operations, and had been ordered by Osama bin Laden to hit Australian, American and European economic interests, the statement said. Cooperation between the CIA and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency led to the arrests by...
  • Bomb Kills Five U.S. Troops in South Afghanistan

    08/11/2011 4:50:24 PM PDT · by rlferny · 63 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 11, 2011 | Michelle Nichols
    A roadside bomb killed five American troops in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, the U.S. military said, less than a week after American forces suffered their worst single loss of the Afghan war when Taliban insurgents shot down a helicopter.
  • DOD Identifies Service Members Killed In CH-47 Crash

    08/11/2011 9:19:24 AM PDT · by AnyStreetFL · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Department of Defense ^ | 08/11/2011 | DoD
    The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of 30 servicemembers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed. The following sailors assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed: Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, La., Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, Calif., Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Ark., Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare...
  • Minneapolis man pleads guilty to recruiting for Al-Shabab (Somalis)

    07/19/2011 4:26:40 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies ^ | 7/18/11 | James Walsh
    To Omer Abdi Mohamed, raising money to send other young men to Somalia, to train and arm them with assault rifles to fight there, had nothing to do with terrorism. In late 2007, he said, it was about defending his homeland against Ethiopians. One problem: It was still illegal, federal officials say. On Monday, Mohamed agreed, pleading guilty in federal court in Minneapolis to a single count of conspiracy to "murder, kidnap or maim" Ethiopian and Somali troops. His plea came of the eve of his trial. He would have been the first of 21 local people of Somali descent...
  • 2 Arrested In Plot To Attack Seattle Military Recruiting Station

    06/23/2011 12:59:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies ^ | June 23, 2011
    SEATTLE -- Men from Washington and California have been arrested in plot to attack a Seattle military recruiting station, the Department of Justice says. Justice Department officials said the two men, who were arrested late Wednesday night, took possession of machine guns that they purchased and planned to use in an attack on the Military Entrance Processing Station on East Marginal Way and that the two also planned to use grenades in the attack. Here's the complete news release from the Department of Justice: Two men were arrested late last night and are charged by criminal complaint with terrorism and...
  • Two Iraqi Nationals Indicted on Federal Terrorism Charges in Kentucky

    05/31/2011 11:20:01 AM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 16 replies
    US Dept of Justice ^ | May 31, 2011
    WASHINGTON -- An Iraqi citizen who allegedly carried out numerous Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq and another Iraqi national alleged to have participated in the insurgency in Iraq have been arrested and indicted on federal terrorism charges in the Western District of Kentucky. The arrests in Bowling Green, Ky., and the criminal complaints and indictment unsealed today were announced by Todd Hinnen, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security
  • Taliban leader Mullah Omar may be dead, Afghan official says

    05/23/2011 6:39:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/23/2011 | CNN WIRE STAFF
    Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Mullah Mohammed Omar, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, has disappeared in the past five days, a spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, Lutfullah Mashal, said Monday. Mashal said he "hopes" Omar is dead but cannot confirm it. "Our sources and senior Taliban members confirm that they can't contact him," Mashal said, adding that Omar had been living in Quetta, Pakistan, for 10 years. The Afghan Taliban forcefully denied reports their leader is dead, dismissing them as "claims and rumors" from the "Kabul stooge regime's intelligence directorate." "We strongly reject these false claims of the...
  • Taliban leader Mullah Omar killed (potential, not the best news source)

    05/22/2011 11:08:45 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 78 replies
    KABUL (Xinhua) -- Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been killed in Pakistan, a private television channel reported Monday. "Mullah Omar was killed on way from Quetta to North Waziristan, " TOLO television said in its news bulletin. However, it did not provide details on how he was killed and by whom. Meanwhile, a security official confirmed the killing, saying, " it is correct that Mullah Omar has been killed." But he did not disclose details
  • Was Bin Laden in Charge and Will his Death Defeat Jihad?

    05/15/2011 2:27:33 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 19 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 15 May 2011 | Unattributed
    In the wake of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, there is a debate as to the extent that Bin Laden was operationally in charge of Al Qaeda. It seems apparent that Bin Laden was actively communicating with Al Qaeda elements, but it wasn’t in real time. He used a system of couriers to relay messages via email and the internet, but went to great pains to securely communicate. This means no direct internet connection and no phones, cellular, satellite or landline. This would preclude any real dialogue with operators and cells.
  • Losing Our Community (Jihad in Nashville)

    05/13/2011 7:04:32 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11 May 2011 |
  • Black Hawk Down — China Up?

    05/11/2011 4:02:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May , 11, 2011 | Staff
    Secrets: Good news of bin Laden's death may be followed by bad news of Pakistan giving China a peek at our downed helicopter. Will we be threatened by our own technology? They are something out of the latest Batman flick, the modified Black Hawk helicopters that were used in the raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistani compound. With a curious hublike housing around the unusually configured rear-rotor, among other things, it was clearly designed to be as quiet and stealthy as possible. When one of the copters clipped a wall in bin Laden's compound, it had to be destroyed, leaving...
  • Flashback: US releases photos of Saddam sons

    05/04/2011 12:35:54 PM PDT · by Terrence DoGood · 23 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 24 July 2003
    Photographs of Saddam Hussein's feared sons laid out in plastic body bags were released by the US today in a bid to convince sceptical Iraqis that neither would follow their father into power. The pictures, taken after Uday and Qusay Saddm Hussein's bodies were removed from a house in Mosul on Tuesday, show the heads and torsos of the two. Uday was clearly recognisable, despite having a thick beard and a wound that had destroyed part of his nose and upper lip. He appeared to have been killed by a bullet in the head, but it was not known whether...
  • Steelers Running Back Rashard Mendenhall Defends Osama Bin Laden

    05/03/2011 7:02:38 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 89 replies
    NESN ^ | 3 May 2011 | Michael Hurley
    The 23-year-old native of Illinois didn't like the way Americans were celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden on Monday, and he let out his frustrations on Twitter. "What kind of person celebrates death?" Mendenhall, who last made national headlines for fumbling in the Super Bowl and "celebrating" a little too hard with Ben Roethlisberger in the playoffs, wrote. "It's amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We've only heard one side ..." That wasn't all, though, as Mendenhall expressed doubt that airplanes could have demolished the World Trade Center. "We'll never know what...
  • Bin Laden Was Found at Luxurious Pakistan Compound

    05/02/2011 3:14:56 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 92 replies
    Reuters via CNBC ^ | May 02, 2011 | Reuters
    U.S. forces finally found al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden not in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan's border, but in a million-dollar compound in an upscale suburb of Pakistan's capital, with his youngest wife, U.S. officials said early on Monday. They were led to the fortress-like three-story building after more than four years tracking one of bin Laden's most trusted couriers, whom U.S. officials said was identified by men captured after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. "Detainees also identified this man as one of the few al Qaeda couriers trusted by bin Laden. They indicated he might be living with...
  • Sarah Palin: A Grateful Nation

    05/02/2011 4:18:05 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 47 replies
    Sarah Palin's Facebook Notes ^ | May 2, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    Americans tonight are united in celebration and gratitude. God bless all the brave men and women in our military and our intelligence services who contributed to carrying out the successful mission to bring Bin Laden to justice and who laid the groundwork over the years to make this victory possible. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of these brave Americans who relentlessly hunted down our enemy. This is a victory for the American people, for the victims who were heartlessly murdered on September 11 and in Al Qaeda’s other numerous attacks, and for all the peace-loving people...

    04/25/2011 7:42:13 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 9 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 25 April 11 | Unattributed
    Wikileaks has revealed a US report on Guantanamo terrorist prisoners called the “Matrix of Threat Indicators for Enemy Combatants.” You will see this document written up in dozens of articles in the media and the blogosphere over the next few days. We wanted to call attention to one list that has come out of that report: a list of foreign mosques and Islamic centers that are used to recruit and train Jihadis.
  • DOD Announces Military Commissions Actions [al-Nashiri]

    11/21/2009 8:48:24 PM PST · by Cindy · 13 replies · 420+ views - Release No. 917-09 ^ | November 20, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 917-09 November 20, 2009 DOD Announces Military Commissions Actions Today, prosecutors in the Office of Military Commissions announced they intend to ask the convening authority to refer new charges under the recently-enacted Military Commissions Act of 2009 against Abd al-Rahim Hussein Muhammed Abdu al-Nashiri, in connection with the bombing of the USS Cole in the port of Aden, Yemen, in October 2000. The bombing resulted in the deaths of 17 sailors and injuries to many more. This announcement follows the attorney general's determination on Nov. 13, 2009, that a military...