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  • Report: Al Qaeda Declares War on Islamic State

    12/01/2015 7:33:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | November 30, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Al Qaeda terrorists reportedly declared war on the Islamic State Monday following a “dispute” between the groups over a prisoner exchange with the Lebanese army. The two competing terror organizations are at odds with one another, with clashes erupting along the Syrian and Lebanese borders, Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency reported, citing “sources.”
  • Senate to release report on Bush interrogation techniques and policies (11am release)

    12/09/2014 4:09:07 AM PST · by Dave346 · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | 5:19 AM EST, Tue December 9, 2014 | Ed Payne and Evan Perez
    U.S. Marines are on high alert. So are the CIA and the White House for that matter. Politicians on both sides of the aisle also are ready to enter the fray. All the fuss is over the Senate Intelligence Committee's $50 million investigation of Bush-era CIA interrogation tactics on detainees in the years following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The long-delayed report on the use of torture - "enhanced interrogation techniques" - by the U.S. government is expected to be released Tuesday morning. This won't be a full disclosure, but the report's 480-page executive summary. There will also be...
  • White House: Proper security precautions taken in advance of Senate torture report

    12/08/2014 11:22:45 AM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, December 8, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    Obama administration officials said Monday the necessary precautions have been taken at U.S. facilities around the world in preparation for the looming release of a Senate report on the alleged use of torture by the CIA. White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters the president strongly supports the release of the declassified support, but that the administration also recognizes the document could spark outrage and may put American interests across the globe in danger. The report is expected to be released Tuesday. It likely will include bombshell details of CIA practices during the war on terror. While the White...
  • Blackwater jurors granted request to watch video (8th week of jury deliberations)

    10/20/2014 1:07:00 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | Monday, October 20, 2014
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) Jurors deliberating the fate of four former Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqi citizens were granted a request to watch a videotape showing the aftermath of the violence.</p> <p>Monday was the 25th day of deliberations by the jury of eight women and four men. They asked to see the tape, which had been shown during the trial.</p>
  • Remembering USS Cole attack, 14 years later (Nashiri still awaiting trial in Guantanamo)

    10/10/2014 10:47:26 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    13 News Now ^ | 6:28 p.m. EDT October 8, 2014 | Mike Gooding
    NORFOLK--Fourteen years after al Qaida suicide bombers attacked the USS Cole, shipmates, friends and families of the fallen sailors will come together to remember. A private ceremony is planned Sunday at Naval Station Norfolk. It was October, 12, 2000, when the guided missile destroyer was refueling at the Port of Aden, Yemen, when terrorists blew a 40 x 40-foot hole in the ship's hull, killing 17 crew members. Former Cole sailor Anthony VanCampen served as ship's bugler then. He plans to play "Taps" at this weekend's memorial service. "The biggest thing for me is that somebody has to tell the...
  • US State Dept.: Iraq Debacle was Bidens 'Portfolio'

    10/07/2014 9:07:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 55 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/5/2014, 7:36 PM | Mark Langfan
    Jen Psaki says Biden was 'running point on Iraq' in apparent attempt to shift blame from Obama for ISIS debacle. At the daily State Department briefing on Friday, the blame-game over the Obama policy catastrophes of Iraq and Syria seems to have gone super-nova, when Jen Psaki, the State Department Spokesperson, appeared to insulate President Barack Obama, and directly indict Vice President Joe Biden over the debacle, by claiming the 2009-2011 Iraq total withdrawal was the Vice Presidents portfolio. In a peppery questioning of Spokesperson Psaki by a reporter, the reporter constantly interjected So its his [Bidens] fault, and Psaki...
  • Jurors Note Hints at Conviction in Blackwater Case (NY Slimes reading tea leaves)

    10/01/2014 10:59:53 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | OCT. 1, 2014 | MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON Jurors who have for weeks been deliberating in the murder and manslaughter case against four former Blackwater Worldwide security contractors passed a note to the judge on Wednesday that suggested they were leaning toward conviction on at least some counts. In their note, jurors asked whether the firearm charge applies to defendants convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors are seeking convictions for voluntary manslaughter. The note suggests that, at least for some of the counts, jurors are leaning toward convicting, but for the lesser charge. Manslaughter carries a sentence of up to 15 years per count, or up to...
  • Obama: Al Qaeda is on the run - (Flashback)

    09/30/2014 10:25:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jul 26, 2013 | LSUDVM
    Last year a recurring theme in Obama's campaign was that Al Qaeda was on the run or similar. Variants include Al Qaeda was decimated or they were on the path to defeat. So if that is the case then how did Al Qaeda break out some 500 members from two Iraqi prisons. Al Qaeda is most definitely on the run as Obama wanted the sheeple to believe Somalia, Iraq and Syria just to name 3.
  • Blackwater Jury's Lengthy Talks Bode Well For Defense

    09/28/2014 5:07:38 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Law 360 ^ | September 25, 2014, 7:11 PM ET | Erica Teichert
    Washington -- Jurors in the murder and manslaughter trial of four Blackwater Worldwide security guards concluded their 15th day of deliberations on Thursday with no verdict in sight, showing that the group of 12 is painstakingly considering the issues of the complex case, which may work in the defense's favor, experts say. For 10 weeks, the Blackwater jury heard testimony alleging that Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, Dustin Heard and some other members of Blackwater's Raven 23 convoy fired shots in Baghdad's Nisour Square on Sept. 16, 2007, killing 14 Iraqis and injuring 18 others. But the 12-person jury...
  • Al Qaedas 9/11 anniversary attacks ready to go. New undetectable explosive may be used

    09/02/2014 3:16:56 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | September 2, 2014, 9:40 PM (IDT)
    Credible information has reached Saudi, British and Australian agencies that two al Qaeda branches IS in Iraq and Syria and AQAP at its base in Yemen - have wrapped up plans to roll out coordinated terrorist spectaculars around the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2011 attacks on New York and Washington. According to DEBKAfiles counterterrorism sources, they are preparing to strike simultaneously in the Middle East and a West European city. Next, they will go for US targets in the Middle East and Europe. In the estimate of Islamist experts, the IS and AQAP have decided to delay...
  • Fierce fighting between Islamic rebel groups in eastern Syria kills 62 fighters (Qaeda vs Qaeda)

    05/04/2014 8:10:19 AM PDT · by Corporate Democrat · 16 replies
    Hamilton Spectator ^ | May 4, 2014 | Barbara Surk
    BEIRUT - Heavy fighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in eastern Syria killed 62 fighters and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, activists said Sunday. Meanwhile, talks continued over allowing rebels to leave the besieged Old City in Homs. Rebels from the al-Qaida breakaway group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and fighters of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front have fought each other for months over territory they previously captured together from President Bashar Assad's forces. The rebel-on-rebel violence has raged in the north along the Turkish border that opposition fighters have controlled since a...
  • (VIDEO) McCain Slammed At Town Hall: "Why Is My Money Funding Al Qaeda In Syria?"

    10/27/2013 9:52:44 AM PDT · by LyinLibs · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10-24-2013 | 68Truthseeker
    (VIDEO) Senator McCain gets hit hard at a Phoenix town hall meeting. After 5 seconds, Click to 'Skip The Ad.'
  • Free Syrian Army commander celebrates victory with al Qaeda affiliate

    08/13/2013 4:50:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    long war journal ^ | 8/10/13 | Bill Roggio
    CNN on al Qaeda's 'encrypted messaging system' | Main | Bloomberg News on Zawahiri's communications Link lwj-print-icon-2.jpg Comments (3) ShareThis Free Syrian Army commander celebrates victory with al Qaeda affiliate By Bill RoggioAugust 10, 2013 10:38 AM In this New York Times article on the influx of foreign fighters into Syria (more than 6,000 foreign fighters are now estimated to be fighting with jihadist groups) is a report of a Free Syrian Army commander celebrating the capture of the Minnigh airport in Aleppo with a leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al Qaeda...
  • Al Qaeda isnt going away soon [Op-Ed]

    08/07/2013 11:33:44 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Thursday, August 8, 2013 | Mayuri Mukherjee
    The Syria problem' is playing out in other post-Arab Spring countries, from Libya to Tunisia and Egypt, where the space vacated by despotic regimes has been taken over by Islamic militants. Terror organisations have a ready platform In May, US President Barack Obama said that he was hoping to refine and repeal the mandate that he got from the Congress to fight the war on terror against Al Qaeda and its affiliates, as the core group was on the path to defeat and this war, like all wars, must end. Less than three months later, he has evacuated the US...
  • America falls for Taliban trap

    06/29/2013 8:50:20 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Sunday, June 30, 2013 | Sushant Sareen
    With the US being too eager to hold talks with the Taliban, which opened their political office in Qatar recently, its now official that America's much-hyped war on terror is all but over. What does it mean for Afghanistan and the rest of the world, particularly India? With the 2014 deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan fast approaching and the International Security Assistance Forces military effort unable to break the back of the Taliban insurgency, the US appears to have concluded (one daresay wrongly) that it has run out of options for effecting a responsible and honourable exit from the Afghan...
  • Obama is arming a group that executed a 14 year old boy for insulting Islam [Vanity]

    06/13/2013 4:50:02 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 35 replies
    June 13, 2013 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    Just thought I'd call Obama's arming Syrian rebels for what it REALLY is; America training and arming terrorists who've committed atrocities just as bad as those committed against them. When evil fights evil, we should just let them kill each other! There is no 'good guy' in this fight and we should stay OUT of it. Obama is arming Al Qaeda. Why is America doing this, to help spread the Caliphate? To further the reach of Sharia Law?
  • ISI engaged in helping Taliban: Former CIA Official

    06/06/2013 4:05:59 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 16 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Thursday, June 6, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    Photo: Bruce Reidel said, "The army has provided safe haven, arms, expertise and other help to Taliban. It briefly pretended to abandon Taliban to avoid American anger in 2001 misleading George W Bush." (Reuters) Washington - As the US prepares to leave Afghanistan, Pakistani spy agency ISI is engaged in helping Taliban, a terrorist outfit which the intelligence agency has been helping for more than two decades now, a top American expert on South Asian affairs has said. "For twenty years Pakistan's army, the real power broker in the country, has backed the Afghan Taliban. It helped create the Taliban's...
  • Al Qaeda magazine on pressure cookers: Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom

    04/16/2013 4:07:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washigton Times ^ | 4/16/13 | ap
    CAIRO Homemade bombs built from pressure cookers, a version of which was used in the Boston Marathon bombings, have been a frequent weapon of militants in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. Al-Qaedas branch in Yemen once published an online manual on how to make one, urging lone jihadis to act on their own to carry out attacks. President Barack Obama underlined Tuesday that investigators do not know if the twin bombing the day before that killed three people and wounded more than 170 was carried out by an international organization, a domestic group or a malevolent individual. There has been...
  • Yet another mess in the making in Mali? [Op-Ed]

    01/15/2013 10:09:01 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Gwynne Dyer
    Nobody would like to know the answer to that more than the French. But they must keep the Afghanistan example in mind Those days are over, said Frances President Francois Hollande last month, when asked if French forces would intervene in the war between Islamist insurgents who have seized the northern half of Mali and the Government in Bamako. But the days in question weren't over for very long. Last Friday France sent a squadron of fighter-bombers to the West African country to stop the Islamist fighters from taking over the capital. We are making air raids the whole time,...
  • Senior al Qaeda leader killed in Pakistan, officials say

    12/10/2012 1:38:39 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 1 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/9/12 | Nasir Habib
    A senior leader was killed in a Thursday drone strike, intelligence officials say Three militants were killed Sunday, officials say Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A senior al Qaeda leader was killed in a drone strike Thursday in Pakistan, two of the country's intelligence officials told CNN on Sunday. Sheikh Khalid bin Abdel Rehman, who also went by the code name Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was killed in the strike near Miran Shah in North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan, the officials said.
  • London's Mega-Mosque: "Recruiting Ground for Al Qaeda"

    11/18/2012 3:14:12 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | November 14, 2012 | Soeren Kern
    A radical Islamic group has applied for a permit to build one of the largest mosques in the world, in London. The East London super-mosque, known as the Abbey Mills Riverine Center, would hold up to 10,000 worshippers. It would be the largest religious building in Britain and the largest mosque in Europe. By comparison, Britain's largest cathedral, the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool, can hold no more than 3,000 worshippers, and St. Paul's Cathedral, one of the iconic features of the London skyline, has a capacity of 2,500. The 16-acre site near the Olympic Village in West Ham in the...
  • Why Benghazi Matters

    10/18/2012 12:23:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/18/12 | Chuck Pfarrer
    It has taken more than four weeks, but the facts of the assault on the American consulate in Benghazi are slowly emerging. It is now known that on the evening of September 11, 2012, Ambassador Christopher Stevens conducted a scheduled meeting with a Turkish diplomat. At approximately 8:30 PM, the ambassador saw his visitor out the gate. There were no protesters in front of the consulate then, nor did any of the survivors of the attack report the presence of demonstrators prior to the initial assault. Videotapes recovered from the compound show, at least partially, what happened. At 9:40 PM,...
  • Clinton Sees Link To Qaeda Offshoot In Deadly Libya Attack

    09/26/2012 5:35:34 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 24 replies ^ | September 26, 2012 | Steven Lee Myers And Michael S. Schmidt
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton indicated for the first time on Wednesday that there was an explicit link between the Qaeda franchise in North Africa and the attack at the American diplomatic mission in Libya that killed four Americans, including the ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens.
  • Pakistan's new hate list

    07/04/2012 4:26:10 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, July 4, 2012 | Ashok K. Mehta
    Pakistan's new hate list By Ashok K. Mehta Editorial The Pioneer Wednesday, July 4, 2012 A recent Pew poll has shown that despite the best of efforts, the US is still widely reviled in Pakistan. India is the next most despised. Pakistanis are becoming lyrical about their relations with the US which are on their lowest note ever. They hum two songs: Money Can't Buy You Love; and Who's Sorry Now, referring to their troubled transactional ties including the ongoing dead-locked cost of transportation of logistics to Afghanistan; and the US attack on a Pakistani frontier post. Pakistan is demanding...
  • Drone Strike Targets Top Al Qaeda Leader

    06/05/2012 5:06:25 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 7 replies
    ABC ^ | June 4 2012 | MARTHA RADDATZ
    A top al Qaeda leader and longtime Osama Bin Laden confidant with a $1 million price tag on his head was targeted in a U.S. drone strike this morning in Pakistan, according to a senior U.S. official. Pakistan officials say that Abu Yahya al-Libi, second-in-command to current al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, was among the 15 people killed when a U.S. drone fired four missiles into a suspected militant hideout in Mir Ali, a town in North Waziristan, at 5:30 a.m. local time Monday. The senior U.S. official confirmed to ABC News that al-Libi was the target of a strike,...
  • Yemen air force, US drone kill 24 Qaeda suspects

    04/08/2012 5:32:31 AM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies
    France 24 ^ | 08 April 2012 | AFP
    Air strikes have killed 24 Al-Qaeda suspects in their strongholds in the country's south and east, the defence ministry and a tribal chief said on Sunday. A Yemeni air raid late on Saturday killed "16 terrorists belonging to Al-Qaeda network in Kud near Zinjibar," the extremists' stronghold in the south, the defence ministry news website reported. Meanwhile, a tribal chief told AFP a US drone killed eight Al-Qaeda suspects when it fired a missile at their vehicle in the eastern province of Shabwa on Saturday, a tribal chief told AFP. "Al-Qaeda militants were aboard a vehicle on their way...
  • Al Qaeda Leader Zawahiri Claims He Is Holding American Jewish Man Hostage

    12/02/2011 10:53:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/2/11 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Warren Weinstein, pictured above, is a 70-year-old Jewish American and former USAID worker who was kidnapped from his bed late August in Pakistan. Now, a newly released audio message from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri claims responsibility for Weinsteins disappearance and says the militant Islamist group is holding the man hostage. This supports a U.S. officials claim that its entirely possible that al Qaeda or one of its militant allies may be holding Mr. Weinstein. In the 30-minute long statement, which is reportedly circulating on jihadi-websites, al-Zawahiri states: I tell the captive soldiers of al Qaeda and the Taliban and...
  • Exiled Islamists Watch Rebellion Unfold at Home (Libya)

    07/19/2011 12:05:34 AM PDT · by Borough Park · 3 replies
    LONDON Abu Sohaib spends most of his time online these days, following the news from his native Libya. He is in constant contact with friends on the ground there, helping them map out strategy to fight the rule of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. I would like to be there myself; I tried to go, he said, pausing to look at the car keys in front of him. But Tunisia and Egypt wouldnt let me in even after their revolution. Abu Sohaib, his nom de guerre, is on a watch list for suspected terrorists not only in Libya and its neighboring...
  • Al Qaeda commander killed in Pakistan by drone

    07/06/2011 10:12:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7/6/11 | Staff
    CBS News has learned that a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan in June killed senior al Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri. Kashmiri was believed to be a key planner of the Mumbai Terror attacks in 2008 and, according to sources, was involved in planning terror strikes in Europe last fall, which led to alerts across the continent. Most recently, Kashmiri was al Qaeda's military operations chief in Pakistan, and was suspected of plotting attacks against U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The U.S. had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to Kashmiri.
  • Reflections on a Burial at Sea

    05/11/2011 8:16:16 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 11, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Rarely does the world have a chance to experience the just death of a villain. Once, executions were commonplace the killer, bank robber, or horse-thief would be tried, sentenced, and publicly hanged, shot, or guillotined. Governments thought of it as justice an eye for an eye, as Hamurabi would say and as a necessary warning to other potential criminals that, yes, villains do get caught and punished. But over the years, society softened photos and videos humanized the villains while their victims were forgotten with the passage of time, and many in the west seemingly lost...
  • Christmas chaos: Al Qaeda is planning suicide attacks across Europe and the U.S., warn insurgents

    12/15/2010 2:19:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/15/10 | Staff
    Terrorists are plotting deadly Christmas attacks in what could make for holiday travel chaos. Iraqi authorities have obtained confessions from captured insurgents who claim Al Qaeda is planning suicide attacks in the United States and Europe during the holiday season. Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani said that the botched bombing in central Stockholm last weekend was among the alleged plots the insurgents revealed.
  • U.S. citizen believed to be writing for al Qaeda website, source says

    07/18/2010 2:35:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 2+ views
    cnn ^ | 7/18/10 | Paul Cruickshank
    (CNN) -- A senior U.S. law enforcement official has told CNN that U.S. intelligence believes the principal author of the new online al Qaeda magazine is an American citizen who left for Yemen in October 2009. The magazine -- called "Inspire" -- appeared last week. Running to nearly 70 pages online, it included articles on bomb-making and encrypting electronic messages, as well as an interview with fugitive Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al Awlaki.
  • President Obama, White House: Al Qaeda Is Racist

    07/13/2010 9:19:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies · 1+ views
    abc news ^ | 7/13/10 | Jake Tapper
    In an interview earlier today with the South African Broadcasting Corporation to air in a few hours, President Obama disparaged al Qaeda and affiliated groups' willingness to kill Africans in a manner that White House aides say was an argument that the terrorist groups are racist. Speaking about the Uganda bombings, the president said, "What you've seen in some of the statements that have been made by these terrorist organizations is that they do not regard African life as valuable in and of itself. They see it as a potential place where you can carry out ideological battles that kill...
  • Good News: First U.S. Based Pro-al Qaeda Magazine Released

    06/30/2010 11:49:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Jawa Report ^ | 6/30/10 | Rusty
    It's called Jihad Recollections and is a production of Charlotte, NC al Qaeda supporter Samir Khan's self-styled jihad media company, as-Fursan. You can download a PDF version at the links provided by Sammy here. The magazine is 70 pages of the same kind of garbage that you'd expect from al Qaeda itself, and certainly not from an American living in North Carolina. It seems to be imitating several other jihad magazines, which started with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's Voice of Jihad. In addition to links to al Qaeda produced videos all within a clear context of support (note...
  • AP Exclusive: Iran eases grip on al-Qaida

    05/13/2010 10:59:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies · 150+ views
    AP ^ | May 13, 2010 | Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo
    Al-Qaida operatives who have been detained for years in Iran have been making their way quietly in and out of the country, raising the prospect that Iran is loosening its grip on the terror group so it can replenish its ranks, former and current U.S. intelligence officials say. This movement could indicate that Iran is re-examining its murky relationship with al-Qaida at a time when the U.S. is stepping up drone attacks in Pakistan and weakening the group's leadership. Any influx of manpower could hand al-Qaida a boost in morale and expertise and threaten to disrupt stability in the region.
  • Two NY Men Arrested For Trying to Help Al Qaeda

    04/30/2010 1:23:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 217+ views
    cbs ^ | 4/30/10 | CBS/AP
    Two United States citizens residing in Brooklyn, N.Y., have been arrested and charged with trying to aid Al Qaeda terrorists. According to the indictment obtained by CBS News, the men, Wesam El-Hanafi, 33, and Sabirhan Hasanoff, 34, are charged with one count of "conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization." The charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
  • Amid the Hysteria, A Look at What al-Qaeda Can't Do

    01/10/2010 6:19:17 AM PST · by drellberg · 11 replies · 482+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | January 18, 2010 | Peter Beinert
    In fact, terrorists have not pulled off another attack on the scale of 9/11 anywhere in the world. A 2007 study by Canada's Simon Fraser University found the global death toll from terrorist attacks has substantially decreased since 2001. While al-Qaeda plots do sometimes succeed--like the double-agent operation that killed seven CIA officers in Afghanistan last month--they have become, Rand terrorism expert Brian Jenkins points out, less frequent and less potent.
  • Former Baathists and al Qaeda Continue to Collaborate

    11/26/2009 9:28:55 AM PST · by Starman417 · 163+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-25-09 | Wordsmith
    In wake of 4 recent bomb attacks, al Qaeda in Iraq appears to be gaining newfound resurgence, as well as a shift in strategy. Any goal of undermining January elections may be moot, as they may have already been derailed, regardless of what al Qaeda does. Foreign powers appear to still be exercising influence and interference with the democratization process of Iraq: What was once a foreign-led terrorist organization is now a mostly Iraqi network of small, roving cells that continue to rely on the flow of fighters and weapons smuggled through the Syrian border, albeit at a slower rate,...
  • The Traitorous Obama Administration must be Stopped and should be Impeached.

    11/23/2009 5:53:45 PM PST · by antonia · 17 replies · 955+ views
    Pres. Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, experienced litigators, fully realize that in civilian court, the Qaeda quintet can and will demand discovery of mountains of government intelligence. They will demand disclosures about investigative tactics; the methods and sources by which intelligence has been obtained; the witnesses from the intelligence community, the military, and law enforcement who interrogated witnesses, conducted searches, secretly intercepted enemy communications, and employed other investigative techniques. They will attempt to compel testimony from officials who formulated U.S. counterterrorism strategy, in addition to U.S. and foreign intelligence officers. As civilian defendants, these war criminals will put...
  • Facing a Nuclear Taliban Regime

    05/23/2009 4:13:33 PM PDT · by Jbny · 9 replies · 631+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 23, 2009 | Abe Greenwald
    When Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in December of 2007, we were appalled but not exactly shocked. In fact, a sort of unspoken consensus about the likelihood of her being taken down had been in the air since she announced her campaign for opposition leadership months earlier. Pakistan tends to deliver in this way. The buzz now, and its palpable, is that the civilian government of Bhuttos husband Asif Ali Zardari will fall to Taliban/al Qaeda forces. Counterinsurgency guru David Kilcullen predicts the collapse in one to six months. In 2007, there were reassurances from Pakistan that threats to Bhutto were...
  • Partial List of Thwarted Al Queda Attacks

    05/14/2009 10:09:39 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 724+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-14-09 | Scott Malensek
    I don't have a timeline/list of which Al Queda detainees have been captured and when, and the Obama Admin is refusing to release any information that shows if any of these attacks were thwarted by the use of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques ("torture"). However, I do know of several instances in which an Al Queda leader was captured and/or EIT used, and then days later an attack was thwarted. Sheer coincidence? Perhaps, but I don't believe in a pattern of coincidences. For a full view of this timeline, please email me at , and I'll be happy to send you...
  • Al Qaedas Rise in Yemen Prompts Jewish Immigration

    02/22/2009 10:07:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies · 272+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/22/09 | Avraham Zuroff
    ( The emigration of Yemens remaining Jews comes in wake of increased anti-Semitism, a rise in Al-Qaeda activities in the country, and the terrorist organizations targeting of Jews. Ten new immigrants arrived in Israel on Thursday afternoon from the Yemenite community of Raida, where Jews have recently been harrassed by Muslims. The group included Said Ben-Yisrael, one of the heads of the Raida Jewish community. Several weeks ago, Muslim extremists threw a grenade into the Ben-Yisrael family's courtyard. After receiving threats against his life, Said went to live in the capital city of Sana'a, taking his family with him. From...
  • Hackers block Qaedas 9/11 terror on tape

    09/15/2008 2:18:03 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 35 replies · 2,652+ views
    The Hindustan Times ^ | 9/13/08 | Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
    Hackers prevented Al Qaeda from releasing a videotape to mark the seventh anniversary of 9/11. Al Qaeda has traditionally issued a video or audiotape by either Osama bin Laden or Ayman al Zawahiri, the terror networks two leaders, to mark their massive terrorist attack on the US. As-Sahab, Al Qaedas media unit, had indicated earlier this week that it would post such a videotape on September 11. As-Sahab had banner images on the internet showing a silhouetted head with a question mark and the words, Wait 11 September. The US-based intelligence group IntelCenter had speculated the video would be a...
  • Anthrax hair samples don't match

    08/13/2008 5:38:47 PM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 116 replies · 1,443+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 13, 2008 | Carrie Johnson
    Wednesday the Senate Judiciary Committee announced it would call FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to appear at an oversight hearing Sept. 17, when he is likely to be asked about the strength of the government's case against Ivins. A spokeswoman for Sen. Charles Grassley, R- Iowa, a vocal FBI critic, said he would demand more information about how authorities narrowed their search. The House Judiciary panel, meanwhile, is negotiating to host a separate oversight hearing in September with bureau officials, in a session that could mark the first public occasion where Mueller faces questions about the FBI's handling of...
  • Mueller on anthrax,

    07/19/2008 3:41:59 PM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 10 replies · 232+ views
    ABCNews ^ | July 19, 2008
    I never give time frames, because you never know where you'll have sufficient evidence to go public with a prosecution, " Mueller said.
  • (anthrax) The forensic guy from the FBI

    07/17/2008 7:20:04 PM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 42 replies · 1,195+ views ^ | July 17, 2008
    Dr Bruce Budowle has been in the FBI for over 20 years, heading one of its forensic laboratories. He looks back to the mysterious and still unsolved case of the anthrax envelopes which followed 9/11 and which moved bioterrorism combat to a new level. *** Robyn Williams: The shape of sleuthing to come, Angela van Daal at Bond University in Southern Queensland. She has been looking after Bruce Budowle, an FBI veteran of 20 years who's head of their lab in Virginia and is sometimes called the FBI's top scientist. He's not only involved in forensics but also in the...
  • Obama on anthrax

    07/16/2008 12:48:11 PM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 39 replies · 202+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 16, 2001
    "We have still failed to solve the anthrax attacks that killed Americans on our soil in 2001. We know that Al Qaida was attempting to develop biological weapons in Afghanistan. And we know that the successful deployment of a biological weapon -- whether it is sprayed into our cities or spread through our food supply -- could kill tens of thousands of Americans and deal a crushing blow to our economy. As President, I will launch an effort across our government to stay ahead of this threat. To prevent bioterrorism, we need to invest in our analysis, enhance our information-sharing,...
  • "Cheney Thought He Had Lethal Anthrax Dose"

    07/15/2008 3:49:53 AM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 13 replies · 289+ views
    ABCNews ^ | July 14, 2008
    Excerpt from book: The anthrax spores in the letter to Daschle were so professionally refined, the Central Intelligence Agency believed the powder must have been sent by an experienced terrorist organization, most probably Al Qaeda, as a sequel to the groups September 11 attacks. During a [October 17] meeting of the White Houses National Security Council that day, Cheney, who was sitting in for the President because Bush was traveling abroad, urged everyone to keep this inflammatory speculation secret. ... They thought Cheney had already been lethally infected. ... *** Cheney in particular was so stricken by the potential for...
  • The Anthrax Fiasco

    06/30/2008 10:49:42 AM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 34 replies · 148+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 30, 2008
    Steven Hatfill finally has his life back. Thanks to FBI incompetence, he also has $5.8 million. ... It's worse because it is a virtual confession that the anthrax case is cold. Throughout one of the largest investigations in law-enforcement history, agents were fixated on a "lone wolf" theory that Director Robert Mueller's FBI, for all intents and purposes, now admits was wrong. Helped along by a sympathetic press corps, the obsession with a domestic perpetrator has ended up in a dead end. *** So the FBI needed to cast a wider net all along which still remains urgent. In...
  • Terrorise the non-believers, orders 'Bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe' after he is freed on bail

    06/19/2008 10:28:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies · 141+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 19th June 2008 | Stephen Wright
    Suspected Al Qaeda leader Abu Qatada is celebrating his release from prison with the release of a book in which he urges Muslims to commit terrorist attacks in the West. In the 71-page tract, published in English translation on the internet, he repeatedly claims that fighting jihad, holy war, is obligatory for all Muslims and urges them to 'terrorise' non-believers. Security sources say his clear incitement to violence makes a mockery of the decision to set him free. The preacher of hate, who has been described as Osama Bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe, was released on bail from Long...