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  • Bin Laden’s son steps into father’s shoes as al-Qaeda attempts a comeback

    05/28/2017 8:55:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/27/2017 | Joby Warrick and Souad Mekhennet
    The voice is that of a soft-spoken 28-year-old, but the message is vintage Osama bin Laden, giving orders to kill. When the audio recording began turning up on jihadist websites two weeks ago, it was as if the dead terrorist was channeling himself through his favorite son. “Prepare diligently to inflict crippling losses on those who have disbelieved,” Hamza bin Laden, scion of the Sept. 11, 2001, mastermind, says in a thin baritone that eerily echoes his father. “Follow in the footsteps of martyrdom-seekers before you.” The recording, first aired May 13, is one in a string of recent pronouncements...
  • Manchester Bomber Salman Abedi's Father And Brothers Arrested, Linked To ISIS, Al Qaeda

    05/24/2017 12:49:18 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-24-217
    Manchester bomber Salman Abedi apparently wasn't the only member of his family to harbor extremist views as Libyan officials arrested the suicide bomber's father and two brothers, and uncovered what investigators called a plot for a new attack.(snip)
  • The Latest: Ex-official: Bomber's dad was in al-Qaida group

    05/24/2017 7:17:28 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 24, 2017
    LONDON The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local): 3:00 p.m. A former Libyan security official says the father of the alleged Manchester arena bomber was allegedly member of a former al-Qaida-backed group in Libya.
  • Paper Trail Shows Syria as Iraq's Main Weapons Link

    12/29/2003 9:15:52 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 102 replies · 238+ views
    LA Times ^ | Dec. 29, 2003 | Bob Drogin and Jeffrey Fleishman
    DAMASCUS, Syria — First of two parts A Syrian trading company with close ties to the ruling regime smuggled weapons and military hardware to Saddam Hussein between 2000 and 2003, helping Syria become the main channel for illicit arms transfers to Iraq despite a stringent U.N. embargo, documents recovered in Iraq show. The private company, called SES International Corp., is headed by a cousin of Syria's autocratic leader, Bashar Assad, and is controlled by other members of the president's Baath Party and Alawite clan. Syria's government assisted SES in importing at least one shipment destined for Iraq's military, the Iraqi...
  • Bin Laden’s son wants to avenge his father, ex-FBI agent says

    05/12/2017 3:44:05 PM PDT · by GregNH · 40 replies
    CBS 60 Minutes ^ | 05/12/2017 | CBS
    Personal letters seized in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden reveal the al Qaeda leader's son to be a young man who adores his father and wants to carry on his murderous ideology. That son today is poised to lead a stronger, larger al Qaeda and is bent on avenging his dad's death, says an ex-FBI agent familiar with those documents. Holly Williams interviews Ali Soufan, the former FBI agent who was the bureau's lead investigator of al Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks, on the next edition of 60 Minutes Sunday, May 14 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
  • US Judge Rules Assad Helped Al-Qaeda Kill Americans

    05/10/2017 10:18:24 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 17 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | May 8, 2017 | Ryan Mauro
    A district court judge ruled the Syrian regime — and specifically its ruler, President Bashar al-Assad — are liable for the murders of three Americans by al-Qaeda because of the regime’s massive support for the terrorist group’s branch in Iraq. In addition to those three Americans, tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers, Iraqis and others have been killed or injured due to Assad’s sponsorship of al-Qaeda and other jihadists. The lawsuit was filed by the families of Laurence Michael Foley, a U.S. diplomat in Jordan assassinated by al-Qaeda in 2002; Staff Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin, killed in Iraq in 2004...
  • Saddam's Ambassador to al-Qaeda *(The Smoking Gun)*

    02/23/2004 9:49:50 AM PST · by freebacon · 7 replies · 2,659+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 23, 2004 | Jonathan Schanzer
    Saddam's Ambassador to al-QaedaBy Jonathan SchanzerWeekly Standard | February 23, 2004 A RECENTLY INTERCEPTED MESSAGE from Iraq-based terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi asking the al Qaeda leadership for reinforcements reignited the debate over al-Qaeda ties with Saddam Hussein's fallen Baath regime. William Safire of the New York Times called the message a "smoking gun," while the University of Michigan's Juan Cole says that Safire "offers not even one document to prove" the Saddam/al-Qaeda nexus. What you are about to read bears directly on that debate. It is based on a recent interview with Abdul Rahman al-Shamari, who served in...
  • Navy SEAL killed in action in Somalia

    05/05/2017 8:44:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | May 5, 2017 | by Barbara Starr
    A US military member was killed and two others were wounded in Somalia when they were attacked while on a mission advising Somali National Army forces, US Africa Command confirmed Friday. The US service member killed in action was a Navy SEAL, a US defense official told CNN. The incident occurred Thursday during an operation against local al Qaeda affiliate al Shabaab 40 miles west of Mogadishu near the town of Barii. The wounded are receiving medical attention, another US defense official told CNN. The troops came under small arms fire.
  • Report says al-Zawahiri hiding in Karachi with ISI aid

    04/22/2017 2:54:11 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    rediff.com ^ | Saturday, April 22, 2017 | Lalit K Jha, PTI
    Egyptian-born Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the world's most wanted terrorists, is most likely hiding in Karachi under the protection of Pakistan's notorious spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence, a United States media report said. 'Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency has been protecting al-Zawahiri, a trained surgeon, since US forces evicted Al-Qaeda from Afghanistan in late 2001,' Newsweek said in a major investigative story claiming that its information is based on several authoritative sources. 'His most likely location today, they say: Karachi, the teeming port city of 26 million people on the Arabian Sea,' the weekly said. This is for the first...
  • Islamic Movement in U.S. Preparing for Battle

    04/18/2017 7:54:14 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    Understanding The Threat ^ | September 13, 2016 | John Guandolo
    September 13, 2016 Islamic Movement in U.S. Preparing for Battle For UTT followers who are accustomed to brief articles, this is a longer article because it needs to be. This is an important topic and needs a little more attention. Please read this carefully because the implications are significant. JG As UTT has continually reported, there exists in the United States a significant jihadi movement led primarily by the Muslim Brotherhood whose organizations include the most prominent and influential Islamic groups in America. The Islamic Movement in the U.S. continues their daily work of preparing for the coming battle...
  • Al Qaeda Quietly Expands in South Asia

    04/16/2017 2:26:41 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 2 replies
    The Cipher Brief ^ | 14 Apr 17 | BENNETT SEFTEL
    While al Qaeda’s affiliates in North Africa, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen continue to grab headlines, the terrorist network has surreptitiously expanded eastward, entrenching itself throughout the Indian subcontinent. Al Qaeda in the India Subcontinent was officially born in September 2014 when al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri released a video announcing the creation of an al Qaeda affiliate spanning Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. Zawahari said the objective of AQIS is to “raise the flag of jihad, return the Islamic rule, and empowering the Shariah of Allah across the Indian subcontinent.” Zawahiri also appointed Asim Umar, a former commander in...
  • Syria war: Huge bomb kills dozens of evacuees in Syria

    04/15/2017 9:56:16 AM PDT · by Spiridon · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/15/2017 | BBC
    A huge car bomb has blasted a convoy of coaches carrying evacuees from government-held towns in Syria, killing at least 39 people. It shattered coaches and set cars on fire, leaving a trail of bodies including children, as the convoy waited in rebel territory near Aleppo. Russian troops have reportedly moved to shield rebel evacuees from retaliation. Thousands of evacuees from both sides of Syria's civil war have been stuck in hostile territory since Friday. The "Four Towns" deal brokered by Iran and Qatar was meant to relieve suffering in besieged towns.........
  • ‘Abu Sayyaf chief plans to surrender’

    04/14/2017 5:36:59 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 23 replies
    Gulf Today ^ | 15 Apr 17 | Manolo B. Jara
    A senior military officer revealed that the head of the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf terror group, who carries a $1 million cash reward of his head offered by the US, planned to surrender because he was “already old.” Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, the head of the military’s Western Mindanao Command (Westmincon), said the plan of Radulah Sahiron, the Abu Sayyaf leader, to surrender was relayed to him by Moro elders from the island province of Sulu. Aside from his advancing age, Galvez said Sahiron also expressed concern over the unabated “search and destroy” operation launched by the military against him...
  • New Ways of Responding to Extremist Islam

    04/10/2017 8:25:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Gatestone Institute. ^ | April 10, 2017 | Guile Meotti
    Ronald Reagan's major achievement in his long war against the Soviet Union: presenting communism as a joke -- exposing the lies of the Soviet regime, exposing the misery under which its people were living, and explaining why Western values were preferable to Communist ones. This is exactly what the West, Hirsi Ali explains, should be doing with radical Islam. Western civilization is a humanist vision in which Christianity integrated Jewish wisdom, Greek philosophy and Roman law, thereby giving Western culture its distinctive character: freedom of speech and of the press, equal justice under law, the primacy of the individual, separation...
  • Relationships between major Syrian militant organizations, 2011-2016

    04/09/2017 9:35:02 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 8 replies
    Stanford University has a set of very informative web pages containing descriptions of various militant groups. The information is presented as an interactive map showing relationships between groups, leaders, and major battles. There is a wealth of information available. For example, this screen capture shows a map of the relationships between al Nusra, IS, AQ, and the Free Syrian Army.
  • Judge drops 2 charges against 9/11 suspects at Gitmo

    04/09/2017 10:42:25 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | 9 Apr 17 | Unattributed
    A military judge on Friday dismissed two relatively minor charges against the five prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center who have been accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Army Col. James Pohl accepted a defense argument that the five-year statute of limitations had run out on two non-capital charges: attacking civilian objects and destruction of property.
  • Trump drone strike OBLITERATES Al Qaeda terror tyrant who killed US military personnel

    03/25/2017 10:30:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Sunday Express ^ | March 26, 2017 | Vincent Wood
    The Pentagon has revealed a US air strike in Afghanistan earlier in the week killed al Qaeda militant Qari Yasin, a well known figure in the Pakistani Taliban. Along with plotting an attack which killed two military personnel, Yasin was believed to have been the mastermind behind a deadly attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said: “The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice.” Yasin was believed to have been responsible for a 2008 bombing on a hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan,...
  • U.S. Raid on Al Qaeda in Yemen Led to Laptop Ban on Flights, Officials Say

    03/21/2017 8:18:29 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 21, 2017 | JANA WINTER, CLIVE IRVING
    Three intelligence sources told The Daily Beast that the ban on carry-on electronics aboard U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports in North Africa and the Middle East was the result of information seized during a U.S. raid on Al Qaeda in Yemen in January. The United Kingdom joined the U.S. ban Tuesday. Information from the raid shows al Qaeda's successful development of compact, battery bombs that fit inside laptops or other devices believed to be strong enough to bring down an aircraft, the sources said. The battery bombs would need to be manually triggered, a source explained, which is why the...
  • Trump Administration Kills GITMO Detainee Released by Barack Obama

    03/16/2017 10:47:32 AM PDT · by Fedora · 23 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/06/2017 | Justin Holcomb
    An airstrike authorized by the Trump administration against an al Queda outpost in Yemen has killed a former detainee from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba who was released in 2009."We can confirm the death of a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Yasir al Silmi," said Navy Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.This means that President Donald Trump has killed a foreign combatant that was released under the authority of Barack Obama. . .
  • Jihadists launch multiple suicide bombings in Libya

    10/03/2014 8:11:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 10/3/2014 | Caleb Weiss
    The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council has taken responsibility for a series of suicide bombings in and around the restive city of Benghazi yesterday that targeted forces loyal to former Libyan general Khalifa Hiftar. The attacks killed dozens of Libyan soldiers at the Benina International Airport and four more in a separate attack on a checkpoint in Qubah, east of Benghazi. Al Arabiya reported that "two cars loaded with explosives targeted a military checkpoint near Benina International Airport in Benghazi." According to Al Jazeera, the airport houses "heavy weaponry" which the militants are fighting to obtain. Al Jazeera also claims that...