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  • US tries to ID hundreds of al Qaeda contacts thanks to Yemen raid

    03/02/2017 2:47:28 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | March 2, 2017 | By Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne
    Washington (CNN)Several US officials told CNN Thursday that the US is now taking action to locate and monitor hundreds of people or "contacts" found as part the intelligence retrieved during the deadly raid last month in Yemen targeting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Some of these people are believed to be in the West, but not in the United States. The government is taking action to find and monitor these AQAP-linked individuals because of the threat they may pose to Europe, the officials added. The fact that officials said they are actively pursuing leads uncovered from the raid indicates...
  • Al-Qaeda Claims U.S. Killed 'Blind Sheikh' in Prison, Calls for 'Violent Revenge'

    02/22/2017 5:46:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 22, 2017 | Bridget Johnson
    Al-Qaeda accused the United States of withholding necessary medication from "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel-Rahman, the mastermind of the deadly 1993 World Trade Center bombing who died behind bars Saturday. They also released a final statement from the sheikh complaining of strip searches that explored his private parts "front and back," claiming that he could be poisoned behind bars and calling for "the most powerful and violent revenge" in the event of his demise. Abdel-Rahman, 78, was serving a life sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Butner, in North Carolina. He had been blinded at a young age by diabetes, and...
  • President Trump’s First Act as Commander-in-Chief

    02/11/2017 7:57:07 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 17 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, February 11, 2017 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    On his fifth day in the oval office, President Trump, over dinner with Secretary of Defense Mattis and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was presented with the first of many life-or-death decisions he will be required make. The mission presented to the President for his approval involved a raid on the small, heavily guarded brick home of a senior Qaeda collaborator in a mountainous village in a remote part of central Yemen. Mr. Obama’s national security aides had reviewed the plans but Obama would not approve the mission because the Pentagon wanted to launch the attack on...
  • Al Qaeda Publishes Another “Inspire” Magazine; Here’s What It Says

    05/16/2016 7:22:48 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 1 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 16 May 16 | Christopher W. Holton
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has just published its latest issue of Inspire magazine. It contains some items of particular interest and concern to Westerners: • AQAP is now advising Muslims in the West to target people in their homes. • They suggest using technology to plan home assassinations, such as Google Earth, small drones and cameras. • The magazine contains new detailed instructions on new types of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) inside of books, attached to automobiles with magnets and attached to doors in homes. • AQAP calls on “Knife Revolutionaries” to conduct knife attacks specifically on Americans,...
  • Freed Gitmo detainee, ex-bin Laden aide cements place as top jihadist in videos

    02/17/2016 4:34:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2016
    When Ibrahim al Qosi was released from Guantanamo Bay in 2012, a lawyer for the former Usama bin Laden aide said he looked forward to living a life of peace in his native Sudan. Three years later, Qosi has emerged as a prominent voice of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, appearing in a number of AQAP propaganda videos -- including a 50-minute lecture calling for the takeover of Saudi Arabia. ...
  • Released Guantanamo Detainee Now al-Qaeda Leader in Yemen; Will Media Cover

    12/10/2015 12:04:53 AM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | Decem ber 9, 2015 | Curtis Houck
    According to a Wednesday night post on the website Long War Journal by Thomas Joscelyn, a former detainee held at Guantanamo Bay named Ibrahim Qosi has rejoined the world of Islamic terrorism and ascended to a leadership post in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) following his release in July 2012. With this shocking story coming as the Obama administration still hopes to close the prison, the question going forward from a media standpoint is this: Will the media show any interest in this threat to national security and failure on the part of the adminstration? According to Joscelyn, Qoosi...
  • Senior al Qaeda leaders reportedly released from custody in Iran

    09/19/2015 6:17:47 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | September 18, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    In recent days, pro-al Qaeda jihadists claimed to confirm a recent news report saying that several senior al Qaeda leaders have been released from Iranian custody. Sky News reported earlier this week that five veteran jihadists were released in exchange for an Iranian diplomat who had been kidnapped in Yemen. Several jihadists on Twitter who are connected to al Qaeda have said the report is accurate. One of them is known as “Al Siyasi al Mutaqa’id,” who has relayed accurate information on al Qaeda in the past. The five jihadists who were reportedly freed are: Saif al Adel, Abu Mohammed...
  • Has Yemen war handed Aden to jihadists?

    09/03/2015 3:11:06 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 Sep 2015 | Frank Gardner
    Unseen by most of the world, the once tranquil port of Aden is being steadily infiltrated by jihadists from both al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) and the so-called Islamic State (IS). They are not in charge of the city, the military forces of the UAE are. But in the last few days disturbing reports have emerged of the summary executions of prisoners by the jihadists, along with their black flags hoisted onto public buildings.
  • Book links Awalki to 9/11 attacks

    06/19/2011 10:33:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Thw Washington Times ^ | June 19, 2011 | Eli Lake
    The American-born Jihadist cleric Anwar Awlaki likely played an important support role in the September 11 attacks nearly ten years ago, according to a new book that examines the threat of home-grown terrorism. The book, “The Next Wave,” by Fox News national security reporter, Catherine Herridge, reveals new documents that find Mr. Awlaki was nearly arrested after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon for providing false information on his passport application. Today Mr. Awlaki is one of the leaders of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Mr. Awlaki is also the only known American citizen on a...
  • Trouble in Saudi Arabia: Al-Qaeda’s ‘Bum’ Assassination Attempt

    09/24/2009 10:40:32 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 13 replies · 1,201+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Sept. 24 | Annie Jacobsen
    Interior Minister Prince Nayef of Saudi Arabia and his son, Deputy Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, have many enemies. For decades, the powerful and unaccountable elder Prince Nayef has “overseen” the Saudi police force; Nayef once boasted that his law enforcement agency solves 100 percent of the kingdom’s annual crimes. Al-Qaeda was quick to take credit for the suicide bombing (according to SITE). After all, it was a major public relations coup. For starters, the royals had been tricked — promised surrender and instead given a Trojan horse. Saudi’s princes pride themselves on having impenetrable personal security systems. Instead,...
  • What is the USS Theodore Roosevelt doing in the Gulf of Aden? Nobody knows.

    04/22/2015 1:09:36 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    Charting Course Blog sgberman.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | Steve Berman
    [Snip]...But Marie Harf, Queen of Nonsense, insists that the carrier group (carriers never travel alone, by the way, they keep missile frigates, destroyers, Aegis cruisers, tenders, and a few submarines around for security) is only there to “ensure the shipping lanes remain open and safe” — and “not to do anything in terms of those Iranian ships.” Any suggestion to the contrary is “blatantly untrue– so this discreet movement of U.S. assets is for a discreet purpose,” Harf said. To paraphrase what Teddy Roosevelt might say: W.T.F!?
  • Gulf States Decide ‘to Repel Houthi Aggression’ (in Yemen; ISIS, AQAP also targeted)

    03/25/2015 4:35:47 PM PDT · by kristinn · 9 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Last Update: Thursday, 26 March 2015 KSA 02:23 - GMT 23:23 | Staff Writer
    Arab Gulf states announced late Wednesday that they have decided to “repel Houthi aggression” in neighboring Yemen, following a request from the country’s President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. President Hadi, who was forced to flee his presidential complex in Aden earlier in the day, has urged the Gulf states to intervene military in Yemen. In their joint statement Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait said they "decided to repel Houthi militias, al-Qaeda and ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] in the country.” The Gulf states warned that the Houthi coup in Yemen represented a “major threat” to the region’s...
  • Iran-Backed Rebels in Yemen Loot Secret Files About U.S. Spy Operations

    03/25/2015 3:41:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 33 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | Brian Bennett and Zaid Al-Alayaa
    Secret intelligence files held by Yemeni security forces and containing details of American intelligence operations in the country have been looted by Iran-backed militia leaders, exposing names of informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism operations, U.S. officials say. U.S. intelligence officials believe additional files were handed directly to Iranian advisors by Yemeni officials who have sided with the Houthi militias that seized control of the capital of Sana last September and later toppled the U.S.-backed president. For American intelligence networks in Yemen, the damage has been severe. Until recently, U.S. forces deployed in Yemen had worked closely with President Abdu...
  • Yemen’s president flees country by sea amid rebel advance

    03/25/2015 10:34:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2015 1:15 PM EDT | Ahmed Al-Haj
    Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled the country by sea Wednesday on a boat from Aden, as Shiite rebels and their allies advanced on the southern port city where he had taken refuge, captured his defense minister and seized the city’s airport. Hadi’s departure marks a dramatic turn in Yemen’s turmoil and means a decisive collapse of what was left of his rule, which the United States and Gulf allies had hoped could stabilize the chronically chaotic nation and fight al-Qaida’s branch here after the 2011 ouster of longtime autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh. Over the past year, the Shiite...
  • Smart power: US evacuating 100 commandos from Yemen air base after AQ captures nearby town

    03/21/2015 2:23:35 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 21,2015 | ED MORRISSEY
    Remember when the Obama administration cited Yemen as a success story for its counterterrorism strategy? Let’s say that the situation has evolved since Josh Earnest bragged about the outcome of Barack Obama’s Arab Spring strategy of bolstering the local government they wanted after chasing out the previous regime. Shi’ite Houthi terrorists have returned the favor by chasing the US out of its embassy in Sana’a, and now Sunni al-Qaeda terrorists have chased out 100 Special Ops forces from a Yemeni base after seizing a nearby town: A day after suicide bombers attacked a pair of mosques in the Yemeni capital,...
  • U.S. Justice Dept urges terror label for Nigerian militants (Hillary Boko Haram Flashback 2012)

    05/08/2014 8:43:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/17/12 | MARK HOSENBALL AND JOHN SHIFFMAN
    The Justice Department is pressing the State Department to designate Boko Haram, a Nigerian militant group alleged to be responsible for hundreds of deaths, as a "foreign terrorist organization," according to a document obtained by Reuters. Lisa Monaco, head of the Justice Department's national security division, sent a letter in January to State Department counter-terrorism chief Daniel Benjamin requesting that Boko Haram, also known as the "Nigerian Taliban," be put on the list. A Congressional source said that in the last few days, State Department representatives have lobbied Congress to try to stop legislation which would force the administration to...
  • Ansar al Sharia Libya leader met with Osama bin Laden, followed his 'methodology'

    02/12/2015 11:09:32 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | February 11, 2015 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Harith al Nadhari recorded an audio eulogy for Mohammed al Zahawi, the leader of Ansar al Sharia Libya, shortly before his own death. Shortly before his own death in a US airstrike on Jan. 31, Harith al Nadhari, a senior sharia official in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), recorded an audio eulogy for another slain jihadist, Mohammed al Zahawi. Ansar al Sharia Libya confirmed earlier in the month that Zahawi, the group's leader, had died of wounds he suffered while fighting in Benghazi. And Nadhari wanted to make it clear that al Qaeda considered Zahawi to be...
  • Obama Should Present Fort Hood Purple Hearts, Apologize

    02/10/2015 3:47:57 PM PST · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 10, 2016 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Political Correctness: The Army has announced that as a result of Congress' making victims of attacks by foreign terrorist acts eligible, the Fort Hood victims will get Purple Hearts, and civilians will get Defense of Freedom medals. That language broadened the definition of an attack on eligible victims to include an assault by "a foreign terrorist organization." The definition includes attacks by a perpetrator or perpetrators in contact with a foreign terrorist organization or "inspired or motivated by a foreign terrorist organization" prior to the attack. The Nov. 5, 2009, attack on Fort Hood by Maj. Nidal Hasan, in which...
  • Influential AQAP ideologue killed in US drone strike (southern Yemen on Jan. 31)

    02/05/2015 12:49:26 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | February 5, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, was killed in a US drone strike on Jan. 31. A US drone strike in southern Yemen on Jan. 31 killed Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) sharia official. Nadhari's death was confirmed in a "martyrdom" statement issued by the group via Twitter and other web sites earlier today. Nadhari praised the attack on Charlie Hebdo's offices just days after the massacre on Jan. 9. He did not claim responsibility for the operation, but another senior AQAP official subsequently did. The...
  • Obama's Bloody Yemen Disaster

    01/23/2015 5:34:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    When President Obama declares something a "success story," you know it has "TOTAL FAILURE" embedded in its DNA. Four months ago, America's King Midas in Reverse crowed about the fruits of his triumphant foreign policy in jihad-infested Yemen. A "light footprint" approach to counterterrorism operations, he claimed, was the most effective path to stability. In addition, Obama has shoveled nearly $1 billion in American tax-subsidized foreign aid to Yemen. Four months later, Iran-backed Shia rebels seized a Yemeni presidential palace. The president and his entire cabinet tendered their resignations on Thursday, creating a vacuum that al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula...