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American Weapons Provided to Syrian Rebels Fall into al-Qaeda’s Hands

The al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (the Succor Front) not only took the territory of the moderate Muslim Syria Revolutionaries Front this weekend, it also polished off the Movement of the Resolute.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE



Big Setback for the Obama Administration’s Syria Policy as Moderate Stronghold Falls to al-Qaeda

The al-Qaeda affiliate Succor Front (Jabhat al-Nusra) took the town of Deir Sunbul and its environs this weekend away from the Syria Revolutionaries Front, a relatively secular-minded group viewed as “moderates” by the United States.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



Pan-Mideast War Escalates as IS and al-Qaida Attack Hezbollah Outposts Near the Lebanese Border

There hasn’t been a regional war of this scope since the Gulf War.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE


President Obama Remembers 9/11: ‘As Americans We Do Not Give In to Fear, Ever’

President Obama marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the grounds of one of the hijackers’ targets, the Pentagon, commemorating the occasion with rhetorical flourishes that invited Americans to see themselves as fearless and ever on the up-and-up.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



European Nations Funding Al-Qaida Through Ransom Payments

Although the governments of several European countries weren’t exactly willing to corroborate this story, The New York Times reported Tuesday that al-Qaida has made a consistent practice of kidnapping European citizens for ransom, and it has paid off very well.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Hard-Liners in Israel and Iran Resist U.S. Pivot to Iran Over ISIS

The continued advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) on Sunday brought the radical Sunni movement to the borders of Jordan and consolidated its control over al-Anbar Province.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE



Prisoner Swap Brings Obama Closer to Closing Gitmo

President Obama’s decision to release five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay has been attacked by some as illegal or reckless, but could bring him closer to his goal of closing the prison camp.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



Republicans Slam Obama Over Benghazi Attack Account

Republican lawmakers compared Barack Obama’s White House to the secretive Nixon administration Thursday, denouncing its response to the 2012 attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE



What the MH370 Story Tells Us About ‘The New Anti-Journalism’

The airborne mystery that Malaysia Airlines MH370 has become reveals that journalism is now about “all data, no real facts, endless theories,” heavy on the conspiracy theory and devoid of truth, according to media watcher Michael Wolff.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Four Darknesses: Internet Being Manipulated, Deceived by Western Intel Trolls

Researchers on online behavior have shown that internet trolls (people who use insincere techniques to disrupt conversations) really are psychopaths, marked by narcissism, sadism, Machiavellianism.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Political Scientist: Patriot Act Blocked Aid to Somalis

Humanitarian groups withheld aid from Somalis suffering the effects of a severe drought that killed tens of thousands and displaced more than a million people last year out of fear that their assistance would amount to material support for regional terrorists under the U.S. Patriot Act, a Davidson College professor says.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Tom Engelhardt: America, Tear Down ‘Freedom Tower’

Seven years into the Soviet Union’s fatal adventure in Afghanistan, U.S. President Ronald Reagan stood before the international community in West Berlin and demanded that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev tear down the wall that separated East Germany from the West. (more)

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Petraeus Sworn In as Director of CIA

Gen. David Petraeus was sworn in Tuesday as director of the CIA, leaving behind a 37-year military career for the opportunity to lead the covert civilian war against al-Qaida.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / National Counterterrorism Center

Al-Qaida’s No. 2 Leader Is Dead

Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, al-Qaida’s second in command and trusted confidant of Osama bin Laden, has been killed in Waziristan, Pakistan’s tribal region, a U.S. government official announced Saturday. The State Department had placed a $1 million reward on his head. (more)

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Presses Covert Airstrikes in Yemen

Following Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s emergency departure for medical treatment last week, the U.S. government has taken advantage of the resulting power vacuum to resume covert fighter jet and drone attacks that have killed civilians and suspected terrorists alike. (more)

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Another Suicide Reported at Guantanamo

A detainee accused of being an al-Qaida operative committed suicide in a Guantanamo Bay prison yard, U.S. officials say. His death brings the total number of Guantanamo “suicides” to six since the U.S. began sending foreign captives there in 2002. (more)

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Bin Laden Sought Attacks on U.S. Railways Post-9/11

An initial inspection of the vast data trove recovered from Osama bin Laden’s personal belongings Sunday revealed that he was directly involved in planning terrorist attacks from his hideaway compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, officials said Thursday. Potential targets included U.S. railways.

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Chris Hedges Speaks on Osama bin Laden’s Death

Chris Hedges, speaking at Truthdig’s Inaugural Fundraising Dinner in Los Angeles, responds to the death of Osama bin Laden.

Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Department of State

Clinton Warns Taliban

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has some choice words for Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, warning of increasing military pressure as the U.S. prepares to resume heavy fighting. “They cannot defeat us,” Clinton said as the war in Central Asia is catapulted into its 10th year.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Nickee Butlangan

38 Dead in Christmas Attacks

Attacks in the Philippines and Nigeria have killed at least 38 people as anti-Christian violence came in the form of a series of bomb attacks against churches during Christmas festivities.

Posted on Dec 25, 2010 READ MORE


Soldiers in Afghanistan
Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Now in Afghanistan Longer Than Soviets

Some records are made to be broken, from the 100-meter dash to Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. But who would covet breaking the nine-year, 50-day Soviet record for its military campaign in Afghanistan? And the winner is … the USA.

Posted on Nov 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Kirsty Wigglesworth

U.K. General: Al-Qaida Can Never Be Defeated

Britain’s highest military officer is offering some wisdom: Al-Qaida can never be completely defeated—an admission that comes almost 10 years into the “war on terror.” The British general is calling for a military focus on containing enemy fighters and not annihilation.

Posted on Nov 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Aaron Favila

Now Hear This: U.S. Aids Pakistan

The U.S. is providing the largest humanitarian response of any country to the devastating flooding in Pakistan, but its goodwill isn’t altogether altruistic. Part of the motivation is to clean up the American image in a country where 68 percent of the people have a negative view of the U.S.

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Stephen Wandera

African Summit on Somalia Kicks Off

African leaders from 53 countries began meeting Sunday in Uganda for an African Union summit about the recent attacks by Al-Shabab fighters. Those attacks, which killed at least 74 people earlier this month, were said to be a reaction to the killing of several Somalians by African Union peacekeepers.

Posted on Jul 25, 2010 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
Wikimedia Commons

Terror Suspect Wins Round in Court

An appeals court in D.C. has sided with an Algerian detainee, Belkacern Bensayah, finding that since there was no direct communication between Bensayah and al-Qaida, he could not be considered part of a terrorist group.

Posted on Jul 4, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Karim Kadim

Iraq Hit by Wave of Bombings

A series of deadly bombings in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq struck a party headquarters, two mosques and other sites, in apparent retaliation for a U.S.-Iraqi raid five days earlier that killed the two top leaders of the country’s insurgency.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alaa al-Marjani

25 Dead in Baghdad Shooting

In the early hours of Saturday morning, a group of men dressed as Iraqi army soldiers busted into five houses in a southern district of Baghdad, handcuffing up to 25 people and shooting them in the head.

Posted on Apr 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Nasser

Closing Time in Yemen

Both the U.K. and U.S. temporarily closed their embassies in Yemen “for security reasons” on Sunday after increasing concern about al-Qaida threats in the capital city of Sana’a. Yemen has been under heightened scrutiny after the 2009 Christmas Day attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner was traced to the Middle Eastern country.

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP

War on Terror Visits Yemen

In response to the attempt to blow up a Northwest flight landing in Detroit on Christmas Day, the U.S. has announced it is planning retaliatory strikes in Yemen against al-Qaida members, though not necessarily those involved in the attack attempt.

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 READ MORE


Let's Get Ready to Rumsfeld
AP photo / Rick Browmer

Senate Panel’s Report on U.S. Torture Abuse

Read the devastating bipartisan report from the Senate Armed Services Committee that indicts high-level Bush administration officials—including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld—as bearing major responsibility for the torture at Abu Gharib, Guantanamo, and other detention facilities.

Posted on Dec 12, 2008 READ MORE


Syria Raid
latimes.com

Did Syria OK U.S. Attack?

While President Bush may not be too keen on diplomacy with U.S. “enemies,” talks of a military nature might be more his cup of tea. An Israeli intelligence expert says that Sunday’s U.S. attack inside Syrian territory may have been the result of a covert agreement between the two states to kill an al-Qaida operative.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


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news.ninemsn.com.au

Attack on U.S. Embassy in Yemen

An attack on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen killed 16 Wednesday, though it failed to breach the inner walls of the building complex. The act, which has been claimed by the group Islamic Jihad, is probably a response to both an internal Yemeni crackdown against insurgent groups and the U.S. global “war on terror.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


Michael Hayden
nsa.gov

Al-Qaida Analysis: Election Year Edition

Only a year after his agency warned of a resurgence of al-Qaida in the Arab world, CIA Director Michael Hayden remarked on Friday that U.S. “counter-terrorism work” has led to the strategic defeat of al-Qaida in Iraq and Saudi Arabia and significant setbacks for al-Qaida globally.

Posted on May 30, 2008 READ MORE


Al Qaeda Calls for Holy War Against Israel

The terrorist group’s No. 2 leader, Ayman al Zawahri, called for Muslims to rise up against Jews in Lebanon and Gaza until Islam reigns from “Spain to Iraq.”

  • Already, over 250 Iranians have heeded the call, and are headed to Lebanon via Turkey.

     

    Posted on Jul 27, 2006 READ MORE


  • Successor to Zarqawi Is Announced

    Al Qaeda in Iraq said in a Web statement that a militant named Abu Hamza al Muhajer had been chosen as the group’s new leader. Nothing is immediately known about Muhajer, except that his last name is Arabic for immigrant, implying that he is not Iraqi.

    Posted on Jun 12, 2006 READ MORE


    ‘The Day I Was Shot’

    A BBC reporter recounts his harrowing tale of being shot by suspected Al Qaeda members in Iraq.

    Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


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