In his book The Great War of Our Time, former CIA deputy Director Michael Morell explains the blunder that led to Saddam Hussein being deposed and sent him into hiding in a spider hole.
Assad, the Syrian leader embroiled in sectarian battles and a civil war, addressed the nation on the national holiday of Marty’s Day, saying the state and army are still strong.
The wife of an American hostage who was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in Pakistan blames his al-Qaida captors for the death, but she also lashed out Thursday at what she called “inconsistent and disappointing” assistance from the Obama administration.
By Jay Weaver, The Miami Herald MIAMI — Convicted al-Qaida terrorist recruit Jose Padilla was resentenced to 21 years in prison in Miami federal court Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke issued Padilla’s new sentence in response to a federal appeals court ruling ordering her to give the 43-year-old U.S. citizen a longer prison term. […]
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon confirmed Friday that Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of Somalia’s al-Qaida-affiliated al-Shabab militants, was killed in a U.S. airstrike that took place early this week. Godane, 37, was killed Monday after a special-forces strike hit a militant encampment in a town south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, officials said. The mission […]
By Siddhartha Kumar, dpa NEW DELHI — Terrorist group al-Qaida has set up a branch in South Asia, prompting Indian authorities to issue a nationwide alert Thursday, media reports and officials said. Al-Qaida head Ayman al-Zawahiri announced the plan in a 55-minute video message posted on the internet Wednesday that Indian officials said appeared to […]
By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — The new judge in the USS Cole case Monday dismissed collateral charges related to al-Qaida’s 2002 attack on a French oil tanker, according to two defense attorneys who read the ruling. “This represents a serious rejection of the prosecution’s claim that it can […]
By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times AKHTARIN, Syria — The rebel fighters peered through small holes in the wall of the abandoned poultry plant and across the farm fields where forces of the Islamic State had massed. Hidden here, breathing the rank air, the rebels could see evidence of their foes’ recent victories: U.S.-made Humvees […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — Clashes raging between Syrian Islamist rebels and Lebanese security forces in a town close to the Syrian border killed 10 soldiers, the Lebanese army said Sunday. An additional 25 were wounded in one of the most serious cross-border incidents since the Syrian civil […]
By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A California man was sentenced Monday to 13 years in federal prison for attempting to train al-Qaida fighters in Pakistan for an ambush attack on coalition forces. Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, 25, pleaded guilty in December to one count of attempting to provide material support to […]
By Kate Linthicum and Joseph Akwiri, Los Angeles Times NAIROBI, Kenya — A crowd of people gathered to watch a World Cup soccer match were among the targets of militants during a deadly five-hour siege on a small town on Kenya’s coast. Meshack Kimani said he was watching the game in a video hall in […]
By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIRUT — The largest coalition of Islamist rebels in Syria issued a manifesto over the weekend that calls for the increasingly fractious rebels to unite around the notion of liberating the country from the government of President Bashar Assad and installing a free state that will protect the rights […]
By Nehal El-Sherif and Taylor Luck, McClatchy Tribune News AMMAN, Jordan — Libyan gunmen seeking the release of an alleged al-Qaeda operative held in Jordan abducted Amman’s ambassador Tuesday in Tripoli, local media and Jordanian officials said. Ambassador Fawaz al-Aytan’s motorcade came under attack from masked gunmen in two cars without licence plates, Libya’s official […]
By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIRUT — A rogue al-Qaida offshoot Thursday shocked its rivals in the Syrian rebellion with a surprise offensive in far southeastern Syria, in an attempt to take control of a strategic border crossing with Iraq as well as rebel-held oilfields in the area. Residents and rebel commanders in the Syrian […]
By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times NEW YORK — It took less than 13 months for Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, to be arrested, put on trial and convicted of terrorism charges for being the fiery mouthpiece of al-Qaida in the days following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It has been 11 […]
Al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, and a second American, Samir Khan, were killed by a joint CIA-U.S. military air strike on their convoy in Yemen early Friday. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AR: “There was a momentous event today when we learned of the death of Anwar […]