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Saturday, March 17, 2018

‘The Great War Of Our Time’ Goes Inside The CIA, To A Point

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.

June 21, 2015

The Paradox Of Fundamentalism

In battling extreme religious orthodoxy, liberal secularists will be more successful if they embrace a certain wariness of their own orthodoxies.

June 4, 2015
Bashar al-Assad, Civil War, Syria, Army, Middle East, World News, Top News, Hezbollah, Maryr's Day, Nursa Front, Islamic State, al-Qaida

Syria’s Assad Says He’s ‘Not Worried’ Despite Battlefield Setbacks

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.

May 6, 2015

Widow Of U.S. Hostage Lashes Out At Obama Policy Toward Captives

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.

April 27, 2015

CIA Struggled To Keep Rationalizing Brutal Interrogations, Report Shows

The CIA kept finding new reasons to keep torturing prisoners.

December 10, 2014

Al-Qaida Group Threatens To Kill American Hostage Luke Somers In Video

Time appears to be running out for American hostage Luke Somers.

December 4, 2014

Al-Qaida-Linked Group Drives Back U.S.-Supported Fighters In Syria

Fighters associated with al-Qaida have overrun northern bastions of U.S.-backed Syrian rebels.

November 3, 2014

Al-Qaida Recruit Jose Padilla Resentenced To 21 Years In Prison

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. […]

September 9, 2014

Pentagon Confirms Militant Al-Shabab Leader Killed In Somalia Airstrike

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 […]

September 5, 2014

Al-Qaida Sets Up New Branch In Indian Subcontinent

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 […]

September 4, 2014

New Guantanamo Judge Throws Out Limburg Charges In USS Cole Case

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 […]

August 11, 2014

Islamic State’s Momentum Complicates The Fight In Syria

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 […]

August 7, 2014

10 Lebanese Soldiers Killed In Battle With Syrian Islamist Fighters

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 […]

August 4, 2014

Calif. Man Gets 13 Years For Plan To Train Al-Qaida Fighters In Pakistan

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 […]

July 1, 2014

Militants Kill Dozens In Hours-Long Siege On Kenyan Town

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 […]

June 16, 2014

Syrian Islamists’ Call For A Free State Likely Directed At West

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 […]

May 19, 2014

Jordanian Ambassador To Tripoli Is Abducted

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 […]

April 16, 2014

Al-Qaida Rebels Strike Syrian Town Seeking Access To Iraq, Oil

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 […]

April 10, 2014

Terrorism Conviction Revives Debate On Trial Venue

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 […]

March 27, 2014

Hillary Clinton Pleased With Killing Of Key Al-Qaida Leader

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 […]

September 30, 2011