US confirms al-Qaeda leader’s death

James Blitz in London AFP Anwar al-Awlaki, the US-born cleric regarded by western intelligence agencies as the most dangerous figure in the global al Qaeda network, has been killed in an air raid in Yemen, the US confirmed on Friday. A senior US official backed up an earlier statement by Yemen’s defence ministry claiming that … Continue reading

Did Obama Kneecap the 9/11 Suspects’ Defense Lawyers?

What an investigation into Gitmo attorneys means for the pending trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-defendants. — By Nick Baumann Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, in a Red Cross photo taken at Guantanamo Bay (left) and a photo (right) reportedly taken by US forces shortly after they first … Continue reading

Two NJ men arrested on the way to fight in Somalia

By Andrew Lebovich. Federal authorities at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday arrested two New Jersey men, Mohammed Alessa and Eduardo Almonte, alleging that they were on their way to Somalia to fight for the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab organization (NYT, CNN). The FBI had been watching the men since 2006, and the … Continue reading

Jihadistan

BY PETER BERGEN AND KATHERINE TIEDEMANN. Pakistan is the headquarters of both al Qaeda and the Taliban, while Pakistani nuclear scientists have met with Osama bin Laden and proliferated nuclear technology to rogues states such as North Korea. Few countries in the world worry the Obama administration more. In past months the Taliban have moved … Continue reading

The Rupture

Could the killing of Al Qaeda’s No. 3, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, sever the ties between the terrorist group and the Taliban? By Paul Cruickshank: The killing of Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, the Egyptian head of al Qaeda’s operations in Afghanistan, in a drone strike in North Waziristan last month is undoubtedly a body blow to the … Continue reading