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Wikileaks founder Assange arrested by British police
Nov. 7, 2010 - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London on Swedish
charges of rape. His website has caused a furor over the release of thousands of classified State Department
- The leaks received mixed reactions, with some U.S. diplomats and politicians calling for the website to
be classified as "terrorist." The government stated that the leaks had endangered the lives of several
people working for the U.S. in a secure basis.
- Source: International Business Times
US Defense Secretary Gates welcomes news of WikiLeaks arrest - AFP
Al Qaeda Promises U.S. Death By A 'Thousand Cuts'
Nov. 22, 2010 - An article in an Al Qaeda-affiliated magazine boasts that the recent shipping of two bombs in
UPS packages was not expected to cause great damage, but to force the U.S. government to spend billions of dollars on
preventive security screening measures.
- The strategy, the magazine said, was "of attacking the enemy with smaller, but more frequent operations is
what some may refer to as the strategy of a thousand cuts. The aim is to bleed the enemy to death."
- Source: ABC
Bomb was designed to explode on cargo plane - UK PM
Oct. 30, 2010 - Two explosive devices, inserted in printer cartridges and sent to synagogues in the Chicago area,
were intercepted. Both were mailed from Yemen. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said they were designed to go off on the aircraft.
The devices contained Pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) - an explosive favoured by the Yemeni branck of al-Qaeda.
- But Mr Cameron said investigators could not yet be certain about when the device, intercepted at East Midlands
Airport, was supposed to explode.
- Source: BBC
- Yemen Authorities Arrest Explosive Parcel Suspect
Egypt president warns of 'global terror' if Mideast peace talks fail
Oct. 5, 2010 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is convening his forum of top ministers to consider
an additional two-month freeze on settlement building so the peace talks with Palestinians can continue. Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak has weighed-in dramaticallyi on the issue:
- He has told several leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that
"if the peace process collapses, violence and terrorism will erupt in the Middle East and all over the world."
- Source: Haaretz
U.S. Issues Europe Travel Alert as Intel Shows Terror Plot Targeting Paris, Berlin Landmarks
Oct. 4, 2010 - The U.S. has issued a rare blanket travel alert for Americans in Europe because of information
that Al-Qaeda is plotting a Mumbai-style attack.
The list includes the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the luxury Hotel Adlon near Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. Targets in Great
Britain ae also in danger.
- A senior western intelligence official told Fox News on Sunday that a German-Pakistani national
interrogated at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan provided a list of targets. The list was later confirmed by
another senior intelligence official.
- Source: Fox
Afghan War Resources Diverted to Pakistan for CIA Campaign
Oct. 2, 2010 - U.S. aerial drones and weaponry are being moved from the Afghanistan battlefront to
Pakistan to be used in the campaign to destroy terrorist sanctuaries.
- The additional drones helped the CIA escalate the number of strikes in Pakistan in September. The agency averaged
five strikes a week in September, up from an average of two to three per week. The Pentagon and CIA have ramped
up their purchases of drones, but they aren't being built fast enough to meet the rapid rise in demand.
- Source: Fox
Mystery airstrike as Somalia collapses
Sept. 30, 2010 - Unidentified forces used a helicopter attack against a gathering of Islamist
leaders in Somalia. It is assumed that either U.S. Special Forces or mercenaries, staged the attack to stop
jihadist forces who are trying to overthrow Somalia's Western-backed government.
- The U.S. military's Special Operations Command in Africa, and the U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart,
Germany, denied any involvement in Sunday's incident
- Source: UPI
Al-Qaeda terror plot targeting Europe uncovered
Sept. 29, 2010 - Information about a series of planned attack by al-Qaeda militants in the UK, France and Germany
has been uncovered. The attacks are thought to be reprisal for intensive U.S. drone bombing of al-Qaeda targets
in the Waristan area of Pakistan. Small teams of militants were planning to seize and kill hostages, similar to
the attacks in Mumbai in 2008.
- Earlier this week, reports from the area said a senior al-Qaeda leader - Sheikh Fate al-Masri - had been killed
in a drone attack in North Waziristan.
- Source: BBC
MI5 head warns of serious risk of UK terrorist attack
Sept. 17, 2010 - Jonathan Evans, head of the UK's MI5 intelligence agency made a rare statement about the threat of terrorism there. There is a gradual shift of control of terrorism from Pakistan (and Al Qaeda) to Somalia's Al Shabaab group. Yemen is also an area of concern about terrorist activities.
- "I am concerned that it is only a matter of time before we see terrorism on our streets inspired by those who are today fighting alongside Al Shabaab," he warned.
- Source: BBC
9/11 Families Seek Time for Reflection in Storm of Controversy
Sept. 11, 2010 - Families and friends of 9/11 victims are usually comforted by the unity they sense on the anniversaries of the tragedy. But this year is different.
Great divisions and tensions exist this year because of the planned building of a large Islamic mosque near ground zero, and because of the threats and counter-threats surrounding the controversy of a florida church to burn the Koran on this day.
- As the city and nation brace to remember the moment when two planes flew into the World Trade Center, one hit the Pentagon and one crashed in a Pennsylvania field, killing thousands of people, those most affected say they feel more isolated and frustrated than ever.
- Source: Fox
U.S. Warns Taliban Planning Attack on Aid Workers in Pakistan
Aug. 26, 2010 - An unnamed U.S. official says Pakistan's Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban) is planning attacks against foreigners participating in the ongoing flood relief operations in Pakistan.
- The Tehrik-e-Taliban faction is a key architect of extremist violence that has left more than 3,500 dead in Pakistan over the last three years, according to AFP.
- Source: Fox
- Pakistan facing 'serious' threat of epidemic disease
State sponsors of terror: Iran, Sudan, Cuba, Syria
Aug. 6, 2010 - A new list of state sponsors of groups designated as terrorist has been released by the State Department, The list names four offending countries: Iran, Sudan, Cuba, Syria.
- Source: World Tribune
Why Pakistanis have been detained for Al Shabab's Uganda bombings
July 19, 2010 - Two explosions in Uganda on July 11 killed 76 people while they watched the soccer World Cup final game on TV.
Ugandan authorities report “more than 20” people, including several Pakistanis have been detained in connection with the investigations.
- Sheikh Mukhtar Abdirahman Abu-Zubeyr, spiritual leader of Somalia's Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group, Al Shabab, reportedly claimed responsibility for the blasts in a recorded message.
- Source: Christian Science Monitor
Pakistan's main spy agency still arms, trains Taliban despite US pressure, research says
June 14, 2010 - A report just issued by the London School of Economics claims that Pakistan's main spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI, continues to arm and train the Taliban and is even represented on the group's leadership council. Pakistan has recently fought against Pakistani Taliban who have launched attacks within the country, but not against the Afghan Taliban who are hiding in Pakistan but fighting NATO troops in Afghanistan.
Officially, Pakistan decided to denounce the group in 2001 under U.S. pressure, but the new report indicates that assistance to the group even extends to the highest levels of the Pakistani government.
- "Pakistan's apparent involvement in a double-game of this scale could have major geopolitical implications and could even provoke U.S. countermeasures," said the report, which was based on interviews with Taliban commanders, former Taliban officials, Western diplomats and many others.
- Source: Fox
Pakistani Wanted in NYC Bomb Plot, 2 Others Pulled From Plane
May 4, 2010 -
Faisal Shahzad, 30, was identified by FBI agents and New York Police Department detectives as the suspect in Sunday's attempted car-bombing in New York. Before the arrest, his home in Bridgeport, Connecticut was raided by law enforcement agents.
- A Pakistani-born U.S. citizen accused of trying to detonate a bomb-laden SUV in Times Square was minutes away from fleeing the U.S. when his Dubai-bound flight was returned to its gate at New York's Kennedy Airport and U.S. officials escorted him from the plane, along with two other men.
- Source: Fox
- Update May 10, 1010 - Feds Link Failed Times Square Bombing To Pakistani TalibanConfessions by Faisal Shahzad lead to Pakistan. - NY1
Surviving Mumbai gunman convicted over attacks
May 3, 2010 - Pakistani national Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, the sole surviving gunman of the terror attacks in Mumbai (Bombay, India), on charges of murder, waging war on India and possessing explosives.
- The attacks left 174 people - including nine gunmen - dead, and soured ties between India and Pakistan.
India's home minister said the verdict was a message to Pakistan that it should not "export terrorism to India".
- Source: BBC
Car Bomb In Times Square
May 5, 2010
A white man in his 40s was seen on surveillance footage walking away from the area.
- Law enforcement officials offered a more detailed description of the makeup of the failed car bomb found in Times Square on Saturday night.
- Source: N Y Times
Obama Calls Nuke Terrorism the Top Threat to U.S.
Apr. 7, 2010 - The Obama administration has announced a new strategy on the use of nuclear weapons.
The new defensive strategy will focus on the spread of atomic weapons to rogue states or terrorists, downplaying the old Cold War fear of a nuclear exchange with Russia.
- President Barack Obama said his administration would narrow the circumstances in which the U.S. might launch a nuclear strike, that it would forgo the development of new nuclear warheads and would seek even deeper reductions in American and Russian arsenals.
- Source: NewsMax
Homicide Bombers Kill 37 on Moscow Subway
Mar. 29, 2010 - Two Moscow subway stations were bombed by separate female homicide bombers during Monday's rush-hour. At least 37 people were killed and 102 were wounded.
One of the bombers, wearing a belt packed with plastic explosives, detonated the bomb as the train's doors opened, causing casualties on the train and on the platform.
- The head of Russia's main security agency said preliminary investigation places the blame on rebels from the restive Caucasus region that includes Chechnya, where separatists have fought Russian forces since the mid-1990s.
- Source: Fox
US to engage in 'hit and run' war in Somalia
Mar. 7, 2010 - According to a US newspaper, Somali military chief General Mohamed Gelle said that Americans will help the Somalia government launch a major assault on what US government dubs the 'al-Qaeda' branch in Somalia within 'a few' weeks.
- Source: PressTV
Forum 'chatter' hyping imminent attack on U.S.
Feb. 6, 2010 - According to The Middle East Media Research Institute the Internet is abuzz with terrorists who are discussing another attack on the United States that could come within the next three to six months. They are discussing which American sites would make the best targets. The White House and CIA headquarters are high on their lists.
Emerson believes attack are likely. He points out that we have had 19 attacks in just the past year, and each one was preceded by a written or verbal threat.
- Steven Emerson, a counter-terrorism expert and founder of the Investigative Project of Terrorism, said the nation should be taking such "chatter" ï¿½ comments on blogs and in e-mail ï¿½ seriously.
- Source: WorldNetDaily
- The Investigative Project on Terrorism
Intel chief: Al-Qaida likely to attempt attack
Feb. 3, 2010- Federal investigators say that Umar Farouk Abdulmutullab, the Christmas Day attack suspect, is giving investigators new information. According to senior U.S. intelligence officials the US can expect another attack in the country during the next three to six months.
- The terrorist organization is deploying operatives to the United States to carry out new attacks from inside the country, including "clean" recruits with a negligible trail of terrorist contacts, CIA Director Leon Panetta said.
- Source: AP News
MI5 hunting breast implants of death
Feb. 2, 2010 - British MI5 intelligence agents have discovered that Muslim doctors, trained in British hospitals have returned to their homelands to implant explosives in women's breasts or men's buttocks.
It is thought that as little as five ounces of PETN when activated would blow "a considerable hole" in an airline's skin, causing it to crash.
- The discovery of these methods was made after the London-educated Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab came close to blowing up an airliner on Christmas Day with explosives he had stuffed inside his underpants.
- Source: WorldNetDaily
Report: Al-Qaeda aims to hit U.S. with WMDs
Jan. 25, 2010 - A report from Congress' bipartisan Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism claims that Al-Qaeda is extremely patient, waiting for the opportunity to unleash weapons of mass destruction on the U.S. The commission was also critical of the Obama administration's preparation for this threat.
- Source: MSNBC
- Obama Administration Earns an 'F' on Stopping WMD Attacks - NewsMax
U.K. on Alert as Terrorism Threat Level Is Raised to "Severe"
Jan. 25, 2010 - Conferences will be held in London next week about Yemen and the war in Afghanistan. As a
precaution, the British government suspended direct flights between Yemen and the U.K. on Jan. 20. It has now raised
the country's international terrorism threat level from "substantial" to "severe." Home Secretary Alan Johnson
said that there is no specific intelligence that an attack is imminent.
- The highest level of alert in the U.K.'s five-tier scale is "critical," meaning an attack is "expected
imminently," followed by "severe," "substantial," indicating an attack is a "strong possibility," and then
moderate and low.
- Source: BusinessWeek
Osama Bin Laden tells Obama that threats like Detroit terrorist attack on Christmas will continue
Jan. 24, 2010 - An audio tape from Osama Bin Laden was played on al-Jazeera television. In it, he praised the attempt to destroy the airliner over Detroit and said that another attack would be "highly likely." He addressed President Obama directly about US support of Israel.
- "America will never dream of living in peace unless we live it in Palestine... It is unfair that you enjoy a safe life while our brothers in Gaza suffer greatly."
- Source: Chicago Libertarian Examiner
Yemen Captures Al Qaeda Suspects Tied to Plot Against U.S.
Jan. 6, 2009 - Three suspected Al Qaeda militants Yemeni forces Wednesday.
- The arrests were the latest move in Yemen's U.S.-backed crackdown on Al Qaeda's offshoot here, as Yemeni officials trumpet that they are taking on the militant group.
- Source: Fox
- PLUS! - Yemeni Forces Reportedly Surround Compound of Al Qaeda Leader - Fox
Obama to Meet With Security Officials, Unveil Reforms
Jan 5, 2010 - President Obama will meet today with 20 high-ranking government officials charged with carrying out two reviews he ordered after the failed attack on an airliner on Christmas day.
The meetings will include Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, CIA Director Leon Panetta and FBI Director Robert Mueller, Attorney General Eric Holder; Dennis Blair, director of national intelligence; Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center; national security adviser James Jones, and John Brennan, the president's counterterrorism adviser.
- Obama will outline his findings for the public after the meeting to which 20 officials were invited, as well as a series of new steps to improve the watchlists and thwart future terrorist attacks, the White House said.
- Source: Fox
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