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Investigators: Northwest Bomb Plot Planned by al Qaeda in Yemen
Dec. 28, 2009 - Federal authorities say that a plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet over Detroit on Christmas day was planned by al Qaeda leaders in Yemen. The bomber, Abdul Farouk Umar Abdulmutallab, a 23-year old Nigerian, failed in his mission because the detonator may have been too small or was not in "proper contact" with the explosive material.
- Source: ABC
- Terrorist scare puts pressure on Obama - The Age
- Napolitano Acknowledges Security Failed in Allowing Terror Suspect on Plane - Fox
- Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility for Attempted Bombing of U.S. Plane - Fox
Yemeni air strike kills 30, targets home of cleric linked to Ft. Hood attack
Dec. 24, 2009 - A second attack by Yemeni forces against suspected militants at the hideout of al-Qaeda leaders in southeastern Yemen killed at least 30 people. The house may have been the home of Anwar al-Aulaqi, the Muslim cleric linked to Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, the gunman suspected of killing 13 people at Fort Hood last November.
- It's unknown whether the United States played a role in Thursday's attack. In an assault on suspected militants last week, the U.S. government provided intelligence and other assistance to Yemeni forces, U.S. officials said.
- Source: Washington Post
- Behind the scenes- U.S./Saudi Arabia vs. Iran - Yahoo
- Yemen Is Growing Front in Al-Qaida Battle - NewsMax
Deadly Russia Train Derailment 'Appears to Be Terrorism'
Nov. 28, 2009 - An explosion caused a Russian passenger train travelling from Moscow to St. Petersburg to derail, killing dozens of people and injuring scores of others. Officials believe the tragedy is an act of terrorism.
- "We have the blast remains: a crater. There is little doubt this is terrorism," a source in Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's office told Fox News. Who was responsible for the derailment or why it occurred "remains unclear," the source said.
- Source: Fox
- Nevsky Express Passenger Train Derails in Russia, at least 30 killed - Pravda
Major Hasan’s Islamist Life – by Daniel Pipes
Nov. 20, 2009 - Islamic expert Daniel Pipes wonders if the Fort Hood investigation will honestly report the extent of Major Hasan's deep involvement with radical Islamic teaching. Pipes gives evidence from three phases of Hasan's life.
At Walter Reed Army Medical Center he presented a 50-slide PowerPoint talk on “The Koranic World View As It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military.” He opined that “It’s getting harder and harder for Muslims in the service to morally justify being in a military that seems constantly engaged against fellow Muslims.” Fellow psychiatrists there agreed that he was disturbed and possibly dangerous, but no action was taken.
At Ft. Hood Hasan he became very vocal about his jihadist tendencies.
- His supervisor, Captain Naomi Surman, recalled his telling her that as an infidel she would be “ripped to shreds” and “burn in hell.” Another person reports his declaring that infidels should be beheaded and have boiling oil poured down their throats.
His extracurricular activities revealed an obsession with radical Islam. His business card included “SoA,” the jihadi abbreviation for Soldier of Allah. He wore Pakistani clothing and sent money to Pakistan, where it probably supported jihadi groups. He considered Anwar al-Awlaki, Al-Qaeda recruiter and fugitive from U.S. justice, his spiritual leader. Pipes gives several other examples.
- Source: Front Page Magazine
- Major Hasan's E-Mail: 'I Can't Wait to Join You' in Afterlife - American Official Says Accused Shooter Asked Radical Cleric When Is Jihad Appropriate? - ABC News
Free Speech Rights Prevented Probe Into Hasan E-Mails, Investigators Say
Nov. 12, 2009 - The FBI, the military, and other law enforcement agencies are scrambling to determine who knew what, and when, about Hasan's leanings toward faith-inspired violence. It appears that "political correctness" kept investigators from doing anything about Hasan's actions. Those who were aware of e-mails that Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly sent to a radical imam claimed that they would have been "crucified" over First Amendment rights if they had launched a full-scale probe into his activities.
- Source: Fox
- Political Correctness Is Just Wrong - Ron's Blog
- Does Fort Hood shooter's Muslim garb tie him to al-Qaida? - WorldNetDaily
9/11 Link in Slay Spree - Killer Prayed at Mosque With Hijackers
Nov. 11, 2009 - Major Nidal Malik Hasan attended the Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va. in 2001 while two of the 9/11 hijackers attended the same mosque.
- At the time, the mosque's ultra-radical imam was Anwar Aulaqi, thought to have connections with Osama bin Laden. The imam also knew people involved in raising money for Hamas, a Palestinian group on the State Department's terrorist list, according to the FBI.
- Source: American Chronicle
Troubling Portrait Emerges of Fort Hood Shooting Rampage Suspect
Nov. 6, 2009 - Confusing and contradictory information is coming to the surface about Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 people and wounded many more at Fort Hood, Texas yesterday. The event is being called the worst mass killing on a U.S. military base. Hasan was born in America, but was a lifetime Muslim. He was a career soldier, but complained of being harrassed for his Muslim beliefs after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
- A second military official said Hasan's family has Palestinian roots. There have been reports that he was harassed for his Muslim religion, but the official says there is no indication Hasan filed a complaint within the military about that.
- Source: Fox
- Terrorism at Fort Hood - Ron's Blog
- Military jihadists fill 'every branch' - WorldNetDaily
- Suicidal political correctness
- David Limbaugh
- The 2 faces of Maj. Hasan - Patrick J Buchanan
Officials: Terror Plot Most Significant Since 9/11
Sept. 25, 2009 - Unfolding details of a thwarted bomb plot reveal a conspiracy by Afghan-born Najibullah Zazi "and others" to carry out a bomb attack on U.S. soil. Authorities say the plan was one of the most significant terror threats to the U.S. since 9-11.
- Zazi — a legal U.S. resident who immigrated in 1999 — began plotting as early as August 2008 to "use one or more weapons of mass destruction," when he "and others" traveled from Newark, N.J., to receive explosives training in Pakistan, prosecutors said.
- Source: Fox
One of al-Qaida's Most-Wanted Killed in Somalia
Sept. 16, 2009 - Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, one of Africa's most wanted al-Qaida suspects, was one of six people killed in a daring U.S. helicopter assault in Somalia. The key al-Qaida leader was an alleged plotter in the 1998 bombings at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed more than 250 people.
- "It reinforces the resolve that we have as a country and sends a message to young jihadists ... that we have a long reach and a long memory," said Jack Cloonan, a counterterrorism expert who was a member of the FBI's Osama bin Laden unit.
- Source: Google - AP
Taliban announces surrender in Swat Valley after leader Maulana Fazlullah 'arrested'
Sept. 15, 2009 - The Taliban in Pakistan's Swat Valley has reportedly surrendered to the Pakistani army after troops had surrounded them and arrested its charismatic leader Maulana Fazlullah.
- Their collapse in Swat, if confirmed, will deal a serious blow to the Taliban's Pakistan leadership which has been in disarray since its leader Baitullah Mehsud was killed in an American drone attack in north Waziristan, close to the Afghan border, last month.
- Source: Telegraph - UK
Bin Laden Calls Obama 'Powerless' in New Tape
Sept. 14, 2009 - In a tape recording released after the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Usama bin Laden said that the attack was caused by U.S. support of Israel, and that President Barack Obama is "powerless" to stop the war in Afghanistan.
- Bin Laden ... said current White House officials are merely following the strategy of former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney to "promote the previous policies of fear to market the interest of big companies."
- Source: Fox
Probe of CIA Imperils Interagency Trust
Aug. 26, 2009 - Attorney General Eric Holder has announced a probe of the CIA's interrogations of terrorist suspects after the 911 attacks.
Another document, which was not release, was a rebuttal of a 2004 CIA inspector general report criticizing the agency's conduct. The employees that were involved wrote a joint rebuttal, but they feel that the Justice Department ignored it deliberately for political reasons.
- Many CIA officers were stunned by 's decision to launch the probe. Some were deeply angered by what they consider a selective declassification of documents describing the acts at issue, former agency officials said Tuesday.
- Source: Fox
- Cheney, Republicans Blast Interrogation Probe - Fox
Lockerbie Bomber Freed From Prison on Compassionate Grounds
Aug. 20, 2009 - Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, responsible for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 on Dec. 21, 1988, has been freed from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds. He has terminal prostate cancer, and was released to return to Libia to die after serving only eight years of his life sentence.
- The White House said it "deeply regrets" the Scottish decision, and U.S. family members immediately expressed outrage.
- Source: Fox
- Al-Megrahi return to Libya riles UK - Al Jazeera
- Gaddafi embraces Lockerbie bomber and thanks his 'courageous friend' Gordon Brown for releasing him - Daily Mail- UK
- Update: Sept. 1, 2009 - Libya to Flaunt Lockerbie Bomber at Celebration
Israelis warned not to go to Sinai
Aug. 12, 2009 - Israel's Counter-Terrorism Bureau has issued a warning against traveling to Sinai from now through the upcoming holidays in September.
- The bureau stressed that "Hezbollah continues to accuse Israel of the death of Imad Mughniyeh, which increases threats of terror made by Hezbollah towards Israeli targets abroad".
- Source: YNet
Pakistani Taliban leader 'killed'
Aug. 7, 2009 - According to witnesses in Pakistan, a U.S. drone attacked the home of Pakistan's most
wanted man, Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, while he was recovering from illness on his roof. His body was
partailly destroyed and he has already been buried.
Local sources told the BBC that Taliban leaders are in the process of picking a successor.
- Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Quresh said the government was seeking "ground verification".
- Source: BBC
U.S. soldier captured by Taliban: 'I'm afraid'
July 20, 2009 - Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl was captured by Taliban in Afghanistan on June 30.
Taliban sources say they will kill him if foreign troops continue targeting civilians in the name of search operations in Ghazni and Paktika province. NATO-led forces and the U.S. military have repeatedly denied targeting civilians.
In a video released by the Taliban, Bergdahl becomes emotional when he speaks of his family.
- "I have a very, very good family that I love back home in America, and I miss them every day that I'm gone," he says. "I miss them and I'm afraid I might never see them again."
- Source: CNN
- Taliban Video of Captured US Soldier (Bowe R. Bergdahl) from Afghanistan
- You Tube
Al Qaeda says would use Pakistani nuclear weapons
June 23, 2009 - Abu al-Yazid, the top Al Quaeda leader in Afghanistan, said that they would like to control Pakistan's nuclear weapons.
- "God willing, the nuclear weapons will not fall into the hands of the Americans and the mujahideen would take them and use them against the Americans."
- Source: Reuters
Report: Names on Doomed Flight Linked to Terrorists
June 11, 2009 - In what might or might not be a coincidence, two passengers on Air France Flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean last week had ties to an Islamic terrorist cell.
- A French source calls the find "highly significant." The French equivalent of the CIA established the connection while working through the list of those who boarded the flight from Rio de Janeiro to France on May 31, the Paris weekly L'Express reported.
- Source: NewsMax
- Update 6/12/09 - Two passengers on doomed Air France jet cleared of links to Islamic terrorism - Daily Mail
Al-Qaida Eyes Anthrax Attack on U.S. From Mexico
June 3, 2009 - According to U.S. counterterrorism officials, al-Qaida wants to exploit weaknesses in U.S. border security and is willing to work with white militia groups to use anthrax for an attack in the U.S.
- The officials, who spoke only on the condition they not be named because of the sensitive nature of their work, stressed that there is no credible information that al-Qaida has acquired the capabilities to carry out a mass biological attack although its members have clearly sought the expertise.
- Source: NewsMax
Obama Facing Escalating North Korea Threat With Few Options
May 26, 2009 - World opinion is apparently unanimous against North Korea because of yesterday's nuclear test and launching of missiles. Most think it would be suicide for North Korea to actually use one of their nuclear devices in war, but there is greater concern that their technology may be given or sold to terrorists. Graham Allison, an assistant secretary of defense in the first Clinton administration and now director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University asked:
- "Could this guy believe he could sell a nuclear bomb to Osama bin Laden? ...Why not?" It would be easier, he said, than helping Syria construct a nuclear reactor, which the North Koreans are accused of having already done.
- Source: News Max
New York 'bomb gang' due in court
May 21, 2009 - Four Muslim men, described as "homegrown terrorists," were arrested on Wednesday after planting what they thought were bombs at two Bronx synagogues.
- The four are charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction within the US and conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles, officials said.
- Source: BBC
NYC financial workers see low-flying planes, panic
Apr. 27, 2009 - Panic was caused briefly in lower Manhattan when a Boeing 747 used by the president and two Air Force fighter jets flew through the city at low altitude.
It turned out to be a governmental photo-op stunt, requested by the White House and approved by the Department of Defense and the FAA. Unfortunately, citizens were not given advance warning.
- John Leitner, a floor trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange Building, said about 1,000 people "went into a total panic" and ran out of the building around 10 a.m. after seeing the planes whiz by their building, near the World Trade Center site.
- Source: Breitbart
- White House Official Apologizes for Air Force One Photo Op in New York City - Fox
Navy Seals Kill Pirates, Rescue American Hostage
Apr. 13, 2009 - Navy Seals rescued Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates who had held him hostage for several days. Three pirates were killed and one was taken as a prisoner.
- Vice Admiral William Gortney, Commander of Navy's 5th Fleet, told journalists at the Pentagon Sunday evening a decision was made to take the shots after the pirates were spotted pointing an AK-47 into the back of Captain Phillips.
- Source: Fox
Taliban Chief Vows 'Amazing' Attack on Washington 'Soon'
Mar. 31, 2009 - Pakistan's top Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, who has a $5 million bounty on his head from the U.S., took credit for a deadly assault on a Pakistani police academy in Lahore. He said the attack was retaliation for recent U.S. missile strikes against militants along the Afghan border.
- "Soon we will launch an attack in Washington that will amaze everyone in the world," Mehsud told The Associated Press.
- Source: Fox
Obama lays out new Afghanistan-Pakistan plan; includes additional U.S. troops
Mar. 27, 2009 - President Obama made a formal announcement of US plans to strengthen Afghanistan against terrorist control by sending 4,000 more troops -- on top of the additional 17,000 he's already added to the region. US units will partner with Afghan units to build an Afghan Army of 134,000 and a police force of 82,000 by 2011.
His plans include assistance to Pakistan to enforce efforts to uproot Al-Qaeda and Taliban operations there.
- "For the American people," Obama says, the Afghan-Pakistan border has become "the most dangerous place in the world" because of the terrorists' presence there.
- Source: USA Today
Unprecedented Global Alert Issued In Saudi Arabia Terror Threat
Feb. 11, 2009 - INTERPOL, the International Criminal Police Organization, has issued its largest-ever most wanted list for 85 terrorist suspects. They are sought by Saudi Arabia for allegedly plotting attacks against the country and for suspected links to al Qaeda. The urgency may be caused by the upcoming 16th anniversary of the first World Trade Center bombing on Feb. 26.
- Source: National Terrorist Alert
Obama Gives First TV Interview To Arabic Network
Jan. 27, 2009 - President Barack Obama granted his first formal television interview to the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya network. He said, "All too often the United States starts by dictating." He said we would be listening to them now.
Obama's envoy to the Middle East, George J. Mitchell, has begun an eight-day trip to the Mideast to talk to all the major parties involved.
- "My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy," Obama said. "We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect."
- Source: Fox
- Text of Obama interview - Al-Arabiya
- Obama hails 'anti-Israel' Arab plan - WorldNetDaily
- The day America lost the terror war - Strong criticism from Benjamin Shapiro - WorldNetDaily
Obama order gives 1-year deadline for shutdown of Guantánamo prison
Jan. 22, 2009 - President Obama signed an order today to shut down the Guantánamo Bay prison where suspected terrorists are held, and he closed secret CIA jails overseas.
- Source: USA Today
- Executive order: Guantanamo - Text of the order - USA Today
- Bush's 'war on terror' comes to a sudden end -
Obama signals that America's reach in battling enemies will not be limitless - MSNBC
- Al Qaeda Chief Was Released by U.S. From Gitmo - Al Qaeda in Yemen says a Saudi national released from Guantanamo in 2008 is now the group's second in command. - Fox
- Gitmo and the 'Black Death' - Hal Lindsey - WorldNetDaily
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