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Later Articles: Since Jan. 1, 2007

World sees vote as start of new foreign policy

Nov. 9, 2006 - Many politicians, analysts and ordinary citizens from foreign countries say that they hope the sweeping shift of power brought about by U.S. elections will cause President Bush to be more conciliatory about terrorism.
But some also expressed fears that a split in power and a lame-duck president might stall global trade talks and weaken much-needed American influence.
Source: MSNBC

Manhattan High-rise Plane Crash Not Terrorism

Oct. 12, 2006 - New York Yankee Pitcher Cory Lidle another person were killed in a crash of the small plane he was flying. The plane smashed into apartments in a 50-story skyscraper. Witnesses feared that it was another terror attack. The reason for the crash is not yet known, but it does not appear to have any connection to terrorism.
Source: Fox

Unconfirmed Report About Bin Laden Death

Sept. 23, 2006 - A French newspaper printed a report, presumably from a leak of Saudi Arabian intelligence, that Osama Bin Laden died in Pakistan on Aug. 23 from a typhoid attack. The French Defense Ministry issued a statement that, "The information diffused this morning by the l'Est Republicain newspaper concerning the possible death of Osama bin Laden cannot be confirmed."
Source: Fox

Asleep at the Switch: The Path to 9/11

Sept. 7, 2006 - ABC will air a major doucdrama about the 9/11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon. The five-hour program, entitled "The Path to 9/11" will be aired on the evening of Sept. 10 and Sept 11.

London Police Disrupt Terrorist Plot to Blow Up Aircraft in Mid-Flight

Aug. 10, 2006 - London police have uncovered a plot to destroy multiple trans-Atlantic flights to the United States. Terrorists evidently planned to use explosives smuggled in on carry-on luggage. Consequently, all liquids and gels (except baby formula and medicines) have been banned from carry-ons. Britain's security level has been elevated to its highest level, and the ban was begun immediately. The process has nearly crippled operations at London's Heathrow airport
"We think this was an extraordinarily serious plot and we are confident that we've prevented an attempt to commit mass murder on an unimaginable scale," Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson said.
Twenty-one suspects have been arrested in what has been called a "homegrown" plot. Is is believed that there were approximately 50 people involved. Laptop computers, mobile phones, iPods, and remote controls were also banned.
Source: Fox
Disrupted Terror Plot 'Suggestive of Al Qaeda' - Fox
Raw Data: Text of Homeland Security Statement - Fox

Justices say Bush went too far at Guantanamo

June 29, 2006 - The Supreme Court has issued a 5-3 decision that President Bush overstepped his authority in creating military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees. Justice John Paul Stevens, who wrote the opinion, said the proposed trials were illegal under U.S. law and the Geneva Convention.
At a news conference in Vienna last week, Bush said he was awaiting the Supreme Courtís ruling before deciding the proper forum to try Guantanamo prisoners.
The ruling does not call for the closing of the prison.
Source: MSNBC

Seven Men Accused of Terror Plot Against Sears Tower

JUNE 23, 2006 - Seven men arrested in Miami are being charged with conspiring with Al Qaeda to "levy war against the United States." They had planned various acts of violence, including blowing up the Sears Tower in Chicago. They thought they were working with an Al Qaeda representative, but they were actually confiding in with a law enforcement informant. Five of them are U.S. citizens who lived in cities where they planned to commit terrorism. Charges brought against them include:
"... agreeing to provide personnel, including themselves, to work under Al Qaeda's direction and control, knowing that Al Qaeda has engaged or engages in terrorist activity."
Source: Fox

Al-Qaida in Iraq's al-Zarqawi 'terminated'

June 8,2006 - US forces in Iraq killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida leader, in a precision airstrike. Al-Zarqawi led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and beheadings of hostages.
Al-Zarqawi and seven aides, including spiritual adviser Sheik Abdul Rahman, were killed Wednesday evening in a remote area 30 miles northeast of Baghdad in the volatile province of Diyala, just east of the provincial capital of Baqouba, officials said.
Zarqawi Found Alive After Bombing - Fox

Twelve Canada terror suspects due in court

June 6, 2006 - A plot to bomb Canadian targets by Islamic terrorists has been foiled there, and twelve men face a formal hearing today on the charges against them.
Police expect more arrests, while intelligence officers sought ties between the 12 men and five other teen suspects and Islamic terror cells in the United States and five other countries.
Source: MSNBC
Canadian Beheading Plot - CBS News

U.S. In 'First Phase' of Al Qaida War

May 1, 2006 - A State Department report admits that the U.S. effort to stop Al Qaida might not be sucessful.
"Overall, we are still in the first phase of a potentially long war... The enemy's proven ability to adapt means we will probably go through several more cycles of action/reaction before the war's outcome is no longer in doubt. "
Source:Middle East Newsline

Mahdi Rising. . .

Apr. 6, 2006 - Moqtada al-Sadr, the thirty-two year old leader of the self-described "Mahdi Army"in Iraq, has raised an independent force of 15,000. He is a Muslim Cleric, who has been a thorn in America's side since the beginning of the operations there. The U.S. has not stopped him.
Instead, the US is taking a 'hand's off' approach, unsure what to do next. al-Sadr has joined the political process, with stunning results. The current prime minister, Ibrahim Jaafari, effectively owes his job to al-Sadr's support.
Worst of all, al-Sadr, like President Ahamadinejad of Iran, believes he is preparing the way for the apocalyptic "Mahdi," who they believe will be the rider on the white horse of Revelation 6:1, and will cause the death of one-fourth of mankind.
Source: Jack Kinsella - Omega Letter

Port deal was killed by politics, not sound policy

Mar. 10, 2006 - Marc Sandalow, Washington Bureau Chief, explains that the collapse of the deal for a Dubai company to purchase port operations in the U.S. was less of a terrorist threat than it was an opportunity for Democrats to turn the terrorism fear against the President and republicans in an election year.
The result was an extraordinary bipartisan consensus to stand up to President Bush and shut Arabs out of U.S. ports, killing a deal that security experts generally agreed presented no threat.
President Bush had argued that killing the deal would hurt the good relationships that have been built with one of the few Arab countries that has actually cooperated with the U.S. in the war on terror. Members of both parties had called for a further investigation of the issue, and a House committee voted 62-2 to block it.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Expert: Jihadists Can Infiltrate Dubai Ports World

Feb. 28, 2006 - Dr. Walid Phares, terrorism and Mideast expert and senior fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, warns that, in spite of the United Arab Emirates' position as an ally against the War on Terrorism, that it would be relatively easy for terrorists to take advantage of their ports operations to endanger the U.S.
"In the Dubai World ports agreement, the issue is about how successful can the Jihadists be in penetrating the company in the U.A.E. If they can infiltrate it - which is most likely - they will be able to infiltrate the U.S."
The real port issue - Joseph Farah

Bush details al-Qaeda hijack plot

Feb. 9, 2006 - President Bush has revealed information about a failed al-Qaeda plot to fly an airliner into the tallest building in Los Angeles shortly after the 911 attacks. They had planned to use young Asian men from the militant Islamic group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) to avoid suspicion.
Planning began in October 2001, but it was derailed in early 2002 "when a South East Asian nation arrested a key al-Qaeda operative", Mr Bush said.
The plot was thwarted when JI leader Hambali was arrested in Thailand.
Source: BBC

Super Bowl Sunday terror chatter high

Jan. 30, 2005 - Speculation is high that Superbowl Sunday on Feb. 5 could be the Al Qaida target for another attack on American soil. It is near the end of the threat window from their recent audio message [see previous article - below]. It is a day that record numbers of people will be watching TV, and it is also a significant date to bin Laden.
Feb. 5, 1989, was the day the last Soviet troops withdrew from Kabul, Afghanistan, signaling their defeat at the hand of the mujahedeen.
It may be significant that the Al Qaida audio release referenced the U.S. withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Al Qaeda Video is 'Green Light' for Attack, Analyst Warns

Jan. 11, 2006 - A new video by Ayman al-Zawahiri was aired the al-Jazeera satellite network on Jan. 6. He claimed that US plans to withdraw troops from Iraq is a victory for Islam. Even more important than the content is the timing of the broadcast. Terrorism expert Christopher L. Brown observed that each Zawahiri video appears to be part of a pair, with the second video followed by a significant attack somewhere other than Iraq or Afghanistan within 30 days. The earlier "sets" of videos were:
Sept. 9 and Nov. 9, 2004 - followed by the Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, bombings on Dec. 6, 2004.
Feb. 20 and June 26, 2005 - followed by the July 7 London bombings.
Aug. 4 and Sept 1, 2005 - followed by the bombings in Bali, Indonesia, on Oct. 1, 2005.
Theorists say that this pattern and other evidence from the Internet indicate the possibility of a large attack some time next month, and possibly in Italy, France or Germany.
Source: CNS News
Surge In Sales Of Disposable Cell Phones May Have Terrorist Link - ABC
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