U.S. officials say they believe Iran recently gave new freedoms to as many as five top Al Qaeda operatives who have been under house arrest, including the option to leave the country, and may have provided some material aid to the terrorist group.
The men, who were detained in Iran in 2003, make up Al Qaeda’s so-called management council, a group that includes members of the inner circle that advised Usama bin Laden and an explosives expert widely considered a candidate for a top post in the organization. View full article »
An emboldened Iran is “now more willing” to launch an attack inside the United States, America’s top intelligence official told Congress Tuesday, adding that the global threat posed by Al Qaeda’s central leadership has been diminished.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper outlined what he described as a “critical transition phase for the terrorist threat” in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. With Usama bin Laden and many of his former deputies dead, Clapper said the group’s leadership is thinned, its capabilities “degraded” and its focus on “smaller, simpler plots.” View full article »
A senior Al Qaeda figure was reportedly killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan last week, a U.S. official confirmed.
Four militants in the town of Miranshah in the North Waziristan tribal region were also killed, according to eyewitness reports.
U.S. officials had confirmed to Fox News that the first drone strike was the first in the region since a November NATO cross-border air attack last year left 24 Pakistani troops dead. View full article »
A wave of violence ripped across Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 57 people and injuring nearly 200 in a coordinated attack designed to wreak havoc in the Iraqi capital just days after American forces left the country.
The blasts were the worst violence since a political crisis between Iraq’s Sunni and Shiite factions erupted this weekend. The political spat, which pits Iraq’s Shiite prime minister against the highest-ranking Sunni political leader, has raised fears that Iraq’s sectarian wounds will be reopened during a fragile time when Iraq is finally navigating its own political future without U.S. military support. View full article »
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is rebranding itself to try to lose the negative “baggage” associated with the larger terror organization’s identity, according to a senior Arab diplomat who says the Yemeni-based group is trying to attract more foreign fighters to its cause.
AQAP is increasingly going by the name “Ansar al Sharia,” which means Army of Islamic Law, the diplomat told Fox News. View full article »
Marking the final departure of U.S. forces from Iraq after abandoning a security framework that called for an ongoing military presence there, President Obama said Monday the United States is prepared to help Iraq’s national security — not with troops but through training and trade.
Appearing in Washington with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at his side, Obama said of the U.S. war to liberate the country and tamp down an al Qaeda insurgency: “Those days are over.” View full article »
We told you yesterday to be on the lookout. Yesterday we reported on the new leader to Al Qaeda. This morning a man carrying a backpack containing what authorities said were suspicious materials briefly fled police Friday before he was detained in the middle of the night near the Pentagon. View full article »
Oh wow this is very nice. So we get rid of Bin Laden and today Al-Qaida announces a new top man? He is know for his great experience of suicide bombing. See how sick they are? They are happy about this! View full article »