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Army Chief: There's a Threat Far Worse Than Islamic Terror

British General Mark Carleton-Smith points to the east

(Newser) - A British general is warning his country and the West about Russia—a threat he calls worse than anything posed by ISIS or al-Qaeda, the BBC reports. "The Russians seek to exploit vulnerability and weakness wherever they detect it," General Mark Carleton-Smith tells the Telegraph . "Russia today... More »

Journo Held Captive for 3 Years in Syria: 'Now I Am in Turkey'

Jumpei Yasuda, abducted in 2015 by Nusra Front, is now safe

(Newser) - A Japanese freelance journalist who was freed after more than three years of captivity in Syria said Wednesday he's safe in neighboring Turkey. "My name is Jumpei Yasuda, Japanese journalist. I have been held in Syria for 40 months," Yasuda said, somewhat haltingly in English, in videotaped... More »

He Wanted Revenge for Brother's 9/11 Death, Found Something Else

It's been 17 years to the day

(Newser) - As the US remembers the 9/11 attacks that took place 17 years ago, the Louisville Courier Journal relays the remarkable story of a young girl's note to those helping in the aftermath. Emily Ernspiker, then a 7-year-old in Kentucky, donated a pair of work gloves that made their way... More »

Man Behind 2009 Underwear Bomb Plot May Be Dead

Ibrahim al-Asiri may have been killed last year

(Newser) - One of al-Qaeda's master bombmakers may have been killed in Yemen last year, according to a UN report . If Ibrahim al-Asiri—who was believed to have been involved in an unsuccessful 2009 plot to blow up an aircraft over Detroit on Christmas Day with an underwear bomb —is... More »

Jerusalem Decision Triggers 'Day of Rage'

At least one dead in protests over Trump's decision to recognize city as Israeli capital

(Newser) - Palestinians angry over President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital clashed with Israeli troops at 30 locations across the West Bank and Gaza on Friday, resulting in at least one death, reports the AP . One Palestinian was killed in skirmishes between protesters and Israeli troops along the... More »

3 Green Berets Killed in Africa Ambush

2 others killed in Niger attack

(Newser) - US officials say three US Army special operations commandos were killed Wednesday and two others were wounded when they came under fire in southwest Niger. The officials say the two wounded were taken to Niamey, the capital, and are in stable condition, the AP reports. The officials say the commandos,... More »

Mali Extremists Release Video of 6 Western Hostages

One of them has been held since 2011

(Newser) - An al-Qaeda-linked group in Mali has released a proof-of-life video showing six foreign hostages, a group that monitors jihadist communications says, shortly before the French president arrived in the West African country for an anti-terror summit. The recently formed Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen issued the video Saturday on Telegram, the... More »

Tourist Kidnapped by al-Qaeda Freed 6 Years Later

Swede Johan Gustafsson had been held in Mali

(Newser) - A Swedish man kidnapped by Islamic militants in northern Mali nearly six years ago has been released from captivity, the Swedish government confirmed Monday. There was no immediate word on the fate of a second hostage, from South Africa, who was also seized in Timbuktu. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom... More »

Report Finds Extreme Torture in Yemen Prisons

Americans involved in interrogations but deny abuses in AP investigation

(Newser) - Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaeda militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme—including the "grill," in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a... More »

FBI Investigator: 'We're Not Done With the bin Ladens Yet'

Hamza bin Laden appears ready to pick up the mantle

(Newser) - "I think we're not done with the bin Ladens yet." That's the conclusion of Ali Soufan in a 60 Minutes interview focusing on the trove of documents taken from Osama bin Laden's compound upon his death. Soufan—the FBI's chief al-Qaeda investigator in the... More »

9/11 Lawsuit Filed Against 'Duplicitous' Saudis

Complaint represents families, estates of 800 or so victims

(Newser) - A lawsuit representing the families and estates of about 800 victims of 9/11 has been filed in Manhattan federal court, with the Saudi Arabian government in its sights, WPIX and NBC News report. Of the 19 plane hijackers that day, 15 were Saudi nationals, and three of those reportedly had... More »

Man Who 'Made Terrorism His Life Story' Found Guilty in Court

Al-Qaeda fighter took part in firefight that killed 2 Americans

(Newser) - An admitted al-Qaeda fighter was convicted on Thursday of federal terrorism charges for participating in a fierce firefight in Afghanistan that left two US servicemen dead. A jury in federal court in Brooklyn deliberated for about two hours Thursday before convicting Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun, the AP reports. "... More »

'Wait Until You Are in the US, Then Bring the Plane Down'

Documents obtained by 'NYT' show US-born cleric's mentoring of underwear bomber

(Newser) - “Wait until you are in the US, then bring the plane down.” Those were the final words of advice from US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab before the latter tried to set off a bomb aboard a jet in 2009. The device fizzled and... More »

Pentagon: Syria Strike Killed 'Legacy' al-Qaeda Fighter

11 killed in 2 US strikes, Pentagon says

(Newser) - The Pentagon says two US airstrikes near Idlib in northwest Syria killed 11 al-Qaeda operatives, including one with ties to Osama bin Laden and other senior al-Qaeda leaders, the AP reports. Spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement that a single airstrike on Feb. 3 killed 10 operatives... More »

Target of Yemen Raid Escaped, Is Now Taunting Trump

Qassim al-Rimi calls him a 'fool' in recording

(Newser) - Military officials who've been trying to justify a Jan. 29 raid that killed a Navy SEAL in Yemen now say the goal was to capture al-Qaeda leader Qassim al-Rimi, who they believe escaped unscathed. They believe this because al-Rimi—considered the third most dangerous terrorist in the world, per... More »

Pentagon's Public Stats on US Airstrikes Are Way Off

Likely by thousands—and it's raising questions on transparency, accuracy

(Newser) - The Pentagon's transparency in its fight against overseas extremists is being questioned after a Military Times investigation revealed perhaps thousands of secret airstrikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria were never publicly disclosed. The US Air Force has an open-source database tapped by Congress, analysts, and others to figure out... More »

Obama Targets Al-Qaeda in Final Airstrike of Presidency

The Pentagon says more than 100 fighters killed

(Newser) - On Thursday evening, an Air Force B-52 bomber and two armed drones hit an al-Qaeda training camp in Syria with 14 bombs and missiles, killing more than 100 fighters, according to the Pentagon. USA Today reports it was the final known counterterrorism operation carried out by the Obama administration, and... More »

Obama Releases Bin Laden Documents on Last Day

They include letters to his sons and memos about al-Qaeda bureaucracy

(Newser) - In its last day running the country, the Obama administration has released a final batch of documents once belonging to Osama bin Laden, the AP reports. The 49 documents made public Thursday were part of the hundreds taken during the 2011 raid that led to bin Laden's death. Intelligence... More »

US Slaps Sanctions on bin Laden Son

'Hamza bin Laden is actively engaged in terrorism'

(Newser) - The Obama administration imposed sanctions on a son of Osama bin Laden on Thursday, saying the younger bin Laden poses a risk to US national security. The State Department said Hamza bin Laden was added to its Specially Designated Global Terrorist list after he was "determined to have committed,... More »

Report: Intel Officials Warn of Potential Terror Attack Monday

CBS says no targets named, but lists New York, Texas, Virginia as possibilities

(Newser) - Intelligence officials are worried about a possible al-Qaeda attack Monday in the US, reports CBS News . The story, based on anonymous sources, says intel officials have warned terrorism task forces to be on particular alert the day before the election. The story notes that such warnings often surface before big... More »

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