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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 »

'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 »

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 »

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 »

Suspect in Timbuktu Shrines' Destruction: 'I Am Really Sorry'

Ahmad al-Mahdi, charged with war crimes, pleads guilty at the Hague

(Newser) - When Islamic rebels backed by al-Qaeda infiltrated Timbuktu in 2012, they wreaked havoc in the Malian city and destroyed Muslim shrines, including nine mausoleums and the door of a mosque that had remained shut for hundreds of years, per the Guardian . Now Ahmad al-Mahdi, a former employee with Mali's... More »

Son of Osama's Bombmaker Caught in Terrorists' Civil War

'Washington Post' interviews Mohammed al-Masri

(Newser) - Those looking for insight into the fierce rivalry between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State will want to read a Washington Post interview with a 35-year-old named Mohammed al-Masri. He happens to be the son of Abu Khabab al-Masri, a chemist known as Osama bin Laden's bombmaker who was killed... More »

Al-Qaeda: 'Gravest Consequences' if US Executes Tsarnaev

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death last year

(Newser) - The leader of al-Qaeda is threatening the US with the "gravest consequences" if Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is executed, the Guardian reports. "If the US administration kills our brother the hero Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or any Muslim, [it] will bring America's nationals the gravest consequences," Ayman al-Zawahri... More »

Oldest Gitmo Prisoner Loses Bid for Freedom

Saifullah Paracha, 68, considered too dangerous for release

(Newser) - Guantanamo's oldest prisoner won't soon return to Pakistan or the US as he had hoped: The Guantanamo parole board has ruled that 68-year-old Saifullah Paracha will remain in custody as "a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States." The Pakistani businessman has been... More »

Obama: ISIS Getting a Nuke 'Would Change Our World'

Obama asked world leaders to tighten security on nuclear materials

(Newser) - At a nuclear summit attended by more than 50 world leaders Friday in Washington DC, President Obama called the possibility of ISIS getting its hands on a nuclear weapon "one of the greatest threats to global security," the BBC reports. “There is no doubt that if these... More »

Osama's Will Reveals How He Wanted His Millions Spent

Secret docs reveal fears of drones, tracking devices

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden set aside money for his relatives, but the majority of his fortune—including $29 million in Sudan—was to be spent "on jihad, for the sake of Allah," according to his just-released will. The handwritten document was one of hundreds seized during the 2011 raid... More »

Did CIA Miss Chance to Save US Hostage We Killed?

Agency accused of failing to follow up on drone footage

(Newser) - After American al-Qaeda hostage Warren Weinstein was killed in a drone strike in January, the White House said the CIA had no idea he was at the Pakistan compound. But what the CIA did have was drone footage from months earlier of what appeared to be a heavily guarded Western... More »

On al-Qaeda's New Hit List: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett

And other 'economic personalities' targeted in magazine article

(Newser) - On the eve of the 14th anniversary of 9/11, a group of what al-Qaeda is calling "economic personalities" and "wealthy entrepreneurs" has been labeled as being in the terror organization's sights. The list appears in its latest issue of Inspire and includes names like Bill Gates, Warren... More »

Bin Laden's Youngest Son May Be Rising in al-Qaeda

Audio message reportedly from Hamza urges attacks on US

(Newser) - A man claiming to be Osama bin Laden's youngest son Hamza released an audio message calling for al-Qaeda supporters to step up lone-wolf attacks on the United States and its allies, he Telegraph reports. He singled out Washington DC, London, Paris, and Tel Aviv as targets. If the recording,... More »

ISIS Blasted as Too Tyrannical ... by al-Qaeda

'A severe punishment has been promised'

(Newser) - Adam Gadahn was a US citizen and an al-Qaeda rep; he's now dead, having been unintentionally killed in a January drone strike that accidentally killed an American hostage. But sometime in the fall before his death he apparently gave an interview that's been published in an al-Qaeda magazine,... More »

Al-Qaeda: US Killed No. 2

Nasir al-Wuhayshi led powerful Yemen franchise

(Newser) - Once again, an American drone strike has apparently created some room at the top in al-Qaeda. The group's Yemen branch, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has confirmed that its leader, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, was killed in a strike last week, reports the Washington Post . Wuhayshi, who was reportedly groomed by... More »

Why al-Qaeda Is on Verge of 'Collapse'

ISIS is stealing money, recruits, territory from floundering terror group

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda's spiritual leaders say the organization is on the verge of "collapse" while ISIS thrives. The former al-Qaeda branch—booted last year for disobeying Osama bin Laden successor Ayman al-Zawahiri—is attracting money and recruits that have helped it spread from Afghanistan to west Africa, even as an... More »

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