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Boston Marks a Somber Anniversary

Marathon audience expected to double this year

(Newser) - Today marks one year since two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people, injured hundreds, and horrified the nation, and the city is preparing for a week of commemorations—including this year's marathon, which will go ahead on Monday under tight security.
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Bin Laden Son-in-Law Found Guilty

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith faces life in prison

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was found guilty of conspiring to kill Americans today, ending a landmark terror trial in New York City. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith now faces up to life in prison for serving as al-Qaeda's spokesperson in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the AP reports. The... More »

American Plotted to Bomb LA Subway

Nicholas Teausant also allegedly discussed bombing daycare

(Newser) - The 20-year-old California man arrested Sunday on charges of attempting to support terrorism had allegedly plotted to blow up the LA County subway system, the Los Angeles Times reports. Nicholas Teausant talked with "brothers" on Facebook about details of the plan, including a paid FBI informant who connected with... More »

So Much for Those Sochi Terror Fears, Huh?

We need to stop succumbing to baseless panic over terrorism, Peter Bergen argues

(Newser) - Hey remember that time, lo those many weeks ago, when most Americans believed a terror attack would hit the Sochi Olympics? You could hardly blame them; there were ominous reports of approaching black widows and evacuation plans as important people predicted doom. But a funny thing happened: Nothing. "It... More »

World Paid Terrorists $105M in Ransoms in 3.5 Years

And UN wants the payments to stop

(Newser) - In the past three and a half years, terror groups tied to al-Qaeda have raked in an estimated $105 million via ransom, Britain's ambassador to the UN says—and the UN Security Council wants those payments to end. Though countries are already legally banned from making such payments, it'... More »

US Evacuation Plans Not Looking Good in Sochi

Doing anything without Russian help will be hard

(Newser) - The US has sent two warships to the Black Sea and put planes on standby in Europe as it prepares to evacuate its Olympians from Sochi in the event of an attack. But officials fear their preparations might not be enough, reports NBC News , which describes the effort as "... More »

5 Olympic Teams Receive Threat Letters

But Olympic bosses say they're fake

(Newser) - More terror concerns are plaguing the Sochi Olympics following threatening letters sent to at least five teams—but authorities say they're a hoax. The letters, written in Russian, went to Olympic committees in Italy, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, and Slovakia, Reuters reports. The letter to Hungary said "persons attending... More »

US Prepared to Evacuate Americans From Sochi

Air, naval assets will be on standby

(Newser) - As Russia hunts "black widow" bombers believed to be targeting the Sochi Olympics, an offer of help has arrived from the Pentagon. The US military says it is "conducting prudent planning and preparations" in case American support is needed to deal with militant threats and it will have... More »

Russia Hunting 'Black Widow' Terrorists Targeting Sochi

Wanted posters already up for one woman

(Newser) - Russian authorities believe that as many as four women intend to launch terror attacks targeting the Sochi Olympics, and that one might already be in or near the city, sources tell NBC News . Wanted posters are already up in Sochi for Ruzan Ibragimova, aka Ruzana, a 23-year-old woman described as... More »

Militants: We Have a 'Present' for Olympic Visitors

Threat sparks Sochi security fears

(Newser) - A chilling threat for visitors to next month's Sochi Olympics: Islamic militants say they have a "present" ready for those attending the Games in southern Russia. The threat was made in a video that surfaced yesterday, sparking serious security fears with the event less than three weeks away,... More »

6 Found Shot Dead in Cars in Southern Russia

Attacks investigated in counter-terror operation

(Newser) - A series of unexplained killings in southern Russia involving booby-trapped bombs has further heightened security fears ahead of next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi. Investigators were scrambling today to determine who had killed six men whose bodies were found yesterday in four cars abandoned in an area just north... More »

'Jihad Jane' Gets 10 Years

Colleen LaRose will serve 6 more years

(Newser) - Colleen LaRose, the American woman known as " Jihad Jane ," was sentenced to 10 years in prison today for a failed plot that involved al-Qaeda, with credit given for four years already served. The 50-year-old faced a life sentence, but she's helped authorities with other terrorism cases since... More »

Behind the Bombings: 'Russia's Osama'?

Doku Umarov linked to series of attacks

(Newser) - After three bombings in Volgograd in three months , the name Doku Umarov is coming up frequently as a possible link. Who is the 49-year-old who has dubbed himself the "emir of Caucasus Emirate"? London's Times (via the Australian ) calls him "Russia's Osama bin Laden.... More »

Feds ID Major al-Qaeda Funder

Abd al-Rahman al-Nu'aymi is a sort of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

(Newser) - According to US officials, Abd al-Rahman al-Nu'aymi is a sort of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: The 59-year-old Qatar-based professor is the onetime president of the Qatar Football Association and, more prominently, well-regarded for his deep experience in raising funds for human rights causes, a role that his seen... More »

Inside the Mystery of World's 'Most Wanted Woman'

AP profile details what's known about the 'White Widow'

(Newser) - She's been called the "white widow," the most wanted woman in the world, yet she's eluded police for years, even while traveling Africa with four children in tow. In a profile of fugitive Samantha Lewthwaite, the AP explores the life of a white woman, born to... More »

CIA Secretly Turned Gitmo Inmates Into Double Agents

'Penny Lane' program led to al-Qaeda leaders' deaths: officials

(Newser) - Guantanamo Bay contained "the worst of a very bad lot," according to Dick Cheney—and it was from this pool that CIA teams handpicked potential double agents, anonymous officials tell the AP . The program at Gitmo's "Penny Lane" facility, a secret cluster of eight cottages near... More »

5 Arrested in Tiananmen 'Terrorist' Attack

Names suggest all are Uighurs

(Newser) - Five people have been arrested in connection with what Chinese authorities are calling a "terrorist attack" in Tiananmen Square on Monday. The cops say the car that plowed into crowds and burst into flames, killing five, contained gasoline, knives, and a jihadist flag, reports Reuters . The man identified by... More »

Female Suicide Bomber Behind Russia Bus Blast

Death toll stands at 6

(Newser) - A bomb blast rocked a passenger bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd today, and officials say a female suicide bomber was behind the attack, which killed six people and injured about 30. The suspected bomber, 30-year-old Naida Asiyalova, was from the North Caucasus, a region in southern Russia... More »

Two Men Accused of Plotting Terrorist ... Coat Drive?

New York men worked with informant to send goods to Taliban

(Newser) - Two New York men have been arrested for an alleged plot to aid Taliban fighters—by keeping them warm in the winter. The NYPD yesterday announced the arrest of Humayoun Ghoulan Nabi, 27, and Ismael Alsarabbi, 32, who allegedly conspired with a department informant to supply winter clothes to the... More »

Watch Out for Terrorist 'Dry Runs': Pilots' Memo

Union says they're testing to see how crews react

(Newser) - An internal memo from the US Airline Pilots Association suggests would-be terrorists are conducting "dry runs" during airplane flights to see how crews react to threatening situations, reports Tampa's WTSP . The memo cites "several" such incidents, the most recent on a Sept. 2 flight from Washington to... More »

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