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FBI Makes Arrest in Plot to Bomb Fed Bank

Feds gave him phony bomb in sting

(Newser) - The FBI says it has foiled a plot to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, reports CNN . The story follows a familiar pattern: It was a sting operation, and the suspect was actually dealing with agents from the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force of New... More »

New York Man Convicted in Subway Bomb Plot

Adis Medunjanin faces life in prison

(Newser) - A New York man has been found guilty in a 2009 subway bomb plot . Adis Medunjanin, who was also convicted of training with al-Qaeda and seeking to join the Taliban, could receive life in prison, the New York Daily News reports. The conviction comes after fellow plotters Zarein Ahmedzay and... More »

Cartoon Terror Trial Begins in Denmark

4 men accused of plotting attack on newspaper over Mohammed cartoons

(Newser) - Four men accused of planning a shooting spree at a newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed have gone on trail in Denmark. Prosecutors say the four—three Swedes and a Tunisian—were planning to shake Danish society by killing as many people as possible at the Jyllands-Posten newspaper,... More »

Obama: Iran Plot Evidence Will Convince Skeptics

President calls for 'toughest sanctions'

(Newser) - The alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's man in Washington sounds far-fetched, but skeptical foreign governments have been presented with evidence, State Department officials say. President Obama, in his first remarks about the plot, promised to push for "the toughest sanctions" against Iran and said US officials... More »

Alleged Iranian Plot Doesn't Match Past Behavior

This sounds like neither Iran nor the Zetas cartel: Pro Publica

(Newser) - Pro Publica takes a closer look at the alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador on US soil and offers up a big, hmmmmm. It just seems ... off. The normally careful Revolutionary Guard teaming with Mexican drug gangsters? To stage a brazen attack in Washington that would likely... More »

US Vows Iran Will Be Held Accountable

Clinton: 'Very strong message' to be sent to Tehran

(Newser) - The plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US had the support of elements of the Iranian government and Iran is going to pay, US officials vow. "The United States is committed to holding Iran accountable," Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters after the plot was exposed.... More »

Iranian Terror Suspect Had the Right Connections

Mansour Arbabsiar had Iranian military ties, business in Mexico

(Newser) - Iranians trying to recruit Mexican drug cartels to kill the Saudi ambassador? The terror plot US authorities say has been foiled sounds far-fetched, but it appears less so after a look at the man in the middle of it, the Washington Post finds. Mansour Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old Iranian American, had... More »

Sweden Busts 4 in Suspected Terror Plot

But terror alert level not raised; officials tight-lipped

(Newser) - Swedish police arrested four people on suspicion of preparing a terror attack and evacuated an arts center in Sweden's second largest city on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, officials said today. The four were arrested in Goteborg, said a Swedish police spokeswoman, who wouldn't say whether they... More »

German Police Bust 2 in Bomb Plot

Men caught purchasing suspicious chemicals

(Newser) - German police today arrested two men suspected of plotting a bomb attack, searching both their Berlin apartments and an Islamic Center they frequented, the AP reports. The men, a 24-year-old German of Lebanese descent and a 28-year-old Gaza native, came under suspicion when two chemical companies reported some suspiciously large... More »

Cops: Terror Plot Foiled in Seattle

Two men accused of planning attack on military recruitment office

(Newser) - Another potential terror plot foiled: Seattle police arrested two men they say planned a suicide attack on a federal building that houses a military recruitment office and a federal day care center, report the Post-Intelligencer and Seattle Times . One suspect is identified as Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, 33, who was born... More »

Bin Laden Wanted to Hit Oil Tankers

Abbottabad documents show he wanted to spike oil prices

(Newser) - When Osama bin Laden wasn't maybe watching porn, he was apparently plotting his next devastating attack. Documents pulled from bin Laden's Abbottabad compound indicate that the terror leader next was planning to hijack oil tankers and blow them up at sea, reports the AP —an attempt he... More »

2 Arrested for NYC Terror Plot

'Homegrown radicals' accused of planning attack

(Newser) - Two men believed to have been planning a terrorist attack on New York City were arrested last night. Law enforcement sources describe the men as homegrown radicals of North African descent, the New York Times reports. The arrests were made by the NYPD's Intelligence Division after the FBI-NYPD Joint... More »

Al-Qaeda Planned 9/11/11 Rail Attacks

Osama bin Laden plotted terror attacks from hideout, seized files reveal

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda leaders discussed attacking America's rail network on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, according to American officials who have seen the first batch of documents from Osama bin Laden's hideout. The documents reveal that bin Laden, who many experts believed had become merely an inspirational... More »

As al-Qaeda Looks to Prove Itself, US Braces for Hit

Zawahiri expected to try to prove terror group is still powerful

(Newser) - Any terror plans that al-Qaeda and its affiliates may have had in the pipeline are likely to be sped up in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death, counter-terrorism officials warn. Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden's second-in-command, is expected to launch a strike to prove that al-Qaeda is still... More »

Why Underwear Bomber Flew to Detroit: Cheap Fares

Shows break from bin Laden's love of symbolic targets

(Newser) - With 25% of its own residents fleeing Detroit, it might seem like the would-be underwear bomber could have picked a more devastating US target than Motor City. But, as the AP has learned, airplane tickets to considered destinations Chicago or Houston were just too darn expensive, so Umar Farouk... More »

British Airways Worker Convicted of Terror Plot

IT specialist Rajib Karim worked with Anwar al-Awlaki, messages show

(Newser) - A British Airways IT specialist has been convicted of plotting to blow up a plane, along with three additional counts of terrorist planning—including conspiring with Yemen-based radical Anwar al-Awlaki and passing him useful information. It took police nine months to crack encrypted messages on Rajib Karim’s home computer;... More »

Saudi Student Detailed Terror Plan in Journal

Alleged plotter Khalid Aldawsari wanted to create al-Qaeda in US

(Newser) - The FBI has detailed information about Khalid Aldawsari’s alleged terrorist ambitions —because the 20-year-old wrote all about them in his journal and emails to himself. Aldawsari wasn’t affiliated with any terrorist group, and Saudi Arabian officials confirm that he had no criminal record back home. But he... More »

Student in Texas Accused of Plotting Attack on Bush

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari was buying chemical explosives, say authorities

(Newser) - A Saudi Arabian man attending college in Texas has been charged with the "attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction," the Justice Department announced today. Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, allegedly bought several chemicals needed to build an improvised explosive device, and “was actively researching potential targets,... More »

Brit Consulate Workers Charged in Terror Plot

Palestinian employees accused of planning Israeli stadium attack

(Newser) - Two Palestinan employees of Britain's consulate in Jerusalem have been charged in connection with a plot to attack the city's main soccer stadium. The two maintenance workers were among 5 people arrested in an alleged Hamas plot to fire a rocket into Teddy Stadium, home of the city's Beitar soccer... More »

UK Charges 9 After Terror Raids

Young men nabbed in 'significant' plot; 3 released

(Newser) - Following terror raids last week across several British cities, nine men have been charged with conspiring to cause explosions and preparing for terrorism, the BBC reports. Three others were let go without charges. The men, whose ages span from 19 to 28, are from Cardiff, East London, and Stoke-on-Trent. They... More »

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