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Ore. Terror Suspect Indicted

Mohamed Osman Mohamud due in court today

(Newser) - A federal grand jury has indicted a Somali-American man in an alleged plot to blow up a car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore. The indictment filed today charges 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Mohamud was due in... More »

Belgium Charges 9 After Terror Raids

Authorities cite plot against unknown Belgian target

(Newser) - Authorities charged nine people today in a Belgian anti-terror court following yesterday's raids in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Belgium charged 7 for plotting an attack on an unknown target within the country; they include 6 Belgian-Moroccans and a “Russian of Chechen origin.”... More »

Brits Slam Bush's Claim That Waterboarding Saved Lives

But US officials back Bush

(Newser) - British officials are deriding George W. Bush’s claim that waterboarding terror suspects “helped break up plots.” In his memoir, Bush asserts that such “interrogations” of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and two others stopped attacks at Heathrow Airport and other locations. British officials counter that Mohammed’s information... More »

FBI: Muslims Turned In DC Bomb Plotter

Agents ensnared suburban man by luring him into fake terror plot

(Newser) - The Virginia man charged with planning a terror attack on Washington DC’s Metro system was brought to the attention of authorities when members of the Muslim community reported that he had been trying to join a terrorist group, according to an FBI source. Farooque Ahmed—a suburban father with... More »

Feds Suspect Plot to Attack DC Subway

Suspect nabbed in undercover sting

(Newser) - Federal authorities believe they’ve sniffed out a plot to attack Washington DC’s Metro system, sources tell the Washington Post . The plot, which is still under investigation, was in its early stages and never endangered the public, they say. The investigation centers around a Pakistani-born naturalized US citizen named... More »

Obama's Terror Alert Pure Politics: Pakistani Diplomat

European officials complain as well

(Newser) - A senior Pakistani diplomat launched a broadside at the Obama administration today, accusing it of issuing its European terror alert for political purposes. The vague warning of potential plots in Britain, France, and elsewhere was issued to justify escalating US drone and helicopter attacks in Pakistan, high commissioner Wajid Shamsul... More »

5 German Terror Suspects Die in Pakistan Drone Strike

Hamburg cell believed to be behind Europe terror plot

(Newser) - An American missile attack has killed at least five German nationals suspected of being part of a terror cell training in Pakistan, Pakistani officials say. The missile hit a house in Waziristan, the region where authorities believe a terror cell training for an attack on Europe was hiding out, the... More »

Euro Terror Plot Hatched By Germans, Brits in Pakistan

Intel officials intercepting their phone calls

(Newser) - Eight Germans and two British brothers are using Pakistan as a safe haven from which to plan Mumbai-style terror shootings across Europe, a Pakistani security official tells the AP . The group is coordinating the plot by phone with acquaintances in Germany and London. Pakistani, British, and German intelligence officials are... More »

US: Terror Team Already Inside Europe

Plot for Mumbai-style attack still active, officials say

(Newser) - European counterterrorism officials say they have intelligence that strongly suggests that a team of Islamic extremists is planning a Mumbai-style shooting spree in a European city center—but they have no idea which one. Drone attacks in Pakistan earlier this week were aimed at foiling the plot, but US officials... More »

CIA Ups Drone Strikes to Foil Euro Terror Plot

Drones target Pakistan as Europe sits on high alert

(Newser) - The CIA has launched a flurry of drone attacks in Pakistan in an attempt to disrupt a huge suspected terrorist plot against European targets, according to the Wall Street Journal . While the exact nature of the plot is unclear, there have been multiple warnings in France, Germany, and the UK... More »

Man Arrested in Chicago Bomb Plot

...But FBI gave him the bomb, so public was never in danger

(Newser) - When he dropped the paint can into a trash can near Wrigley Field on Saturday night, Sami Samir Hassoun allegedly thought he was planting a bomb that would cause massive casualties. In reality he was planting… a paint can. The FBI, which had for months been tracking Hassoun and giving... More »

2 Arrested After Boarding United Flight With Mock Bomb

Yemeni nationals believed to be carrying out 'dry run'

(Newser) - Dutch police are questioning two Yemeni nationals suspected of carrying out a "dry run" for a terrorist attack. The men were held after arriving in Amsterdam on a United Airlines flight that departed from Chicago. Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi was first stopped as he boarded a flight from... More »

2 Convicted in Plot to Blow Up JFK Airport

Duo planned to ignite underground fuel tanks

(Newser) - Two men have been found guilty of plotting to blow JFK Airport sky-high by igniting underground fuel tanks. Former airport employee Russell Defreitas, a naturalized US citizen, and former Guyanese member of parliament Abdul Kadir were convicted of conspiracy charges by a federal court in Brooklyn, and may face life... More »

Feds Warned of Second Christmas Day Attack

Plot would have targeted New York City

(Newser) - Was there almost a second Christmas Day attack? Early last December, overseas intelligence alerted the US of a plot to blow up a bomb in New York City on Christmas, according to an FBI report acquired by Fox News . “The final target of the attack was not known, but... More »

Jersey Jihadist Wanted to 'Mutilate Gays'

Alessa radicalized in early teen years

(Newser) - Mohamed Mahmood Alessa at 14 was already talking about mutilating homosexuals, blowing up his school, and subordinating women in the name of Islam. During his teen years the Jersey jihadist was kicked out of a string of schools, where "he was exhibiting this crazy, radicalized behavior," and officials... More »

2 Busted at JFK on Terror Charges

Pair allegedly planned to join terror group in Somalia

(Newser) - Two New Jersey men who allegedly intended to kill American troops were arrested yesterday at John F. Kennedy International Airport before boarding flights to join a jihadist group in Somalia, the Newark Star-Ledger reported. Mohamed Hamoud Alessa, 20, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 26, were charged with conspiring to commit an... More »

No Perp Walk Today; He's Talking Too Much

Faisal Shahzad's court appearance is delayed

(Newser) - Faisal Shahzad won't be appearing in court today as scheduled, and maybe not even tomorrow, because he's offering up so much information to investigators about his alleged terror plot at Times Square. Feds formally charged Shahzad with five terror-related counts late in a day when details about him came fast... More »

Ireland Releases US Woman, 3 Others, Without Charges

Paulin-Ramirez's whereabouts unknown; could still face charges

(Newser) - Four people detained earlier this week in a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist have been released without charge, Irish police said last night, apparently including 31-year-old American Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, a recent convert to Islam. Paulin-Ramirez's whereabouts weren't immediately known, according to her stepfather, who said she'd been "ducking... More »

American 'Jihad Jane' Charged in Terror Plot

'Bored' Colleen LaRose indicted in Philadelphia

(Newser) - A suburban Philadelphia woman who referred to herself as a bored "Jihad Jane" on her MySpace page and YouTube video has been charged with recruiting terrorists and plotting to kill a Swedish cartoonist. Petite blond Colleen LaRose wrote in an email to a co-conspirator that her appearance would allow... More »

NYPD: Zazi Had 2 Accomplices

Would-be subway bomber working with authorities

(Newser) - New York police said today Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan-born man who admitted plotting to bomb the city's subway system, planned to attack commuters at rush hour with at least two other bombers. Zazi, 25, pleaded guilty yesterday to several charges, and is cooperating with investigators. More »

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