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9/11 Families Set Condition for Biden to Attend Memorials

Relatives, first responders, and survivors want documents released that might implicate Saudi leaders

(Newser) - President Biden has been informed that he won't be welcome at events marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks unless he declassifies documents that could tie Saudi Arabian leaders to the terrorism. More than 1,800 relatives of victims, first responders, and attack survivors have signed onto...

Military Judge Allows Info Obtained During Torture

Law expert says it's a break with rules set by Congress

(Newser) - When Congress laid out rules for military tribunals, it decreed that "no statement obtained by the use of torture or by cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, whether or not under color of law, shall be admissible in a military commission." But in what may be a first, a...

Man Gunned Down in Iran Was No 'History Prof': NYT

Abu Muhammad al-Masri was shot while driving in Tehran this summer, officials say

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda's second-in-command was apparently gunned down in August—but where it happened, and what that means, might be as big as the killing itself. Intelligence officials tell the New York Times that Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, also known as Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was shot by Israeli agents on Aug. 7...

Sudan: a State Sponsor of Terror No More?

US proposal would free country from sanctions—at a price

(Newser) - The Trump administration has offered to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism—if the poverty-stricken country will fork over $330 million. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the proposal during a meeting with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in Khartoum on Tuesday, per the BBC , though...

9/11 Convict Slams bin Laden, Asks for Giuliani as Lawyer

Zacarias Moussaoui says he now renounces terrorism

(Newser) - The only man ever convicted in a US court for a role in the Sept. 11 attacks now says he is renouncing terrorism and al-Qaeda. Zacarias Moussaoui is serving a life sentence at a federal "Supermax" prison in Colorado; he was arrested in August 2001, lied to the FBI,...

FBI Cracks Phone of Shooter on Base, Finds al-Qaeda Link

Saudi shooter at Pensacola naval base killed 3 Americans

(Newser) - Last year, a Saudi military officer training at a US naval base in Florida shot and killed three American sailors and wounded eight others. Now, federal authorities have finally broken into one or both of his iPhones and discovered a link to al-Qaeda, reports the New York Times . The gunman,...

White Supremacists Are Major Threat, Says One State

New Jersey officials issue a new terrorist-threat report

(Newser) - Who's the biggest threat in New Jersey? Not al-Qaeda or ISIS. Not anarchists or black separatists. It's white supremacists, according to a terrorist-threat report released Friday by New Jersey Homeland Security officials. "The threat from white supremacist extremists increased from moderate to high in 2020 due to...

Trump Says US Operation Killed Yemen al-Qaeda Chief
Trump: We Killed
Al-Qaeda Honcho

Trump: We Killed Al-Qaeda Honcho

(Newser) - President Trump said Thursday that the US, at his direction, has conducted a counter-terrorism operation in Yemen that killed Qassim al-Rimi, an al-Qaeda leader who claimed responsibility for last year's deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola , where a Saudi aviation trainee killed three American sailors. Al-Rimi is a...

Terror Group Claims Deadly Florida Naval Base Shooting

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula releases video claiming the attack

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen claimed responsibility Sunday for last year's deadly shooting at the Naval Air Station Pensacola by an aviation student from Saudi Arabia, the AP reports. The shooter, 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, was a member of the Saudi Air Force in training at the base....

3 More Americans Killed in Base Attack

Al-Shabab strikes again, this time at Camp Simba in Manda Bay, Kenya

(Newser) - With Iran on everyone's mind, Americans killed in Africa don't get much attention—but three were indeed killed Sunday at a military base in Kenya, NBC News reports. According to US Africa Command, al-Shabab forces attacked a base used by US troops before dawn, killing a US service...

White House: Son of Osama bin Laden Has Been Killed

Details are still unclear on what exactly happened to Hamza bin Laden and when

(Newser) - The White House says Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaeda leader who'd become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, has been killed in a US counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. A White House statement gives no further details, such as when Hamza bin...

Another bin Laden Son Is Dead
Another bin Laden Son Is Dead

Another bin Laden Son Is Dead

Hamza bin Laden was killed, but where or when is unclear

(Newser) - Another Osama bin Laden son is apparently dead. The story broke after two US officials told NBC News that Hamza bin Laden, a likely successor to lead al-Qaeda one day, had died—but no details. Now officials say Osama's heir died between 2017 and 2019 and the US government...

The US Sets Its Sights on a 30-Year-Old bin Laden

State Department will pay up to $1M for info on Osama's son, Hamza bin Laden

(Newser) - "Submit a tip, get paid," reads the tweet from the State Department's Counter-Terrorism Rewards Program. In this case, the US is looking for a big tip—and offering a handsome reward: The US announced it will pay up to $1 million for information leading to Hamza bin...

Trump Confirms: USS Cole Mastermind Is Dead

Tweets salute to 'GREAT MILITARY' who took out Jamal al-Badawi in Yemen strike

(Newser) - President Trump is confirming reports that the US has killed the mastermind behind the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, reports Fox News . "Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole," tweeted the president on Sunday....

America Gets Vengeance for USS Cole Bombing: Official

Seems Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi was killed

(Newser) - The mastermind behind the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole is apparently dead. A US administration official tells CNN that an American airstrike in Yemen on Tuesday killed al-Qaeda commander Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi, CNN reports. Officially, US Central Command says Al-Badawi was targeted in "precision strike" but...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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