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Libyan Terror Suspect Now in US: Report

Abu Anas al-Libi was being held aboard ship in international waters

(Newser) - A Libyan terrorist suspect who had been detained aboard a US warship is now in the United States, anonymous officials tell the AP. US special operations forces snatched Abu Anas al-Libi (aka Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai) during a raid in Libya on Oct. 5. He was held for questioning aboard the... More »

Captured al-Qaeda Honcho Being Held on Navy Ship

Months of questioning lie ahead for Libyan suspect

(Newser) - Looks like boats are the new Guantanamo Bay: The Libyan al-Qaeda leader captured by American special forces on the weekend is being held on a Navy ship for interrogation and will probably next see land when he is sent to New York City for prosecution, the New York Times reports.... More »

Libya Slams US 'Kidnapping'

Al-Qaeda suspect a legal target, Kerry says

(Newser) - Has the capture of an al-Qaeda commander damaged relations with Libya? A statement from the Libyan government describes the Tripoli raid that nabbed Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai as a "kidnapping" and demanded answers from the US, reports the Washington Post . In response, John Kerry described the Libyan, who is known... More »

US Nabs al-Qaeda Honcho in Libya Raid

Kerry: Terrorists 'can run but they can't hide'

(Newser) - US special forces captured a Libyan al-Qaeda leader linked to the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa, seizing him outside his Tripoli home and whisking him out of the country. A Navy SEAL team that swam ashore hours earlier in Somalia engaged in a fierce firefight but failed... More »

Al-Qaeda Leader Behind US Embassy Bombings Is Killed

Somalia says troops shot Fazul Abdullah Mohammed

(Newser) - Yet another big name in al-Qaeda has gone down: Somalia says security forces shot dead Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who planned the US embassy truck bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans, reports the AFP . Mohammed, thought to have been al-Qaeda's top leader... More »

Gitmo Detainee Gets Life for Embassy Bombings

Ahmed Ghailani is first detainee to be tried in civilian court

(Newser) - Ahmed Ghailani—the first Guantanamo detainee to be tried by a civilian court—was sentenced to life in prison today without parole, the AP reports. Ghailani, 36, had been acquitted of more than 200 counts of murder stemming from the attack on US embassies in Africa in 1998, but the... More »

Package Bomb Found at Greek Embassy in Rome

Could be tied to last week's embassy bombings

(Newser) - On the heels of last week's blasts at the Chilean and Swiss embassies in Rome, another package bomb was found today at the Greek Embassy. A spokesman tells the AP heightened security had already been put in place and no one was injured; two people were injured in the previous... More »

Gitmo Detainee Acquitted on 284 Counts

Ahmed Ghailani guilty of single charge in embassy bombing case

(Newser) - The first Guantanamo detainee to face a civilian trial has been acquitted on 284 of the 285 charges against him, including one murder count for each of the 224 people killed in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The anonymous New York jury found Ahmed Ghailani... More »

Judge Deals Blow to US in Big Terror Trial

Witness Ghailani gave up during CIA interrogations is out

(Newser) - The first civilian trial of a Gitmo detainee has hit a serious snag, one that could crimp future cases. A federal judge ruled that testimony from a key witness is off limits—because the government learned about him during CIA interrogations at a secret prison overseas. The case, in which... More »

Baghdad Suicide Blasts Target Embassies, Kill 31

Car bombs explode near Iranian, German, Egyptian embassies

(Newser) - Police say the death toll from three car bombs in Baghdad has reached 31. Suicide attackers detonated the bombs within minutes of each other today. One exploded near the Iranian embassy, and the two others went off in an area that houses several foreign embassies, including those from Egypt and... More »

Blast Kills 17 Outside Indian Embassy in Kabul

Rush hour car bomb attack kills street cleaners

(Newser) - At least 17 people were killed and dozens injured when a powerful car bomb exploded in central Kabul today, rattling buildings up to a mile away. The bomb went off across the road from the Afghan Interior Ministry and the Indian embassy, which is believed to have been the target.... More »

First Gitmo Detainee to Face Trial Pleads Not Guilty

Denies role in 1998 embassy bombings

(Newser) - The first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be brought to the US for trial has pleaded not guilty in two embassy bombings. Ahmed Ghailani entered the plea today in federal court in Manhattan. Ghailani is charged with participating in the bombing of embassies in Africa in August 1998, attacks that killed... More »

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