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Doctors Abducted in Afghanistan

Also, huge bomb plot foiled

(Newser) - Two foreign doctors and their three Afghan colleagues have been kidnapped in a remote area in the extreme northeast Afghanistan, officials said today. The kidnapping occurred yesterday as the group was traveling on horseback between Yaftal and Ragh districts about 56 miles from the provincial capital of Faizabad, a Badakhshan... More »

Bomb-Plot Busting Double-Agent Is British

CIA not happy about this leak

(Newser) - Another tantalizing—and potentially damaging—tidbit has leaked about the double-agent who foiled an al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula underwear bomb plot. The agent is of Saudi descent but lived for years in Britain, where he spent some time with jihadist sympathizers and acquired a British passport, sources tell CNN... More »

Al-Qaeda Bomb Was Sewn Into 'Custom-Fit' Underwear

It could be detonated in two ways, official tells 'NYT'

(Newser) - We now know that a Saudi double-agent managed to get his hands on a non-metallic bomb that was designed by al-Qaeda to slip past metal detectors—and a number of US officials aren't too happy about said revelation. Though the AP held the story for a few days, the... More »

Double-Agent Infiltrated al-Qaeda to Foil Bomb Plot

Was working with CIA when he got device

(Newser) - Looks like a nice coup for the CIA: The agency and its counterpart in Saudi Arabia teamed up to fool the Yemen branch of al-Qaeda with a double-agent, reports the Los Angeles Times . The infiltrator convinced the group to give him a newly designed non-metallic bomb so he could attempt... More »

US: CIA Foils al-Qaeda Underwear Bomb Plot

Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri suspected

(Newser) - The CIA has stopped al-Qaeda from bombing a US-bound airliner with a new kind of underwear bomb intended to slip past metal detectors, the AP reports. US officials say that agents grabbed the bomb in Yemen from a would-be terrorist who hadn't picked a flight yet, but planned to... More »

FBI: Anarchists Tried to Trigger Fake Bombs

Five men arrested for bridge plot were once associated with Occupy Cleveland

(Newser) - The five men charged with plotting to blow up an Ohio bridge actually did attempt to detonate what they believed were real explosives, the FBI alleges. The men, unknowingly working with an FBI informant, repeatedly tried to use a text-message detonation code to blow up the fake bombs, which they... More »

Afghan Forces: We Foiled Massive Kabul Attack

They seize 11 tons of explosives hidden in potato truck

(Newser) - Afghan security forces arrested five militants with 11 tons of explosives they planned to use to carry out a massive attack in Kabul, a security official said today. Three of the five men were members of the Pakistani Taliban, while the other two belonged to the Afghan Taliban, said an... More »

Utah Kids' Plot: Bomb School, Steal Plane

Teens arrested after student reported threatening text

(Newser) - Two Utah teenagers who were allegedly plotting to bomb their school—and then flee on a plane stolen from a nearby airport—were arrested on Wednesday, police say. Dallin Morgan, 18, and Joshua Hogan, 16, were apprehended after another student at Roy High School reported a text message sent by... More »

Feds Nab Man in Tampa Bomb Plot

US citizen from Yugoslavia suspected extremist

(Newser) - Federal agents have arrested a suspected Islamic extremist who allegedly planned to attack Tampa hotspots. Sami Osmakac, 25, a naturalized US citizen from the former Yugoslavia, allegedly plotted attacks using explosives and an assault rifle, the AP reports. Osmakac was reportedly caught buying weapons from an undercover agent; he's... More »

'Al-Qaeda Sympathizer' Busted in NYC Bomb Plot

'Lone wolf' Jose Pimentel was 'hour away' from finishing first bomb: Cops

(Newser) - A suspected lone wolf terrorist has been charged with plotting to kill US soldiers and police with bombs he was building in his Manhattan apartment, according to law enforcement authorities. Jose Pimentel, 27, who goes by the name Muhammad Yusuf, intended to test three bombs in mailboxes before using explosives... 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 »

Terror Suspects Plotted NYC Synagogue Bombing

They 'hated Jews,' were sick of treatment of Muslims

(Newser) - Two men busted in a New York City terror raid plotted to bomb a Jewish synagogue and possibly the Empire State Building, officials have revealed. Ahmed Ferhani, 26, and Mohamed Mamdouh, 20, were upset that Muslims were being "treated like dogs" and purchased a hand grenade and guns from... More »

Man Charged With Planting 'Lost and Found' Explosive

Gary Mikulich calls himself 'the president,' rants about the 'card system'

(Newser) - The FBI think they’ve found the man who left an explosive at Detroit's McNamara Federal Building—only to see it languish in the Lost and Found for three weeks. Meet 42-year-old Gary Mikulich, or as he calls himself, “President Mikulich.” In an affidavit, the FBI says Mikulich... 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 »

Why Are More Latinos Converting to Radical Islam?

Antonio Martinez is the latest troubling case

(Newser) - The FBI's arrest of alleged would-be terrorist Antonio Martinez highlights a growing concern among US officials: Why are more Latinos converting to radical Islam? The question is especially important because Latino converts are being radicalized in the US—and al-Qaeda appears to be specifically recruiting them, because they can move... More »

Baltimore Bomb Suspect Obsessed With Jihad

21-year-old identified as Antonio Martinez

(Newser) - A clearer picture is emerging of the 21-year-old man accused in the foiled plot to blow up an SUV outside a military recruitment center in Baltimore. From the Baltimore Sun and AP :
  • His legal name is Antonio Martinez, though he refers to himself as Muhammad Hussain. He recently converted to
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Feds Charge Would-Be Car Bomber in Baltimore

Suspect tried to set off car bomb near military recruitment office: Cops

(Newser) - Another apparent bomb plot foiled by another sting operation: Federal authorities in Baltimore arrested a man today who thought he was detonating a car bomb near a military recruitment office, reports the Baltimore Sun . The still unidentified man is scheduled to appear in court later today, when more details of... More »

US Knew of, Didn't Close Air Cargo Security Gaps

Shipping lobby too worried about costs, delays

(Newser) - The US knew for decades that terrorists could easily sneak a bomb into the global cargo system, yet didn't act because of pressure from shipping companies worried that a tighter security net would cost too much and cause too many delays. One shipping lobby has in fact spent some $60... More »

Here's What the Terrorists Are Plotting

Recent bomb scares give insight into their plan

(Newser) - The Yemen-based mail bomb plot offers new insight into what, exactly, terrorists are planning next. Aviation expert Clive Irving runs down their apparent plan in the Daily Beast :
  • The goal: Blow up a plane over a major US city.
  • The location: Most likely over “the great urban sprawl along
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Yemen Bomb Was 17 Minutes From Exploding

France's interior minister gives new details

(Newser) - One of two mail bombs sent from Yemen last week was defused just 17 minutes before it was set to explode, the French interior minister said today. Brice Hortefeux provided no other details in an interview on France's state-run France-2 television, and did not say where he got the information... More »

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