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Gitmo Terror Suspect Gets 'Least Qualified' Lawyer

But Alaric Piette says he didn't have a choice after terror suspect al-Nashiri's legal team quit

(Newser) - Navy Lt. Alaric Piette acknowledges the "contradiction" of his latest role: to defend a Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of terrorism and who just a few years back would've been one of Piette's targets. "On another day, I could have easily taken my client out," Piette...

NYC Bombing Suspect Came to US in 2011

Akayed Ullah carried bomb on 55-minute subway ride

(Newser) - The man accused of detonating a bomb in a subway corridor near Times Square Monday morning carried the device strapped to himself on a 55-minute subway ride from his Brooklyn home, law enforcement officials say. Akayed Ullah, who came to the US from Bangladesh in 2011, injured himself and three...

Fugitive Barcelona Suspect Shot Dead by Police

Younes Abouyaaqoub was wearing a bomb belt at the time

(Newser) - A man thought to be the driver in the Barcelona van attack was shot dead by Spanish police Monday after authorities announced he also was suspected of killing the owner of a hijacked getaway car, the AP reports. The fugitive was wearing a bomb belt, authorities said. Younes Abouyaaqoub was...

Belgium Authorities Think They've Got 'Man in the Hat'

'Several arrests' made in Belgium linked to Paris, Brussels terror attacks

(Newser) - Mohamed Abrini, one of the suspects in the November Paris attacks (and said to be likely involved in last month's Brussels attacks ) was arrested Friday in Brussels, unnamed sources tell Belgian broadcaster VRT, via Reuters —and he's likely the mysterious "man in the hat" seen...

Man Who Beheaded Boss Kills Himself in Prison

Frenchman Yassin Salhi reportedly had radical Islamic ties

(Newser) - A Frenchman charged with beheading his boss and attaching the severed head to a fence in June has been found dead in a surprise end to the case of the man with reported ties to radical Islam who allegedly tried and failed to blow up a gas plant. Prison officials...

Report: Suspect Planned to Behead Pamela Geller

CNN says Boston man then switched target to police

(Newser) - The man shot to death yesterday in Boston with a military-style knife originally planned to go after activist Pamela Geller, reports CNN . (She was the organizer of the Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas that drew an attack claimed by ISIS .) CNN quotes law enforcement sources who say that Usaama...

Man Under Terror Surveillance Killed in Boston

Also: Tsarnaev friend gets 6 years

(Newser) - Two prominent terror-related stories out of Boston today:
  • Suspect killed: A police officer and an FBI agent shot and killed a man who had been under surveillance as a terror suspect this morning, reports the Boston Globe . The man identified as Usaama Rahim pulled a "military-style" knife when confronted

Alleged al-Qaeda Leader Dies 10 Days Before Trial

Abu Anas al-Libi was accused of planning embassy bombings

(Newser) - Fifteen years after allegedly helping al-Qaeda plot the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, Abu Anas al-Libi parked his car on a quiet street in Libya's capital. Within moments, soldiers from the US Army's elite Delta Force forced him at gunpoint into a van and...

Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty, Blows a Kiss

Dzhokhar makes the plea to all 30 counts in Boston bombing

(Newser) - His arm in a cast and his face swollen, a blase-looking Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty today in the Boston Marathon bombing in a seven-minute proceeding that marked his first public appearance since his capture in mid-April. As victims of the bombing looked on, Tsarnaev, 19, gave a small, lopsided...

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Indicted on 30 Counts

Some carry death penalty; he also scrawled anti-US messages on boat

(Newser) - A federal grand jury has returned a 30-count indictment against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev —and 17 of the charges could bring life in prison or the death penalty. Among them: using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death. Dzhokhar and older brother Tamerlan...

Chicago Teen May Be Test Case on US Surveillance

Accused bomb plotter might serve as constitutional challenge to expanded powers

(Newser) - Adel Daoud is a Chicago 19-year-old accused by the feds of trying to detonate a bomb outside a Chicago bar in 2012. His case, however, could serve as the first constitutional challenge to the government's sweeping surveillance techniques, reports the Washington Post . In a court filing yesterday, attorneys for...

Russia Also Warned CIA About Tamerlan

Elder brother's name was added to US watch lists: reports

(Newser) - Russia not only warned the FBI about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011, it raised concerns to the CIA as well, reports the Washington Post . In response, the CIA asked the National Counterterrorism Center—the top US counterterror agency—to add Tsarnaev's name to a database that feeds national watch lists....

Trial of Osama's Son-in-Law Will Be on US Soil, a Rarity

al-Qaeda operatives usually held overseas

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was charged today with conspiring to kill Americans in his role as al-Qaeda's top propagandist. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who was captured in the Middle East last week, will appear tomorrow in US federal court in New York. His trial will mark one of the...

Egypt Arrests Possible Key Figure in Benghazi Attack

Followers of Muhammad Jamal Abu Ahmad were at the site

(Newser) - Egypt has made what could be a big arrest related to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, reports the Wall Street Journal . Authorities detained Muhammad Jamal Abu Ahmad, described as the leader of an expanding terrorist network who has been trying to establish his own wing of al-Qaeda...

Cops: Mumbai Planner Had New Attack in the Works

Abu Jindal was arrested in India this week

(Newser) - Police in India say the arrest of the man suspected of being the brains between the 2008 Mumbai attacks may have have prevented another attack of even greater scope. Abu Jindal, aka Sayed Zabiuddin, had been recruiting participants for two years while living in Saudi Arabia, authorities tell Reuters . Jindal...

US Indicts Terror Suspect Held on Ship for 2 Months

Somali man flown to New York after at-sea interrogation

(Newser) - A Somali man has been indicted on terror charges in federal court in New York, and his case is drawing big attention because it touches a slew of hot-button issues. The easy part is that the US military, acting on a tip, picked up Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame on a boat...

Bank Robber Suspected in Bomb Plot Near Columbine

65-year-old Earl Albert Moore seen in mall security footage

(Newser) - The FBI suspects a paroled bank robber, still at large, planted a pipe bomb at a mall near Columbine last week , Reuters reports. Earl Albert Moore “is considered armed and dangerous and has an extensive criminal background,” the FBI said. The 65-year-old had been a “person of...

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...

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...

Mumbai Suspect's Wife Warned FBI About Him

She alerted them 3 years before attack

(Newser) - The wife of the American businessman accused of helping plot the 2008 Mumbai attacks told the FBI three years earlier that he was training to be a terrorist, reports Pro Publica . After a domestic abuse incident, the wife of David Coleman Headley tipped off the agency that her husband was...

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