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Three Saudis jailed for plot to kill Americans

A special anti-terror court has sentenced three Saudis to six years in jail each for a plot to kill US nationals at the height of a campaign of Al-Qaeda attacks in the kingdom between 2003 and 2006, a witness said. The court in Riyadh issued its ruling late on Sunday,…

Ex-CIA deputy director: Boston bombing ‘more like Columbine than al Qaeda’

Former CIA Deputy Director Phillip Mudd on Sunday told Fox News that Boston bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev should be charged as a murderer because the crime looked more like the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado than an attack planned by al Qaeda. During an interview on Fox…

Saudi Arabia opens luxury ‘religious extremist’ rehab center for Al-Qaeda militants

Saudi Arabia is hoping to wean jailed Al-Qaeda militants off religious extremism with counselling, spa treatments and plenty of exercise at a luxury rehabilitation centre in Riyadh. In between sessions with counsellors and talks on religion, prisoners will be able to relax in the centre’s facilities which include an Olympic-size…

Turkish police prevent ‘Al-Qaeda U.S. embassy plot’

Turkish police have uncovered and foiled an alleged plot by Al-Qaeda to bomb the US embassy in Ankara, as well as a synagogue and other targets in Istanbul, Turkish media reported on Friday. As a result of a February raid in Istanbul and the northeastern city of Corlu, police had…

Drone war concerns go far beyond the killing of American citizens

By Cora Currier and Justin Elliott, ProPublica The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director has prompted intense debate on Capitol Hill and in the media about U.S. drone killings abroad. But the focus has been on the targeting of American citizens 2013 a narrow issue that accounts for…

Obama: There must be ‘checks and balances’ on drone strikes

President Barack Obama said Thursday that Americans needed more than just his word to be assured he was not misusing his powers in waging a secret drone war overseas. The president was asked about the debate over the deadly tactic, a backbone of the US campaign against Al-Qaeda, and whether…

Panetta: US needs to keep up drone war

The United States will have to keep up an open-ended drone war against Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan and elsewhere to prevent another terror attack on America, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. The assassination of Al-Qaeda figures in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia with unmanned, robotic aircraft has provoked widespread criticism from…

New York bomb plotter describes Al Qaeda plan

NEW YORK — The convicted bomb-maker in a 2009 plot to cause carnage in New York described Monday how he and an Al-Qaeda handler in Pakistan considered everything from the subway to movie theaters as targets. “We started the conversation on such targets as Walmart, the New York Stock Exchange,…

Hedges: NDAA is ‘chilling’ the practice of journalism

Speaking about his lawsuit against the U.S. government over its claim that it may indefinitely imprison anyone it believes to be involved in terrorism, journalist Chris Hedges warned that the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is already having a “chilling” effect on the serious practice of journalism. That’s because…

Yemeni forces ‘kill 38 Qaeda suspects’

Yemen’s armed forces killed 38 suspected members of Al-Qaeda in two days of air raids and shelling of their hideouts in the country’s south, a government official said Tuesday. “Thirty-eight members of Al-Qaeda were killed in shelling and air strikes that targetted their positions in Huroor throughout the past 48 hours,” said the official…

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