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Bin Laden mulled tenth anniversary of 9/11 terror attack

WASHINGTON — Slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and a top lieutenant discussed the make-up of a team of militants to attack the United States on this year’s 10th anniversary of 9/11, a report said Thursday. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed US officials, said the “communications” were recovered from…

U.S. senators see Afghan hope, Pakistan fear

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US lawmakers on saw momentum for political reconciliation in Afghanistan in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, but voiced fear that the fight against extremism was floundering in Pakistan. Senator John Kerry, who recently visited the region, said US forces’ killing of bin Laden in Pakistan…

CIA used stealth drones to monitor Bin Laden: report

WASHINGTON — The CIA flew stealth drones on dozens of secret missions deep into Pakistan to monitor Osama bin Laden’s compound before US commandos killed him, The Washington Post reported. Citing current and former US officials, the Post said the Central Intelligence Agency used the highly sophisticated unmanned planes to…

Saudi diplomat assassinated in Pakistan: embassy

KARACHI (AFP) – A Saudi diplomat was killed in a hail of bullets on his way to the country’s consulate in Karachi on Monday, the second attack on Saudi interests in Pakistan’s biggest city in less than a week. The Pakistani Taliban denied carrying out the assassination and authorities said…

Bin Laden was a US prisoner before being killed: Iran

TEHRAN — Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was a prisoner in US custody for “sometime” before he was killed by the American military, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday. “I have exact information that bin Laden was held by the American military for sometime… until the day they killed…

Bin Laden wanted to carry out attacks to prevent Obama from being reelected

During his final years, Osama bin Laden expressed interest in everything from killing President Obama to his deputies’ personalities to an article in an extremist magazine that he didn’t like, according to two U.S. officials familiar with material seized during the raid that killed bin Laden. A trove of digital…

Bin Laden raid ‘not assassination’: Attorney General Eric Holder

LONDON (AFP) – The US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden was “not an assassination”, US Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday after the Al-Qaeda leader’s sons denounced the operation. Holder told the BBC the raid on bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan on May 2 was a “kill or…

Pakistan on bin Laden: ‘Allegations of complicity or incompetence are absurd’

(Reuters) – Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday rejected allegations that the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. troops in the country showed Pakistani incompetence or complicity in hiding the al Qaeda leader. “Allegations of complicity or incompetence are absurd,” Gilani told parliament, adding that it was disingenuous…

U.S. official: Bin Laden ‘no figurehead’, directed al Qaeda from Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The compound in Pakistan where U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden was an active command center from which he directed al Qaeda, a senior intelligence official said on Saturday as he released videos showing bin Laden watching himself on tape and rehearsing speeches. The official, speaking on…

Hamas breaks up pro-Osama bin Laden rally in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) - Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas on Saturday broke up a Salafist protest against the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a U.S. raid in Pakistan this week. Dozens of Salafists — conservative Islamists who have clashed with Hamas — gathered in Gaza City’s main square holding up posters of bin Laden and…

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