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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords recovering after skull operation

LOS ANGELES — US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords, who was almost killed in a horrific shooting in January, is recovering well after an operation to replace part of her skull, doctors said. The Arizona lawmaker underwent a cranioplasty to replace the part of her cranium removed to allow space for her…

11 killed in Afghan protests over NATO killings

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AFP) – Eleven people were killed and over 50 others injured, including two German soldiers, at protests in Afghanistan on Wednesday over the deaths of four people in a NATO raid, officials said. Police opened fire as around 2,000 people took to the streets in Taloqan, capital of…

Former Blackwater officials form corporate spying group

The people that operated Blackwater and the military’s pre-9/11 data mining operation Able Danger have a new project: corporate spying services for Fortune 500 companies. Their new company is called Jellyfish Intelligence. “Our organization is not going to be controversial,” Jellyfish CEO and former Blackwater senior executive Keith Mahoney insisted.…

Cost of Libya intervention hits $750 million

WASHINGTON — US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday the cost of the air war in Libya for the United States is roughly $750 million. “It’s probably at this point somewhere in the ballpark of 750 million dollars,” Gates told US Marines during a visit to the Camp Lejeune…

Fox News host doesn’t understand why killing bin Laden is OK but torture isn’t

Fox News’ Chris Wallace doesn’t understand the difference between killing the leader of the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization in a military operation and torturing detainees held in U.S. prisons. “We’ll all stipulate that bin Laden was a monster,” Wallace told National Security Advisor Tom Donilon Sunday. “But why is…

Bin Laden ‘not compliant,’ had ‘more than one’ weapon in bedroom: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Navy SEALs who led a raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound found an AK-47 and a pistol in his room, a US official told AFP, offering more details about the operation. “He had weapons in his room, more than one,” said the official, who spoke on…

After killing bin Laden, US grills ally Pakistan

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States warned it would probe how Osama bin Laden managed to live in undetected luxury in Pakistan, as gripping details emerged about the US commando raid that killed the Al-Qaeda kingpin. Officials said DNA tests had proven conclusively that the man shot dead by US…

Obama watched bin Laden raid in real-time

WASHINGTON — Agonizing “minutes passed like days,” after Barack Obama made what a top aide dubbed the “gutsiest” presidential call in years, and followed in real time as special forces swooped on Osama bin Laden. Obama’s gruff anti-terror advisor John Brennan, who hunted the Al-Qaeda mastermind for 15 years, offered…

Osama bin Laden said to be buried at sea after brutal firefight in Pakistan

by Sajjad Tarakzai Sajjad Tarakzai – 9 mins ago ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AFP) – Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead deep inside Pakistan in a night-time helicopter raid by US covert forces, ending a decade-long manhunt for the mastermind of the September 11 attacks. “Justice has been done,” President…

Obama: Osama bin Laden is dead

UPDATED 8:19 a.m. EDT Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the number one most-wanted fugitive for nearly a decade, was killed in Pakistan Sunday, the White House announced. President Barack Obama made a live statement shortly after 11:30 p.m. Sunday from the East Room of the White House. “Tonight, I can…

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