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Underwear bomber vows ‘US cancer’ will be wiped out

A Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a US-bound airliner in 2009 vowed Islamic militants would wipe out “the cancer US” and hailed a slain Al-Qaeda cleric as his trial opened. “Anwar is alive,” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab shouted out in the Detroit court in reference to Anwar Al-Awlaqi, the US-born cleric who was…

U.S. ‘Underwear bomber’ trial to open in Detroit

A young Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a packed airliner bound for the United States on Christmas Day 2009 was due in court Tuesday to stand trial for one of Al-Qaeda’s biggest plots. Jurors will be chosen this week before Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, popularly known as the “underwear bomber,” contests…

‘Underwear bomber’ trial to open in Detroit

DETROIT, Michigan — A young Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a packed airliner bound for the United States on Christmas Day 2009 returns to court Monday to stand trial for one of Al-Qaeda’s biggest plots. Jurors are to be selected this week before Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, popularly known…

Panetta makes 9/11 gaffe in Iraq

Newly appointed US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told American troops in Baghdad on Monday that 9/11 was the reason they were in Iraq, before he was quickly corrected by his spokesman. “The reason you guys are here is because of 9/11. The US got attacked and 3,000 human beings got…

Defense chief Panetta takes first trip to Afghanistan

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — US defense chief Leon Panetta visited troops in southern Afghanistan Sunday as part of his first trip to the country since taking up his post and ahead of a withdrawal of some US forces. The former CIA director, who took office on July 1 to replace…

Pakistan rebukes U.S. assessment of journalist’s murder

Pakistan on Friday warned its cooperation in the US-led war on Al-Qaeda was at risk after heavily criticising the top US military officer for suggesting it could have approved a journalist’s murder. The row threatened to further strain relations already damaged by a covert American raid that killed Osama bin Laden two…

U.S. links Pakistan’s ISI to journalist killing: report

WASHINGTON — US officials believe Pakistan’s spy agency was behind the killing of a Pakistani journalist who reported that Islamist militants had infiltrated the military, the New York Times reported. The newspaper quoted two senior officials as saying that intelligence showed that senior members of Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)…

South Yemen air strikes ‘kill two civilians’

ADEN, Yemen — Yemeni air strikes targeting suspected Al-Qaeda militants near Jaar killed two civilians and wounded three, an official from the militant-held southern town said on Sunday. “Military aircraft carried out a number of strikes yesterday (Saturday) in the Al-Makhzan area at the entrance of Jaar,” the official told…

Death toll spikes for Iraqis and U.S. troops

BAGHDAD — Violence killed more Iraqis last month than at any time since September, figures showed Friday after the US reported deaths that also made June the deadliest month for its troops in Iraq for three years. The Baghdad government blames Al-Qaeda for most of the 271 deaths of its…

U.S., E.U. warn Libyan arms may be funneled to al Qaeda

Smugglers may be selling sophisticated Libyan army weapons to Al-Qaeda’s offshoot in north Africa’s Sahel region, Spain warned Thursday after a US-European security meeting in Madrid. US Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano and European powers pondered how to stop the arms reaching Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said after…

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