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Obama blames Al-Qaeda affiliate for airliner bomb plot

President Barack Obama Saturday for the first time accused an Al-Qaeda affiliate of arming and training a young Nigerian man for a thwarted suicide mission to blow up a US airliner. Obama, in his weekly radio and video address, promised to hold the group, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, to…

Iraq bomb plotters recruited in US-run prison: police

US adamant Iraq’s prison system not a breeding ground for militancy BAGHDAD — Two men on death row for masterminding an Al-Qaeda truck bombing that killed 88 people on June 20 were recruited in a US-run prison camp, a senior Iraqi police commander said on Thursday. Adnan Jassim Ali al-Hamdani…

US quietly widened terror war to Yemen: report

WASHINGTON — The United States has quietly opened a third, largely covert front against the Al-Qaeda terror network in Yemen, The New York Times reported. Citing an unnamed former top CIA official, the newspaper said that a year ago the Central Intelligence Agency sent many field operatives with counterterrorism experience…

Senator Lieberman calls for ‘preemptive’ attack on Yemen

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), who leads the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, shared his vision of “tomorrow’s war.” “Somebody in our government said to me in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, Iraq was yesterday’s war,” Lieberman explained. “Afghanistan is today’s war. If we…

Napolitano: No evidence of wider terror plot

Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano told CNN’s Candy Crowley there was no evidence that an attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound plane was part of a larger terror plot. “Right now, we have no indication that it’s part of anything larger, but obviously the investigation continues,” said Napolitano. From Agence…

Hoekstra lashes out at Obama over failed terrorist attack

Congressman Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, is hoping the foiled attack on Northwest Airlines Airbus A330 will help President Barack Obama “connect the dots.” To what, specifically, he’s not yet explained. “People have got to start connecting the dots here and maybe this is the…

US airplane incident was attempted terror attack: US media

WASHINGTON — A man who attempted to light an explosive aboard a US airplane as it landed in Detroit on a flight from Amsterdam told investigators he was affiliated with Al-Qaeda, US media reported Friday. CNN, citing a federal bulletin, said the man told investigators he had acquired the explosive…

Rep. Hinchey: Bush ‘intentionally let Bin Laden get away’

The Bush administration permitted the world’s most notorious terrorist mastermind to escape because it needed additional justification to invade Iraq, according to a Democratic lawmaker from New York. Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) leveled the allegation during an interview with MSNBC host David Shuster on Monday afternoon. “Look what happened with…

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