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India, Pakistan hold peace talks

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – India and Pakistan held talks on peace and security issues in Islamabad on Thursday, part of efforts to stabilise South Asia as the United States prepares to draw down troops from Afghanistan. Concerns over terrorism are likely to dominate India’s agenda since US troops killed Osama bin…

Mitch McConnell calls for Iraqi suspects to be sent to Guantanamo

WASHINGTON — The US Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell, called Tuesday for two Iraqi nationals facing terrorism charges in his home state to be shipped to the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention facility. “Get these men out of Kentucky. Send them to Guantanamo where they belong. Get these terrorists out of…

U.S. counterterrorism chief Michael Leiter resigns

WASHINGTON — Michael Leiter, the head of the US National Counterterrorism Center across two administrations, is resigning, officials said Thursday as President Barack Obama paid a warm tribute. Leiter heads the prime government clearing house and analytical point for terrorism threat information set up after intelligence failures contributed to the…

Iranian Mujahedeen could come off US blacklist

WASHINGTON — Washington will decide within six months whether to remove the banned Iranian opposition People’s Mujahedeen from a terrorism blacklist, a US State Department official told lawmakers Thursday. “We are working as expeditiously as possible to complete a review” on the issue, Daniel Benjamin, coordinator for counter-terrorism at the…

Pakistan PM defends failure to spot bin Laden hideout

PARIS (Reuters) – Pakistan’s prime minister defended his country’s failure to spot that Osama bin Laden had been hiding out in a luxury compound near Islamabad, saying that fighting terrorism was the whole world’s responsibility. Pakistan is under pressure from the West to explain how bin Laden, who was killed…

UK arrests five in terror alert near nuclear site

LONDON (Reuters) – British police said Tuesday they had arrested five men close to a nuclear reprocessing plant in northwest England under counter-terrorism laws. The arrests were made afterPrime Minister David Cameronurged Britain to remain vigilant against potential reprisals following the killing of al Qaedaleader Osama bin Laden inPakistan by U.S. forces. Police said they were unaware of any…

World leaders welcome news of Osama bin Laden’s assassination

PARIS (AFP) – World leaders on Monday welcomed the killing of Osama bin Laden but warned that the long war against terrorism is far from over and that Al-Qaeda could strike back with renewed force. President Barack Obama said “justice has been done” as he announced the killing by US…

Pakistan PM hints at family pardon for US official

ISLAMABAD — Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani suggested on Wednesday that relatives of two Pakistani men shot dead by a US official might pardon the American, but also said it was for a court to decide the man’s fate. The comments came as US Senator John Kerry visited the country…

67% of Pakistani journalists say US drones attacks are acts of terrorism: survey

WASHINGTON – Two out of three Pakistani journalists view United States drone strikes in the region as acts of terrorism, according to a new study conducted by Washington State University and Pakistan’s Lahore University of Management Sciences. Only 27 percent of Pakistani journalists said the US drone attacks did not…

Napolitano warns of ‘heightened’ terror threat

WASHINGTON — The United States is facing “heightened” threats of attacks from extremists, possibly the highest since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the head of US homeland security told lawmakers Wednesday. “There is no question that we have made many important strides in securing our country from terrorism since…

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