Lauren Frayer - AOL News
The spring issue of al-Qaida's English-language magazine calls Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi a "lunatic" who "pretends to be like a rock star," and says the terror network actually supports the wave of pro-democracy revolutions sweeping the Middle East.
It's a surprising stance for al-Qaida, which has long lobbied against some Western-allied dictators in the Middle East but has always sought to replace them with Islamic law -- not democracy. Most Western analysts have described the terror network as increasingly isolated and irrelevant in recent months, as democratic change takes root in its ...
Mary Phillips-Sandy - AOL News
Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of going on a shooting spree at Fort Hood in 2009, was known as a "ticking time bomb" who could have been stopped by the military or the FBI.
That's the conclusion of a Senate inquiry led by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. In an 89-page report released today, Lieberman and Collins criticized the Army, the FBI and the Department of Defense for failing to act on worrisome information about Hasan.
Thirty-two people were wounded and 13 were killed during the Fort Hood massacre.
Although previous investigations have re...
Mara Gay - AOL News
The FBI and military officials had information that Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan had become radicalized and was a "ticking time bomb," but failed to act on evidence that could have prevented the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, according to a Senate inquiry.
The report, released today by Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, found that a "string of failures" by officials meant no action was taken to neutralize Hasan, a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent who is accused of opening fire at the military base.
Thirteen people were killed and 32 woun...
Mara Gay - AOL News
Government lawyers say they are working to bring Gulet Mohamed, an American teenager detained in Kuwait and placed on a "no-fly" list, back to the United States this week, but the teenager's lawyers fear the U.S. will delay the process.
At a hearing Tuesday at a U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., Judge Anthony Trenga said Mohamed has a constitutional right to come home to the United States and told government lawyers to arrange for his return this week.
But lawyers for Mohamed, a 19-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia who has been held in Kuwait for a month, say they are conc...
Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
You want to stop the United States from trying to kill you? Then come out of hiding overseas and make your constitutional argument that the United States has no right to put you on its "kill" list. That's the loud message a federal trial judge in Washington sent Tuesday to Anwar Al-Aulaqi, the radical American-born Muslim cleric who has been linked to several of the biggest terror-law cases of the past few years and who is now evidently hiding out in Yemen.
U.S. District Judge John Bates' highly anticipated ruling also contained another message -- this one aimed at the White House and the Pe...
Mara Gay - AOL News
(Dec. 7) -- A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit that aimed to halt the United States from trying to assassinate Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen and Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating terror attacks from Yemen.
U.S. District Court Judge John Bates said he had no authority to rule on the targeted killings of U.S. citizens abroad and said it was a matter for elected officials to decide.
Muhammad ud-Deen, AP
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the father of Anwar al-Awlaki aimed at halting the United States from trying to assassinate the U.S.-born Yemeni cleric and alleged re...
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SAN'A, Yemen (Nov. 6) -- A Yemeni judge ordered police Saturday to find a radical U.S.-born cleric "dead or alive" after the al-Qaida-linked preacher failed to appear at his trial for his role in the killing of foreigners.
Yemen is under heavy U.S. pressure to crack down on the country's al-Qaida offshoot after a scheme to send bombs through the mail in packages addressed to the U.S. was thwarted a week ago. The group known as l-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the plot on Friday.
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Radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who failed to appear at his trial fo...
Lauren Frayer - AOL News
(Nov. 4) -- Under pressure from U.S. and British officials, YouTube has removed sermons by a radical U.S.-born cleric linked to al-Qaida in Yemen who's accused of using the video-sharing site to seduce young Muslims into committing terrorist attacks.
Anwar al-Awlaki, 39, is believed to have trained Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian charged with trying to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day. He also allegedly exchanged e-mails with Maj. Nidal Hasan, who faces charges that he gunned down 13 fellow U.S. soldiers at a Texas military base a year ago.
The New Mexico-born cleri...
Theunis Bates - AOL News
LONDON (Nov. 3) -- A member of the terrorist group blamed for last week's failed cargo bomb plot was arrested in England earlier this year on suspicion of planning attacks in Britain, a top official revealed today.
Although the arrest of that suspect -- identified by the Daily Mail as a former British Airways computer expert -- was announced in February, his links with al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, hadn't previously been made public. "An AQAP associate was arrested here earlier this year," U.K. Home Secretary Teresa May said in a speech to the London-based Royal United Services ...
David Wood - Politics Daily
President Obama on Friday vowed to "destroy'' al Qaeda in Yemen after two explosive devices were found aboard U.S.-bound cargo jets.
The apparent destinations for the two explosive packages, which authorities disabled, were two Jewish synagogues in Chicago, although the president did not specify which ones. At a White House news conference, Obama called the plot a "credible terrorist attack against our country" and vowed that counterintelligence agencies would "take whatever steps are necessary" to prevent an attack.
U.S. intelligence learned late Thursday that explosives may have been plant...