Posted tagged ‘Al Qaeda’

Bin Laden Widows, Daughters Face Deportation

April 18, 2012

Osama bin Laden’s three widows and two daughters could be deported from Pakistan after their period of house detention expired.

From CNN:

A Pakistani judge ordered earlier this month that the five women be deported back to their countries of citizenship after serving their sentence for living illegally in Pakistan.

The 45-day detention period ended Tuesday night, said Aamir Khalil, the widows’ lawyer. But he said he had no information on when they would be deported.

The widows — identified by U.S. and Pakistani officials as Amal Ahmed Abdul Fateh, Khairiah Sabar and Siham Sabar — have been in Pakistani custody since U.S. Navy SEALs raided bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad and killed the al Qaeda leader in May 2011.

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France Shooting Suspect Killed in Raid

March 22, 2012

A 23-year-old gunman who said al Qaeda inspired him to kill seven people in France died this morning as he scrambled out of a ground-floor window during a gun fight with police.

After the shooter’s death, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said everything had been done to bring him to justice alive.

From CNN:

The French police siege to capture a suspected al Qaeda-trained militant came to a bloody end Thursday morning when commandos shot Mohammed Merah in the head as he fired wildly back at them, authorities said.

Merah emerged from a bathroom in his apartment and fired more than 30 shots at police as they burst in to end a standoff that had lasted more than 31 hours, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said.

He jumped out a window, still shooting, and was found dead on the ground, Interior Minister Claude Gueant said.

Two police officers were injured in the raid, Gueant said.

Merah had only two bullets left in his gun when he was killed, Molins said.

Radical Charged in “South Park” Case

May 20, 2011

Federal authorities are using words uttered by the co-founder of a radical Islamic group to charge him with threats against the creators of “South Park.”

From CNN:

A criminal complaint alleging the communication of threats was filed in Virginia late last week against Jesse Curtis Morton, also known as Younus Abdullah Mohammad.

A senior law enforcement source Thursday told CNN, which interviewed Morton in 2009, that the suspect is believed to be in Morocco, where he maintains Islampolicy.com, an English-language website propagating pro al Qaeda views.

That website is a successor to Revolutionmuslim.com.

Morton, a former resident of Brooklyn, New York, is the second person charged in the “South Park” case.

Al Qaeda Chief Beheaded Daniel Pearl

January 20, 2011

According to new reports, a senior al Qaeda leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, personally beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl back in 2002.

From CNN:

“I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew, Daniel Pearl, in the city of Karachi, Pakistan,” Mohammed said, according to a Pentagon transcript released nearly four years ago. “For those who would like to confirm, there are pictures of me on the Internet holding his head.”

The new report erases any doubts that Mohammed personally carried out the beheading.

Twelve Terror Suspects Captured in Britain

December 20, 2010

British counter-terror police arrested 12 men this morning in a “large-scale, pre-planned, intelligence-led” operation.

From CNN:

The suspects, aged from 17 to 28, were arrested in London, Cardiff in Wales and Stoke in central England. They are due to be questioned Monday, West Midlands police said.

They are all of Pakistani descent, a security source who did not want to be identified told CNN.

Britain’s domestic intelligence service, known as MI5, led the operation, the source said.

The suspects were not planning a “Mumbai-style” attack, where gunmen sprayed bullets at crowded public places in India, and there is no known link to a suicide bombing in Sweden earlier this month, according to the source.

Richard Holbrooke Dies

December 13, 2010

Richard Holbrooke, a U.S. diplomat who wrote part of the Pentagon Papers and served as President Barack Obama’s special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, died today at the age of 69.

From CNN:

The 69-year-old diplomat died Monday at George Washington University Hospital. He was admitted last Friday after feeling ill. Doctors performed surgery Saturday to repair a tear in his aorta.

One of the world’s most recognizable diplomats, Holbrooke’s career spanned from the Vietnam War-era to the war against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, coinciding with presidencies of the past five decades, from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama.

He also worked as a journalist and an investment banker. But as a diplomat, he was plain-speaking, accessible, and known for his tough-mindedness.

“He was known as a bit of bull in a China shop,” said Nic Robertson, CNN’s senior international correspondent who knew and covered Holbrooke.

Alleged Bin Laden Tape Warns France

October 27, 2010

Osama Bin Laden warned France to remove its troops from Afghanistan and not to oppress Muslims at home in a tape broadcast by the Al-Jazeera earlier today.

From CNN:

“If you want to oppress us and thought that it was your right to ban the free women to wear the burqa, isn’t it our right to expel your occupying forces, your men from our lands?” the speaker demands, in reference to recently passed French legislation barring women from covering their faces in public.

“The only way to safeguard your nation and maintain your security is to withdraw your forces from Bush’s despicable war,” the speaker says, an apparent reference the Afghanistan.

The tape is audio only. The speaker does not appear. CNN was not immediately able to confirm that it is really Osama Bin Laden, the head of al Qaeda.