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  • Air strike kills 10 al Qaeda militants, three civilians in Yemen - Saba
    Air strike kills 10 al Qaeda militants, three civilians in Yemen - Saba 10 hours ago

    By Mohamed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - An air strike killed 10 al Qaeda militants in central Yemen on Saturday after an intelligence report said they were planning attacks on civil and military targets in al-Bayda province, the state news agency Saba said. Saba quoted an official source in the High Security Committee as saying that the strike hit the militants, described as "among the dangerous and leading elements of al Qaeda", in a car as they were on their way to the central province. Ten al Qaeda militants were killed and one was wounded, the source said, while three civilians were also killed and five were wounded because they happened to be in a nearby vehicle. "This happened after security bodies received confirmed intelligence information about the presence of a car with 11 terrorist elements on board who were planning to target vital civil and military institutions in al-Bayda province," Saba cited the source as saying. More »

  • US Takes Battle Against Al-Qaida to Twitter
    US Takes Battle Against Al-Qaida to Twitter 11 hours ago

    Anti-terror chiefs are taking their battle against Islamic extremism to social networks like Twitter, engaging jihadists in a toe-to-toe online propaganda war. The US State Department is attempting to engage jihadists in online debate, contesting their claims in a bid to dissuade sympathisers from joining them. "We are actually giving al-Qaida the benefit of the doubt because we are answering their arguments," said Alberto Fernandez, coordinator of the State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC), which runs the programme, named Think Again Turn Away. Alongside the brutal conflict on the ground, the Syrian war is being waged online, with jihadists posting content ranging from pictures of decapitated enemy combatants, to pleas from fighters for Muslims to join their cause, in an effort to broadcast their achievements and further their aims. More »

  • Iran says settlement on New York skyscraper 'illegal'
    Iran says settlement on New York skyscraper 'illegal' 14 hours ago

    Iran's Foreign Ministry dismissed as "illegal" plans by US prosecutors to sell an Iran-linked Manhattan skyscraper in the largest terror-related seizure to date, media reports said Saturday. More »

  • Drone in Yemen kills 9 suspected al-Qaida fighters
    Drone in Yemen kills 9 suspected al-Qaida fighters 14 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed nine suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians Saturday, authorities said, part of America's ongoing strikes in the country against what it considers the terror network's most dangerous local group. More »

  • Iran denounces US ruling to sell property 17 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has condemned a ruling issued by a U.S. federal judge approving plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever. More »

  • Ukraine Suspends Operation to Flush Out Protesters for Easter Holidays
    Ukraine Suspends Operation to Flush Out Protesters for Easter Holidays 17 hours ago

    Ukraine has said it is suspending "anti-terrorist" operations in its eastern cities for the Easter holidays and to honour the Geneva accord. "Ukraine's Security Service suspended active stage of the anti-terrorist operation due to the Easter holidays and the agreements reached by officials in Geneva," Maryna Ostapenko, a spokeswoman for the ministry of defence in Ukraine, said. Due to the Easter holidays and the Geneva agreements, the operation is not in its active phase at the moment." More »

  • Special Report - How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse
    Special Report - How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse 18 hours ago

    By David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK (Reuters) - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their U.S. counterparts on their own ill-fated 1980s occupation of Afghanistan. More »

  • American identifies cleric in US terrorism case
    American identifies cleric in US terrorism case Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man told a jury Friday that an Egyptian cleric on trial on terrorism charges is the "very angry" imam he met in London years ago. More »

  • Obama signs law aimed at barring Iran UN envoy
    Obama signs law aimed at barring Iran UN envoy Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill barring US visas for UN envoys seen as a threat to American security or having engaged in "terrorist activity" -- a measure aimed at Iran's ambassador. More »

  • Oklahoma City bombing museum sees technology boost
    Oklahoma City bombing museum sees technology boost Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A memorial and museum built to remember the worst act of domestic terrorism on American soil is in the midst of a $7 million upgrade so it can better portray how different the world was when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City federal building 19 years ago Saturday. More »

  • Bomb blast kills 14 at mosque in Syria's Homs - state TV Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A bomb went off in front of a mosque and killed 14 people in Homs, Syrian state television said on Friday, with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad looking close to wresting the symbolic central city back from rebels. "Fourteen people were killed and dozens wounded in a terrorist bomb in front of the Bilal al Habshi mosque ... as people left the mosque," state television said. The mosque is in a government-controlled part of Homs. The Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV station, which has reporters in Syria, said it was a car bomb. More »

  • Views differ of imam accused in terror case
    Views differ of imam accused in terror case Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian imam who led a London mosque more than a dozen years ago was portrayed in opening statements at his terrorism trial as an enthusiastic supporter of al-Qaida by a prosecutor and as a reasonable man who helped authorities in England keep people calm by his defense attorney. More »

  • Al-Qaida splinter group lashes out over Syria
    Al-Qaida splinter group lashes out over Syria Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — The spokesman of an al-Qaida breakaway group has slammed the terror network's chief, blaming him for the widening rift between rival Islamic rebels who are battling each other in Syria. More »

  • Views differ of imam accused in US terrorism case
    Views differ of imam accused in US terrorism case Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian imam who led a London mosque more than a dozen years ago was portrayed in opening statements at his terrorism trial as an enthusiastic supporter of al-Qaida by a prosecutor and as a reasonable man who helped authorities in England keep people calm by his defense attorney. More »

  • Ukraine says 'anti-terrorist' operation continues despite Geneva Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Ukraine's military-led drive to root out pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country will continue despite the four-way agreement reached in Geneva, state security authorities said on Friday. "The anti-terrorist operation is still going on and how long it continues depends on how long terrorists remain in our country," Marina Ostapenko, a spokeswoman for Ukraine's State Security Service (SBU), told reporters. The Geneva agreement, brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union, will require all illegal armed groups to disarm. Ukraine announced a military-backed operation last weekend to flush out pro-Russian rebels who have taken over state buildings including police stations in the Donbass region, though the operation faltered when pro-Russian forces seized several army troop carriers. More »

  • Abu Hamza Was 'Committed To War' - Prosecutor
    Abu Hamza Was 'Committed To War' - Prosecutor Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Abu Hamza, an Islamic preacher on terror trial in New York, "was committed to war" and "hid behind religion", prosecutors have said. "Abu Hamza was not just a preacher of religion," Mr Kim said. The Egyptian-born Hamza, who was indicted under the name Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, denies wrongdoing. More »

  • Court chaos: Iraqi man convicted in wife's murder
    Court chaos: Iraqi man convicted in wife's murder Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — What began as a hate crime investigation two years ago has led to the murder conviction of an Iraqi immigrant, whose wife was found badly beaten with a threatening note labeling her a terrorist. More »

  • Anger and dismay at stalled Guantanamo 9/11 trial
    Anger and dismay at stalled Guantanamo 9/11 trial Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — Don Arias stormed out of the meeting with the defense lawyers at this U.S. Navy base after less than 15 minutes. He was soon followed by three others who also lost family members in the 9/11 terror attack. More »

  • US: Forfeiture deal over Iran assets sets record Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has approved plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever, a prosecutor said Thursday. More »

  • Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's death
    Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's death Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi immigrant was convicted Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a case that initially was considered a hate crime because a note found next to her body said: "This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist." More »

  • Guantanamo trial in 9/11 veers off track again
    Guantanamo trial in 9/11 veers off track again Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — An effort to prosecute the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and four co-defendants veered off track again Thursday as a pretrial hearing ended with new obstacles that threaten to further derail the case before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay. More »

  • Radical cleric promoted jihad from London mosque, U.S. jury told
    Radical cleric promoted jihad from London mosque, U.S. jury told Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - From his perch as a prominent imam at a north London mosque, Abu Hamza al-Masri sent devoted followers around the world - from Oregon to Afghanistan - to pursue violent jihad against non-believers, a federal prosecutor told jurors in New York on Thursday. "His goal was clear, it was simple, and it was vicious," Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Kim said in Manhattan federal court at the start of Abu Hamza's trial on terrorism-related charges. "Abu Hamza was not just a preacher of religion, he was a trainer of terrorists." Prosecutors accuse the one-eyed, handless cleric with trying to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon; But Joshua Dratel, Abu Hamza's attorney, told jurors that while Abu Hamza may have been guilty of using inflammatory rhetoric, he had never participated in criminal activity. More »

  • Briton 'global exporter of terrorism' NY trial hears
    Briton 'global exporter of terrorism' NY trial hears Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    British hate preacher Abu Hamza was a "global exporter" of violence and terrorism intent on waging war against non-Muslims, prosecutors said Thursday as the Egyptian-born cleric's trial opened in New York. More »

  • French military frees 5 aid workers in N Mali Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — French special forces backed by helicopters led a pre-dawn operation in northern Mail Thursday and freed five humanitarian aid workers who had been held captive by a "terrorist group" — killing about 10 of the alleged militants, officials said. More »

  • Tom Berman named deputy for AP's Central Region
    Tom Berman named deputy for AP's Central Region Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Tom Berman, a veteran editor and leader at The Associated Press who has directed coverage of stories ranging from air disasters, terror attacks and the ongoing unrest in Ukraine, has been named the cooperative's new deputy editor for the U.S. Central Region, overseeing the AP's journalism in 14 states in middle America. More »

  • French troops free five aid workers kidnapped in Mali Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    BAMAKO/PARIS (Reuters) - French troops in Mali on Thursday freed five local aid workers kidnapped in February, the presidents of France and Mali said in a joint statement. Four of the aid workers work for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The statement said the aid workers were freed near the northern town of Timbuktu and were in good health. It was not clear at the time who seized the aid workers and the statement did not give any further details, beyond saying they had been captured by a "terrorist group". More »

  • Ukraine says Putin destabilising country, wants to wreck election Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's prime minister on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of building a terrorist network in Ukraine to destabilise it and wreck its presidential election next month. Arseny Yatseniuk launched the broadside after Putin accused the Kiev government in his annual televised phone-in of dragging Ukraine into the "abyss" and said Moscow might not recognise next month's Ukrainian election. More »

  • Insight - Jordanian jihadis returning from Syria war rattle U.S.-aligned ki …
    Insight - Jordanian jihadis returning from Syria war rattle U.S.-aligned ki … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordanian Islamist Ahmad Mahmoud fought with rebels in Syria for six weeks earlier this year, then slipped back across the border to seek treatment for a war wound - even though the authorities had warned him not to return. Within a week the bearded 23-year-old fighter found himself in the dock at a military court, facing terrorism charges filed by authorities who are taking an increasingly tough stance against homegrown militants fighting in Syria's civil war. Amman treats returning jihadists as a security threat to be nipped in the bud and, with an eye to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's potential to tough out the uprising against him, wants to keep channels open to a government with which it retains diplomatic and trade ties. Three years into Syria's civil war a growing number of Jordanian jihadists are coming home, some disillusioned by infighting within rebel ranks, others seeking a break from a draining and largely inconclusive conflict. More »

  • Ex-honors student's terror sentencing scheduled Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pakistan-born teen convicted with two women in a Jihadist terror plot is set to be sentenced in Philadelphia. More »

  • Lawyers Outline Terror Case Against Abu Hamza as Finsbury Park Muslim Cleric's …
    Lawyers Outline Terror Case Against Abu Hamza as Finsbury Park Muslim Cleric's … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza has finally faced terrorism charges in America after a lengthy 8-year extradition battle from the UK in 2012.  The radical Islamic cleric was in court to hear prosecutors set out 11 terrorism charges against him. Hamza, 56, has indicated he intends to testify in his defence and talk about the 9/11 attacks by Al Qaida on New York's Twin Towers, against the advice of his lawyers. Prosecutors seeking to convict the preacher who used to pack out Finsbury Park Mosque with firebrand sermons, intend to present evidence of recordings where Hamza hails terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden and condemns homosexuals and other religions. More »

  • Woman jailed over blackmail plot
    Woman jailed over blackmail plot Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A former soldier who underwent a sex change has been jailed for six years for her part in a conspiracy to blackmail an animal testing company through a campaign of terror which involved the use of improvised explosive devices and the desecration of graves. More »

  • Hitler Worshippers, Cannibals, Apostles: Five of the Cruellest African Warl …
    Hitler Worshippers, Cannibals, Apostles: Five of the Cruellest African Warl … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    On Monday, one of Africa's most notorius warlords was killed in an exchange of gunfire. Paul Sadala, leader of the Mai Mai militia in the democratic republic of Congo, was killed a few days after he'd agreed to denounce rebellion and surrender all his ammunition to the government. IBTimesUK looks at some of the most brutal dictators in Africa whose reigns of terror have led their country through economic turmoil, social upheaval and the deaths and disappearances of thousands After seizing power in Uganda with a military coup in 1971, Idi Amin set out on a program of ethnic cleansing against the Acholi and Lango tribes. More »

  • Little government response to bombing a year later
    Little government response to bombing a year later Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that prompted waves of government action. More »

  • Key things to know as Algeria votes for president Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerians went to the polls Thursday to elect the president of their oil-rich country, a key U.S. ally in the fight against terror and a major natural gas provider to Europe. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected to win, despite suffering a stroke that left him unable to campaign for a fourth term in office. More »

  • Chinese police shoot man dead at checkpoint in Xinjiang Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Police in China's far-western region of Xinjiang have shot dead a man who drove through a security checkpoint, the local government said on Thursday, the latest violence to hit the troubled area with a large Muslim population. The man, Abdul Basiti Abdulimiti, was a "terrorist" from Keping county in Aksu prefecture, the Aksu government said on its website. Abdulimiti was killed on Saturday after he stormed two security checkpoints on a motorcycle, ignoring warning shots fired by officers, the Xinjiang government said on its local news portal, Tianshannet. The Xinjiang government spokeswoman, Hou Hanmin, did not answer calls to her mobile phone. More »