June 23, 2011 |
SANA'A, Yemen - Nearly 60 suspected al-Qaeda militants tunneled their way out of a Yemeni prison in the lawless south Wednesday, deepening the chaos of a nation where protesters are trying to topple the autocratic regime. The escape from the Mukalla prison in Hadramawt province is the latest sign that Islamic militants are seizing on the mayhem to operate more freely, something the United States fears will become an increasing international threat if the impoverished nation grows even more unstable.
July 3, 2008
If the term war on terror ever meant anything, it meant war against those directly responsible for the horrors of 9/11. In October 2001, the United States began that war in Afghanistan. We drove the Taliban from power. Militants (including al-Qaeda) fled across the border into mountainous, tribal regions of Pakistan. That's where the enemy remains. We never chased down Osama bin Laden. In the rubble of the World Trade Center, the president vowed that the terrorists would "hear all of us soon," but the job remains unfinished.
May 30, 2007 |
Andy Borowitz is a humorist, television personality and film actor In a bold move to undermine the international terror network, President Bush today named former deputy defense secretary and World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz to be the new president of al-Qaeda. Wolfowitz, who has no experience running an international terror organization, struck many Washington insiders as an unlikely choice for the al-Qaeda job. But in a White House ceremony introducing his nominee for the top terror post, Bush indicated that Wolfowitz's role in planning the war in Iraq and bringing scandal to the World Bank showed that he was "just the man" to bring chaos and disorder to al-Qaeda.
January 24, 2005 |
German police yesterday arrested two suspected al-Qaeda members, accusing them of planning suicide attacks in Iraq and trying to purchase uranium from a dealer in Luxembourg. German prosecutor Kay Nehm said the two arrests came after months of investigation. He described one of the suspects, Ibrahim Mohamed K., 29, a German citizen with an Iraqi background, as a high-ranking member of al-Qaeda in charge of recruiting suicide bombers and planning attacks from Europe. Mohamed K., whose last name was not released, is suspected of trying to arrange purchase of material for a nuclear bomb.
January 31, 2012 |
OSLO, Norway - Two men were found guilty Monday of involvement in an al-Qaeda plot to attack a Danish newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad, in the first convictions under Norway's antiterror laws. A third defendant was acquitted of terror charges but convicted of helping the others acquire explosives. Investigators say the plot was linked to the same al-Qaeda planners behind thwarted attacks against the New York subway system and a shopping mall in Manchester, England, in 2009.
April 10, 2012 |
SANAA, Yemen - An al-Qaeda attack on a Yemeni army post in the south set off clashes that left 64 people dead Monday and prompted local civilians to take up arms alongside the military to beat back the militants, said army officials and residents. The dawn attack was the latest in a series of bloody battles in recent months that mark an escalation in al-Qaeda's efforts to expand its control around a swath of land it seized last year. The group took advantage of the country's political turmoil to overrun cities and towns in southern Yemen.
December 10, 2012 |
PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - A U.S. drone strike has killed a senior al Qaeda leader in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials said, in the latest blow to the Islamic militant network. Sheik Khalid bin Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan, who was also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was killed when missiles slammed into a house Thursday near Mir Ali, one of the main towns in the North Waziristan tribal area, the officials said. Al-Kuwaiti appeared in many videos released by al Qaeda's media wing, Al-Sahab, and was presented as a religious scholar for the group.
May 14, 2003 |
Despite a worldwide crackdown and the arrests of many of its leaders, al-Qaeda remains a deadly terrorist force and appears to be thriving in Saudi Arabia, where it is the chief suspect in Monday's bombing attacks in Riyadh. While Bush administration officials credit the Saudi government with aggressively pursuing al-Qaeda since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, possibly hundreds of al-Qaeda members have escaped detection and maintain active cells throughout the desert kingdom, U.S. officials and terrorism experts say. The group's Saudi operatives, echoing the message of their fugitive Saudi-born leader, Osama bin Laden, are winning recruits from a growing sector of impoverished young men by decrying the opulence of the ruling monarchy and the government's close ties with the United States.
June 13, 2012 |
SANAA, Yemen - Yemeni troops backed by armed tribesmen routed al-Qaeda on Tuesday from two southern strongholds that the terror network had held for more than a year. It was the most significant victory so far in a monthlong offensive against a local franchise that has tried time and again to bomb U.S.-bound planes. The military campaign, orchestrated by U.S. military advisers and bankrolled by neighboring Saudi Arabia, has left al-Qaeda's dangerous Yemen branch on the run. The group remained in control of only a handful of towns, with hundreds of its members scattered in the mountains, valleys, and vast desert of the Arab world's most impoverished country.
September 7, 2010
9 tonight HBO Based on a one-man stage production by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright (center), this new documentary chronicles his efforts to understand Islamic terrorism in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001.