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April 30, 2012 | By Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A year after the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda is hobbled and hunted, too busy surviving for the moment to carry out another Sept. 11-style attack on U.S. soil. But the terrorist network dreams still of payback, and U.S. counterterrorist officials warn that, in time, its offshoots may deliver. A decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that have cost the United States about $1.28 trillion and 6,300 U.S. troops' lives has forced al-Qaeda's affiliates to regroup, from Yemen to Iraq.
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Mark Bowden
Mark Bowden is the author of "The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden," from which the following is excerpted The raid that killed Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011, was the brief, climactic end of a story that had begun almost 10 years before, with the attacks of Sept. 11. It had taken that long to put the al-Qaeda founder in America's crosshairs. Even so, as President Obama instructed CIA Director Leon Panetta and Joint Special Operations Commander Bill McRaven to launch the raid on the curious compound in Abbottabad, he was only half sure bin Laden was there - "This is 50-50," he told his advisers.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013
NEW YORK - Crown Publishers announced yesterday that CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen has a deal for a definitive book on homegrown terrorism. The book will cover topics including the Boston Marathon bombings and the impact of government surveillance. It's tentatively titled The United States of Jihad . The release date has yet to be determined. Bergen's previous works include The Osama bin Laden I Know , Holy War Inc. and The Longest War . His most recent book, Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Osama bin Laden , was adapted into an HBO documentary.
NEWS
May 25, 2012 | By Donna Cassata, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A Senate panel expressed its outrage Thursday over Pakistan's conviction of a doctor who helped the United States track down Osama bin Laden, voting to cut aid to Islamabad by $33 million - $1 million for every year of the physician's 33-year sentence for high treason. The punitive move came on top of deep reductions the Appropriations Committee already had made to President Obama's budget request for Pakistan, a reflection of the growing congressional anger over its cooperation in combating terrorism.
NEWS
September 7, 2011
IN 2003, the Daily News published an even larger list of 20 unanswered questions about 9/11. The good news - some have actually since been answered. For example: Q.What did national security adviser Condoleezza Rice tell President Bush about al Qaeda threats against the United States in a still-secret briefing on Aug. 6, 2001? A. Now we know: "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S. " Q. Why did President Bush continue reading a story to Florida grade-schoolers for nearly a half-hour during the worst attack on America in its history?
NEWS
April 27, 2012 | By Beth Fouhy, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. That was Vice President Biden's message for Republican Mitt Romney in a campaign speech Thursday that blended a robust defense of President Obama's foreign policy record with a harsh attack on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's positions. Appearing before 500 students at New York University Law School, Biden said Romney approaches foreign policy with a Cold War mentality and is uninformed about the challenges facing the United States abroad.
NEWS
December 2, 2011
Police trained on immigrant law BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - After confusion and misgivings from some police about how to enforce Alabama's new immigration crackdown, the state is now requiring special training in the law for more than 16,000 law officers - every sworn officer in the state. Officials hope the unusual move will alleviate uncertainty about the law on the front lines of law enforcement. Police chiefs, prosecutors, and judges have said that the lengthy law's complicated provisions were hard to understand, and federal court rulings that blocked some sections while letting others take effect only made life tougher for officers on the street.
NEWS
May 3, 2012 | By Beth Fouhy, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday accused President Obama of politicizing the death of Osama bin Laden a year ago but said it was "totally appropriate" for Obama to claim credit for ordering the U.S. military raid that ended with the terrorist leader's death in Pakistan. Obama's reelection campaign has used his decision to suggest that Romney would not have made the same call. Romney, the president's all-but-certain Republican challenger in the fall election, says he would have.
NEWS
May 4, 2012 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Mitt Romney delivered pizzas Tuesday to a firehouse in Greenwich Village alongside former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, marking the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden with heroes of 9/11. Not a bad campaign event, all in all. Then President Obama landed in Afghanistan that night for an unannounced visit to the war zone, knocking Romney out of the news cycle. The trip also eased, for a few hours at least, a raging partisan debate over whether Obama's reelection campaign has crassly politicized the death of the most-wanted terrorist.
NEWS
May 23, 2013 | By Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Photos of U.S. military personnel burying Osama bin Laden will remain classified, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sided with the government in finding that the release of postmortem images of the founder of al-Qaeda could cause "exceptionally grave harm" to Americans. The conservative-leaning group Judicial Watch had been pressing the Pentagon and CIA to release at least a subset of 59 photos of bin Laden after he was killed in a May 2011 raid on his compound in Pakistan.
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July 10, 2013 | By Richard Lardner, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The nation's top special operations commander ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout to be purged from Defense Department computers and sent to the CIA, where they could be more easily shielded from ever being made public. The secret move, described briefly in a draft report by the Pentagon's inspector general, set off no alarms within the Obama administration even though it appears to have sidestepped federal rules and perhaps the Freedom of Information Act. An acknowledgment by Adm. William McRaven of his actions was quietly removed from the final version of an inspector general's report published weeks ago. A spokesman for the admiral declined to comment.
NEWS
July 9, 2013
CAIRO - Egyptian soldiers and police opened fire on supporters of the ousted president early yesterday in violence that left at least 40 people killed, including one officer, outside a military building in Cairo where demonstrators had been holding a sit-in, government officials and witnesses said. There were conflicting accounts of how the violence began. A military spokesman said gunmen attempted to storm the building at dawn, prompting the clashes. Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, meanwhile, said the security forces fired on hundreds of protesters as they performed early-morning prayers.
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | BY DOYLE McMANUS
WHO EXACTLY is the enemy in the continuing U.S. war against terrorism? In some cases, the answer is: It's a secret. When the United States began its war against al Qaeda, after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the identity of the enemy was clear: Osama bin Laden and his followers, and the Taliban who protected them in Afghanistan. Congress quickly passed a resolution authorizing President George W. Bush to use "all necessary and appropriate force" against anyone who "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the 9/11 attacks, plus anyone who harbored them.
NEWS
May 23, 2013 | By Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Photos of U.S. military personnel burying Osama bin Laden will remain classified, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sided with the government in finding that the release of postmortem images of the founder of al-Qaeda could cause "exceptionally grave harm" to Americans. The conservative-leaning group Judicial Watch had been pressing the Pentagon and CIA to release at least a subset of 59 photos of bin Laden after he was killed in a May 2011 raid on his compound in Pakistan.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013
NEW YORK - Crown Publishers announced yesterday that CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen has a deal for a definitive book on homegrown terrorism. The book will cover topics including the Boston Marathon bombings and the impact of government surveillance. It's tentatively titled The United States of Jihad . The release date has yet to be determined. Bergen's previous works include The Osama bin Laden I Know , Holy War Inc. and The Longest War . His most recent book, Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Osama bin Laden , was adapted into an HBO documentary.
NEWS
May 6, 2013 | By Denise LaVoie, Associated Press
WORCESTER, Mass. - The uncle of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev arrived in Massachusetts on Sunday to arrange for his burial, saying he understands that "no one wants to associate their names with such evil events. " Ruslan Tsarni, of Montgomery Village, Md., and three of his friends met with the Worcester funeral home director and prepared to wash and shroud Tsarnaev's body according to Muslim tradition. The 26-year-old died after a gun battle with police on April 19. Funeral director Peter Stefan said he hasn't been able to find a cemetery in Massachusetts willing to take the body.
NEWS
April 8, 2013 | By Michael Smerconish
He likes the ambience of Savona in Gulph Mills, enjoys the food at Alma de Cuba in Center City and Fleming's Steakhouse in St. Davids, and appreciates the views from the Water Works overlooking the Schuylkill. Craig LaBan? No, Pervez Musharraf. The former (and maybe future) leader of Pakistan has become a fixture in Philadelphia in the last few years, a fact I first learned through a rather surreal encounter. A few years after 9/11, I grew disenchanted with the way the Bush administration was pursuing Osama bin Laden, convinced that we'd placed too much responsibility in Musharraf's hands.
NEWS
January 13, 2013 | By George Will
I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. - Col. Nathan Jessep, "A Few Good Men" 'You," said Jack Nicholson's Jessep to Tom Cruise's Lt. Daniel Kaffee, "have the luxury of not knowing what I know. " Viewers of the movie Zero Dark Thirty will, according to some informed persons, lose the luxury of not knowing about hard but morally defensible things done on their behalf.
NEWS
January 4, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
THE ESSAYIST Christopher Hitchens once characterized the U.S./Afghan war as the world's most open society fighting the world's most closed society - he was particularly taken with the idea of U.S. female pilots dropping bombs on "those who would enslave women. " This way of looking at the conflict remained mostly unique to Hitchens, and in any case was supplanted by Iraq and other events. Now Kathryn Bigelow quietly takes it up in her absorbing hunt-for-Osama bin Laden drama, "Zero Dark Thirty.
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