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A radical American imam who communicated with the Fort Hood shooting suspect and called him a hero was once arrested in Yemen on suspicion of giving religious approval to militants to conduct kidnappings.
Yemeni authorities are now hunting for Anwar al-Awlaki to determine whether he has al-Qaida ties. Al-Awlaki, who has used his personal Web site to encourage Muslims around the world to kill U.S. troops in Iraq, disappeared in Yemen eight months ago, according to his father. Yemeni security officials say they believe he is hiding in a region of the mountainous nation that has become a refuge for Islamic militants.
Iraqai authorities are blaming Syria for the helping those responsible for the August 19th suicide attacks on government ministries in Baghdad that killed about 100 people. The Iraqi government says an alliance of al-Qaida in Iraq and Saddam Hussein loyalists that are based in Syria for the planned it and carried out the attacks. Iraqi officials are demanding that Damascus hand over the two suspected plotters, raising tensions between the two countries. Syria says it had nothing to do with it.
Libya has freed the leaders of an al Qaida linked group. The members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group claim to have renounced their old ways and connections to al Qaida. The twist here is that Libyan leader Muamar Gaddafi was not in agreement with the release, however his son, Saif al-Islam, who is the leader of the country's reformist movement is the chief proponent of the move. Last year, the group's leaders, while still in prison renowned violence and urged young people to seek inspiration from the Koran.
There are reports the Taliban threatening to kill captured US soldier Bowe Bergdahl if US doesn't agree to swap for prisoners including Pakistani scientist Dr. Aafia Siddiqui & others on list previously given to US officials in Afghanistan. Pakistanis shouted anti-American slogans and burned the Stars and Stripes last week in protest of a New York jury's conviction of Siddiqui. Siddiqui who is linked to Al Qaida tried to kill Americans while detained in Afghanistan.
Two weeks ago, Iraqi officials said they had arrested Umar Al-Baghdadi. There was doubt about it then and there are questions about it today, because no one had ever the Al Qaida operative before. Yesterday an audio message by someone called Abu-Umar Al-Baghdadi popped up on the internet. A 20 minute segment indicated that news of his recent arrest was all lies. The audio was released by the Al-Furqan Media Production Establishment --a radical Islamic organization in Iraq.
During a week of intense talks here in Washington about security and cooperation in Pakistan, officials from that country have come away with at least one positive thing. The U.S. has agreed to expedite request for military equipment. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in his own words they agreed to fast-track the requests, that have been pending for months and years, on the transfer of military equipment to Pakistan. Experts say the recent success at capturing a killing key Taliban and Al Qaida operatives help.
The Pentagon is investigating allegations that official money was used to create an under-the-table group of spys to hunt down terrorists in Afghanistan. In the meantime the list of top al Qaida and Taliban operatives killed or captured continues to grow. Predator drones have been the principle weapon, but human intelligence has been a key as well. Previously, many drone strikes have missed the mark, because of weak or faulty intelligence, the success is appearing to improve.
Is the U.S. sending bunker buster bombs overseas in preparation for an attack? Sources say dozens and maybe many more Blu-387 bombs are being prepped to be shipped from the West Coast to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. What's the target? There are two schools of thought. Number one on the list is Iran. It's a fairly well known fact they have undergrounnd illicit nuclear facilities and uderground facilities are what the Blu 387s are designed for. Theory number two --an assault on an Al Qaida stronghold.
U.S. military helicopters fired on a car in southern Somalia yesterday and killed one of al Qaeda top operatives. Eye witnesses and U.S. officials said Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, 28, from Kenya was suspected of building the truck bomb that killed 15 people at a Kenyan hotel in 2002 and masterminding a failed missile launch at an Israeli airliner leaving Mombasa airport