US officials see al-Qaeda link to Florida military base attack

The US Department of Justice and the FBI say they have found evidence that a Saudi military cadet was in contact with al-Qaeda before he shot and killed three people on a US naval airbase last year. US officials said they had concluded that Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani had been in contact with al-Qaeda based on … Read more US officials see al-Qaeda link to Florida military base attack

Shooter at Pensacola Naval Air Station Had Links to Al-Qaeda, FBI Says

The gunman in a deadly attack at a military base in Pensacola, Florida, last December was meticulous in his planning and had been radicalized overseas for at least five years, U.S. officials said Monday. The FBI learned of the contacts between the gunman, Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, and an al-Qaida operative after breaking the encryption on … Read more Shooter at Pensacola Naval Air Station Had Links to Al-Qaeda, FBI Says

FBI Says Pensacola Naval Base Gunman ‘Connected and Associated’ With al-Qaeda Operatives

The FBI was able to get into encrypted iPhones belonging to the shooter in December’s attack at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, and discovered he had contact with a suspected al-Qaeda operative, Attorney General William Barr said Monday. “The FBI finally succeeded” and found that the phones “definitively established” the shooter’s “substantial ties” … Read more FBI Says Pensacola Naval Base Gunman ‘Connected and Associated’ With al-Qaeda Operatives

Samantha Power: ‘US is pulling away from its democratic allies’ | Talk to Al Jazeera

In September 2016, nearly two months before the then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s election, United States President Barack Obama spoke at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). “As I address this hall as president for the final time, let me recount the progress that we’ve made,” he said, “A quarter-century after the end of the Cold … Read more Samantha Power: ‘US is pulling away from its democratic allies’ | Talk to Al Jazeera

Polls close in Mali election held despite threats of violence

Turnout has been very low in Mali’s election with voters put off by the twin threat of the coronavirus and continuing violence from ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda affiliates, who have called for a boycott of the vote. And those who took part in the second-round ballot say their country needs a functioning government in order … Read more Polls close in Mali election held despite threats of violence

Mali to head to polls amid security crisis, coronavirus pandemic

After six years of delay, Mali’s parliamentary election is due on Sunday. The president hopes the vote will bring peace after years of attacks by armed groups linked to al-Qaeda. But the main opposition leader was kidnapped a few days ago while out campaigning. Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe … Read more Mali to head to polls amid security crisis, coronavirus pandemic

US and Taliban sign historic peace deal

America and Nato will withdraw troops from Afghanistan in 14 months if the Taliban keep their end of an historic agreement aimed at paving the way for peace in Afghanistan. Read more about the text of the deal, which outlines that the withdrawal would include “all military forces of the United States, its allies and … Read more US and Taliban sign historic peace deal

Libya: Are Haftar’s forces harbouring ‘the new ISIL’?

Since Libyan renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar began his offensive to take the capital Tripoli, he has courted the West by saying he is trying to rid the country of, in his words, “terrorists”. But elements within Haftar’s forces have been accused of sharing an ideology similar to the al-Qaeda and the ISIL (ISIS) group. … Read more Libya: Are Haftar’s forces harbouring ‘the new ISIL’?

White House confirms death of al-Qaeda leader in Yemen

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FBI Charges Moroccan Man with Attempt to Use Weapon of Mass Destruction

The FBI has charged a Moroccan man with having attempted to use a weapon of mass destruction against United States property. According to the bureau, the 29 year old man had been residing in Virginia and had allegedly tried to detonate a bomb in a suicide attack on US Capitol building. FBI Washington Field Office’s … Read more FBI Charges Moroccan Man with Attempt to Use Weapon of Mass Destruction

“Guantanamo Became A Black Hole” Says Former FBI Agent Ali Soufan

Ali Soufan worked at the FBI from 1997 to 2005. An American citizen of Lebanese descent, he first applied for the FBI as part of a college bet, though his fluent Arabic and passing hobby of following a certain Saudi businessman named Osama Bin Laden led to a career following al-Qaeda suspects around the world … Read more “Guantanamo Became A Black Hole” Says Former FBI Agent Ali Soufan

Killing of Suspected Terrorist Anwar al-Aulaqi Raises Questions of Due Process

The assassination of suspected terrorist and United States national, Anwar al-Aulaqi, in a drone attack in Yemen on 1st October 2011 has raised questions about due process in targeted killings carried out be the United States. Whilst the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, has long questioned the practice of … Read more Killing of Suspected Terrorist Anwar al-Aulaqi Raises Questions of Due Process

Book Review: “Decision Points” by George Bush

Decision Points is the memoir of former US President, George W. Bush Jnr. An editor’s nightmare, the story is “thematic” and meanders back and forth throughout the former President’s life. Jumping from boyhood to marriage to the White House and back again, it is difficult to build up a sense of how the most notorious … Read more Book Review: “Decision Points” by George Bush

Afghanistan: Taleban Offered to Hand Over Osama bin Laden before 2001 Invasion

The Taleban administration in Afghanistan negotiated with the American embassy in Islamabad in 2001 to hand over Osama bin Laden to a specially appointed court, but suggestions of using a neutral third country to try the suspected terrorist were rejected by the USA, according to a new book by the former Taleban Ambassador to Pakistan. … Read more Afghanistan: Taleban Offered to Hand Over Osama bin Laden before 2001 Invasion

Taleban Bank Accounts Defrosted by UN

Taleban bank accounts, assets and travel movements frozen by a UN Security Council resolution have been un-frozen after a meeting in New York. A Security Council committee has removed five men, several organisations and bank accounts from the United Nations list of those subject to sanctions in connection with Al-Qaida and the Taliban. The Security … Read more Taleban Bank Accounts Defrosted by UN