al-Qaida

United States | Rewards for Justice – Reward Offer for Information on al-Qa’ida Key Leader Hamza bin Laden

United States – The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to the identification or location in any country of al-Qa’ida (AQ) key leader Hamza bin Laden. Hamza bin Laden is the son of deceased former AQ leader Usama bin Laden and … Continue reading United States | Rewards for Justice – Reward Offer for Information on al-Qa’ida Key Leader Hamza bin Laden

United States | Remarks at the Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial

United States – DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you very much. Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Nathan, for that kind introduction. It’s my pleasure to welcome you all – esteemed ministers, colleagues, and guests – to this important discussion on counterterrorism in the Western Hemisphere. I’d like to begin, as Nathan said, to thank all of … Continue reading United States | Remarks at the Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial

United States | Briefing on Iran

United States – MS NAUERT: Brian, go right ahead. MR HOOK: Great. The Iranian Government claims that its missile testing is purely defensive in nature. How exactly is the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism entitled to a claim of defense? In fact, Iran’s security concerns are entirely self-generated. Was a plot to bomb Paris defensive? … Continue reading United States | Briefing on Iran

Washington | State Department Terrorist Designation of Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM)

Washington – The Department of State has designated Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Department has also designated JNIM as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. Today’s designations seek to deny JNIM the … Continue reading Washington | State Department Terrorist Designation of Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM)

U.S. Department of State News: Remarks at the 20th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony of the Embassy Bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State released the following statement: DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN:   It’s a great honor for me to stand here today, and it’s a solemn day on which we gather. I have had the honor of speaking at events like this.  I speak at our embassies when I travel around the world, and … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Remarks at the 20th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony of the Embassy Bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

U.S. Department of State News: Anniversary of the Bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State released the following statement: Today, on the twentieth anniversary of the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, we remember the victims of these terrorist attacks.  These bombings, carried out by al-Qaida, resulted in more than 250 deaths and nearly 5,000 injuries.  We … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Anniversary of the Bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

BAMAKO, Mali  | ‘I am very scared for the elections’; Mali goes to the polls

BAMAKO, Mali  — Mali’s voters have been warned: Months before Sunday’s presidential election, the local branch of al-Qaida issued a statement telling people in this increasingly volatile West African nation to stay away from the polls. High-profile attacks by a number of extremist groups, including fighters linked to the Islamic State organization, are complicating what … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali  | ‘I am very scared for the elections’; Mali goes to the polls

U.S. Department of State News: Amendments to the Terrorist Designations of al-Shabaab

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The Department of State has amended the designation of al-Shabaab – an al-Qa’ida affiliate in Somalia – to include al-Hijra and other aliases.  These aliases have been added to al-Shabaab’s designations as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Amendments to the Terrorist Designations of al-Shabaab

MOGADISHU, Somalia | 6 dead after attackers target Somalia’s presidential palace

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somali security forces shot dead three extremists and foiled an attempted al-Shabab attack on the presidential palace that began with a car bomb exploding, police said Saturday. The confrontation came a week after an attack on the nearby interior ministry compound in Mogadishu killed at least nine people, again raising questions about … Continue reading MOGADISHU, Somalia | 6 dead after attackers target Somalia’s presidential palace

FBI: Man scouted for July 4 attack at parade in Cleveland

An American-born citizen who federal authorities say recently scouted locations in Cleveland to attack people watching Fourth of July fireworks and talked of carrying out additional bombings has been charged with trying to support terrorism. Federal authorities said Monday that Demetrius Pitts, 48, had repeatedly expressed his support for al-Qaida for more than a year … Continue reading FBI: Man scouted for July 4 attack at parade in Cleveland

BAMAKO, Mali | Al-Qaida affiliate in Mali says it attacked military base

BAMAKO, Mali  — An al-Qaida affiliate in Mali says it carried out a suicide attack on the military headquarters of the five-nation counterterror force which killed three people in the central part of this West African country. According to the SITE intelligence group which monitors extremist statements, the Mali-based branch of al-Qaida known by its … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali | Al-Qaida affiliate in Mali says it attacked military base

U.S. Department of State News: United States Hosts Experts Meetings on the Margins of the UN High-Level Conference of Counterterrorism Agencies

WASHINGTON – U.S. Depart of State today released the following statement: This week, the United States will co-host three side events on the margins of the UN General Assembly biennial review of the UN Global Counterterrorism Strategy and the High-Level Conference of Heads of Counterterrorism Agencies of Member States that follows it. These events, which … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: United States Hosts Experts Meetings on the Margins of the UN High-Level Conference of Counterterrorism Agencies

U.S. Department of State News: Initiative To Address Homegrown Terrorism: Meeting in Rabat, Morocco

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The United States and the Kingdom of Morocco, under the auspices of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) – and in partnership with the International Institute for Justice and Rule of Law (IIJ) – held a final coordination meeting to review the good practices document … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Initiative To Address Homegrown Terrorism: Meeting in Rabat, Morocco

WASHINGTON | US commander warns against leaving Afghanistan too rapidly

WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle-hardened Army commander nominated to take over U.S. military operations in Afghanistan warned senators Tuesday that if America leaves the fight too rapidly, there is a risk Islamic State militants could merge with al-Qaida and plan attacks against the U.S. or its allies. Lt. Gen. Scott Miller, a former Army Delta … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US commander warns against leaving Afghanistan too rapidly

2 French soldiers killed in Mali by explosive device

PARIS/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Two members of a French counter-terrorism force in Mali were killed on Wednesday when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in a border region with Niger, authorities said. French President Emmanuel Macron’s office said a soldier and an officer were killed in the explosion. A statement by … Continue reading 2 French soldiers killed in Mali by explosive device

Minnesota terror case shows challenge of predicting attacks

MINNEAPOLIS/February 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — After Tnuza Jamal Hassan was stopped from flying to Afghanistan last September, she allegedly told FBI agents that she wanted to join al-Qaida and marry a fighter, and that she might even wear a suicide belt. She also said she was angry at U.S. military actions overseas and admitted that … Continue reading Minnesota terror case shows challenge of predicting attacks

Al-Qaida fighter, absent from court, gets life in prison

NEW YORKFebruary 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —A self-described al-Qaida “warrior” who was in a firefight in Afghanistan that left two U.S. servicemen dead refused to attend his sentencing Friday, when a judge ordered him to serve life in prison. “I can’t think of a more serious crime,” U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan said as he … Continue reading Al-Qaida fighter, absent from court, gets life in prison

Tense times in US-Turkey relations as officials huddle

BRUSSELS /February 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The specter of a U.S.-Turkish clash in Syria loomed over Thursday’s meeting between the top American diplomat and Turkey’s leader as the two NATO allies scrambled to ease some of their worst tensions in years. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is fuming over U.S. assistance to Kurdish fighters near his … Continue reading Tense times in US-Turkey relations as officials huddle

A budget the likes of which the Pentagon has never seen

WASHINGTON/February 10, 2018(AP)(STL.News) —It’s the biggest budget the Pentagon has ever seen: $700 billion. That’s far more in defense spending than America’s two nearest competitors, China and Russia, and will mean the military can foot the bill for thousands more troops, more training, more ships and a lot else. And next year it would rise … Continue reading A budget the likes of which the Pentagon has never seen

Pentagon: Countering China, Russia are security priorities

WASHINGTON/January 19, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Countering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military’s top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, the Pentagon said Friday. A new national defense strategy says that competition with China and Russia has threatened America’s military advantage around the world. And it will require … Continue reading Pentagon: Countering China, Russia are security priorities

Judge remains skeptical Sept. 11 Saudi claims can proceed

NEW YORK/January 18, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — A judge who previously rejected arguments that Saudi Arabia was behind the Sept. 11 attacks expressed doubts again Thursday after claims were revived by congressional action. U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels in Manhattan questioned lawyers for families and survivors of the 2001 attacks as well as attorneys for Saudi Arabia … Continue reading Judge remains skeptical Sept. 11 Saudi claims can proceed

Activists: Heavy fighting, airstrikes near Syrian capital

BEIRUT/January 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Heavy clashes broke out between Syrian government forces and insurgents east of Damascus on Monday when troops tried to reach under the cover of a dozen airstrikes a force trapped inside, opposition activists said. The clashes have been ongoing for three days but on Sunday, rebels backed by al-Qaida-linked fighters attacked troops … Continue reading Activists: Heavy fighting, airstrikes near Syrian capital

APNewsBreak: About 4,000 more US troops to go to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON/June 15, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, a Trump administration official said Thursday, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third U.S. commander in chief. The deployment will be the largest of American manpower under Donald Trump’s young presidency. … Continue reading APNewsBreak: About 4,000 more US troops to go to Afghanistan