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‘Pre-9/11 moment’: Officials say Al Qaida planning massive cyber attack on U.S.

U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin

Special to WASHINGTON — Al Qaida has focused on planning massive cyber attacks on the United States. Officials said the Al Qaida campaign was meant to disrupt power supply, banks, critical facilities, including nuclear plants, without sending fighters into […]

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Holder: American recruits with tech know-how and Al Qaida make ‘deadly combination’

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Special to WASHINGTON — Western fighters were believed to be joining Al Qaida’s network in Yemen. Officials said the U.S. intelligence community was tracking the flow of European and American recruits to Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. They […]

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July 4 alert: U.S. warns major international airports of Al Qaida threat to passenger jets

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has been on alert for a mass-casualty strike by Al Qaida. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama ordered an alert around major airports to protect against the arrival of Al […]

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Tanks, copters and cash: Bank robberies in Mosul make ISIL ‘wealthiest terrorist franchise ever’

ISIL militants.  /AFP

Special to WASHINGTON — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has seized major U.S. combat platforms in Iraq, a report said. The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs asserted that ISIL, also known as Islamic State of Iraq […]

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New ISIL-tied militia joins the fray in Libya

Mahdi Saad Al Ghaithi

Special to CAIRO — Another Al Qaida-aligned militia has emerged in Libya. Al Battar Brigade has announced the launch of operations against rival militias in wake of the death of a leading insurgent. Al Battar was said to have […]

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Al Qaida using soccer videos to recruit European jihadists

ISIL claims one of its members played for the Arsenal football club.

Special to LONDON — Al Qaida’s largest network has used soccer to recruit for the wars in the Levant. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has been using soccer for online recruitment for its campaign in Iraq […]

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Tragic: D-Day’s 70th Anniversary overshadowed by Obama’s Taliban two-step


NEW YORK — A firestorm of criticism has erupted in the wake of the Obama administration’s politically ham-handed prisoner swap with the Afghan Taliban. The initial good news about the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in Taliban captivity for five […]

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Report: 12,000 potential terrorists from 81 nations got combat training in Syria

Fighters take part in weapons-training exercise outside Idlib, Syria. / AP

Special to WASHINGTON — The West faces an Al Qaida blowback based on Sunni foreign fighters in Syria, a report said. The Soufan Group has warned that Al Qaida could use any of thousands of foreign fighters in Syria […]

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Officials: 700 French nationals fought in Syria, Al Qaida recruiting cell captured

French President Francois Hollande.  /Reuters

Special to LONDON — France has become the latest European Union member to capture an Al Qaida-aligned recruitment cell. Officials said authorities arrested four suspects in an Al Qaida-aligned recruitment effort for the war in Syria. The officials said […]

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U.S. sees threat of another 9/11 from Al Qaida-trained Syria veterans

FBI Director James Comey.   /EPA

Special to By Miles Yu, WASHINGTON — The United States has assessed that it could come under another major Al Qaida attack by operatives hardened in the Syrian War. Meanwhile, Egypt is contending with an Al Qaida offensive […]

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