Christmas tree bomb plotter gets 30 years

2014-10-01 22:29

A US judge has sentenced a Somali-American man to 30 years in federal prison for trying to blow up a Christmas tree lighting celebration in Oregon.

US faces counter-terror fatigue - panel

2014-07-22 17:43

After 13 years of struggle, Americans are showing a growing public fatigue and waning sense of urgency over terrorism, an attitude that threatens US security.

CIA drone programme in Pakistan winding down

2014-05-29 09:43

The CIA's drone programme in Pakistan, once the mainstay of US President Barack Obama's counterterrorism effort, is winding down: There hasn't been a drone strike since last Christmas.

UK preacher Abu Hamza guilty on terror charges

2014-05-20 09:25

A New York jury convicted UK hate preacher Abu Hamza on 11 kidnapping and terrorism charges, opening the way for a judge to impose what will almost certainly be a life sentence.

No proof torture helped find bin Laden - report

2014-03-31 09:29

A hotly disputed US Senate torture report concludes that water boarding and other harsh interrogation methods has provided no key evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

UK convict met bin Laden '20 to 50 times'

2014-03-11 09:10

A British terror convict has told a New York trial he met Osama bin Laden up to 50 times and was recruited by al-Qaeda to blow up a passenger jet.

Al-Qaeda plots comeback in Afghanistan

2014-02-28 08:59

Al-Qaeda's Afghanistan leader is laying the groundwork to re-launch his war-shattered organisation once the US and international forces withdraw from the country.

US vows 'relentless' terror fight after raids

2013-10-07 11:03

The United States pledged Sunday to keep "relentless pressure" on terror groups following the daring capture of an Al-Qaeda operative in Libya and the storming of a Shebab stronghold in Somalia.

Tunis man extradited over US bomb plot

2013-10-04 10:01

A member of al-Qaeda who allegedly met with Osama bin Laden in 2001 has been extradited to the US to face charges that he conspired to carry out a bomb attack against Americans.

Qaeda leader urges restraint in 'guidelines for jihad'

2013-09-17 08:06

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has issued his first specific guidelines for jihad, urging restraint in attacking other Muslim sects and non-Muslims.

US Air Force lacks volunteers for drones

2013-08-21 11:57

The US Air Force is unable to keep up with a growing demand for pilots capable of operating drones, partly due to a shortage of volunteers, according to a new study.

Iraq violence less prioritised by US

2013-08-16 10:02

Security crises in Egypt, Syria and other countries are overshadowing rising death tolls and new fears of civil war in Iraq, once the top US priority in the Mideast.

Obama seeks to end 'war on terror'

2013-05-24 16:15

Twelve years after the "war on terror" began, President Barack Obama wants to pull the US back from some of the most controversial aspects of its global fight against Islamist militants.

US memo justifies drone killings

2013-02-05 22:26

The US has authorised the killing of US citizens as part of its controversial drone campaign against al-Qaeda.

US bomb suspect was on a suicide mission

2013-01-16 15:25

A Somali-born man charged in a Christmas-season bomb plot in the US was eager to "martyr" himself in a suicide mission.

USS Cole suspect defiant

2012-10-23 22:42

The main suspect in the USS Cole bombing has refused to attend a court hearing at the US naval base in Guantanamo, Cuba to protest having to wear chains.

NY bomb plot: Obama was a possible target

2012-10-18 18:04

The Bangladeshi man snared in an FBI terror sting considered targeting President Barack Obama before settling on a car bomb attack on The Federal Reserve in New York City.

Bomb plot: Man on WMD charge

2012-10-17 23:04

A man who'd planned to blow up the US Federal Reserve building with a 453kg "bomb" has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

US agents stop car bomber

2012-09-16 14:37

An 18-year-old man who tried to set off what he thought was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar has been arrested and charged in a federal undercover sting.

Frenchwoman needed tougher screening

2012-05-23 22:08

A French woman whose bizarre behaviour triggered a major security alert on a US-bound transatlantic flight should have undergone tighter screening.

'Device' diverts Paris-US flight

2012-05-22 20:14

A US Airways flight from Paris has been diverted to Maine because of a "security issue".

US wants Qaeda bomb maker dead

2012-05-13 22:42

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is the top security threat to the US and the bomb maker thought to have created at least two non-metallic explosive devices must be killed, a top senator says.

FBI: Plot shows need for surveillance

2012-05-09 22:19

The FBI chief has urged the US Congress to renew wide-ranging surveillance power in counter-terror probes.

FBI declined to pursue NYC bomb plot

2011-11-21 21:14

US federal authorities declined to pursue a man accused of plotting to bomb police stations and post offices because they believed he was mentally unstable and incapable of pulling it off.

Pakistan army brass meets amid tensions

2011-09-25 22:33

Pakistan's powerful army chief General Ashfaq Kayani has met with his top commanders in a special meeting to discuss the security situation.


IS threat 'beyond anything we've seen' - Pentagon

2014-08-22 10:43

The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants pose a major threat to the United States that may surpass that from al-Qaeda, US military leaders say.

Lawmakers demand answers from Obama

2014-06-05 12:16

US President Barack Obama's decision to swap five detained Taliban operatives for a US soldier captured in Afghanistan has baffled lawmakers, with many questioning its military and political merits.

US withdrawal is 'continued occupation' - Taliban

2014-05-28 12:14

The Taliban has condemned President Barack Obama's announcement that US troops would stay in Afghanistan until the end of 2016.

Teen in 'Jihad Jane' case to be sentenced

2014-04-17 13:57

A US judge is set to decide the prison sentence for Mohammad Hassan Khalid, a Pakistani immigrant high school student who pleaded guilty to providing assistance to al-Qaeda.

'Qaeda militant' killed in Yemen drone strike

2014-03-11 11:29

A suspected al-Qaeda militant has been killed in a drone strike in Yemen's central Maarib province, an oil-producing area where al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operates, local tribesmen say.

Bin Laden son-in-law his right-hand man - trial

2014-03-06 08:21

The son-in-law of Osama bin Laden acted as the al-Qaeda leader's right-hand man and appeared alongside him in a video a day after the 9/11 attacks, US prosecutors say.

US warns airlines about shoe bombs

2014-02-20 11:49

The US Department of Homeland Security has warned airlines that terrorists could try to hide explosives in shoes.

Capture of Qaeda operative legal: Kerry

2013-10-07 10:14

US Secretary of State John Kerry says the capture of an al-Qaeda operative in Libya was "appropriate and legal" after officials in Tripoli demanded answers about the "kidnap".

Qaeda Yemen attacks kill 40 troops, police

2013-09-20 11:04

At least 40 policemen and soldiers were killed in south Yemen in simultaneous attacks attributed to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, military sources say.

US citizenship hard for Muslims to obtain

2013-08-21 12:54

Civil liberties advocates say they have uncovered a government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns and have put US citizenship applications on hold for years.

Al-Qaeda 'targeting European rail network'

2013-08-19 07:54

Al-Qaeda is plotting attacks on Europe's high-speed rail network, German mass circulation daily Bild reports, citing intelligence sources.

Lawmaker: Al-Qaeda threat very serious

2013-08-04 16:51

The al-Qaeda threat is the most serious in years and the "chatter" among suspected terrorists is reminiscent of what preceded the 9/11 attacks, a US lawmaker has said.

4 700 people killed in US drone strikes

2013-02-21 07:53

A US senator has said an estimated 4 700 people, including some civilians, have been killed in bombing raids conducted under America's secretive drone war, local media reports.

No sign US eavesdropped on Cole suspect

2013-02-04 22:05

A judge at Guantanamo Bay has refused to suspend a pre-trial hearing for the prisoner accused of orchestrating the attack on the USS Cole.

US court ups 'Millennium Bomber' sentence

2012-10-24 23:23

"Millennium bomber" Ahmed Ressam, whose original 22-year prison term was deemed too lenient by a US appeals court, has been re-sentenced to 37 years behind bars.

Al-Qaeda plans comeback

2012-10-21 12:04

A diminished but resilient al-Qaeda, whose terrorist attacks drew America into its longest war, is attempting a comeback in Afghanistan.

NY terror suspect arrived on student visa

2012-10-18 08:31

New York City's police commissioner says the 21-year-old arrested for plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve building came to the US from Bangladesh on a student visa.

Man arrested in New York bomb plot

2012-10-17 21:56

A Bangladeshi man with alleged al-Qaeda links has been arrested in New York for allegedly plotting to destroy the city's Federal Reserve building with a 1 000-pound (453kg) bomb.

Al-Qaeda calls for more attacks

2012-09-16 14:30

Al-Qaeda has called for more attacks on US targets in continued Muslim fury over an anti-Islamic film made in the USA.

'Human bomb' Frenchwoman a guinea pig

2012-05-23 20:15

A French radio station has interviewed a woman who forced a transatlantic flight to be diverted after saying she had a "surgically implanted device", shortly before the incident.

Security supervisor used dead man's ID

2012-05-14 22:29

A security supervisor at New Jersey's Newark Airport has been arrested on a charge he was using the identity of a man murdered 20 years ago.

New underwear bomb made to foil security

2012-05-09 22:19

US officials say al-Qaeda built a bomb in form-fitting underwear to try to get past airport security.

US thwarts new al-Qaeda plane bomb plot

2012-05-07 23:34

The CIA has thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a US-bound airliner.

Underpants bomber - Anwar is alive

2011-10-04 22:12

The airline attack suspect known as the underpants bomber has told a court the radical Islamic cleric killed by a US drone strike is alive.

Jittery US unites in grief

2011-09-11 10:12

A jittery, embattled United States has come together in grief on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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