Tag: bin Laden, Osama

The ‘Whimpering’ Terrorist Only Trump Seems to Have Heard

WASHINGTON — It was a vivid scene worthy of the ending of a Hollywood thriller, the image of a ruthless terrorist mastermind finally brought to justice “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way” to his death. But it may be no more true than a movie script. In the days since President Trump gave […]

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Stephen Colbert Thinks Trump has al-Baghdadi Issues

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. ‘A Bigger Get Than […]

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How to Really Make the Death of ISIS’s Leader Bigger Than Bin Laden’s

When President Trump announced the death of the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi following a raid in northwestern Syria this weekend, he made sure to take the opportunity to one-up his predecessor: Mr. al-Baghdadi’s death, Mr. Trump said, was bigger than Osama bin Laden’s. Mr. al-Baghdadi was “the biggest there is,” the president said, […]

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Al-Baghdadi Raid Was a Victory Built on Factors Trump Derides

WASHINGTON — The death of the Islamic State’s leader in a daring nighttime raid vindicated the value of three traditional American strengths: robust alliances, faith in intelligence agencies and the projection of military power around the world. But President Trump has regularly derided the first two. And even as he claimed a significant national security […]

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With al-Baghdadi Raid, Trump Makes the Made-for-TV Announcement He Has Long Wanted

WASHINGTON — From the moment President Trump learned that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, had been killed in a commando raid in Syria, he handled the news in an unusual way. “Something very big just happened!” Mr. Trump teased on Twitter Saturday night around 9:30 p.m., just hours after American forces […]

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U.S. Officials Warn of Rising Threat From Qaeda Branch in Northwest Syria

WASHINGTON — American counterterrorism officials are voicing increased alarm about a Qaeda affiliate in Syria that they say is plotting attacks against the West by exploiting the chaotic security situation in the country’s northwest and the protection inadvertently afforded by Russian air defenses shielding Syrian government forces allied with Moscow. The rise of this latest […]

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Growing With Grief in the Shadow of Sept. 11

ImageAn image of Jake Campbell above his mother’s name on the south fountain of the 9/11 Memorial in New York.CreditDamon Winter/The New York Times When I was growing up, the only time I noticed that I was different from other kids at school was when their parents were around. One of my earliest memories is […]

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Hamza bin Laden Sought to Continue His Father’s Terrorism Legacy

BAGHDAD — As a boy, Hamza bin Laden appeared in propaganda films for Al Qaeda, the terrorist group led by his father, Osama. He preached jihad, trained with fighters and was introduced as a voice of Al Qaeda, “a young lion to carry forth the cause.” But much of his story remains shrouded in mystery. […]

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Hamza bin Laden, Son and Heir to Qaeda Founder, Is Dead

WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden, who was long viewed as heir to the leadership of Al Qaeda and who had repeatedly threatened to attack the United States, is dead, according to two American officials. Hamza bin Laden was killed in the past two years, during the Trump administration, but it took […]

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Could Trump Use the Sept. 11 War Law to Attack Iran Without Going to Congress?

In public remarks and classified briefings, Trump administration officials keep emphasizing purported ties between Iran and Al Qaeda. Some lawmakers suspect that the executive branch is toying with claiming that it already has congressional authorization to attack Iran based on the nearly 18-year-old law approving a war over the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Pressed to […]

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