Tag: Terrorism

Man Pleads Guilty to Plotting to Attack White House With Anti-Tank Missile

A Georgia man who sought to obtain an anti-tank missile pleaded guilty this week to plotting terrorist attacks on the White House, the Statue of Liberty and other landmarks, federal prosecutors said. The man, Hasher Jallal Taheb, 23, of Cumming, Ga., faces up to 20 years in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of five […]

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Human Rights Group Says Two U.S. Strikes Killed Somali Civilians

WASHINGTON — Two American airstrikes in Somalia in February killed two civilians and injured three more, the human rights group Amnesty International has alleged in a new report. The United States Africa Command has acknowledged those strikes happened, but said they killed only terrorists with the Qaeda-affiliated group Al Shabab. The strikes were part of […]

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Crisis in The Sahel Becoming France’s Forever War

AWAGATE FOREST, MALI — For two days, dozens of armored vehicles carrying 180 elite soldiers with the French Foreign Legion lumbered over West Africa’s scrubby savanna to reach a suspected hide-out for Islamist militants. Finally, by a thicket of acacia trees, the legionnaires spotted a turbaned suspect in flip-flops, carrying an AK-47, who set off […]

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Taliban Attack Afghanistan Amid Growing Coronavirus Threat

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban on Saturday attacked several provinces in northern Afghanistan, overrunning large parts of one district even as American diplomats expressed optimism that a peace process stalled over the release of prisoners was getting back on track. The insurgents launched major assaults in three northern province — in Kunduz, whose capital was […]

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House Departs Without Vote to Extend Expired F.B.I. Spy Tools

WASHINGTON — House Democrats left the capital on Friday after passing the $2 trillion coronavirus relief legislation without taking up a Senate bill to temporarily revive three expired F.B.I. surveillance tools for terrorism and espionage investigations, ensuring that the laws will remain lapsed at least until the Senate returns from vacation next month. The series […]

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Man Who Planned to Bomb Hospital Amid Pandemic Dies in Incident With FBI

A domestic terrorism suspect in Belton, Missouri who allegedly planned to carbomb a hospital struggling with the coronavirus pandemic died while the FBI was trying to arrest him Tuesday, the agency confirmed. It is currently unclear whether FBI agents shot him or how he died. The news comes at a time when counterterrorism experts have […]

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Citing Death Penalty, U.K. Court Blocks Giving Evidence on ISIS ‘Beatles’ to U.S.

WASHINGTON — The British government must withhold key evidence from the United States for the trial of two Islamic State detainees because the Trump administration has not provided assurances that the men will not be executed, the British Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday. The detainees were half of a cell of four ISIS Britons who […]

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Man Convicted of Trying to Blow Up Oklahoma City Bank Gets 25 Years in Prison

A man who was arrested in 2017 after a thwarted attempt to blow up a bank in downtown Oklahoma City — a plot that echoed the deadly bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building there in 1995 — was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison, the authorities said. The man, Jerry Drake Varnell, […]

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Top U.S. Intelligence Official Taps New Counterterrorism Chief

WASHINGTON — Lora Shiao, a career American intelligence officer, will be the next acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center, the government’s central clearinghouse for intelligence on terrorist threats, Trump administration officials said on Saturday. Ms. Shiao, who is currently the center’s third-ranking official, replaces Russell Travers, who was abruptly replaced last week amid planned […]

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Al Qaeda Branch in Somalia Threatens Americans in East Africa — and Even the U.S.

Al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, the terrorist group’s largest and most active global affiliate, has issued specific new threats against Americans in East Africa and even the United States, U.S. commandos, counterterrorism officials and intelligence analysts say. Several ominous signs indicate that the Qaeda affiliate, the Shabab, is seeking to expand its lethal mayhem well […]

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Taliban Kill 24 Afghan Troops, With Inside Help

KABUL — A Taliban ambush that appears to have had inside help killed up to 24 Afghan security forces in southern Afghanistan early Friday, officials said. It was the latest Taliban assault on government forces since the militant group signed a peace agreement with the United States on Feb. 29. The Taliban have so far […]

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Counterterrorism Chief Exits as Top U.S. Intelligence Official Weighs Cuts

WASHINGTON — Officials with the Trump administration abruptly replaced the acting head of the National Counterterrorism Center this week amid planned cutbacks by the acting director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell, that have prompted fears among career officials of potential political retribution and a widespread loss of expertise. The acting head of the counterterrorism center, […]

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A French Call to Arms Against the Virus

PARIS — With the spread of the coronavirus accelerating at an alarming rate in France, President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation Monday evening with a call for mobilization. Before millions of television viewers, he looked directly into the camera and declared, “We are at war.” In 20 minutes, he said it six times. Mr. Macron […]

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‘He Didn’t Want to Lie in a Grave That Couldn’t Be Visited’

When my father died last April in Baltimore, he had finally given up the desire to be buried next to his parents in a cemetery in Damascus, Syria. That he had time to ponder where to be buried was the burden of knowing for several years that he was dying. It was also the luxury, […]

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Brother of Manchester Bomber Is Found Guilty in Murder of 22 People

LONDON — A jury in Britain on Tuesday convicted the brother of a suicide bomber who killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in 2017, finding him guilty on all 22 counts of murder for his role in planning and executing the attack. The man, Hashem Abedi, was the brother of Salman […]

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Senate, Bidding for Time, Tries to Temporarily Revive Spy Tools

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Monday to temporarily reinstate a handful of newly expired F.B.I. tools for investigating terrorism and espionage in an attempt to grant lawmakers time to sort out broader differences over surveillance laws and move to addressing the coronavirus pandemic. Senators unanimously agreed to extend until early June the F.B.I. powers, […]

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Government Lets Accused Al Qaeda Sympathizer Go Home

When Uzair Paracha was convicted in 2005 in Manhattan of trying to help a terrorist enter the United States, federal prosecutors hailed the verdict as “another victory in the global fight against terrorism.” He was sentenced to 30 years in prison. But now — nearly 17 years after he was first arrested — Mr. Paracha, […]

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Meet the Woman Who Outsmarted Boko Haram

Episode 29: ‘Balaraba’ Producer/Director Andréa Schmidt Balaraba was 19 when she was kidnapped from her home in northeastern Nigeria by Boko Haram militants. With murderous blows from their machetes, they made her a widow and a captive. Boko Haram has abducted an unknown number of women and girls like Balaraba to be brutalized, raped and […]

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