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CT News: March 2011

Defense seeks discovery of terror suspect's writings

A terror suspect who made national news is getting ready to go to trial in Lubbock. On Wednesday, the attorney for Khalid Aldawsari, 20, filed a motion to see the prosecution's evidence. (KCBD, 31 March 2011)

Daphne Terror Suspect Dead or Alive?

A report in an Internet news journal suggests Omar Hammami may still be alive. The Long War Journal report published on March 15th quotes a senior US intelligence official who said "our assessment is Hammami is not dead, at least we see no evidence of it," On March 8, Somali's Defense Minister told the Associated Press that the Daphne native had been killed in heavy fighting in Mogadishu and surrounding areas but offered no evidence of the death. US officials at the time would not confirm Hammami's death. (WKRG, 30 March 2011)

Indonesian Officials Give Mixed Reports on Pakistani Arrest

Officials on Thursday gave mixed reports on whether the Indonesian Government understood that the man arrested in Pakistan was actually suspected terrorist Umar Patek. National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo said the Indonesian Government doubted it was Patek. "We got that information, but we have no absolute proof that he is Umar Patek,” Timur said at the Presidential Palace on Thursday. (Jakarta Globe, 31 March 2011)

Man jailed in new kind of terrorist case for Canada

Twenty-five-year-old Mohamed Hersi was to board a flight to Africa on Tuesday evening, bringing his Canadian passport, a spotless record and his university-educated mind. His boarding pass said he was bound for Egypt. But police never let him leave Toronto's Pearson International Airport, arresting him on allegations that he was actually en route to becoming a terrorist in Somalia. (Globe and Mail, 30 March 2011)

Maldives frees World Cup terror suspect

A Maldivian man arrested with the help of Interpol and initially linked to an alleged terror plot against the ongoing Cricket World Cup has been cleared, an official said on Wednesday. Iqbal Mohamed, 42, was arrested on March 10 at the Male International Airport after arriving from Pakistan and was later set free as there was no evidence against him. (Daily Times, 31 March 2011)

Moussa Koussa could know truth about Lockerbie bombing, say campaigners

Crucial questions about Libya's role in the Lockerbie bombing could finally be answered after the defection of the country's foreign minister, say campaigners. Professor Robert Black and Jim Swire, whose daughter, Flora, was killed in the attack, said Moussa Koussa had been a pivotal figure in the Gaddafi regime and his defection was a "fantastic day" for the victims' families. Scottish prosecution authorities plan to interview Koussa about the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, which killed 270 people on 21 December 1988. (Guardian, 31 March 2011)

Threats Claim Nuclear Bombs Hidden All Over U.S.

The threats came in the mail and to date, there have been 25 letters that warn of nuclear bombs destroying America. People who got them called the FBI and CBS 2′s Kristyn Hartman learned, the Bureau's Chicago office is leading the investigation. FBI Special Agent Andre Zavala said, "Yes, they alarmed a lot of people.”(CBS 2, 29 March 2011)

Dad of bomb suspect thinks son was setup

The father of domestic terrorism suspect Kevin W. Harpham said he believes his son was set up by someone wanting to pocket the big reward posted by the FBI."They put out a reward for $20,000 and one of his slimy friends turned him in for the money,” Cecil Harpham, 68, of Kettle Falls, said Tuesday. "Now the government won't admit it to me, but I happen to know it's true.”(Spokesman Review, 29 March 2011)

Warrant: Local terror suspect hid crimes from US officials

One of the men accused of being involved in a Triangle-based terrorist cell has a violent past that he didn't disclose when he immigrated to the U.S. more than a decade ago, according to a search warrant unsealed Tuesday. Anes Subasic is one of nine men charged in 2009 of plotting international terrorism. He is charged with one count each of conspiring to provide resources to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap and injure persons abroad and two counts of unlawful procurement of citizenship. (WRAL, 29 March 2010)

Terror Intelligence Lacking 10 Years After 9/11, Chairmen Say

U.S. intelligence agencies still haven't completed their transformation into an effective counterterrorism operation almost 10 years after the Sept. 11 strikes, the co-chairmen of a commission that investigated the attacks said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is struggling to balance its intelligence and crime-fighting responsibilities, said Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, the former co-chairmen, in a joint statement to a Senate panel. (Bloomberg, 30 March 2011)

Qaeda: Arab revolts herald "great leap forward"

Al Qaeda's most influential English-language preacher said revolts sweeping the Arab world would help rather than harm its cause by giving Islamists freed from tyranny greater scope to speak out. Western and Arab officials say the example set by young Arabs seeking peaceful political change is a counterweight to al-Qaeda's push for violent militancy and weakens its argument that democracy and Islam are incompatible. (Reuters, 30 March 2011)

Indonesia Headed to Pakistan to Identify Possible Bali Bombing Suspect

Indonesia will send a team of counterterrorism officers to Pakistan to identify and possibly bring home an alleged Islamist militant accused of playing a key role in the deadly 2002 nightclub bombings on Bali, officials said Wednesday. A man believed to be Umar Patek, Indonesia's most wanted terrorist, was arrested by Pakistani security forces in early March and is being detained by the Pakistani authorities after nearly a decade of evading an international manhunt, said Air Marshal Chairul Akbar, the general secretary of Indonesia's National Antiterrorism Agency. A spokesman for Pakistan's intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, confirmed the arrest but did not provide further details. (NY Times, 30 March 2011)

Terror Suspect Pleads Not Guilty To Buying Chemicals From Burlington Company

A Texas college student from Saudi Arabia pleaded not guilty in a federal courtroom in Lubbock, Texas Monday to charges of buying chemicals and equipment from a Burlington, NC company to build a weapon of mass destruction. Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Koenig at the federal courthouse in Lubbock. The judge set his trial for May 2nd. If convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, Aldawsari could receive life in prison…(WFMY, 28 March 2011)

Abu Bakar Bashir Terror Trial Continues in Jakarta

Six followers of an Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir testified at his trial on Monday. Bashir, the spiritual leader of the outlawed Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiah, is on trial over terror charges which carry a maximum penalty of death. Bashir's followers say that their leader sought funds and weapons to support their terrorist training activities in Aceh Province on the island of Sumatra. Abdullah Sonata says he didn't know Bashir personally and did not know about the Bashir's terrorist training camp in Aceh. Another witness is a treasury department official for Bashir's group, Jamaah Ansharut Tauhit….(NTDTV, 28 March 2011)

Somali terror suspect to ask US judge for release

A Somali man who has been in U.S. custody for more than two years on terror charges is expected to request his release pending sentencing. Kamal Said Hassan pleaded guilty to providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization and other charges. He will appear in federal court in Minneapolis on Monday….(AP, 28 March 2011)

Indian Crisis Management Plan For Cyber Attacks And Cyber Terrorism

The threats of cyber attacks, cyber espionage and cyber terrorism are looming large at India. India needs to understand the seriousness of cyber attacks upon its critical infrastructures and cyberspace. To start with, India must formulate a crisis management plan to tackle cyber attacks, cyber terrorism and cyber espionage attempts. Crisis management plan (CMP) is a measure of readiness to meet uncertainties and future risks and accidents. If we have a good crisis management plan at place, we can minimise the damage and harm to maximum possible extent….(CJNews India, 28 March 2011)

Officials: Yemen a Bigger Security Threat Than Libya

As the United States spearheads the attack against Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi's military assets, key former officials said an even bigger threat to U.S. national security comes from Yemen, a country that hosts many militants and is now enmeshed in a civil uprising that is threatening to unseat U.S.-backed President Ali Abdullah Saleh…(Global Security Newswire, 28 March 2011)

Man arrested for bomb plot at Detroit federal office

U.S. authorities arrested a Michigan man on Thursday for trying to bomb a federal building that houses the FBI's Detroit offices.Gary Mikulich, 42, who has frequently complained about the FBI, was arrested in northern Michigan after authorities connected him to a tool bag he allegedly stuffed with a bomb and planted in the Detroit building in February….(Reuters, 24 March 2011)

Muslim Cleric Bashir Terror Trial Continues in Indonesia

Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was back in court in Jakarta Thursday. He's facing charges of funding a paramilitary training camp in Indonesia that was set to be used to plot a war against non-Muslims. Also in court… many of Bashir's followers. Six of them came in person to testify. Bashir was attending the court without his lawyers. They are absent as a protest over the court's acceptance of previous testimony by video link. Medical doctor Syarif Usman says he had donated around $1,000 to the camp, which is located in Aceh Province….(NTDTV, 24 March 2011)

Terrorist plotting World Cup attack nabbed: Rehman Malik

A terrorist plotting to target the ongoing cricket World Cup has been arrested, according to Pakistan interior minister Rehman Malik, who claimed there was a "serious attempt" to carry out a terror attack during the tournament. Rehman Malik, who did not identify the nationality or the affiliation of the alleged terrorist, made the revelation at a joint briefing with Interpol chief Ronald Noble here, saying that the International Police Organisation had helped to uncover the plot….(Times of India, 24 March 2011)

AP sources: Christmas bomber considered Houston, Chicago, then picked cheapest option: Detroit

When an admitted al-Qaida operative planned his itinerary for a Christmas 2009 airline bombing, he considered launching the strike in the skies above Houston or Chicago, The Associated Press has learned. But tickets were too expensive, so he refocused the mission on a cheaper destination, Detroit. The decision is among new details emerging about one of the most sensational terrorism plots to unfold since President Barack Obama took office. It shows that al-Qaida's Yemen branch does not share Osama bin Laden's desire to attack symbolic targets, preferring instead to strike at targets of opportunity. Like the plot that nearly blew up U.S.-bound cargo planes last year, the cities themselves didn't matter. It's a strategy that has helped the relatively new group quickly become the No. 1 threat to the United States….(AP, 24 March 2011)

London officials say security for Olympics is 'massive challenge'

Officials in charge of security for next year's Olympics acknowledged Monday that the Games face a significant threat of a terrorist attack, but they also vowed that spectators would be only dimly aware of the vast machinery devoted to thwarting terrorists and other threats. The government's official threat level is already set at severe, meaning a terrorist attack is "highly likely now," said Pauline Neville-Jones, the minister of state for security and counterterrorism. The threat level is expected to be designated as severe during the Games, scheduled July 27-Aug. 12, 2012, as well. Severe is the government's second-highest threat level, one rung below critical. "The No. 1 threat is one of terrorism," said Chris Allison, who is in charge of Olympic security for London's Metropolitan Police Service.(SecurityInfoWatch, 23 March 2011)

Pakistani who fought 'menace of terrorism' can't live in Canada: Court

A Pakistani intelligence agent who worked in Pakistan against "the menace of terrorism” cannot live in Canada because his work has been deemed espionage by the courts, even though he likely did the same work as a CSIS agent. In upholding the immigration decision this week, the Federal Court of Canada noted that although it is a lawful distinction, it may be a hypocritical one….(National Post, 23 March 2011)

Deterrence making a comeback in counter-terrorism

Two weeks ago, Canadians finally closed the book on the Toronto 18. Shareef Abdelhaleem, the last member of the homegrown cell to be sentenced, was given the stiffest possible punishment: life imprisonment. Of the 14 Canadians recently convicted of terrorism offenses, four were sentenced to life and another four to prison terms of 10 years or more. With our courts sending a clear message that anyone thinking about facilitating terrorism in this country should expect to pay a heavy price, Canadians are joining other countries in rejecting the too-fashionable idea that deterrence doesn't work against terrorists….(Times & Transcript, 23 March 2011)

Terrorist attacks to rise in next 20 years

Terrorist attacks worldwide are expected to rise in the next 20 years, says an international security expert. State-based conflicts are unlikely to exceed 40 conflicts a year till about 2030. The news will not be welcomed by many governments.Dr Ekaterina Stepanova, a lead researcher in Russia's Institute of World Economy and International Relations, expressed her views at the day-two Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) 16th Annual Conference about future threats to national security...(Gulf News, 23 March 2011)

Witnesses Testify Via Video Link in Bashir Terror Trial

Witnesses continued to testify through video teleconference in a terror trial of Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir in a South Jakarta court on Monday. They say they fear intimidation by the defendant. Bashir is accused of leading regional Islamist network Jemaah Islamiyah, which is linked to al-Qaeda, and for funding a paramilitary training camp in western Aceh Province. Six witnesses gave their testimonies from the police detention center in West Java Province.The six men are Abu Bakar Bashir's followers and are also facing court proceedings related to the paramilitary camp in Aceh. One of them denies his involvement in the military training in Aceh….(NTDT, 22 March 2011)

Libya: British radicals could use attacks to recruit terrorists

The Security Service is on heightened alert for the possibility of an outrage, with radicals in Britain using the mission to claim that Islam is under attack by "imperialists". There is a suspicion among analysts that al–Qaeda could try to take advantage of the situation. A number of Libyans, all of them implacably opposed to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, have played a senior role in the terrorist group but sources said the "narrative" of action in Libya could be twisted into propaganda….(Telegraph, 22 March 2011)

Government lacks plan for terrorists

A simple-sounding question rippled through recent congressional hearings with top national security officials: What would you do with Osama bin Laden or other most-wanted terrorists if you captured them? They couldn't offer one simple answer."We would probably move them quickly into military jurisdiction at Bagram [Airfield] for questioning and then, eventually, move them probably to Guantánamo,” CIA Director Leon E. Panetta told the Senate Select Intelligence panel….(Congress.org, 22 March 2011)

Britain should negotiate with Al Qaeda, says former head of MI5

The former head of Britain's MI5, the U.K.'s equivalent of the FBI, says the country should negotiate with terrorists. "I would hope that people are trying to do so ... it's always better to talk to the people who are attacking you than attacking them, if you can," Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller said in a BBC2 documentary airing Monday."I would hope that people are trying to reach out to the Taliban, to people on the edges of Al Qaeda, to talk to them."…(NY Daily News, 21 March 2011)

Terrorism, Weapons Top Threat List, Gates Says

In a nation he spent much of his career studying and a city he last visited at the end of the Cold War, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates answered questions here today from Russian naval officers about the U.S. Defense Department, its problems and its future.After delivering a speech at the new State Russian Naval Museum, Gates invited questions from his audience of mid-level officers from the Kuznetsov Naval Academy. "The biggest threats we face are actually those where international cooperation is significantly required,” Gates said. "The first is terrorism, … and the other is the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, particularly proliferation in states that have threatened to destroy other states.”….(DoD, 21 March 2011)

Attacking a growing cyber terrorism threat

A nation can be as easily crippled by the loss of its critical infrastructure as it can by any number of few well-placed missiles. In light of this reality, federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland has announced a new, specialist cyber investigations unit within the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation that will focus on state-sponsored cyber attacks against Australian interests….(The Australian, 21 March 2011)

Upheaval in Mideast Sets Back Terror War

The U.S. has lost track of many former Guantanamo detainees who had been sent home to the Middle East and North Africa, a sign that unrest in the region is disrupting critical terror-fighting relationships America has built up since the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. officials say. The flow of information from Libya, Yemen and other governments in the region about the whereabouts and activities of the former Guantanamo detainees, along with other Islamists released from local prisons, has slowed or even stopped, the officials say. U.S. officials say they fear that former detainees will re-join al Qaeda and other Islamist groups…..(WSJ, 17 March 2011)

Afghan Forces Detain Alleged IMU Members From Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan

Afghanistan's Intelligence Service says it recently detained three men from former Soviet republics suspected of terrorist activity and belonging to the banned Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports. Intelligence Service spokesman Lutfullah Mashaal said one Kyrgyz and two Ukrainians were apprehended in two separate operations. He said all three are members of the IMU, which he said is based in northern Pakistan….(Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 17 March 2011)

Two new control orders imposed in past three months, Theresa May announces

Two new control orders have been imposed on suspected terrorists by the home secretary, Theresa May, in the past three months despite an intense coalition debate over whether they should be scrapped, the Home Office has disclosed. The decision to impose the new orders on two terror suspects, both British, was made by the home secretary between 11December and 10 March and brings the total number in force to 10. A further control order has been made but has not yet been served….(Guardian, 17 March 2011)

FBI: Terrorism, al-Qaida Pose Biggest Threat to US

The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says terrorism in general and al-Qaida and its affiliates continue to pose the most significant threat to the United States. Robert Mueller testified Wednesday at a House of Representatives committee hearing. He told lawmakers the threats include extremists in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, al-Shabab in Somalia, and the radicalization of lone individuals in the United States….(VOA, 16 March 2011)

Canadian police issue arrest warrants for two men who planned to join Afghan insurgents

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said the arrest warrants for Maiwand Yar and Ferid Ahmed Imam are the result of a four-year national security criminal investigation known as Project Darken. They allegedly conspired to travel to Pakistan for terrorist training with plans to eventually join the insurgency against NATO troops in Afghanistan…..(BNO News, 16 March 2011)

Indonesian Intelligence Agency Probes Book-Bomb Links

The National Intelligence Agency is investigating the links between three package bombs that were sent to three different targets in Jakarta on Tuesday, agency head Sutanto said Wednesday."Anti-terror personnel are working hard to prevent any possible attacks, but of course it's not an easy job to uncover any crimes immediately because they [terrorists] operate secretly,” Sutanto said in Jakarta before attending a hearing with the House of Representative's Commission I, which oversees security. "Just wait, don't expect immediate results. Please, be patient.”…(Jakarta Globe, 16 March 2011)

Rep. Frank Wolf, advocate of ‘breaking radicalization,' accused of defunding '05 counterterrorism program By Sofia Resnick.

Last week's Homeland Security Committee hearing on the extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community — which Chair Peter King (R-NY) said repeatedly would be the first of many hearings on the subject,— was, as promised, a media circus. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Virginia) testified before the committee on the need to curb Islamic "radicalization” in the U.S. and proposed that the government establish a panel of outside experts to bring "fresh eyes” to reports of domestic radicalization and counterterrorism strategy. Indeed, Wolf told the committee an effective counterterrorism strategy was missing, saying, "We need a strategy which focuses not just on connecting the dots of intelligence, but which seeks to stay a step ahead in understanding how to break the radicalization and recruitment cycle that sustains our enemy, how to disrupt their network globally and how to strategically isolate them.” (The Colorado Independent, 13 March 2011)

Success in the GWOT has made us unsafe By Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka

This week's radicalization hearings called by Congressman Peter King raise one obvious question: what is there left for Capital Hill and the American public to learn as we approach the tenth anniversary of the 2001? The simple answer is: a great deal. Soon after President Obama assumed office, his very top adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, the former CIA official John Brennan, made it very clear that the new administration understands the post-9/11 world very differently from Georg W. Bush's White House. In a seminal speech he gave at CSIS, Brennan declared a definitive sea-change in national security policy. (The Hill, 14 March 2011)

Kosovan Muslim who 'shouted Islamic slogans' before shooting dead two U.S. airmen at Frankfurt airport was an employee

Two American airmen were shot dead and another left fighting for his life today after a Kosovo Albanian gunman stormed their bus before opening fire at Germany's busiest airport where he allegedly worked. Officials said the gunman, identified as Arid Uka, 21, shouted out 'Islamic slogans' before opening fire. He gunned down his first victim as the soldier stood in front of the vehicle at Terminal 2 before turning his weapon on the driver as he sat behind the wheel. A fourth man was lightly injured and both he and the gravely wounded man are now being treated at the city's University Clinic Hospital. A German official told Fox News Channel that one airman was smoking a cigarette when the suspect pulled out a firearm and shot him. Another serviceman was gunned down as he returned a luggage trolley. The attacker, reportedly wielding a knife and a handgun, then boarded the bus and fired at the driver before being taken down by police, the official said. The suspect's uncle, 70-year-old Rexhep Uka, said Uka was born and raised in Germany and was a devout Muslim who worked at the airport. He said Uka's grandfather was a religious leader at a mosque in the village of Zhabar, near Mitrovica, Kosovo….(Daily Mail, 3 March 2011)

Frankfurt Airport Shooting an Act of Islamic Terror, European Officials Say

Authorities in Europe are calling the shooting at a Frankfurt, Germany, airport that claimed the lives of two U.S. servicemen an act of Islamic terrorism, though U.S. investigators said it is too soon to tell. The suspected gunman, 21-year-old Arid Uka, who was captured immediately after Wednesday's shooting, admitted to the deadly attack and said he acted alone, German Interior Minister Boris Rhein said today, according to a report by The Associated Press. Uka, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo who was described as a long-time resident of Germany, had been apparently radicalized over the last few weeks, Rhein said. Uka allegedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he opened fire on a bus carrying U.S. airmen in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, killing two and wounding two others before his gun jammed, officials said. The U.S. has launched an FBI-led investigation into the shooting and officials told ABC News it is too soon to determine whether the attack was an act of terror and if the suspect acted alone. However, a senior U.S. intelligence official told ABC News the attack was likely terror-related…..(ABC, 3 March 2011)

British Airways worker guilty of plane bombplot

A jury convicted a former British Airways computer specialist on Monday of plotting with U.S.-born extremist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to blow up an airplane in an attack intended to kill hundreds of people. Rajib Karim, a 31-year-old Bangladeshi man, was convicted of four counts of engaging in preparation for terrorist attacks. He had already pleaded guilty to five other terrorism offenses, but denied plotting an attack in Britain…(AP, 3 March 2011)

Yemen Unrest A Worry For Counterterrorism Experts

Ask counterterrorism experts what country in the Arab world worries them most and they say — hands down — that it is Yemen. Al-Qaida's arm in Yemen has been one of the terrorist group's most active affiliates. It is home to radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, the English speaking-imam who has been accused of inspiring and directing young jihadists to attack the West. Al-Qaida's Yemen branch was behind the Christmas Day attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner two years ago. Last fall, the group tried to send package bombs to the U.S. on cargo planes. Both plots failed, but together they provide a glimpse of how determined the group is to strike the U.S…..(NPR, 2 March 2011)

Analysis: Could MI5 have stopped 7/7 bombers?

Could MI5 have stopped the 7 July London bombers? The inquests been going through the key evidence in the public domain - and what each of these fragments means. For nearly five months, families of those who died in the 7 July suicide bombings have sat quietly listening to the evidence at the inquests…(BBC, 3 March 2011)

Airport Attack Highlights Loopholes in Security Rules

After two female suicide bombers brought down two planes in2004, killing 88 people, theauthorities spoke ofstricter security measures atairports including Domodedevo Airport, where thebombers had boarded theaircraft. A deadly Moscow metro bombing later that year inspired renewed promises ofimproved security. Bombs planted ontracks that derailed Nevsky Express trains in2007 and2009 andtwin suicide bombers who killed 40 inthe Moscow metro last year sparked new rounds ofpledges tobeef up security. So thequestion now is what theauthorities hope toaccomplish bytackling security once again after asuicide bombing atDomodedovo Airport in January killed 37. If anything, officials andexperts said ininterviews, thelatest attack only underscores themany loopholes that remain intransportation security rules after years ofdeadly attacks….(Moscow Times, 2 March 2011)

'British martyr' in new al-Qaeda video on web heightens concern over UK attack

The video features a man identified only as "Musa the British” who is seen wearing an Afghan-style hat and reading a prayer book. He is sitting crossed legged on the floor against white-washed walls, wearing glasses and holding a set of prayer beads. The script at the top of the screen reads: "May Allah have mercy on him,” indicating that he has died, although there is nothing to show whether he was shot or launched a suicide attack. The security services are now trying to identify him to confirm whether he is British and discover if he may have been accompanied by other British radicals in Pakistan….(Telegraph, 2 March 2011)

Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Homeland - Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the organization behind the attempted Christmas Day 2009 attack and last October's cargo bomb plot, has repeatedly attempted to strike American interests. In testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee, Christopher Boucek warns that AQAP is now the greatest single terrorist threat to the United States—a greater danger even than al-Qaeda's senior leadership…(Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2 March 2011)

YouTube jihadist convicted of terrorist offenses

In a case that was kept under wraps for security reasons, aMuslim manwho created extremist videos and uploaded them onto theWorld Wide Webwas convicted on Thursdayof terrorist offenses following an investigation byLondon's Metropolitan PoliceCounterterrorism Command. On the following day, February 25, he received a five-year prison sentence….(Examiner, 1 March 2011)

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