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2008-12-20 00:38:55

A Swedish man convicted of libel for telling U.S. authorities that his son-in-law had links to al-Qaida is appealing his case to Sweden's Supreme Court. The Lund man was sentenced to community service hours and ordered to pay $7,300 damages to his estranged son-in-law after he submitted a tip to the FBI Web site while his daughter's husband was on his way to a conference in Orlando, Fla., in 2006, The Local reported Friday. The tip, which described the son-in-law as most likely affiliated...

2008-11-07 06:00:07

By Jim Michaels WASHINGTON -- Afghanistan's government has stepped up efforts to win the cooperation of tribal leaders to try to build security at the village level and fend off the Taliban. The strategy has the backing of coalition forces and is similar to a successful effort in Iraq, where powerful tribal leaders turned on al-Qaeda. "We're coming back to recognize tribal leadership, to empower and acknowledge them as leaders within their communities," said U.S. Army Brig. Gen....

2008-10-30 18:00:15

U.S. intelligence agencies expect al-Qaida to release a message from Osama bin Laden just before or after next week's presidential election, ABC News reports. Sources told ABC that intelligence analysts believe bin Laden's followers may consider him irrelevant if he is not heard from at such a critical time. A taped message from bin Laden was released a few days before the 2004 presidential election. Exit polls showed that voters who thought the tape was important were more likely to have...

2008-10-29 15:00:11

Pakistan said it lodged a formal protest Wednesday over a U.S. missile attack in its territory and demanded a halt to any such strikes in the future. The Foreign Ministry told the U.S. ambassador that the missile strikes carried out against al-Qaida and Taliban hideouts in Pakistan were not only a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty but counterproductive to U.S. goals as well, The New York Times reported. "The drone attacks have negative repercussions when the Pakistani government tries to...

2008-10-22 09:00:00

A commentary on an al-Qaida-linked Web site says the U.S. financial crisis is proof that a strategy of damaging America's economy through war works. The extremist Web site also showed support for presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., saying he would continue the "failing march of his predecessor," U.S. President George Bush, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. "Al-Qaida will have to support McCain in the coming election," read a commentary posted on the al-Hesbah Web site...

2008-10-20 15:00:06

Five Muslim immigrants wanted to conduct a terror attack on the Army's Fort Dix in New Jersey to kill U.S. soldiers, a prosecutor alleged Monday. Deputy U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick alleged in his opening statement in a Camden court the five terror suspects were arrested before they could carry out their planned attack on the base, The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger reported. "These five defendants, their motive was to defend Islam, their inspiration was al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden,...

2008-10-18 15:00:11

Al-Qaida's Web presence has been greatly diminished as unidentified hackers have shut down four of its five main sites, analysts said in Dubai. The online forums had frequently been used by the Islamist terrorist group to distribute statements from leader Osama bin Laden and to link members, but since being disabled Sept. 10, have not reappeared, The Washington Post reported Saturday. That has left al-Qaida with only one functioning Web site, analysts said, adding that a statement by...

2008-10-17 12:00:13

Canadian security officials are investigating a Quebec man's Internet posting calling on al-Qaida to stage terror attacks in Canada. The message was posted on an Islamist Web site on Sept. 25 and found by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors such sites, the National Post reported Friday. Under the pseudonym Altar, the man said he is a Sunni Muslim who lives in Quebec. "Me, I live in Canada and the Canadian government supports the Americans. The government of Canada supports...

2008-10-15 13:00:00

Coalition forces killed al-Qaida in Iraq's second-in-command during an operation earlier in October in Mosul, the U.S. military command announced Wednesday. Abu Qaswarah, known as Abu Sara, who was killed during an Oct. 5 operation after coalition forces tracked him to a building in the northern Iraq city, CNN reported. Qaswarah was second to al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the military said. He also had "historic ties" to Abu Musav al-Zarqari, who preceded al-Masri, as well...

2008-10-11 12:00:10

By Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- U.S. missile attacks on suspected militants in Pakistan's northwest near Afghanistan are undermining the war on terror and "helping the terrorists," the Muslim nation's Foreign Ministry said Friday. The comments came as a suicide bomber attacked an anti-insurgent group in a northwest tribal area, killing at least 22 and wounding around 100 people. The Orakzai area tribesmen had gathered to plan the demolition of a militant base. Al-Qaida and...