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Weakened, al-Qaida in Afghanistan tries comeback

Afghan War

A diminished but resilient al-Qaida, whose 9/11 attacks drew America into its longest war, is attempting a comeback in Afghanistan's mountainous east even as U.S. and allied forces wind down their combat mission and concede a small but steady toehold to the terrorist group....

 

AP: Drones, forces set for possible Libya strike

White House reportedly weighing retaliation for deadly consulate attack if al-Qaeda militants are identified.

 

U.S. expands its secret war in Africa

Africa

U.S. President Barack Obama's "secret wars" against al-Qaida are steadily widening, most notably in Africa, with the U.S. military's Special Forces Operation Command doubling in size and the CIA's strike capabilities undergoing a radical expansion, international analysts said.

 

U.S. transfers Bagram prison to Afghan control

The United States handed control of the controversial giant Bagram jail and its 3,000 suspected Taliban inmates to Afghan authorities on Monday, amid concerns the transfer could leave prisoners vulnerable to further rights abuses.

 

SEAL book raises questions about bin Laden's death

No East Day

A firsthand account of the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden contradicts previous accounts by administration officials, raising questions as to whether the terror mastermind presented a clear threat when SEALs first fired upon him.

 

British soldiers resort to 'baiting' Taliban to beat rules of engagement

Afghan War

British soldiers in Afghanistan are being forced to act as bait in an attempt to draw the Taliban into opening fire, a serving platoon commander has alleged. Soldiers are risking their lives to get round strict rules of engagement that allow them to shoot only if they are being attacked or are in "imminent danger".

 

NYPD: Muslim spying led to no leads, terror cases

Muslim Spying

In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques, the New York Police Department's secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation, the department acknowledged in court testimony unsealed late Monday. The Demographics Unit is at the heart of a police spying program, built with help from the CIA, which assembled databases on where Muslims lived, shopped, worked and prayed. Police infiltrated Muslim student groups, put informants in mosques, monitored sermons and catalogued every Muslim in New York who adopted new, Americanized surnames.

Senh: Wait, this is legal?

 

Taliban suspected in Afghan wedding blast

The interior minister says the initial investigation into a bombing at a wedding hall suggests the Taliban and terrorists were responsible.

 

Writer attacks Obama's 'lethal presidency'

President Obama's use of drones to attack suspected terrorists is drawing intense criticism in the latest issue of "Esquire" magazine.

 

'Poetry of the Taliban' elicits both anger, astonishment

Denounced by some as propaganda and hailed by others as art, the anthology of poems by militants in Afghanistan reveals at times a surprisingly emotional tone. War is an ageless poetic wellspring, yielding wrenching odes to the white heat of combat, the longing for lost loved ones, the dust of graveyards.

 

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