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Archive for October, 2011

U.S. Confirms Predator Drones Flying Out of Ethiopia – ABC News

ABC News reported on October 28, 2011, that the Obama Administration confirmed the use of Reaper Drones out of Ethiopia in the government's ongoing counterterrorism efforts against al Shabab in Somalia. There are no U.S. military bases in Ethiopia. Master Sgt. James Fisher, a spokesman for the 17th Air Force, stated that the MQ-9 Reaper […]

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Youth pleads not guilty in ‘Jihad Jane’ terror case – Philadelphia Inquirer

According to an October 25, 2011 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 18-year-old Mohammad Hassan Khalid became the youngest terrorism suspect to be indicted in the United States. Khalid pleaded not guilty to material support charges. According to federal prosecutors, Khalid was involved in a plot to plan violent attacks abroad and to raise money for […]

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Oct 30th, 2011 AIII Courts

Trooper testifies about FISA search of home – AP

According to an October 28, 2011 article by the Associated Press, the government called Massachusetts State Trooper Thomas Sarrouf as its first witness in its case against Tarek Mehanna. Trooper Sarrouf testified that during a 2006 court-authorized search of Mehanna's home, authorities recovered video tapes showing "jihadist scenes, combat scenes," from around the world. Among […]

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Feds: Tarek Mehanna was al-Qaeda mouthpiece – Boston Herald

According to an October 28, 2011 article in the Boston Herald, opening statements in the trial of Tarek Mehanna took place on Friday. Mehanna is charged with conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda and faces life in prison if convicted. The case is being tried in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. Believed to […]

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Senate kills GOP effort to bar non-American terrorist suspects from trials in civilian courts – Washington Post

On October 21, 2011, the Washington Post reported that the U.S. Senate voted against a proposal that would have barred the government from prosecuting foreign terrorists in civilian courts. The bill was rejected 52-47. The proposal's sponsor, Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), argued that it would be dangerous to provide protections such as the right against […]

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Two Minnesota Women Convicted of Providing Material Support to al Shabaab – FBI

On October 20, 2011, the FBI reported that Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan were convicted of conspiring to provide material support to al Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization. Additionally, Ali was found guilty of 12 counts of providing material support and Hassan was also convicted on two counts of making false statements. […]

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Questions linger over why a veteran CIA operative is detailed to NYPD’s intelligence division – AP

On October 17, 2011, the Washington Post featured an Associated Press article examining a CIA operative's relationship with the New York Police Department. The agent arrived in July of this year to work with NYPD's intelligence division as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence. Since the 9/11 attacks, the CIA and NYPD […]

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U.S. Deploys Kamikaze Drones to Attack Taliban – Bloomberg

On October 19, 2011, reported that the U.S. military has begun using "kamikaze" drones against Taliban forces in Afghanistan. According to sources, these drones are less than 24 inches in diameter and weigh approximately six pounds. Also known as "switchblade," these drones have adopted the nickname "kamikaze" drones because they crash into their intended […]

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Three U.S. Muslims convicted in terrorism case – LA Times

On October 13, 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported that after a three-week trial, a federal jury convicted three Muslim men of providing material support for terrorists and conspiring to kill, kidnap or maim unspecified people overseas. The case originally began in 2009 with eight suspects. However, the alleged ringleader, Daniel Boyd and his two […]

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Terrorist Designation of Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei – State Department

On October 13, 2011, the U.S. State Department expanded its list of designated foreign terrorist organizations by adding the Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei. Based in Greece, the organization has targeted both government officials and civilians as it attempts to spread its anarchist ideology. This is the third anarchist organization that the State Department has added […]

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Oct 18th, 2011 Current Affairs

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