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Archive for the ‘al-Awalki’ Category

Warsame’s Case Provides a “Template” for How U.S. Will Proceed Against Alleged Terrorists Captured Overseas

The manner in which to proceed with the prosecution of Ahmed Abdul Kadir Warsame, a top facilitator between al-Qaeda franchises who was captured while on a boat in the Gulf of Aden sailing between Somalia and Yemen, sparked controversy between politicians and intelligence officials, according to The Washington Post. Generally, The Post reports that the Obama […]

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Intel influx leads to increased U.S. strikes in Yemen – CNN

On April 19, 2012, CNN's national security blog reported that officials attribute the increasing number of drone attacks in Yemen to "[i]mproved intelligence about the leadership of the al Qaeda movement in that country."  According to CNN sources, the U.S. maintains various modes of intelligence inside Yemen, including both manned fighter jets and UAVs.  Furthermore, […]

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Homegrown terrorist Bryant Neal Vinas shows his face in Brooklyn – CBS

On April 23, 2012 reported that Bryant Neal Vinas, a convicted American al Qaeda operative, testified during the trial of suspected terrorist, Adis Medunjanin.  Vinas, who pleaded guilty to three terrorism charges, is cooperating with the federal government in hopes of a reduced sentence. While Vinas never met Medunjanin, CBS reports that Vinas testified […]

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Obama admin defends killing American terrorists – CNN

On February 23, 2012, CNN's national security blog reported that Jeh Johnson, Defense Department General Counsel, stated during a speech at Yale University that "The targeted killing of those suspected of engaging in terrorist activities against the United States, including American citizens, is justified and legal…"  According to CNN, Johnson is the first government lawyer […]

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NYC Bomb Plot Suspect Is Called Fan of Qaeda Cleric – NY Times

On November 20, 2011, the New York Times reported that a Manhattan man was arrested for attempting to build and detonate bombs in New York City. According to the article, 27-year-old Jose Pimentel, was arrested by the New York Police Department after a two year investigation.  The article notes that Pimentel was "fascinated by the […]

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NOVA Man Pleads Guilty to Metro Bomb Plot

According to multiple reports, a NOVA man pleaded guilty Monday to two terror-related counts in connection with a plot to bomb the Washington-area Metro system. Farooque Ahmed is a 35-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan and has received a 23-year sentence as part of his plea deal. According to the Associated Press, he pleaded guilty […]

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No Appeal in Al-Aulaqi

The deadline for a notice of appeal of Judge Bates’ ruling in Al Aulaqi passed with no filing from the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights. The group released the following statement, published on Lawfare blog here, and reposted below: After consultation with our client, the decision has been made not to further pursue this case in court. […]

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Hank Crumpton’s Keynote Address at the Texas International Law Journal’s Symposium on Air & Missile Warfare

Posted yesterday, February 15, on Lawfare blog, and available here, Robert Chesney discusses Hank Crumpton's keynote address at the Texas International Law Journal's Symposium on Air and Missile Warfare. Crumpton was sworn in as Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the Department of State with the rank of Ambassador-at- Large on August 2, 2005. Chesney notes that […]

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Al-Awlaki Recording Criticizes U.S., Expresses Support for Jailed Yemeni Journalist

According to reports, a recording believed to be of Anwar al-Awlaki was posted to jihadist forums Sunday, February 13. In the recording, al-Awlaki criticizes the Yemeni government for cooperating with the United States and expresses support for jailed Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Hider Shaea, who was recently convicted and jailed for supporting al Qaeda. According to […]

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Targeting al-Awlaki and International Law

Robert Chesney's post yesterday on Lawfare blog, titled "Targeting al-Awlaki and International Law," asks the question: Does international law permit the US government to kill Anwar al-Awlaki?  Chesney examines that question in a draft article posted here (the paper is forthcoming in the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law).  He uses al-Awlaki as a case study that "provides an occasion to […]

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