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Judge Rules: Harroun Will Await Trial From His Jail Cell

Yesterday, The New York Times published an article by Scott Shane and Rebekah Zemansky reporting that, during a hearing yesterday, Magistrate Judge Ivan D. Davis found probable cause to send the case against former U.S. Army Soldier Eric Harroun to a grand jury. As you may recall from a post last week, Harroun is being […]

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Foreign Policy Contributors Favor a Less Military-Centric Approach to U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts

Phillip Carter and Deborah Pearlstein recently published an article in Foreign Policy arguing, “[W]e’ve already figured out how to win the legal war on terrorism.” And how, exactly, is that? According to Carter and Pearlstein, the United States should use military force only when “necessary and appropriate,” and, in most instances, should instead rely on […]

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DOJ Arrests and Convictions in March

This month there were a number of notable arrests and convictions in connection with the Department of Justice’s fight against terrorism. Notably and in reverse chronological order: Last week, al-Shabaab operative Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed was sentenced by a Manhattan federal court to 111 months in prison for conspiring to provide material support to and conspiring […]

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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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Former Army Soldier Facing Charges for Involvement in Syrian Conflict

The New York Times reports that former U.S. Army soldier Eric Harroun, 30, has been charged with “conspiring to use a destructive device outside the United States,” a charge punishable by up to life in prison, for fighting in support of a Syrian terrorist group against the Syrian government. Harroun allegedly entered Syria in January […]

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Indictment of Alleged Al Qaeda Operative Unsealed

This week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published a press release announcing that the six-count indictment charging Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun with conspiracy to murder American military personnel in Afghanistan, conspiracy to bomb American government facilities abroad, conspiracy to provide and provision of material support to al-Qaeda, and carrying firearms in relation to crimes […]

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Al Qaeda Operatives Out of Kentucky Convicted, Sentenced

CNN reports that Mohanad Shareet Hammadi and Waad Ramadan Alwan, Iraqis who were living in Kentucky, have been convicted and sentenced for their involvement in a plot aiding al Qaeda in Iraq. In August, Hammadi pleaded guilty to charges that included four counts of aiding al Qaeda in Iraq, according to CNN, and the 31-year […]

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U.S. Recognizes Somali Government

After more than twenty years, the United States has officially recognized the Somali government in Mogadishu, according to BBC News and CNN. In 1991, Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted from power, sending Somalia spiraling into political uncertainty. Civil wars broke out throughout the nation and a series of unstable transitional regimes made unsuccessful attempts to […]

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Feb 18th, 2013 al-Qaida, Current Affairs

Judge: DOJ Not Required to Produce Legal Memo on Drone Strike that Killed Al Awlaki

According to The New York Times, earlier this month Judge Colleen McMahon ruled that the Department of Justice would not be required to produce the memorandum explaining the legal basis for the unmanned aerial vehicle strike that killed United States citizen and al Qaeda cleric Anwar al Awlaki in Yemen at the end of 2011. […]

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High Court Refuses to Hear Drone Case

Noor Khan, a Pakistani man whose father was killed in a drone strike, is attempting to force the UK Government to disclose whether it is providing intelligence to the United States for the purpose of aiding in drone strikes, according to the BBC. However, the High Court refused to hear Khan’s claims, stating that the […]

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