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Today's Terrorist News

· In Pakistan, an embarrassed silence on bin Laden  Pakistan faced enormous embarrassment Monday after Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Special Forces just a few hundred yards from its military academy, raising questions about its military and intelligence community.  Read More

· The secret team that killed bin Laden  Were it not for this high-value target, the killing of Osama bin Laden at his luxury hideout in Pakistan early Monday might have been a routine mission for the specially trained and highly mythologized SEAL Team Six.  Read More

· Bush calls bin laden death "momentous achievement"  Former President George W. Bush, who was in office at the time of the September 11 attacks and famously said he wanted Osama bin Laden dead or alive, on Sunday called the death of the al Qaeda leader a "momentous achievement."  Read More

· Before the Raid, SEALs Rehearsed in a Full-Scale Replica of the Bin Laden Compound  The Navy SEAL team that offed the 21st century's most wanted man Sunday was so concerned about preparation and accuracy that they re-created the one-acre compound where their target was living, "Ocean's Eleven" style. The SEALS ran trial runs there in early April until they were ready to take down Osama bin Laden.  Read More

· Man unknowingly tweeted bin Laden raid  As U.S. forces in Pakistan swooped in on Osama bin Laden on Sunday, at least one Twitter user was unknowingly reporting details of the raid.  Read More

· US has killed Osama bin Laden  The United States has killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden nearly 10 years after the September 11, 2001 attacks, President Barack Obama has said in a dramatic televised address.  Read More

· Defiant Times Square bomber jailed for life  A Pakistani-American was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for his botched car bomb attempt in New York's famed Times Square, but in a chilling statement warned that jihadist war "has just begun." Read More

· Dutch terrorist arrests may have been dry run    Two US residents of Yemeni descent have been arrested in Amsterdam after flying in from Chicago and staging what officials fear may have been a dry run for a terror attack. Two men held in the Netherlands may have been trying to test U.S. airport security by putting bottles with electronic devices attached in checked baggage, a U.S. law enforcement source said Monday. Read More

· Some 9/11 families back NYC mosque  Some family members of 9/11 victims will rally Wednesday in support of a controversial mosque and Islamic center that is scheduled to be built near New York City's ground zero.  Read More

· NY man pleads guilty in plot to bomb NYC subway  A New York man said Friday that a plan to attack the city subway system was ordered by al-Qaida leaders two years ago while he was in Pakistan with a friend, a former airport shuttle driver who has admitted to building the homemade explosives in the plot.  Read More

· Mueller: Home-Grown Extremists as Threatening as Al Qaeda Fifteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing, the specter of domestic terrorism has returned to haunt the Obama administration, with a warning from the FBI that “home-grown and lone-wolf extremists” now represent as serious a threat as Al Qaeda and its affiliates.  Read More

· Britain raises international terror threat level  Britain raised its international terrorism threat level to 'severe' - its second highest level of terror alert - from 'substantial' on Friday, Home Secretary (interior minister) Alan Johnson said.  Read More

· Grim Obama says terror attack 'dots' not connected  A grim-faced President Barack Obama declared Tuesday there was a deep failure of national intelligence in the botched Christmas Day airliner terror attack over Detroit, telling the nation the government had enough information to thwart potential disaster but could not "connect those dots." "The information was there," Obama said, blistering agencies and analysts for not figuring out the threat — but without singling any out by name.  Read More

· Explosives enough to blow hole in jet.  CNN has learned the amount of explosive allegedly held by airline bombing suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab could have blown a hole in the Detroit-bound aircraft.  Read More

· Explosive in Detroit Flight Is Easily Detectable.  The explosive device used by the would-be Detroit bomber contained a widely available - and easily detected - chemical explosive that has a long history of terrorist use, according to government officials and explosive experts.  Read More

· Second Detroit plane scare draws tough response.  When the first emergency alert from Detroit's airport went out just before noon on Sunday, it looked oddly like a mistaken repeat of the scare from two days earlier: "Nigerian national caused disturbance on Flight 253."  Read More

· Bomb suspect came from elite family, best schools.  As a member of an uppercrust Nigerian family, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab received the best schooling, from the elite British International School in West Africa to the vaunted University College London.  Read More

· Father of Nigerian would-be plane bomber warned US.  U.S. government officials tell The Associated Press that the Nigerian man charged with trying to destroy a jetliner came to the attention of U.S. intelligence in November when his father went to the U.S. embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, to express his concerns about his son.  Read More

· Nigerian charged with trying to blow up US airliner.  A 23-year-old Nigerian man was charged Saturday with trying to blow up a packed airplane as it descended toward Detroit on Christmas Day, US officials said.  Read More

· Al-Qaida link in failed plane attack.  U.S. officials say a Northwest Airlines passenger from Nigeria said he was acting on behalf of al-Qaida when he tried to blow up a flight Friday as it landed in Detroit. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., identified the suspect as Abdul Mudallad, a Nigerian.  Read More

· Explosive device ignited aboard Delta Flight to Detroit.  A Nigerian passenger ignited an explosive device Friday on a flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan, federal authorities say.  Read More

· It's OK to call them terrorists again.  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who drew criticism for not mentioning the word "terror" during her first appearance before Congress in February, has reinserted the term into her lexicon.  Read More

· Officials to probe color-coded terror alert system.  The Homeland Security Department will review and possibly replace the often-ridiculed multicolored terror alert system created after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Since it was created in 2002, the system has been confusing and became the butt of jokes by late-night television comics.  Read More

· Federal buildings get 'F' after bombs smuggled in.  Plainclothes investigators sent to test security at federal buildings in four U.S. cities smuggled bomb components through guard posts at all 10 of the sites they visited.  Read More

· Passengers on Air France Jet Had Terror Links.  Two passengers with names linked to Islamic terrorism were on board the Air France flight that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 on board.  Read More

· Bin Laden threatens Americans in new tape.  Osama bin Laden has threatened Americans in a new audio tape, saying President Barack Obama inflamed hatred toward the U.S. by ordering Pakistan to crack down on militants in Swat Valley and block Islamic law in the area.  Read More

· Small explosive device goes off outside New York City Starbucks.  A small improvised explosive device detonated outside an Upper East Side Starbucks early Monday morning, shattering the coffee shop's windows and raising fears of terrorism.  Read More

· NYC police: Terror suspects wanted to commit jihad.  Four men arrested after planting what they thought were explosives near two synagogues and plotting to shoot down a military plane were bent on carrying out a holy war against America, authorities said Thursday.  Read More

· Hackers broke into FAA air traffic control systems.  Hackers have broken into the air traffic control mission-support systems of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration several times in recent years, according to an Inspector General report sent to the FAA.  Read More

· Napolitano blames Canada for 9/11 hijackers.  Canada was rushing to defend its border security on Tuesday amid a diplomatic scuffle with the U.S., which erupted after Washington's homeland security chief suggested that the 9-11 terrorists entered the U.S. through Canada.  Read More

· 'How did she get her job?'  In an interview broadcast Monday on the CBC, Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano attempted to justify her call for stricter border security on the premise that "suspected or known terrorists" have entered the U. S. across the Canadian border, including the perpetrators of the 9/11 attack. All the 9/11 terrorists, of course, entered the United States directly from overseas.  Informed of her error, Ms. Napolitano blustered: "I can't talk to that. I can talk about the future.  Read More

· Congressman escapes injury in Somali mortar attack.  Assailants fired mortar shells at Mogadishu airport as a plane carrying a U.S. congressman took off, a police officer said. The plane departed safely, but 19 Somalis from surrounding residential areas were reported injured.  Read More

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