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Topic - al Qaeda
High-ranking U.S. official said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant "worse than al Qaeda," but that the group has a message for the president: "We're coming for you, Barack Obama."
Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel, the nominee to lead the U.S. Special Operations Command, recently said the United States must maintain "situational awareness, resolution and reach" in countering terrorism.
A special intelligence adviser to Army Gen. David H. Petraeus during the 2007 troop surge says the terrorist leader now ruling over large swaths of Iraq and forcing Christians to convert to Islam has long been the most elusive big game for the U.S.
The U.S. held him captive for a time in 2004 before an unconditional release put him back into Iraq's growing Sunni insurgency.
The al Qaeda-inspired terrorist army in Iraq ultimately wants to capture Baghdad International Airport and begin a campaign to destabilize neighboring Jordan, an important U.S. ally, analysts say.
Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will soon be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board their flights. The measure is intended to enhance aviation security at a time of increased threats.
U.S. intelligence officials confirmed Monday that the shadowy leader of a Sunni terrorist group wreaking havoc in Iraq made a rare public appearance in Mosul last week — a display that signals the militants' growing confidence in their gains even as the country's divided political blocs failed to reach consensus on a new government to counter the al Qaeda-inspired extremists.
The al Qaeda offshoot terrorist group conquering parts of Iraq is gaining strength thanks to prisoner releases and its social media magnetism for foreign fighter recruits.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marched across eastern Syria near the border with Iraq on Thursday, seizing towns, villages and the country's largest oil field as rival rebel factions gave up the fight, activists said.
The Obama administration is implementing tighter security measures at foreign airports that have direct flights to the U.S. out of concern that al-Qaida is trying to develop a new and improved bomb that could go undetected through airport security.
Barack Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and arm rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) who seek to overthrow the government.
Sen. Rand Paul's general opposition to interventionism is underscored by Iraq's sectarian and tribal convulsions 11 years after the U.S. invasion.
In his first term, President Obama all but declared victory in America's Middle East struggles.
Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen found out the hard way that it's not a good idea to try and find al Qaeda "friends" on Facebook. On Monday he was sentenced in Los Angeles, California to 13 years in federal prison and 10 years of supervised release for attempting to assist a terrorist organization.
A California man who used Facebook to connect with al Qaeda and planned to train its fighters in Pakistan was scheduled to be sentenced Monday in federal court.