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Oct 14, 2013

Libyan al-Qaeda suspect to appear in court in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An alleged senior al Qaeda figure captured in Libya by U.S. special forces earlier this month has been brought to the United States to face arraignment on federal terrorism charges, U.S. officials said on Monday.

The Libyan, Nazih al-Ragye, better known as Abu Anas al-Liby, is a suspect in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilians.

Oct 12, 2013

Lawyers say NSA eavesdropping on U.S. citizen may have led to strike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence officials may have used National Security Agency data collected by eavesdropping on U.S. citizens or residents to target a Somali militant leader in a lethal missile strike, defense lawyers in a California terrorism-funding case said.

Questions about whether the data may have been collected illegally could fuel fresh controversy over NSA spying on U.S. citizens and residents and the way data it collects is used. Defense lawyers assert there may be legal grounds for a new trial for four men convicted in the case.

Oct 11, 2013

Laptops Snowden took to Hong Kong, Russia were a ‘diversion’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The four laptop computers that former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden carried with him to Hong Kong and Moscow were a “diversion” and contained no secrets, according to an ex-CIA official who met with Snowden in Russia this week.

The classified documents that Snowden had downloaded from the U.S. National Security Agency were stored on smaller devices, such as hard drives and thumb drives, and they have not been turned over to the Russian or Chinese authorities, said Ray McGovern, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst.

Oct 7, 2013

Elite U.S. team questions seized al Qaeda leader on Navy ship

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An elite American interrogation team is questioning the senior al Qaeda figure who was seized by special operations forces in Libya and then whisked onto a Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea, U.S. officials said on Monday.

Nazih al-Ragye, better known by the cover name Abu Anas al-Liby, is being held aboard the USS San Antonio, an amphibious transport dock ship, the officials said.

Oct 7, 2013

U.S. elite team questions seized al Qaeda leader on Navy ship

WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – An elite U.S. interrogation
team is questioning the senior al Qaeda figure who was captured
in Libya and then taken onto a Navy ship in the Mediterranean
Sea, U.S. officials said on Monday.

Nazih al-Ragye, better known by the cover name Abu Anas
al-Liby, is being held aboard the USS San Antonio, an amphibious
transport dock ship, the officials said.

Oct 6, 2013

New York case offers insight into secret war against Somali militants

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – For years before Saturday’s
unsuccessful raid in Somalia to capture a top al Shabaab
militant, Washington had waged a secret law enforcement and spy
war against the group, which claimed responsibility for last
month’s deadly assault on a Kenyan shopping mall but has little
record of targeting the United States.

A low-profile New York federal court case offers a rare
glimpse into that clandestine offensive, which involves not only
U.S. military special forces assaults like the one early on
Saturday on the Somali port town of Barawe, but drone strikes
and a controversial counter-terrorism tactic known as rendition.

Oct 6, 2013

Libya, Somalia raids show U.S. threat to al Qaeda: Kerry

WASHINGTON/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – After U.S. raids in Libya and Somalia that captured an Islamist wanted for bombing U.S. embassies in Africa 15 years ago, Secretary of State John Kerry warned al Qaeda they “can run but they can’t hide”.

Nazih al-Ragye, better known by the cover name Abu Anas al-Liby, was seized by U.S. forces in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday, the Pentagon said. A raid on the Somali port of Barawe, a stronghold of the al Shabaab movement behind last month’s attack on a Kenyan mall, failed to take its target.

Oct 6, 2013

U.S. says captures al Qaeda leader in Libya, also raids Somalia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. forces launched raids in Libya and Somalia on Saturday, two weeks after the deadly Islamist attack on a Nairobi shopping mall, capturing a top al Qaeda figure wanted for the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, U.S. officials said.

Senior al Qaeda figure Anas al Liby was seized in the raid in Libya, but no militant was captured in the raid on the Somali town of Barawe, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Oct 5, 2013

Woman killed in Washington car chase had post-partum depression, family says

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The woman who engaged police in a dramatic car chase through the streets of Washington, prompting a lockdown of the U.S. Capitol before officers shot her dead, suffered from post-partum depression, her sisters told CNN on Friday, while questioning why she had to die.

Miriam Carey, 34, had her one-year-old baby in the car with her on Thursday when she tried to drive her black Infiniti coupe through a barrier near the White House, then sped away toward Capitol Hill, leading police on a high-speed chase that ended when her car got stuck on a median and police shot her.

Oct 5, 2013

Family identifies woman who died after Washington car chase

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Family members have identified the body of a woman who died after a tense car chase through the streets of Washington that prompted a lockdown of the U.S. Capitol, their lawyer said Friday.

Miriam Carey’s family members plan to discuss the incident later on Friday, when they return to their New York home, attorney Eric Sanders said in a posting on his law firm’s Facebook page. They identified her body at the office of the medical examiner in Washington, Sanders said.