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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.

Oct 4, 2013

Mother says woman killed in Washington car chase was depressed -report

/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 on Thursday before police shot her dead, suffered post-partum depression, her mother told ABC News.

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

Oct 2, 2013

Fearing blind spots, U.S. spy agencies to recall some laid-off by shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Fearing they could miss
important intelligence, U.S. spy agencies are planning to call
back to work some of the thousands of civilian workers who have
been temporarily laid off as a result of this week’s federal
government shutdown.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has already
authorized chiefs of the 16 U.S. spy agencies he supervises to
make revisions in their furlough arrangements, Clapper’s
spokesman Shawn Turner said.

Oct 1, 2013

U.S. spy agencies face big layoffs in government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 70 percent of the civilians working for U.S. spy agencies have been deemed “non-essential” employees and face temporary layoffs due to the government shutdown that began on Tuesday, three officials familiar with the matter said.

The agencies affected are the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of Director of National Intelligence and 15 others, the officials said.

Sep 27, 2013

Former bin Laden associate facing U.S. charges seeks UK spy evidence

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former London-based associate of Osama bin Laden facing U.S. terrorism charges has asked a judge for authorization to seek testimony from an officer of Britain’s internal spy agency, MI5, which his lawyers claim might prove his innocence.

Lawyers for Khalid Al Fawwaz filed papers in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday seeking a court order requiring testimony from a MI5 officer with whom Fawwaz claims he was in regular contact with during four years he lived in London in the 1990s.

Sep 26, 2013

U.S. concern grows about al Qaeda ties to Kenya mall attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Islamist militant attack on a Kenyan shopping mall increasingly appears to have been carried out by a dominant faction of al Shabaab, which has ideological and personal ties to al Qaeda, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Based on initial reporting from the scene, which is still preliminary and uncertain, U.S. officials believe al Shabaab likely spent a great deal of time planning and staging the siege in Nairobi that killed at least 72 people.

Sep 23, 2013

U.S. examines Kenya information about foreigners in mall attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are urgently looking into information given by the Kenyan government that foreigners were among armed militants who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall over the weekend, killing at least 62 people, U.S. security sources said.

Kenyan security forces are still continuing an operation to secure the Westgate Mall and free any remaining hostages, meaning conclusive evidence proving the involvement of foreigners is not yet available.