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Jun 12, 2011

IMF cyber attack aimed to steal insider info-expert

WASHINGTON/LONDON, June 12 (Reuters) – A major cyber attack
on the IMF aimed to steal sensitive insider information, a cyber
security expert said on Sunday, as the race to lead the body
which oversees global financial system heated up.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is helping to
investigate the attack on the International Monetary Fund, the
latest in a rash of cyber break-ins that have targeted
high-profile companies and institutions.

Jun 12, 2011

Qaeda takes new hit with loss of E.Africa plotter

LONDON (Reuters) – The killing in Somalia of a top al Qaeda militant deepens the group’s woes a month after Osama bin Laden’s death, but Fazul Mohammed’s recent role as a trainer of aspiring operatives may have left a menacing legacy.

Somali police said on Saturday that Mohammed, one of the world’s most wanted men and a master of attack planning, disguise, evasion and languages, had been killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday.

Jun 11, 2011

Analysis: Qaeda takes new hit with loss of East Africa plotter

LONDON (Reuters) – The killing in Somalia of a top al Qaeda militant deepens the group’s woes a month after Osama bin Laden’s death, but Fazul Mohammed’s recent role as a trainer of aspiring operatives may have left a menacing legacy.

Somali police said Saturday that Mohammed, one of the world’s most wanted men and a master of attack planning, disguise, evasion and languages, had been killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu Tuesday.

Jun 8, 2011

Unlikely bin Laden in Abbottabad for 5 years: ex-ISI head

LONDON (Reuters) – It is unlikely Osama bin Laden lived for years in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad where he was found and killed by U.S. forces, a former head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency said Wednesday.

General Ehsan ul-Haq, who ran the ISI from 2001-2004, also rejected frequently-made suggestions that individual ISI agents might have helped the al Qaeda leader, arguing that it was a disciplined organization whose officers followed the policies of the country.

Jun 8, 2011

Unlikely bin Laden in A’bad for 5 years, ex-ISI head

LONDON, June 8 (Reuters) – It is unlikely Osama bin Laden
lived for years in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad where he was
found and killed by U.S. forces, a former head of Pakistan’s
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency said on Wednesday.

General Ehsan ul-Haq, who ran the ISI from 2001-2004, also
rejected frequently-made suggestions that individual ISI agents
might have helped the al Qaeda leader, arguing that it was a
disciplined organisation whose officers followed the policies of
the country.

Jun 2, 2011

Benghazi blast shows risk of post-Gaddafi unrest

RABAT, June 2 (Reuters) – An explosion in rebel-held
Benghazi may be a harbinger of the kind of unrest Libya could
face in the event of Muammar Gaddafi’s ousting as diehard
loyalists seek to stifle revolutionary rule at birth.

The blast on Wednesday damaged a hotel used by rebels and
foreigners in Benghazi, wounding one person, and rebel
authorities said they believed the explosion might be linked to
Gaddafi agents still operating in the east.

May 27, 2011

Yemen gives wounded al Qaeda a chance to regroup

LONDON (Reuters) – War in Yemen would hand al Qaeda’s boldest militants greater scope to attack the West and repair the group’s morale after the loss of Osama bin Laden.

With President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government mired in worsening political strife, the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is likely to have more freedom to apply a proven talent for daring and inventive bombing plots.

May 24, 2011
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Beyond bin Laden – Britain’s fight against violent Islamist radicalism

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(Muslims hold placards as they march towards the U.S. embassy in London May 6, 2011/Suzanne Plunkett)

In a community centre in the British Midlands, 12 teenage boys — all of south Asian descent — watch intently as Jahan Mahmood unzips a canvas bag and pulls out the dark, angular shape of a World War Two machine gun. He unfolds the tripod, places the unloaded weapon on a table and pulls back the cocking handle. The boys crane forward. Mahmood pulls the trigger; a sharp snap rings out.

May 20, 2011

Loss of bin Laden adds to al Qaeda money woes

LONDON (Reuters) – Deprived of Osama bin Laden’s fundraising starpower, al Qaeda’s commanders face the prospect of a cash crunch that would complicate the task of evading capture by their U.S. pursuers.

The likely successor to Osama bin Laden is Ayman al-Zawahri, an Egyptian who lacks the former Saudi-born figurehead’s depth of contacts among potential donors in the Gulf, a region seen in the West as an important funding source for militant groups.

May 20, 2011

Analysis: Loss of bin Laden adds to al Qaeda money woes

LONDON (Reuters) – Deprived of Osama bin Laden’s fundraising starpower, al Qaeda’s commanders face the prospect of a cash crunch that would complicate the task of evading capture by their U.S. pursuers.

The likely successor to Osama bin Laden is Ayman al-Zawahri, an Egyptian who lacks the former Saudi-born figurehead’s depth of contacts among potential donors in the Gulf, a region seen in the West as an important funding source for militant groups.