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ISIS' Big Mistake: Breaking Bin Laden's Rules

Osama bin Laden was, to put it mildly, not a nice guy. But in some ways, he looks like a gentle soul compared to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The group, which al-Qaeda has disowned, breaks all seven of bin Laden's famed rules for effective terrorists, William Saletan...

GI Joe Creator Helped CIA Make Osama Demon Doll

To combat al-Qaeda in Pakistan, the CIA teamed up with one of the finest minds in the toy industry to create something even stranger than the exploding cigar it wanted to kill Fidel Castro with. The agency created an Osama bin Laden ­action figure treated with a heat-dissolving material that...

CIA to Stop Using Vaccination Programs as Cover

A top White House official has pledged that the CIA will no longer use vaccination programs as cover for spying operations—a ruse the agency used to target Osama bin Laden before the raid that killed him in 2011. Lisa Monaco, President Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, wrote to the deans...

Danish Government Yanks Own Video Over Sex, Violence

It's a cartoon video made by the government designed to encourage young people to vote. Probably cheesy or hokey, you'd think? Try laden with sex (of the group variety, no less), violence (including a decapitation), and cartoon nudity. Meet "Voteman," a concoction of the Danish government. Parliament posted the 90-second...

Pakistan School Names Library After Bin Laden

You know how memorial libraries are: They're always named after some obscure historical figure, deep-pocketed donor, or international terrorist mastermind. If that last one sounds out of place to you, you must not live in Islamabad, where a prominent Islamic seminary for girls has just renamed its library the "Library...

Bin Laden Son-in-Law Describes 9/11 Cave Meeting

On the night of the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden summoned his future son-in-law to a cave in the mountains of Afghanistan to tell him "We are the ones who did it" and seek his opinion on what would happen next, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith told a Manhattan courtroom yesterday. Ghaith...

Big Reveal: FBI Had Mole Who Met bin Laden—in 1993

The FBI once had a mole so deep within al-Qaeda that he met with Osama bin Laden and provided the intelligence necessary to thwart his planned attack on a Masonic Lodge in LA, new investigative reports from the Washington Times and NBC News have revealed. The informant started out as...

Truck Carrying Radioactive Material Stolen in Mexico

A truck laden with "dangerous" radioactive material used to fight cancer was stolen on Monday near Mexico City, says the International Atomic Energy Agency, per the BBC. "At the time the truck was stolen, the source was properly shielded. However, the source could be extremely dangerous to a person if...

Bin Laden Groomed Rising al-Qaeda Leader, 36

The name Nasser al-Wuhayshi is starting to become more familiar to Americans, thanks to the recent spate of security alerts. It was messages between him and overall al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri that triggered US alarm. So who is he? Some snippets from various stories: Wuhayshi is 36 and runs al-Qaeda...

Al-Qaeda Chief's Message Sparked Terror Alert

The intercepted al-Qaeda message that sparked last week's embassy closings and travel warnings came from the very top. Ayman al-Zawahri, leader of al-Qaeda since the death of Osama bin Laden, had ordered the head of the terror group's Yemen-based affiliate al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to carry out an attack,...

Chocolate, Garden Contests: Inside bin Laden's Life

Al-Jazeera has obtained a leaked copy of the 337-page report from the Abbottabad Commission, which was formed by the Pakistani government in June 2011 to investigate the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound by US forces. More than 200 witnesses, including bin Laden family members and high-level officials, were interviewed,...

Who Shot bin Laden? SEAL Calls One Account 'Total BS'

Remember the former Navy SEAL who came forward to describe how he killed Osama bin Laden but now can't find a job? The account by "The Shooter" in Esquire of how the raid went down is "total BS," another SEAL tells CNN. The guy who deserves credit is a still-anonymous...

Obama Lands in Israel Amid Low Expectations

President Obama arrived in Israel today for his first visit to the country since taking office, the AP reports, calling the itinerary "laden more with symbolism than substance." Foremost on the agenda: Iran's nuclear program, the Syria conflict, and the Israel-Palestine peace process. Obama is meeting with Israeli Prime Minister...

Bin Laden Son-in-Law Held in Iran for Years: Report

The CIA picked up Osama bin Laden's son-in-law in Jordan —but before that, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith had spent years in Iranian captivity, US officials tell NBC News. Following the 9/11 attacks, bin Laden sent a group of al-Qaeda bosses, including Abu Ghaith, to Iran. Bin Laden hoped they could bribe...

Trial of Osama's Son-in-Law Will Be on US Soil, a Rarity

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was charged today with conspiring to kill Americans in his role as al-Qaeda's top propagandist. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who was captured in the Middle East last week, will appear tomorrow in US federal court in New York. His trial will mark one of the first prosecutions...

CIA Nabs bin Laden's Son-in-Law

The CIA quietly captured Osama bin Laden's son-in-law last week and spirited him away to the US, a Turkish newspaper reported today. Turkish authorities first seized Sulaiman Abu Ghaith last month at a luxury Ankara hotel thanks to a CIA tip-off, the AFP reports. The CIA had asked Turkey to...

I Killed Osama bin Laden— and Now I'm Unemployed

In what will likely be the day's second-biggest talker, Esquire and the Center for Investigative Reporting have published an interview with the SEAL Team 6 member who shot Osama bin Laden. Phil Bronstein, the executive chair of CIR, spent a year talking to the anonymous shooter (referred to as "the...

$30M Fun Park Planned for bin Laden's Hometown

Itching to jog, ski, and go paragliding in Osama bin Laden's old hometown? You're in luck: Pakistan has announced a $30 million amusement park in Abbottabad, best known as the site of bin Laden's assassination, the Telegraph reports. But officials insist they're not planning the park to polish Abbottabad's tarnished...

Aussies Witness Huge Dust Storm

Australia's heat-and-wildfire devastation produced one set of iconic photos yesterday; here's another. A tug boat worker snapped shots of a massive thunderstorm laden with red dust as it moved out toward the Indian Ocean, The West Australian reports. "We were steaming along in the boat just before sunset and the...

Revealed: Details of bin Laden's Burial

Internal emails among US military officers shine a light on some details of Osama bin Laden's burial at sea. The heavily blacked out correspondence was released yesterday following a Freedom of Information Act by the AP. Among the revelations: No sailors watched the burial occur Traditional Islamic procedures were followed:...

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