Category Archives: Al Qaeda

Born into al-Qaida: Hamza bin Laden’s rise to prominence

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Years after the death of his father at the hands of a U.S. Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan, Hamza bin Laden now finds himself in the crosshairs of world powers.

In rapid succession in recent weeks, the U.S. put a bounty of up to $1 million on him; the U.N. Security Council named him to a global sanctions list, sparking a new Interpol notice for his arrest; and his home country of Saudi Arabia revealed it had revoked his citizenship.

Those measures suggest that international officials believe the now 30-year-old militant is an increasingly serious threat. He is not the head of al-Qaida but he has risen in prominence within the terror network his father founded, and the group may be grooming him to stand as a leader for a young generation of militants.


Wife of Al-Qaeda chief wins human rights case after claims UK airport police violated her privacy

Sylvie Beghal, 49, a mother of three, was returning to Leicester after visiting her husband, Djamel Beghal, in a French prison when she was stopped at East Midlands airport in 2011. She claimed the action undertaken by police violated her right to privacy and family life.

Her claims were rejected by the UK High and Supreme Courts, but the European Court of Human Rights has now ruled in her favor. EU judges have told the government to cover her £ 21,531 legal bill. The UK Home Office has stated that it would be challenging the ruling.


US offers a $1 million reward for Osama Bin Laden’s son Hamza

The U.S. government is offering $1 million for help tracking down the son of the late terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

A State Department notice Thursday says the reward will be paid for help locating Hamza bin Laden in any country as part its ‘rewards for justice’ program.

The announcement says bin Laden’s son has emerged as a key leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist group who is growing in prominence. His father was killed in a U.S. military raid in Pakistan in May 2011.

Justin will probably name him to cabinet today.


He says it like it’s a Bad Thing: ‘America is the number one enemy of Muslims’

Al-Qaeda leader who helped mastermind 9/11 calls on Muslims around the world to ‘declare war’ on the US and warns ‘America is the number one enemy of Muslims’, on the 9/11 anniversary

The leader of al-Qaeda called for more terror attacks to take place against the United States on the anniversary of 9/11.

Ayman al-Zawahiri declared that Muslims around the world must declare war against the United States, as he claimed the country was a religious enemy of Islam.

In his 30-minute speech presented directly to camera, al-Zawahiri used Trump’s decision to move the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as justification to carry out more attacks.


American who fled to Afghanistan to join Al Qaeda says terrorist life was ‘extremely boring’ and did not meet up to his fantasies of jihad

A homegrown terrorist who fled the US to join Al Qaeda in Afghanistan in 2007 has told for the first time how ‘boring’ his life as a terrorist was and why it failed to match up to his fantasies about jihad.

Bryant Neal Vinas grew up in Long Island but fled to Pakistan and then Afghanistan in 2007 after becoming disillusioned with the West. He spent a year trying to become a jihadist but did not complete a single successful mission before he was captured in Pakistan in 2008.


Seventeen years after Sept. 11, Al Qaeda may be stronger than ever

In the days after Sept. 11, 2001, the United States set out to destroy Al Qaeda. President George W. Bush vowed to “starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest.”

Seventeen years later, Al Qaeda may be stronger than ever. Far from vanquishing the extremist group and its associated “franchises,” critics say, U.S. policies in the Mideast appear to have encouraged its spread.

What U.S. officials didn’t grasp, said Rita Katz, director of the SITE intelligence group, in a recent phone interview, is that Al Qaeda is more than a group of individuals. “It’s an idea, and an idea cannot be destroyed using sophisticated weapons and killing leaders and bombing training camps,” she said.

That “Idea” is Islam itself. The West is kidding itself if it fails to recognize terror as inherent to Islam. Whatever banner is waved, whether Al Qaeda or ISIS, it is the pure expression of Islam.


USAID Food Support Went to Syrian Al-Qaeda via Catholic Relief Services

The USAID Inspector General (OIG) has found that food aid intended for starving civilians in northern Syria was instead diverted by a USAID contractor — Catholic Relief Services — to a group identified by the U.S. government as a front for Syrian al-Qaeda.

That food aid was part of a now-suspended $30 million USAID contract for Syria awarded to Catholic Relief Services.


Al Qaeda bomb maker killed in Yemen drone strike last year, US official confirms

A top Al Qaeda bomb maker who masterminded a plot to bring down an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen last year, a senior U.S. official told Fox News Monday.

The Associated Press previously reported that Ibrahim al-Asiri was dead, citing a tribal leader and an Al Qaeda-linked source who said that he was killed in the governate of Marib in eastern Yemen.


Hamza bin Laden has married daughter of lead 9/11 hijacker, say family

Alia Ghanem – Osama Bin Laden’s Mom

Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaida leader, has married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in the 9/11 terror attacks, according to his family.

The union was confirmed by Osama bin Laden’s half-brothers during an interview with the Guardian. Ahmad and Hassan al-Attas said they believed Hamza had taken a senior position within al-Qaida and was aiming to avenge the death of his father, shot dead during a US military raid in Pakistan seven years ago.

Hamza bin Laden is the son of one of Osama bin Laden’s three surviving wives, Khairiah Sabar, who was living with her husband in a compound in Abbottabad, near a large Pakistani military base, when he was killed.