WASHINGTON – A U.S. citizen working in Syria with a militant group backed by al-Qaida conducted a suicide bombing there Sunday, in what is believed to be the first time an American has been involved in such an attack, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
The suicide attack first surfaced Tuesday in Twitter messages from the Nusra Front, an Islamist extremist group in Syria aligned with al-Qaida in the fight against the government of President Bashar Assad of Syria.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen has offered to pay tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who kills the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa or an American soldier in the country. An audio produced by the group's media arm, the al-Malahem Foundation, and posted on militant websites Saturday said it offered three kilograms of gold worth $160,000 for killing the ambassador, Gerald Feierstein.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. intelligence officials said Saturday that information gleaned from two controversial data-collection programs run by the National Security Agency thwarted potential terrorist plots in the U.S. and more than 20 other countries — and that gathered data is destroyed every five years.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Tuesday ordered the U.S. Embassy in Yemen evacuated as a result of the threat by al-Qaida that has triggered temporary shutdowns of 19 American diplomatic posts across the Middle East and Africa. The department said in a travel warning that it had ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S.
TIMBUKTU, Mali — One of the last things the bearded fighters did before leaving this city was to drive to the market where traders lay their carpets out in the sand.
The al-Qaida extremists bypassed the brightly colored, high-end synthetic floor coverings and stopped their pickup truck in front of a man selling more modest mats woven from desert grass, priced at $1.40 apiece. There they bought two bales of 25 mats each, and asked him to bundle them on top of the car, along with a stack of sticks.
BOSTON — Excerpts from James “Whitey” Bulger’s FBI informant file presented to the jury at his racketeering trial Monday show Bulger secretly provided information on a variety of criminals, from members of the Italian Mafia to people in his own South Boston neighborhood.
BOSTON — Lawyers for James “Whitey” Bulger used an admitted corrupt FBI agent Friday to suggest to the jury at Bulger’s racketeering trial that he was not an FBI informant, a key contention of prosecutors.
John Morris, an ex-agent who admitted taking $7,000 in cash and two cases of wine from Bulger, was grilled by Bulger’s lawyer about a 700-page file the FBI filled with information Bulger allegedly gave them while an informant in the 1970s and ’80s.
MONTREAL — When Quebec provincial police unleashed Operation Crayfish in 2010, they boasted of the damaging blow dealt to organized crime in the province’s Abitibi region.
But as cases proceed through the courts after more than 80 arrests and the seizure of large quantities of drugs, $900,000 cash, weapons and a helicopter, it is the judicial system that is now coming under scrutiny.
The Informant opened in theaters on Friday. Although the movie is sometimes played for laughs, the real story was no laughing matter. It's based on a late-1990s case against the conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland. Executives there were accused of orchestrating a worldwide conspiracy to fix prices. Host Liane Hansen speaks to investigative writer Kurt Eichenwald, whose book, The Informant: A True Story, is the subject of the new movie starring Matt Damon.