NEW YORK — A judge said he found it “stunning” to hear Monday that federal budget woes could delay the start of a terrorism trial for Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law.
U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan’s comment came as he set deadlines for lawyers to submit pre-trial arguments regarding Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who pleaded not guilty last month to charges that he conspired to kill Americans in his role as al-Qaeda’s top propagandist after Sept. 11, 2001.
Al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden was able to live in Pakistan undetected for nine years because of a breathtaking scale of negligence and incompetence at practically all levels of the Pakistani government, according to an official government report published by a TV channel on Monday.
MPs are to question Britain’s Home Secretary, Theresa May, over why one of the world’s most wanted al-Qaeda terror suspects, captured by US special forces this weekend, was previously given political asylum and allowed to live in Britain.
A member of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Osama bin Laden's network in Yemen, on Monday admitted to AFP that the chief of the extremist network had been killed, calling it a "catastrophe.""This news has been a catastrophe for us. At first we did not believe it, but we got in touch with our brothers in Pakistan who have confirmed it," a member reached by telephone told an AFP correspondent.
The militant behind the Nairobi assault was deemed to be too radical and hot-headed even by Osama bin Laden, who rebuffed his request for a formal alliance with al-Qaeda.
Bin Laden warned Ahmed Abdi Godane, the “emir” of al-Shabaab, against forcing sharia on the local population before it was ready.
In a letter found in the former al-Qaeda leader’s compound after his death, he said Godane should “remain devout, patient and persistent in upholding high moral values … towards the community”.
A US drone strike likely killed Pakistan's Al-Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri, in what would deal a major blow to the terror network a month after Osama bin Laden's death, officials said.The 47-year-old is one of the most feared operational commanders of the network that bin Laden founded and has been blamed for a string of high-profile attacks on Western targets, as well as in India and Pakistan.
Khaled Meshaal, head of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, criticised on Thursday the way in which Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed by US commandos and then buried at sea.Meshaal called on the West to "recognise the atrocity of the American raid and the burial of (bin Laden's body) at sea," in remarks to AFP."Arabs and Muslims are human beings and the West should treat them as such, regardless of whether they are partisans or opponents of Osama bin Laden."
Six of Osama bin Laden's children and one of his wives, missing since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, are under house arrest in Iran, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper said Wednesday, quoting a family member."Until a month ago we did not know where the siblings were," Omar bin Laden, 29, the fourth son of the Al-Qaeda chief, told the Saudi-owned newspaper.Omar bin Laden, who lives in Qatar, said he only learnt that family was in Tehran after receiving a call from his brother Uthman about a month ago. A young Iranian had lent his mobile phone to his brother to make the call.