December 17, 2018

al-Qaeda leader Abu Hafs al-Shahri killed in Pakistan

A senior al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan, Abu Hafs al-Shahri, has been killed, say senior US officials. There has been no independent confirmation of the death, which officials said happened in the Waziristan tribal region. The US frequently carries out drone air strikes against suspected … [Read more...]

US suspends military aid package to Pakistan

The US says it is withholding $800 million in military aid to Pakistan as both countries struggle to adjust to their new post-Osama Bin Laden era. White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley has told ABC television that Pakistan had "taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the … [Read more...]

Ayman al-Zawahiri becomes new al-Qaeda leader

Ayman al-Zawahiri has been appointed as al-Qaeda leader, says a statement allegedly issued by the organisation's general command. The move follows the US assasination of former leader Osama Bin Laden last month in Pakistan. Zawahiri was Bin Laden's deputy for years and is believed by some to … [Read more...]

Sarah Palin’s bus tour keeps everyone guessing

Sarah Palin's 'One Nation' bus tour carries on with no indication yet whether it is the start of a Republican nomination bid or just a burst of self promotion. In recent weeks the Republican nominees have been dropping like flies as soon as Osama Bin Laden was taken out and President Obama looked … [Read more...]

Reports Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead

Mullah Omar the spiritual leader of the Taliban has been killed in Pakistan according to Afghan and Iranian media. The Afghan news channel TOLO Television said Omar had been killed as he travelled in Balochistan in Pakistan's border region with Afghanistan. "Mullah Omar was killed on the way … [Read more...]

Posthumous Osama Bin Laden tape released by al-Qaeda

A 12 minute audio recording made by Osama Bin Laden shortly before he died has been released by al-Qaeda. In the message, he praises the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and speaks of a "rare historic opportunity" for Muslims to rise up. "I think that the winds of change will blow over the entire … [Read more...]

Gates says Bin Laden raid a major humiliation for Pakistan

US Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates says the "ability of the United States to enter Pakistan, kill Osama bin Laden and leave without detection was a humiliation to Pakistanis." Gates along with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, insist there is no evidence that … [Read more...]

Donald Trump ditches White House bid

Billionaire real estate magnate and television personality Donald Trump says his unofficial campaign for the White House in 2012 is over. The announcement comes hot on the heels of Mike Huckabee's withdrawl on the weekend. Of course neither candidate has been influenced in the slightest by … [Read more...]

Pornography among items seized in Bin Laden raid

The propaganda war over the assassination of Osama Bin Laden heated up today with the revelation from US officials that a stash of pornography was among the items seized by US Navy SEALS in the 2nd May raid. The officials are at pains to point out that it is unclear who the material belonged to … [Read more...]

Taliban bomb attack in Pakistan kills 80

Twin suicide bomb attacks on a paramilitary force academy in north-west Pakistan have killed at least 80 people, Pakistani police say. The Pakistan Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack at the training centre for the Frontier Constabulary in Shabqadar, Charsadda district. They … [Read more...]

Pakistan’s US ambassador says “heads will roll” after Bin Laden investigation

Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's ambassador to Washington has vowed that Islamabad officials will be sacked regardless of the outcome of an investigation into how Osama bin Laden lived undetected for years in Pakistan. "Heads will roll, once the investigation has been completed," Haqqani says. "Now, if … [Read more...]

Syrian tanks storm Baniyas

Syrian troops and tanks loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have swept into the port city of Baniyas to crush anti-government protests. Government forces have been massing outside the city for days, while Assad's ruthless crackdown was unleashed upon his own people in the southern city of … [Read more...]

Obama lays wreath at Ground Zero – “we will never forget”

Four days after the death of Osama Bin Laden, US President Barack Obama has visited Ground Zero, the site of the World Trade Center, 9/11 attacks in New York. President Obama laid a wreath in memory of the nearly 3,000 victims and spoke to relatives at the site. He made no speech. Earlier in … [Read more...]

Bin Laden lived in compound for five years

Pakistani military officials has said that a wife of Osama Bin Laden captured after the US raid has said that Bin Laden had been living at the Abbotabad compound for five years. Three of Bin Laden's wives are being held by the authorities. They also have 13 children (two girls and thirteen boys), … [Read more...]

Obama rules out releasing Bin Laden death photos

President Barack Obama has decided that the holiday photos of SEAL Team Six's trip to Pakistan, that included the assassination of Osama Bin Laden should not be released. The debate has raged for days, with US officials feeling under pressure to provide tangible evidence that Bin Laden was … [Read more...]