December 14, 2017

Three more Pakistan cricketers named at betting scam trial

The prosecution in the Pakistan cricketers betting scam trial claim that the agent Mazher Majeed, 36, told an undercover reporter he had players he could control in relation to fixing. Former captain Salman Butt, 26, and fast bowler Mohammad Asif, 28, deny conspiracy to accept corrupt payments … [Read more...]

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...]

US Special Forces shoot rogue soldier who killed Aussie army cook

US Special Forces in Afghanistan have shot and killed the Afghan soldier who killed Australian army cook Lance-Corporal Andrew Jones in May. Lance-Corporal Jones, 25, was shot on May 30 in Afghanistan by Shafied Ullah, a member of the Afghan army who was in a watchtower on sentry duty. He shot … [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...]

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...]

Aussie Government says latest asylum seekers to be sent to “foreign” country

The Labor government is adament that the latest boatload of 32 asylum seekers, intercepted north of Broome on Saturday will be sent to another country for processing. The refugees are believed to be from Afghanistan and Pakistan. After a week of criticism from opposition politicians and human … [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...]

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...]

Osama Bin Laden was unarmed when shot says White House

The White House has said that Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was unarmed when he was killed by US Navy SEALS on Sunday after resisting capture, the White House has said. Trying to feed the insatiable media desire for details about the US military raid that killed Bin Laden has led to rushed … [Read more...]