Tag: Al Qaeda

CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say

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The U.S. is providing more arms and training to the moderate rebels in Syria, under a growing secret program run by the CIA in Jordan. Sources tell NPR that secret program could be supplemented by a more public effort in

CIA lied about torture’s effectiveness, according to unreleased Senate report

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A Senate report found that CIA officials lied to the government and public about its post-9/11 torture program, most notably by distorting intelligence gleaned from traditional interrogations as that attained by far more brutal methods. The Washington Post reported Monday

Mole Who Met Bin Laden Killed by Al Qaeda in Bosnia

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An FBI mole who provided valuable intelligence on al Qaeda and met with Osama bin Laden was lured away from the FBI to work for the CIA, but was killed by al Qaeda operatives in Bosnia who suspected he was

The hidden history of the CIA’s prison in Poland

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On a cold day in early 2003, two senior CIA officers arrived at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw to pick up a pair of large cardboard boxes. Inside were bundles of cash totaling $15 million that had been flown from Germany

Europe Rights Court Hearing on Secret CIA Prisons

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Europe's human rights court shone a rare public light Tuesday on the secret network of European prisons that the CIA used to interrogate terror suspects, reviving memories and questions about the "extraordinary renditions" that angered many on this continent. At

French Intelligence Involved in NSA Spying in France, Monde Says

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French intelligence services worked “very closely” with the U.S. National Security Agency in spying on the country’s citizens, Le Monde reported, citing documents it said it obtained from Edward Snowden. The outrage expressed by the French president after reports of

Documents reveal NSA’s extensive involvement in targeted killing program

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It was an innocuous e-mail, one of millions sent every day by spouses with updates on the situation at home. But this one was of particular interest to the National Security Agency and contained clues that put the sender’s husband

Qaeda Plot Leak Has Undermined U.S. Intelligence

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WASHINGTON — As the nation’s spy agencies assess the fallout from disclosures about their surveillance programs, some government analysts and senior officials have made a startling finding: the impact of a leaked terrorist plot by Al Qaeda in August has

Ex-NSA chief equates hacktivists who defend Snowden to terrorists

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Michael Hayden, the former head of CIA and NSA, hypothesized that a massive hacker attack on the US was possible from "sex-starved" activists like Anonymous in retaliation for any future prosecution of whistleblower Edward Snowden. "If and when our government

US embassy closures used to bolster case for NSA surveillance programs

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US embassies in the Middle East are to remain closed for the rest of the week as supporters of the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance powers used the unspecified terror alert to bolster the case against reining in the controversial

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Bradley Edward Manning (born December 17, 1987) is a United States Army soldier who was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to the website WikiLeaks. He was ultimately charged with 22 offenses, including

CIA approved AP report that triggered investigation

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The Associated Press and the administration of United States President Barack Obama are at odds over whether or not the AP’s publishing of a May 2012 article on a foiled al-Qaeda bomb threat put the US in danger. The AP

Andrew Parker named as new head of MI5

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The new director general of the domestic security service, known as MI5, is to be the current deputy, Andrew Parker. Mr Parker will take over from the outgoing head, Sir Jonathan Evans, next month. Mr Parker led the security services'

UK spies point to more diverse terror threats

The trouble with reporting on the activities of the security and intelligence agencies, or on any matter dealing with national security, is that by definition it is difficult to establish the veracity of what they claim, especially when they press

CIA Expands Role in Syria Fight

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The Central Intelligence Agency is expanding its role in the campaign against the Syrian regime by feeding intelligence to select rebel fighters to use against government forces, current and former U.S. officials said. The move is part of a U.S.

Pakistani intelligence officials say US drone has killed 3 militants near Afghan border

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A U.S. drone strike targeting a vehicle in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border killed three suspected militants, two intelligence officials said Friday. A pair of missiles fired from an unmanned drone hit the vehicle in a

Report: Panel warns U.S. intelligence too focused on military support

A secret report from the President's Intelligence Advisory Board warns that American intelligence agencies have prioritized supporting military operations over traditional intelligence gathering, leaving the country vulnerable to new threats. The panel, which includes Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and CIA

MI6 and CIA were told before invasion that Iraq had no active WMD

BBC's Panorama reveals fresh evidence that agencies dismissed intelligence from Iraqi foreign minister and spy chief. Fresh evidence is revealed today about how MI6 and the CIA were told through secret channels by Saddam Hussein's foreign minister and his head

CIA Ramps Up Role in Iraq

WASHINGTON—The Central Intelligence Agency is ramping up support to elite Iraqi antiterrorism units to better fight al Qaeda affiliates, amid alarm in Washington about spillover from the civil war in neighboring Syria, according to U.S. officials. The stepped-up mission expands