Al-Qaida is “on a steady slide,” according to John Brennan, White House counterterrorism chief. Brennan told The Associated Press Wednesday that the killing of al-Qaida’s latest second-in-command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, in Pakistan last week was a “huge blow” to the organization.
This comes just months after the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May.
"Al-Qaida is sort of on the ropes and taking a lot of shots to the body and the head," Brennan said. more >>
As the nation prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the National Geographic Channel will be premiering a documentary that features an exclusive interview with George W. Bush in which the former president discusses his experiences on Sept. 11, 2001.
In the interview, to air Sunday, Aug. 28 at 10 p.m., Bush discusses for the first time on camera his perspective on the deadly 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred during his tenure in the executive office.
Entitled "George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview," the program is described as an in-depth interview in which the former president "recalls what he was thinking and feeling and what drove the real-time, life-or-death decisions he faced in the first minutes, hours and days" after the attacks. more >>
Another milestone has reportedly been reached in the U.S.-led fight against global terrorism.
Ilyas Kashmiri, a top al-Qaida terrorist, is presumed dead after a drone strike in Pakistan last month.
One senior official reported to CNN that he is “99 percent sure” that the terrorist is dead but that "the folks that make that determination aren't ready to say so definitively." more >>
A letter from Osama bin Laden prior to his death has revealed that the al-Qaida leader was convinced the name of his terror organization was a serious problem, and he even suggested alternative titles.
A letter recovered from his compound in Pakistan indicates he thought al-Qieda had taken a bad rap for killing too many Muslims.
The disclosure also reveals how the extremist leader worried that the name “al-Qaida” suggested nothing about the holy jihad for Muslims, and he wanted to remind Muslims they were in a holy war with America. more >>
Al Qaida have appointed Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri as its new head, in an delayed announcement that seemingly shows the terrorist organization as struggling to come to terms with the killing of its figurehead Osama bin Laden in May.
A jihadist website posted the short statement by al Qaida Thursday explaining that the long-time number two, al-Zawahiri, has been appointed after “consideration”.
Al-Zawahiri has often been described as the “operational brains” behind al Qaida, however, he is reported to be much less charismatic than his predecessor. more >>
Five informants who fed vital information to the U.S. in the build up to the raid that killed Osama bin Laden have been arrested by Pakistan.
According to reports Pakistan’s top spy agency has detained five people who were working with the C.I.A. as U.S. authorities tried to work out whether the al Qaida leader was hiding in the Abbottabad compound.
One of those arrested is believed to be a Pakistani army major who recorded car license plates of vehicles entering and leaving bin Laden’s compound over the weeks prior to the raid on May 2. more >>