Archive for December, 2009

President Obama addresses the public on the recent attempted Christmas terror attack on Flight 253. Obama also orders reviews of watch list systems and screening procedures.

By:CBSNewsOnline

Police have released footage showing the moment a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a Shiite Muslim procession in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Monday. At least 30 people were killed and dozens more wounded. (Dec. 28)

By:AssociatedPress

“CBS News RAW”: Television footage from Pakistan shows an explosion striking a major Shiite Muslim procession. The bombing killed 30 people and wounded dozens.

By:CBSNewsOnline

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An Al-Qaida operative in Yemen threatened the United States and said “we are carrying a bomb” in a video posted online four days before the botched Christmas Day attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight.

The video does not contain any clear evidence that the speaker was anticipating Friday’s attempt, but it has attracted scrutiny because of reports that the bombing plot may have originated in Yemen.

The 23-year-old Nigerian man accused in the attack claimed he received training and instructions from al-Qaida operatives there, U.S. law enforcement officials said, and a key American lawmaker has said there are “strong suggestions” of a Yemen connection. blog it

The report said 10 people killed during Sunday’s fierce clashes in the Iranian capital were members of “anti-revolutionary terrorist” groups, apparently referring to opposition supporters.

The other five who died were killed by “terrorist groups” in a “suspicious act,” the report said, without elaborating.
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Amateur video of demos around the country are emerging as pro-reform supporters clash with security forces.

By:itnnews

Iranian security forces stormed a series of opposition offices on Monday, rounding up at least seven prominent anti-government activists in a new crackdown against the country’s reformist movement, opposition Web sites and activists reported. (Dec. 28)

By:AssociatedPress

Iranian opposition supporters post footage of violent clashes in which they claim several people have been killed.
By: itnnews

Officials say Detroit flight scare was incredible coincidence

By:FoxNewsChannel

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Three bombs planted under a car exploded south of Beirut on Saturday, wounding two people in an attack that apparently targeted an official from the Palestinian militant group Hamas, the state-run news agency said.

The official National News Agency said the explosion was caused by “three bombs tied to each other” that were placed under the car of an official believed to be from Hamas.

One senior police official said the blast occurred in a neighborhood that houses an office belonging to Hamas. blog it

Authorities in two other countries are working to fill in the background of the Christmas terror attack suspect and to determine if and where he might have been trained. Richard Roth reports.

By:CBSNewsOnline

By:FoxNewsChannel

By:FoxNewsChannel

Congressional lawmakers are looking to “get to the bottom” of the attempted terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound flight, pledging to hold hearings next month and raising questions over how the suspect was allegedly able to smuggle an explosive mixture onto an airplane.

The suspect, who claimed to have ties to Al Qaeda, was subdued Friday after he tried to ignite a powdery substance just before landing in Detroit, sources told FOX News. A preliminary FBI analysis identified the explosive substance as PETN, or pentaerythritol. The passenger, one of 278 flying from Amsterdam to Detroit, was charged with attempting to destroy an aircraft on Saturday. He originally boarded in Nigeria.

“This alleged attack on a U.S. airplane on Christmas Day shows that we must remain vigilant in the fight against terrorism at all times,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a written statement. “Had this alleged plot to destroy an airplane been successful, scores of innocent people would have been killed or injured.”
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U.S. District Judge Paul Borman read 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab his charges in a conference room on Saturday at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, where he is being treated for burns.

Agents brought Abdulmutallab into the room in a wheelchair. He had a blanket over his lap and wore a green hospital robe.

The judge asked Abdulmutallab if he understood the charges against him. He responded in English: “Yes, I do.”
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