Archive for May, 2010

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The failed bombing in New York’s Times Square is a possible signal that militant leaders in Pakistan have shifted their focus to targets in the U.S. and other Western countries instead of sticking to their home base, according to U.S. counterterrorism officials.

U.S. investigators and intelligence agencies are trying to establish whether accused bomber Faisal Shahzad was trained or recruited for the Times Square operation by any Pakistan-based terrorist organization, including the Pakistani Taliban. Shahzad, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, spent five months in Pakistan before returning to the United States in February and preparing his attack.

Times Square terror suspect Faisal Shahzad got bomb-making training on his recent trip to Pakistan — but made an error that probably saved the lives of hundreds: he packed an SUV with the wrong explosive material, law enforcement sources told FoxNews.com.

And the bomb was planted just two days after the military’s Central Command issued a classified intelligence report warning of the dangers of fertilizer bombs being manufactured by the Taliban and insurgents in Pakistan, FoxNews.com has learned.

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Bomb investigators found propane tanks, powder and an apparent timing device inside, according to a law enforcement official who wasn’t authorized to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Police found a suspected car bomb in a smoking sport utility vehicle Saturday evening in Times Square, then cleared the streets of thousands of tourists milling through the landmark district so they could dismantle the device.

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The US Fifth Fleet and US aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower in the Gulf of Oman were not allowed to shoot at an Iranian Fokker F27 aircraft which on April 21 hovered for 20 minutes 900 meters over the carrier and no more than 250 meters away, even though they saw its flight crew gathering intelligence on the Eisenhower and its warship escorts.

By:DEBKAfile

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Terrorists are planning “imminent attacks” in India’s capital, the US has said, warning its citizens to be vigilant.

The alert from the US embassy in New Delhi upgraded the alert level after saying last month that there were increased indications of a threat.

The embassy has pointed out that previous attacks attacks have targeted markets and other areas popular with Westerners. blog it

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US defense secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday night, April 27: “Hizballah has far more rockets and missile than most governments in the world.” He and Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak were talking to reporters after their talks in the Pentagon. Military sources did not see his as high commendation for Barak’s achievements as defense minister. All he had to contribute on this occasion was: “We do not intend to provoke any kind of major collision in Lebanon or with Syria, but are watching closely these developments.”
Gates went on to accuse Syria and Iran of “providing Hizballah with rockets of ever-increasing capability,” adding, “This is obviously destabilizing for the whole region and we’re watching it very carefully. blog it