al Qaeda is a terrorist outfit responsible for attacks at various parts of the world. Abu Qatada is a preacher and is considered the European representative for al Qaeda.

Notable Events

In September 2009, media reported that Richard Holbrooke said Al Qaeda wants Pakistan’s nuclear secrets.

In May 2012, reports surfaced that al Qaeda has used sex tapes for communicating secret plans. Carly Stratton, a model and actress, has slammed the al Qaeda for embedding information in X-rated movies.

In May 2012, a US drone strike in Yemen reportedly killed a top Al-Qaeda leader who is on the FBI’s most wanted list. One of the two Al-Qaeda operatives who died was wanted for his role in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole warship.

FBI has thwarted alQaeda attempt to blow up a a US-bound aircraft. An Underwear bomb that was designed to avoid detection at metal detectors in the airport was used in the incident.

Holy War against Innocence of Muslims

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has called the Muslims to wage a holy war over the insult of Prophet Mohammed in the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims”. He has called on all Muslims in US and Israel to start a holy war against the director of the film Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.

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US President Barack Obama has reportedly told President Asif Ali Zardari through his National Security Adviser, retired Marine General James L. Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta that the cancer of terrorism is in Pakistan and emanating from that country. ANI

US threatens ground operations in FATA if Pak doesn’t act against terror ‘safe havens’
The top US commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, has issued a veiled warning to Pakistan that Washington could launch ground operations in Pakistans Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), if Islamabad refused to dismantle the militant network in North Waziristan. ANI

Pak-based jihadis’ ‘Mumbai style’ terror attacks planned on Europe foiled
The latest terror plot to launch Mumbai-style attacks in the UK, France and Germany has been unearthed and disrupted after intelligence sharing among the spy agencies from these three countries and the United States. ANI

France on high alert after warnings of possible terrorist attacks
France is reportedly on a high alert following repeated intelligence warnings that terrorists may be planning to carry out attacks in the country. ANI

CIA steps up drone attacks in Pakistan
The Obama administration has enthusiastically embraced the CIAs drone program, an ambitious and historically unusual war campaign by American spies, which has launched nearly four times as many attacks in 2009 and 2010 as it did during the final year of the Bush administration, according to The Long War Journal. ANI

Pak’s attempted deal between US, Afghan Taliban fraught with risk over Haqqani’s role
Pakistan is reportedly trying to solicit a deal between the United States (US) and the Afghan Taliban with the help of certain friendly Arab nations, a move experts believe could backfire if the dreaded Haqqani group that has consistently targeted US forces, doesnt play ball. ANI

Pak Danish embassy bombing case: Court acquits trio for insufficient evidence
A Pakistani court has reportedly acquitted three men accused of involvement in the bombing of the Danish embassy in Islamabad because of insufficient evidence. ANI

Al Qaeda plot to kidnap British athletes, fans during Delhi Games unearthed
A plot to target or kidnap British athletes and fans coming to India for the 2010 Commonwealth Games has emerged over their countrys support to the war in Afghanistan. ANI

Oz opposition party demands more security advice for athletes at Delhi Games
Australias opposition party has asked the Julia Gillard Government to give athletes participating in the 2010 Commonwealth Games more advice on the security situation in New Delhi. ANI

Musharraf says he will return to politics for the greater cause of Pakistan
Pakistans former military leader Pervez Musharraf, a prominent figure on the global lecture circuit for the last two years, has declared that he wants to re-enter his nations political arena for the greater cause. ANI

Obama said US can absorb another 9/11, claims Woodward book
US President Barack Obama reckons that the country can absorb another terror attack, a new book by journalist Bob Woodward has claimed. ANI

Qaeda likely to attempt frequent small-scale but deadly terrorist attacks in US: Officials
Al-Qaeda and its allies are likely to attempt small-scale and less sophisticated terrorist attacks in the United States, senior Obama administration officials have said. ANI

US has 3000-strong crack squad in Afghanistan to wage its secret war in Pakistan
An Afghan paramilitary force with a strength of 3000 well-armed troops, collectively known as Counterterrorism Pursuit Teams, has been trained and deployed in Afghanistan not only for surveillance, raids and combat operations in Afghanistan, but also for the United States secret war in Pakistan against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, according to current and former US officials. ANI

Homegrown radicals changing terrorism threat in U.S.
The rising threat from homegrown radicals makes terrorist plots against the U.S. harder to detect and more likely to succeed, top administration officials are scheduled to tell Congress on Wednesday. ANI

Well-trained local forces can better handle insurgency situation: Ex- RAW chief
Vikram Sood, the former chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) on Wednesday termed Left Wing extremism a ruthless organisation and said well-trained local forces could better handle the insurgency situation. ANI

Mushrooming extremist websites emerging biggest global terror threat: Interpol Chief
Interpol Chief Ronald Noble has warned that the rising number of extremist websites have made the recruitment process much easier for the al-Qaeda, which according to him, is difficult to manage as another site pops up as soon as one is knocked out. ANI

No proof of Pak moving against Haqqani group: Holbrooke
stan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke has said that Islamabad has not yet acted against the Haqqani group- a Taliban ally- as the nations fight against terrorism has been constrained by the need to deploy troops in flood relief efforts. ANI

Pak jails 70-yr-old Briton for trying to sneak across Pak-Afghan border to research book
A 70-year-old British man, Nicholas Bain, accused of spying in Pakistan is being reportedly held in Peshawar Central Jail along with Taliban suspects after being arrested in a lawless tribal region, close to the border with Afghanistan. ANI

European security experts fear al-Qaeda wings expanded to Uganda
There seems to be a growing concern in the western world, especially after the arrest of a British man on terrorism charges on his way to Entebbe, that al-Qaeda may have expanded its East African operations into Uganda. ANI

Pakistan seeks repatriation of terror suspect Aafia
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has sent a letter to the US Attorney generals office requesting repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, who is currently under detention in America for her alleged links with Al Qaeda. ANI

US won’t stand slackness by Pak Army in war on terror: Holbrooke
US special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke has said that his country would not accept any slackness on the part of the Pakistan Army in the war against the Taliban, due to their engagement in the ongoing flood relief efforts. ANI

Muslim extremist threat forces Spain’s ‘La Meca’ nightclub to change its name
Facing a threat from Muslim extremists, a popular Spanish nightclub has been forced to change its name from La Meca. ANI

UK facing new wave of terrorist attacks, MI5 Chief warns
The head of MI5, Jonathan Evans, has warned that the UK faces potent new threats of lethal attacks from terrorism incubated in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and North Africa. ANI

Mushrraf accepted seven US demands in 24 hours after 9/11 terror attacks
As the US prepared to invade Afghanistan after the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, the then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf tried to convince the Bush administration to negotiate with the Taliban, but accepted unconditionally in 24 hours all seven demands made by the US such as stopping al Qaeda at the border, providing the US with blanket landing rights to conduct operations and territorial and naval access and help in destroying Osama Bin Laden, after his proposal was bluntly rejected by Washington. ANI

US drone attacks being operated in collaboration with Pak govt, GHQ: Holbrooke
US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, has stated that drone attacks against terrorists in Pakistans northern tribal region are being carried out in close collaboration with Pakistans civil and military leadership. ANI

Afghan partition would cause civil war again: NATO
NATO has dismissed former American national security adviser Robert Blackwills suggestions that a conflict in Afghanistan could be resolved by partitioning the country on ethnic lines and handing over the Pashtun south to the Taliban, saying it was a recipe for civil war. ANI

America ‘under attack’ by non violent ‘stealth jihad’, warns Security Report
Security analysts have warned in a new report that America is under attack by a non-violent stealth jihad, with fundamentalists attempting to bring Islamic law known as Shariah to the United States. ANI

Karzai castigates Pakistan for providing refuge to terrorists
At a press conference with Asif Ali Zardari, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has criticised Pakistan for harbouring sanctuaries and training camps of the terrorists within its territorial limits. ANI

Everyone knows Taliban leader Mullah Omar is in Pakistan: France
Foreign Minister of France- Bernard Kouchner- has stated that the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar is based in Pakistan and everyone knows it. ANI

Flood relief efforts force Pakistan Army to alter plans against terrorists
Pakistani military officials have said that the flood relief effort undertaken by the countrys armed forces have forced the army to alter plans to combat Taliban and Al Qaeda militants, extending the stay of troops fighting militants in the Swat valley by six months. ANI

US diplomat urges NATO to partition Afghanistan or loose control
A senior former American national security adviser, Robert Blackwill, has warned that the Taliban are winning and the foreign forces are losing in Afghanistan and added that the country should be partitioned along ethnic lines by pulling back NATO forces to deal with the problem. ANI

Musharraf made desperate attempts to save Taliban, bin laden from US wrath after 9/11: Report
Following the 9/11 terror strikes, when the US had made up its mind to bombard Afghanistan, Pakistans Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and then President Pervez Musharraf made full efforts to save the Taliban and tried to persuade a red-faced Bush administration to hold a dialogue with the Taliban, as the ISI always regarded it as one of its strategic assets. ANI

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