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February 20th, 2014
08:39 PM ET

Official: New shoe-bomb threat linked to al Qaeda

United States officials are tying the new threat of shoe bombs on airplanes to al Qaeda.

There are indications that the threat could ultimately be tied to Ibrahim al Asiri, the master bomb-maker for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

He's the man officials say designed the underwear bomb that failed to detonate aboard a Detroit bound flight on Christmas Day in 2009.

He also built the printer-cartridge bombs that al Qaeda placed on cargo planes destined for Chicago the following year.

Al Qaeda link to shoe-bomb warning

An official tells CNN the new warning is related to recent intelligence gathered on bomb-making tactics believed tied to Asiri.

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to National Security Analyst and Former CIA operative Bob Baer about the latest threat and why Asiri hasn't been caught.

"He's up in the mountains of Yemen," Baer says. "There's no digital footprint that he's left behind. He's read about leaks in this country. He's fairly immune and there's nothing the Yemeni government could do about it."


Filed under: al Qaeda • News • Terrorism
February 18th, 2014
10:55 PM ET

Should the U.S. swap Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl?

Is the U.S. trying to make a deal with the Taliban?

There is word the United States is trying to negotiate the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held captive by a Taliban-affiliated group for nearly five years. He is the only know U.S. prisoner in Afghanistan.

U.S. launches push to gain release of soldier Bowe Bergdahl

In exchange for Bergdahl, the U.S. would reportedly free five senior Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.

For Bergdahl's family in rural Idaho, the wait is excruciating.

OutFront: Gunnery SGT. Jessie Jane Duff, a 20-year veteran of the Marine Corps who provided logistical support to combat units in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Filed under: Afghanistan • al Qaeda • News
December 30th, 2013
09:17 PM ET

Report: Al Qaeda not behind Benghazi attack

More than a year after four Americans were killed in a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, no one has been brought to justice.

Now a new investigation by the New York Times is raising even more questions.

According to the report, there is "no evidence that al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault…" and it “…was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam."

This contradicts what many critics of the administration have been saying for months.

Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz is one of those critics.


Filed under: al Qaeda • Benghazi • International • Libya • News • Terrorism
December 26th, 2013
07:30 PM ET

American hostage begs President Obama for help

"I hope and pray to God that you, as leader of the United States, along with your administration, will feel an adequate level of responsibility toward me and work for my release."

An American captured by Al Qaeda in Pakistan two years ago says he feels abandoned and forgotten by the U.S.

In video, American abducted in Pakistan says he feels abandoned

In a new video released on Christmas day, Warren Weinstein pleads with President Barack Obama to negotiate for his release - a practice the U.S. says it does not engage in.

Jill Dougherty is at the State Department with all the details.


Filed under: al Qaeda • International • News
October 14th, 2013
08:48 PM ET

Al Qaeda suspect Al Libi brought to New York

Abu Anas al Libi has arrived in New York. The alleged al Qaeda operative captured by the United States in Libya just over a week ago and held on a Navy ship for days of interrogation.

Alleged al Qaeda operative Al Libi taken to New York week after capture in Libya

Al Libi is accused of playing a role in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

Susan Candiotti is OutFront with the latest.


Filed under: al Qaeda • International • Libya • News
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