War on Terror

War on Terror : Instant Guide
Tourists stand under Union Jack umbrellas as they snap photos of the Olympic Rings on London's Tower Bridge: A recent arrest has the British city's security on high alert.

The London Olympics: Are terrorists plotting an attack?

Brits detain an alleged al Qaeda militant after he defies a government order and seemingly stalks the Summer Games' primary venue

War on Terror : Opinion Brief
Pakistani protesters burn representations of U.S. and NATO flags: The latest strike killed al Qaeda's second-in-command.

Are Obama's drone strikes decapitating al Qaeda?

The secretive aerial campaign is facing scathing criticism from human-rights activists and Pakistani officials, but it may well be helping in the war on terror

War on Terror : Instant Guide
A still image from a 2008 video shows al Qaeda's former second-in-command, Abu Yahya al-Libi, who was reportedly killed by a U.S. drone strike in northwest Pakistan.

Obama's latest drone target: Who is Abu Yahya al-Libi?

The White House says a Monday strike killed the Libyan religious scholar who had become al Qaeda's second-in-command after the death of Osama bin Laden

War on Terror : Fact Sheet
President Obama listens during a terrorism threat briefing in 2010: The president reserves the "final moral calculation" over who should be targeted.

Obama's terrorist 'kill list': 5 takeaways

Obama personally oversees operations targeting terrorists for assassination, says The New York Times, something "without precedent in presidential history"

War on Terror : Opinion Brief
An undated photo of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, who died of cancer Sunday, leaving many still-unanswered questions surrounding the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am flight.

The death of the Lockerbie bomber: Did he get off too easy?

The man convicted in the 1988 terrorist attack, which killed 270 people, dies in Libya, rekindling debate over whether he deserved the mercy he received in his last few years

War on Terror : Opinion Brief
A courtroom sketch of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: The admitted 9/11 mastermind repeatedly declined to respond to a judge's questions at his arraignment in Cuba.

9/11 mastermind KSM's military trial: Already a disaster?

The chaotic arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other al Qaeda defendants highlights the stubborn challenges of bringing terrorists to justice

War on Terror : The List
Members of an al Qaeda-affiliated group in the southern Yemeni town of Jaar: U.S. officials say they just foiled a Yemeni terror plot that sought to blow up an American-bound airliner.

The foiled al Qaeda underwear bomb plot: 5 takeaways

Authorities thwart another plan to blow up a U.S.-bound plane, but the threat is still fueling concerns about America's vulnerability to terrorist attacks

War on Terror : Burning Question
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has used the trial and its media coverage to glorify his crimes, saying he would do it all again.

Norway's Anders Behring Breivik prosecution: A model for U.S. terror trials?

The anti-Muslim extremist is using the courtroom as a soapbox, but he might actually be discrediting his cause and making a case for trying terrorists in civilian court

War on Terror : Controversy
This graphic appeared recently on an al-Qaeda-linked website, though authorities say they have no intel on a looming attack against New York.

Is al Qaeda publicizing a planned attack on New York?

Jihadi-linked websites post a menacing mock movie poster featuring Manhattan's skyline and a warning about al Qaeda's return

War on Terror : Analysis
Osama bin Laden, 1998: The al Qaeda leader planned to kill President Obama and Gen. David Petraeus to throw the U.S. into chaos and change the path of the Afghanistan war.

Bin Laden's 'chilling' plot to kill President Obama

At the time of his death, Osama bin Laden was trying to devise ways to shoot down Obama's plane — and leave a presumably flummoxed Joe Biden in command

War on Terror : Best Column
The opening day of Guantanamo Bay prison camp, on Jan. 11, 2002: Gitmo's mere existence is a mark of shame for the Western world, says Elizabeth O'Shea at the Sydney Morning Herald.

10 years of Gitmo: The world's 'vortex of shame'

Wednesday is the 10th anniversary of one of the "blackest moments of the war on terror," says Elizabeth O'Shea at the Sydney Morning Herald: The opening of Guantanamo Bay prison camp

War on Terror : Opinion Brief
A detainee flanked by U.S. soldiers at Guantanamo Bay: The president has signed a $662 billion defense bill that codifies the military's right to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens accused of terrorism.

Indefinite detention for terror suspects: Did Obama sell out?

Progressive critics cry foul after the president signs a defense law enshrining the military's right to indefinitely hold al Qaeda suspects

War on Terror : Opinion Brief
Muslims pray during end-of-Ramadan holidays in Los Angeles: An FBI training instructor reportedly encouraged Islamophobic profiling.

Is the FBI 'anti-Muslim'?

A federal training instructor reportedly tells agents that the more devout a Muslim is, the more likely he is to be violent

War on Terror : By the numbers
The color-coded threat level system instituted in the wake of 9/11: The government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on Homeland Security since the attacks.

$75 billion in annual domestic security spending: By the numbers

In the ten years since the 9/11 attacks, the government has shelled out hundreds of billions of dollars — some of it on rather bizarre purchases

War on Terror : Opinion Brief
Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, al Qaeda's second-ranking figure, was killed last week by a CIA drone in Pakistan. How big of a blow is that to the terrorist group?

Atiyah Abd al-Rahman's death: A 'body blow' for al Qaeda?

Many people have never heard of al Qaeda's No. 2 guy, but his death by drone strike might just be as big a deal as Osama bin Laden's killing

War on Terror : Essay
John Walker Lindh, seen here in an undated police photo, was arrested in 2001 as a terrorism suspect, and remains in custody today.

John Walker Lindh: The first detainee

My son is not a traitor or a terrorist, says Frank Lindh, but a victim of hysteria

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