Al Qaeda members captured in recent weeks in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Afghanistan have provided important information about a possible impending terrorist attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001, senior intelligence officials said, the New York Times reported on Friday. Following yesterday's release of the final report of the 9/11 Commission's findings, senior officials said that there was "no doubt" that al Qaeda leadership were focused on carrying out another attack in the United States.
And in legal developments, lawyers seeking the extradition of radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza to the U.S. today accused him of being part of a global conspiracy to wage jihad against America, the British daily, the Guardian reported today.
THE WAR ON TERROR
United States Captured Terrorists Hint at New Plan, Officials Say Al Qaeda members captured in recent weeks in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Afghanistan have provided important information about a possible impending terrorist attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001, senior intelligence officials said. (NY Times)
Saudi Arabia Sixth Militant Surrenders Under Saudi Amnesty A sixth Islamist militant has surrendered to Saudi authorities under a one-month amnesty aimed mainly at al Qaeda supporters who have attacked Westerners, government targets and energy sites. (Reuters)
9/11 Commission Panel Urges Shakeup to Fix 9 / 11 Failures The Sept. 11 commission on Thursday criticized both the Bush and Clinton administrations for failing to fully grasp or effectively combat the threat posed by al Qaeda and recommended a radical shake-up of U.S. intelligence to meet future dangers. (Reuters)
New Plot Details Emerge Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the man who conceived and directed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was motivated by his strong disagreement with American support for Israel, according to the final report of the Sept. 11 commission. (LA Times)
Malaysia Malaysia Police: JI Militants Are Regrouping Remnants of the al-Qaeda-linked Jamaah Islamiyah (JI) are regrouping and planning more terror attacks in Southeast Asia despite the arrest of their leaders, Malaysia'spolice intelligence chief said on Friday. (Jakarta Post)
Sudan US Feared Sudan-al-Qaeda Terror Link President Bill Clinton believed Iraq might have provided chemical weapons to Sudan in the late 1990s under a co-operative arrangement between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, the investigation into the September 11 attacks revealed on Thursday. (Financial Times)
United States U.S. Army Accepted Afghan Prisoner From Vigilante Suspect American military officials in Afghanistan said Thursday that they had accepted but later released an Afghan prisoner handed over to them in May by an American now accused of running his own freelance antiterrorism campaign. (NY Times)
United Kingdom Abu Hamza 'Part of Anti-U.S. Conspiracy' Lawyers seeking the extradition of radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza to the US today accused him of being part of a global conspiracy to wage jihad against America. (Guardian)
Indonesia Ruling Muddies Bali Bomb Verdicts Indonesia's highest court has ruled an anti-terrorism law used to convict the Bali bombers was applied illegally. (BBC)
U.S. Military Targets Group It Links to Qaeda Suspect