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PyroTerrorism Not New, ‘Inspired’ in Past by Al Qaeda

The idea of using fire to attack a targeted population did not originate with Arab terrorists from the Palestinian Authority.

Alerts Came after US Intercepted Al Qaeda Conference Call

The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and...

Three US Jews Still Held Hostage Overseas

“There are, I think, almost 3,000 Americans in foreign jails. Almost all of them are in there for doing something.” That is the assessment given to JNS.org by U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-NY), a leading advocate for the freedom of 53-year-old Brooklyn flooring contractor Jacob Ostreicher – who, according to his supporters, is wrongly imprisoned in Bolivia and therefore falls outside the “almost 3,000 Americans” cited by Turner.

Heartbreaking: Kidnapped US Jew Appealing to Netanyahu (Video)

Warren Weinstein, 71, is an American aid worker who was kidnapped more than a year ago in Pakistan. Now he is asking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for help in his release by acquiescing to al-Qaeda's demands.

Al Qaeda in Spain

In recent weeks, the Obama administration has claimed that al Qaeda "is on a path of decline that will be difficult to reverse" and the US State Department has even declared that the "war on terror is over." But the recent arrests in Spain of three suspected al Qaeda terrorists, accused of plotting an airborne attack on a shopping mall near Gibraltar, suggests that Obama's triumphalism may be premature.

Jihadi Tourism Hits Europe

In Norway, for example, an ethnic Norwegian convert to militant Islam who has received terrorist training from al-Qaeda's offshoot in Yemen, is awaiting orders to carry out an attack on the West, officials from three European security agencies said on June 25. Although the terrorist-in-waiting is believed to still be in Yemen, even if he is found he cannot be extradited: under Norwegian law it is not a crime to attend a terrorist training camp.

Israel Preparing for al-Qaeda on its Borders

The past decade has shown that the al-Qaeda network thrives in failed states, setting down roots in areas where central governments no longer exercise a clear monopoly of arms or jurisdiction. From Pakistan to Iraq to Mali, adherents of the global jihadi movement are seeking a safe haven to set up training camps, plot terror attacks, and spread their fundamentalist ideology.

Bomb Plotter Was U.S. Informer, Al Qaeda Renewing Efforts against US

The WSJ today reported that the bomber whose plot to blow up a jetliner was foiled was a double agent, providing "vital information" to...

American Hostage Pleads with Obama To Free Al-Qaeda, Taliban Prisoners

Warren Weinstein, an American humanitarian aid worker kidnapped by al-Qaeda  begged US President Barack Obama to free all al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners in US...

Toulouse Killer Mohammed Merah Visited Israel in 2010

According to a Shin Bet investigation, Mohammed Merah entered Israel via the Allenby Bridge from Jordan in September 2010, before traveling on to Afghanistan,where he attended an al-Qaeda training camp. The investigation also revealed that the Shin Bet questioned Merah at the time, but having found nothing to arouse suspicion, permitted him to enter Israel.

Four British Muslims Plead Guilty to Bomb, Murder Plots

The terror cell planned to bomb the London Stock Exchange and the American embassy, and murder London's mayor and two Rabbis.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Anti-War Group Supporting Would-Be TerroristAn anti-war group calling itself Courage to Resist started a legal defense fund for Pfc. Naser Abdo, the Muslim soldier...

Bin Laden Is Dead, But Our Delusions Live On

The death of Osama bin Laden has some symbolic value, particularly for theUnited States. A great power exercises influence not just through its military and economic assets, but through its prestige. A power that can be relied on to punish its enemies, no matter how long it takes, and reward its friends will be respected, and that respect will figure into the calculations of other nations as they pursue their interests.

Stopping The Gaza Flotilla: A Wider Look Behind The News

Current news about Israel's interdiction of the Gaza flotilla centers entirely on more or less pertinent operational and legal details. It is also important, however, to look beyond this particular event and toward the more critical underlying issue of a Palestinian state. To be sure, once such a state was established, the tragic cycle of anti-Israel terrorism, Israeli blockade and Palestinian counter-blockade would only accelerate.

This Is War, Mr. President

In 2004, I supported George W. Bush for a second term as president because I believed the most important issue facing the United States was the threat posed by Islamic terrorism, a life or death issue.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

       A top Palestinian Authority official told this column that the PA reached an understanding with the Obama administration regarding a Palestinian threat to...

Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

      Palestinian Authority security forces directed traffic several times this month in the eastern sections of Jerusalem, according to multiple witnesses speaking to this...

Bronx Plot Points Up Threat From Independent Attackers

WASHINGTON - The arrest of four men accused of plotting to attack two Bronx synagogues underscores the threat to Jewish targets by individuals or small groups, several experts said.

Pentagon Official Blames ‘U.S. Policies’ For Qaeda Attacks

She believes al Qaeda was an "obscure group" turned into a massive threat due to U.S. policies.

For America’s Sake, President Barack Obama Should Oppose A Palestinian State

The George W. Bush years are now behind us. But Barack Obama, while still waging an American war on terror, will almost certainly remain committed to a so-called "Two-State Solution" in the Middle East.

Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Just five days before national elections, acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima party revealed it would divide Jerusalem and allow a Palestinian state to...

Random Thoughts

A few items of interest as the Monitor catches up after a break from the regular routine: Reporting on the defeat of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in an Aug. 20 Democratic primary, the Prince of Palestine, aka Peter Jennings, once again exhibited his bias and unreliability on all matters pertaining to Israel.

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