Monthly Archives: March 2013

Osama bin Laden’s spokesman due in New York court today

A man described as a spokesman for Osama Bin Laden has been arrested and will be tried in New York City, the US has confirmed. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was captured within the last week in Jordan and handed over to US security, Congressman Peter King said on Thursday. Abu Ghaith is Bin Laden’s son-in-law and played a role in plotting the attacks of 9/11, US officials said. Bin Laden was killed in a May 2011 raid on his hideout in Pakistan by a team of US commandos. Mr Abu Ghaith is scheduled to appear in a federal court today (Friday) on charges of conspiracy to kill United States nationals. “Sulaiman Abu … Continue reading

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US not planning to arm Syrian rebels at the moment – Kerry

Don’t look for the United States to send weapons to Syrian rebels any time soon, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday in a CNN interview on the last full day of his first international trip as the nation’s top diplomat. Instead, President Barack Obama’s administration will continue to provide non-lethal aid while other countries arm the rebels fighting to defeat forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the two-year conflict that has claimed nearly 70,000 lives and left many areas of Syria in ruins. “The president always has options and always has the right to adjust a policy as he goes forward,” Kerry said. “At the moment, this is … Continue reading

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U.S. commander discloses Afghan troop recommendation

A top U.S. military commander said on Tuesday he has recommended keeping 13,600 American troops in Afghanistan after 2014, when the NATO combat mission ends and most Western troops withdraw. General James Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee he believed that properly designing the residual force would be “critical” for a good outcome to America’s longest war. “I have made my recommendation,” Mattis said in response to a question from Republican Senator John McCain. “That recommendation is for 13,600 U.S. forces.” The figure provided by Mattis, who leads the U.S. military’s Central Command, is above the range of troop levels U.S. officials have said were being considered by the White … Continue reading

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Western powers set to increase aid for Syrian rebels

The United States stepped further into Syria’s civil war Thursday, promising rebel fighters food and medical supplies, but not weapons, for the first time in the two-year conflict that has claimed more than 60,000 lives and laid waste to large portions of the country. At the same time, European nations began to explore ways to strengthen rebel fighters that stop short of arming them after a European Council decision allowing such aid to flow to Syria. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the aid would help fighters in the high-stakes effort to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a conflict that has already spawned an enormous humanitarian crisis as refugees flee … Continue reading

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