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Islamic World News ( 12 May 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

80 killed in suicide attacks on Pakistan paramilitary as revenge for Osama killing

 

First Muslim woman makes it to civil services in J&K

Ilyas Kashmiri may succeed Osama: US officials

No concrete evidence to prove Ishrat's terror link: Indian  MHA

Taliban claim attacks as revenge for Osama

Over 50 men martyred as bombs hit training centre:Peshawar police

US not planning to stop aid to Pakistan, says ties are ‘critical’

At last! Libyan rebels retake Misrata after 60 days

Indian agencies had inputs showing Osama was in Pak custody since 2002

Security tightened for US Navy SEALs: Gates

US officials quiz Osama bin Laden's wives

Osama intel came from CIA detainee Hassan Ghul

Israel army admits using dogs against Palestinians

Cameron invites Libyan rebels to open London office

NATO strikes Kadhafi compound after TV appearance

Qaddafi escapes NATO bombing

Razak visit to fortify Saudi-Malaysia partnership

Osama plotted till last moments, reveal handwritten journals

Indian PM sees Opportunity of change after bin Laden’s death

Pakistan’s senior military officer cancels visit to USA

US lawmakers see Osama pictures

Bin Laden’s death not an assassination: US A-G

Osama plot: 9/11-type strike in smaller cities like LA

Secret journal reveals Osama’s sinister schemes

Al Qaeda threatens Obama’s Kenyan step-grandmother

US senator describes 'gruesome' Osama bin Laden photos

PM rules out Osama- type operation in Pak

Qatar quits Gulf Yemen plan due to delays, violence

‘Diversified private sector to create more Saudi jobs’

Charge up to overcome obstacles, Saudi women told

HRC holds programs to raise awareness on women’s rights

Plan for new airport in Jeddah augurs well for development

No Saudi casualty in Lorca quake

Abha chamber of Commerce finds work for 586 Saudis

Court may rule on US stand on Jerusalem

Fatah official warns Israel of another intifada

Revealed: How terror boss used e-mail without being detected

Legal battle ends as Demjanjuk gets 5 years for Nazi camp deaths

US panel limits Obama’s authority on nukes

Bahrain military chief says Gulf troops to stay on

Syria set for more protests despite clampdown

Bin Laden death unlikely to weaken Taliban

Taliban claim attacks as revenge for bin Laden

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80 killed in suicide attacks on Pakistan paramilitary as revenge killing

13 MAY 2011

PESHAWAR: Seventy people were killed on Friday when a suicide bomb attack ripped through a group of Pakistani paramilitary police as they were about to be bussed home on leave from a training centre.

It was the deadliest attack in the nuclear-armed Muslim country this year and came with Pakistan's military and civilian leadership plunged into crisis over the killing of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden by US commandos.

The explosions detonated as newly trained cadets were getting into buses and coaches for a 10-day leave after their course, and they were wearing civilian clothes, police said.

The attacks took place in the Shabqadar area, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of Peshawar, the main city in the northwest region where militants linked to the Taliban and al-Qaida have repeatedly attacked government forces.

"Seventy people have been killed," the police chief of the northwestern Charsadda district, Nisar Khan Marwat, said.

"Sixty-five of them are from the paramilitary police. Five dead bodies of civilians were taken to Shabqadar hosiptal," he added.

welve vehicles were destroyed in the blasts, Marwat said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Pakistani Taliban last week threatened to attack security forces to avenge bin Laden's killing in a US helicopter raid north of the capital Islamabad on May 2.

hey were the deadliest attacks in Pakistan since November 5 when a suicide bomber killed 68 people at a mosque in the northwest area of Darra Adam Khel.

More than 4,300 people have been killed in suicide and bomb attacks across Pakistan in the past four years since government forces raided an extremist mosque in Islamabad in 2007.

Pakistan's civilian government said on Thursday it would review counter-terrorism cooperation with the United States as it comes under growing domestic pressure to punish Washington for the bin Laden raid.

It was unclear if the move was intended as a threat, but it showed the extent of the task facing US Senator John Kerry as he prepares to embark on a mission to shore up badly strained ties with Washington's fractious ally.

ashington did not inform Islamabad that an elite team of Navy SEALs had helicoptered into the garrison town of Abbottabad until the commandos had cleared Pakistani airspace, carrying with them bin Laden's corpse.

The covert night-time raid has plunged Pakistani politics into turmoil with both President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani are facing calls to resign amid growing anti-American sentiment.

Pakistanis have been outraged at the perceived impunity of the US raid, while asking whether their military was too incompetent to know bin Laden was living close to a major forces academy, or, worse, conspired to protect him.

Gilani chaired a defence committee meeting that decided "to institute an inter-agency process to clearly define the parameters of our cooperation with the US in counter-terrorism", an official statement said.

This would be done "in accordance with Pakistan's national interests and the aspirations of the people", according to the statement, which condemned "US unilateral action in violation of Pakistan's sovereignty."

Washington is pressing Islamabad to investigate how bin Laden and several wives and children managed to live for five years under the noses of its military in a town just 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of the capital.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/70-killed-in-suicide-attacks-on-Pakistan-paramilitary/articleshow/8287881.cms

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First Muslim woman makes it to civil services in J&K

Ashiq Hussain, Hindustan Times

May 12, 2011

Change cannot come to Jammu and Kashmir at the grassroots level unless the youth is part of the change. This is the message to her peers from Ovessa Iqbal, 25, the state’s first Muslim woman to qualify for the Union Public Service Commission exam. Despite the conflict, she said, more and more Kashm

iri youths are aspiring to be part of the Indian state. For those who don’t, she had a message: “When we abstain from Indian civil services, we are using an axe on our own feet. Exploitation of Kashmiris will stop only when we take these exams in our stride.”

The youngest daughter of a farmer, Iqbal said her family had always been supportive. Her mother, who died in an accident, was a lecturer. Her elder sister is a lecturer at a Srinagar college while her brother has completed his engineering.

Born in a remote village of Leh, she did her schooling in her hometown but moved to Chandigarh to study chemical engineering at the Panjab University. But after completing the course in 2007, she was at the crossroads.

“My classmates were getting hefty job packages… but there was no concern about how much they could contribute to society,” she said. “I wanted to do something different.”

She qualified in the exam after her third attempt, and is one of the seven to have qualified from the state.

“Women are expected to perform traditional roles in Kashmiri society, despite their education,” she said. “I want to tell my sisters out there to start believing in themselves. We can very much do it,” said Iqbal.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/First-Muslim-woman-makes-it-to-civil-services-in-J-amp-K/Article1-696782.aspx

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Ilyas Kashmiri may succeed Osama: US officials

May 11, 2011

Washington: Former Pakistani commando Ilyas Kashmiri, cited as one of the masterminds of a plot for a series of "Mumbai-style" attacks in European cities in 2010, could replace Osama bin Laden as the new terrorist head of Al Qaeda, according to US officials.

The bearded Kashmiri, who is also named in the terrorism case against Pakistani Canadian accused Tahawwur Hussain Rana, has been described by one senior US official as a rising star in al Qaeda terror group, NBC News reported.

Rana, who is accused of providing material support to Pakistan based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and providing a cover to Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley for scouting targets for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, is set to go on trial in Chicago on May 16.

Although the attacks on European cities never came off, Kashmiri, who frequently sports aviator-styled sunglasses, told a reporter for the Asian Times that the 2008 Mumbai attack was "nothing compared to what has already been planned for the future".

While Ayman al-Zawahri remains the "presumed" successor to Osama, the longtime al Qaeda deputy is deeply unpopular in some circles and his elevation is by no means guaranteed, a senior US official told reporters over the weekend.

If al-Zawahri doesn't make it, Kashmiri may emerge as the dark horse in the ensuing power struggle, the official told NBC.

"His star has been on the rise for the last several years," said the official. "He would have to be on the al Qaeda short list."

Kashmiri was at one point a member of the Pakistani military, serving as a commando in a Special Services Group that was once tasked with training Afghan mujahideen to fight the Soviets.

He was later reassigned to train Kashmiri fighters against the Indians, but broke from the Pakistani army and joined a terrorist group - called Harakat-ul Jihad-i-Islami, or HuJI that has been closely aligned with al Qaeda.

So far, US officials have remained tight-lipped on whether they have found evidence in Osama's Pakistan hideout that shows direct contacts between the slain al Qaeda leader and Kashmiri. But hints of such links - and of Kashmiri's interest in mass casualty terror plots - are contained in US court documents.

According to the Chicago case indictment, Kashmiri has based his terror operations in western Pakistan and starting in 2007 was "in regular contact with al Qaeda".

In February 2009, the indictment states, Headley met with Kashmiri and another co-defendant in the Waziristan region of Pakistan and handed him surveillance videotapes he had taken of the Copenhagen offices of Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten that had run cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, to help plan a terrorist operation.

"During the meeting, Kashmiri indicated that he had already reviewed the Copenhagen videotapes and suggested that they consider using a truck bomb in the operation," the indictment states. "Kashmiri also indicated he could provide manpower for the operation."

Headley was at Chicago airport, preparing to take a flight to Philadelphia and then to Pakistan, where he planned to meet Kashmiri again when he was arrested by FBI agents on October 3, 2009.

He subsequently pleaded guilty and is expected to be the star prosecution witness against Rana.

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/ilyas-kashmiri-may-succeed-osama-us-officials/151946-2.html

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No concrete evidence to prove Ishrat's terror link: MHA

13 MAY 2011

AHMEDABAD: The Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) on Thursday informed the Gujarat high court that there was no evidence gathered about Ishrat Jahan being a terrorist in the interrogation of double agent David Coleman Headley by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

There were news reports last year stating that NIA claimed to have gathered certain information regarding Ishrat Jahan during the interrogation of Headley after his arrest by the US. The NIA leak was that Headley confirmed that Ishrat was a terrorist and on rolls of a Pakistan-based terror outfit.

In a letter faxed from the MHA to the assistant solicitor general (ASG), it was clearly mentioned that the claim made regarding Headley making statement on Ishrat Jahan is purely in the nature of hearsay. It does not have any evidentiary value. The copy of this letter was handed over to the court with the ASG informing the court that he has instructions from the MHA that the US had granted conditional access to Headley and that the information gathered during his interrogation is highly confidential. The lawyer said that if the high court wanted more information, the Centre could provide it in a sealed cover.

After confirming from Special Investigation Team (SIT) whether it had received what it wanted, the high court put an end to this issue.

Meanwhile, SIT sent a couple of teams of subordinate police officers to the states of Jammu & Kashmir and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh to find out whether the four persons killed in the encounter had any terrorist connections. Sources said that the teams have found nothing in this regard. Not only that SIT has got nothing to establish that Ishrat and other Indian member Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai were terrorists, but also no information could be gathered on terror links of two alleged Pakistani youths - Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar.

Sources in the SIT also said that it had sought dossiers of all four persons from respective states, but the response in this regard is also negative.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/No-concrete-evidence-to-prove-Ishrats-terror-link-MHA/articleshow/8286572.cms

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Taliban claim attacks as revenge for Osama

May 13, 2011

MIRANSHAH: The Pakistani Taliban on Friday claimed deadly bombings that killed 70 people, calling it the first revenge for the death of Osama bin Laden and threatened bigger attacks to come.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15469

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Over 50 men martyred as bombs hit training centre: Peshawar police

May 13, 2011

PESHAWAR: More than 50 people were killed Friday when twin suicide bombs attack targeted paramilitary police as they were about to be bussed home on leave from a training centre, police said.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15466

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US not planning to stop aid to Pakistan, says ties are ‘critical’

May 13, 2011

After the sabre-rattling of the past 10 days following the commando operation against Osama bin Laden, the United States has signalled its intent to move towards easing tensions with Pakistan, even while seeking an explanation from it on how the Al Qaeda chief managed to hide in plain sight for so many years.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/338205/US-not-planning-to-stop-aid-to-Pakistan-says-ties-are-%E2%80%98critical%E2%80%99.html

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At last! Libyan rebels retake Misrata after 60 days

May 13, 2011

LIBYAN rebels celebrated on Thursday after driving Muammar Gaddafi’s forces out of the port city of Misrata, as Tripoli came under air attack.

The airport of Libya’s thirdlargest city fell to the rebels on Wednesday after long and intense fighting, a correspondent said. Misrata had been under siege by loyalist forces for almost two months.

Full report at:

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=1352011

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Indian agencies had inputs showing Osama was in Pak custody since 2002

May 13, 2011

NEW DELHI: Indian intelligence agencies had several inputs in 2002-03 that now look credible in hindsight. These inputs had clearly indicated that Osama bin Laden was in the custody of the Pakistan army and that he underwent some kind of treatment in Karachi, sources here said.

The well established scepticism about their own abilities and disinterest in looking beyond Pakistan-based anti-India terror groups may have prevented Indian intelligence agencies from picking up the credible trail on the al-Qaida chief, they said.

"In hindsight, I think we were on a very credible trail, but we didn't work on it," said a senior officer who claimed he was aware of intercepts obtained by Signal Intelligence, a tri-service intelligence organisation known for its technical capabilities, several months after the US operations began in Afghanistan. He said there were "more than a couple of inputs" showing that Osama was in the custody of Pakistan military and was very much in the country.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indian-agencies-had-inputs-showing-Osama-was-in-Pak-custody-since-2002/articleshow/8282264.cms

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Security tightened for US Navy SEALs: Gates

May 13, 2011

WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that the US Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden will receive an upgrade in security over concerns that the commandos and their families may be subject to threats by terrorists.

The sensational murder of bin Laden has sparked an immense wave of media attention upon the US Special Forces team, as well as dozens of calls for retaliation by groups sympathetic to al Qaeda.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15462

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US officials quiz Osama bin Laden's wives

May 13, 2011

NEW YORJ: The US intelligence officers reportedly have interrogated the three of Osama bin Laden's wives under the supervision of Pakistani intelligence service.

The women - who were all interviewed together - were "hostile" towards the Americans, CNN reported on its website, citing US and Pakistani sources.

Members of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence were in the room along with the US intelligence officers, the officials told CNN.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15470

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Osama intel came from CIA detainee Hassan Ghul

May 13, 2011

WASHINGTON: The real breakthrough that led to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden came from a mysterious CIA detainee, Hassan Ghul, according to a Reuters special report published on Thursday.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15464

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Israel army admits using dogs against Palestinians

May 13, 2011

HELD AL QUDS: Israel's army is using attack dogs to stop Palestinians trying to damage the West Bank separation barrier in order to illegally enter Israel through the gaps, the military admitted on Thursday.

An army statement said that in the past few years, a stretch of the barrier in the southern West Bank had been purposely damaged "to permit the passage of terrorists into Israel" in a move which endangers Israeli lives.

"In order to prevent damage to the security fence, the IDF (army) uses a number of different measures, including the canine unit and its trained dogs, while taking appropriate precautionary measures to avoid unnecessary injury," it said.

"The use of dogs actually limits bodily injuries and obviates the use of other measures," the statement said.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15445

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Cameron invites Libyan rebels to open London office

May 13, 2011

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday invited the Libyan rebel council to open an office in London, after talks with its leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil.

"The government is today inviting the council to establish a formal office here in London," Cameron said, referring to the National Transitional Council. If established, it would be the first such office in Europe.     

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15440

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NATO strikes Kadhafi compound after TV appearance

May 13, 2011

TRIPOLI: NATO air strikes hit Moamer Kadhafi's compound Thursday, killing three people, a government spokesman said, hours after the Libyan leader appeared on TV for the first time since a strike killed his son.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15463

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Qaddafi escapes NATO bombing

By JOSEPH LOGAN

May 12, 2011

TRIPOLI: NATO bombed Muammar Qaddafi's compound Thursday, hours after the Libyan leader ended doubt about his fate by making his first television appearance since another airstrike killed his son nearly two weeks ago.

The leader of the opposition seeking to end Qaddafi's 41-year rule visited London to drum up aid for his movement. The White House said a senior opposition delegation would be received for the first time in Washington Friday.

Anti-government forces are in control of the east of the country, while Qaddafi's forces control the capital Tripoli and nearly all of the west.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article398384.ece

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Razak visit to fortify Saudi-Malaysia partnership

By GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN

May 12, 2011

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Malaysia are poised to become “strong global partners” with a vision to restoring peace and security in the Arab world, Asia and the world at large.

“The visit of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to the Kingdom on Friday will further strengthen this partnership and boost bilateral links in different fields, including politics and economy,” said Malaysian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Syed Omar M. Al-Saggaff.

Al-Saggaff said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah would hold talks with Razak and discuss ways to promote substantive cooperation between the two countries in various fields, including trade, technology and energy.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article398459.ece

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Osama plotted till last moments, reveal handwritten journals

May 13, 2011

Forced into deep cover by relentless US pressure and his dreaded group fragmenting, slain Osama bin Laden was planning attacks on America and Europe till his last moments, Al Qaeda chief’s hand-written journals seized from his Abbottabad hideout have revealed.

Not only was he plotting fresh strikes, but was also in touch with his top operational commanders through human couriers, contrary to earlier intelligence estimates of bin Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/338200/Osama-plotted-till-last-moments-reveal-handwritten-journals.html

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Indian PM sees opportunity of  change after bin Laden’s death

May 13, 2011

KABUL: India’s prime minister called Osama bin Laden’s death an opportunity for the region to unify Thursday and pledged support for Afghanistan, which has long been caught in the middle of the power struggle between his country and rival Pakistan.

Manmohan Singh’s first visit in six years appeared to signal that India sees an opportunity to pull Afghanistan closer to its side as Islamabad’s precarious relationship with the US is further strained by the bin Laden strike.

But Singh walked a cautious line between showing support for Afghanistan and trying to assuage any fears in Pakistan that he was enlisting Afghan President Hamid Karzai against India’s longtime rival.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/13/indian-pm-sees-change-after-bin-laden%E2%80%99s-death.html

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Pakistan’s senior military officer cancels visit to USA

May 13, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s senior military officer, General Khalid Shameem Wynne, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Friday cancelled a scheduled visit to the United States, a military official said.

Alluding to the fallout from a unilateral US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on May 2, the senior official told AFP the visit had been cancelled “in view of the prevailing environment”.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/13/pakistan%E2%80%99s-senior-military-officer-cancels-visit-to-us.html

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US lawmakers see Osama pictures

By Anwar Iqbal

May 13, 2011

WASHINGTON: “Yes, it’s Osama bin Laden and he has been killed,” was what those US lawmakers said who visited the CIA headquarters on Thursday to see the Al Qaeda leader’s pictures.

“My first thought was, this was Osama bin Laden,” said Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger after seeing the pictures.

The top-ranking Democrat on the House Select Committee on Intelligence is among those who are against releasing the photos to the media. “Absolutely, no question about it, I’ve already seen them. That was him. He’s gone. He’s history,” said Senator Jim Inhofe, a Republican.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/13/us-lawmakers-see-osama-pictures.html

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Bin Laden’s death not an assassination: US A-G

May 13, 2011

A day after Osama bin Laden’s sons demanded a UN probe into the circumstances in which their father was gunned down, US Attorney General Eric Holder has asserted that it was not a case of “assassination”.

In an interview to BBC, Holder maintained that the US commandoes were on a “kill or capture mission”, so they would have readily captured him alive if only he had surrendered.

The operation was very much legal, he said, pointing out that international law allows the targeting of enemy commanders.

The commandoes from the US’s elite Navy SEALs acted “in an appropriate way” in the absence of any clear indication that bin Laden was going to surrender, Holder said, adding: “If the possibility had existed, if there was the possibility of a feasible surrender, that would have occurred.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/338208/Bin-Laden%E2%80%99s-death-not-an-assassination-US-A-G.html

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Osama plot: 9/11-type strike in smaller cities like LA

May 13, 2011

LONDON: Al-Qaida chief Osama Bin Laden's handwritten journal, which was seized by US Special Forces during the May 2 raid on his hideout in Pakistan's Abbottabad city, reveals that he wanted another terror attack on the scale of 9/11 to force the US out of the Middle East.

The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshawar.

The journal was part of a huge cache of intelligence that included about 100 flash drives and five computers taken by a US Navy Seals assault team after they swept through the Abbottabad compound. The al-Qaida chief's written record takes readers inside the mind of America's greatest enemy, the Daily Mail reports.

In it, he directed al-Qaida operatives to not only focus on New York City, but also spread their operations to target smaller cities such as Los Angeles. The discovery shatters previously-held beliefs that bin Laden was acting simply as al-Qaida's spiritual leader rather than its operational chief, the report said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Osama-plot-9/11-type-strike-in-smaller-cities-like-LA/articleshow/8286027.cms

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Secret journal reveals Osama’s sinister schemes

May 13, 2011

IT MAY be the most valuable find of all — a written record that takes readers inside the mind of Osama bin Laden.

The slain al- Qaeda chief’s handwritten journal has been found at the Pakistan compound where he was killed in a dramatic US raid more than a week ago.

He was also in touch with his top operational commanders through human couriers, contrary to earlier intelligence reports of bin Laden being cut off and isolated from the terror frontline. American intelligence officials said bin Laden had never lost control of his terror group. The discovery shatters previously held beliefs that bin Laden was a “' has been” — acting simply as al- Qaeda’s spiritual leader rather than its operational chief.

Until Navy Seals killed him a week ago, bin Laden dispensed chilling advice to the leaders of al- Qaeda groups from Yemen to London.

Full report at:

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=1352011

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Al Qaeda threatens Obama’s Kenyan step-grandmother

US President Barack Obama’s step-grandmother in Kenya, Sarah Hussein Obama, has received a personal threat from an African branch of Al Qaeda following the killing of Osama bin Laden, ABC News reported on Thursday.

Citing a Kenyan police official, the network said the threat has been issued by by Al Shabaab, the Somalia-based branch of Al Qaeda, adding security has been beefed up

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/338198/Al-Qaeda-threatens-Obama%E2%80%99s-Kenyan-step-grandmother.html

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US senator describes 'gruesome' Osama bin Laden photos

May 13, 2011

WASHINGTON: A Republican who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee viewed the death photos of Osama bin Laden on Wednesday and said the pictures -- some gruesome -- leave no doubt the al-Qaida leader is dead.

"Absolutely no question about it. A lot of people out there say 'I want to see the pictures' but I've already seen them. That was him. He's gone. He's history," James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, said on CNN.

Inhofe said he saw 15 photographs, nine taken at the scene of the May 2 raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan; three from the USS Vinson, where bin Laden's body was prepared for burial at sea; and three older photographs to compare for positive identification.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-senator-describes-gruesome-Osama-bin-Laden-photos/articleshow/8269759.cms

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PM rules out Osama- type operation in Pak

May 13, 2011

PRIME Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday called for a thorough investigation into the presence of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, but ruled out a UStype operation by India to eliminate Pakistan- based terrorists wanted by it.

“ One needs to go for a thorough investigation into the presence of Osama bin Laden for such a long time on the soil of Abbottabad,” he said at a joint press conference in Kabul with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Full report at:

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=1352011

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Qatar quits Gulf Yemen plan due to delays, violence

May 13, 2011

SANAA/TAIZ: Qatar on Thursday pulled out of a Gulf-brokered plan to ease Yemen’s president from power, leaving a deal to end months of violent protests against Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule close to collapse.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article399646.ece

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‘Diversified private sector to create more Saudi jobs’

By KHALIL HANWARE

May 12, 2011

JEDDAH: The global economy is passing through a period of uncertainty. In reality, the direction of the global economy is always uncertain. When everybody starts to agree that things are good then it is time to sell. When everybody agrees that things are bad then it is time to buy. We have seen such situations in the past four years, according to Richard Banks, director, Middle East, Euromoney Conferences.

"The global economy will fluctuate," he said in an interview with Arab News. "It's what markets do. Events, technology, innovation, demographics and more will influence those fluctuations in ways nobody can predict. We need, all of us, to accept that life and economies are uncertain and devise stable ways of dealing with that uncertainty. Hoping that a unified global economic direction will become apparent over a time period of less than a decade is unrealistic."

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/economy/article398067.ece

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Charge up to overcome obstacles, Saudi women told

By DIANA AL-JASSEM

May 12, 2011

JEDDAH: Saudi women gathered Thursday at Jeddah's Dar Al-Hekma College to share experiences and obstacles they have faced in their careers and lives.

The discussion, titled “Charge Up Your Life,” was attended by Saudi women who have excelled academically and professionally.

The forum was held for the third time under the supervision of Princess Sita bint Abdullah and was organized by Orbits of Development for Empowerment Consultants (ODECO).

Lamia Qazza, a member of the Dar Al-Hekma faculty, welcomed participants.

“Our aim is to support the Saudi woman and boost her role in the international and local scenes,” she said. “This can be done by offering job opportunities for women and launching academic programs that gather both international experts and skillful Saudi women.”

Hana'a Jamjoum, deputy student affairs coordinator at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, spoke to the audience about the changes that have occurred recently in lives of Saudi women.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article398452.ece

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HRC holds programs to raise awareness on women’s rights

By MUNEERA AL-MATROUK

May 12, 2011

JEDDAH: Fathiya Al-Qurashi, supervisor of the women’s branch of the Human Rights Commission, has said that her office had organized a number of lectures at schools, universities and district centers to enhance public awareness about human rights.

“We have to improve understanding in order change attitude and behaviors and stop violation of human rights,” she said. “We have implemented a number of programs to change some wrong concepts that go against the teachings of Islam.”

Al-Qurashi said the branch also set up a training center at its office to conduct specialized training programs regularly targeting specific groups. Omar Al-Kholi of King Abdulaziz University, who is a legal consultant for the commission and various ministries, conducted a training course titled “Legal Dimensions of Social Issues.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article398415.ece

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Plan for new airport in Jeddah augurs well for development

By NAJMUN NOOR

May 12, 2011

The good news about the new airport at Jeddah is a much heralded rejuvenation for a number of reasons. Traffic demand had long justified the need for the projected increased capacity. As much the expansion is a gift from the king, it is also the equivalent of a stamp of approval of the consistency in growth of commercial aviation in the region.

The Kingdom has already secured its rightful place as a benevolent leader in the league of nations. The reverence in the minds of Muslims worldwide will continue to hold high in esteem of the land of the Two Holy Mosques. Through the development of Jeddah as an ideal hub and nucleus of international air traffic, this is truly a fitting carryover and continuation of the aforementioned reverence that Muslims all over hold dearly.

As Muslims cherish a visit to the blessed land, the expectation is that such journeys, arguably the only one visit for many in their lifetime, will be seamless and joyous. This expectation is also consistent with the high position that the holy land and the Two Holy Mosques are identified with.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article398474.ece

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No Saudi casualty in Lorca quake

By ARAB NEWS

May 12, 2011

MADRID: No Saudi was killed or injured in the earthquake that struck the Spanish city of Lorca, the Saudi embassy in Spain said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency  on Thursday.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article398527.ece

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Abha chamber of Commerce finds work for 586 Saudis

By GHADAH SALEH

May 12, 2011

ABHA: The Abha Chamber of Commerce and Industry Wednesday conducted a number of personal interviews for 586 vacant private-sector jobs for young Saudis.

The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) and the local labor office participated in the interviews that coincided with the Annual Occupation Day job fair.

Establishments participating in the day include Arabian Al-Oud Company, Saudi German Hospital, Humaidan Al-Khuwaitir Company, Al-Siraie Company, Saeed Al-Bassami Company, Al-Rashid Company and Al-Maghrabi Eye Hospital. The jobs being offered by these companies included security personnel, salesmen and cashiers.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article398463.ece

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Court may rule on US stand on Jerusalem

By BARBARA FERGUSON & TIM KENNEDY

May 12, 2011

WASHINGTON: The long-simmering issue over whether Israel’s capital is officially in Jerusalem — a diplomatic precedent that would effectively enable the Jewish state to annex the disputed city — is now being considered by America’s highest court.

The case, involving a young Israeli-American, could serve as a landmark in Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article398378.ece

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Fatah official warns Israel of another intifada

By MOHAMMED MAR’I

May 12, 2011

RAMALLAH: A senior Fatah official on Thursday warned Israel that the Palestinian Authority (PA) will not be able to stop a third intifada in response to stalled peace process.

Abbas Zaki, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee, told the Israeli Army Radio that the Palestinians may launch a third intifada during the commemoration of the Nakba (catastrophe) Day, the day when Israel was established in 1948. The Palestinians are planning massive rallies on Sunday to mark the occasion.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article398369.ece

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Revealed: How terror boss used e-mail without being detected

May 13, 2011

WASHINGTON: Osama Bin Laden was a prolific e-mail writer who built a painstaking system that kept him one step ahead of the US government’s best eavesdroppers despite having no Internet access in his hideout.

His methods, described in new detail to The Associated Press by a counterterrorism official and a second person briefed on the US investigation, served him well for years and frustrated Western efforts to trace him through cyberspace. The arrangement allowed Bin Laden to stay in touch worldwide without leaving any digital fingerprints behind.

The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive intelligence analysis.

Bin Laden’s system was built on discipline and trust. But it also left behind an extensive archive of e-mail exchanges for the US to scour. The trove of electronic records pulled out of his compound after he was killed last week is revealing thousands of messages and potentially hundreds of e-mail addresses, the AP has learned.

Holed up in his walled compound in northeast Pakistan with no phone or Internet capabilities, Bin Laden would type a message on his computer without an Internet connection, then save it using a thumb-sized flash drive. He then passed the flash drive to a trusted courier, who would head for a distant Internet cafe.

At that location, the courier would plug the memory drive into a computer, copy Bin Laden’s message into an e-mail and send it. Reversing the process, the courier would copy any incoming e-mail to the flash drive and return to the compound, where Bin Laden would read his messages offline.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article398491.ece

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Legal battle ends as Demjanjuk gets 5 years for Nazi camp deaths

May 13, 2011

MUNICH: Retired US autoworker John Demjanjuk was convicted of thousands of counts of acting as an accessory to murder at a Nazi death camp and sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison — closing one chapter in a decades-long legal battle.

Demjanjuk was found guilty of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder, one for each person who died during the time he was ruled to have been a guard at the Sobibor camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Presiding Judge Ralph Alt said the 91-year-old was a piece of the Nazis’ “machinery of destruction.” “The court is convinced that the defendant ... served as a guard at Sobibor from 27 March 1943 to mid September 1943,” Alt said, closing a trial that has lasted nearly 18 months.

Demjanjuk sat in a wheelchair in front of the judges as they announced their verdict, but showed no reaction. He earlier declined the opportunity to make a final statement to the court.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article398518.ece

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US panel limits Obama’s authority on nukes

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

May 12, 2011

WASHINGTON: A US congressional panel approved a defense bill early Thursday that would delay President Barack Obama’s new policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military and limit his authority on slashing the nation’s nuclear arsenal and implement a US-Russia arms control treaty overwhelmingly approved by the Senate last December.

By a vote of 60-1, the House Armed Services Committee approved the broad, $553 billion defense blueprint that would provide a 1.6 percent increase in military pay, fund an array of aircraft, ships and submarines, slightly increase health care fees for working-age retirees and meet the Pentagon’s request for an additional $118 billion to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article397731.ece

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Bahrain military chief says Gulf troops to stay on

May 12, 2011

MANAMA, Bahrain: The head of Bahrain’s military says a Saudi-led force brought in to deal with anti-government protests will remain in the country even after emergency rule is lifted next month.

The commander, Sheik Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, is also warning of harsh retaliation if protesters return to the streets.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article397401.ece

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Syria set for more protests despite clampdown

13 May 2011

PM Regime opponents vowed to stage rallies which Syria’s embattled President Bashar Al Assad ordered troops not to fire on, even as his forces mounted a sweeping arrest campaign.

Russia cautioned against foreign intervention in Syria that could repeat the “Libya scenario,” after the United States warned Assad’s regime would face more international pressure over its bloody crackdown on protests.

A leading activist, writer Louai Hussein, said the protests would go ahead as usual after weekly prayers on Friday after Assad’s office promised him that security forces would not shoot at demonstrators.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/May/middleeast_May305.xml&section=middleeast

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Bin Laden death unlikely to weaken Taliban

13 May 2011

The death of Osama bin Laden is unlikely to undermine the Pakistan Taliban, despite Al Qaeda’s links with the militants, and it may even embolden the fighters battling to bring the nuclear-armed state down.

In the decade that the world’s most-wanted man was underground, Al Qaeda established deep ties with militants in the Pashtun tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, including the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Pakistani Taliban, who claimed allegiance to bin Laden.

TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said this week that ties between the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Pakistan were unshaken and revenge would be exacted for bin Laden’s death at the hand of US  commandos.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/May/international_May610.xml&section=international

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Taliban claim attacks as revenge for bin Laden

13 May 2011

MIRANSHAH — The Pakistani Taliban on Friday claimed deadly bombings that killed 70 people, calling it the first revenge for the death of Osama bin Laden and threatened bigger attacks to come.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/May/international_May604.xml&section=international


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