April 29, 2012 - Once again, American leaders find themselves preparing for the possibility of a terrorist attack.
U.S. intelligence officials say al Qaeda is seeking to take revenge for the killing of their leader, Osama bin Laden. Consequently, implementing extra security measures both in America and overseas.
"I think the major issue for al Qaeda is to do something, to prove that they're still alive, to do some fairly major event or series of attacks that prove that they're not down, they're not out," counter-terrorism expert Richard Clarke said.
President Obama has been briefed about possible al Qaeda plans for retaliation for bin Laden's death.
Officials say they don't have specific information about an imminent strike, but al Qaeda's top bomb maker, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, has just re-surfaced in Yemen.
Al-Asiri is believed to be responsible for the attempted 2009 "underwear bomb" attack as well as the bombs hidden in printers that al Qaeda tried to ship to Chicago in 2010. American intelligence officials say he could be building more bombs to use against the United States.
"It doesn't take a great number of people to do the kind of attack that we had on September 11," Clarke explained. "That was less than two dozen people and it's clear that they have that number available in places like Yemen today."
Meanwhile, the Obama administration is stepping up the fight against al Qaeda in Yemen, giving the go-ahead for expanded drone attacks against targets there.
In a change in U.S. policy, officials now say individuals who are planning attacks against the United States will be targeted, even if they can't be identified by name. The attacks will be carried out only with Yemeni government approval.
This comes after one State Department official recently told the National Journal, "the war on terror is over."
The source said the Obama administration believes radical Muslims may see the Arab Spring as a new outlet for their Islamism.
Threats of a revenge attack have been monitored by the U.S. ever since the raid last year on bin Laden's compound. Papers were found in his home with repeated references to the importance of attacks that coincide with anniversaries.
Adnan Rashid Responds to Richard Dawkins, AronRa & PZ Myers regarding Chance vs Design, Reason and Logic, Noah's Flood, Embryology and Islamic Sharia Law
WATCH: iERA engages with PZ Myers, AronRa & Richard Dawkins at the World Atheist Convention:
iERA engages with Prof. PZ Myers, AronRa, Maryam Namazie and Richard Dawkins at the World Atheist Convention in Dublin, Ireland, June 2011
Senior researcher and lecture Hamza Andreas Tzortzis challenges Professor PZ Myers on God's existence and the Qur'an. See 00:40
Hamza Andreas Tzortzis talks to AronRa on human intellect and thought. See 23:00
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Lecturer Adnan Rashid challenges Maryam Namazie on Islamic law. See 29:10
Hamza Andreas Tzortzis challenges Richard Dawkins on the fine-tuning of the universe.See 32:32
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Two Palestinians were found dead after an overnight Israeli air strike on Gaza strip on Monday. The strike was targeting militant groups and came two days after Israeli rocket attacks and airstrikes on an Islamic Jihad training camp that killed 6 members of the group.
The Israeli military said in a statement that Monday's airstrike was in response to a rocket that been fired into Israel by what it said was a Palestinian militant group.
Palestinian security officials said the two bodies found at the scene of the attack were dressed in the uniform of al-Ahrar, or "The Free People," a group with little ties to Gaza's armed Hamas rulers. The men were unarmed and no rocket launchers were found in the area.
Escalating violence between Israel and Gaza's armed groups raged over the weekend. Ten fighters and an Israeli civilian were reportedly dead in an exchange of rockets and airstrikes. Most of the violence this weekend has been between Israel and Islamist Jihad, an Iranian-backed group.
Meanwhile, Hamas has denied being part of any relation to the attack saying its fighters were not responsible for the recent violence.
Israel, however, says it holds the group accountable for attacks from Gaza.
Hamas, which overran Gaza in June 2007, lost hundreds of men in a fierce Israeli war three years ago and has since largely tried to maintain calm.
by: Ikram Al Yacob,
Al Arabiya with Agencies
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The Israeli military on Friday targeted what it says was a cell responsible for firing rockets near Gaza area settlements on Wednesday with an air strike. The air strike hit a training ground used by Islamic Jihad fighters near central Gaza, Palestinian security sources said. One man was killed and at least another was injured. Source: AFP, Ynet News
Israeli air strikes on Gaza have killed at least ten Palestinians, in response to rocket attacks on the Jewish state that left one dead. It's the worst outbreak of violence in weeks, following a successful prisoner swap deal between Tel Aviv and Hamas. RT's Paula Slier reports from Israel.
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The UN declared a drought in parts of Somalia in July, following failure of rains across East Africa, which left over 12 million people in need of emergency assistance.
In the six months since the declaration, thanks to your continued support, Islamic Relief has been implementing a £22 million emergency relief programme, supporting over 1 million people with food assistance and over 400,000 people with clean drinking water.
China has criticized the European Union's new unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran as blind pressure and unconstructive.
"To blindly pressure and impose sanctions on Iran are not constructive approaches," the Chinese foreign ministry said Thursday in reaction to EU's recent measure against Iran over the country's nuclear program.
A message to support the Uprising in Syria from two young children in UK - Background Nasheed [Mishary Alafasy Al Sham-Syria]
Please join the protest in London details below:
Saturday 18th February 2012 - 2pm
Nearest tube: Edgware Road Station
Gather at Paddington Green, near A40 flyover.
March will proceed down Edgware Road and conclude at the Syrian Embassy
STAND by our brothers & sisters in their time of need
SUPPORT their stance to remove the tyrant regime using people power, relying on Allah alone, not the colonial powers
OPPOSE sectarian divisions that plays into the regime's hands
CALL for the sincere people in the armed forces to stand with the Ummah against Assad & the whole regime