Entries in Terrorist Attacks (2)


US-Born Radical Cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki Killed

ABC News(SANA'A, Yemen) -- Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born, Yemen-based radical cleric and al Qaeda recruiter who's tied to several terror attacks, was killed in Yemen overnight, ABC News confirmed Friday.

A senior U.S. official told ABC News the U.S. had been tracking al-Awlaki for some time and had just been waiting for the perfect moment to strike.  A Yemeni official said al-Awlaki was killed in the south of the country along with an unknown number of al Qaeda confederates.

Al-Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico, has long been of interest to American law enforcement authorities because of his apparent ties to several of the 9/11 hijackers.

The AQAP (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) operative has also been linked to the November 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas that left 13 people dead and wounded more than 30 others, the attempted Christmas Day "underwear" bombing of Northwest Flight 253 in 2009, and the unsuccessful Times Square bombing in New York last year.

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Terrorist Attacks Flourish Along Israeli Borders

An Israeli mourner cries during the funeral of a 22-year-old soldier at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem on August 19, 2011. Eight Israelis were killed in a string of attacks in the south of the country, prompting a series of Israeli air strikes targeting a Gaza group it said was responsible. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- A string of terrorist attacks that left eight Israelis dead has sparked a new cycle of violence along Israel's southern border.

Israeli air strikes have claimed seven Palestinian lives. The Israeli army says it targeted a group called the Popular Resistance Committee which it believes was responsible for Thursday's deadly attacks. Some of its members are reportedly among the dead. In response, Gaza militants have fired over 10 rockets on cities in southern Israel, wounding seven.  Many Israelis are still reeling from the terrorist attacks.

The fact that the Palestinian militants entered Israel from the Sinai Peninsula has confirmed Israeli security officials worst fears that the border with Egypt is no longer secure.  Lawlessness has increased since the revolution and the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.  

Israel made an allowance in its treaty with Egypt and allowed the Egyptian army into the border area just last week to root out suspected Islamic militants.  Egyptian intelligence officials say some of the groups are linked to al Qaeda and are responsible for the recent attacks on the natural gas pipeline.  But Israeli officials now say they can't rely on Egyptian security forces. There's already talk of increasing Israel's military presence along the border and moving forward with plans to build a barrier.  

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