March 15th, 2014
05:50 PM ET
1 month ago

Former CIA official calls for release of report on CIA's post-9/11 interrogations

(CNN) - Former CIA Counterterrorism Official Phillip Mudd tells CNN host Michael Smerconish that a controversial report on the CIA’s counter-terrorism activities in the wake of the 9/11 al Qaeda attacks should be made public.

“Those of us who have names or titles in there, it will be a tough time. This is important for the American people to understand this era in American politics and war on terror. If this happens, I think it is okay,” Mudd told Smerconish.

However, Mudd admitted that it may be hard for the public to put the details of the report in the proper context.

“History can remember the facts, history cannot remember the feeling of sitting at that table every night in 2002 and 2003 and saying what's going to happen tomorrow and how do we find out what al Qaeda is up to? You can’t replicate the sense of tension that I remember,” Mudd said on CNN Saturday.

 

 

 


Filed under: Al Qaeda • CIA • Terrorism
December 29th, 2013
01:39 PM ET
4 months ago

Lawmakers react to new Benghazi report

(CNN) – A top Republican and Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee took issue Sunday with a report from The New York Times that states al Qaeda was not involved in the deadly 2012 attack against a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The Times' investigation "turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault," according to the report. "The attack was led, instead, by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO's extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi."
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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Libya • Mike Rogers
August 4th, 2013
02:24 PM ET
9 months ago

Intercepted al Qaeda message led to shuttering embassies, consulates

(CNN) – An intercepted message among senior al Qaeda operatives in the last several days raised alarm bells that led to the closing of embassies and consulates Sunday across the Middle East and North Africa, CNN has learned.

CNN has agreed to a request from an Obama administration official not to publish or broadcast additional details because of the sensitivity of the information.

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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Terrorism
October 23rd, 2012
06:45 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Fact Check: Is al Qaeda's core decimated or is group growing?

(CNN) – During Monday night's foreign-policy focused presidential debate, President Barack Obama made the case that al Qaeda in Pakistan is decimated while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney argued they are on the rise in other countries:

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Filed under: 2012 • Al Qaeda • Fact Check • Pakistan • Presidential Debates
Did the president hit delete on his national security stump speech?
October 17th, 2012
08:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Did the president hit delete on his national security stump speech?

Athens, Ohio (CNN) – A standard line in the president's stump speech that touts his administration's efforts to target al Qaeda has been missing from recent stops, in the wake of the Libya terror attacks.

"I said we'd refocus on the people who actually attacked us on 9/11, and today al Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead," the president has said.
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Filed under: 2012 • Al Qaeda • President Obama • Terrorism
BLITZER'S BLOG: Negotiating with the Taliban
June 23rd, 2011
02:30 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Negotiating with the Taliban

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama says he wants to negotiate a peace settlement with the Taliban, the group in Afghanistan that harbored al Qaeda in the years leading up to 9/11. “So as we strengthen the Afghan government and security forces, America will join initiatives that reconcile the Afghan people, including the Taliban,” he said in his Wednesday evening White House address.

He then spelled out these conditions for such negotiations: “They must be led by the Afghan government, and those who want to be part of a peaceful Afghanistan must break from al Qaeda, abandon violence, and abide by the Afghan constitution.”

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Lawsuit filed over bin Laden death photos
May 13th, 2011
05:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Lawsuit filed over bin Laden death photos

Washington (CNN) - A conservative legal watchdog group has filed the first lawsuit seeking public release of video and photographs of the U.S. military raid and aftermath that left al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden dead.

Judicial Watch is asking the Department of Defense to comply with a Freedom of Information request for the material, especially photos of the September 11 mastermind lying dead on the third floor of his Pakistan hideout. The legal complaint to force compliance was made in federal court in Washington on Friday.

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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Osama bin Laden
Will bin Laden death image silence doubters or fan flames?
May 3rd, 2011
12:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Will bin Laden death image silence doubters or fan flames?

Washington (CNN) - While the White House and the CIA deliberate whether to release a photo of Osama bin Laden's body, there's debate outside the White House on what impact such graphic images might have.

A key counterterrorism adviser to President Barack Obama said that if the White House does decide to release images, it wants to do it in a "thoughtful manner."

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Filed under: 9/11 • Al Qaeda • Osama bin Laden
CNN Poll: Bin Laden killing gives Obama boost on terrorism & Afghanistan approval
May 3rd, 2011
12:32 PM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll: Bin Laden killing gives Obama boost on terrorism & Afghanistan approval

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is seeing a boost in his poll numbers on how he's handling terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan, thanks to his Sunday announcement that Osama bin Laden has been killed, according to a new national survey.

But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday also indicates no large bump in the president's overall approval rating compared to a poll taken over the weekend, but his rating has been trending upward since mid-April.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Al Qaeda • CNN poll • Osama bin Laden • Polls • President Obama
Giuliani heaps congratulations on Obama
May 3rd, 2011
10:53 AM ET
3 years ago

Giuliani heaps congratulations on Obama

(CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani praised President Obama for making the "tough choice" to capture al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

"There was more of a chance that something could go wrong with this operation than something go right with it. There would have been politically safer ways to do it," Giuliani said Monday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." "I think the president took a lot of risk here in the right way."
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Filed under: 9/11 • Al Qaeda • President Obama • Rudy Giuliani • TV-Piers Morgan
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