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WNYC News

Former al-Qaida Spokesman Gets Life in Prison

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Kuwaiti imam Sulaiman Abu Ghaith became the voice of al-Qaida recruitment videotapes after the Sept. 11 attacks.

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WNYC News

Son-In-Law of Osama Bin Laden Convicted

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WNYC

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, has been convicted of conspiring to kill Americans by serving as al-Qaida's spokesperson after the September 11th attacks.

The verdict was returned Wednesday in federal court in lower Manhattan. The Kuwaiti clergyman could face life in prison.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jury Convicts Osama bin Laden's Son-In-Law

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Manhattan jury has convicted Sulaiman Abu Ghaith of aiding al Qaeda in the wake of 9/11. Speaking on the Brian Lehrer Show this morning (before a verdict), Karen Greenberg of Fordham discussed how this trial has set a precedent for trying accused terrorists in civilian courts.

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WNYC News

Feds: Abu Ghaith Used "Murderous" Words in Wake of 9/11

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

WNYC

In their opening statements Wednesday, federal prosecutors said the alleged al-Qaida spokesman used "murderous power of his words" to help Osama bin Laden publicize the attacks of September 11 and strengthen the terror network.

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WNYC News

Highlighted in Terror Case, Cuts Felt in City’s Federal Courts

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The request by the lawyer for Osama bin Laden's son-in-law to delay his terror trial because of mandatory furloughs of federal lawyers brought on by the sequester is just a portion of the difficulties facing the city’s federal courts, officials say. 

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The Takeaway

Actor Explains How He Portrayed Bin Laden in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Osama bin Laden first appeared on the FBI Most Wanted list in 1999. Following the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, every American knew his name, and he represented America's ultimate villain, and our number one target. In "Zero Dark Thirty," actor Ricky Sekhon had the challenge of playing Osama bin Laden.

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The Takeaway

Zero Dark Thirty and the Depiction of Torture

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Katherine Bigelowe’s latest film "Zero Dark Thirty" comes out in limited release this week, but critics have already honed in on what’s become the film’s most controversial talking point: its depiction of torture. Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School and editor of “The Torture Papers," explains.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mark Bowden on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mark Bowden, chronicler of our military and special forces, gives the account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, he tells the story in The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden. Bowden describes the development of a new tactical strategy to fight al Qaeda, how the right weapon to go after bin Laden evolved, how intelligence led to a compound in Abbottabad, and how the Navy SEALS carried out their mission.

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The Takeaway

Navy SEAL Dishes on Osama bin Laden Raid

Friday, August 24, 2012

A new book set to be released on September 11th tells the blow-by-blow account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and its author is reportedly a Seal Team Six member who was on the mission.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Peter Bergen gives an account of the decade-long hunt for the world's most wanted man. In Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden—from 9/11 to Abbottabad, he gives new details of bin Laden’s flight after the defeat of the Taliban. As the only journalist to gain access to bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound before the Pakistani government demolished it, Bergen paints a vivid picture of bin Laden’s life in hiding and his struggle to maintain control of al-Qaeda.

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The Takeaway

'Manhunt' Examines the Decade-Long Search for Bin Laden

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Just over 15 years ago, Peter Arnett and Peter Bergen traveled to an isolated mud hut in the mountains of Eastern Afghanistan to interview the most notorious terrorist of all time, Osama bin Laden. Bergen, who produced the interview for CNN, has marked the anniversary with a new book that examines the ten-year search for the world’s most wanted man. Peter Bergen is the author of "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden, from Nine-Eleven to Abbottabad."

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Obama Scored Direct Hit with Afghanistan Trip

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

On this historic trip, Obama executed a brilliant judo move that simultaneously took down two effective GOP criticisms of his presidency.

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It's A Free Country ®

On bin Laden Anniversary, Romney and Giuliani Visit 9/11 First Responders

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

A year to the day after a team of Navy SEALs stormed Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, Mitt Romney was visiting firefighters in New York.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Obama Lost the bin Laden High Ground with Romney Attack Ad

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

With this childish attack, camp Obama vomited this absurd speculatory attack at Romney and ceded its some of that high ground.

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The Takeaway

Bin Laden as Political Playing Card

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Catching Bin Laden was the government's foremost security goal since September 11. How much leverage did his death actually give Obama for the upcoming election? And how is Mitt Romney going to fight back? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains Bin Laden's place in the election rhetoric.

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The Takeaway

Bin Laden's Death, One Year Later

Monday, April 30, 2012

Tomorrow will mark the one-year anniversary of the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's complex in Abbottabad, Pakistan. In the immediate aftermath of the al Qaeda leader's death, many wondered how the organization would be affected. Gideon Rose, the editor of Foreign Affairs, illustrates how the group has changed.

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The Takeaway

Details About Osama bin Laden's Nine Years on the Run

Friday, March 30, 2012

New details have come to light about the nine years Osama bin Laden spent on the run in Pakistan after 9/11. We now know he moved among five safe houses and fathered four children, at least two of whom were born in a government hospital. The information has come from a police report by the Dawn newspaper. Mubashir Zaidi is the head of Dawn TV, the Islamabad studio of our partner the BBC.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Is the GOP's Isolationism Here to Stay?

Friday, December 02, 2011

As a proud conservative, I am a firm believer in President Ronald Reagan’s famous 11 Commandment not to speak ill of a fellow Republican. At the same time, I’ve been mulling over a statement made by Texas Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) during a recent presidential debate that has ...

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The Takeaway

Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Resigns

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Former journalist and human rights activist Sherry Rehman has been named as Pakistan's new ambassador to the United States. Rehman will replace Husain Haqqani, who resigned amid accusations he was involved in an effort to engage the U.S. to curb the Army's powers in Pakistan. Haqqani allegedly sent an anonymous memo sent to Admiral Mike Mullen after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistani in May. The memo requested Washington’s help in diminishing the power of the Pakistani army. In recent days, a Pakistani-American businessman has said he was instructed to write the memo by Haqqani. 

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The Takeaway

US and Other Countries Rely More on Drones

Monday, October 10, 2011

The United States military is increasingly relying upon remotely piloted drones to carry out tactical missions in the war in Afghanistan. Other countries, such as Pakistan and Yemen, are also using drones in battle more often. A drone killed the American-born, Yemen-based al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki last month, and before that the United States used them to gather intelligence on Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. With the increasing prevelance of drones, and the fact that they have killed both militants and civilians, some people are worried that a dangerous global drone arms race may be beginning.

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