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Zawahri Most Likely To Succeed Laden PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 May 2011

Egyptian-born doctor and surgeon Ayman al-Zawahri is al Qaeda's second-in-command expected to succeed Osama bin Laden following his killing in a firefight with U.S.forces in Pakistan.

Zawahri has been the brains behind bin Laden and his al Qaeda network, and at times its most public face, repeatedly denouncing the United States and its allies in video messages.

In the latest monitored by the SITE Intelligence Group last month, he urged Muslims to fight NATO and American forces in Libya.

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Laden Death A Political Victory For Obama PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 May 2011

SNAP ANALYSIS

Barack Obama has had many defining moments as U.S. president. The death of Osama bin Laden may become the most significant for him politically.

Obama, a Democrat, announced late on Sunday that U.S. forces had killed the al Qaeda leader and recovered his body. The death handed Obama a major national security victory just as he begins campaigning for re-election in 2012.

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Laden's Wife Not Killed In Raid: Us PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 May 2011

A woman killed during the raid of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan was not his wife and was not used as a human shield by the al Qaeda leader before his death, a US official said on Monday, correcting an earlier description.

John Brennan, President Barack Obama's top counter- terrorism adviser, told reporters earlier that the slain woman had been one of bin Laden's wives and had been used -- perhaps voluntarily -- as a shield during the firefight.

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Pakistan Not Part Of Operation To Kill Laden: Zardari PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 May 2011

Pakistan's president acknowledged for the first time on Tuesday that his security forces were left out of a US operation to kill Osama bin Laden, but he did little to dispel questions over how the al Qaeda leader could live in comfort near Islamabad.

The revelation bin Laden had been holed up in a compound in the military garrison town of Abbottabad, possibly for years, has threatened to worsen US ties with nuclear-armed Pakistan.

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Pakistan Faces Tough Questions Over Laden PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 May 2011

Pakistan faced embarrassing questions from the United States on Monday over how al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was able to hide there in plain view before he was killed by a secret US assault team.

The revelation that bin Laden had been holed up in a compound near Islamabad threatened to exacerbate US tensions with nuclear-armed Pakistan, which had not been told of the raid in advance.

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Gaddafi Presses Offensive After Son Killed PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2011

Muammar Gaddafi pressed an offensive against rebel forces, and his supporters burned Western embassies after the Libyan leader survived a NATO airstrike that officials said killed his son and three grandchildren.

Funerals were expected to be held on Monday, an occasion that might bring an awaited appearance or declaration by Gaddafi who authorities say was in the Tripoli house when it was destroyed by at least three missiles late on Saturday.

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US Issues Travel Alert After Osama Bin Laden Killing PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2011

The State Department on Sunday warned Americans worldwide of "enhanced potential for anti-American violence" following the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

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Instant View: Osama Bin Laden Killed PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2011

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed on Sunday in a firefight with US forces in Pakistan, ending a years-long hunt for the mastermind behind the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

US President Barack Obama announced the news in a speech and said that bin Laden's body had been recovered following the US-led operation near Islamabad.

US stock futures rose about 0.7 percent, US Treasury and gold prices slipped, while the dollar rallied on the news.

COMMENTS:

Martin Indyk, vice president and director of foreign policy, Brookings Institution, Washington (Indyk is a former US assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs):

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Zawahri, Al Qaeda's No 2 leader PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2011

Egyptian-born doctor and surgeon Ayman al-Zawahri is al Qaeda's No 2 leader likely to succeed Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a US-led operation.

Following are some key facts about Zawahri:

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Osama Bin Laden: 9/11 Author who Defied Bush, Obama PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2011

Challenging the might of the "infidel" United States, Osama bin Laden masterminded the deadliest militant attacks in history and then built a global network of allies to wage a "holy war" intended to outlive him.

The man behind the suicide hijack attacks of Sep 11, 2001, and who US officials said late on Sunday was dead, was the nemesis of former President George W Bush, who pledged to take him "dead or alive" and whose two terms were dominated by a "war on terror" against his al Qaeda network.

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Justice Has Been Done: Obama PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2011

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed Sunday in a firefight with US forces in Pakistan and his body was recovered, President Barack Obama announced Sunday.

"Justice has been done," Obama said in a dramatic, late-night White House speech announcing the death of the elusive mastermind of the Sep 11, 2001, attacks on the New York and Washington.

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Osama Bin Laden is Dead PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2011

Osama Bin Laden is DeadOsama bin Laden is dead and his body has been recovered by US authorities, US officials said on Sunday night.

US President Barack Obama was to make the announcement shortly that after searching in vain for bin Laden since he disappeared in Afghanistan in late 2001, the Saudi-born extremist is dead.

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West will End in 'Dustbin of History': Gaddafi PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Western powers pounding Libya's defences will wind up in the dustbin of history, said leader Muammar Gaddafi as his troops held back rebel advances despite four nights of attacks from the air.

While Western air power has grounded Gaddafi's planes and pushed back his troops and armour from the brink of rebel stronghold Benghazi, disorganised and poorly equipped insurgents have failed to capitalise on the ground and remain pinned down.

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Gaddafi Forces Attack Benghazi PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 March 2011

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces pushed into the rebel-held city of Benghazi on Saturday, defying world demands for an immediate ceasefire and after France's U.N. envoy predicted an imminent military action.

Explosions shook Benghazi while a fighter jet was heard flying overhead, and residents said the eastern rebel stronghold was under attack from Gaddafi's forces.

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Gaddafi's Forces Fight Back, US Mulls Action PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 March 2011

Libyan tanks and warplanes intensified their offensive against rebels on Tuesday, as the United States stressed that any no-fly zone to hobble Muammar Gaddafi's forces had to have global backing.

Rising casualties and threats of hunger and a refugee crisis have increased pressure on foreign governments to act, but many are fearful of moving from sanctions alone to military action.

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US Imposes Sanctions on Gaddafi, Tripoli the Focus PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 February 2011

World powers struggled to find a way to stop Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi lashing out at his people as he clings to power in Tripoli, the last big city where an uprising against his rule has yet to take hold.

US President Barak Obama signed an order prohibiting transactions related to Libya and blocking property, the first major step to isolate the North African leader, who has used army, police and irregular forces to try to crush the protests.

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Pakistan Court Puts Off Decision on US Prisoner PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 February 2011

A Pakistani court on Thursday adjourned until next month a decision on whether an American who killed two local men had diplomatic immunity in a case that has strained ties between Islamabad and Washington.

The Obama administration has piled pressure on leaders in Pakistan, an important US ally against Islamist militants, to arrange for Raymond Davis' release and avoid a precedent being set for trials of US officials abroad.

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Egypt Army Asserts Command PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 February 2011

Egypt's generals are asserting their command over the country following the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, preparing on Monday to ban strikes and to warn they will act against "chaos and disorder."

Having suspended the constitution and dissolved parliament on Sunday, moves welcomed by those who saw both institutions as perverted to Mubarak's personal ends, the armed forces council was planning, a military source said, to issue orders intended to stifle further disruption and get the country back to work.

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Egypt Military Rulers Under Pressure PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 February 2011

Egypt's new military rulers, who have promised to hand power to civilians, are facing impatient protesters who want swift steps to prove their nation is set for democracy after Hosni Mubarak's overthrow.

The nation wakes up to its first working day on Sunday since Mubarak was toppled during the Egyptian weekend, and protest organizers have threatened more rallies if the military fails to meet their demands.

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US and Egypt Square off Over Protesters' Demands PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 February 2011

The government of embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hit back on Wednesday at what it called US attempts to "impose" American will on a loyal Middle East ally, saying rapid reforms would be too risky.

But as pro-democracy protesters consolidated a new encampment around Cairo's parliament building, the White House again said that Egyptian ministers must do more to meet the demands of demonstrators, who want an immediate end to Mubarak's 30 years of one-man rule and sweeping legislative changes.

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Egypt Sees Public Sector Pay Hike PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 February 2011

Hosni Mubarak's government increased pay and pensions for public-sector workers by 15 percent in a desperate bid to return the country to normalcy.

Banks were re-opened, but the stock exchange will not resume trading until Feb 13. It has been closed since Jan 27.

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