President Donald Trump will outline plans for stepped up operations against Islamic terrorism in his speech to Congress tonight, and is expected to disclose newly obtained intelligence gathered during a recent commando raid in Yemen.
While the Islamic State has lured the United States and its Western partners into a protracted war in Iraq and Syria, al Qaeda has been quietly rebuilding its capacity to strike America, several terrorism experts testified Tuesday.
Yemen’s foreign minister has ordered a “reassessment” of the American raid that killed several civilians and a Navy SEAL last month, rejecting reports that the country had suspended U.S. ground operations.
U.S. intelligence agencies recently uncovered new information indicating the al Qaeda terrorist group continues to plan for conducting terrorist attacks around the world.
A U.S. commando was killed in Yemen on Sunday during a raid authorized by President Donald Trump targeting al Qaeda militants.
The first drone strikes launched under the Trump administration over the weekend killed three alleged al Qaeda militants in Yemen, according to local security and tribal officials.
Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, psychologist and U.S. Air Force veteran Dr. James Mitchell was called back to national service. Along with a partner, Bruce Jessen, he was tasked with developing the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques, or EITs. Designed to elicit time-sensitive intelligence from hardened al Qaeda leaders, the EITs later became immersed in controversy. In 2014, Senate Democrats released a report accusing Mitchell of torturing suspects with EITs and producing no results.
U.S. intelligence has alerted joint terrorism task forces that al Qaeda could be planning terror attacks in three states for the day before the election, CBS News reports.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) confirmed the Senate will vote on Wednesday to override President Obama’s veto of legislation that would allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia over its alleged links to terrorism.
U.S. authorities investigated on Wednesday whether anyone helped an Afghan-born American citizen charged with carrying out bombings in New York and New Jersey, while the city’s top federal public defender asked for access to the man.