US spies on citizens and foreigners by tapping into web and phone traffic

Facebook users are spied on

US spies are secretly tapping into servers of nine internet giants including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google in a vast anti- terror sweep targeting foreigners.

Saturday, 8 June, 2013, 5:03am 2 comments

Al-Qaeda poison gas workshops busted, Iraq officials say

Soldiers in gas masks hold chemical bottles. Photo: Reuters

Iraq's defence ministry said it had broken up an al-Qaeda cell that was working to produce poison gas at two locations in the capital for future attacks at home and abroad.

2 Jun 2013 - 7:58am

Talks needed on use of drones

US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama's new counter-terrorism doctrine has run into heavy crossfire. To some Republican opponents, his plan to redefine the global "war on terror" as a more targeted effort to eliminate threats to America is a retreat that underestimates the risk posed by Islamic extremists.

29 May 2013 - 6:16am

Two men appear in British court over diverted Pakistan plane

Police and rescue service vehicles wait at Stansted Airport, England, on Friday, after Pakistan International Airlines flight PK709 bound for Manchester from Lahore, was diverted to Stansted following an incident on board. Photo: AP

Two British men accused of threatening to blow up a Pakistan International Airways (PIA) plane and kill its passengers and crew were remanded in custody following a court hearing on Monday.

27 May 2013 - 9:50pm

British police arrest two men on diverted Pakistan flight

Police officers leave a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft on the tarmac at Stansted Airport, England. Photo: Reuters

Britain scrambled fighter jets on Friday to intercept a commercial airliner carrying more than 300 people from Pakistan, diverting it to an isolated runway at an airport on the outskirts of London and arresting two passengers on suspicion of endangering the aircraft.

25 May 2013 - 2:04am

Fight terror calmly and with justice

Police officers stand guard behind a cordoned off area at a block of flats in Greenwich, a day after the murder of a soldier by two suspected Islamists in the nearby Woolwich district. Photo: AFP

The British security authorities have contained the threat of jihadist-inspired terrorism since the London bombings of July 2005 that killed more than 50 people.

25 May 2013 - 5:27am

China to send more than 500 troops to Mali to contain Islamist militants

A PLA officer at a peacekeeping training centre. Photo: Reuters

China has offered to send more than 500 soldiers to the UN force seeking to contain Islamist militants in Mali in what would be its biggest contribution to UN peacekeeping, diplomats said in New York.

24 May 2013 - 8:58am

US airports to track immigrant departures

Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: Reuters

Electronic systems for tracking departures of immigrants and other foreigners from the United States could be installed at major US airports under a plan approved by a congressional panel this week.

22 May 2013 - 4:35am

Close Guantanamo, a mockery of justice

The exterior of Camp Delta is seen at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay in this file photo. Photo: Reuters

If there is a single affront to human rights in American - one that defines the term un-American - it has to be the Guantanamo Bay military prison. For a decade, admirers and critics of the US alike have condemned it as a mockery of justice that is self-defeating in the fight against terrorism.

8 May 2013 - 3:20am

CIA had Boston suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev put on terror watch list

Tamerlan Tsarnaev (left) and younger brother, Dzhokhar

Both the CIA and the FBI flagged the deceased Boston bombing suspect over possible terror ties, but he slipped through the fingers of investigators, officials have said. The revelations have raised fresh questions over why US authorities did not further investigate Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed during a shootout with police last week, and in doing so possibly prevent the attacks.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:37am

Man who posted online threats to bomb Singapore arrested

Police said they were also investigating a threat to bomb the Singapore Marathon in December.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested in Singapore over an online threat to bomb several locations in the city state in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attack, police said yesterday.

21 Apr 2013 - 8:25am

UAE breaks up ‘al-Qaeda cell’

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have broken up an al-Qaeda cell comprising seven Arabs who were plotting attacks in the Gulf state, an official statement said on Thursday.

The UAE is one of the most stable countries in the Middle East and has so far not seen any attacks by al-Qaeda. It has also been spared in the wave of Arab Spring uprisings.

18 Apr 2013 - 5:37pm

US may use drones on extremists to stop Syria becoming terror haven

A rebel sniper trains his rifle on a Syrian army position through a hole blasted in the wall of a building in Aleppo. Photo: AP

The CIA is secretly targeting Islamic extremists in Syria for possible lethal drone strikes as part of a contingency plan to protect the US and its allies in the event the turmoil there worsens, current and former US officials say.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:22am

Indonesia probes anti-terror police ‘torture’

Detachment 88, set up after the 2002 Bali bombings, has been on the frontline of a crackdown on terrorism that has weakened key militant networks. Photo: AFP

Indonesian police said on Tuesday they would question dozens of anti-terror officers over the alleged torture of militants after a video posted on YouTube showed a suspect being shot and others abused.

5 Mar 2013 - 2:57pm

US killer drones need judicial oversight

Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone attack in Yemen in 2011. Photo: AP

The US still struggles to reconcile security against terrorism with its core democratic values of the rule of law and respect for human rights. A reminder is an operational memo provided to senior members of congressional intelligence committees, lifting a veil of secrecy over the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki in a remote-controlled US drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

9 Feb 2013 - 6:44am