House votes to label Haqqani Network a terrorist organization
Weapons seized from a Haqqani network camp in Afghanistan
July 17th, 2012
11:11 PM ET

House votes to label Haqqani Network a terrorist organization

By Jamie Crawford

The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday calling on the Obama administration to add a Pakistan-based terror group to the list of organizations designated as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO).

"The Haqqani Network is engaged in a reign of terror in Afghanistan and is the single largest threat for IED's our soldiers face in that country," Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement. "They actively plot and kill U.S. and allied soldiers and routinely harm innocent Afghan civilian men, women and children in their path. To better protect the lives of U.S. soldiers, now is the time for action, not simply paperwork and talk. There is no good reason that this group has not yet been designated."

As CNN's Security Clearance reported last week, the administration has already designated members of the Haqqani leadership as terrorists and subjected them to U.S. sanctions. There is some concern designating the entire group could mean labeling Pakistan a state-sponsor of terror at a time when Pakistan's cooperation is needed as combat operations in Afghanistan come to a close in 2014.

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Defense industry group: Big budget cuts mean big job losses
July 17th, 2012
07:56 PM ET

Defense industry group: Big budget cuts mean big job losses

By Mike Mount

More than 2 million jobs could be lost if Congress does not agree on a budget plan by the end of the year, according to a defense industry group's report on a budget bill that would cut total federal spending by more than $1 trillion over the next decade.

The report, released Tuesday by George Mason University and commissioned by the Aerospace Industries Association, a group that lobbies for many companies in the defense industry, estimates that 1.09 million private-sector and federal jobs connected with the Department of Defense would be lost, and nearly as many nondefense jobs.
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July 17th, 2012
01:07 AM ET

Chicago terror suspect’s long road to seeking martyrdom

By Wesley Bruer

An American man's efforts to become a suicide bomber for the Somali al Qaeda affiliate will end next week with an expected guilty plea.

Shaker Masri, 27, a U.S. citizen and Chicago resident, faced two counts of terror-related charges. He opted to plea in lieu of standing trial on September 13.

A close reading of the indictment and other court documents reveal how Masri's plot unfolded.

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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Al-Shabaab • Somalia • Terrorism