China lands first jet on aircraft carrier
November 25th, 2012
12:56 PM ET

China lands first jet on aircraft carrier

By the CNN Wire Staff

China announced Sunday that it had landed a fighter jet on the deck of an aircraft carrier for the first time, but it may be years before the ship is fully operational.

China's "first generation multi-purpose carrier-borne fighter jet," known as the J-15, successfully completed its first landing on the Liaoning, an aircraft carrier China built using an abandoned Soviet hull, according to China's official news agency Xinhua.

The J-15's capabilities are comparable to the Russian Su-33 jet and the U.S. F-18, Xinhua reported. The Chinese-designed jet can "carry multi-type anti-ship, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, as well as precision-guided bombs, the report said.

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September 26th, 2012
09:32 PM ET

Sources: 15 days after Benghazi attack, FBI still not on the scene

More than two weeks after four Americans - including the U.S. ambassador to Libya - were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, FBI agents have not yet been granted access to investigate in the eastern Libyan city, and the crime scene has not been secured, sources said.

"They've gotten as far as Tripoli now, but they've never gotten to Benghazi," CNN National Security Analyst Fran Townsend said Wednesday, citing senior law enforcement officials.
Last Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that an FBI team had reached Libya earlier in the week.

"In fairness to the secretary, it may be that she wanted to be coy about where they were in Libya for security concerns. That's understandable. But the fact is, it's not clear they've been in Libya for very long," Townsend said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360°."

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August 28th, 2012
03:30 AM ET

Prosecutors: 'Anarchist' group of U.S. soldiers aimed to overthrow government

By the CNN Wire Staff

A U.S. soldier laid out an elaborate plot by a group of active and former military members to overthrow the government, telling a southeast Georgia court Monday that he was part of what prosecutors called an "an anarchist group and militia."

Dressed in his Army uniform, Pfc. Michael Burnett spoke in a Long County court about the group of Army soldiers and its role in the December deaths of a former soldier Michael Roark and his teenage girlfriend Tiffany York. Roark, he said, was killed because he allegedly took money from the group and planned to leave.

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April 10th, 2012
06:19 AM ET

Court: 5 terror suspects can be sent to the US

By the CNN Wire Staff

The European Court of Human Rights ruled against five terror suspects Tuesday saying that they can be extradited to America despite their claims that they will be poorly treated.

The court ruled that the suspects would not get "ill treatment" in super-maximum security prisons if they are extradited to the United States and convicted in American courts, according to a statement from the European Court of Human Rights.

The court still needs to make a decision on one other suspect connected to the case.

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April 5th, 2012
12:40 PM ET

Pakistan wants 'concrete evidence' on Mumbai suspect sought by U.S.

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Pakistan has suggested that the United States needs to provide convincing evidence against a man accused of masterminding the 2008 terrorist assault on Mumbai before it will take any action.

Washington posted a notice Monday offering as much as $10 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, a 61-year-old Pakistani man wanted by Indian authorities in connection with the Mumbai attacks, which killed 166 people.

"Pakistan would prefer to receive concrete evidence to proceed legally rather than to be engaging in a public discussion on this issue," the Pakistani foreign ministry said in a statement.

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U.S. offers $10 million for capture of suspect in Mumbai attacks
Hafiz Mohammad Saeed (L), seen here in April 2011, is head of Pakistan's outlawed Islamic hardline group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JD)
April 3rd, 2012
05:33 AM ET

U.S. offers $10 million for capture of suspect in Mumbai attacks

By the CNN Wire Staff

The United States is offering as much as $10 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, a Pakstani man accused of masterminding the 2008 terrorist assault on Mumbai that killed 166 people.

The "wanted" notice announcing the large bounty for Saeed, 62, was posted on the website of the U.S. State Department's Rewards for Justice program late Monday.

The amount is one of the highest offered by the program, on par with the sum pinned on the Taliban leader Mullah Omar, but below the $25 million on offer for al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

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Militia members plotted to kill federal officials, prosecutors say
November 1st, 2011
06:02 PM ET

Militia members plotted to kill federal officials, prosecutors say

By the CNN Wire Staff

Federal agents charged four Georgia men they say are part of a fringe militia group with plotting to attack government officials with explosives and the biotoxin ricin, prosecutors in Atlanta announced Tuesday.

A government informant recorded the men discussing plans to manufacture ricin, a highly poisonous substance derived from castor beans, and attack Justice Department officials, federal judges and Internal Revenue Service agents, according to court papers released Tuesday afternoon. All four suspects were in custody and are scheduled to make their initial court appearances Wednesday in Gainesville, about 50 miles north of Atlanta, the U.S. attorney's office announced.
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October 30th, 2011
10:19 AM ET

American carried out Somalia suicide bombing, Islamists claim

By the CNN Wire Staff

A suicide bomber who carried out an attack in Somalia this weekend was an American citizen of Somali descent, a website associated with the Al-Shabaab Islamist movement claimed Sunday.

The website named the bombers as Aden al-Ansari and Cabdi Salaam al-Muhajir, and posted what it said was an audio interview with al-Muhajir speaking American-accented English. FULL POST

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U.S. warns of "imminent" terror threat in Kenya
Kenyan soldiers pursue Islamic militants near Liboi, Somalia, on October 18.
October 23rd, 2011
01:04 PM ET

U.S. warns of "imminent" terror threat in Kenya

The U.S. Embassy in Kenya warned it has credible information of an imminent terror attack, days after the east African nation announced it is sending troops to Somalia to battle Islamist militants.

The attack is likely to target places that foreigners congregate in Kenya, including malls and night clubs, the embassy said.

The U.S.Embassy did not offer details on who might carry out such an attack, but said it has taken measures to limit official U.S. government visits. It urged its citizens to consider deferring travel to Kenya.

The warning comes after Kenya sent troops across the border into Somalia to pursue Islamist Al-Shabaab militants. The terror group has threatened Kenya with retaliatory attacks, saying it considers the forces' incursion an affront to Somalia's sovereignty.

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October 23rd, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Clinton warns Iran against moving into Iraq

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Iran on Sunday not to view the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq as an opportunity to try to build its influence in the country.

"No one, most particularly Iran, should miscalculate about our continuing commitment to and with the Iraqis going forward," she told CNN's "State of the Union" when asked whether Iran's relationship with Iraq is a concern.

In an interview last week with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country will not increase its involvement with Iraq because of the U.S. withdrawal. "I don't think there is going to be any change," he said. FULL POST

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