Iraq Holding Off Offensive Against Al-Qaida

Jan 10, 2014

Iraqi forces are holding off on an all-out offensive to retake two cities from al-Qaida.

Analysts warn that civilian casualties could incite Sunni anger and push moderate tribal leaders to side with the extremists.

Iraqi military officials say they have enough troops to recapture Fallujah and Ramadi, but they are waiting for additional shipments of U.S. drones and missiles.

Lawmaker Believes Boston Suspects Were Trained

Apr 29, 2013
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The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says he believes the Boston Marathon bombing suspects had some training in carrying out their attack.

Michael McCaul is citing the type of device used in the attack — shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs — and the weapons' sophistication as signs of training.

Homemade bombs built from pressure cookers have been a frequent weapon of militants in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen once published an online manual on how to make one.

Law Enforcers: NYC-Canada Train Was Target Of Plot

Apr 24, 2013

Two law enforcement officials say the target of a potential cross-border terror attack was a train that runs between New York City and Canada.

The officials have knowledge of the investigation and tell The Associated Press the attack was to take place in Canada. They aren't authorized to discuss the investigation and would speak only on the condition of anonymity.

Amtrak and Via Rail Canada jointly operate routes between the United States and Canada, including the Maple Leaf from New York City to Toronto.