Terror Retooled: Al-Qaida Thinks Globally But Acts Locally

Terror Retooled: Al-Qaida Thinks Globally But Acts Locally

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2013

The new warning last week of possible imminent attacks by al-Qaida fueled fears far beyond America's borders. But the movement founded by Osama bin Laden has long since shifted from mass international attacks to local battles -- with success. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

'Dangerous Preacher': Former Bin Laden Bodyguard Living in Bochum

'Dangerous Preacher': Former Bin Laden Bodyguard Living in Bochum

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 07, 2012

A man who was part of Osama bin Laden's team of bodyguards has been living in the western German city of Bochum for years. Authorities say the Tunisian man is a "dangerous preacher," but attempts to expel him from the country have so far failed. more...


Interview with Former FBI Agent Ali Soufan: 'We Did Exactly What Al-Qaida Wanted Us to Do'

Interview with Former FBI Agent Ali Soufan: 'We Did Exactly What Al-Qaida Wanted Us to Do'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2011

Former FBI agent Ali Soufan successfully interrogated captured Islamist terrorists after 9/11 without resorting to "enhanced' techniques. In a SPIEGEL interview, he revealed how he got jihadists to talk using tea and trucker magazines and explained how 9/11 could have been prevented. more... Comment ]

The Arrest of Younis al-Mauretani: On the Trail of the al-Qaida Phantom

The Arrest of Younis al-Mauretani: On the Trail of the al-Qaida Phantom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 06, 2011

Secret service agencies from around the world have long been searching for him. On Monday, the ISI in Pakistan finally managed to apprehend top al-Qaida operative Younis al-Mauretani. New details about his true identity have also begun to emerge. By Yassin Musharbash more... Comment ]


A Unique Perspective on Sept. 11: The Last Sunrise Between the Twin Towers

A Unique Perspective on Sept. 11: The Last Sunrise Between the Twin Towers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2011

He came to New York for vacation, but became a witness to the most devastating terror attack the world had ever seen. Reinhard Karger documented the disaster from a marina across the water from the World Trade Center and shared his story with SPIEGEL ONLINE. more...

Charisma Deficit: Loss of Bin Laden Threatens Al-Qaida 'Brand'

Charisma Deficit: Loss of Bin Laden Threatens Al-Qaida 'Brand'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2011

For years, the charismatic Osama bin Laden was the undisputed face of al-Qaida -- internally as well as externally. But for the last four months, the terror network has had to get by with the relatively boring Ayman al-Zawahiri at the top. Experts believe the lack of an inspiring leader puts the jihadists under pressure. By Yassin Musharbash more... Comment ]


On the Trail of Said Bahaji: 9/11 Conspirator Reported to Be Living in Pakistan

On the Trail of Said Bahaji: 9/11 Conspirator Reported to Be Living in Pakistan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2011

Ten years after 9/11, the Moroccan-German Said Bahaji is one of the last remaining members of al-Qaida's Hamburg cell who is still at large. Now, German jihadists have told investigators that Bahaji is living in Pakistan's Waziristan region, where he works for al-Qaida's propaganda wing. By Holger Stark more... Comment ]

A New Path for Al-Qaida: Zawahiri Confirmed as Bin Laden's Successor

A New Path for Al-Qaida: Zawahiri Confirmed as Bin Laden's Successor

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 16, 2011

It is now official: Ayman al-Zawahiri is the new leader of al-Qaida. The uncharismatic surgeon from Egypt is hardly a carbon copy of Osama bin Laden. But the terror network seems interested in testing new strategies. By Yassin Musharbash more... Comment ]


Al-Qaida Video: Zawahiri Vows to Continue Bin Laden's Work

Al-Qaida Video: Zawahiri Vows to Continue Bin Laden's Work

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2011

First he praised Osama bin Laden, and then he issued threats to Pakistan and the United States. One month after the al-Qaida leader was shot dead in Abbottabad, his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri has promised that the group will stay the course. But he remained silent about the group's new leadership. By Yassin Musharbash more...

A Peaceful City? Scratching Beneath the Surface in Abbottabad

A Peaceful City? Scratching Beneath the Surface in Abbottabad

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 18, 2011

Is the city of Abbottabad, where Osama bin Laden was found and killed by US Special Operations forces on May 1, really as bucolic as it has been described? The al-Qaida boss, as it turns out, was far from the only Islamist who sought refuge in the town. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]