WBEZ | al-Qaida http://www.wbez.org/tags/al-qaida Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Obama: U.S. will slow its military withdrawal from Afghanistan http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-10-15/obama-us-will-slow-its-military-withdrawal-afghanistan-113356 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/President%20Barack%20Obama%2C%20accompanied%20by%2C%20from%20left%2C%20Joint%20Chiefs%20Chairman%20Gen.%20Joseph%20Dunford%2C%20Defense%20Secretary%20Ash%20Carter%20and%20Vice%20President%20Joe%20Biden%2C%20answers%20a%20questions%20from%20a%20member%20of%20the%20media%20about%20Afghanistan.jpg" style="height: 415px; width: 620px;" title="President Barack Obama, accompanied by, from left, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Vice President Joe Biden, answers a questions from a member of the media about Afghanistan, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)" /></div><div><p>President Barack Obama announced today that the United States will keep thousands of troops in Afghanistan through the end of his term in 2017.</p><p>The 9,800 troops currently in Afghanistan will remain there through most of 2016. By early 2017, that number will drop to 5,500.</p><p>Obama&rsquo;s original plan was to reduce the number of troops to 1,000 in Kabul by the start of 2017.</p><p>The announcement may indicate that Afghan security forces are not ready to defend themselves from the Taliban on their own. American troops will continue to train Afghan forces and search for al-Qaida fighters and ISIS militants.</p><p>NPR&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/tbowmannpr" target="_blank">Tom Bowman&nbsp;</a>joins&nbsp;<em>Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s</em> Robin Young to discuss Obama&rsquo;s decision.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/10/15/obama-plan-troops-afghanistan" target="_blank"><em>via Here &amp; Now</em></a></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 13:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-10-15/obama-us-will-slow-its-military-withdrawal-afghanistan-113356 Lawyer: Suburban Chicago man to plead guilty in terror case http://www.wbez.org/news/lawyer-suburban-chicago-man-plead-guilty-terror-case-112094 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ap_tousini.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An attorney for a suburban&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;man accused of trying to join al-Qaida-affiliated fighters in Syria says her client intends to change his plea to guilty.</p><div><p>Abdella Ahmad Tounisi&#39;s attorney, Molly Armour, told a federal judge in&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;about the change of plea at a Wednesday hearing. She and a prosecutor said the sides expect to seal a plea agreement within several weeks.</p><p>The 20-year-old was arrested at a&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;airport in 2013 trying to board a plane for Turkey. Prosecutors say the Aurora man hoped to join Nusra Front.</p><p>Tounisi earlier pleaded not guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist group. A hearing is set for June 30 for him to change his plea.</p><p>Prosecutors typically recommend lower sentences if defendants agree to plead guilty.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/lawyer-suburban-chicago-man-plead-guilty-terror-case-112094 Illinois man in terrorism case negotiating possible deal http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-man-terrorism-case-negotiating-possible-deal-111358 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP72537487970.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An attorney for a suburban Chicago man accused of trying to join al-Qaida-affiliated fighters in Syria says the defense has begun negotiations with prosecutors on a possible plea deal.</p><p>Abdella Ahmad Tounisi&#39;s attorney, Molly Armour, disclosed the development at a Thursday status hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago. She told the judge the sides are in &quot;preliminary plea negotiations.&quot;</p><p>The 20-year-old was arrested at O&#39;Hare International Airport in 2013 trying to board a plane for Turkey. Prosecutors say the then-teenager from Aurora hoped to join Nusra Front.</p><p>Tounisi pleaded not guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist group. His maximum prison term would be several decades. Prosecutors typically recommend lower sentences if defendants agree to plead guilty.</p><p>Tounisi&#39;s next hearing is set for March 25.</p></p> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 09:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-man-terrorism-case-negotiating-possible-deal-111358 In Recording, Voice Thought To Be Bin Laden's Threatens French Hostages http://www.wbez.org/story/al-qaida/recording-voice-thought-be-bin-ladens-threatens-french-hostages <p><p>Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden "has called for the withdrawal of French troops from Muslim lands in exchange for the release of hostages," <a href="http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/01/20111211280492354.html" target="_blank">Al Jazeera reports</a>.</p><p>The network adds that:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>"Referring to French hostages being held in Niger, the speaker on the tape, who sounded like Bin Laden, says their release depended on moves by their own government.</p><p>"He says France will pay dearly for its policy in Afghanistan and elsewhere.</p><p>" 'President Nicolas Sarkozy's refusal to remove his forces from Afghanistan is nothing but a green light for killing the French hostages,' Bin Laden says in the recording, broadcast on Al Jazeera on Friday."</p><p></blockquote></p><p>The Associated Press notes that "extremist groups associated with al-Qaida are holding at least seven French hostages, including five in the Sahara Desert and two in Afghanistan." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1295617639?&gn=In+Recording%2C+Voice+Thought+To+Be+Bin+Laden%27s+Threatens+French+Hostages&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Al-Qaida,Osama+bin+Laden,Foreign+News,The+Two-Way,National+Security,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133109238&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110121&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133109276,133109274,127602464,103943429,127429648,94427042,93559255&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 07:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/al-qaida/recording-voice-thought-be-bin-ladens-threatens-french-hostages Clinton Hopes To Broaden Relations With Yemen During Visit http://www.wbez.org/story/al-qaida/clinton-hopes-broaden-relations-yemen-during-visit <p><p>We all awoke this morning to the news that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/11/132828584/clinton-in-yemen-to-press-counterterror-efforts" target="_blank">was in Yemen</a> -- a trip kept secret until after she had arrived because of the serious security issues involved with having America's top diplomat go to a nation where al-Qaida affiliated terrorists are known to operate.</p><p>NPR's Michele Kelemen is among the reporters traveling with Clinton, and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/11/132826357/Clinton-Overseas-Tour" target="_blank">on <em>Morning Edition</em></a> she told co-host Renee Montagne that the State Department says the former first lady is there because she "wants to broaden relations" with that country -- while also "reaching out to [its] civil society" to push for political reforms there.</p><p>Plus, Michele said, Clinton wants to impress upon Yemen's leaders that "it's in their interest, not just America['s] interest" to disrupt any al-Qaida "safe haven."</p><p>Here's the conversation between Renee and Michele:</p><p><em>The Washington Post </em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/11/AR2011011101447.html" target="_blank">adds that</a>:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>"Clinton's visit, which was kept under wraps as a security precaution, is the first by a U.S. secretary of state since a brief stop by then-Secretary of State James A. Baker III in 1990. The nine-hour visit was expected to include wide-ranging talks with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, as well as meetings with opposition leaders and ordinary Yemeni citizens."</p><p></blockquote> Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1294758148?&gn=Clinton+Hopes+To+Broaden+Relations+With+Yemen+During+Visit&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=al-Qaida,Yemen,Hillary+Rodham+Clinton,Security,Foreign+News,The+Two-Way,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132830464&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110111&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=132831652,132830495,129990314,127602719,127602464,103943429,127413590,93559255&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 08:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/al-qaida/clinton-hopes-broaden-relations-yemen-during-visit