WBEZ | al-Qaida http://www.wbez.org/tags/al-qaida Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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." 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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