A Taliban suicide assault team known as the Muaskar ul Fida has pledged allegiance to the Taliban’s new emir, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. The suicide squad is likely loyal to the Haqqani Network, an al Qaeda-linked Taliban group that is backed by Pakistan’s military and intelligence establishment.
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A Pakistani man was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday for plotting to bomb a shopping center in England as part of an al Qaeda plan for attacks in Europe and the United States. Abid Naseer, 29, had faced up to life in prison following his conviction by a U.S. jury in March on charges including that he provided material support to the Islamic militant group. "I know you're not what I'd say for any lack of a better word a 'typical' criminal. Not in any sense of the word," U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie in Brooklyn told Naseer when imposing the sentence. "You're a terrorist."
James Neuman, Naseer's lawyer, said he plans to appeal. Naseer was convicted nearly six years after he was first arrested in a British anti-terrorism operation. British authorities never charged Naseer, but he was later indicted in the United States and extradited in 2013. Naseer, who was raised in Peshawar, Pakistan and said he was a semi-professional cricket player, led an al Qaeda cell that plotted to bomb a shopping center in Manchester, England, in April 2009, prosecutors said.
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A car bomb exploded at a security checkpoint just east of the Libyan capital of Tripoli Tuesday. The bomb targeted a busy and major coastal road in the city of Khoms, which connects the capital in the east to the western city of Misrata.
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A bomb exploded outside the offices of a Greek business federation in central Athens early on Tuesday, police officials said, smashing windows but causing no injuries.
Tuesday’s blast, which police believe was carried out by domestic guerrilla groups, is the first such attack since Alexis Tsipras came to power as prime minister in January.
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