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US ‘war on terror’ has killed 500,000 people: study

WASHINGTON: About half a million people have died violently in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan due to the US "war on terror" that was launched following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, according to a study released Thursday. The report by Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs put the death toll at between 480,000 and 507,000 people — but said the actual number is likely higher. The new toll "is a more than 110,000 increase over the last count, issued just two years ago in August 2016", Brown…

‘Bin Laden bodyguard’ held in Tunisia over terror probe

TUNIS: A man who allegedly worked as Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard has been detained in Tunisia as part of a terrorism probe after his expulsion from Germany, a prosecution spokesman said on Saturday. Known as Sami A. by German authorities and Sami Idoudi in his home country, the Tunisian “has been taken into custody following a judicial decision by the prosecutor of Tunis”, said spokesman Sofiene Sliti. He was wanted on “suspicion of involvement in extremist activities in Germany”, following an investigation by the…

New York identifies remains of 9/11 victim

New York City: Authorities in New York have identified the remains of a male victim of Al-Qaeda's September 11, 2001 terror attack on the World Trade Center - some 16 years after the incident. The victim will not be publicly identified at the family's request, the New York City medical examiner’s office said Monday. More than 2,750 people were killed when two passenger jets destroyed the Twin Towers, the symbol of New York's financial wealth and confidence. The remains - usually bone fragments - of 1,641 of…

Teen hacker arrested for triggering ‘911 attack’

WASHINGTON: An Indian-origin teenager has been arrested after he triggered a DDOS attack prompting city’s emergency services with thousands of bogus 911 telephone calls. Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai allegedly owned a blog and YouTube channel that detailed the vulnerabilities that he discovered. Last week, he reportedly tweeted a java script exploit that triggered phones and tablets to continuously call 911. More than 1,000 people clicked on the exploit and flooded emergency call centers around the country with more…