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‘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…

Former bin Laden bodyguard detained in Germany: police

BERLIN: A suspect who once served as Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard, was detained in Germany on Monday, police said. The case of the Tunisian man, Sami A., sparked outrage in April after German media reported that he was receiving welfare benefits even though intelligence agencies have classified him as a potential threat. Authorities in the western city of Bochum had asked police to detain Sami A. and the man did not resist, a spokesman for police there said. Top-selling newspaper Bild reported, without citing its…

CIA names former Osama bin Laden hunt chief to run Iran spying: report

WASHINGTON: The CIA has named the hardline chief of its hunt for Osama bin Laden and head of its lethal drone program to lead Iran operations, the New York Times reported Friday. The choice of Michael D'Andrea to run the Central Intelligence Agency's spying on Iran is the newest sign of the Trump administration's turn to tougher stance against the Islamic Republic, the Times said, quoting intelligence community sources. Although officially under cover and not acknowledged by the CIA, D'Andrea, a convert to Islam who is…

US puts Osama bin Laden’s son on terror blacklist

WASHINGTON: The United States added Hamza bin Laden, son and heir of the late global militant leader Osama bin Laden, to its terrorist blacklist on Thursday. Hamza, who is in his mid-twenties, has allegedly become active as an Al-Qaeda propagandist following his father's death at the hands of US special forces in 2011. According to letters found in the Navy SEAL raid on Osama's hideout in Pakistan, Hamza wrote to the Saudi-born Al-Qaeda leader asking to be trained to follow him. READ MORE: Bin Laden’s son threatens…

Bin Laden’s son threatens revenge for father’s assassination

WASHINGTON: The son of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has threatened revenge against the United States for assassinating his father, according to an audio message posted online. Hamza bin Laden promised to continue the global militant group's fight against the United States and its allies in the 21-minute speech entitled "We Are All Osama," according to the SITE Intelligence Group. "We will continue striking you and targeting you in your country and abroad in response to your oppression of the people of…