LADEN

  • Operation to kill Osama was risky: Panetta February 14, 2013

    Washington: US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday said the daring operation to kill Osama bin Laden at his Abbottabad safe house in Pakistan was very risky as the al Qaeda chief's presence there was not 100 per cent confirmed. As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Panetta played a...
  • I shot Osama bin Laden three times, reveals US commando February 12, 2013

    Washington: Nearly two years after the daring US commando raid that killed the 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, a US Navy SEAL who pulled the trigger has recounted his role for the first time. Breaking his silence on the May 2011 raid on Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the commando...
  • Hope 'Zero Dark Thirty' will win Oscar: Manimajra residents February 12, 2013

    Chandigarh: The residents of Manimajra town here, where large parts of Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar nominated film 'Zero Dark Thirty' were shot, are hoping that the film will win the prestigious award. A bunch of residents of the place, a suburb which falls on the edge of Chandigarh on way to Panchkula,...
  • Jessica Chastain: Indians will relate to 'ZD30' February 11, 2013

    New Delhi: 'Zero Dark Thirty' has earned Jessica Chastain her second Oscar nomination in consecutive years. She was earlier nominated for 'The Help'. She plays the role of CIA agent Maya in Kathryn Bigelow's 'ZD30'. Chastain talks about her career graph and the American foreign policies that are featured in...
  • Obama's counterterrorism advisor defends drone strikes February 8, 2013

    Washington: CIA Directordesignate John Brennan strongly defended antiterror attacks by unmanned drones on February 7 under close questioning at a protestdisrupted confirmation hearing. On a second controversial topic, he said that after reading a classified intelligence report on harsh interrogation techniques, he does not know if waterboarding has yielded useful...
  • Pak plans theme park in town where Osama was killed February 6, 2013

    London: Pakistan's Abbottabad town, where al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed in a US commando operation, will soon have an amusement park built at a cost of around $30 million, a British daily said. The 500acre development will include a zoo, heritage centre, restaurants and artificial waterfalls, The Sun...
  • Pakistan tries new way of tackling corruption February 4, 2013

    Lahore: Corruption is so pervasive in Pakistan that even Osama bin Laden had to pay a bribe to build his hideout in the northwest where he was killed by US commandos. Ordinary Pakistanis complain they have to grease officials' palms to get even the most basic things done: File a police...
  • Panetta admits to use of torture in hunt for Osama February 4, 2013

    New York: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has admitted that torture and enhanced interrogation techniques were used to "put together the puzzle" that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Panetta made the candid admission, becoming the highestranking Obama administration official to do so, while responding to...
  • US didn't need rough interrogation to get Osama: Panetta February 4, 2013

    Washington: Leon Panetta, who as CIA director oversaw the US operation that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, said the job could have been done without resorting to controversial interrogation methods that some have said constitute torture. The outgoing defense secretary, in remarks aired Sunday on the NBC program "Meet...
  • 'Al Qaeda continues to represent a threat to US' January 24, 2013

    Washington: Despite a relentless campaign against it, al Qaeda and its affiliates in different parts of the world continue to pose a threat to the US, the White House said on Wednesday. White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, said the US effort to eliminate the threat has yielded some remarkable success...
  • Sundance documentary adds new take on hunt for Osama January 23, 2013

    Park City: The filmmaker behind an Osama bin Laden documentary at the Sundance Film Festival says the debate over the accuracy of Hollywood's take on the story detracts from the deeper moral questions involved. Greg Barker, director of 'Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden,' said criticism over Kathryn Bigelow's Academy Awardnominated...
  • Zero Dark Thirty: Director defends torture scenes January 17, 2013

    Los Angeles: The director of Oscarnominated thriller 'Zero Dark Thirty' defended the film's depiction of torture in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, saying criticism would better be directed at the U.S. officials who ordered such policies. Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Kathryn Bigelow said she personally opposed any use...
  • Rana to be sentenced for role in 26/11, attack on Danish paper January 17, 2013

    Chicago: A Chicago businessman prosecutors say is a terrorist who supported the group that staged an attack often called India's 9/11 faces decades in prison on January 17 if a federal judge rejects defense arguments that he is a compassionate man who was duped by a friend. Tahawwur...
  • AlQaida carves out its own country in Mali January 15, 2013

    Bamako (Mali): Deep inside caves, in remote desert bases, in the escarpments and cliff faces of northern Mali, Islamic extremist fighters have been burrowing into the earth, erecting a formidable set of defences to protect what has essentially become alQaida's new country. They have used the bulldozers, earth movers and...
  • Obama administration resists release of Osama photos January 11, 2013

    Washington: Even almost two years after the world's most wanted terrorist was slain by American special forces, President Barack Obama's administration is refusing to release photos of Osama bin Laden's dead body, warning that this would risk "grave damage" to national security. Though media outlets worldwide had made a clamor...
  • Maha electricity board calls Muslim slum 'Chhota Pakistan' January 4, 2013

    Thane: Ramzan Hafiz has lived at Nallasopara in Thane, Maharashtra for two decades now. Official documents with the municipality and his ration card call the area Laxmi Nagar. But the state electricity board, he points out, has decided to call it 'Laden Nagar', after slain terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Maharashtra State...
  • US State Dept made mistake over Benghazi: Senate report January 1, 2013

    Washington: The State Department made a "grievous mistake" in keeping the US mission in Benghazi open despite inadequate security and increasingly alarming threat assessments in the weeks before a deadly attack by militants, a Senate committee said on December 31. A report from the Senate Homeland Security Committee on the...
  • Osama paid Rs 50,000 bribe to build Abbottabad house December 26, 2012

    Islamabad: Even the world's most wanted terrorist could not escape the bribery dragnet. Osama bin Laden's safehouse in Pakistan's garrison city Abbottabad was built after paying a bribe of Rs 50,000 to a revenue official, a media report on Wednesday said. The bribe was paid to the 'patwari' so that...
  • Pakistan clerics to protest against polio worker killings December 20, 2012

    Islamabad: An alliance of Pakistani clerics will hold demonstrations across the country against the killings of polio eradication campaign workers, leaders said on Thursday, as the death toll from attacks this week rose to nine. Tahir Ashrafi, who heads the moderate Pakistan Ulema Council, said that 24,000 mosques associated with...
  • 'Core of al Qaeda degraded in South Asia' December 20, 2012

    Washington: The core of al Qaeda has seriously degraded in South Asia, a top American counterterrorism official has said, noting that the US has removed 20 of its top 30 leaders. "In South Asia, al Qaeda's core has been seriously degraded. Without a doubt, Osama bin Laden's departure from the scene...
  • 'Zero Dark Thirty': Biggest manhunt story ever December 19, 2012

    New Delhi: After the Oscarwinning 'The Hurt Locker' on the Iraq war, Kathryn Bigelow now brings one of the world's greatest manhuts in 'Zero Dark Thirty', key sequences of which have beeen shot in India. Though the director admits it is a sensitive topic as it involves Al Qaeda leader...
  • Zero Dark Thirty: Laden movie mired in controversy December 18, 2012

    New York: Oscarwinning director Kathryn Bigelow could have made a testosteronefueled shoot'emup Hollywood version of the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. Instead, she and screenwriter Mark Boal turned 'Zero Dark Thirty' into a more complex look at the decadelong hunt for the al Qaeda leader, including a frank presentation...
  • 'Zero Dark Thirty' soon to be released in India December 6, 2012

    Mumbai: Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty', chronicling the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden, is all set to hit Indian theatres on January 11 next year. The film is being brought to Indian screens by PVR Pictures, the distribution arm of PVR Group. Bigelow, who became the first woman in...
  • Kathryn Bigelow talks about her movie 'Zero Dark Thirty' December 5, 2012

    The film reconstructs the hunt for Osama bin Laden largely through the eyes of a young female CIA officer, played by Jessica Chastain, who helps find him through a longforgotten courier. ...
  • Pakistan doctor in bin Laden case starts hunger strike November 29, 2012

    Peshawar: The Pakistani doctor who helped the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) hunt down Osama bin Laden started a hunger strike in his jail cell this week to protest against his living conditions, prison officials said on Thursday. Shakil Afridi was sentenced in May to 33 years in jail for...
  • 'Zero Dark Thirty' based on firsthand accounts November 27, 2012

    Los Angeles: The makers of a Hollywood movie about the U.S. operation to kill Osama bin Laden denied asking for classified material for their film, but say they did conduct interviews with a CIA officer and others at the heart of the decadelong hunt for the al Qaeda leader. "It was...
  • Osama's body was washed before being buried at sea November 22, 2012

    Washington: Internal emails among US military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden's burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony. The emails, obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily blacked out, but...
  • No evidence Pakistan knew Osama's location: US November 16, 2012

    Washington: There has been no evidence that Pakistan leadership knew of the presence of Osama bin Laden inside their country, a top Pentagon commander has said citing postraid analysis of the secret operation that killed the most wanted terrorist of the world. Navy Adm William McRaven, Commander of US Special...
  • Aman Ki Asha: Ali Zafar paired with Yami Gautam November 15, 2012

    Mumbai: Pakistani singeractor Ali Zafar is all set to star in romanticcomedy 'Aman Ki Asha' opposite actress Yami Gautam. The 32yearold actor, who was last seen in romantic film 'London, Paris, New York', will also compose the music for director E Nivas's film. "My next feature, a rom com is tentatively...
  • 7 US Navy SEALs punished for revealing secrets November 9, 2012

    Washington: Seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to get Osama bin Laden, have been punished for disclosing classified information, senior Navy officials said on Thursday. Four other SEALs are under investigation for similar alleged violations, one official said. The SEALs are alleged...