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April 15th, 2014
09:49 PM ET

Jihadist video could be a signal of a new al Qaeda plot

A video that was recently posted on a jihadist web site shows an al Qaeda leader telling at least 100 followers that he wants them to attack the United States. It was shot in Yemen and it is raising serious questions about what the U.S. really knows about al Qaeda's operations. Barbara Starr has the latest.

Anderson discussed this with national security analyst Peter Bergen.

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January 29th, 2014
11:18 PM ET

What's behind a new warning about al Qaeda?

The top U.S. intelligence chief says al Qaeda has morphed into at least five factions in a dozen countries. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also warned that one of the groups has set up training camps in Syria to plan attacks on the United States. Anderson discussed all of this with National Security Analyst Peter Bergen.

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Filed under: al Qaeda • Peter Bergen
August 13th, 2013
10:13 PM ET

New information on al Qaeda's intercepted messages

We are learning more about the intercepted al Qaeda messages that triggered the closure of 19 U.S. Embassies around the world, and a string of drone attacks. Intelligence sources tell CNN, American code breakers recognized words they believed signaled an attack was imminent. Anderson discussed this latest information with national security analysts Fran Townsend and Peter Bergen and former senior CIA and FBI official Philip Mudd.

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Filed under: al Qaeda • Fran Townsend • Peter Bergen
August 5th, 2013
09:48 PM ET

Al Qaeda triggers worldwide terror threat

CNN has learned that a message sent from Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri to an affiliate leader was the deciding factor that led to the closure of American embassies, and triggered a global travel alert.  But that was not the only intelligence that has U.S. counter-terror officials concerned.  Anderson gets the latest from Philip Mudd a senior official with the CIA and FBI, National security analyst Peter Bergen, and terrorism analyst Paul Cruikshank.

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Filed under: al Qaeda • Paul Cruickshank • Peter Bergen
April 23rd, 2013
11:14 PM ET

Were bombing suspects trained overseas?

Peter Bergen and Bob Baer discuss how the brothers accused of the Boston marathon bombing could have learned about the explosives they allegedly used to kill and maim innocent people.

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March 12th, 2013
11:00 PM ET

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law captured

Peter Bergen and CBS News' John Miller analyze Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law's terrorism case.

Read more about Sulaiman Abu Ghaith

Read the indictment


Filed under: al Qaeda • Osama bin Laden • Peter Bergen • Terrorism
December 10th, 2012
11:44 PM ET

'Zero Dark Thirty' torture controversy

Editor's note: Peter Bergen and Bob Baer discuss reaction to interrogation scenes in a film that portrays the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

"Zero Dark Thirty" is a likely shoo-in, deservedly, for Oscar nominations for best director (Kathryn Bigelow) and best screenplay (Mark Boal) and perhaps a slew of other categories.

Jessica Chastain, who plays Maya, a CIA analyst who in the film is the key player in finding Osama bin Laden, is reminiscent of Cate Blanchett in both looks and talent. The movie is beautifully filmed, and the propulsive score moves the action forward effectively.

Leaving aside its obvious merits as a film, how well does Zero Dark Thirty tell the complex tale of the decade-long hunt for bin Laden after 9/11? It's a valid question to ask since, after all, Bigelow told The New Yorker's Dexter Filkins, "What we were attempting is almost a journalistic approach to film," and Boal told the Los Angeles Times, "I wanted to approach the story as a screenwriter but do the homework as a reporter."

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Filed under: Bob Baer • Osama bin Laden • Peter Bergen • Terrorism
April 30th, 2012
11:20 PM ET

Exclusive access to bin Laden's compound

Peter Bergen was the only journalist allowed in the al Qaeda leader's compound. He describes what he saw and learned.

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Tonight on AC360: New Details on the hunt for Osama bin Laden
April 30th, 2012
04:02 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: New Details on the hunt for Osama bin Laden

It's almost one year to the day al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was attacked and killed by a group of U.S. Navy SEALS at his secret compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan. In his new book "MANHUNT: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden–from 9/11 to Abbottabad," author Peter Bergen reveals astonishing details about tracking the terrorist. Tonight, Anderson speaks with him about inside story, and what Bergen saw in bin Laden's compound before the Pakistani government destroyed it. Read an excerpt from his book and don't miss the interview on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

CHAPTER 8
ANATOMY OF A LEAD

IT WAS NOT UNTIL 2010 that the CIA had a series of significant breakthroughs regarding the Kuwaiti, the elusive courier. Earlier, with the help of a “third country” that officials won’t identify, the Agency had been able to tie him to his real name, Ibrahim Saeed Ahmed. Still, his whereabouts remained unknown.

Then, in June 2010, the Kuwaiti and his brother both made changes in the way they communicated on cell phones that suddenly opened up the possibility of the “geolocation” of their phones. Knowing this, the Agency painstakingly reviewed reams of “captured” phone conversations of the Kuwaiti’s family and circle of associates. FULL POST

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May 2nd, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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