The Taliban in Pakistan claimed responsibility for the June 9 attack at Karachi Airport that left 28 people dead, including the 10 militants who launched the assault. Some of the terrorists were disguised as airport security personnel, while others wore suicide vests as they attacked a VIP terminal with grenades, rocket launchers and machine guns. The Taliban said the attack was retaliation for previous drone attacks in another part of Pakistan.
The problematic use of “drones” to prosecute the U.S. war on terror is very much in the news again. On February 7, during a hearing that was repeatedly interrupted by protesters, senators questioned John Brennan, President Obama’s CIA director-designate, about the administration’s heavy reliance on “targeted killings” by unmanned aircraft.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, AIN asked you–our readers–to write the narrative by sharing your own personal stories of that day, and share you certainly did. While some 3,650 days have passed since then, the accounts still include minute detail and raw emotion, evidence that 9/11 is indelibly etched in each of our minds forever.
As editor of AINalerts, I recently asked readers to share their accounts of 9/11, so I thought it only fair to share my own story from that tragic day. At that time, I was living in Northern New Jersey and working out of AIN’s editorial offices in Midland Park, N.J.
With America on a major terror alert for the commemoration yesterday of the anniversary of the September 11 attacks (U.S. officials raised the warning for the first time to Code Orange, just one tier below the highest level of danger), the focus that would have been placed on security anyway this week took on a new and palpable urgency.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is taking over security checks of passengers and baggage at New York City heliports, following warnings that Al-Qaeda has considered using tourist helicopters as weapons.
The U.S. aerospace industry has not only battled back from the effects of the terrorist attacks, but in several areas it has eclipsed pre-9/11 levels.