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# War on Terror

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# War on Terror
Is the UK taking a step back from human rights protections?
Theresa May is talking about ‘ripping up’ human rights laws – so how important is it that she doesn’t?
# pay for your own wall
Mexico tells Trump: "We will not pay for any wall'
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Quesada also issued an angry riposte to Trump’s wall plan.
Hunger strikes, murders, and a war on terror: Ireland in 1976
Eamon Sweeney’s book Down Down Deeper and Down looks at Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s. Here’s a section from its fifth chapter.
# Terror Alert
Brussels to stay on lockdown for a week as PM says attack threat still "imminent"
The US State Department said information suggests attacks are planned in multiple regions.
# War on Terror
Where does Ireland stand in terms of global terrorism?
A report published this week revealed a nine-fold increase in the number of deaths from terrorism in the since the beginning of the 21st century.
# backfire
Former US drone operators: 'The innocent civilians we killed only fuelled the terrorism of ISIS'
Read the extraordinary open letter to Barack Obama, written by four US Air Force whistleblowers.
# War on Terror
The US spends €8 million PER DAY fighting Islamic State
The militant group has made a number of gains in recent months.
# Police Shooting
'Terrorism suspect' lunged at police with a knife before they shot him dead
Usaama Rahim’s brother says he was shot in the back.
# put that away
Guantánamo lawyers banned from bringing detainees fast food and treats
One lawyer called the move “Petty and nasty.”
# review time
The United Nations is shining a spotlight on this guy's human rights record
The United States is up for its four-year review.
# War on Terror
Man who masterminded Charlie Hebdo massacre has been killed in a drone strike
Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi was killed last month.
# drone wars
Obama 'profoundly regrets' drone strike that killed US and Italian hostages
“On behalf of the United States government, I offer our deepest apologies to the families.”
Opinion: What my years as a military defence lawyer in Guantánamo forced me to see
Guantánamo Bay has just marked its thirteen anniversary; its legacy is as shameful as it is horrifying.
# Twitter
'Decapitate him, burn him alive': Islamic State supporters call for hostage's death
Moaz al-Kasasba was captured last week after his plane was reportedly shot down in Syria.
# War on Terror
The CIA misled the White House and used ineffective, brutal interrogations
Note: Some readers may be upset by the graphic descriptions used in the report.
# long walk to freedom
"I would still be in that black hole" - Guantanamo inmates taste freedom after a decade
Uruguay has agreed to take six former prisoners.
# Afghanistan
Suicide bomber on motorcycle kills 50 at volleyball game
WARNING: This article contains a graphic image of those killed in the blast.
# War on Terror
UK increases terror threat level from "substantial" to "severe"
There is no evidence however to suggest that an attack is imminent.
# War on Terror
US Marine who urinated on corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan has died
Robert Richards, who was 28, was found dead by his wife at their home in Florida.
# pat down
UK tightens airport security after US warning, Dublin Airport says it's business as usual
The US says there are concerns terror groups have developed new non-traceable explosives.
# 9/11
Pics: Have a glimpse inside the new September 11 Memorial Museum
Barack and Michelle Obama visited the $700 million museum today ahead of next week’s opening.
# Drone strikes
43 dead in two days of drone attacks in Yemen
Officials have confirmed that at least three civilians have been killed in the strikes.
# homeland security
US warns of possible shoe bomb terror threat
The Department of Homeland Security has urged airlines to pay extra attention to flights from overseas into the US.
# War on Terror
New video shows only American soldier still held by Taliban is alive
The video, sent to officials in the US, is the first proof in more than three years that Bowe Berghdal is still alive.
# Guantánamo Bay
US releases three ethnic Muslims from China held in Guantanamo Bay
The three men were sent to Slovakia as a ban remains in place on transferring any inmates to the US for any reason.
# lee rigby
Man accused of Lee Rigby murder “loves” Al Qaeda: “They’re my brothers”
Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are accused of murdering 25-year-old soldier Lee Rigby with knives and a machete.
# Madiba
Mandela was only taken off US terrorism watchlist in 2008
South Africa’s apartheid regime designated the African National Congress as a terrorist organisation as it fought against racial segregation.
# War on Terror
Doctors and nurses 'complicit' in US torture of terrorism suspects
A two-year study found doctors designed and participated in torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners at CIA and Pentagon-run prisons.
# drone stikes
Amnesty report into US drone attacks raises possibility of war crimes
Amnesty International says that the US has failed to live up to its promise of openness with Pakistani villagers leaving in constant fear.
# Guantánamo
Pressure grows on Obama to free hunger strikers - or put them on trial
Almost two-thirds of the prisoners at Guantanamo are on a hunger strike, which entered its fourth month earlier this week.
# Shannon
Vigil at Shannon Airport marks 10 year anniversary of Iraq war
Anti-war group Shannonwatch said Ireland’s record in UN peacekeeping has been “tarnished” by complicity in the CIA rendition programme.
Francois Hollande makes surprise trip to Afghanistan over troop pullout
The French president told troops in Afghanistan that the French exit from Afghanistan is imminent.
# Guantánamo
Guantanamo 10 years on: hopes for closure fade, detainees remain in limbo
The notorious detention centre has now been open for ten years and, with indefinite military detention now enshrined in US law, hope is fading that it will be closed down as pledged.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
# Pakistan
US suspends aid to Pakistan military over fears of extremist collusion
Some $800million is being withheld as tensions between the ‘war on terror’ allies continue to ratchet up.
# Afghanistan
US withdrawal from Afghanistan will only be "modest" - Gates
Ahead of an official announcement, the US defence secretary says Afghanistan is too unstable to lose a major presence.
# Front Pages
Rot In Hell: The US newspapers on Bin Laden’s death
The North American print media pulled no punches in its coverage of the reports of terrorist’s death.
# Osama bin Laden
CIA reveals diagrams and aerial photos of the Bin Laden compound
See the satellite images of Bin Landen’s hideaway…
# Osama bin Laden
Meet the 'Seal Team 6', the crackshots who killed Bin Laden
The military group that took out terrorist this morning in Pakistan operates outside military protocol and their identities kept top secret.
# In Numbers
In numbers: Bin Laden, September 11, and the War on Terror
3,520 days between the September 11 attacks and bin Laden’s death – with up to a million civilian deaths in between.