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TAO was established in 1997 to hack into global communications systems at a time when fewer than 2 per cent of the world’s population had access to the internet

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Careless talk costs lives, the White House warned yesterday, saying that unauthorised leaks about the special forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden are now endangering US troops, harming diplomatic relations and jeopardising the country's ability to carry out similar operations in future.

Bin Laden's posthumous message seeks to hijack Arab Spring

Osama bin Laden spent the final weeks and months of his life attempting to extract maximum political leverage for al-Qa'ida from the Arab Spring uprisings.

Al-Qa'ida release Bin Laden audio tape



Shortly before his death, Osama bin Laden recorded a message praising the Middle East protest movements and predicting that revolutions would spread across the region.

Egyptian 'may be new al-Qa'ida boss'

Analysts and media reports yesterday suggested that al-Qa'ida may have appointed an Egyptian militant as temporary leader after the death of Osama bin Laden.

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John Kerry flies in to demand explanation of how Osama Bin Laden hid for so long

The US senator John Kerry will press Pakistani leaders for answers on Osama bin Laden in talks this week, but will be keen to ensure Pakistani anger over the raid does not subvert vital security co-operation.

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Pakistan's parliament condemns US bin Laden raid

Pakistan's parliament today condemned the US raid to find and kill Osama bin Laden, calling for a review of US ties and warning that Pakistan could cut supply lines to American forces in Afghanistan if there were more such attacks.

Taliban kill 80 in Bin Laden revenge attack

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Obama found on 'hit list' seized in raid as US questions late leader's wives

US intelligence officials have interrogated the three wives of Osama Bin Laden who were left behind in his compound after Navy Seals shot dead the al-Qa'ida leader. The women were apparently "hostile" and uncooperative.

Leading article: Al-Qa'ida's waning influence

The twin bomb attacks on a paramilitary academy in Pakistan yesterday were followed by a boast from the country's Taliban that the purpose was to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden. As such, the assault can be seen as a warning for the future and the first real evidence that forces loyal to Bin Laden are still in business. Yet it would be wrong to rush to too many conclusions.

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