News The NSA in Fort Meade, Maryland. The Office of Tailored Operations, whose existence is rarely acknowledged by the NSA, hacks computers around the world – harvesting data, monitoring communications and even mounting its own cyber-attacks

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

Pakistani MPs demand end to US drone strikes

A Pakistani parliamentary commission yesterday demanded an end to drone attacks inside the country and an apology for deadly air strikes last year as part of a review of its near-severed relations with the US.

Father of Captain James Phillippson: 'He joined the Army to do some proper soldiering. He knew what would happen'

Afghanistan: Ten deaths that tell the story of a futile war

The killing of six soldiers last week took fatalities among British service personnel to 404. Have they died in vain?

Lieutenant-General Zaheer ul Islam, the new head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency

Pakistan appoints a new chief of intelligence

Pakistan has announced a new head for its notorious Inter-Services Intelligence agency, ending weeks of speculation over who would fill the powerful role.

Washington bomb plot foiled by FBI posing as al-Qa'ida

A terror suspect was arrested in Washington DC yesterday as he prepared to launch what he thought would be a lethal suicide attack on the US Congress.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, is facing a claim for constructive dismissal from the agency's ex-boss

Theresa May to visit Jordan to discuss Abu Qatada deportation

Home Secretary Theresa May will visit Jordan in the near future as the Government continues to try to find ways to deport radical cleric Abu Qatada, she said today.

No assurances offered over Abu Qatada trial

A Jordanian prince has refused to give assurances over whether radical cleric Abu Qatada would get a fair trial if he were deported to Jordan.

Jordan insists it will not use torture evidence for Qatada

Home Office minister in Amman for talks on deporting 'Bin Laden's ambassador in Europe'

David Cameron speaks to King Abdullah over Abu Qatada trial

Prime Minister David Cameron spoke with King Abdullah of Jordan today about Britain's efforts to deport Islamist radical Abu Qatada to stand trial in the country.

Cleric Abu Qatada branded 'truly dangerous'

Abu Qatada has been described as "al Qa'ida's spiritual leader in Europe", "Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe", "the most significant extremist preacher in the UK" and "a truly dangerous individual".

Omar Waraich: Gilani faces fight of his life to survive this onslaught

A vote reaffirming faith in democracy would seem odd in any parliament. But in Pakistan it underscored the fragility of the ruling coalition after the Prime Minister was summoned to the Supreme Court to face contempt proceedings.

Hague appeals for calm in Pakistan amid coup fears

Foreign Secretary William Hague today appealed for calm in Pakistan amid fears the army could be preparing to stage a military coup.

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari did not inform his people of the raid

Pakistan president goes to Dubai as split with military widens

Pakistan's president left the country for what was described as a one-day private visit to Dubai, amid a deepening crisis between the government and the powerful military, officials said.

Yousuf Gilani asked aid groups to help rebuild areas affected by the fighting

Pakistan PM sacks defence secretary

Pakistan's prime minister has sacked the defence secretary, his office said today, in a move likely to ratchet up tension with the powerful military and raise fears of instability in a country vital to efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.

Bali bombing suspect's wife jailed

The wife of the main suspect in the 2002 Bali bombings has been jailed for 27 months by an Indonesian court for immigration violations.

US investigation sees shared blame in Pakistan air strike

A US investigation today found that both American and Pakistani forces were to blame for an incident that killed 24 Pakistani troops in a remote area along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border last month, inflaming already strained bilateral ties.

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