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

Terror leader lives freely near Pakistani capital

On the outskirts of the Pakistani capital lives a militant considered so powerful that Osama bin Laden consulted with him before issuing a fatwa to attack American interests.

Pakistanis accused of CIA collusion over Bin Laden raid

Spy agency arrests at least five in attempt to 'shut down unauthorised US operations'

Bomb blasts kill 34 and injure 100 in Peshawar

At least 34 people were killed last night in a suspected suicide bombing in Peshawar, north-west Pakistan, with nearly 100 injured. Two blasts were reported at a market near a block of flats and newspaper offices.

Bin Laden files 'reveal petty office politics within al-Qa'ida'

There's no escaping office politics, even when you're administering global jihad. Intelligence recovered from Osama bin Laden's final hideaway shows senior figures within al-Qa'ida caught up in petty squabbles and back-stabbing.

Peace talks with Taliban edge closer

Coalition leaders talk up prospects of negotiated Afganistan settlement

Aloe Blacc: 'I limit my consumption to the point people call me Mr Frugal'

Artists like 50 Cent made me stop rapping I felt there was too much opulence, braggadocio and misogyny in hip-hop, and I wanted to tell a different story. What happened is that the music got corporatised; industry executives sacrificed art for what sells and mega-stars now saturate the market with the same tired lyrics.

US warning to Pakistan on terrorism

US secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned yesterday that relations between the US and Pakistan had reached a critical point after the killing of Osama bin Laden and called on Islamabad to take "decisive steps" to fight terrorism.

Disney fails to 'buy' name of Bin Laden hit squad

The Walt Disney Company has confirmed that it has withdrawn its application to trademark the phrase "Seal Team 6", the name of the élite unit that killed Osama bin Laden, after the United States Navy moved to protect its rights and the entertainment giant endured a wave of criticism and jibes.

Suicide bomber kills 26 in Pakistan

A suicide bomber in a pickup truck detonated his explosives near several government offices in northwest Pakistan today, killing at least 26 people, in the latest violence to hit the country since the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Want to adopt attack dog from raid that killed Bin Laden?

Most people planning to adopt a rescue dog will be happy if it looks suitably needy and does not eat the furniture, but after a canine joined the elite squad that killed Osama bin Laden, a good temperament and basic house-training may no longer be enough.

Five police killed by suicide bomber in Pakistan

A suicide bomber in a pick-up truck filled with explosives attacked a police building in north-west Pakistan today, killing five police officers and wounding at least 30 other people in the latest round of bloodshed to hit the country since the US raid which killed Osama bin Laden.

Pakistan humiliated by Bin Laden revenge attack

Pakistan was last night conducting a major manhunt for the two terrorists who managed to escape after mounting the one of the most brazen attacks yet on the country's powerful military.

Pakistan naval base siege close to an end

Troops battled Taliban gunmen holed up in Pakistan's naval air force headquarters today after the most audacious attack in the unstable, nuclear-armed country since the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Barack Obama would launch a new Pakistan raid

President Barack Obama has indicated he would be prepared to launch a fresh American raid into Pakistani territory if they discovered another leading terrorist figure hiding there.

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