As an FBI interrogator, Ali Soufan had to be patient. It was his job to use what he had at his disposal, including his native Arabic skills and dark complexion, to not only identify with terrorism suspects around the world but to earn their trust. His ability to glean information, however seemingly trivial, was the strongest tool he had when it came to identifying and disrupting terrorist organizations...
ALTHOUGH many have claimed to tell the inside story of the hunt for al-Qaeda, Ali Soufan has a better claim than most. As a young Lebanese-American recruit to the FBI, he did more than interrogate some of the al-Qaeda leaders scooped up in America's war on terror. He ate fast food and cookies with them...
When the C.I.A. insisted on torturing Al Qaeda members, F.B.I. agent Ali H. Soufan protested loudly: Not only did he believe the "enhanced interrogation techniques" to be legally and morally wrong, but Soufan — who, as one of the Bureau's few Arabic-speaking agents...
Officials in the Obama administration have confirmed that a missile strike from a U.S. aircraft killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a senior al-Qaeda leader and radical Islamic propagandist in Yemen. The death of the American-born cleric is the latest in a string of U.S. targeted killingsfocusing on al-Qaeda leadership...
The Pentagon announced Thursday its decision to refer Abdul Rahim al-Nashiri, a former aide to Osama bin laden, to military court in Guantanamo Bay on charges of war crimes. Nashiri is considered the former al-Qaeda's leader most prominent aide and is suspected of masterminding the bombing of U.S. navy ship Cole in Yemen in 2000; 17 American soldiers died as a result of that attack...