Mark Hosenball

Afghan Cops: A $6 Billion Fiasco

Six billion dollars later, the Afghan National Police can't begin to do their jobs right—never mind relieve American forces.

Intelligence Experts Skeptical of Dubai Spy-Expulsion Threat

While some European intelligence agencies are seriously concerned about the Dubai police chief's demand that all foreign spies leave his region in a week, U.S. and some allied intelligence experts are skeptical that it will come to pass.

Bye-Bye Spies, Says Dubai

Police in the Persian Gulf emirate of Dubai have advised all foreign spies to get out of town—and preferably out of the region—within a week. Although it is widely known in international spy circles, news of the expulsion threat has received little circulation beyond media in the Arab world.

Senators Accuse Homeland Security Spies

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein and other prominent Senate Democrats have accused spies at the Homeland Security Department of basing official intelligence reports on dubious open-source material.

'JihadJane' Grew Frustrated When Alleged Co-Conspirators Wouldn't Move Fast Enough

Colleen R. LaRose, the alleged American Islamic militant who used the Internet nom de guerre "JihadJane," traveled to Ireland last year to meet a group of Internet acquaintances, expecting they would join her as co-conspirators in an alleged murder plot, according to sources in the United States and Ireland who are familiar with the investigation.

A Deal to Send Home a Canadian Gitmo Inmate?

U.S. and Canadian government officials deny it, but the lawyer for one of the most controversial inmates at Guantánamo Bay says some members of the Obama administration are working on a possible plan to send his client home to Canada.

Cold Water on Reports of 'American Al Qaeda' Capture

 U.S. counterterrorism officials say they doubt news reports that U.S.-born Al Qaeda frontman Adam Gadahn—or any other American jihadist—has been apprehended in the last few days by Pakistani authorities.

CIA Investigators Believe Suicide Bomber Was Qaeda Plant From the Outset

An investigation by the CIA into how and why a suicide bomber was invited onto a secret CIA outpost in Afghanistan last Dec. 30 has tentatively determined that the bomber, Humam Muhammed al-Balawi, most likely was a mole from the outset—an infiltrator planted by Al Qaeda on the Jordanian and American intelligence services.

More Delays for Iran-Nuke Intel Report

A long-awaited update to the U.S. intelligence community's controversial 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear ambitions has been kicked down the road yet again, Declassified has learned.

N.Y. Subway Bomb Plotter Now Helping Investigators

The leader of the foiled New York subway bombing plot is now helping U.S. authorities identify foreign co-conspirators, a U.S. law-enforcement official and a legal source close to the case tell Declassified.‬‪ Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan-born permanent U.S. resident believed to have masterminded the plot, pleaded guilty in February to multiple terrorism-related charges.

French Passports Used by Dubai Hit-Squad Members Were Forged

The government of France says that French passports used by allegedmembers of a hit squad accused of killing a Hamas leader in Dubai wereforged. Emmanuel LeNain, a spokesman for the French Embassy inWashington, told Declassified that his government has determined thatfour French passports, which Dubai investigators say were used bysuspected hit-team members, were counterfeits and not genuine papersobtained from the French government under false pretenses.

Did the U.S. Have Contact With Terror Group That Attacked Iran?

After Abdolmalek Rigi—the suspected leader of the anti-Iranian jihadist group Jundullah—was arrested by Iranian authorities last week, he made a startling public claim: the Obama administration offered to give his group money and munitions to help in their efforts to undermine the government of Iran.

Most Passports Used by Dubai Hit Squad Members Appear to Have Been Counterfeit

Intriguing details keep emerging in the killing of a Hamas operative in Dubai last month. It turns out that most of the European passports used by suspected members of the alleged hit team were counterfeits—but not all, according to two diplomats who are familiar with investigations into the matter by authorities in Britain and Ireland.

Mullah Baradar Talking—But Not Saying Much

The recently captured deputy leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Abdel Ghani Baradar, is now talking to Pakistani and American interrogators—a little. But three U.S. national-security officials familiar with the situation, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information, said that Baradar is not saying much, at least so far.

Afghan-American Pleads Guilty to N.Y. Subway Bombing Plot

Afghan-American and sometime Queens, N.Y., resident Najibullah Zazi on Monday pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges relating to an alleged plot to bomb the New York City subway system shortly after last year's 9/11 anniversary.

Baradar Capture Was Stroke of Luck

U.S. national security officials acknowledge that the capture two weeks ago of Mullah Abdel Ghani Baradar, military commander of the Afghan Taliban, was largely a stroke of luck.