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How Close Is Al-Qaida To Defeat?

Because U.S. efforts to capture or kill key al-Qaida figures have been so effective, some say the group's core could collapse if a few more members are eliminated. Others say al-Qaida affiliates are gathering strength, and any victory over the core will be a hollow one.
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U.S. Will Try To 'Put Iran In A Vise'

Some members of Congress are saying an alleged Iranian assassination plot amounts to an act of war. The Obama administration has already placed new sanctions on Iran but is not considered likely to pursue military action.
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White House Tries To Increase Pressure On Iran

A day after announcing they had uncovered an Iranian terror plot, the Obama administration is moving quickly to try to drum up more international pressure on the Iranian regime. But some Iran watchers are raising doubts about the U.S. storyline — and wonder if the U.S. can get the sort of diplomatic mileage it wants out of this case.
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A Look At Manssor Arbabsiar

The man allegedly at the center of the plot to kill the Saudi ambassador is Manssor Arbabsiar. He is a naturalized American citizen who has lived in Texas for the last 30 years. He first lived in the Dallas area, then Corpus Christi and finally outside Austin.
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Christmas Day Bomber Pleads Guilty

The Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day in 2009 pleaded guilty today. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had tried to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear. Tuesday, on the first day of trial, the government presented its case, including details of what happened on the flight that day. Then Wednesday, Abdulmutallab abruptly pleaded guilty to all eight counts against him. NPR's counter-terrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston talks to Robert Siegel.
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U.S. Foils Plot To Kill Saudi Ambassador

The Justice Department has charged an Iranian-American man, among others, with plotting to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States. According to Attorney General Eric Holder, elements of Iran's government directed the plot.

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