When Barack Obama was elected four years ago there was a wave of hope and jubilation that could be felt across the United States and even abroad. But the past four years haven't exactly been smooth sailing.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is a high-profile member of al Qaeda. But his trial, which began Monday (03.03.2014), is taking place in federal court in New York and not before a military tribunal at the Guantanamo prison camp.
The US capture of a suspected al Qaeda chief from his own home in Libya once again puts the focus on the legality of Obama's version of the "war on terror." The Libyan government's role is also ambiguous.
Pakistani experts say that President Obama's remark that former al Qaeda leader bin Laden would have escaped if the US had sought Pakistan's permission is proof that the US does not trust Islamabad on terrorism issues.
Ceremonies have been held marking 12 years since the attacks on September 11, 2001. Almost 3,000 people were killed when hijacked airliners crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field.
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