Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A final word for 2013


From Washington, DC I would like to say that 2013 will be an interesting year, keep an eye out for the latest from Syria, Burma and Pakistan. Three countries of very prominent interest to us.  

I want everyone to remember our military and the young men and women working long hours in Washington, analyzing data from all over the world, working hard to prevent another 9-11. May they have all the information they need to stop another attack. Remember to support our troops as they work every day to keep us safe. Please keep them in your prayers.

I want to thank my readers for their feedback, many of you have written to me offline, and I enjoy all the great insight and wish you all a great new year. I will carry on my entries starting January 3rd, 2013. God Bless you all and the United States Military.


Syria Uprising and the Rise of Extremism: The Future Base of Al Qaeda!

Interesting Article: "Syria and the Limits of Pretension" by Michael Brenner /
Huffington Post, published Tuesday, December 18th, 2012.


 An interesting article mentioned that Syria weighs heavily on Washington's mind. For good reason. The protracted civil war is offering vivid demonstration of how limited is American influence on the turbulent politics of the Middle East post-Arab Spring. We cannot identify in this free-for-all a contender for the laurels who shares our perspective or our values -- and who has a fair chance of coming out on top. Sectarian passions among Sunnis, Alawites, Druze and Kurds are the main driving force. The secular minded, more or less liberal elites who initially represented the opposition, the Syrian National Council based in Istanbul, have been reduced to being just one among several factions pursuing agendas that coincide only in their dedication to unseating Assad.

Would you like to know the latest from Syria?


Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Future Leader of Pakistan Taliban!

Interesting Article: "A new Pakistani Taliban chief emerging?" by Reuters / Wana, published Thursday, December 6th, 2012

 An interesting article mentioned that Hakimullah Mehsud, a ruthless commander who has led the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for the last three years, has lost operational control of the movement and the trust of his fighters, said a senior Pakistan army official based in the South Waziristan tribal region, the group’s stronghold. The organization’s more moderate deputy leader, Wali-ur-Rehman, 40, is poised to succeed Mehsud, whose extreme violence has alienated enough of his fighters to significantly weaken him, the military sources told Reuters. The TTP, known as the Pakistani Taliban, was set up as an umbrella group of militants in 2007. Would you like to know more?


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Al Qaeda Linked Group Leading Fight in Syria! Syrian Freedom Fighters are Al Qaeda!

Interesting Article: "Syria: Aleppo declaration raises fear of Al Qaeda-inspired groups joining rebels" by Michelle Shephard / Washington, DC published Monday, November 19th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Fears of the growing influence of Al Qaeda-inspired groups inside Syria increased Monday with the release of video claiming the embattled city of Aleppo is now an “Islamic state” and that 13 radical factions jointly rejected the country’s new opposition coalition. The statement appears to be a reaction to the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, the newly formed alliance of opposition groups trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad’s regime. Would you like to know more?


Monday, November 12, 2012

Latest From Mali: Mali on the Brink of War!

Interesting Article: "Mali’s Looming War: Will Military Intervention Drive Out the Islamists?" by Alan Boswell / Mopti published Monday, November 12th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Officials and locals say that foreigners are entering and leaving the new safe haven with relative ease – turning its desert dunes into a regional sinkhole for ultraconservative Islamists, exiled terrorists, and drug-smuggling opportunists – a strange breed of outlaw rule some have dubbed “gangster jihadism.” Western officials say that there is now broad consensus that a military intervention is necessary to re-take Mali’s desert north – but the problem is that what’s urgent is not necessarily what’s possible. “It’s not something that will be over in a flash, and it’s not something anyone can undertake lightly,” said a French intelligence officer specializing in foreign threats. Would you like to know more?


Friday, September 14, 2012

Killing of U.S Diplomat is a Sign of Middle East Jihadists Taking Over Moderate Countries!

Interesting Article: "Struggle for Ideological Upper Hand in Muslim World Seen as Factor in Attacks" by Robert Worth / Doha published Friday, September 12, 2012.

An interesting article mentioned that in the wake of angry anti-American protests and the killing of the American ambassador and three other diplomatic workers in Benghazi, Libya, there was a return to sadly familiar ground. The cause, as in earlier riots that followed the burning of Korans in Afghanistan and the publication of anti-Islamic cartoons in Denmark, was a perceived blasphemy — in this case a video clip that denigrated the Prophet Muhammad. Would you like to know more?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"Make no mistake, we will pursue and we will fight them wherever they go. There is no place that will be safe for them to hide from justice!"

Interesting Article: "On 9/11, al Qaeda looks to Syria to revive its fortunes" by Paul Cruickshank / Washington, DC published Tuesday, September 11th 2012.

An interesting article mentioned that many of al Qaeda’s senior figures, including Osama bin Laden, are dead or captured as a result of counter-terrorism operations in Pakistan. Those lost include many of its operational experts, such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Younis al Mauretani and Rashid Rauf. Most of al Qaeda’s terrorist plots against the West since 9/11 have been aborted or broken up. The group's sources of finance in the Gulf have come under remorseless attack from the U.S. Treasury and encrypted documents discovered last year by German intelligence revealed an organization under pressure, scrambling to find new ways of attacking the West. So, have we defeated al-Qaeda?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Pakistani Militants Stepping up Attacks on U.S Diplomats!

Interesting Article: "2 US Consulate Employees Wounded in Pakistan Blast" by VOA / Peshawar, published Monday, September 3rd, 2012.

An interesting article mentioned that the U.S. embassy in Islamabad says two American consulate personnel in Peshawar and two Pakistani staff members were killed Monday in what the embassy describes as “an apparent terrorist attack.” Would you like to know more?

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Meqdad Clan of Baalbek!

Interesting Article: "One kidnapping in Syria prompts kidnapping of 20-plus in Lebanon" by Nicholas Blanford / Beirut published Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that a series of tit-for-tat abductions this week of Shiite Lebanese and Sunni Syrians threatens to further undermine stability in Lebanon as the sectarian nature of the brutal conflict in Syria deepens and spreads. Members of the Meqdad clan, a powerful Shiite tribe from the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon, announced today that the "military wing" of the family had abducted more than 20 Syrians in Lebanon whom they alleged were fighters with the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA). The Meqdads said that the abductions were in response to the kidnapping, allegedly by the FSA, of Hassan Selim Meqdad in Damascus at the beginning of the week. The FSA accused Hassan Meqdad of being a member of Lebanon's militant Shiite group Hezbollah, a strong supporter of the Assad regime. Hezbollah and the Meqdad family have denied the claims, with the latter saying that he was an employee of a Lebanese bank. Would you like to know more?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Latest about Al Qaeda in Mali!

Interesting Article: "Al Qaeda's richest faction dominant in north Mali: U.S" by David Lewis / Dakar published Thursday, July 26th, 2012


An interesting article mentioned that Al Qaeda's affiliate in North Africa is the militant organization's richest faction and the dominant Islamist force among those controlling northern Mali. General Carter Ham said the international community and the Malian government now faced a complex challenge to try to deal with the strengthened presence in Mali's largely desert north of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the militant group's North African franchise. Would you like to know more?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Al Qaeda Fighting Lashkar-e-Islam's Dominance in Kyber Agency!

Interesting Article: "Blast at banned outfit’s centre kills three in Khyber Agency" by DAWN / Peshawar published Friday, July 27th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that a blast at a centre of the banned outfit, Lashkar-i-Islam, late on Thursday killed at least three and injured four in Khyber Agency. According to official sources, the blast took place in Tehsil Bara of the troubled Khyber Agency alongside the Afghanistan border. Banned organizations often attack each other in the area rife with religious militancy. However, no such group has yet accepted the responsibility of the attack. Would you like to know more?


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Al Qaeda's Influence Rising In Kenya!

Interesting Article: "Insight: Separatist storm brewing on Kenya's coast" by James Macharia / Mombasa published Monday, July 23rd, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that a separatist movement is growing in Kenya.  Near the white sandy beaches along Kenya's coast where tourists sip cocktails in the sun, graffiti scrawled on walls proclaims 'Pwani si Kenya' or 'The Coast is not Kenya'. The Swahili slogans are a call by an outlawed group for the coastal region, including a booming tourist industry and Mombasa, Kenya's oldest city and biggest port, to secede from East Africa's largest economy. Would you like to know more?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Syria's Civil War and the Future of the Middle East!

Interesting Article: "Syrian forces stretched, spy chief 4th bomb victim" by Oliver Holmes / Beirut published Friday, July 20th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that a fourth member of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle died on Friday from wounds sustained in a bomb attack this week as his forces fought to recapture border posts and parts of Damascus from rebels targeting the heart of his power. Syrian state television said a funeral ceremony for the defense minister, his deputy - Assad's brother-in-law - and a senior general was held on Friday in Damascus, without mentioning whether Assad attended. Would you like to know more?


Monday, July 9, 2012

Jihadist Training All Female Suicide Team!!

Interesting Article: "Samantha Lewthwaite 'recruiting all-women terror squads'" by Mike Pflanz / Mombasa published Sunday, July 8th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Samantha Lewthwaite, the British terror suspect on the run from police in East Africa, is in Somalia recruiting and training all-women attack squads, The Daily Telegraph has learnt. Lewthwaite, the widow of Jermaine Lindsay, one of the 7/7 bombers, fled Kenya's main coast city, Mombasa, last December after police stumbled upon a plot to attack tourist hotels with chemical bombs. Would you like to know more?


Monday, June 25, 2012

Head of Indian 26/11 massacre Arrested!

Interesting Article: "India arrests suspect in Mumbai terrorist attacks" by Richard Lindell / India published Tuesday, June 16th, 2012.

An interesting article mentioned that Abu Hamza, also known as Sayed Zabiuddin, was detained by police at Delhi international airport late last week. The 30-year-old is alleged to have coordinated the 10 terrorists who attacked various targets in Mumbai. From a base in the Pakistani city of Karachi, Hamza allegedly issued instructions by telephone to the 10 Islamist gunmen as they stormed two luxury hotels, a Jewish centre, a restaurant and a train station in Mumbai. Would you like to know more?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Latest from Libya & Al Qaeda's Growing Influence!

Interesting Article: "Bomb targets U.S. mission in Libya's Benghazi" by Mohammed Al-Tommy / Benghazi published Wednesday, June 6th, 2012.

An interesting article mentioned that a bomb exploded outside the U.S. diplomatic mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi overnight, an attack that could be retaliation for the killing, in a U.S. drone strike, of al Qaeda's Libyan second-in-command. An improvised explosive device was dropped from a passing vehicle onto the road outside the mission, in an upmarket area of central Benghazi. It exploded moments after, slightly damaging the building's gate, U.S. and Libyan officials said. Would you like to know more?


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Iraq and the Sadrists!

Interesting Article: "Iraq: A satellite state of Iran?" by Aymenn Jawad Al Tamimi / Baghdad published Tuesday, May 29th, 2012.

An intriguing question was asked in an interesting article about how much influence does Iran wield in Iraq? This question has long been a matter of debate and in light of the US troop withdrawal has become all the more relevant, especially with rumors of Iranian plans to have Mahmud Shahrudi, who is an Iraqi-born member of Iran’s Guardian Council and advocates clerical involvement in government, succeed the quietist Ali al-Sistani in Najaf. On top of this a the Sadrist Movement has seen a resurgence of sorts. What does this all mean and who are the Sadrists?


New York Accountant Guilty of Assisting Al Qaeda!

Interesting Article: "New York accountant pleads guilty to terror charges" by The Telegraph / New York published Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that a New York accountant accused by US authorities of helping al Qaeda with computer systems pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court to terrorism-related charges. Sabirhan Hasanoff, 36, a dual US and Australian citizen who owns a home in Brooklyn, New York, was arrested in April 2010 and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to al Qaeda. Would you like to know more?


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Extremists in Sweden!

Interesting Article: "Two held for shooting imam in northern Sweden" by The Local / Sweden published Thursday, May 17th, 2012.

An interesting article mentioned Two men have been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of an imam who remains in a coma nearly three months after being shot in the head in northern Sweden. They are suspected of involvement in the February 22nd shooting of Obydkhon Sobitkhony Nazarov, who had served as an imam in Strömsund, where he has lived since coming to Sweden in 2006 as a political refugee from Uzbekistan. Incidences like this can lead to what many see as continual resurgence of Muslim extremism and terrorism.

Read More: http://www.thelocal.se/40882/20120516/



How Iran Helps Syrian Regime!

Interesting Article: "Iran flouts U.N. sanctions, sends arms to Syria: panel" by Louis Charbonneau / United Nations Published Friday, May 17th, 2012.

An interesting article mentioned that Syria remains the top destination for Iranian arms shipments in violation of a U.N. Security Council ban on weapons exports by the Islamic Republic, according to a confidential report on Iran sanctions-busting seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Iran, like Russia, is one of Syria's few allies as it presses ahead with a 14-month old assault on opposition forces determined to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Read More: http://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-syria-remains-top-destination-iran-arms-transfers-184326272.html

Latest on Iran!

Interesting Article: "U.S. Has Plans to Attack Tehran, Says U.S. Envoy to Israel" by Associated Press / Washington published Friday, May 17th, 2012.

An interesting article mentioned that the U.S. has plans in place to attack Iran if necessary to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, Washington's envoy to Israel said, days ahead of a crucial round of nuclear talks with Tehran. Dan Shapiro's message resonated Thursday far beyond the closed forum in which it was made: Iran should not test Washington's resolve to act on its promise to strike if diplomacy and sanctions fail to pressure Tehran to abandon its disputed nuclear program.

Read More: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303879604577409884279939116.html?mod=WSJ_World_LEFTSecondNews 

Latest in Syria!

Interesting Article: "Lebanese City Drawn Into Syrian Conflict" by Josh Wood / Lebanon published Friday, May 17th, 2012.

An interesting article mentioned that About a week before the start of the latest round of fighting between Sunni and Alawite militias in Lebanon’s second city, one of Tripoli’s most influential Salafi clerics received visitors in a small room inside the mosque he presides over after noon prayers. Tripoli today, he remarked offhandedly to his guests, is like the Pakistani frontier town of Peshawar that, during the Soviet Union’s occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, acted as an integral hub for organizing fighters, arms and intelligence for the mujahedeen’s. The sheik’s comment was perhaps hyperbole, but strong connections between Tripoli and the conflict next door in Syria do exist, and they have solidified over time. Both fighters and arms have flowed from the city to the Syrian rebels trying to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/world/middleeast/lebanese-city-drawn-into-syrian-conflict.html?_r=3&ref=middleeast               

Hakimullah Mehsud’s close associate arrested in Peshawar!

Interesting Article: "Hakimullah Mehsud’s close associate arrested in Peshawar" by DAWN / Peshawar published Tuesday, May 15th, 2012.

An interesting article mentioned that close associate of Hakimullah Mehsud, chief of banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and six others have been arrested from Peshawar, DawnNews reported on Monday. Mehsud’s close associate, “Hakeem,” has been arrested along with six other extremists from Peshawar’s Hayatabad phase VI and have been shifted to an undisclosed location, sources told.

Read More: http://dawn.com/2012/05/14/hakimullah-mehsuds-close-associate-arrested-in-peshawar/

Latest on Pakistan Bloccking Vital Supplies to U.S Troops!

Interesting Article: "Pakistan defers decision on NATO supply line restoration" by Xinhua / Islamabad published Wednesday, May 16th, 2012.

Interesting article mentioned that Pakistani panel of top civilian and military leaders Tuesday night deferred a decision on restoration of NATO supply line, a cabinet minister and an official statement said. Information Minister Qamar-uz-Zaman, who attended the meeting, told the media that there would be more consultations before taking a final decision on restoration of NATO supply line.

Read More: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-05/16/c_131590107.htm

Latest in Mali!

Interesting Article: "Al-Qaeda in northern Mali training recruits" by Jemal Oumar / Nouakchott published Tuesday, May 15th, 2012.

Reports indicate a new al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) plan that may be under way to turn northern Mali into a base for training terrorists. AQIM is believed to have brought terrorist elements from Pakistan to provide training to new recruits in guerrilla warfare, use of various types of weapons, arms smuggling, and in laundering money collected from ransoms. This is in addition to providing advice to group leaders on how to deal with the world's war against terror.

Read More: http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/features/2012/05/15/feature-02   

Mauritania Finally Stepping Up!

Interesting Article: "Death sentence upheld for Qaeda assassin" by SAPA / Mauritania published Thursday, May 17th, 2012.

An interesting article mentioned that A Mauritanian court upheld a death sentence handed to an Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) assassin found guilty of gunning down an American in 2009, a judicial source said Wednesday.  On June 23, 2011, Legget was shot three times in the head in central Nouakchott by armed men as he got out of his car in front of his office.  Witnesses said the attackers had tried to kidnap him, but he had strongly resisted and they killed him instead.

Read More: http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/death-sentence-upheld-for-qaeda-assassin-1.1298137

Terrorists resorting to killing hostages!

Interesting Article: "Jihadists threaten to kill Spanish hostage" by AFP / Bamako published Wednesday, May 16th, 2012.

An interesting article mentioned that a west African Al-Qaeda splinter group has threatened to kill a Spanish hostage kidnapped in western Algeria last year if their demands are not met, a spokesman said. MUJAO first emerged last December, presenting themselves as an offshoot of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, when they claimed the kidnap three months earlier of three aid workers, two Spanish and one Italian, from Tindouf, Algeria.

Read More: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/africa/Jihadists+threaten+to+kill+Spanish+hostage/-/1066/1407130/-/2vggnwz/-/

Terrorist Active in Karachi!

Interesting Article: "CID arrests LJ man, recovers ammunition in Karachi" by DAWN / Karachi published Wednesday, May 16th, 2012.

Criminal investigation department (CID) arrested an alleged ‘terrorist’ associated with banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) and recovered large quantity of arms and explosives, DawnNews reported. Five kilograms of explosive material, three detonators and seven meters of detonating wire have been recovered.

Read More: http://dawn.com/2012/05/16/cid-arrests-lj-man-recovers-ammunition-in-karachi/

Friday, May 4, 2012

Terrorism Kidnapping On the Rise!

Interesting Article: "International terrorist kidnappings for ransom increase, UN Security Council says" by Associated Press / UN published Friday, May 4th, 2012.

The U.N. Security Council says international terrorism is increasingly motivated by intolerance and extremism and its perpetrators are increasingly resorting to kidnapping for ransom and coordinating acts with organized crime. A presidential statement approved by the council Friday also expressed concern at the growing use of the internet and new information and communications technologies by terrorists to recruit, incite, finance and prepare their illegal activities.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/05/04/international-terrorist-kidnappings-for-ransom-increase-un-security-council/#ixzz1tvzhDhNL

Latest in Egypt!

Interesting Article: "Egypt imposes curfew in Cairo district amid violent protest" by Reuters / Cairo published Friday, May 4th, 2012.

Egypt's army imposed an overnight curfew around the defence ministry in Cairo on Friday after protesters clashed with troops there during demonstrations against military rule and the exclusion of candidates from the presidential election. The street violence comes less than three weeks before an election that represents the first chance for Egyptians to freely choose their leader. A successful vote would mark the most important step in a messy transition to democracy since the overthrow of autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak 15 months ago.

Read More: http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/Video/Article.aspx?id=268733

Is Ahmadinejad On His Way Out?

Interesting Article: "Ahmadinejad's rivals ahead in parliamentary runoff" by NASSER KARIMI / Tehran published Friday, May 4th, 2012.

Early returns in Iran's parliamentary runoff elections show conservative rivals of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ahead in many constituencies. The semiofficial Mehr news agency says the president's rivals appear to be winning most of the 65 seats that were up for grabs in the second round held Friday.
The runoff was expected to cement the victory of Ahmadinejad's opponents, who already won an outright majority in the 290-member legislature in the first round of voting in March.

Latest in West Africa!

Interesting Article: "West African bloc prepares to send troops into Mali and Guinea-Bissau" by Scott Baldauf / Mali published Friday, May 4th, 2012.

As military junta leaders in Mali struggle to retain control, West Africa’s group for trade, the Economic Community for West African States, is preparing to send in troops to protect citizens and oversee a transition of power back to civilian rule. At a leadership summit held in Dakar, Senegal on Thursday, ECOWAS announced it was also preparing to send troops to the West African country of Guinea-Bissau, where another military coup toppled the civilian government of President Raimundo Pereira and his prime minister, Carlos Domingos Gomes, Jr. While the coup in Mali has drawn the most attention – with Tuareg separatist rebels taking advantage of the disarray to effectively take control of northern Mali – the two separate coups together threaten the security of the entire region, says Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, the current chair of ECOWAS.

Read More: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Keep-Calm/2012/0504/West-African-bloc-prepares-to-send-troops-into-Mali-and-Guinea-Bissau

Latest in Sudan!

Interesting Article: "South Sudan accuses Sudan of attacks in blow to talks" by Yara Bayoumy / KHARTOUM published Saturday, May 5th, 2012.

South Sudan accused Sudan on Friday of attacking its military positions in an oil region, imperilling the chances of a promised ceasefire between the neighbours, but Khartoum denied the charge. The 1,800 km-long (1,200 mile) border between the two countries had been largely quiet for the past 48 hours, raising hopes they could begin talks to end a series of clashes over oil exports, border demarcation and citizenship that have pushed them closer towards a full-blown war. South Sudan’s army (SPLA) spokesman Philip Aguer said Khartoum was again on the offensive on Friday: “Today they hit our positions with ground artillery in Teshween, Lalop and Panakuach.”

Read More: http://www.euronews.com/newswires/1505554-south-sudan-accuses-sudan-of-attacks-in-blow-to-talks/ 

European Missil Defense Seen as an Iron Curtain!

Interesting Article: "European Missile Defense System as a New Iron Curtain" by RIANOVOSTI / Europe published Saturday, April 5th, 2012.

An international conference on missile defense in Europe opened in Moscow on May 3. Washington and Moscow – the event’s major players – are still unable to find common ground: Russia insists that the missile defense system in Europe poses a threat, and the West deliberately shrugs off these concerns. The Russian General Staff is prepared to take strong measures to make its voice heard. Both sides continued to recite their monologues in a vacuum. Russia highlights the threats presented by U.S. missile defense programs, while Washington pretends not to understand what Moscow is talking about.

Read More: http://en.ria.ru/analysis/20120504/173229692.html

Bombing Resumes in Russia Ahead of Elections!

Interesting Article: "Two bombings in Russia's Causcasus region leave at least 12 dead" LA Times / Moscow published Friday, May 4th, 2012.

The first explosion in Makhachkala, the capital of the restive Dagestan republic, came shortly after 10 p.m., when a car exploded near a police checkpoint in a northern suburb, killing and injuring a few police officers. About 10 minutes later, as ambulances and fire engines arrived on the scene, a much more powerful car bomb exploded in the middle of the crowd. Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin, who will be inaugurated to his third term as president Monday, often takes credit for crushing the separatist movement in neighboring Chechnya in the early 2000s in a conflict that claimed tens of thousands of lives. But experts note that resistance movements have flared in neighboring republics, including Dagestan.

Read More: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/05/two-bombings-in-russias-causcasus-region-leave-12-dead.html

Extremists in Germany Rising!

Interesting Article: "Salafists Attack Police at Far-Right Rally" by Spiegal Online / Germany published Tuesday, May 1st 2012.

Radical Islamists attacked police in the western German city of Solingen on Tuesday in protest of a far-right demonstration where anti-Islamic cartoons had been put on display. Some 30 Salafists were arrested after injuring three police officers and a passerby by throwing stones and wielding poles from protest banners, police said. Pro NRW, categorized as an extremist right-wing group by Germany's domestic intelligence agency, had staged a demonstration near a Salafist mosque in Solingen.

Read More: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,830775,00.html 

Yemen General Steps Down Amid Chaos!

Interesting Article: "General steps down after days of rejection" by Yemen Post Staff / Sanaa published Thursday, May 3rd, 2012.

Tareq Mohammad Abdullah Saleh, a nephew of the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, stepped down on Thursday after days negations with the UN Envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar. President Abdu Rabo Hadi issued a month ago decrees of replacing nearly 20 officers, including Air force Chief Mohammed Saleh al-Ahmar. However Al-Ahmar and Tariq refused the decrees and only quitted after the intervention of Benomar.
Read More: http://www.yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=5284&MainCat=3

Dead Terrorist calls for bio/chem attacks on the U.S!

Interesting Article: "From the grave, al-Awlaki calls for bio-chem attacks on the U.S." by Tim Lister and Paul Cruickshank / CNN published Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012.

The editor and star contributor may be dead, but that hasn't prevented al Qaeda in Yemen from issuing the eighth and ninth editions of its online English-language magazine, Inspire. The eighth edition of the high-color magazine includes the most detailed advice yet from radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki on launching attacks against Western countries. In a five-page article entitled "Targeting the Populations of Countries at War With Muslims," al-Awlaki justifies the killing of women and children and the use of chemical and biological weapons in addition to bombings and gun attacks.

Read More: http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/02/from-the-grave-al-awlaki-calls-for-bio-chem-attacks-on-the-u-s/

Cern Physicist Jailed for Terror Plot

Interesting Article: "France jails Cern physicist Adlene Hicheur for terror plot" by BBC News / Paris published Friday, May 4th, 2012.


A French court has sentenced a scientist at the prestigious Cern laboratory to five years in prison for plotting terrorist attacks. Adlene Hicheur was arrested in 2009 after police intercepted his emails to an alleged contact in al-Qaeda. The emails suggested Algerian-born Hicheur was willing to be part of an "active terrorist unit", attacking targets in France.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17956202

Read More about Cern: http://public.web.cern.ch/public/



4 Men Charged in Al Qaeda Terror Plot!!

Interesting Article: "4 men charged over al-Qaida terror plot" by Associated Press / Berlin published Thursday, May 3rd, 2012.

Four men were charged Thursday with membership in a terrorist organization for allegedly planning to carry out an al-Qaida attack in Germany. The group's leader — 30-year-old Moroccan national Abdeladim El-Kebir — was also accused of undergoing training at a terror camp in the lawless Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, federal prosecutors said.

El-Kebir allegedly recruited and indoctrinated the group's other members, whose last names weren't provided in line with German privacy laws.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/05/03/germany-4-men-charged-over-al-qaida-terror-plot/#ixzz1tvkepvq0

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Latest on Timbukto!

Interesting Article: "AQIM leader named Timbuktu governor" by Bakari Gueye / Timbuktu published Monday, April 16th, 2012.

An interesting article mentioned that Al-Qaeda and Islamists are working together to implement their own plan for the future of Timbuktu. Malians will have a new governor for the region, without ever casting a vote. Would you like to know more?

Latest on Yemen!

Interesting Article: "Saudis: Yemen consul's kidnappers demand prisoner release" by Reuters / Jeddah published Tuesday, April 17th, 2012.

An interesting article mentioned that latest developments in regard to the Saudi official that was kidnapped in Yemen. Would you like to know more?

Latest on Afghanistan!

Interesting Article: "Australia to mostly end Afghan mission next year" by LA Times / Kabul published Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that as the U.S. and its allies refine plans to reduce their troop levels in Afghanistan and turn combat operations over to Afghans, Australia has announced that it will pull most of its forces out next year. Would you like to know more about what is going in Afghanistan?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Interesting Article: "Mali: Algeria's efforts founder, International intervention warranted" by Hassan Masiky / Ft. Lauderdale published Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that there are unconfirmed reports that dozens of Nigeria’s Islamist Boko Haram militants are assisting Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in the City of Gao are adding to the confusion surrounding the fluid and chaotic security situation in Northern Mali. The potential involvement of Nigerians alongside Algerian, Malian, Mauritanian and Sahrawi militants in terror activities on the Algerian borders is a major embarrassment to Algeria’s Military security Agency (DRS). Would you like to know more?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Iran Makes Outlandish Claims of Arresting Israeli Operatives!

Interesting Article: "Iran: Israeli operatives arrested" by CNN News Wire Staff / CNN published Wednesday, April 11, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Iran said it has broken up an Israeli "terror and sabotage network" that was planning attacks within the country, making a number of arrests while confiscating weapons and equipment, state-run media reported. Paul Hirschson, a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry said that every few months Iran spreads disinformation and there is no basis to the story. Would you like to know more?

UK Extradicts Terrorist to U.S!

Interesting Article: "Abu Hamza US extradition backed by European Court" by Dominic Casciani / London published Wednesday, April 4th, 2012.


An interest article mentioned that the European Court of Human Rights has backed the extradition of Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects from the UK to the US. The Strasbourg court held there would be no violation of human rights for those facing life and solitary confinement in a "supermax" prison. Would you like to know more?

Monday, April 9, 2012

Yemen's Capital in Blackout and Airport Shut Down!

Interesting Article: "Gunmen attack Yemen's main airport" by Hakim Almasmari / Sanaa published Saturday, April 7th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that gunmen loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh attacked the country's main airport with mortars Saturday, forcing authorities to cancel flights, witnesses and officials said. Two officials at Sanaa International Airport told CNN that the former commander of Yemen's air force had warned he would bring down any civil aircraft departing or arriving the airport unless his demands are met. Would you like to know more?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Mali in state of confusion!

Interesting Article: "Did Libya's revolution topple Mali into crisis?" by Dan Murphy / Mali published Friday, April 6th, 2012


An interesting article mentioned that this year, Mali's restive Tuareg minority has erupted into rebellion after four years of relative quiet, the army has mutinied and seized control of the capital city of Bamako, and today Tuareg separatists declared an independent republic in the country's vast north. Is this all NATO's fault? Not exactly. But the law of unintended consequences is (as usual) rearing its head. In this case, the successful popular uprising against Muammar Qaddafi's regime in Libya, which was substantially aided by the air power of NATO members, has sent Mali tumbling back into chaos, something that neither France nor the US (two of the major backers of the war to oust Qaddafi) are happy about. Far from it. Would you like to know more?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Al Qaeda Takes Over Timbukto!

Interesting Article: "Three top north African Qaeda leaders in Timbuktu" by AFP / Bamako published Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012.

An interesting article mentioned that three top leaders of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) are in the Malian city Timbuktu which was seized on Monday by Islamists seeking to impose sharia law, religious and security sources said. Would you like to know more?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Courting U.S Policy Makers!

Interesting Article: "Brotherhood courts the West" by Ramadan Al Sherbini / Cairo published Thursday, April 5th, 2012.


An interesting article mentioned that the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's most powerful political group, has intensified contacts with the West in an obvious bid to promote its controversial decision to nominate its deputy leader Khairat Al Shater for president, say observers. US Republican Party delegation led by Congressman David Dreier met this week in Cairo with Al Shater, a billionaire and a key Brotherhood strategist, amid criticism of the group's breaking of a promise not to field a candidate for the presidential polls due next month. Would you like to know more?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

U.S Places Bounty on ISI Controlled Terrorist!

Interesting Article: "US tightens screws on Pakistan with $10 million bounty" by Ariel Zirulnick / Pakistan published Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012.

An interesting article mentioned that the US has offered a $10 million bounty for the Pakistani militant accused of plotting the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai, which killed 166 people, including several US citizens. The move was welcomed in India, but could anger rival Pakistan, which has been considering changes to its fraught relationship with the US. Hafiz Mohammad Saeed lives openly in Pakistan, occasionally giving speeches and appearing on talk shows, and founded the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the 1980s. The US considers it a terrorist group and Pakistan officially banned LeT in 2002 under US pressure, but the group still operates relatively freely in Pakistan, Associated Press reports. So who is Hafiz Mohammad Saeed?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Al Qaeda gaining More and More Ground in Yemen!

Interesting Article: "Al-Qaeda exploiting Yemen’s military split" by Associated Press / Aden published Monday, April 2nd, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Al Qaeda is successfully exploiting splits within Yemen's armed forces, Defense Minister Mohammad Naser Ahmed warned on Sunday as suspected Islamist militants killed seven soldiers in the second such attack in two days. The Yemeni military split last year during protests against the 33-year rule of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, with some forces remaining loyal and others joining the opposition. Briefing parliament on raids that have killed nearly 200 soldiers since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took office in February; Ahmed said that jostling for power and logistical difficulties were helping the militants. Would you like to know more?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pakistan Addicted to Extremists!

Interesting Article: "Pakistan addicted to using terrorist groups against India: US" by Chidanand Rajghatta / Washington published Friday, March 29th, 2012


An interesting article mentioned that Pakistan is addicted to using terrorist groups against India and the policy is not going to change any time soon, a key Pentagon official told the US Congress in a blunt and bleak assessment of the situation in the region. At a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Sub-Committee on emerging threats and capabilities, the Obama administration's assistant secretary of defense for special ops/low-intensity conflict Michael Sheehan barely minced words on Tuesday in calling out Pakistan's now widely-known policy of using terrorism as a policy tool. But what was astonishing was his candid admission about US helplessness in changing the Pakistani mindset. Would you like to know more?

Yemeni Tribe Asking for Separate State!

Interesting Article: "Tribe in south Libya threatens to declare separate state, 2nd secession move this month" by Associated Press / Tripoli published Tuesday, March 28th, 2012


An interesting article mentioned that Libyan tribe threatened Wednesday to declare a separate state in Libya’s south after days of bloody battles with a rival tribe, the second such move toward secession this month. The breakaway threats are the latest evidence of turmoil after the fall of longtime ruler Moammar Gaddafi’s autocratic regime last year. One sign is the resurfacing of old grievances and tribal conflicts Gaddafi suppressed. Would you like to know more?

Saudi Diplomat Kidnapped!

Interesting Article: "Saudi diplomat kidnapped in south Yemen" by The Saudi Gazette / Sanaa published Thursday, March 29th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Saudi Arabia’s deputy consul was kidnapped on his way to work Wednesday in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, a Yemeni security official said. The gunmen snatched Abdullah Al-Khalidi as he was about to get into his car and they sped off with him in another vehicle, police in the city’s Mansoura District said. Would you like to know more?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Taliban Sympathizer Arrested in Pittsburgh!

Interesting Article: "Feds: Wilkinsburg man aspires to martyrdom with Taliban" by Brian Bowling / Pittsburgh Published Saturday, March 17th, 2012


An interesting article a Wilkinsburg man arrested on a federal weapons charge this week is a Taliban sympathizer who aspired to martyrdom, a federal agent told a U.S. magistrate on Friday. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Pittsburgh charged Khalifa Ali Al-Akili, 34, with being a convicted felon with a firearm. An affidavit filed in the case says the charge is based on a 7-second video showing Al-Akili at a gun range holding a .22 caliber rifle with a box of ammunition next to him. Would you like to know more?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Al Qaeda takes Over Another Town In Yemen!

Interesting Article: "Al-Qaeda seizes control of another town in Yemen" by Yemen Post Staff / Sanaa published Sunday, March 25th, 2012


An interesting article mentioned that Al-Qaeda announced on Saturday that it has taken control of the coastal town of Radum, in the Yemeni southeastern province of Shabwa. The militants moved from Azan and other areas of Shabwa to Radum, according to the official, who indicated that the militants took control of town gradually. Yemen based al-Qaeda wing, which is according to the US administration the most dangerous offshoot of the terror network, has stepped its attacks on military institutions and personnel, taking an advantage of a distracted government. Would you like to know more?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Latest from Mali!

Interesting Article: "Qaddafi and Al Qaeda: What’s Behind the Coup in Mali?" by Alexis Okeowo / Mali published Friday, March 23rd, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that residents of Bamako, the capital of Mali, say that they didn’t see the coup coming. After a long night of gunfire in a battle between young, low-ranking government soldiers (most under the rank of captain) who had staged a mutiny and Presidential palace guards, the country underwent a radical regime change without anyone being completely aware of what had happened. The soldiers, who call themselves the National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy and State, said they’d let Malians know when it was safe for them to turn over rule to a democratic leader. The whereabouts of President Toure are still unknown, and the allegiances of more senior military officers are unclear. Would you like to know more?

French Al Qaeda Member was watched but Allowed to Operate!

Interesting Article: "French Al Qaeda fanatic was on terror watch list, caught planting Taliban bombs and a suspect in first murder two weeks ago" by Peter Allen & Lee Moran / Paris published Thursday, March 23, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that serious questions are being asked as to why French security services allowed Al Qaeda fanatic Mohammed Merah to roam free for so long. The self-confessed terrorist, who killed seven in a series of calculated killings across south west France, was yesterday shot dead in the head after a dramatic 32-hour siege. Would you like to know more?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bomb Explodes in Paris!

Interesting Article: "Blast shatters windows of Indonesian Embassy in Paris" by CNN / Paris published Wednesday, March 21, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that an explosion in western Paris early Wednesday shattered several windows of the Indonesian Embassy, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Police are investigating the explosion, which took place around 5:15 a.m. Paris time in the upscale 16th district of the French capital. The precise target of the blast is unknown at the moment, the statement said. Would you like to know more?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Latest in Maldives!

Interesting Article: "EU concerned over Maldives" by The Sunday Leader / Male published Tuesday, March 20, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that the European Union (EU) says it remains concerned over continued political unrest in the Maldives. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said in a statement released by the EU office in Colombo (Sri Lanka) that it is important that a process that will lead to political reconciliation and democratic elections is agreed urgently. The EU is ready to support such efforts. What is the latest news in Maldives?

Latest in Yemen!

Interesting Article: "Yemeni Militants Demand 1.2 mln USD to Free Hostage" by Xinhua / Yemen published Monday, March 19th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Suspected al-Qaida gunmen, who abducted a Swiss woman in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida and moved her to Yemen's restive Shabwa province earlier this week, demanded a ransom of 250 million Yemeni rials (about 1.2 million U. S. dollars) for the release of the kidnapped language teacher, a tribal chief told Xinhua on Monday. A tribal committee which was brokering negotiations between government authorities and the al-Qaida group received a ransom call on Monday from the kidnappers, the local tribal chief who was involved in the negotiation said on condition of anonymity. So what’s going on in Yemen?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Latest on Iran!

Interesting Article: "Iran: The leading state sponsor of int'l terrorism" by Irwin Cotler / Jerusalem published Sunday, March 18th, 2012


An interesting article mentioned that there is increasing – and compelling – evidence of Iranian footprints in a series of recent aborted terrorist attacks in India, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Thailand. The Indian police have just reported that the Iranian connection to the bombing of the Israeli Embassy car has been “conclusively established” and that the bombing was connected to a botched attack targeting Israeli consular staff in Bangkok. Would you like to know more?

Al Qaeda Linked Suspects Killed in Bali!

Interesting Article: "Suspected terrorists killed in shootout with police in Bali" by Kathy Quiano / Jakarta published Monday, March 19th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Five suspcted terrorists were killed Sunday in a shootout with police on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, a spokesman for Indonesia's National Police said Monday. The suspects were planning to rob several jewelry stores to help fund their alleged terror plots, and planned on making at least two thefts Sunday night, said Senior Commander Boy Rafli Amar of the National Police. Would you like to know more?

Latest on Somalian Piracy!

Interesting Article: "Armed ships guards foil attempted Somali pirate hijack" by The Foreigner / Bay of Aden published Monday, March 19th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that According to Norwegian company Seatrans AS, which is managing the ship, armed security guards on board the ship managed to avert Friday’s attack in a retaliatory action. The Singapore-registered 20 000 ton chemical tanker ‘Trans Catalonia’ is currently on a voyage from Indonesia to Russia loaded with palm oil. In addition to the guards, the 20 crew are from Sweden, Poland and Romania. So what is the latest on Somalian piracy?


American Killed in Yemen!

Interesting Article: "Al Qaeda claims it killed American in Yemen" by Hakim Almasmari / Sanaa published Monday, March 19th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that gunmen fatally shot an American teacher in the Yemeni province of Taiz on Sunday, two defense ministry officials said. The U.S. Embassy in the capital Sanaa said it had heard reports of an American death and was investigating. It did not confirm an American had been killed. Would you like to know more?

Latest on Syria!

Interesting Article: "Monday begins with more explosions, gunfire across Syria" by CNN / Syria published Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Fresh explosions and riveting gunfire punctuated the pre-dawn hours Monday in cities around Syria, opposition activists said, with the ongoing violence coming on the heels of yet another bloody weekend in the embattled nation of Syria. The same group also reported other pockets of violence early Monday around the capital, including "intense shooting" in Dummar and Keswa "from the security checkpoints all over the city." Would you like to know more?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Al Qaeda moving into Nigeria!

Interesting Article: "Al-Qaeda creates terrorists’ base in Nigeria" by Tribune / Nigeria published Monday, March 12th, 2012.


An interesting article mentioned that the terrorism challenges facing Nigeria may have been complicated by credible reports indicating that Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb has established an operational base in the North-Western part of the country to source for funding through high-profile hostage business. This is coming at a time the United States Department is said to be considering adding the Boko Haram sect to the official list of terrorist organizations in the world. Would you like to know more?

Cyber Security war on Iran!

Interesting Article: "Iran and the era of cyber infection" by Dominic Basulto / Washington Post published Monday, March 12th, 2012.


An interesting article mentioned that like it or not, we’ve entered a new era in which the global geopolitical balance may be determined by hackers and cyber-activists in hooded sweatshirts rather than career diplomats in fashionable pantsuits. Would you like to know more?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Al Qaeda Gains Huge Victory in Yemen!

Interesting Article: "Al-Qaida-linked militants celebrate killing more than 100 Yemeni soldiers" by MSNBC / Sanaa published Tuesday, March 7th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Yemen's new president vowed Monday to pursue militants linked to al-Qaida to their last hiding place after they killed more than 100 soldiers in their deadliest attack on the Yemeni army. The militants said they had also captured dozens of soldiers in a raid after suicide bomb attacks on two military posts outside the southern city of Zinjibar Sunday, the most lethal attack since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took office last month. Would you like to know more?

Libya on the Road to Becoming Two State Nation!


Interesting Article: "A Benghazi Breakaway HighlightsLibya's Uncertain Future" by Abigail Haulohner / Benghazi published Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Libya's increasingly precarious post-Gaddafi stability was further clouded Tuesday, when a conference of tribal leaders and militia commanders unilaterally declared a semiautonomous state in the country's oil-rich east. The plan hatched in Benghazi calls for a revival of the pre-Gaddafi three-state system, with Libya governed on the basis of the old Roman provinces of Tripolitania in the west, Fezzan in the southwest and Cyrenaica in the east. Would you like to know more?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Libya's Islamists Make Their First Move!

Interesting Article: "Libyan mob’s desecration of British and Canadian war cemetery ‘absolutely appalling’" by Stephanie Findlay

An interesting article mentioned that At Benghazi war cemetery, in Libya's east, where 48 Australian World War II Diggers are buried, armed extremists desecrated 198 graves and took to the Cross of Remembrance with a sledgehammer. Would you like to know more?

Friday, March 2, 2012

Syrian Uprising Status!

Interesting Article: "Syrian forces overrun opposition in rebel stronghold of Homs" by Liz Sly / Beirut published Thursday, March 1st, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Syrian government forces overran an opposition stronghold in the central city of Homs on Thursday, raising concerns about the safety of the civilians still trapped there and exposing the limitations of the fledgling armed resistance movement that has sprung up to confront the Syrian regime in recent months. With all communications to Bab Amr severed, including satellite connections, it was difficult to ascertain exactly what was happening. Would you like to know more?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Muslim Brotherhood takes over Egypt!

Interesting Article: "Muslim Brotherhood’s political party consolidates power in Egypt parliament" by Leila Fadel / Cairo published Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Egypt’s newly elected upper legislative chamber chose a member of the country’s most powerful Islamist group to lead it Tuesday, extending the control of parliament by the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing. The vote for the Freedom and Justice Party’s Ahmed Fahmy, a pharmacology professor, as speaker of the upper house followed the election of the party’s Mohammed Saad el-Katatny last month to lead the much more powerful lower house. Would you like to know more?

British Citizens Training in Somalia for Operations in the West!

Interesting Article: "Al-Shabaab: the growing menace of the al-Qaeda affiliate" by Aislinn Laing / Johannesburg published Thursday, March 1st, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that in the eyes of Western intelligence, the growing threat of Somalia's al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab movement and its British ties makes it the new Afghanistan. For militant young Britons looking for a cause, Somalia is currently the hottest ticket. An estimated 200 Britons and Americans have travelled to the Horn of Africa in the past six years, intelligence agencies say, to help al-Shabaab wage terror attacks against government troops in Somalia and plan assaults further afield. Would you like to know more?

London 7/7 bomber's Wife Training for an Attack in London!

Interesting Article: "July 7 bomber's widow 'on the run' over links with terrorist cell" by The Telegraph / London published Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Samantha Lewthwaite, the widow of one of the July 7 bombers, Jermaine Lindsay, is thought to be on the run accused of links with a terrorist cell planning bomb attacks in Kenya. Police in Kenya have issued an arrest warrant for a woman using the name Natalie Faye Webb, and carrying a forged South African passport. But investigators say the woman has three separate identities and one is that of Samantha Lewthwaite, who was married to Jermaine Lindsay, one of the 7/7 bombers. Would you like to know more?

Lashkar-e-Taiba Agents Arrested in New Delhi!

Interesting Article: "LeT militants arrested in foiled New Delhi attack: Chidambaram" by Associated Foreign Press / New Delhi published Wednesday, February 29, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that India's Home Minister P. Chidambaram announced that two men were arrested at New Delhi’s main station after a tip-off from intelligence agencies and work by three state police agencies. India’s home minister said Wednesday that police had foiled an attack by suspected militants allegedly from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group who were caught with explosives at a rail station. Would you like to know more?

Friday, February 24, 2012

What is Lebanon saying about the Syrian situation?

Interesting Article: "Syria conflict worries Beirut, reopens divisions" by Angus MacSwan / Beirut published Friday, February 24th, 2012


An interesting article mentioned that People in the Lebanese capital Beirut are watching anxiously as the increasingly bloody conflict in neighboring Syria unfolds, fearing it could spill over the border and bring a return of the violence that tore their own country apart for so long. Beirut has undergone a renaissance since the days when Muslim and Christian factions, as well as Palestinian guerrillas, clashed over a Green Line and foreign interlopers imposed their will with troops, tanks and warplanes. The bars and restaurants of Hamra and Gemmayzeh are buzzing every night with crowds of young professionals and students. So how is Lebanon handling the Syrian situation?

Will Syria's uprising receive any help?

Interesting Article: "Syria rebels will get arms 'somehow,' Hillary Clinton says" by MSNBC / London published Friday, February 24th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that Syria's opposition will ultimately arm itself and said she would bet against President Bashar Assad staying in power. Her comments came as Western and Arab nations meeting on Friday prepared to demand that Syria implement an immediate cease-fire to allow aid in for desperate civilians in bombarded cities such as Homs amid an 11-month-old revolt. "There will be increasingly capable opposition forces. They will from somewhere, somehow, find the means to defend themselves as well as begin offensive measures," she added. Would you like to know more?

Al Qaeda in Syria and why they are not going away!

Interesting Article: "Congressman: Iraq War's end gives al-Qaeda opening in Syria" by Jim Michaels / Washington D.C published Wednesday, February 24th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee stated that the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq has hurt the United States' ability to blunt efforts by al-Qaeda militants to extend their reach into neighboring Syria. The U.S. government has said there are signs that al-Qaeda may be behind some of the growing violence in Syria, where rebels are attempting to overthrow President Bashar Assad. Bombings in Allepo this month and earlier attacks in Damascus bore the hallmarks of al-Qaeda operations, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified recently. Would you like to know more?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Al Qaeda Plot to blow up Capitol Hill Foiled!

Interesting Article: "The 'lone wolf'--the unknowable face of terror" by Paul Cruickshank / Washington, DC published Saturday, February 18th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that the arrest of a 29-year-old Moroccan living illegally in the United States has focused attention again on the danger posed by "lone-wolf" terrorists. Amine El Khalifi has been charged with plotting to carry out a bombing on the U.S. Capitol and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against federal property. Would you like to know more?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Libya Weapons used by Al Qaeda in Algeria!

Interesting Article: "Algeria seizes missiles smuggled from Libya" by Lamine Chikhi / Algiers published Saturday, February 18th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Algerian security forces have found a large cache of weapons, including shoulder-fired missiles, which they believe were smuggled in from neighboring Libya. The find follows warnings from governments in the region that instability in Libya after the end of Muammar Gaddafi's rule is allowing weapons taken from Gaddafi's arsenal to fall into the hands of al Qaeda's North African branch and other insurgent groups across the Sahara desert. The weapons cache was discovered in the desert about 60 km (40 miles) south of In Amenas, an energy-producing Algerian region near the border with Libya, said the source, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity. Would you like to know more?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Al Qaeda part of Syrian Revolution!

Interesting Article: "Al Qaeda on rise in Syria, has 'marriage of convenience' with Iran, US intelligence director says" by Fox News / Washington D.C published Friday, February 17th, 2012


An interesting article mentioned that the nation's top intelligence adviser told Congress on Thursday that Al Qaeda "is extending its reach into Syria" -- possibly with Iran's help. In a rare public admission, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Al Qaeda and the Iranian regime have a "shotgun marriage, or marriage of convenience." More significantly, given the series of attacks this week linked to Iran, Clapper said Tehran appears to see Al Qaeda as an insurance policy -- a "surrogate or proxy" -- against future Western aggression. Would you like to know more?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Iranian Assasins in Thailand!

Interesting Article: "'Bangkok bombers' were assassins not terrorists, says Thai official" by Kate Hodal / Bangkok published Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that the three "Bangkok bombers" suspected of attempting to carry out an attack in Bangkok are more likely to be assassins than terrorists, a senior Thai security official has said. This potentially corroborates Israel's claims the three men were thwarted in an Iranian assassination plot similar to earlier attacks on Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia. The official said the nationalities of the suspects had yet to be confirmed. "They have Iranian passports and documents, but we haven't concluded that they are in fact Iranian, which is why we are looking in detail at this case," he said. Would you like to know more?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Egypt's Next President!

Interesting Article: "Cleric says ex-Brotherhood man best for Egypt presidency" by Tom Perry / Cairo published Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood is the best of the Egyptian presidential candidates to have emerged so far, according to a high-profile Islamic cleric has said, support that could help his chances in the race to become the next head of state. Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian cleric based in Qatar, described Abdel Moneim Abol Fotoh as the "leading candidate" from a field including former Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, a liberal and former foreign minister. Would you like to know more?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

How Israel will Attack Iran!

Interesting Article: "Israeli attack on Iran would be complex operation" by Jim Michaels / Washington, DC published Monday, February 13, 2012


An interesting article mentioned that an Israeli attack on Iran would be complex operation. If Israel attacked Iran's nuclear facilities, the strike would probably take the form of a complex air assault involving scores of planes that would have to penetrate Iranian air defenses and attack up to a couple of dozen targets simultaneously. "This would be way more sophisticated than anything that's ever been done before," said Charles Wald, a retired Air Force general who led the coalition air campaign in Afghanistan that helped topple the Taliban. Would you like to know more?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Iran Attacking Israeli Ambassadors!

Interesting Article: "As diplomats targeted, Israel blames Iran" by Dan Williams / Jerusalem published Monday, February 13th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Israel accused arch-enemies Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of being behind twin bomb attacks that targeted embassy staff in India and Georgia on Monday, wounding four people. Police in the Indian capital New Delhi said a bomb wrecked a car carrying an embassy official as she was going to pick up her children from school. The woman needed surgery to remove shrapnel but her life was not in danger, officials said. Her driver and two passers-by suffered lesser injuries. Israeli officials said an attempt to bomb an embassy car in the Georgian capital Tbilisi failed. The device was defused. Would you like to know more?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Al Qaeda welcomes Al Shabab into their Arms!

Interesting Article: "Al-Shabab, Al Qaeda: Linkup of groups in decline?" by Associated Press / Nairobi published Friday, February 10th, 2012


An interesting article mentioned that al Qaeda's decision to formally extend its terror franchise to what once was a nationalist movement in Somalia may only be a desperate joining of hands to prop up two militant groups that are both losing popular support and facing increasingly deadly military attacks, analysts said Friday. Somalia's main militant group, al-Shabab, and Al Qaeda have been patting each other on the back for years. On Thursday, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri formalized the relationship by giving "glad tidings" that al-Shabab had joined Al Qaeda. Would you like to know more?

Al Qaeda Gaining Ground in Syria!

Interesting Article: "Al-Qaeda behind Syria blasts: US" by Jonathan Landay / Syria published Sunday February 12th, 2012.

An interesting article mentioned that according to U.S Officials, the Iraqi branch of al-Qaeda, seeking to exploit the bloody turmoil in Syria to reassert its potency, carried out two recent bombings in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and was probably behind Friday's suicide blasts that killed at least 28 people in the largest city, Aleppo. The officials cited US intelligence reports on the incidents, which appear to verify Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's charges of al-Qaeda involvement in the 11-month uprising against his rule. The Syrian opposition has claimed that Dr Assad's regime, which has responded with massive force against the uprising, staged the bombings to discredit the pro-democracy movement calling for his removal. The international terrorist network's presence in Syria also raises the possibility that Islamic extremists will try to hijack the uprising, which would seriously complicate efforts by the US and its European and Arab partners to force Mr Assad's regime from power. Would you like to know more?

Radical Islamists Taking over Maldives!

Interesting Article: "Maldives President Agrees to Investigation" by VOA news / Maldives published Saturday, February 11th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that the new president of the Maldives has agreed to a probe about his rise to power. Mohammed Waheed Hassan told U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake Saturday that he was willing to submit to an independent investigation about his political takeover. Blake was sent to the Indian Ocean nation to help mediate the country's deepening political crisis.  He met Saturday with Hassan and former president Mohamed Nasheed. Mr. Nasheed resigned Tuesday after numerous calls by protesters and police officers for him to step down. He said he was the victim of a military-backed coup.  His former deputy, Hassan, was sworn in as president hours later. Washington recognized Hassan's administration Thursday, but then stepped back from the declaration, saying circumstances surrounding the transfer of power needed to be "clarified." The first democratically elected president of the Maldives, Mohammad Nasheed, lived up to his democratic credentials when he stepped down in the face of protests and a ‘mutiny' by some police and army officers. In doing so, Nasheed ensured that innocent blood was not spilt and people within the country did not fight among themselves. So what is going on in the Maldives?

Iran About to Reveal big Nuclear News!

Interesting Article: "Iran to announce 'major nuclear progress'" by Guardian / Tehran published Saturday, February 11th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated on February 11th, that Iran will soon announce "very important" nuclear achievements. Speaking at a rally in Tehran to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic revolution, Ahmadinejad also said Iran would never give up its uranium enrichment program. "In the coming days the world will witness Iran's announcement of its very important and very major nuclear achievements," Ahmadinejad told a crowd at Tehran's Azadi [Freedom] Square broadcast on state television. Would you like to know more?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Yemen wants to talk to al Qaeda!

Interesting Article: "Yemen offers dialogue with al Qaeda" by Hakim Almasmari / Sanaa published Sunday, February 5th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Yemen's highest military authority Sunday announced its willingness to open channels of dialogue with al Qaeda in hopes of reaching a long-term cease-fire agreement. The military committee was formed as part of the power transfer deal in November. Spokesman Ali Saeed Obaid told CNN that the new Yemeni military leadership is opening its hands and will seek new solutions with al Qaeda fighters. Al Qaeda currently controls large areas in the southern Abyan and Shabwa provinces of Yemen. The committee is hoping that al Qaeda lays down its arms and participates in seeking change democratically, like the millions in Yemen," Obaid said, adding that al Qaeda would in return handover all territories under its control to the military and evacuate government posts. Al Qaeda has not yet responded to the offer, the committee said. Would you like to know more?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Iran says they will help any organization attack Israel!

Interesting Article: "We'll back any nation fighting Zionist regime" by Reuters / Tehran published Friday, February 3rd, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Friday that Iran would support any nation that wants to confront Israel. "I have no fear of saying that we will back and help any nation or group that wants to confront and fight against the Zionist regime (Israel),” He also stated that the Islamic Republic would not yield to international pressure to abandon its nuclear course, threatening retaliation for sanctions aimed at Iran's oil exports. Want to know more?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Iran Closer to weaponizing a Nuke!

Interesting Article: "Israel says Iran has material for four A-bombs" by Jeffrey Heller / Jerusalem published Thursday, February 2, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Israel estimated on Thursday that Iran could make four atomic bombs by further enriching uranium it has already stockpiled, and could produce its first within a year of deciding to build one. Citing figures similar to those from the U.N. nuclear agency, Major-General Aviv Kochavi, chief of military intelligence told Israel's annual Herzliya Conference on strategic affairs: "Iran has accumulated more than 4 tons of uranium enriched to a level of 3.5 percent and nearly 100 kilos at an enrichment level of 20 percent.”This amount of material is already enough for four atomic bombs." Want to know more?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Indonesia and Terrorism!

Interesting Article: "Study shows how young radical Indonesian Muslims become terrorists" by Mathyas Hariyadi / Indonesia published Wednesday, February 1st, 2012


An interesting article mentioned that the Setara Institute has just released the results of a field research study in Yogyakarta and Central Java conducted in mid-January. It found that a number of radical Muslim activists in Central Java cities have become Jihadists. For the institute, this means that many radical Muslim groups are acting as “incubators” for actual terrorists in Indonesia. The institute’s field research followed a shocking suicide bomb attack against a police station in Cirebon, West Java, in April 2011, which claimed the life of the attacker, Syarif, as well as a bomb attack against a Protestant church in Surakarta in Central Java in September 2011. The church attacker, Ahmad Yosepa Halyat, aka Ahmad Abu Daud, aka Raharjo, aka Hayat, was also killed in the incident. Want to know more?

Cyber War!

Interesting Article: "FBI Director Says Cyberthreat Will Surpass Threat From Terrorists" by Jason Ryan / Washington DC published Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Threats from cyber-espionage, computer crime, and attacks on critical infrastructure will surpass terrorism as the number one threat facing the United States. FBI Director Robert Mueller and National Intelligence Director James Clapper, addressing the annual Worldwide Threat hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, cited their concerns about cyber-security and noted that China and Russia run robust intrusion operations against key U.S. industries and the government. Want to Know more?

Irans possible actions in the United States!

Interesting Article: "US spy chief: Iran could launch terrorist attacks on US soil if it feels threatened" by Associated Press / London published Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Iran is likely to launch terrorists attacks on US soil if the isolated Islamist regime feels threatened, American intelligence officials believe. Citing last year's thwarted Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in the US, 'some Iranian officials — probably including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei... are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime,' Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday. Want to know more?

Predicting Terrorism!

Interesting Article: "Terrorist Attack Map Shows Terrorism 'Hot Spots' Across U.S." by Huffington Post / Washington, DC published Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

An interesting article spoke about researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) and the University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMB) who have created a detailed map of where terrorism attacks have occurred since 1970 - and it reveals some big surprises. The map's accompanying study, conducted at the UMD's National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), found that while certain areas (those surrounding Manhattan and Los Angeles, for example) have endured as terror 'hot spots' throughout the study, others have come and go. In the 2000s, for example, there has been a higher-than-average rate of attacks in Maricopa County, AZ, Phoenix's county. King County, WA, on the other hand, was a terror hot spot in the 1970s and 1980s, but has been largely quiet since. Want to know more?

London Stock Exchange part of Terrorist Plot to be blown up!

Interesting Article: "Four men admit London Stock Exchange bomb plot" by BBC News /  London published Wednesday, February 1st, 2012


An interesting article mentioned that four men inspired by al-Qaeda have admitted planning to detonate a bomb at the London Stock Exchange. The men, from London and Cardiff, were arrested in December 2010 and were set to stand trial. It emerged that those who admitted planning to target the London Stock Exchange wanted to send five mail bombs to various targets during the run up to Christmas 2010 and discussed launching a "Mumbai-style" atrocity. Would you like to know more?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Al Qaeda's foiled plot!

Interesting Article: "Algeria foils Qaeda attempt to attack foreign ships sailing in the Mediterranean" by Al Arabiya / Algeria published Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Algerian security foiled a terrorist al-Qaeda plot to carry out suicidal attacks on U.S. and European ships in the Mediterranean from the eastern costs of Algeria. The aborted plan, which was to be implemented by al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb, aimed at destabilizing Algerian national economy as well as attracting expansive media coverage, sources told the Algerian newspaper Echorouk. According to the sources, a cell working under the leadership of the spokesman of al-Qaeda’s wing in the Maghreb Qassemi Salah al-Din, also known as Mohamed Abu Salah, is behind the plot. So who is Mohamed Abu Salah?