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Addressing global terrorism on a day when it was everywhere

Addressing global terrorism on a day when it was everywhere

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The Hydra-headed challenge of global terrorism continues as the multi-faceted threat changes and mutates in response to increasingly effective counter-measures. Few countries have been in the cross hairs of violence as has been Pakistan, so it should come as no surprise that in the Security Council’s urgent meeting […]

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On-tap for Sec. of State Kerry: A Mideast policy disaster and a belligerent China

On-tap for Sec. of State Kerry: A Mideast policy disaster and a belligerent China

By Sol W. Sanders The customary accolades from fellow solons notwithstanding, Sen. John F. Kerry’s nomination as secretary of state is fraught with complications. Following the debacle of Ambassador Susan E. Rice’s withdrawal from consideration for the post under the cloud of the Benghazi attack (which also dogs outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton), […]

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Dangerous days ahead for the republic no matter who wins the election

Dangerous days ahead for the republic no matter who wins the election

By Sol W. Sanders Whoever wins Nov. 6, the U.S. — and the world — will enter an extremely fraught 75 days after the polls close. The interregnum between elections and mid-January inaugurals is always a testing time for the U.S. And despite the Obama administration’s aversion to exercising America’s paramount post-World War II role, […]

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Al Qaida affiliate in Africa using Twitter to attract potential recruits

Al Qaida affiliate in Africa using Twitter to attract potential recruits

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com The Somalian-based Al Qaida affiliate Al Shabaab is recruiting followers through its Twitter page, U.S. sources said. Those who follow the terrorist group’s Twitter account, @HSMPress, are located in Africa, mainly nearby Kenya, followed by South Africa, Somalia and Uganda. Others are from Europe and North America. The feed has […]

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Administration split over intel on Pakistan ties to Haqqani Network

Administration split over intel on Pakistan ties to Haqqani Network

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com The Obama administration is sharply divided over U.S. policy toward Pakistan with a faction emerging that wants to sharply curtail U.S. drone strokes as a way to coax Pakistan into greater anti-terrorism cooperation. A second faction led by outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary […]

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Ten years on: Terrorists count on their enemies' dedication to … the comfortable life

Ten years on: Terrorists count on their enemies' dedication to … the comfortable life

Most accounts of Al Qaeda focus on the intellectual influence of the twentieth century thinker and critic of the West, Sayyid Qutb. Sayyid Qutb  That influence was real. But the deeper story the leaders of Al Qaeda told in 1989, without which 9/11 is unintelligible, had less to do with Qutb and hatred of the […]

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Defection by key units of Yemen's military facilitates Al Qaida offensive in the South

WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Yemen’s military continues to decline amid the rebellion against the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Opposition sources said key units of the Western-trained military have either disintegrated or fled to the opposition. They said this included units of the Republican Guard under the direct command of Saleh’s relatives. “Stand side by […]

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Remembering the first blow against Al Qaida

Remembering the first blow against Al Qaida

By Karl Rove It was a fitting end: The brutal terrorist who aspired to create an Islamic caliphate that stretched from the Straits of Malacca to Gibraltar was found hiding in a walled compound, isolated and reduced to communicating in fitful spurts by courier. It was the identity of a courier—patiently traced by intelligence professionals […]

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Only minor differences seen between Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaida

Only minor differences seen between Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaida

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com A senior House Republican warned that the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood poses a national security threat because the Islamist group’s announced commitment to non-violence is questionable. Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C. and chairman for the House Intelligence subcommittee on terrorism, said intelligence agencies around the world are closely watching the Arab Spring […]

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Regional Al Qaida affiliates and Pakistan core seen gaining strength

Regional Al Qaida affiliates and Pakistan core seen gaining strength

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com The regional affiliates of the Al Qaida terrorist group, specifically those in Yemen and Somalia, are expected to gain strength in the coming months even as the Pakistan-based central group headed by Osama Bin Laden remains dangerous and in pursuit of mass casualty attacks. That was the central message of […]

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