Security-Intelligence

Al Qaeda-linked insurgent targeted in Ghazni raid

Al Qaeda-linked insurgent targeted in Ghazni raid

By Bill Roggio

August 12, 2012

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces captured "three suspected insurgents" during a raid that targeted an al Qaeda associate who operates in the southeastern province of Ghazni.

The combined special operations team attempted to capture the "al Qaeda associated insurgent" during a raid in the Gelan district in Ghazni today, the International Security Assistance Force stated in a press release. It is unclear if he was captured during the raid.

Syrian rebels need no-fly zone-opposition leader

Syrian rebels need no-fly zone-opposition leader

By Hadeel Al Shalchi

ALEPPO, Syria

Sun Aug 12, 2012

(Reuters) - Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad need the protection of foreign-guarded no-fly zones and safe havens near the borders with Jordan and Turkey, a Syrian opposition leader said on Sunday.

Battles raged on in the northern city of Aleppo, where tanks, artillery and snipers attacked rebels in the Saif al-Dawla district next to the devastated area of Salaheddine.

Egyptian Leader Ousts Military Chief

Egyptian Leader Ousts Military Chief

By KAREEM FAHIM

Published: August 12, 2012

CAIRO — President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt forced the retirement on Sunday of his powerful defense minister, the army chief of staff and several senior generals, in a stunning purge that seemed for the moment to reclaim for civilian leaders much of the political power the Egyptian military had seized since the fall of Hosni Mubarak last year.

Mr. Morsi also nullified a constitutional declaration, issued by the military before he was elected, that eviscerated the powers of the presidency and arrogated to the military the right to pass laws. It was not immediately clear whether he had the constitutional authority to cancel that decree.

Proxy war and the PKK

Proxy war and the PKK

August 11 2012

Nowadays, everyone is asking the reasons for the increase in outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacks. However, if there are about 5,000 to 6,000 militants in your mountains, it should not be a surprise for you to receive news of attacks. Yet, the intensity of an increase/decrease in attacks can be still a subject of curiosity.

Spanish authorities: Suspected Al Qaeda members trained for plot using model plane

Spanish authorities: Suspected Al Qaeda members trained for plot using model plane

August 11, 2012

Associated Press

MADRID – Authorities in Spain released a video Saturday that they claim shows suspected Al Qaeda members training for a bombing raid using a model plane, the latest development in a case that has led to three arrests.

U.S., Turkey to explore imposing Syria no-fly zone

U.S., Turkey to explore imposing Syria no-fly zone

By Hadeel Al Shalchi

ALEPPO, Syria

Sat Aug 11, 2012

(Reuters) - The United States and Turkey indicated on Saturday they might impose no-fly zones in Syria as battles between rebels and President Bashar al-Assad's forces shook Aleppo and fighting erupted in the heart of Damascus.

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