Security-Intelligence

Data Points to Home-Grown WMD Terror Threats in U.S.: Experts

Data Points to Home-Grown WMD Terror Threats in U.S.: Experts

Aug. 8, 2012

Two national security experts said in a Wednesday analysis on the CNN website that information collected since Sept. 11, 2011, suggests that home-grown U.S. militants pose a greater threat to acquire and use WMD materials than foreign terrorists (see GSN, June 22).

US adds Saudi al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan to terror list

US adds Saudi al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan to terror list

By Bill Roggio August

7, 2012

The US State Department has added a wanted Saudi citizen who serves as a senior al Qaeda leader, trainer, and facilitator in Afghanistan to the list of Specially Designated Global terrorists.

Azzam Abdullah Zureik Al Maulid Al Subhi, a Saudi who is better known as Mansur al Harbi, was added to the list of designated terrorists today. Al Harbi is on Saudi Arabia's list of 85 most-wanted terrorists that was issued in 2009.

Afghan defense minister quits, hands Karzai a security headache

Afghan defense minister quits, hands Karzai a security headache

 

By Mirwais Harooni and Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi

 

KABUL

 

Tue Aug 7, 2012

(Reuters) - Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak resigned on Tuesday after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament, leaving President Hamid Karzai scrambling to find a replacement for one of his top security tsars as insurgent attacks mount.

As Greece Rounds Up Migrants, Official Says ‘Invasion’ Imperils National Stability

As Greece Rounds Up Migrants, Official Says ‘Invasion’ Imperils National Stability

New York Times

6 August 2012

ATHENS — A vast police operation here aimed at identifying illegal immigrants found that, of 6,000 people detained over the weekend, 1,400 did not have proper documentation, leading the minister of public order to say that Greece was suffering an “unprecedented invasion” that was threatening the stability of the debt-racked nation.

Robert Fisk: Hijab defection drives wedge into fractured party

Robert Fisk: Hijab defection drives wedge into fractured party

The Independent

7 August 2012

The highest ranking-defector yet – the Syrian Prime Minister, Riad Hijab – deserted President Bashar al-Assad yesterday and headed for the highest-paying supporter of the country's rebels: the oil-stuffed state of Qatar.

Al-Qaeda's Specter in Syria

Al-Qaeda's Specter in Syria

Ed Husain,

August 6, 2012

The Syrian rebels would be immeasurably weaker today without al-Qaeda in their ranks. By and large, Free Syrian Army (FSA) battalions are tired, divided, chaotic, and ineffective. Feeling abandoned by the West, rebel forces are increasingly demoralized as they square off with the Assad regime's superior weaponry and professional army. Al-Qaeda fighters, however, may help improve morale. The influx of jihadis brings discipline, religious fervor, battle experience from Iraq, funding from Sunni sympathizers in the Gulf, and most importantly, deadly results. In short, the FSA needs al-Qaeda now.

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