Terrorism

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.

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.

Egypt media say six Sinai "terrorists" held after attack

Egypt media say six Sinai "terrorists" held after attack

By Shaimaa Fayed

CAIRO

Fri Aug 10, 2012

(Reuters) - The Egyptian army has captured six people it regards as "terrorists" in Sinai after an attack on a police station earlier this week that killed 16 border guards near the border with Israel, a military source told state media on Friday.

Victims of Terrorism-by-Mistaken-Identity

Victims of Terrorism-by-Mistaken-Identity

Jonah Blank

August 8, 2012

American Sikhs have often been victims of terrorism-by-mistaken-identity. Because the tenets of the faith require unshorn hair, observant Sikh men generally wear turbans and keep their beards long. Perpetrators of hate-crimes against Sikhs (like the murderer of Arizona gas-station owner Balbir Singh Sodhi, in September 2001) often think they're attacking Muslims. This may not make the slaughter any more or less heinous, but it's another example of hatred flowing from ignorance.

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).

Afghan civilian casualties drop for first time in 5 years

Afghan civilian casualties drop for first time in 5 years

report By Jennifer Rowland Wednesday,

August 8, 2012

Good news?

The United Nations said Wednesday that the number of Afghan civilian casualties have dropped for the first time in five years, falling 15 percent in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period last year (CNN, AP, AFP). However, UN officials cautioned that the conflict intensified in May, and civilian casualties increased again as the summer fighting progressed.

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