Middle East

Bulgaria releases image of suicide bomber

Bulgaria releases image of suicide bomber

By Associated Press

Aug. 1, 2012

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian police on Wednesday released a computer-generated image of the suicide attacker involved in the bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver two weeks ago.

State Dept: As core weakens, al Qaeda affiliates are top terror threat

State Dept: As core weakens, al Qaeda affiliates are top terror threat

By Elise Labott

July 31st, 2012

While the killings of Osama bin Laden and other top al Qaeda operatives have weakened the terror network, the rise of groups affiliated al Qaeda in the Middle East and Africa presents a serious threat to U.S. security, the State Department's annual terrorism report warns.

Turkey's New Ballistic Missile Program Raises Eyebrows and Concerns

Turkey's New Ballistic Missile Program Raises Eyebrows and Concerns

Jorge Benitez

July 31, 2012

From Aaron Stein, World Politics Review: Ankara remains far too dependent on Washington for its intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities. The conflict in Syria, in particular the shooting down of a Turkish RF-4E reconnaissance jet last month, has exacerbated Ankara’s discomfort with the status quo. Turkey’s Syria policy has been hampered by its lack of intelligence capabilities and over-reliance on the United States for satellite imagery. However, Washington has repeatedly rebuffed Turkish requests for increased drone and satellite surveillance.

Al Qaeda decline hard to reverse after Bin Laden killing: U.S

Al Qaeda decline hard to reverse after Bin Laden killing: U.S

Tue Jul 31, 2012

(Reuters) - Osama bin Laden's death sent al Qaeda into a decline that will be hard to reverse, the United States said on Tuesday in a report that found terrorist attacks last year fell to their lowest level since 2005.

Describing 2011 as a "landmark year," the United States said other top al Qaeda members killed last year included Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, reportedly the militant organization's No. 2 figure after bin Laden's death, and Anwar al-Awlaki, who led its lethal affiliate in Yemen.

Turkey's Syria policy backfires

Turkey's Syria policy backfires

 

Deutsche Welle,

31 July 2012

As Syria's crisis deepens, Turkey is greatly concerned about a PKK-controlled Kurdish state in Turkey's immediate neighborhood. Ankara's fear is not a Greater Kurdistan, but a PKK-controlled semi-state, analysts say.

Ankara's support for a regime change in Syria has started to backfire, threatening Turkey's own national security, with Syrian Kurdish groups forming a de facto state in the north of Syria.

U.S., Pakistan Formalize NATO Transit Deal

U.S., Pakistan Formalize NATO Transit Deal

31/07/2012

The United States and Pakistan signed on Tuesday a deal formalizing an agreement on NATO supplies to Afghanistan through Pakistani territory, U.S. media reported.

In line with the deal, signed in a ceremony at Rawalpindi, Pakistan will allow Afghanistan-bound NATO convoys to cross its territory until the end of 2015, one year beyond the deadline for allied troops pullout from Afghanistan, the New York Times said.

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