18 Jan 2006

European Women Join Ranks of Jihadis

Radicalism in Europe, and in particular in the Netherlands and Belgium , is markedly and disturbingly on the rise. Thus far, this radicalism has focused primarily on the recruitment of ‘Western’-looking converts, mostly men. However, of late, that profile has changed to the inclusion of women jihadists. Various politicians?to include

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18 Jan 2006

Lebanon arrests 13 al Qaeda suspects

The presence of a network linked to Abu Musab al Zarqawi in Lebanon has long been known and pre-dates the Iraq war. It goes back to about 2000-2001, when Zarqawi was running his own terrorist training camp outside of Herat, in Afghanistan . The members of the camp were called

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18 Jan 2006

20 Arrested as Spain Breaks Militant Network

The NY Times report provides a fascinating illumination of the structure, reach, and operations of a European-based jihadist network and underlines the growing threat of both homegrown jihadist cells in Europe and those associated with regional terrorist groups and veteran fighters from the Iraq jihadist front. Spanish officials characterize this

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18 Jan 2006

Few Question Escalating Police Violence in Crime-Scarred Rio

Increasingly, Brazil is confronted with escalating levels of police brutality, which is often targeted at the inhabitants of Brazil’s indigent communities. Shantytowns, or favelas, have become infested with drug kingpins, gangs, and growing criminal enterprises, all of which are frequently at war with Brazil’s security forces. However, it has become

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18 Jan 2006

Abuse of Power Enables ‘Economic Terrorism’ in China

One of the difficulties in researching, studying, and analyzing the phenomenon of “terrorism” is that the word is infused with so much hyperbole, that its use has become pervasive, and, thus, it no longer can be utilized as an effective keyword search or data-collection term. The Washington Post article is

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18 Jan 2006

Egypt Islamists say Qaeda charges play into US hands

The mudslinging between the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda over the Brotherhood?s participation in the Egyptian elections represents the difference between the two groups. Ayman al-Zawahiri, who denounced the Brotherhood in an videotaped speech aired on January 6, used to be a Brother in Egypt until he came to the conclusion,

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18 Jan 2006

Al Qaeda takes aim at Israel

On December 27, 2005, three rockets were fired into the Israeli town of Kiryat Shimona from southern Lebanon, resulting in no casualties (see this WAR Report and Terrorist Incident). The event itself is an unfortunate banal occurrence for northern Israel; however, the claim of responsibility by Abu Musab Zarqawi?s ?Jemaat

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18 Jan 2006

Weapons smuggling into Gaza on rise

The fact that smuggling would increase with the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza should surprise no one. For years, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on the ?Philadelphia Route? played a cat and mouse game with smugglers who tunneled from Rafah into Egypt . The Israelis uncovered tunnels that over

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18 Jan 2006

Islamic terrorist plot in Italy revealed

The contention that Italy has come into the crosshairs of global jihadists is not a new revelation, given Italy’s support for the Global War on Terrorism and the efforts in Iraq . Further, threats to a Catholic cathedral in Cremona, the transit infrastructure in Milan, and police in Milan should

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18 Jan 2006

U.S. Strike On Al Qaeda Top Deputy Said to Fail

The recent CIA air strike against a compound in the Pakistan borderlands with Afghanistan , in which US intelligence believed was housing al-Qaeda second-in-command Ayman Zawahiri and five senior leaders, is an audacious and potentially profound shot at the upper echelon of al-Qaeda leadership figures. However, such an overt strike

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