08 Jul 2009

Afghanistan: Operation Strike of the Sword Launched in Helmand Province

Highlights – Operation Khanjar first major operation under President Obama – Main goal is to clear Taliban from targeted areas – US military orders a “clear and hold” strategy On July 2, 2009 the United States (US) launched a major military offensive in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. The operation,

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08 Jul 2009

Honduras: Coup More Costly Than the Country Can Afford

Highlights – Zelaya to attempt land-based entry in coming days – International economic risk may be too high – Civil unrest to intensify throughout nation; road and border blockades expected Deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya attempted to re-enter Tegucigalpa on July 5, 2009, when his plane was prevented from landing

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08 Jul 2009

Palestinian Territories: Few Signs of Reconciliation Between Hamas and Fatah

Highlights – Tensions between Hamas and Fatah at highest point since 2007 – Politically motivated arrests to continue, raising hostilities in near term – Reconciliation talks likely to fail, leading to increased violence in area After Hamas’s victory in the March 2006 Palestinian legislative elections, violence erupted in the West

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08 Jul 2009

Tunisia: Militants Plot Attack Against US Officers

Highlights – Militant activity increases in secularist Tunisia – Two of the militants are Tunisian military soldiers and planned to carryout attack during joint exercises between Tunisia and US – We anticipate additional terrorist plots to surface in the near to medium-term, as security forces investigate the matter further On

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08 Jul 2009

United Kingdom: New Far Right Plots Look to Provoke Racial Tension

Highlights – Authorities uncover neo-Nazi networks in northern England, confiscate 300 weapons and 80 bombs – Neo-Nazi plots represent growing threat to ethnic communities – Growing sophistication of white supremacist groups presents serious challenges for thwarting future attacks A recent report by the British Sunday Times uncovered an ongoing investigation

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08 Jul 2009

Cyber: Computer Programmer Arrested for Theft of Financial Market Trading Software

Highlights – Computer programmer arrested by FBI after allegedly attempting to steal programs he helped develop at the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs – Programmer had plans to take a higher paying position at another investment firm seeking to engage in high-volume automated trading – Companies are likely to revise

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01 Jul 2009

Cyber: US and Russia Differ on a Treaty for Cyberspace

Highlights – The Russian government wants the US and other countries to sign a cyberspace disarmament treaty, but the US favors more international law enforcement cooperation to handle cyber-security concerns – Russia’s calls for a cyberspace disarmament treaty is surprising given its suspected use of such technologies in recent conflicts

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01 Jul 2009

Honduras: Zelaya Says He Will Return Home, with International Support

Highlights – Honduran military exiles President Zelaya to Costa Rica – International community chooses not to recognize de facto regime – Civil unrest to continue in the near-term, likely to escalate as tensions rise in Tegucigalpa On June 30, 2009 President Zelaya announced he would return to Honduras alongside Organization

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01 Jul 2009

Guinea-Bissau: Presidential Election Comes After Months of Political Turmoil

Highlights – Low voter turnout at June 28 Presidential elections – Populace skeptical over effective governance in light of ongoing political turmoil – New President will likely face pressure from powerful military presence, social and political disarray will continue in the near to medium-term Four months after soldiers killed President

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01 Jul 2009

United Kingdom: Radical Islamist Group Sparks British Law vs Sharia Law Debate

Highlights – Public debate cancelled as fanatics, women and journalists clash – Sharia courts increasing in the UK, sparks debate over jurisdiction of British courts – Al Muhajiroun’s rhetoric and appeal among British youths will present a long-term challenge for British security An unprecedented debate was set to unfold two

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