01 Jul 2009

Group Profile: Jund Ansar Allah

Highlights – Jund Ansar Allah first Palestinian terrorist organization claiming ties with al Qaeda – Group appears to be have 400 well trained fighters under its command – Group poses major threat to stability in Gaza Strip, Israel Jund Ansar Allah (Knights of God’s Followers), created in November 2008, is

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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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24 Jun 2009

Cyber: Iran Attempts To Block Protesters’ Internet Activities

Highlights – Iran attempts to contain information on planned protests and images of demonstrations on the Internet – New technologies are being utilized to inspect and block information flowing over Iran’s Internet connections – Iran will likely refocus its efforts to increase the effectiveness of its Internet filtering capabilities Over

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24 Jun 2009

Pakistan: Baitullah Mehsud Kills Top Rival, Reigns Supreme

Highlights -Zainuddin’s death likely to fracture and weaken tribal opposition -Baitullah Mehsud in firm control of TTP organization -Pakistani military offensive expected to continue as planned In recent months, evidence of cracks within the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) organization have emerged, specifically in regards to opposition toward its leader Baitullah Mehsud.

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24 Jun 2009

Somalia: Government Calls for International Intervention As Instability Peaks

Highlights -Al-Shabaab militants have significantly increased attacks in recent weeks -Neighboring Kenya to intervene, as Transitional Federal Government declares State of Emergency -Al-Shabaab pledges allegiance to Osama bin Laden -International intervention may assist TFG against insurgents; attacks will continue to intensify in the near to medium-term Following Somali President Sheikh

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24 Jun 2009

Thailand: Escalation of Muslim Insurgency in Southern Provinces

Highlights • Intense violence in the southern Thai provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani • Government response critical in shaping the future of the Muslim insurgency •Continuation of insurgency likely to result in collaboration with pan-regional jihadism On June 8, 2009, five gunmen opened fire in a mosque in Narathiwat,

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24 Jun 2009

World: A Summer of Direct Activism Against Global Warming

Highlights – Greenpeace targets German nuclear plant, British coal plant in simultaneous protests – Environmental groups are committing a greater frequency of disruptive, illegal direct actions – European airports, coal energy and nuclear power facilities, will face a rejuvenated eco-activist campaign in the medium to long-term On June 22, dozens

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24 Jun 2009

Group Profile – La Familia: A Growing Threat

Highlights – La Familia is the fastest growing and most dangerous cartel in Mexico – Group may control as many as 83 of 113 municipalities in Michoacán – Top producer of synthetic drugs in Mexico and will continue efforts to expand its influence in Michoacán and surrounding territories On May

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24 Jun 2009

Iran: A Second Islamic Revolution

Highlights – Second week of protests in Iran have become increasingly violent – Protestors desire change within the scope of the current system – Fissures within political institutions could lead to replacement of Ayatollah Khamenei For the past two weeks, hundreds of Iranians have been protesting the results of the

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