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01 Mar 2006

US ‘losing media war to al-Qaeda’

Providing a timely example of Donald Rumsfeld?s comments about al-Qaeda’s fast adaptation to fighting in an era of pervasive global media, an al-Qaeda propaganda organization, the Global Islamic Media Center, issued a statement on the Internet responding to his statement and seizing the opportunity to do recruit new members over

01 Mar 2006

Afghanistan Shares Intel With Pakistan

Reports that Afghanistan shared intelligence with Pakistan on the presence of Taliban leadership and training bases in Pakistan adds evidence to support recent TRC analyses that Taliban cadres remain ensconced and are building in strength in Pakistan. The AP report offers compelling details of Afghanistan?s intelligence on the Taliban presence

01 Mar 2006

Foreigners live in fear of Russian skinheads

Cameroonian Kanhem Leon was a student and a devout Christian who came to Russia to attain an education that would guarantee him a better life in his home country. Instead, he met an atrocious fate when he was attacked in St. Petersburg on Christmas Eve 2005 and stabbed to death

01 Mar 2006

Homeland Security Would Share Duties for Disaster Response Under Proposal

The New York Times article discusses the White House report regarding the federal response to Hurricane Katrina; this reports follows the House of Representatives’ report issued a week earlier. Fran Townsend, the President?s domestic security advisor, is quoted as saying, ?The Homeland Security Department and its Federal Emergency Management Agency

01 Mar 2006

Self-Styled Justice in Guatemala

Although the 36-year civil war that plagued this Central American nation has been over for nearly 10 years, violence and crime continue to haunt its inhabitants, causing fear and frustration among the Guatemalan population. The growth of vigilante social cleansing groups is but a symptom of a much larger disease

22 Feb 2006

Thai militants learn from Iraq insurgency

Based on the UPI article, it would be difficult not to conclude that Thailand is the next vanguard of global jihadist extremism following down the increasingly well-trodden path blazed by al-Qaeda globally, Jemaah Islamiya (JI) and Abu Sayyaf regionally, and Abu Musa?ab al-Zarqawi’s al-Qaeda in the Land of Two Rivers

22 Feb 2006

US pledges to strengthen military, anti-terror cooperation with Algeria

There are a number of pragmatic reasons to cooperate closely with Algeria on counterterrorism initiatives. First, a significant number of foreign fighters in Iraq are Algerians. Some of these fighters may be members of Algeria?s al-Qaeda-aligned terrorist group, the Salafist Group for Call and Combat . That organization is also

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