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01 Mar 2006

Kurdish rebels press Turkey for dialogue after Hamas talks

The Turkish government has taken a great deal of criticism for holding talks with Hamas by its media, the Israeli government , and ironically, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) . Since Hamas?s stunning victory in recent parliamentary elections for the Palestinian administration, states have been faced with the dilemma of

01 Mar 2006

New Trojans plunder bank accounts

The discovery of a new flavor of malware is significant in that it demonstrates the constantly shifting balance between attackers and defenders in cyberspace. This particular Trojan, rather than simply log keystrokes and steal account numbers and passwords, exploits known browser vulnerabilities. Once the exploit has been installed into a

01 Mar 2006

Deep-Rooted Militancy Shadows Yemen

Across the Middle East, it is heard that the propagation of ?al-Qaeda? cells and the planning of terrorist attacks are due to unpopular US policies, such as the invasion of Iraq , in the region. In Yemen , however, deep-rooted conflicts between tribal or minority groups and the government are

01 Mar 2006

Toll in Iraq’s Deadly Surge: 1,300

The convulsion of sectarian violence across Iraq that followed last week?s bombing of the Shia Askariya shrine underscores a number of concerning issues forecasted in these pages in recent months (see the February 15 WAR Report; the August 24 WAR Report and the 2006 Conflict Zones Forecast). These assessments emphasized

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

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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