Archive for Terrorism

Stratfor: The Sunni Ramadan Offensive and the Lessons of Tet

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( – George Friedman – 7.1.14) In February 1968, the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong launched a general offensive in Vietnam during Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. From mid-1966 onward, the North Vietnamese had found themselves under increasing pressure from American and South Vietnamese forces. They were far from defeated, but they were weakening and the likelihood of their military victory was receding.

NEWSLINK: Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels

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[“Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels” – BBC – 6.26.14] BBC covers reported plans by the Obama administration to request a half-billion dollars from Congress to provide military training and equipment to Syrian rebels, specifically a subset apparently to be deemed moderate. However, one focus would be not simply assisting rebels opposing Syrian strongman Bashas al-Assad, but also countering Islamic group “ISIL,”

STRATFOR: Jordan Could Be the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’s Next Target

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( - 6.19.14) Summary The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, buoyed by its recent successes in Iraq, wants to expand its regional reach. Reports that Iraq has withdrawn forces from western towns close to its 180-kilometer (110-mile) border with Jordan have left Amman feeling vulnerable, and the Hashemite kingdom, certainly a target of interest for the jihadist movement, has deployed additional security personnel along the

VIDEO: Defense Department Briefing on Capture of Benghazi Terrorist Suspect Khattala and other subjects

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Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, briefed reporters about the capture of alleged terrorist Ahmed Abu Khatallah for civilian prosecution over the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Khattalah is now being held at a secure location outside of Libya and will be prosecuted in Washington, D.C.  Kirby avoided providing details about the capture, or how

NEWSLINK: Benghazi attack suspect to face 3 criminal counts, could carry death penalty

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[“Benghazi attack suspect to face 3 criminal counts, could carry death penalty” – Fox News 6.17.14] Fox News covers announcements by the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense regarding the capture and planned civilian prosecution of alleged terrorist Ahmed Abu Khattala.  Khattala will be prosecuted in Washington, D.C., in connection with the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed

Treasury Department Announces Counterterrorism Sanctions Over al-Qaeda and ISIL Activities in Syria

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Both al-Qaeda and ISIL, the latter formerly known as al-Qaeda in Iraq, have been trying to capitalize on unrest in Syria to develop a foothold there, with al-Qaeda also looking to use Syria as a base from which to strike external Western targets. The U.S. Treasury Department on May 14, 2014, announced counterterrorism sanctions against two individuals connected with al-Qaeda or the Islamic State of Iraq and

Senator Rand Paul Filibusters Obama CIA Nomination (UPDATE 1)

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(Update: the filibuster concluded just before 1 AM, lasting roughly 13 hours, and the CIA nominee was confirmed later in that new day; more talking filibusters are promised in the future however) Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and others are twelve hours and counting into a U.S. Senate filibuster of the confirmation vote for President Barack Obama’s nominee for CIA Director, John Brennan.  Ongoing speaking by

Treasury Targets Money Exchange House Operator for Supporting the Taliban

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(Treasury Targets Money Exchange House Operator for Supporting the Taliban – Treasury Department Press Release – February 26, 2103 – Action Targets Financing Linked to a Designated Hawala and the Taliban Narcotics Trade WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated Mullah Ahmed Shah Noorzai (Ahmed Shah) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and their supporters. Ahmed Shah owns