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  1. 1. 3 January 2014 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY FLASH POINTS GLOBAL STRATEGIC OVERVIEW SPECIAL: THE WOMEN OF AL-QAEDA COUNTERTERRORISM NEWS BY NATION & REGION AFGHANISTAN AUSTRALIA CAMBODIA DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO EGYPT INDONESIA IRAN IRAQ LEBANON LIBYA NIGERIA PAKISTAN PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA RWANDA RUSSIA SOMALIA THAILAND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA YEMEN GENERAL COUNTERTERRORISM NEWS AL QA’IDA & AFFILIATES COMMENTARY & OPINION CONVERGENCE CYBER WARFARE LEGAL ASPECTS & LAWFARE NARCO-TERRORISM NETWORK NOTES SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY TERRORIST FINANCING TRANSPORTATION SECURITY WMD TERRORISM This is a Curated News Aggregation service. All material is copyrighted. For reuse, please contact original copyright holder. Contributor Comments and Reader Comments are copyrighted by individuals. Contact the PTSS Daily for reuse permissions. THE PTSS DAILY began as a means of keeping PTSS Marshall Center Alumni abreast of news related to terrorism. THE PTSS DAILY is neither an academic journal nor the effort of a research directorate or a large staff. Early each morning, articles that are cited in THE PTSS DAILY are culled from hundreds of sources with the intent of providing you with the most current news, discussions and commentary on terrorism and related issues such as piracy or narco- terrorism. These articles, curated from news media, academic and international sources or submitted by many of you, give our growing network a snapshot of this pernicious threat. Every effort is made to ensure that credible articles are chosen, but the intent of THE PTSS DAILY is to deliver wide coverage. You – the professional – must be the final discriminator on the merit of a particular article and its value to your profession. To ensure that THE PTSS DAILY is both relevant and valuable to the reader, we welcome and highly encourage comments from you. GEORGE C. MARSHALL EUROPEAN CENTER FOR SECURITY STUDIES LTG (Ret.) Keith W. Dayton, Director Dr. Robert Brannon, Dean, College of International Security Studies PTSS DAILY EDITORIAL STAFF MAJ Daryl DeSimone, Executive Editor Mrs. Brenadine C. Humphrey, Managing Editor James Wither, Contributing Editor Sam Mullins, Contributing Editor Cristian Guerrero-Castro, Global Strategic Overview Col (Ret.) Professor Nick Pratt, Founding Editor SUBSCRIPTIONS To subscribe, unsubscribe, submit comments or news items, please e-mail:
  2. 2. Thought for the Day | back to top | “This is a fight that belongs to the Iraqis…We are not, obviously, contemplating returning. We are not contemplating putting boots on the ground. This is their fight, but we’re going to help them in their fight.” ~ John Kerry said toward the end of a visit to Jerusalem. Read more at: Iraq-s-growing-Al-Qaeda-problem-This-is-their-fight Flash Points | back to top | JTIC Flashpoints JRIC 6 January 2014 IRAQ: At least 34 people – 22 soldiers and 12 civilians – were killed and 58 wounded in a series of clashes between government forces and pro-government tribesmen and militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – a front organisation of Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) – during a government offensive in the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi in Anbar province on 5 January. Twenty-five militants were also killed in an air strike by government forces. The clashes came one day after the militants captured Fallujah on 4 January, following fighting which broke out on 31 December when security forces dismantled a Sunni Muslim protest camp in Ramadi, claiming it was a base for AQI. (Al-Jazeera/Reuters/BBC/The Telegraph) AFGHANISTAN: One International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier of undisclosed nationality was killed in an attack by Taliban militants on a joint ISAF-Afghan security force base in the Ghani Khail district of Nangarhar province early on 4 January. A suicide attacker detonated his explosive vest outside the base before five militants attempted to assault the base, but were shot dead in retaliatory fire. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. (Associated Press) BANGLADESH: At least 19 people were killed in clashes between police and government opposition supporters during general elections throughout the country on 5 January. The opposition supporters - made up of mainly activists of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies – attacked at least 200 polling stations and stole ballot papers, as part of a boycott against the elections. The BNP had protested the decision by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed to not have a neutral caretaker government oversee elections. (Al-Jazeera) EGYPT: Seventeen people were killed and 62 others - including 17 security force members - were wounded in violent clashes between security forces and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the country on 3 January. Muslim Brotherhood supporters threw rocks and incendiary devices – described in media reports as “fire bombs” – at security forces, who responded with water cannons and tear gas. Two-hundred and fifty-eight protesters were arrested. (Associated Press) CAMBODIA: At least five people were killed and 22 were wounded when protesting garment factory workers clashed with police forces in the Canadia Industrial Park in the capital Phnom Penh on 3 January. The casualties were reportedly caused when police opened fire in attempts to disperse the protester, who had been throwing bricks and incendiary devices at police. (Reuters) SYRIA: At least 59 militants were killed in violent clashes between militants from ISIL - a front organisation of AQI operating in Syria – and rival Islamist militant groups, including the Islamic Front, in the provinces of Aleppo, Hama, Al-Raqqahm, and Idlib on the 4 and 5 January. The clashes reportedly began when ISIL refused to hand over militants accused by local residents and the newly-created Islamic Front of killing a doctor. ISIL has also been
  3. 3. accused by more moderate militant groups of trying to impose its own brand of Islam in the areas under its control. ISIL reportedly threatened to withdraw from the city of Aleppo, leaving it vulnerable to government forces, unless attacks against it stopped. (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights/Reuters/Al-Jazeera/BBC) SUDAN: An unspecified number of militants were killed in an engagement between the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in the Trogi area of Buram in South Kordofan State on 4 January. According to an army spokesman, soldiers entered Trogi and expelled the militants from the area. However, a JEM statement claimed the militants attacked a “major military battalion” composed of army forces and militiamen, killing dozens. (Radio Dabanga) THAILAND: A paramilitary defence volunteer was killed when militants, travelling on a motorcycle, opened fire on his vehicle as he was driving in the Don Rak area of Nong Chik district in Pattani province late on 3 January. Police blamed southern separatist militants for the attack. (Bangkok Post) LIBYA: Two security guards were seriously wounded and several buildings were damaged when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated outside a court in the centre of the city of Benghazi in Cyrenaica region early on 6 January. (Libya Herald) PHILIPPINES: A suspected Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) militant was killed and three others were wounded when they engaged in a small-arms clash with soldiers in the Paidu area of the town of Pikit in North Cotabato province on 5 January. The incident was the latest in serious of attacks by suspected BIFF militants in the town since 31 December, in which a total of two soldiers have been wounded and nine other militants killed. (Philippine Daily Inquirer) FURTHER READING: OSINT Summary: Militant raids leave 21 dead in DRC's North Kivu ++1596205&Pubabbrev=JTSM JTIC Brief: International community mobilises in response to CAR inter-communal violence ++1596595&Pubabbrev=JTSM Winning the peace? Libya's struggle with Islamist militias ++1596497&Pubabbrev=JTSM Country Briefing: Pakistan Flashpoints courtesy of JTIC. Global Strategic Overview | back to top | Pakistani Sunni, Shiite Parties Vow To Confront Terrorist Groups FNA 6 September 2014 Pakistani Sunni and Shiite religious parties, in a statement on Monday, announced that they plan to launch joint efforts to confront terrorist groups. “We will begin joint efforts against anti-Pakistani forces by putting aside the tribal and sectarian differences and we will never allow the enemies of Pakistan to achieve their ominous goals,” parts of the statement read.
  4. 4. They announced that several provincial and regional meetings would soon be held throughout Pakistan with the purpose of restoring peace. The Pakistani religious parties also underlined that they would stand up to any foreign intervention in their country, and that they will not allow the US and Saudi Arabia to achieve their goals in Pakistan. Read more at: Explosion In Tirah Kills 10 Including Lashkar-E-Islam Members AFP 6 September 2014 A bomb explosion in Khyber Agency’s Tirah area killed 10 and injured six, Express News reported on Monday. “The initial information suggests that the blast triggered by explosives killed at least 10 people including three children and wounded nine others,” senior local administration official Nasir Khan said. “We are trying to ascertain exact nature of the blast,” he added. The target of the blast was reportedly a building belonging to the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Islam. The injured were shifted to local hospital for medical assistance. In a separate incident, a blast occurred in a house in Khyber Agency killing a woman. Read more at: FSA Pushes Back ISIL Militants From Border City In Northwestern Syria FNA 6 September 2014 The militants affiliated to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) took control of all concentration camps of an Al-Qaeda- linked armed rebel group in Idlib countryside in Northwestern Syria. The so-called Syrian Revolutionaries Front affiliated to the FSA pushed back the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants from border city of Harem after fierce clashes and gained control of all gathering centers in the city. After more than two years of fighting side-by-side and leading one of the bloodiest conflicts in the recent history of Middle-East, FSA and al-Qaeda affiliated groups have been making increasing moves against each other to come in control of the armed insurgency. Read more at: Iraqi Al Qaeda Claims Lebanese Bombing. Sunni Terror In Hot Pursuit Of Shiites From Baghdad To Beirut DEBKA 6 September 2014 The forces of Iraqi Al Qaeda (ISIS), advancing Saturday, Jan. 4, on Baghdad from captured areas of Sunni Falluja and Ramadi, also claimed to have “penetrated the security system of the Party of Satan (Hizballah) and… crushed its strongholds.” This was a reference to the deadly bombing attack Thursday, Jan. 2, on Hizballah’s political headquarters in the Shiite Dahya quarter of Beirut, which accounted for at least 4 people dead and 77 injured. The Al Qaeda announcement added that this “was a small payment of the heavy account awaiting those wicked criminals.” Read more at: Syrian Rebel Group Issues Strong Warning To Al-Qaeda Linked Jihadists The Daily Star 6 September 2014 Syria’s Islamic Front, the country’s biggest rebel alliance, issued Sunday a strong warning to Al Qaeda jihadists with the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL), three days after a new front made up of local insurgents emerged against them. “We fight against whoever attacks us and whoever pushes us to battle, whether they are Syrian or foreign,” said the
  5. 5. Front, a powerful alliance that groups tens of thousands of mostly conservative Islamist fighters seeking to topple President Bashar Assad. Read more at: Saudi Jails 5 For Up To 30 Years On Qaeda Charges Middle East Online 6 September 2014 Saudi court finds some of defendants had plotted to blow up Yanbu oil refinery, participated in preparing car bombs to that end. A Saudi court has jailed five people for up to 30 years on charges including plotting to blow up an oil refinery on behalf of Al-Qaeda, state media reported Monday. The official SPA news agency gave no details of when the alleged plot against the refinery in the Red Sea port of Yanbu took place. Read more at: Special: The Women of Al-Qaeda | back to top | The Women Of Al-Qaeda Asharq Al-Awsat By Huda Al-Saleh 5 January 2014 After being largely absent from militant activities, women are now beginning to play an increasingly active role Somali women carry weapons during a demonstration organized by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab group which is fighting the Somali government in Mogadishu, July 5, 2010. (AFP Photo/Abdurashid Abikar) Although the fighting in Syria has been accompanied at every stage by warnings about the spread and growing influence of jihadist groups, it has shone a spotlight on a development which has taken everybody by surprise: the increasing involvement of female militants in the activities of Al-Qaeda and its offshoots.
  6. 6. Sisters in arms The most famous example is perhaps that of a Saudi woman, Nada Ma’id Al-Qahtani, also known as Ukht Julaybib in reference to a female martyr and companion of the Prophet Muhammad, who reportedly went to fight in Syria along with her brother. In the wake of Qahtani’s announcement via social media that she would be traveling to Syria to fight on the front lines and take part in jihadist operations, Islamist activists took to social media to congratulate the Saudi national and call on other women to follow her footsteps. The ‘Nada call-up’ began to trend on social media websites, with Islamist Twitter activists hailing her and those like her as a new infusion of jihadist blood, likening her to Wafa Al- Shihri and Arwa Al-Baghdadi. Wafa Al-Shihri is the widow of former Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Saeed Al-Shihri, who after being repatriated by Saudi Arabia from Guantanamo Bay fled to Yemen where he co-founded AQAP and continued his terrorist activities, ultimately being killed in a US drone strike in late 2012. Arwa Al-Baghdadi is the wife of another AQAP member, Anis Al-Baghdadi, who is also currently believed to be hiding out in Yemen. However both women are more than just the wives of Al-Qaeda members, with Saudi authorities accusing the two of organizing, financing and providing ideological support for the organization, in addition to issuing public calls for others to join Al-Qaeda. Read more at: Counterterrorism News by Nation & Region AFGHANISTAN | back to top | 27 Afghan Militants Killed In Fresh Raids: Gov't Xinhua 6 January 2014 Twenty-seven militants were killed in a series of military operations across Afghanistan since early Sunday, said the country's Interior Ministry on Monday. "Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) carried out several anti-terrorism operations in Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunduz, Kandahar, Zabul, Ghazni, Paktika and Paktiya provinces over the last 24 hours. As a result 27 armed Taliban members were killed, one wounded and three others were arrested by the ANSF," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates. Read more at: AUSTRALIA | back to top | Saudi-Linked Aussie 'Sheik' Junaid Thorne Encourages Jihadists National Affairs By Mark Schliebs 7 January 2014 THE brother of an Australian man jailed for terrorism-related offences in Saudi Arabia has been delivering lectures at some of the nation's most controversial Islamic centres while encouraging jihadists to show their "might" against disbelievers. Perth man Junaid Thorne, a 24-year-old who has spent much of his life in Saudi Arabia, has spoken at Sydney's al- Risalah and Melbourne's al-Furqan Islamic centres in recent weeks as part of a lecture tour backed by little-known radical organisation Millatu Ibrahim, which is banned in Germany. Police and terrorism experts yesterday said they were not aware of the organisation having an active presence in Australia. Read more at: encourages-jihadists/story-fn59nm2j-1226796166560#
  7. 7. CAMBODIA | back to top | Cambodian Police Kill Three As Government Seeks To Quell Labor Unrest Christian Science Monitor By Chelsea Sheasley 5 January 2014 Cambodian police shot three garment factory workers participating in a strike today. Spreading labor unrest is just the latest challenge to the rule of strongman Hun Sen. Cambodian military police today opened fire on garment factory workers demanding higher wages, killing at least three, officials say, underscoring the Southeast Asian state's reliance on violence to maintain power and growing discontent with its authoritarian government. Police armed with assault rifles fired on protesters outside a factory in Phnom Penh who refused to move and threw bottles, stones, and petrol bombs at police, Reuters reports. Chuon Narin, deputy chief of the Phnom Penh Municipal Police, confirmed the death toll, but told The Wall Street Journal that he blamed “gangsters” and “anarchists” for starting the violence and said police were trying to defend themselves. Read more at: police-kill-three-as-government-seeks-to-quell-labor-unrest DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO | back to top | M23 Rebels Fuel Sexual Terrorism And Child Soldiers In Congo 3BL Media 4 January 2014 The United Nations is furious over recent reports of execution, child soldiers and slavery, and sexual terrorism by the hands of the Congolese army. The military is accused as corrupt, while breaching human rights and fueling the civil war in the Congo. Although rebel group M23 were recently defeated by the army in their attacks, they are still actively and aggressively recruiting soldiers, many of whom are children. The UN’s allegations are devastating in spite of the armed conflict of guerrilla warfare that’s become eminent in the Congo. The nation is in dire need of military support and the evidence against its own military is grave. Read more at: EGYPT | back to top | Interior Ministry - 235 Rioters Arrested In Six Governorates On Friday Egypt State Information Service 4 January 2013 Police arrested about 235 rioters of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood on Friday during protests in six governorates, the interior ministry said in a statement on Friday 03/01/2014. Read more at: 17 Killed, 62 Injured In Egypt's Deadliest Protests In Months The Christian Science Monitor By Mariam Rizk 4 January 2014 On Friday, Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters clashed with Egyptian security forces in several cities and provinces. The protests were the most violent since a 3-month state of emergency and curfew expired in November. The death toll from the latest violent clashes in Egypt between Islamist protesters and security forces has risen to 17, a security official said Saturday.
  8. 8. Friday's protests were the deadliest in months, coming less than two weeks ahead of a key referendum on an amended constitution. Raging street battles gripped Cairo and other heavily populated residential areas in several cities and provinces such as Alexandria, Ismailia, Fayoum, and Minya. Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members and their supporters threw fire bombs and rocks at security forces who responded with water cannons and tear gas. Read more at: deadliest-protests-in-months INDONESIA | back to top | Indonesia Police Kill Six 'Terrorists' Al Jazeera 1 January 2014 Anti-terrorism squad shoot fighters dead and arrest one man in all-night standoff at a house near the capital, Jakarta. An Indonesia police anti-terrorism squad has shot dead six fighters and arrested another in an all-night standoff at a house near the capital Jakarta, officials said. Brigadier-General Boy Rafli Amar, a National Police spokesman, said the shootout started late on Tuesday when most Indonesians were preparing for New Year's Eve celebrations and ended Wednesday. Intelligence gathered from earlier arrests allowed police to storm hideouts in Ciputat on Jakarta's southern outskirts. He said those who were killed had refused to surrender and instead fired guns and lobbed homemade bombs at security forces, injuring one police officer. Read more at: 2014113310394718.html IRAN | back to top | Iran Offers To Help Iraq In Fight Against Al-Qaeda The Daily Star 6 January 2014 A senior Iranian military official says Iran is ready to help Iraq battle Al-Qaeda "terrorists" in the neighboring country's Sunni-dominated western Anbar province. Iraqi troops have been trying to dislodge fighters from the Al-Qaeda group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant from two key cities the militants overran last week. Read more at: fight-against-al-qaeda.ashx#axzz2pVGzQQqM IRAQ | back to top | Western Iraq On Brink Of Rebellion Against Shia Regime Financial Times By Borzou Daragahi & Amina Ashraf 30 December 2013 Iraq’s volatile western region was on the verge of all-out rebellion against the central government on Monday. It followed the weekend arrest of a prominent lawmaker and the dispersal of a largely peaceful protest in the city of Ramadi that left at least 13 dead, according to news agencies. Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose Shia-dominated government has alienated the country’s Sunni Arab and Kurdish minorities, described the dispersal of the anti-government protest and other military operations in Anbar province as a blow against al-Qaeda extremists. This year has brought a resurgence of terrorism in Sunni parts of the
  9. 9. country with a campaign of bombings in the capital, Baghdad, and elsewhere. “The ongoing military operations in Anbar have united Iraqis under the armed forces and this is a real victory,” Mr Maliki said on Monday, according to Iraqi news sources. “The Anbar operations are the biggest blow to al-Qaeda, which has lost its safe haven in the sit-in [protest] camps.” Read more at: 00144feabdc0.html#axzz2pdKUWPGu LEBANON | back to top | What Next After Death Of Al-Qaeda Leader In Lebanon? Al Monitor by Ali Hashem 5 January 2014 A few days after his arrest, the chief of Lebanon's al-Qaeda branch was pronounced dead by the authorities. “His health condition deteriorated,” said a military source in Beirut, explaining that Majid al-Majid suffered from kidney failure. “He was treated at the hospital before his arrest, and later, after falling in the hands of the army, he was given appropriate care. But God’s will is above all wills.” According to another source — an officer close to the investigation process — Majid wasn’t interrogated. “His health condition didn’t give the investigators the chance to ask him. He was in a dire situation, and the priority was to save his life,” said the source. Majid died early Saturday, Jan. 4, and what was believed to be a fortune of information and secrets was transformed into a sort of mirage. Many were awaiting his confessions, hoping that he would solve many of Lebanon's bloody riddles. While details of Majid’s arrest were discussed in a previous piece by the author, the details of his death have been kept secret. Most Lebanese, despite their political differences, are treating the news with skepticism. Some believe that Majid — the man who heads the Lebanese branch of the most dangerous group in the world — was killed so that his secrets, which could harm many people, died with him. This is the point of view on the street and on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, which have been used to convey a unified message that they don’t buy the news, and that the Lebanese government is responsible for his life and death. Read more at: death.html?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8853 LIBYA | back to top | Libya Killing: Fears Grow For Kiwis In Libya New Zealand Herald By Kathryn Powley 5 January 2014 The apparent execution-style killing of a New Zealand woman in Libya has sparked concerns for five others still in the country. The New Zealander and a British man appear to have been slain by shots to the back of their heads. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade yesterday issued a statement outlining brief details of the killings, near the city of Sabratha on Thursday. The ministry is working with British consular staff and local authorities to investigate what happened. A Libyan security official said the Briton, born in 1965, and the New Zealander, born in 1967, were found on Thursday face down on the beach with gunshot wounds to their heads. Read more at:
  10. 10. NIGERIA | back to top | JTF Captures Bomb Maker In Jigawa This Day By Ibrahim Shuaibu 6 January 2014 Operatives of the Joint Security Task Force (JTF) have arrested a terrorist suspected to be a bomb manufacturer in Kazaure Local Government Area in Jigawa State after a gun battle at the suspect's residence. According to a statement issued yesterday in Kano by the spokesman of the JTF, Captain Ikedichi Iweha, one terrorist was apprehended after a gun battle, while three women and three toddlers were rescued unhurt from the incident. The statement read in part: "At the end of operations, five AK 47 rifles, five magazines, and 333 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and various improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were recovered from the residence after an intensive search." Read more at: Nigeria, Others Step Up Fight Against Terrorists In Somalia Leadership 4 January 2014 As it assumed duty as a non-permanent member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council in New York, Nigeria has teamed up with the world's body organ to step up the fight against threats that Al-Shabaab, the major terrorist group, poses to stability in Somalia. Nigeria's move came 48 hours after the deadly bomb attacks carried out in Mogadishu by the terrorist organisation. Read more at: PAKISTAN | back to top | Vicious Year: Terrorism Surged In 2013, Says Report Express Tribune 6 January 2014 Since 2010, the number of overall incidents of violence saw a downwards trend for the two subsequent years. This trend could not persist in 2013 and took a slight upward curve, mainly, during the campaigning phase of the general elections and sustained until the year’s end. This was revealed in a report titled ‘Pakistan Security Report 2013’ compiled by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), said a press release issued on Sunday. According to the report, militant, nationalist insurgent and violent sectarian groups carried out a total of 1,717 terrorist attacks across Pakistan in 2013, claiming the lives of 2,451 people and causing injuries to another 5,438. Compared to 2012, the number of reported terrorist attacks in Pakistan posted a nine per cent increase while the number of people killed and injured in these attacks increased by 19 per cent and 42 per cent, respectively. Read more at:
  11. 11. PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA | back to top | China to help Kenya safeguard territory The Star By Brian Otieno 3 January 2014 THE Chinese government has said it will continue supporting the Kenya Defence Forces to secure the country's borders and territorial waters. Defence Secretary Raychelle Omamo said China is involved in an on-going modernisation of the KDF. She said this will help Kenya in the fight against terrorism and piracy. Omamo said Kenya has had its fair share of terrorism attacks and is determined to fight the vice. Read more at: RWANDA | back to top | Ingabire - Political Prisoner Or Terrorist? The Independent by Stephanie Aglietti 2 January 2014 A political prisoner to supporters but a convicted terrorist to Rwandan justice, Victoire Ingabire, who was jailed for 15 years on December 13, 2013 on appeal, divides opinion in this central African nation. Arrested in October 2010, months after returning from 16 years in exile in the Netherlands, Ingabire has been a rare outspoken critic and challenger to the rule of President Paul Kagame. The 45-year-old mother of three children heads the Unified Democratic Forces (UDF), an opposition group not recognised as a political party in Rwanda. Her return to the country was deeply controversial. Read more at: RUSSIA | back to top | Schneider: 'Develop A Russian Islam' Deutsche Welle 1 January 2014 How can we prevent the spread of terrorism in Russia? DW put the question to Eberhard Schneider, a political scientist on the advisory board of the EU-Russia Center in Brussels. Deutsche Welle: In the past few days more than 30 people have died in suicide bombings in the Russian city of Volgograd. So far no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Who do you consider to be possible suspects? Eberhard Schneider: I assume there's a connection with the self-styled "Emir of the Caucasus Emirate," Doku Umarov. He announced these terrorist attacks a year ago, with the aim of disrupting the Winter Olympics. Some 150 years ago the region of Sochi, where the games are to take place, was home to around one million Circassians. The Circassians are an Islamic Caucasian people who for many years resisted incorporation by the tsar into the tsarist empire. About 400,000 Circassians fell in battle. A further 400,000 were driven out. Umarov has promised to avenge what happened back then. Furthermore, Umarov is a Chechen. Until 2007 he was fighting primarily for Chechen independence from Russia. After 2007 he changed his approach. He's no longer primarily concerned with Chechnya but with propagating Islam, specifically Wahhabism, which is a fundamentalist interpretation of the Koran. The main element of this interpretation is that the faithful must wage holy war. Read more at:
  12. 12. The Biggest Olympic Security Risk May Not Be At Sochi Bloomberg BusinessWeek By Carol Matlack 30 December 2013 Russia is promising extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of athletes and spectators at the Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. But as two deadly bombings in southern Russia have made clear, protecting people as they travel to the games could pose a much tougher challenge. Suicide bombers on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 killed more than 30 people at a train station and on a trolley in the southern Russian city of Volgograd. “The attack demonstrates the militants’ capability to strike at soft targets such as transport infrastructure,” says Matthew Clements, a security expert at IHS (IHS) in London. Although Russian authorities may be able to protect Sochi itself, “there is a greater risk to transport targets around cities in southern Russia, and even Moscow itself.” Read more at: at-sochi SOMALIA | back to top | Attempted Attack Will Only Strengthen Our Fight Against Terrorism Midnimo by Xafiiska Wararka 2 January 2014 His Excellency Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed sends his condolences to the victims and their families of those killed in last night’s attempted attack on Al Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu. The Prime Minister, said: “I send my personal condolences to the victims and families affected by last night’s attempted attack and wish those injured a quick and full recovery. “Last night’s attempted attack at Al Jazeera Hotel will only strengthen the people of Somalia and the government’s commitment to tackle those who threaten the security and stability of Somalia with indiscriminate violence and killing. “Earlier in the day I had visited the Ministry of Defence and Jazeera Military Training Camp to see for myself the work of our security forces. Last night’s attack was thwarted thanks to the commitment and sacrifice of our brave security personnel. I thank them for their continued service to our country.” Read more at: terrorism/ THAILAND | back to top | Thailand: Civil War Is Impossible. But Terrorism Dressed As “Civil War” Is Likely Global Research By Tony Cartalucci 4 January 2014 Terrorism dressed as “civil war” is likely. Vigilance and swift, decisive action against regime’s leadership can stop it. The embattled regime of Thailand’s Thaksin Shinawatra and his substantial Western backers are attempting to hold peace, stability, and the nation’s future hostage in order to extort from Thailand the perpetuation of their current grip on power. Chief among their threats is the myth of an impending “civil war.” Unfortunately for them, and despite their best efforts, in order to have a “civil war,” you must first have a divided nation. Thailand is by no means divided, and now more than ever what little support the regime had is slipping away – which is precisely why attempts to finally uproot Thaksin for good are being made now. A particularly irresponsible piece of fear-mongering propaganda comes to us from the Globe and Mail’s report, “Rising tensions in Thailand pit urbanites against rural poor.” It begins by stating: The voice on the radio is calm, its message anything but. “Civil war is going to happen,” says the announcer on a station broadcast across the arid plateau around Khon Kaen,
  13. 13. where rice paddies, cane fields and fishing-net factories form the geographic heart of the country’s red-shirt movement. It is now preparing to fight back if the government it supports, under caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, falls. “All sides, get ready,” the voice says. “We are ready to come together any time in the name of democracy.” Throughout the propaganda piece, nothing in the line of evidence is offered aside from one unqualified anecdote after another. The Globe and Mail also peddles the entirely discredited “class divide” myth spun by others across the Western media, including Reuters, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times - again offering nothing in the line of facts, figures, or statistics to backup its dubiously sensational narrative. Read more at: likely/5363757?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thailand-civil-war-is-impossible-but-terrorism- dressed-as-civil-war-is-likely&utm_reader=feedly UNITED STATES OF AMERICA | back to top | John Kerry On Iraq's Growing Al Qaeda Problem: 'This Is Their Fight' Christian Science Monitor By Arthur Bright 6 January 2014 The US promised to support Iraq's fight to oust Al Qaeda fighters from occupied cities in Anbar Province – but no boots on the ground. Iran has also offered support. Iraq's prime minister today called upon the residents of the Al-Qaeda-occupied city of Fallujah to oust the militants, spurring speculation that Iraqi military forces are set to retake the city imminently. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in a statement released today, asked "the people of Fallujah and its tribes to expel the terrorists" in order to ensure that "their areas are not subjected to the danger of armed clashes," BBC News reports. The gunmen overran the predominantly Sunni city and parts of the surrounding Anbar Province, including nearby Ramadi, last week, prompting hundreds to flee amid ongoing artillery and air strikes by government forces. The militants, members of the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also commonly known by the acronym ISIS), made their move amid ongoing protests in the region against the Shiite-dominated central government, which Sunnis say has marginalized them. Read more at: Iraq-s-growing-Al-Qaeda-problem-This-is-their-fight YEMEN | back to top | Yemen: The North Remembers Strategy Page 6 January 2014 The government refuses an American request to extradite a powerful local politician, Abd al Wahhab Muhammad Abd al Rahman Humayqani, so the U.S. can prosecute him for financing al Qaeda in Arabia. The U.S. placed sanctions on Humayqani in December and followed that with the extradition request. Humayqani is the head of a powerful Islamic conservative political party in Yemen and has many ties to wealthy Islamic conservatives in Saudi Arabia. This is a typical situation in Arabia, where many wealthy and powerful men support Islamic terrorists even though this is illegal. The governments in the area (including Saudi Arabia) try and ignore this because non-Moslem nations are demanding that these Islamic terrorist fund raisers be shut down. That does happen, but slowly and many of these terrorism financiers appear to be untouchable where they live. Read more at:
  14. 14. General CounterTerrorism News | back to top | Defense Leaders Say Cyber is Top Terror Threat NationalJournal By Jordain Carney 6 January 2014 The poll echoes growing concerns from Defense leaders and members of Congress. Defense officials see cyberattacks as the greatest threat to U.S. national security, according to a survey released Monday. Forty-five percent of respondents to the Defense News Leadership Poll named a cyberattack as the single greatest threat—nearly 20 percentage points above terrorism, which ranked second. The Defense News Leadership Poll, underwritten by United Technologies, surveyed 352 Defense News subscribers, based on job seniority, between Nov. 14 and Nov. 28, 2013. The poll targeted senior employees within the White House, Pentagon, Congress, and the defense industry. "The magnitude of the cyber problem, combined with declining budgets, will challenge the nation for years to come," said Vago Muradian, the editor of Defense News. Read more at: Al Qa’ida & Affiliates | back to top | Spain: Police Nab Al Qaeda-Linked Terror Suspect AP 5 January 2014 Spain's Interior Ministry says police have arrested a man suspected of belonging to an al-Qaida linked terror organization and participating in the Syrian conflict. The suspect, named as Abdeluahid Sadik Mohamed, was nabbed at Malaga airport in southern Spain on Sunday after arriving on a flight bound from Istanbul, a statement said. Read more at: 21425744 Al-Qaeda Still A Potent Threat Horseed Media By Manish Rai 5 Janaury 2014 As we begin 2014, it’s worth reflecting on where we stand in our fight against al-Qaida and global terrorism. Throughout 2012 and much of 2013, the Obama administration has toed the line that al-Qaida is on the path to defeat and with it, the terrorism is no longer the threat it once was. Nothing could be further from the truth. During his landmark counterterrorism speech in May 2013, President Barack Obama all but declared an end to the global war on terror. He said that al-Qaida was “on the path to defeat” the White House touted the death of Osama bin Laden as the death knell to al-Qaida. Pre-9/11, al-Qaida maintained large-scale operations in South Asia, complete with training camps and operational capabilities. Surely that capability of Al-Qaida is dented but it is far from over. Today, al-Qaida is a complex, adaptive, and resilient organization. The administration’s successes against high- value targets have fostered a false sense of security. Read more at: Al-Qaeda Group Claims Responsibility For Beirut Bombing AP 4 January 2014 An al-Qaida linked group claimed responsibility on Saturday for a suicide car bombing last week in a Shiite- dominated neighborhood in Lebanon, as its fighters clashed with other rebels in neighboring Syria.
  15. 15. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s operations, now in both countries, underscore how the ever more complex Syrian war is increasingly spilling over into its smaller neighbor. Read more at: Commentary & Opinion | back to top | Our Battle Against Terrorism: Flailing And Failing Daily Post By Oluwafemi Osho 6 January 2014 “56 Boko Haram members killed in Borno.” “Boko Haram terrorists invade Borno, kills 9.” “Insecurity: 15 soldiers, 50 ‘terrorists’ killed after clashes in Borno.” “Boko Haram kills bridegroom, 30 other in Borno.” These are all headlines that have painted, in bold letters, the front pages of some of our paper and online media at one time or the other. These are not scripts written for an action movie, to arouse curiosity or create fear; they are stark realities – realities that Nigeria has been seeking to fully grasp. Terrorism denotes violent intimidation or act employed to actualize a purpose. It is a threat to our individual and collective right to life. Terrorism in Nigeria has indeed come of age. Naturally, in positive economic and social indices we have always trailed the pack. But when it comes to bad indices we always rank among the top echelon. Talk about corruption, illegal bunkering, cyber-fraud, Nigeria is ever located by the tip of the crest. And, it is little wonder that in the area of terrorism, the country is steadily climbing to the peak of the ladder among terrorism- troubled countries. Read more at: Future Terrorists Los Angeles Times By Jane Harman 6 January 2014 We need to build bridges to those most vulnerable to radicalization. What turns people into terrorists? That question might sound simplistic, but it's at the heart of the struggle to prevent terrorist attacks. Take a look at some of the people who have tried to do us harm in the last few years. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, son of a wealthy banker, grew up in Nairobi, attended boarding school and college, and lived in an expensive London neighborhood. Chat room posts show that he worried about his school test scores and about girls — and felt lonely. He traveled to Yemen between high school and college to study Arabic. His classmates at University College London described him as quiet, easy to overlook. He tried to detonate explosives hidden in his underwear while onboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253, Christmas Day, 2009. Read more at: 20140106,0,4542763.story#axzz2pcfifW2M Understanding And Treating The Cancer Of Islamic Extremism Huffington Post Blog By Ribal Al-Assad 6 January 2014 "I am a soldier of Allah and this is a war," explained Michael Adebolajo in his own defense at the trial for the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby. The judge disqualified this as a legal argument, but outside the Court of Law, it is a stark reminder of the irrational and petrifying mind-set at the very heart of Islamism. Had Adebolajo acted alone, and in isolation, one would question his sanity before looking for deeper lying social causes. But he was not, and we can not. Islamist extremism links almost every horror story of the past fifteen years. From 9-11 to 7-7, to Madrid and Boston, onto the summer's massacres in Kenya and Nigeria to the acts of terrorism in Algeria, Mali, Russian Chechnya and China's Xinjiang Province, runs the constant threat of fundamentalism. It was the motive behind the murder of worshipers leaving a Christmas Day service in Baghdad. And it sits at the very heart of the apocalyptic events in and around Syria.
  16. 16. Terminology in this area can be inflammatory, but definitions are important. Islam is a peaceful religion. Islamism is a perverted ideology that imposes conformity with Sharia law. It views violence as an acceptable means to that end. Read more at: The Brotherhood And Terrorism Al-Ahram By Adel Amer 1 January 2014 Without understanding terrorism, in origin and form, we will not be able to effectively counter it, writes Adel Amer The Egyptian government last week declared the Muslim Brotherhood a “terrorist organisation”. A government decree banned all activities of the organisation, including demonstrations, and warned that Muslim Brotherhood members who violated the ban would be subject to the “anti-terrorism” laws that were appended to the Egyptian penal code in 1992. Any Muslim Brotherhood member who remains a member of this organisation will be deemed to “share in its terrorism” and will be subject to the anti-terrorism provisions. To enforce the prohibition, police forces will enter university campuses to prevent Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations. The decree further states that “the Freedom and Justice Party is no more than the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation” and that “the judicial ruling [to ban its activities] stipulates that everything that belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood organisation is banned and that this ruling must be stringently applied.” Terrorism, as a criminal phenomenon, is a form of behaviour that deviates from the prevalent rules of social behaviour in a society. Crime is not merely an activity prohibited by law; it is a form of behaviour practiced by persons within the context of a particular environment and amidst a particular society and is, therefore, inherently deviant. In like manner, terrorism, which is a criminal phenomenon characterised by certain properties that set it apart from other criminal phenomena, is not a random act but rather the product of the interaction of numerous factors that shape its driving forces, makeup and manifestations. The definition of terrorism under the anti-terrorist act is as follows: Read more at: Convergence | back to top | Drug Trafficking And Organised Crime In Afghanistan RUSI Journal By David Bewley-Taylor 24 December 2013 In November 2013, the UN’s Afghanistan Opium Survey reported a 36 per cent rise in opium poppy cultivation, with opium production up by almost half since 2012. This situation has long been recognised as a security threat, with effective programmes to address the complex links between opium trafficking, organised crime and insecurity in Afghanistan more important than ever given the transfer of responsibility for security and governance, by the end of 2014, to the Afghan government. David Bewley-Taylor questions the current focus of counter-narcotics policies and highlights the key challenges likely to impede the reduction of organised crime in Afghanistan post-2014. The impact of any organised criminal activity upon a ‘host’ society is manifold. Associated threats can be direct or indirect and generate a range of often-interconnected political and structural, economic, physical and environmental harms. Indeed, as James Bergeron acknowledges in the introductory article to this series, from an inclusive multidisciplinary perspective, the impact of organised crime goes beyond traditional statebased frameworks, sometimes posing a serious threat to human security. Further, a growing body of evidence makes it clear that fragile or conflictaffected states are especially vulnerable to organised crime as groups exploit ungoverned space and benefit from environments where states are weak and ‘the international community is not strong’. Add to this a transnational dimension resulting from profit-driven smuggling across borders, however, and the effect is no longer confined to one nation, fragile or otherwise. Rather, within an increasingly globalised and interconnected world, it radiates beyond national frontiers to affect other societies, including in many cases transit states as well as intended
  17. 17. destination markets for tangible illicit commodities. James Cockayne validly points out that transnational organised crime can thus ‘serve as a vector that transmits the impact of public ills found at one point on the globe to other points, sometimes magnifying them in the process’. Read more at: [Subscription Required. PTSS Alumni can access through GlobalNet] Cyber Warfare | back to top | Indonesia’s Cyber Counterterrorism: Innovation Opportunities For CT Policing – Analysis Eurasia Review by Sulastri Osman and Navhat Nuraniyah 6 January 2014 Indonesia has seen more terrorism-related activities online and in the social media in recent years. While they pose new challenges for counterterrorism policing, they also offer opportunities for innovation. BALI BOMBER Imam Samudra’s final message to his supporters was that they should be “hackers, bombers and fighters”. Now, more than five years after Samudra was executed for his role in the 2002 terrorist attacks in Bali, a new generation of like-minded extremists have realised his last will as they acquire the technological skills necessary to exploit online tools to facilitate their offline terrorist operations. Indonesian police’s heavy clampdown on terrorist cells across the country, particularly in the aftermath of the 2009 Jakarta hotel bombings, have been paralleled by increasing Internet penetration and the mushrooming of smartphones. These developments have contributed to the rise of terrorism-related activities online. New generation of tech-savvy terrorists The rise is not simply about terrorist activities shifting into the cyber realm following the tough police measures. Read more at: opportunities-ct-policing-analysis/ Poll: Cyberwarfare Is Top Threat Facing US Defense News By Zachary Fryer-Biggs 5 January 2014 Cyberwarfare is the most serious threat facing the United States, according to almost half of US national security leaders who responded to the inaugural Defense News Leadership Poll, underwritten by United Technologies. But while the leaders in national security policy, the military, congressional staffs and the defense industry are united in the seriousness of the cyber threat, agreement on the next greatest threat breaks down clearly along party lines. Terrorism is viewed as the next greatest threat by leaders who identified themselves as Republicans, while climate change was cited by those identifying as Democrats. The poll sheds new insight into what is often seen as a monolithic and even nonpartisan national security community. More than 350 senior defense leaders responded to the poll in late November, answering two dozen questions across the gamut of defense issues. Read more at: Threat-Facing-US?odyssey=nav|head Legal Aspects & Lawfare | back to top | Palestinian Terrorists Demand The Right To Study Genocide In Prison Strategy Page 6 January 2014 The Palestinian government is suing in Israeli courts to reinstate courses on genocide that Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails were allowed to take until 2011. The genocide course was very popular with the more than 4,500
  18. 18. Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Most of these prisoners are men from the West Bank and Gaza who were convicted of terrorism (trying to kill Israelis, some for actually doing so and not just caught trying). This lawsuit got a lot of publicity recently and that is another headache for the Palestinians who try to present themselves as helpless victims and not coddled terrorists. The existence of free college courses for jailed Palestinian terrorists follows on public statements by recently released Palestinian terrorists that life in Israeli jails was pretty good, with good living conditions and plenty of leisure time. But they want to be able to study genocide at the college level as well. Read more at: Narco-Terrorism | back to top | Kofi Annan Tackles Narcotics Trade In West Africa Ghana Web 4 January 2014 Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says his foundation intends working closely with the West Africa Commission on Drugs (WACD) this year toward addressing the “growing drugs problem in West Africa”. The United Nations Office on Drug (UNODC) estimates the drug trade through West Africa is now worth 800 million USD a year. Read more at: The Real Danger Of Uruguay's Drug Decriminalization (Opinion) AlJazeera merica By Belen Fernandez 6 January 2014 The push to legalize marijuana at home and abroad could help combat drug-war profiteering In December, Uruguay became the first nation in the world to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. While the International Narcotics Control Board, a body of experts established by the United Nations, condemned the move as a violation of international drug treaties, other observers consider it an alternative model in the debate over drug policy — and one to watch closely. President Jose Mujica’s logic is that the decriminalization of marijuana will undermine drug cartels by depriving them of the lucrative nature of the trade in illicit substances. Newsweek quoted Mujica’s reasoning: “How do you combat drug trafficking? By stealing away part of the market.” Read more at: Network Notes | back to top | French Researcher Finds Gaping Holes In Security Of DSL Modems itNews By Steve Gold 6 January 2014 Whilst several vulnerable backdoors in various DSL (broadband) modems were revealed by security researchers last year, would-be hackers required relatively unfettered direct IP access to the device to carry out an attack. Now a French researcher has discovered a series of wireless flaws on DSL modems from Linksys, Netgear and other vendors, which effectively gives attackers administration level access by simply resetting the modem's configuration settings, so bypassing the firewall settings of the unit. The vulnerability particularly affects public access WiFi services, notes, since these units are designed to allow password-less access to the unit across wireless channels, prior to logging in. This raises the spectre of a complete takeover of a public access WiFi hotspot and covert monitoring of all user IP traffic as a result. Read more at:,french-researcher-finds-gaping-holes-in-security-of-dsl- modems.aspx
  19. 19. Wanted: More Vigilance On Data Security Wall Street Journal 5 January 2014 Snapchat, Target Incidents Could Provide Impetus for New Safeguards Your data is out there, and people are coming for it. If you're lucky, the villains will only get the most harmless stuff. Perhaps they'll filch just your phone number from Snapchat, a number you thought would be kept confidential because the messaging company makes a show of its commitment to your privacy. You believed it would actually take steps to keep its promise (so did I). In fact, Snapchat was lax, and now your selfie-stained number is out there, dangling in the wind. Read more at: Science & Technology | back to top | Can Robots Better Spot Terrorists At Airports? Wall Street Journal By Jack Nicas 30 December 2013 Some Countries Test Fingerprint Readers and Eye Scanners for Aviation Security Next to have their jobs automated: airport-security screeners? Aviation and government authorities are starting to use machines in lieu of people to verify the identities of fliers by scanning their faces, irises or fingerprints. Dozens of airports in Europe, Australia and the U.S. already employ such technology so passengers can pass immigration checks without showing identification to, or talking with, a person. Now, several major airports in Europe have started using these automated ID checks at security checkpoints and boarding gates. The use of biometrics—computers verifying identities through physical characteristics—and other automated techniques in airport security is raising questions about the strengths of man versus machine in detecting potential terrorists. Industry officials argue the advantages outweigh the risks, and are promoting automation to help make air travel more efficient and less frustrating—and to save money. Read more at: Terrorist Financing | back to top | Funding Terrorism: Illegal Cash Flows May Be Aiding Terrorists Express Tribune By Adil Jawad 6 January 2014 Terrorist groups in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and Balochistan have been receiving billions of rupees each month through banking channels and money exchange companies, sources in Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) have revealed. These companies in collusion with some bankers have been transferring huge amounts to unnamed bank accounts in Quetta and Peshawar. The FIA has recently found evidence of transfer of billions of rupees to the two cities in the last few months. According to sources, the FIA made these discoveries during its investigations into the multibillion rupee Trade Development Authority Pakistan (TDAP) scam. Read more at:
  20. 20. Darwin Alpha Warns Global Investors Against Bitcoin Investing 6 January 2014 Darwin Alpha Ltd has issued an alert to global investors considering an investment in Bitcoin the digital currency. Darwin Alpha is issuing an alert to global investors to avoid investment in the opaque digital currency Bitcoin. Darrell Greco and Dario Zaccagnini Darwin Alpha's co-managing Directors have cited a myriad of reasons in their rationale calling for investors to steer clear of investment in Bitcoin, notwithstanding the very opaque nature of Bitcoin itself. Darrell Greco indicated that he "has received continuous guidance and alerts from financial regulators over the past two decades from initiatives set forth by the O.E.C.D. (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) nations whom have made a concerted effort to direct members and non member countries alike to employ best practices including democratic principles and full transparency in all walks of business including the movement of funds around the globe." An offshoot of this effort came with the formation of the F.A.T.F. (Financial Action Task Force) in 1989. Since 2008 the G20 nations stepped up their efforts taking a more analytical approach to the FATF’s identifying a list of jurisdictions deficient in their AML/CFT (anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing). Read more at: Transportation Security | back to top | Suicide Bombings In Russia Raise Security Fears New Europe 6 January 2014 On 30 December, a blast tore through an electric bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, killing 14, following a railway explosion a day earlier. Together more than 30 people were killed in the explosions, putting the city of one million on edge and highlighting the terrorist threat Russia is facing as it prepares to host the Winter Games in Sochi in February. Read more at: WMD Terrorism | back to top | Bracken: The Reality Of The Nuclear Threat Ridgefield Press By Macklin K. Reid 5 January 2014 Iran on the brink of a nuclear weapon — but now talking. North Korea, nuclear-armed, and reading too much like a Shakespeare history play, full of intrigue, deaths, and plots. Pakistan, officially an ally, ranks high on any list of potential leak-points for nuclear knowledge, weapons, and danger. As 2014 begins, what does the world look like to national security expert Paul Bracken? “I think on nuclear issues, we’re probably safe for the next two or three years, safe from a nuclear war,” he said. Read more at: The appearance of this information does not constitute endorsement by the United States United States Department of Defense or any other U.S. Government agency or activity of the publishing organization or other organizations referenced or published by them, or the information, products or services they provide. The United States Department of Defense does not exercise any editorial control over the information provided by these entities.