Monthly Archives: January 2008

Bioviolence: Preventing Biological Terror and Crime,

Barry Kellman describes the underestimated danger of biological agents falling into the hands of those who would be inclined to use them, and provides a wide-ranging and detailed policy analysis on how to prevent this from happening. As he puts … Continue reading

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European Union Shares U.S. Concerns About Homegrown Terrorism

European Union “security commissioner Franco Frattini has said he shares concerns recently expressed in Washington that Europe could become a platform for terrorist threats against the United States …” reports the EUobserver. (See last week’s newsletter.) “‘Day after day, we … Continue reading

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CIA Blames al-Qaeda and Tribal Leader for Bhutto Assassination; Pakistan Arrests Teenager

“The CIA has concluded that members of al-Qaeda and allies of Pakistani tribal leader Baitullah Mehsud were responsible for last month’s assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, and that they also stand behind a new wave of violence … Continue reading

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Spain Arrests 14 Terror Suspects

“Bomb-related material has been found during raids in Barcelona which led to the arrest of 14 people”—“12 from Pakistan and two from India”—“suspected of links with an Islamist terror network,” reports the British Broadcasting Corporation. “The Spanish judge overseeing the … Continue reading

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Pakistani Police Arrest Five With Bombs and Cyanide

Pakistani police arrested “five militants”—“one of whom was preparing to become a suicide bomber,” reports the Daily Times. They were “planning to attack Shia processions with cyanide and suicide bombs … The police also found six kilogrammes (kg) of explosives, … Continue reading

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Son of Bin Laden Wants to Be Ambassador for Peace

“Omar Osama bin Laden, son of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, … wants to be an ‘ambassador for peace’ between the Muslims and the West,” reports the Xinhua News Agency. “… Omar, one of bin Laden’s 19 children, left his … Continue reading

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Hamas Breaches Gaza Wall, Thousands Flee Into Egypt

“Tens of thousands of Palestinians clambered back and forth between the Gaza strip and Egypt” after an “audacious operation … brought down a hated border wall” erected by Israel, reports the Times. “Hamas, which took control of the coastal territory … Continue reading

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World Threat Levels – 22 Jan 08

ASIANepal (Country threat level – 4): On 22 January 2008 various groups — including students, union members affiliated with major Nepalese political parties and common citizens — gathered in the streets of Kathmandu to protest an increase in the price … Continue reading

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World Threat Levels

AMERICAS Antigua & Barbuda (Country threat level – 2): An explosion tore through a police office in downtown St. John’s on 17 January 2008. Authorities stated that there were no injuries, although much of the building was damaged and the … Continue reading

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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Lebanon / Israel (Country threat levels – 4 / 4): Lebanese officials stated that anti-aircraft units opened fire on Israeli military aircraft after they violated Lebanese airspace on 21 January 2008. The incident occurred during the morning hours; officials stated … Continue reading

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