Monthly Archives: June 2008

Strong Angel III: Integrated disaster response demonstration Working together to save lives by improving information flow across boundaries In 2006, more than 800 volunteers from a diverse group of organizations gathered in San Diego, California, to undertake Strong Angel III, … Continue reading

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QinetiQ introduces suicide bomber detection systems

QinetiQ North America Technology Solutions Group announced the release of two suicide bomber detection systems. The SPO-20 and SPO-7R are non-imaging passive remote detection systems that can reveal the presence of potential suicide bombers and other anomalies, at ranges out … Continue reading

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Nigeria (Country threat level – 5)

According to reports on 30 June 2008, an unidentified group of militants attacked a houseboat owned by Shell in the Olama area of Rivers State. The attack, which occurred at approximately 1800 local time (1700 UTC), killed two of the … Continue reading

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Lebanon (Country threat level – 4)

On 28 June 2008 a bomb exploded in an apartment complex in Tripoli, located approximately 43 mi/70 km north of Beirut. The explosion killed one person, seriously injured more than 28 others and caused heavy damage to the building and … Continue reading

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Georgia (Country threat level – 4)

 On 30 June 2008 the separatist region of Abkhazia announced the closure of its border with Georgia effective on 1 July, following several explosions in the region. Earlier on 30 June, two bombs exploded at a minibus stop near a … Continue reading

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China (Country threat level – 3)

Allegations of a police cover-up following a young girl’s death sparked rioting in the Weng’an County region of Guizhou province on 28 June 2008. Rioters reportedly damaged vehicles and set fire to a police building after allegations emerged that police … Continue reading

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Taiwan / Philippines (Country threat levels – 2 / 4):

Typhoon Fengshen devastated the Philippines over the 21-22 June 2008 weekend, causing extensive flooding and triggering landslides. Authorities stated that at least 150 people have been killed by rising floodwaters as many rivers have risen over their banks in the … Continue reading

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China (Country threat level – 3)

Authorities in China increased security measures in Xinjiang as the Olympic torch arrived in the predominantly Muslim province on 17 June 2008. Police officers and security personnel were stationed in and around the provincial capital city of Urumqi as the … Continue reading

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Understanding the Origins of Wahhabism and Salafism

By Trevor Stanley The phenomenon of Islamic terrorism cannot be adequately explained as the export of Saudi Wahhabism, as many commentators claim. In fact, the ideological heritage of groups such as al-Qaeda is Salafism, a movement that began in Egypt … Continue reading

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Pakistan (Country threat level – 5)

 On 11 June 2008, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad released the following Warden Message: “This warden notice is to alert American citizens that the Consular Section will limit services to the public on Thursday, June 12, and Friday, June 13. … Continue reading

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