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Aug 2, 2011

Analysis: Syria army keeps cohesion but risks overstretch

LONDON (Reuters) – The Syrian army, a vital pillar of President Bashar al-Assad’s power, is showing little sign of the serious splits and defections the opposition seeks in its ranks, despite strains caused by his military repression of unrest.

But as tanks spearhead a crackdown in the city of Hama, Assad must wonder whether is most loyal and heavily-armed soldiers are sufficiently numerous to deploy in several places at once if the need arose.

Jul 23, 2011

Questions over far-right link in Norwegian attacks

LONDON (Reuters) – A report that Norway’s bomb and gun rampage may be the work of a far-right militant confronts Europe with the possibility that a new paramilitary threat is emerging, a decade after al Qaeda’s Sept. 11 attacks.

One analyst called the attacks possibly Europe’s “Oklahoma City” moment, a reference to American right-wing militant Timothy McVeigh who detonated a truck bomb at a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people.

Jul 23, 2011

Analysis: Questions over far-right link in Norwegian attacks

LONDON (Reuters) – A report that Norway’s bomb and gun rampage may be the work of a far-right militant confronts Europe with the possibility that a new paramilitary threat is emerging, a decade after al Qaeda’s September 11 attacks.

One analyst called the attacks possibly Europe’s “Oklahoma City” moment, a reference to American right-wing militant Timothy McVeigh who detonated a truck bomb at a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people.

Jul 22, 2011

No clear pointers in Norway twin attacks

LONDON (Reuters) – Security experts say suspicion is likely to fall on both Islamists and right-wing extremists following a deadly bombing and a shooting at a political gathering in tranquil Norway.

It was not clear if the attacks were linked, but the possibility of a complex, hybrid assault makes it difficult to make an early call as to the likely political orientation of the assailants, security experts said.

Jul 22, 2011

Snap Analysis: No clear pointers in Norway twin attacks

LONDON (Reuters)- Security experts say suspicion is likely to fall on both Islamists and right-wing extremists following a deadly bombing and a shooting at a political gathering in tranquil Norway.

It was not clear if the attacks were linked, but the possibility of a complex, hybrid assault made it difficult to make an early call as to the likely political orientation of the assailants, security experts said.

Jul 22, 2011

Analysis – No clear pointers in Norway twin attacks

LONDON (Reuters)- Security experts say suspicion is likely to fall on both Islamists and right-wing extremists following a deadly bombing and a shooting at a political gathering in tranquil Norway.

It was not clear if the attacks were linked, but the possibility of a complex, hybrid assault made it difficult to make an early call as to the likely political orientation of the assailants, security experts said.

Jul 21, 2011

Analysis: Diplomacy struggles to break Libya standoff

LONDON (Reuters) – Military pressure alone may not end Libya’s war, but neither is diplomacy proving to be the fast track to peace that impatient Western powers had hoped.

Ineptly deployed, it may even put a brake on the deal-making a resolution will almost certainly require, analysts say.

Jul 20, 2011

Militants plan al Qaeda cartoon for kids, monitors say

LONDON (Reuters) – Al Qaeda sympathizers are planning to produce a children’s cartoon film to inspire young Muslim viewers to take up armed violence against the West, security specialists who monitor militant websites say.

Such a development would add to an expanding repertoire of media tactics employed by the trans-national group, which is placing increasing reliance on online propaganda to shore up support in the absence of successful attacks in the West.

Jul 20, 2011

Special report: Murdoch affair spotlights UK’s dirty detectives

LONDON (Reuters) – In a small, semi-detached house overlooking a park in the unlovely south London suburb of Croydon, Jorge Salgado-Reyes sits at a glass-topped desk in his living room plying his trade as a private eye.

In the corner, a goldfish glides around a water tank. A flat screen television hangs from the wall alongside replica samurai swords and photographs of landscapes. Black leather sofas line two of the walls.

Jul 20, 2011

Special Report – Murdoch affair spotlights dirty detectives

LONDON (Reuters) – In a small, semi-detached house overlooking a park in the unlovely suburb of Croydon, Jorge Salgado-Reyes sits at a glass-topped desk in his living room plying his trade as a private eye.

In the corner, a goldfish glides around a water tank. A flat screen television hangs from the wall alongside replica samurai swords and photographs of landscapes. Black leather sofas line two of the walls.