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Nov 22, 2010

Militant raid on tanker shows Gulf security gap

LONDON (Reuters) – A U.S. statement that militants were behind a mystery blast on a Japanese tanker in the Strait of Hormuz in July has increased concerns about security in the vital oil shipping lane and drawn urgent calls for more details.

A brief U.S. advisory last week described as “valid” a claim of responsibility by the shadowy Abdullah Azzam Brigades for the failed July 28 raid on the Japanese vessel M.Star, which injured a seaman but caused no oil spill or disruption to shipping.

Nov 16, 2010

Stuxnet study suggests Iran enrichment aim: experts

LONDON (Reuters) – New research on the Stuxnet worm shows definitively it was made to target the kind of equipment used in uranium enrichment, deepening suspicions its aim is to sabotage Tehran’s suspected nuclear arms program, experts say.

Stuxnet, a malicious computer worm of unknown origin that attacks command modules for industrial equipment, is described by some experts as a first-of-its-kind guided cyber missile.

Nov 15, 2010

Somalia tops terrorism risk list, India danger down

LONDON (Reuters) – Somalia has replaced Iraq as the state most at risk from terrorist attack, according to a ranking by global analysts Maplecroft, which sees threats also rising in Russia, Greece and Yemen but falling in India and Algeria.

A statement by the consultancy about its latest Terrorism Risk Index said increased dangers seen in Somalia and Yemen were caused by al Qaeda-associated violence while those in Russia stemmed from attacks by separatists from the North Caucasus.

Nov 15, 2010

Somalia tops terrorism risk list, Yemen danger up

LONDON (Reuters) – Somalia has replaced Iraq as the state most at risk from terrorist attack, according to a ranking by global analysts Maplecroft, which sees threats also rising in Russia, Greece and Yemen but falling in India and Algeria.

A statement by the consultancy about its latest Terrorism Risk Index said increased dangers seen in Somalia and Yemen were caused by al Qaeda-associated violence while those in Russia stemmed from attacks by separatists from the North Caucasus.

Nov 11, 2010

Q&A – Double agent probably big blow to Kremlin – experts

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of Russia’s deep cover U.S. spying operations has betrayed the network and defected, a Russian paper said on Thursday, potentially giving the West one of its biggest intelligence coups since the end of the Cold War.

Here are answers from intelligence experts to questions about the affair of Colonel Shcherbakov, reported to have disclosed to Washington the existence of a Russian spy ring he ran in the United States. The ring’s members were arrested in June and later sent home in a spy swap.

Nov 11, 2010

Double agent probably big blow to Kremlin: experts

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of Russia’s deep cover U.S. spying operations has betrayed the network and defected, a Russian paper said Thursday, potentially giving the West one of its biggest intelligence coups since the end of the Cold War.

Here are answers from intelligence experts to questions about the affair of Colonel Shcherbakov, reported to have disclosed to Washington the existence of a Russian spy ring he ran in the United States. The ring’s members were arrested in June and later sent home in a spy swap.

Nov 10, 2010
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Book Talk: UK Muslim author seeks roots of militancy

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The prominence of Britain’s Muslim minority in the nation’s debate about security and social cohesion provides the backdrop to journalist Zaiba Malik‘s memoir of growing up a British Muslim of Pakistani descent.

“We Are A Muslim, Please” tells how she was raised by first generation immigrant parents in the run-down former industrial center of the northern English city of Bradford in a tradition of conservative piety.

Oct 31, 2010

Analysis: Militant mix of experts and novices blurs risk picture

LONDON (Reuters) – Plotters in Yemen conceal bombs inside office equipment and mail the packaged items air freight to America. Only a tip-off alerts authorities that planes are en route with a deadly cargo.

A European scare erupts when militants from Germany are reported to be plotting attacks from hideouts in Pakistan. Most subsequently turn out to be incompetent fantasists.

Oct 31, 2010

Militant mix of experts, novices blurs risk picture

LONDON (Reuters) – Plotters in Yemen conceal bombs inside office equipment and mail the packaged items air freight to America. Only a tipoff alerts authorities that planes are en route with a deadly cargo.

A European scare erupts when militants from Germany are reported to be plotting attacks from hideouts in Pakistan. Most subsequently turn out to be incompetent fantasists.

Oct 29, 2010

Parcel bombs spotlight bold Qaeda Yemen group

LONDON (Reuters) – An attempted parcel bomb plot originating in Yemen will further heighten security concerns about the unstable Arab state, seen by the West as the home of al Qaeda’s most inventive and audacious affiliate.

A series of brazen attempted attacks on Western and Arab targets have been launched over the past 18 months by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), headed by Nasser al-Wahayshi, a Yemeni former associate of Osama bin Laden, and a Saudi deputy.