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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.

Oct 28, 2010

UK spy boss Nukes a wider threat than terrorism

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s top spy, in the first public speech by a serving UK espionage chief, said on Thursday terrorists might hit the West again “at huge human cost” but nuclear proliferation by states was a more far-reaching danger.

Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) chief John Sawers, in a address to the Society of Editors media group hosted at Thomson Reuters London offices, said the risks of failure in tackling proliferation by countries like Iran “are grim.”

Oct 28, 2010

UK spy boss: Iraq showed intel must be strictly weighed

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s top spy, making the first public speech by a serving espionage chief, said on Thursday an inquiry into intelligence failings on Iraq showed sources of information had to be rigorously evaluated.

Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) chief John Sawers, addressing academics, officials and editors in a live televised appearance, said he was confident his service would take steps to ensure its recommendations were implemented.

Oct 28, 2010

UK spy chief Sawers no stranger to spotlight

LONDON (Reuters) – British spy chief John Sawers learned to handle the media with aplomb in a previous career as a top diplomat, a strength that could prove critical as his service emerges further into the public glare.

Like many Western counterparts, the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) he leads is wrestling with demands for greater transparency from the courts, media, politicians and society in a challenge few of his publicity-shy predecessors ever faced.

Oct 28, 2010

MI6 boss makes first public speech

LONDON (Reuters) – Top spy John Sawers makes the first public speech by a serving espionage chief on Thursday, a step towards greater openness for an intelligence service that for most of the 20th century did not officially exist.

Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) chief Sawers will speak at a live televised gathering of academics, officials and editors invited by the Society of Editors, a grouping of senior journalists from newspapers and electronic and online media.

Oct 28, 2010

Britain’s spy boss makes first public speech

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s top spy makes the first public speech by a serving UK espionage chief on Thursday, a step toward greater openness for an intelligence service that for most of the 20th century did not officially exist.

Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) chief John Sawers will speak at a live televised gathering of academics, officials and editors invited by the Society of Editors, a grouping of senior journalists from newspapers and electronic and online media.

Oct 14, 2010

Pakistan militant variety tests West security-US

LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The sheer variety of foreign
nationalities involved in Pakistan’s “melting pot” of radicals
is complicating the job of countering a plot that triggered a
U.S. travel alert for Europe, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

U.S. State Department Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism
Daniel Benjamin added in a briefing for reporters that another
challenge to coordinating a response to what he called a threat
“of great concern” was a growing tendency of Pakistan armed
groups to act jointly.