Bin Laden was killed four months before the 10th anniversary of 9/11. As the new al Qaeda documents make clear he died knowing that his dream of another terrorism spectacular in the West was just that: a dream. And the organization that he had founded was in deep trouble because of the CIA drone program.
Thursday May 28, 2015
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With the U.S. withdrawing from Afghanistan and a new Afghan government having assumed power, where does the future of Afghan women lie? In her new book, "Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders," Sally L. Kitch explores the crisis in contemporary Afghan women's lives by focusing on the stories of Judge Marzia Basel and Ms. Jamila Afghani from 2005 through 2014, providing an oft-ignored perspective on the personal and professional lives of Afghanistan's women.More about the event
The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad
The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today
Pakistan: A Hard Country
The Longest War
The Enduring Conflict Between America and al-Qaeda
The Bin Ladens
An Arabian Family In the American Century
A Vision for America’s Role in the World
The Osama bin Laden I Know
An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader
It was only a matter of time before this would happen in the United States. Violence in the West aimed at those who draw cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed has become increasingly common. In January, 12 people were killed by two gunmen at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris, which had run a number of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
Keeping alive the tradition of holding a number of sessions on politics, the ILF hosted the session ‘Full of Sound and Fury: Elections in Pakistan’ on the first day. Moderated by Rashed Rehman, the panel included Anatol Lieven, the Orwell Prize-winning journalist and author of Pakistan: A Hard Country, the politician Syeda Abida Hussain, and Sahar Shafqat, an Associate Professor of Political Science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, USA. Lieven concluded the discussion stating that there is no chance for the Taliban to take over Afghanistan again. However, he was concerned that Taliban have the capacity to keep the insurgency alive.
Since the first operation in 2002, there have been 396 drone strikes in Pakistan and 126 in Yemen, according to the New America Foundation, which tracks the strikes using media reports. The CIA has conducted all of the strikes in Pakistan and most of them in Yemen, though the military also conducts drone strikes in Yemen.
Pakistan Condemns Afghan Taliban; Ghani: Let Taliban Be Part of Peace Talks; India Rejects U.S. Religious Freedom Report
On Thursday, Pakistani foreign ministry spokeswoman, Tasneem Aslam, in her weekly press conference in Islamabad condemned the Taliban’s “spike in violence” in its annual spring offensive in Afghanistan (VOA, ET). Aslam said: “[Pakistan] would like to see a national reconciliation process in Afghanistan.” Voice of America reports that Pakistani officials have been in secret contact with Taliban leaders urging them to participate in peace talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Pakistan, which has been accused of providing support for the Taliban’s past spring offensives, is considered a wild-card factor in any potential Afghan peace talks with the Taliban.
New America - GPPi Report on Computer Security Incident Response Teams Provides a Baseline Understanding of CSIRTs for Policy-Makers
Today New America and the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) released the first paper in a series of publications examining the role of CSIRTs in cybersecurity. The first paper, “CSIRT Basics for Policy-Makers” examines the history, the culture, and the different types of Computer Security Incident Response Teams, also known as CSIRTs or CERTs. The report is designed to help provide policy-makers with a baseline understanding of what CSIRTs are and why they are important to cybersecurity.
The History, Types & Culture of Computer Security Incident Response Teams
In this paper, we examine the history, types, and culture of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs). Some CSIRT practitioners and policy-makers have differing views of what a national CSIRT should be, how it should operate, where it should be situated, and how it should relate to the rest of the computer security incident response network within its country. This brief is intended to provide a short history and overview of the culture of CSIRTs in order to help build a common understanding before examining some of the critical issues in greater depth in subsequent publications.
According to New America, which tracks drone strikes in Pakistan, CIA drone attacks happened in Shawal, North Waziristan, on January 19 in which at least four militants were killed; also on January 15 in Tehsil Ladha, South Waziristan, in which at least five militants were killed; and on January 4 in Datta Khel, South Waziristan, in which at least eight militants were killed. It is in one of these strikes that Weinstein was almost certainly killed.
The session was moderated by the experienced journalist Nasim Zehra. The other panelists included Anatol Lieven author of ‘Pakistan: A Hard Country’ and Shahid Hussain, a former foreign secretary and ambassador. “There is no likelihood of the Taliban coming back to power,” said Dr Lieven, supported by other speakers. He explained that the Taliban may gain influence in rural areas but not major towns and cities. “A repeat of the 1990s position of the Taliban is impossible,” he added.
Bilateral engagement will prove to be one of Obama’s most important foreign-policy legacies. But ensuring that the US can continue to lead in the twenty-first century will require a different kind of engagement. That will be a critical task for America’s next president.
Hunter blamed the failure to rescue Weinstein on conflicting missions at the FBI, which is in charge of cases of Americans held hostages overseas, and the CIA, whose “focus in this case and others is not on the successful recovery of Americans held captive. Above all, this incident reaffirms the necessity to install an interagency coordinator in order to ensure there’s effective and constructive engagement at all levels.”
In mid-January the al-Qaida leadership announced the death of Ahmed Farouq who was a deputy head of their new al-Qaida in the Indian subcontinent. He was a pretty important person, considered by Osama bin Laden himself as an up-and-comer.
to Join Extremist Organizations SourceUrl: http://satsa.syr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/JTSA_Spring_2015.pdf Slug: beyond-the-jihadi-bride-our-distorted-understanding-of-womens-motivations-to-join-extremist-organizations Source: The Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis Template: in-the-news Authors: Emily Schneider, Elizabeth Weingarten Summary: This article aims to first, examine the growing phenomenon of female foreign fightersfrom the West to Iraq ...
The students protesting Mr Koh are right to try to hold him to account for the government's actions during his time of government service. The revolving door between elite academia and the higher levels of government is defensible only insofar as the inside knowledge of former bureaucrats is used to better educate students. Mr Koh ought to be judged by more than the single issue of American drone strikes. However, that issue is an important one. A fuller public accounting of his own role would go a long way towards making the case that the compromises necessitated by government service left him not only more eminent, but also wiser.
Ghani: ISIS Behind Jalalabad Bombing; India’s Budget Session Resumes; Saudi Arabia Continues to Expect Pakistani Role in Yemen
On Saturday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that ISIS was behind the bombing of the Kabul Bank branch in Jalalabad earlier in the day that killed 35 people and injured 125 more (NYT, WSJ, Reuters). Ghani stated: “Taliban did not claim responsibility, but Daesh claimed responsibility.” Daesh is a pejorative name some use to describe ISIS. Indeed, Zabiullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, wrote on Twitter: “We condemn/deny involvement,” and in 2011 the Taliban did claim responsibility for an attack on the same bank branch with similar casualties. In a cellphone interview with the New York Times, Zabiullah Mujahid reiterated his denial and refused to comment on ISIS’s role. On the other hand, ISIS’ Afghan group, which calls itself the Province of Khorasan claimed the attack releasing the bomber’s photo and stating: “Many congratulations to all on the first…attack by the Province of Khorasan.”
If he were making recommendations to the President about how to change government policy, Noesner said, he would suggest tamping down the rhetoric of “no negotiation with terrorists” and supporting (with information and resources) the efforts of families and companies to negotiate. Debra Tice, the mother of Austin Tice, an American journalist who has been missing in Syria since 2012, agreed with Noesner’s assessment. “We should not let our desire to punish terrorist kidnappers cloud our judgment and restrict our options,” Tice declared.
Fareed talks to Anne Marie Slaughter, Peter Beinart, and Dan Senor about Hillary Clinton's 2016 bid, and about warming relations with Cuba and Iran.
I recently attended a panel discussion with Tom Ricks, a journalist who has covered the U.S. military for over 20 years, and he made an observation that gets at the heart of the matter. He said that the military we have today – that massive entity which receives so much funding – is essentially a project of the red states; its tenets of loyalty, obedience, patriotism, conservatism, in Ricks’s assessment, are traditional red state values. But fiscally speaking, that is exactly the problem. When it comes to GDP (or even their ratio of federal contributions v. benefits), Ricks said, red states have “basically gotten a free ride.” Their wealth generation is nothing compared to Silicon Valley, and their professional gravitation – the U.S. military – is an artifact of an industrial age that is economically antiquated.
The new technology, the police robot, was there to minimize risk to the operator, while the gyrocopter, the anachronistic flying contraption, had just been used to deliberately put its operator at risk in order to make a political statement. The pilot apparently wished to trade his freedom temporarily, in a non-violent way, in order that his voice might be heard; landing on the Capitol grounds was how he chose to make that trade. The landing will be the news story of the day, but the story shouldn’t be one about the safety or inviolability of airspace near the Capitol. Yes, the Capitol building is vulnerable. So is the White House, as was seen after a small drone accidentally crashed on the White House grounds in January. Such vulnerability ought to be a hallmark of America. The pilot may be punished (though one hopes he will be charged as the peaceful protester he appears to be and not as an ostensible terrorist.) But it is essential to democracy that such acts of civil disobedience be possible.
This is just fun writing: Okay, Hillary. I was going to write this week about autonomous killer robots, but then you (finally!) announced that you’re running for president, so I decided instead to write about you. Some might say that this is not, in fact, a switch in topics. Somehow I don’t think Rosa is gonna wind up working in the H. Clinton White House.