Tag: Islamism

Inside Obama’s drone panopticon: a secret machine with no accountability

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Of all the reactions to the deaths of two hostages from a missile fired from a US drone, Congressman Adam Schiff provided the deepest insight into the logic underpinning the endless, secret US campaign of global killing. “To demand a

Botched CIA operation is a reminder: Still no transparency around drones

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At his press briefing today, White House press secretary Josh Earnest faced tough questioning from reporters about legal questions surrounding the CIA drone strike that inadvertently killed two hostages, including one American. The exchange neatly captured a galling truth about

Car Bomb Kills 8 Afghans From Unit Linked to C.I.A.

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Eight Afghan paramilitary soldiers were killed during an assault on a Taliban hide-out in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Wednesday. It was the latest of several clashes to take a heavy toll on the security forces as

Alleged French Spy-Turned-Traitor Targeted in Airstrikes on Al Qaeda

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A former spy for France, who defected and joined al Qaeda, was one of the targets of American airstrikes in Syria last month aimed at stopping the terror group from blowing up planes over the skies of Europe or the

US airstrikes against ISIS reportedly suffer from intelligence gaps

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U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are proceeding despite intelligence gaps that inhibit the Pentagon’s ability to determine their effectiveness, according to a published report. The Associated Press, citing current and former U.S. officials, reported Wednesday

U.S. intelligence agencies remain uncertain about danger posed by Islamic State

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Hours before President Obama announced a new U.S. military offensive against the Islamic State, one of his top counter­terrorism officials testified to Congress that the al-Qaeda offshoot had an estimated 10,000 fighters. The next day a new assessment arrived from

Israel urges global spies to pool intelligence on Isil

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Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon has called for world intelligence agencies to work together against the Islamic State (Isil) jihadist group. “In order to stop and overcome the Islamic State, we have learnt since 9/11 that there must be cooperation

Isis not comparable to al-Qaida pre-9/11, US intelligence officials say

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US intelligence officials have concluded that Islamic State (Isis) militants do not currently pose a direct threat of a major attack on an American city and, despite the group’s dramatic rise to prominence in the Middle East, is not comparable

Despite billions spent on intelligence, we know very little

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WASHINGTON, September 1, 2014 – The U.S. spends billions on intelligence, yet we always seem to be surprised by events in the world. George W. Bush told us that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and CIA Director George Tenet

Intelligence Nightmare: Extremists Returning Home

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The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors

Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data To Changed Terrorist Behavior

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For nearly a year, U.S. government officials have said revelations from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden harmed national security and allowed terrorists to develop their own countermeasures. Those officials haven’t publicly given specific examples — but a tech firm

Missile Strike by C.I.A. Drone Kills at Least 4, Pakistan Reports

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Ending a five-month hiatus, the Central Intelligence Agency resumed its drone campaign in Pakistan on Wednesday with a missile strike that killed at least four people at a compound in the tribal district of North Waziristan, Pakistani

CIA Falls Back in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan—The CIA is dismantling its frontline Afghan counterterrorist forces in south and east Afghanistan leaving a security vacuum that U.S. commanders fear the Taliban and al-Qaeda will fill—and leaving the Pakistan border open to a possible deluge of fighters

Mole Who Met Bin Laden Killed by Al Qaeda in Bosnia

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An FBI mole who provided valuable intelligence on al Qaeda and met with Osama bin Laden was lured away from the FBI to work for the CIA, but was killed by al Qaeda operatives in Bosnia who suspected he was

Tel Aviv sent alert as Mossad officials killed in Jalalabad by Afghan Taliban

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Israeli officials at a police station in Jalalabad, Afghanistan scrambled to control their secret station after a surprise raid by the Afghan Taliban on March 26, 2013. Sources close to Terminal X report that the station, which was located inside

UK spies point to more diverse terror threats

The trouble with reporting on the activities of the security and intelligence agencies, or on any matter dealing with national security, is that by definition it is difficult to establish the veracity of what they claim, especially when they press

10 Killed in Pakistan Drone Strike

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Security officials in Pakistan say a U.S. drone strike has killed at least 10 people in the restive northwest tribal region near the Afghan border. Authorities say drone-fired missiles hit three compounds Friday in North Waziristan, a known hub for

Roadside Bomb Kills 11 in NW Pakistan

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Pakistani officials say a roadside bomb has exploded in the country's northwestern tribal region, killing at least 11 people. The blast Wednesday struck a vehicle in Orakzai, one of the districts in the area along the Afghan border that is

Al-Qaida Militants Kill 20 Yemeni Soldiers

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Yemeni military officials say suspected al-Qaida militants have killed at least 20 soldiers during a surprise attack in the country's south. The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Monday's assault occurred in the volatile Abyan province. The

U.S. Doubts Intelligence That Led to Yemen Strike

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Top U.S. military leaders who oversaw missile strikes last year against al Qaeda targets in Yemen suspect they were fed misleading intelligence by the country's government and were duped into killing a local political leader whose relationship with the president's