War on Terrorism

Report: Syrian Rebels Detonate Two Suicide Car Bombs in Palmyra, Syria

February 6, 2013

“A bomb destroyed part of the back wall of the [military intelligence] compound near the Roman-era ruins in the city and then a suicide car bomber drove through, detonating the vehicle and destroying parts of the facility, activists in Palmyra said.”

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White House Press Secretary Carney: U.S. Drone Strikes Are “Legal”, “Ethical”, and “Wise”

February 5, 2013

““We conduct those strikes because they are necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats, to stop plots, to prevent future attacks and, again, save American lives. These strikes are legal, they are ethical, and they are wise,” he said.”

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Israel Deploys Third Iron Dome Missile Defense System Near its Borders With Syria and Lebanon

February 5, 2013

“The Iron Dome systems have been deployed alongside a U.S.-supplied Patriot battery, which has been stationed in the north for years, as Israel is on the alert for weapons leaking out of the Syrian civil war that could be turned on the Jewish state.”

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Pakistan Taliban Increasingly Engaging in Bribery and Racketeering

February 5, 2013

“The Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehrik-i-Taliban, or TTP, is an umbrella group of Islamic militants originating from Pakistan’s northern tribal region. The Pakistani Taliban is not related to the Taliban in Afghanistan.”

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White House Press Secretary Carney Deflects Questions About Memo Explaining Targeted Assasinations

February 5, 2013

““I am not a lawyer and these are the kinds of things that are probably best expressed and explained by lawyers,” Carney said during the press briefing. “There are issues here about . . . feasibility of capture that I think are pertinent to that question.””

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Tuareg Rebels Gain Control of the Town of Menaka From Islamist Rebels in Mali

February 5, 2013

“Ag Assaleh said the MNLA entered Menaka because there were rebels from al Qaeda’s north African wing AQIM, as well as its splinter group MUJWA and Ansar Dine, operating nearby after being driven from the region’s main towns, Timbuktu and Gao.”

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Next Round of Iran Nuclear Talks Scheduled for February 26th

February 5, 2013

“First word of the meeting, to be held in Kazakhstan, came in comments from Iran’s Supreme National Security Council to state news agency IRNA.”

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Vice President Biden Meets With French President Hollande in Paris to Discuss Mali

February 5, 2013

“US Vice-President Joe Biden, speaking alongside French President Francois Hollande on Monday, said they had agreed African troops should take over “as quickly as reasonably possible”.”

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Germany: Colombian ELN Rebels Kidnap 2 German Tourists

February 5, 2013

“The National Liberation Army, Colombia’s second-biggest guerrilla group, said on Monday it had captured two men believed to be from Germany and considered them to be intelligence agents because the pair could not explain why they were in the area.”

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Mali Tuaregs Capture 2 Senior Islamist Rebel Leaders Fleeing Towards the Algerian Border

February 5, 2013

“Pro-autonomy Tuareg MNLA rebels said one of their patrols seized Mohamed Moussa Ag Mohamed, an Islamist leader who imposed harsh sharia law in the desert town of Timbuktu, and Oumeini Ould Baba Akhmed, thought to be responsible for the kidnapping of a French hostage by al Qaeda splinter group MUJWA.”

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Government Leak: Media Obtains 16-Page Memo DoJ Memo Outlining President Obama’s Rules for Assassinating American Citizens

February 4, 2013

“The 16-page memo … provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens.”

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15 Year-Old Palestinian Activist Malala Yousufzai Undergoes Successful Skull Surgery in the U.K.

February 4, 2013

“Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani teenager who defied Taliban attackers to promote education for girls, says she’s “feeling all right” after two weekend surgeries.”

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Vice President Biden: United States Supports French Military Action in Mali

February 4, 2013

“Speaking alongside French President Francois Hollande, who visited Mali at the weekend, Mr Biden said they had agreed that African troops should take over from French forces “as quickly as reasonably possible”, before the UN assumes overall command.”

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Syrian Opposition Leader Moaz Alkhatib Criticized for Meeting With Iran and Russia

February 4, 2013

“The Russian and Iranian foreign ministers, and U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, portrayed Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz Alkhatib’s new willingness to talk with the Assad regime as a major step towards resolving the two-year-old war.”

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Syrian President Assad: Israel Attempting to Destabilize Syria

February 4, 2013

“Bashar al-Assad has accused Israel of trying to destabilise Syria by attacking a military research base outside Damascus last week, and said his country was able to confront “current threats … and aggression”, according to state media.”

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