War on Terrorism

U.S. Officials: White House Writing Counterterrorism Manual to Establish Rules for Targeted-Killing Operations

January 22, 2013

“Among the subjects covered in the playbook are the process for adding names to kill lists, the legal principles that govern when U.S. citizens can be targeted overseas and the sequence of approvals required when the CIA or U.S. military conducts drone strikes outside war zones.”

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Senate Democrats Carl Levin (MI) and Jack Reed (RI) Urge President Obama to Keep More Troops in Afghanistan Past 2015

January 22, 2013

“Officials say the White House is considering keeping between 3,000 and 9,000 troops in the country, a lower range than initially recommended by the top commander in Afghanistan.”

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United Nations Report: Afghanistan’s Spy Agency is Operating a Secret Prison to Avoid International Scrutiny

January 22, 2013

“The report also includes a statement by an unnamed NDS official in Kabul who confirmed the agency’s use of torture and secret facilities for detainees.”

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United Nations Report: One-Third of Detainees Recently Transferred to Afghan Custody Have Been Tortured

January 22, 2013

“Based on interviews with hundreds of detainees between October 2011 and October 2012, the 139-page report found “credible and reliable evidence” that more than half of those interviewed experienced torture or abuse.”

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Syrian Opposition Appeals to Qatar for Financial Aid for a Transitional Government

January 22, 2013

“The talks on agreeing a transitional government had been hit by disagreement over whether a transitional government could survive when the Syrian National Coalition President Moaz Alkhatib left in the middle of deliberations, the sources said.”

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Magazine: Leader of al-Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine in Mali Used to Have Strong Ties to the German Government

January 22, 2013

“Citing the German intelligence agency (BND), Spiegel said the Malian government had hoped it might negotiate with the Islamists through Ag Ghali, but efforts ended with the push south by rebels that led to French military intervention.”

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Support for al-Qaeda’s North Africa Branch Vastly Increases Following Algeria Hostage Crisis

January 22, 2013

“U.S. officials and terrorism analysts are pointing to last week’s hostage drama in eastern Algeria as a turning point for the al-Qaeda offshoot, boosting its credibility while marking its transition from a predominantly Algeria-focused organization to a true multinational threat.”

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Coordinated Suicide Attacks Target Police Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan; 3 Police Officers Killed

January 22, 2013

“The attack raised the possibility that insurgents were shifting tactics, testing Afghan security forces in Kabul after a series of high-profile attacks on Western targets last year.”

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Inside Job: At Least 2 Current or Former Employees at the BP Oil Plant Were Kidnappers

January 22, 2013

“The hostage-taking at a remote Algerian gas plant was carried out by 30 militants from across the northern swath of Africa and two from Canada, authorities said.”

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French Troops in Mali Take Control of Diabaly and Douentza Back from Islamist Militants

January 22, 2013

“The militants’ occupation of Diabaly marked their deepest encroachment into government-held territory, and Monday’s retaking of the town is a significant victory for the French-led intervention.”

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Power Outage Hits Damascus, Syria; Government Claims Rebels Cut Power Lines

January 22, 2013

“Assad’s forces still control the city through a network of checkpoints, but his government has faced mounting difficulty in providing basic services as the 22-month civil war drags on.”

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U.S. Drone Strike Kills 3 Suspected al-Qaeda Terrorists, Injures 2 Other People

January 22, 2013

“The airstrike was the third to target al-Qaida militants in the area since Saturday and indicated an uptick in the U.S. military battle against the terror organization in Yemen.”

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United Kingdom Considers Offering More Help to the French Intervention in Mali

January 22, 2013

“David Cameron has said there could be further assistance with transport and surveillance. Two military aircraft have already been loaned to the French.”

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Syrian Rebels’ Suicide Car Bomb Kills At Least 30 Government Forces in Salamiyeh, Syria

January 21, 2013

“Citing medical sources, the opposition group predicted the death toll may increase to more than 50 and said civilians also died in the explosion.”

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Armed Pirates Seize Control of an Oil Tanker from a Port in Ivory Coast

January 21, 2013

“The statement says officials believe the ship is currently located off the coast of neighboring Ghana. However, that has not been confirmed.”

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