Tag Archives: Al-Qaeda

Recent Trends in Radicalization

March 26, 2012

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The attack in France this past week at the hands of the terrorist Mohammed Merah is reawakening  Europe to the realities of radicalization. This event should not be viewed as the beginning of a complex new terror campaign domestically but should be seen as an infrequent reality of war with terror groups. The majority of […]

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The Iran-Al Qaeda Connection

February 25, 2012

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This past week has seen Al-Qaeda rise after a period of weakening and transition. After losing a number of its leadership, most notably Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, it was thought that the organization would be further crippled until it could no longer operate effectively. However its recent actions in Iraq, Somalia, and possibly […]

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Winning Hearts and Minds…and (hopefully) the whole war too.

February 13, 2012

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The future of the War in Afghanistan became more complex on 1 February when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the U.S. would end its combat role early by summer 2013. This significant development means that the counter-insurgency campaign that NATO is fighting will rely heavily on Afghan National Forces to control Afghan territory. The […]

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Cyber Security: The Next Great Threat (Pt 2)

June 1, 2011

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The United States has recently declared that a cyber attack will be considered an act of war and thus justifies U.S. military action. This is exactly the type of policy advocated for in my previous post on this issue, but which now comes with interesting ramifications. First and foremost, what determines a cyber attack will […]

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Cyber Security: The Next Great Threat (Pt 1)

May 10, 2011

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With the fall of Osama Bin Laden, the future of terrorism is somewhat uncertain. Conventional terrorist attacks had been trending away from the grandiose to the small-scale in recent years. Recruitment into terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda has been shifting from extremists in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other Arab nations to tech savvy youth in countries […]

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