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January 18, 2009

1. A horrid 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran is now set to be revised. The 2007 NIE claimed that Iran had halted all nuclear weapons work in 2003 and had not restarted it. Recent revelations have debunked this myth to point authors must revise.

2. A Greek tanker has been released by Somali pirates after a record ransom as paid by ship's owners. Reward begets more piracy. Meanwhile, Somali government troops and African Union troops were surprisingly reported involved in a deadly clash, blue on blue, in Mogadishu.

3. Iraq's "Chemical Ali," a colonel in Saddam's army, will be hanged for the murderous 1988 nerve gas attacks on Kurdish villages in Iraq's north.

4. One of the only truly offensive approaches to terrorism - the CIA's aerial drone attacks on al-Qaeda in Pakistan - are coming under fire from within the United States via the ACLU. The group has filed FOIA requests challenging the legal status of such operations.

BACKTRACKING A VERY BAD IRAN INTEL ESTIMATE
Coming Around On Iran: Bad 2007 NIE Now To Be 'Revised' - Newsweek
Explaining Why 2007 NIE Was So Bad: NIE: Cutting of your nose to... - NRO (2007)
Lingering Bad NIE Effects: A Manufactured Debate - Is Iran Designing Warheads? - ThreatsWatch (2009)

CIA DRONES: TERROR OFFENSIVE HOW UNDER ATTACK
ACLU Challenges Legal Basis for CIA Drone Strikes - Washington Independent
Vets Respond: Universal Jurisdiction & Targeted Killing - Warrior Legacy Foundation (PDF)

HAMBALI TERROR TRIAL IN DC?
Obama administration may try Hambali in criminal court - Hot Air
Meet the Real Jack Bauers - National Review Online

AFGHANISTAN
Taliban bombers strike Kabul; at least 5 dead, 40 injured - - USA Today
Hitting Karzai Outreach: What's behind latest Taliban attack on Kabul? - CS Monitor

HAITI
More US troops, aid flow to Haiti, but hunger, frustration persists - AP
MilBlogger Aids Rescue Mission: Rubicon Rescue: Mission Haiti - Blackfive
All Team Rubicon Updates Here: Team Rubicon Haiti Archives - Blackfive

IRAN
China balks at Iran sanctions - CS Monitor
Schippert Interview: The China-Russia-Iran Axis - FrontPage Magazine (2008)
Iran hails UN indecision over further sanctions - Forbes
Iran Vows Revenge On Israel For Professor's Death - CBS
But... Hizballah behind slaying of Iranian prof? - UPI

IRAQ
Iraq's "Chemical Ali" to Hang for 1988 Gas Attack - TIME

ISRAEL
FM: No more Israeli gestures towards Abbas' Palestinian Authority - Jerusalem Post
Israel and Turkey Hope to Salvage Their Damaged Alliance - WSJ

SOMALIA
Bitter Confrontation Between AU And TFG Troops Erupts in Mogadishu - allAfrica
Record Ransom Frees Hijacked Tanker off Somali Coast - VOA
Somalia protests after Kenya arrests MPs in riot swoop - BBC

SYRIA
Syria Trained Hizballah on Advanced SA-2 Anti-Aircraft Missiles - Ha'aretz

UNITED KINGDOM
LSE's Islamist teacher 'groomed suicide bomber for Tel Aviv attack' - London Evening Standard
Friday: London School of Econ. & London Univ. Student Unions Twinned with Gaza's Islamic University - ITIC
Friday: London School of Econ. professor tied to radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir - UPI
U.K.'s Universities Offer Conducive Environment to Islamic Extremists - WSJ

YEMEN
Yemen claims arrest of Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula No. 2 - UPI

January 15, 2009

1. The Obama administration is looking to bring yet another top-level terrorist from Guantanamo Bay to American civilian courts. This time it's Hambali, the captured leader of Jemmah Islamiyah, responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed over 200.

2. Just after the students unions at the London School of Economics and at London University "twinned" with the Islamic University in Gaza as a show of political support, it is revealed that a key professor at one of the universities has ties to the radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

3. Somali pirate attacks also continue unabated. Ransom of millions has been paid to free a Greek tanker. The amount is reportedly the most ever given, continuing an upward trend for the pirates' reward.

4. Mexican authorities have captured a top cartel boss implicated in the killing of at least 300.

ISMALIST GROUP HIZB UT-TAHRIR
London School of Economics and London Univ. Students Unions Twinned with Gaza's Islamic University - ITIC
London School of Economics professor tied to radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir - UPI
Background: Hizb ut-Tahrir America Enters Public Stage - Counterterrorism Blog
Background: Hizb ut-Tahrir to Hold Conference at Chicago Hilton - Jawa Report (2009)
Background: Hizb ut-Tahrir: Sharia Takes Precedent Above US Constitution - Investigative Project

AFGHANISTAN
Roadside bomb kills 5 family members, including 4 children - Canadian Press
Japan Ends Refueling Ships in Support of War in Afghanistan - Bloomberg

HAITI
Obama sends troops, immediate $100M to Haiti's rescue - Washington Times
Damaged airport, dock hamper Haiti aid efforts - CNN
Burst of Mobile Giving Adds Millions in Relief Funds - New York Times
Yesterday's Roundup: 'Haiti is the broken bloody body of Christ' - The Anchoress
Today's Rolling Updates: From Ed, In Haiti - The Anchoress

IRAN
Iran police chief says SMS, e-mail for protests punishable - M & C
Iran to try 16 soon over December unrest - Washington Post
China to send lower-level envoy to talks on Iran - Washington Post
China continuing to play diplomatic games on Iran - American Thinker

IRAQ
Iraq sentences 11 to death in attacks on government buildings - Dallas Morning News
Iraq Erasing Hebrew Markings on Ezekiel's Tomb - Jerusalem Post

ISRAEL
Jordan makes arrests for failed bomb attack on Israel diplomats - CS Monitor
Israel reassures Lebanon ahead of IDF maneuvers - Jerusalem Post
Related: Hizballah Leader Nasrallah: 'Israel lost its power of intimidation' - Ha'aretz (Israel)

MEXICO
Mexico nabs drug boss suspected in 300 killings - Dallas Morning News
A Revolutionary Idea in Mexico: Don't Have One This Century - Wall Street Journal

NORTH KOREA
N. Korea: S. Korean plan may mean holy war - UPI

PAKISTAN
Pakistan probes reports of Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud's death in US Strike - AFP
Pakistan Officials: U.S. Killed Another Militant on FBI Most-Wanted List, Abdul Rahim - FOX News

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
U.S. tells Abbas it's pushing hard for Mideast talks - Reuters
The Egypt-Hamas collision course - Jerusalem Post
Hamas urges Egypt to halt Gaza border wall - Reuters

SOMALIA
Pirate Attacks Off Somalia Nearly Double - VOA
Italy to fund Somali government ministries - Washington Post
In Neighboring Kenya: Kenyan protests over radical cleric turn violent - Toronto Star

UNITED STATES
U.S. said to eye D.C. for Gitmo trial - Hambali, Mastermind of Bali Bombing - Washington Times
Pentagon report faults Hasan's bosses - Washington Times
Detroit plotter Abdulmutallab pleads not guilty in civilian court - M & C
Intel indicates Detroit was a random target choice - UPI
Civil Trial Games: Accused 'Lady al-Qaeda' terrorist Aafia Siddiqui demands no Jews in jury pool - NY Daily News

YEMEN
Yemen jets 'strike al-Qaeda cell killing six' - BBC
Yemen Country Profile - BBC

January 7, 2010

1. Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for bombing of CIA base in Afghanistan, carried out by a double agent the CIA thought it had flipped. Murmers begin of Pakistani intelligence personnel (ISI) assisting the al-Qaeda bomber.

2. US officials began to 'connect the dots' on Christmas Flight 253 bomber while flight was in the air. Administration's National Security Adviser Gen. Jones says report on failures will "shock" Americans.

3. A Western intelligence report was issued to Arab Gulf states warning them of al-Qaeda plans to attack.

4. Israel is nearing readiness to deploy its Iron Dome short range missile and rocket defense shield. IDF warns Israelis to not expect perfection, but enhanced defense. Meanwhile, a mortar barrage on Israel was launched again from Gaza.

5. Washington intends to restart a Middle East peace process in the coming months, insisting that it pick up where it left off in December 2008.

FLIGHT 253 ATTACK
National Security Adviser: Airline bomber report to 'shock' Americans - USA Today
U.S. learned intel on airline attack suspect while he was en route - Los Angeles Times
Yemen Says Plane Bomb Suspect Met Radical Cleric - New York Times
Related: Plane bomb suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab 'joined al-Qaeda in London' - Times (UK)
Tanji Interview: Int'l Security Databases And Why They're Not In Your Airport - The Take Away

AFGHANISTAN
Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility for CIA Base Bombing - ABC
Did Pakistani spies assist al-Qaeda's CIA bomber? - Daily Beast
Al-Qaeda CIA bomber was furious over Gaza war - Ha'aretz (Israel)
In Afghanistan, not-so-smart intelligence - Los Angeles Times
Despite a severe blow, CIA won't scale back terror hunt - AP

IRAN
Iran prosecutor tied to jail deaths - Toronto Star
Iran diplomat quits over protests - Washington Post
Steady Drip of Leaks Corrodes the Core of the Iranian Regime - New York Times

IRAQ
Iraq Blasts Aim at Antiterror Official - New York Times
Iraq, Iran start talks on disputed border area - Reuters

ISRAEL
IDF warns Gazans in wake of mortar barrage on Israel - Ha'aretz (Israel)
Israel's Iron Dome Missile/Rocket Defense System Nearly Ready - CBN
'System can't give complete protection' - Jerusalem Post

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Palestinian Sniper Kills Egyptian Guard During Border Riot - Los Angeles Times
Khalid Meshaal Pledges Hamas' Loyalty to Saudi Arabia, Arabs - Daily Times (Pakistan)

KUWAIT
Western Intelligence warns Gulf states of al-Qaeda attacks - AFP

PAKISTAN
Pakistan Criticizes U.S. Drone Attacks After Raids Kill 17 - Bloomberg

SOMALIA
Somalia's army chief escapes bomb attack - AFP
Rival Islamist Groups Clashed Again in Somalia - UPI

UNITED STATES
US readies new push on Middle East peace process - Jerusalem Post
Holocaust Museum Shooter Dies In Prison - Washington Post

January 6, 2010

1. A Washington Times editorial does a bit of crucial reporting by highlighting known connections and cooperation between the Iranian regime and al-Qaeda, citing intercepted message of thanks from al-Qaeda #2 Ayman al-Zawahiri to the Iranian regime for assistance in a 2008 Yemen attack.

2. China is now saying that the time is not right for harsher sanctions on Iran. The veto-wielding UN Security Council member arrives just in time, again, to quash efforts. China also delivered a rush order to Iran for armored riot control trucks with water cannons and plow blades to help put down Iranian protesters

3. The Afghanistan government has asked the UN to ease some sanctions on the Taliban. Seeks to ease restrictions on Taliban members who "renounce violence and agree to support the government."

4. In Pakistan, a US drone strike in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas targeted al-Qaeda and Taliban elements. Meanwhile, to the north in the disputed Kashmir territory, a suicide bomber killed three Pakistani soldiers. An attempt to escalate tensions between India and Pakistan? Possible.

AFGHANISTAN
Afghan Blast Kills 4 Children, Wounds US Soldiers - ABC
Afghanistan Asks UN to Ease Some Taliban Sanctions - New York Times

IRAN
Iran Shielding Its Nuclear Efforts in Maze of Tunnels - New York Times
At U.N., China insists it's not 'right' time for sanctions on Iran - Washington Post
Context: Chinese Armored Anti-Riot Water Cannon Trucks Delivered to Iran - LA Times
Commentary: End appeasement of Iran's regime - Guardian (UK)
Iran arrests 180 in renewed clampdown: website - AFP

IRAQ
Iraq frees militant leader linked to British hostages, head of Iraqi Shia network - Chicago Tribune

ISRAEL
Israel's Own March of Lawyers: IDF to seek legal advice during future conflicts - Ha'aretz

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Hamas 2010 budget mainly 'foreign aid' from Iran - World Tribune
Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) commander killed in Israeli airstrike in Gaza - YNet News
PRC Background: Anatomy of An Attack: The Palestinian Tunnel Raid - ThreatsWatch (2006)
PRC Background: Quick Peek at The Popular Resistance Committees - ThreatsWatch (2006)
PRC Background: Israel's Axis - Hamas Calls PIJ-PRC Attack "Gift from God" - National Review (2007)

PAKISTAN
Suspected drone strikes kill militants in Pakistan - CNN
Bomber kills three Pakistan troops in Kashmir - AFP

YEMEN
Yemen arrests 3 al Qaeda suspects - CNN

January 4, 2010

1. More information is learned about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and his path to a failed attempt to bomb Northwest Flight 253. Yet some must apparently re-learn about his recruiter, facilitator and al-Qaeda guide, radical imam and al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen.

2. Al-Qaeda is mounting an insurgency in Yemen and the government is forced to violently confront terrorists for its own survival. Yemeni government "loses track" of arms trucks, forcing US, UK and French embassy closures.

3. Iran gives "ultimatum" on a nuclear deal, which France immediately rejected early this morning. Iran insists on enriching its own material, which is counter to the heart of the West's sought compromise. Meanwhile, the regime has never been more unstable domestically with protests increasing in the face of violent put-downs.

4. Report suggests Pentagon seeking use of foreign aid to counter al-Qaeda. Not listed is Somalia in the Horn of Africa. In 2006, Pentagon attempted this for Somalia and was shot down by State Department which demanded 'moderate' Islamists be included in Somali government.

FLIGHT 253 BOMBING ATTEMPT BACKGROUND
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab: one boy's journey to jihad - Times (UK)
Anwar al-Awlaki: More Than A Radical Cleric - Weekly Standard
Mobility Helps al Qaeda Extend Reach - Wall Street Journal
NOTE: Also See Yemen Section Below

AFGHANISTAN
Jordanian double agent killed CIA officers in Khost - Politico
3 of 7 CIA employees killed in suicide bombing in Afghanistan identified - AP

IRAN
Iran Gives West One-Month 'Ultimatum' to Accept Nuclear Counterproposal - New York Times
France Rejects Iran's Nuclear Ultimatum - VOA
Chinese Evade U.S. Sanctions on Iran - Wall Street Journal
Iran's Desperate Regime (US On The Wrong Side Since June) - SF Chronicle

ISRAEL
The Expansion of Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Jihadi Groups in Gaza - Dore Gold

JORDAN
Jordan emerges as key CIA counterterrorism ally - Washington Post

LEBANON
Marine commander in Beirut in 1983: "Iran Expands Its Target List" - WSJ
Lebanon will not surrender to threat against Hizballah's arms: FM - Xinhua

PAKISTAN
Americans accused of plotting attacks return to Pakistan prison - Washington Post
Suicide bomber kills 90 at volleyball game in Pakistan - The Long War Journal

SOMALIA
Pentagon Eyes Foreign Aid to Fight Al Qaeda - FOX News
Flashback - January 2009: America Intervenes in Somalia, Quietly - Wired

UNITED STATES
Flights Behind Schedule After NJ Security Breach - ABC
Air Travelers from Terror Sponsors to U.S. Will Face Tighter Screening - BusinessWeek
Confusion in Europe after US demands more security - Los Angeles Times
2 federal agents shot inside lobby of Las Vegas courthouse - New York Daily News

YEMEN
The New AQ Insurgency: Yemeni leadership feared in al-Qaeda's sights - Washington Times
Yemen forces 'shoot al-Qaeda militants' as country nears ruin - Times (UK)
Embassies shut after 'Yemen lost track of arms trucks' - BBC
U.S., U.K. Close Yemen Embassies for Second Day - Bloomberg
Obama Pretends to Get Tough on Yemen - Weekly Standard
Some Dems want Gitmo-Yemen transfers ended - Washington Times

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