♦ Osama Bin Laden’s death will not signal the end of al Qaeda attacks and might create tensions between the United States and Pakistan. These are just two of the predictions surfacing after Bin Laden’s death at the hand of U.S. troops in Pakistan. Reuters journalists suggest that al Qaeda members are vowing retaliation for Bin Laden’s death on Internet forums—a main way that radical Islamists communicate, according to the article. A story in the New York Times suggests that U.S.-Pakistani relations may deteriorate in light of the fact that Bin Laden was discovered in Pakistan in a city that also houses Pakistani troops.
♦ Ongoing concerns about private construction and security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan were included in the quarterly reports to Congress issued by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) and the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR). In Iraq, issues include being unable to determine the exact number of contractors in the country or track those contractors once they arrive. In testimony before Congress, Herbert Richardson, acting head of SIGAR, noted that his group faces issues of fraud and waste among contracting companies. Of the 76 construction projects currently being audited, Richardson notes that 46 involve contractor fraud. Richardson also notes that reliance on private security contractors to protect construction sites is also a concern. The Afghan government has implemented a program to transfer the duties of all private security contractors to a state-operated security force, which will take over the protection of construction sites in the country. (Read Richardson's testimony and the SIGAR audit below.)
♦ German police have arrested three Moroccan men suspected of being al Qaeda terrorists, according to a Reuters report. The men, who were living in Duesseldorf and Bochum, had large amounts of explosives in their possession and had been under investigation by German police since April 15.