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Modern Jihad: Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror Networks

- Terrorists need money--and lots of it--to carry out their operations and to sustain themselves. With its intriguing title and an author who is an economist and a journalist, this book promised to offer revealing information on terrorist financial networks. Alas, such is not the case.

Bin Laden to Address Europeans; UN Says al Qaeda Still Potent

- Al Qaeda's media arm says a new message from Osama Bin Laden is set for release soon.

Would You Like Spies with That?

- FBI denies the reported "Falafel Investigation," calling it too ridiculous to be true.

Worldwide Terrorism by Target

- Quarterly target data on terrorist incidents from the MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base.

Moving Past the James Bond Image

- The United Kingdom's intelligence and security services will recruit more "non-white" agents.

British Government Loses Private Data of 7.5 Million Families

- The data, contained on two computer discs, was lost in the mail and has stoked fears of widespread identity theft.

British Government to Change Counterterrorism Language

- Government officials will no longer use the phrase "war on terror" and other terms deemed "offensive."

Britain to Speed Up Airport Security Screening

- Most passengers should take no longer than 5 minutes to pass through security, says the government.

Pakistani Tribes May Be Recruited to Help U.S. Against al Qaeda

- The U.S. may use a similar strategy it used in Anbar Province, Iraq, to fight al Qaeda terrorists.

Understanding Terror Networks

- The book reflects a systematic and pragmatic approach based on Sageman's personal experiences and research. Blending his training as a forensic psychiatrist, his experience as a diplomat dealing with Afghani mujaheddin, and his proficiency with various social science methodologies, Sageman has put together an excellent snapshot of the dangers posed by contemporary Islamic terrorists that is a blend of network theory, modeling, empirical analysis, and historical review.

U.S. Military Sees Drop in IEDs in Iraq

- Top U.S. official attributes the drop in the weapons' use to Iran.

Port security

- Exactly one year after 9-11, ABC News reported that a steel pipe containing a 15-pound cylinder of depleted uranium arrived from Istanbul, Turkey, in the United States, undetected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). On the second anniversary of 9-11, ABC News reported that the same cylinder again eluded the CBP, this time arriving from Jakarta, Indonesia. The Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was asked to investigate. The Inspector General found that CBP officials followed protocols and procedures that were "not adequate to detect the depleted uranium." An unclassified, abbreviated version of the report can be found on SM Online.

Terrorism data

- From 1968 through November 15, 2004, international terrorists most frequently targeted private citizens, businesses, and property. Of the 19,383 total incidents of terrorism around the world in that period, 3,192 hit private citizens and property. Business targets were a close second, with 3,065 incidents. Among targets hit, transportation was victimized 821 times, utilities 554 times, and airports and airlines 798 times. After al Qaeda, the most lethal group during these years was Hezbollah, causing more than 800 deaths. These statistics come from the Terrorism Knowledge Base of the National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, a nonprofit organization funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with the mission of preventing or minimizing terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Among other things, the Knowledge Base is a repository of incidents arranged by type, perpetrator, date, location, and other factors. It also contains overviews of terrorist groups, legal cases involving terrorism, information resources, and other valuable materials for terrorism researchers. Users can create graphs of incidents by group, incident, and other factors, and they can search terrorist organizations by ideology, such as antiglobalization, environmental, and right-wing reactionary. Link to the database via SM Online.
 




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