December 2012 Security News
- Al-Qaida in Yemen Offers Bounty for US Ambassador VOA 31 Dec 2012 -- The Yemen-based branch of al-Qaida has offered a bounty for anyone who kills the U.S. ambassador to Yemen or an American soldier in the impoverished Arab state, a group that monitors Islamist websites said.
- Secular Pashtun Leaders Call For Decisive Pakistani Action Against Terror RFE/RL 31 Dec 2012 -- Two prominent secular ethnic Pashtun politicians in Pakistan have called on Islamabad to take decisive action to end extremist sanctuaries in the country's northwestern tribal areas.
- UN chief condemns latest violence in Pakistan, calls for perpetrators to be brought to justice UN News Centre 31 Dec 2012 -- Appalled by the "escalating terrorist violence" in Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken out on the matter, calling for those responsible to be held accountable, according to his spokesperson.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 31 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- Yemeni Officials Say US Intensifying Drone Strikes on Al-Qaida VOA 30 Dec 2012 -- Yemeni authorities say apparent U.S. drone strikes on al-Qaida's branch in Yemen have intensified, with confirmation of a fourth deadly missile attack on the group in the past week.
- Spokesman: Cyber defense used for first time in Velayat-91 drills IRNA 30 Dec 2012 -- Cyber defense methods were used for the first time during the naval drills dubbed Velayat-91 going on in Iran's southern waters, the spokesman for the war game said.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 28 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 27 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- US Embassy Security Beefed Up Despite Diplomatic Cost VOA 26 Dec 2012 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has promised to beef up security at U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions after a panel investigating the killing of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens criticized what it called 'systemic failures.' VOA's Jerome Socolovsky spoke to a former American diplomat who warns that more security may damage America's oreign relations.
- UAE Says Terror Cell Arrested VOA 26 Dec 2012 -- UAE authorities said Wednesday that several arrests have been made in connection with a terrorist cell that was planning attacks in the Gulf kingdom, Saudi Arabia and nearby states.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 26 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- Iranian Authorities Say 'Cyberattack' Worm Brought Under Control RFE/RL 25 Dec 2012 -- Iranian officials say they have brought under control an Internet virus that attacked computers at industrial sites in southern Iran.
- Iran Foreign Ministry warns Canada over turning into a terrorist hub IRNA 24 Dec 2012 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry warned Canada over turning into a terrorist hub.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 24 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- Midwest Guard Troops Aid States in Storm's Path AFPS 21 Dec 2012 -- As the Midwest's first big winter storm forced road closures and shuttered schools, National Guard soldiers were mobilized to assist in Iowa and Wisconsin.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 21 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- Republican Senators Criticize Benghazi Embassy Security VOA 20 Dec 2012 -- Opposition lawmakers are criticizing the Obama administration for sending diplomats to the Libyan city of Benghazi without enough security. It follows an independent report into the September attack on the U.S. mission there that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
- Kerry: Congress Shares Blame for Benghazi Security Failure VOA 20 Dec 2012 -- The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations committee says Congress bears some responsibility for the mistakes leading to the deadly September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
- Four US State Dept. Officials Out Over Benghazi Attack RIA Novosti 20 Dec 2012 -- The US State Department's diplomatic security chief has resigned and three other officials were removed from their posts in the wake of a withering report on the Sept. 11 attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that left the US ambassador to the country dead.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 20 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- Briefing on the Accountability Review Board Report US Dept. of State 19 Dec 2012
- U.S. State Department Officials Reportedly Resign After Benghazi Report RFE/RL 19 Dec 2012 -- U.S. media are reporting that three U.S. State Department officials have resigned in the wake of a scathing report on the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya that blamed mismanagement at the department.
- Ethiopian Journalist Fights Terrorism Charges in Court VOA 19 Dec 2012 -- Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega appeared in court on Wednesday as the prosecution had to re-explain the charges against the prominent blogger. Eskinder also got the chance to defend himself before the court.
- Report: Inadequate Security at US Mission in Benghazi VOA 19 Dec 2012 -- An independent U.S. panel investigating the September 11 attack in Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans has concluded that security at the mission in Benghazi was 'grossly inadequate.'
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 19 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- IRAQ: No future for al-Qaeda's children IRIN 18 Dec 2012 -- Near a swamp of sewage in a slum in eastern Iraq, six-year-old Amir plays soccer with friends, unaware of a fact that may continue to affect him for the rest of his life:
- UN official welcomes joint anti-drug trafficking efforts of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan UN News Centre 18 Dec 2012 -- While noting the many challenges related to the flow of opiates from Afghanistan, the United Nations crime chief today praised the joint achievements of that country and two of its neighbours for their efforts to halt this movement.
- Bird Flu Kills 4-Year-Old Boy in Indonesia VOA 18 Dec 2012 -- Indonesian officials say a four-year-old boy has died from bird flu, the 10th fatal case in the country this year.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 18 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 17 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- Russia's Counterterrorism Committee Lists Achievements RFE/RL 14 Dec 2012 -- Andrei Przhezdomsky, the special representative of Russia's Counterterrorism Committee (NAK), listed the committee's achievements at a press conference on December 14.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 14 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 13 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 12 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- VP-8 and HMCS Ottawa Coordinate Drug Seizure. Navy NewsStand 11 Dec 2012 -- P-3C Orion aircraft from the 'Fighting Tigers' of Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 and the 'Red Lancers' of VP-10 along with Canadian Frigate Ottawa HMCS (FFH-341) recovered 1,086 kilograms of cocaine, valued in excess of $75 million during an interdiction in the 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility Nov. 29.
- Huge Drop in Attacks After Antipiracy Program - UN RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2012 -- The UN Office on Drugs and Crime's (UNODC) piracy program has led to a significant cut in pirate attacks and seizures of ships, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said on Tuesday.
- Q&A: AF chief information officer on Cyber Summit AFNS 11 Dec 2012 -- Air Force leaders held a Cyber Summit in November at Joint Base Andrews, Md., to discuss the Air Force's role in cyberspace and to ensure the mission needs of the Air Force and joint warfighter are being met going forward.
- US Labels Syrian Jihadist Group as Terrorists VOA 11 Dec 2012 -- The United States has declared a Syrian Jihadist force as a terrorist organization, while Western powers gathered in Morocco to push international support for Syria's new opposition coalition.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 11 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- WEST AFRICA: Defining piracy in the Gulf of Guinea IRIN 10 Dec 2012 -- In July last year President Boni Yayi of Benin sent a worried letter to the UN secretary-general. His country was being threatened by the activities of pirates, who were scaring shipping away from the ports on which his country's revenues depend. He wanted international help of the kind which had been deployed against piracy off the coast of Somalia.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 10 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- Al-Qaida Leader Killed in Pakistan Drone Strike VOA 08 Dec 2012 -- A suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has killed a senior al-Qaida leader who was considered one of the group's most powerful figures in the region.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 07 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- Somali Pirate Attacks Plummet in 2012 VOA 06 Dec 2012 -- Attacks by Somali pirates have fallen dramatically in 2012, a development chalked up to multi-national naval efforts, increased security measures by ships, and developments on land in Somalia.
- US Embassy Attacker in Bosnia Gets 18 Yrs RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2012 -- A Bosnian court sentenced on Thursday a gunman who opened fire on the US Embassy in Bosnia in October last year to 18 years in prison.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 06 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- Dory: Northern Mali a Terrorist Safe Haven AFPS 05 Dec 2012 -- Northern Mali has become a terrorist haven, and DOD will continue to work with local African nations and regional organizations to isolate and degrade the threat emanating from the area.
- Guardsmen Continue U.S.-Mexico Border Security Duties AFPS 05 Dec 2012 -- As many as 300 National Guardsmen will remain deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border for another year as part of a border security partnership between the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.
- Cyber Pro Discusses Mobile Network Security Challenges AFPS 05 Dec 2012 -- With more than 680,000 mobile devices in use across the Defense Department, they are quickly emerging as a critical component of military communications.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 05 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- Military Judge Removed From Hasan Court-martial AFPS 04 Dec 2012 -- Citing the appearance of bias, the highest military appellate court ordered the removal of Army Col. Gregory Gross as trial judge in the court-martial of an Army psychiatrist accused in a November 2009 shooting spree.
- Obama Ready To Work With Moscow To 'Update' Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 04 Dec 2012 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says he’s ready to work with Russia to “update” an agreement that has helped dismantle thousands of nuclear and chemical weapons in the former Soviet Union.
- Obama Hails Disarmament Pact With Russia RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2012 -- US President Barack Obama hailed a 20-year partnership with Russia and other former Soviet republics to stem the threat of loose nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons after the end of the Cold War.
- Officials Praise Nunn-Lugar Threat Reduction Program AFPS 04 Dec 2012 -- Defense Department officials yesterday honored two men whoestablished a program that has become a critical part of the U.S. approach to reducing the worldwide proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
- Pakistani Judge To Probe 2007 Raid On Radical Mosque RFE/RL 04 Dec 2012 -- Pakistan's highest court has appointed a judge to investigate the military's assault in 2007 on a radical mosque.
- Kazakh Security Committee Admits Terrorist Group Is Threat RFE/RL 04 Dec 2012 -- Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee has acknowledged for the first time that the banned terrorist group Jund al-Khilafah poses a threat to that country's security.
- Paris Trial Begins Of 10 Alleged Fundraisers For IMU RFE/RL 04 Dec 2012 -- Ten defendants have gone on trial in the French capital on charges that they helped finance the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, an extremist group accused of links to Al-Qaeda.
- First Global Terrorism Index Launched RFE/RL 04 Dec 2012 -- The first global terrorism index finds that incidents of extreme violence are on the decline worldwide.
- Plan To Scrap U.S. Green-Card Lottery Latest Front In Immigration Reform Battle RFE/RL 04 Dec 2012 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that would scrap the annual green-card lottery and instead reserve those tickets for eventual citizenship for foreigners with advanced science or technology degrees.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 04 Dec 2012 [PDF]
- Collaborating Extremist Groups Worry Africom Commander AFPS 03 Dec 2012 -- Extremist groups collaborating in Africa pose a threat beyond the region that extends to Europe and the United States, U.S. Africa Command’s top military officer said.
- Remarks by the President at the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Symposium The White House 03 Dec 2012
- 20TH Anniversary Cooperative Threat Reduction Symposium DoD 03 Dec 2012
- Remarks by Deputy Secretary Carter at the Cooperative Threat Reduction Symposium at National Defense University, Washington, D.C. DoD 03 Dec 2012
- Panetta Awards Nunn, Lugar Highest Civilian Defense Honors AFPS 03 Dec 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta recognized the program’s founders with the Defense Department’s highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award.
- NORAD to Conduct Air Defense Exercise in National Capital Region DoD 03 Dec 2012
- Four Sentenced In Baku For Terrorism, High Treason RFE/RL 03 Dec 2012 -- Four men have been sentenced for terrorism and high treason in Baku.
- United States Launches Initiative to Combat Illicit Firearms Trafficking in Caribbean Region US Dept. of State 03 Dec 2012
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 03 Dec 2012 [PDF]
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