June 2014 Security News
- Increasing drug use strains Yemen's services IRIN 30 Jun 2014 -- An influx of cheap counterfeit pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs, coupled with rising unemployment and an increasingly disillusioned society, is driving substance abuse in Yemen, according to civil society organizations, aid agencies, anti-drug campaigners and health and security officials, placing a growing strain on already stretched services.
- Obama Connects ISIL, Terror Threats at Home VOA 30 Jun 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says terrorist-fueled militancy in Iraq and Syria is boosting an already-omnipresent threat to America's security at home.
- US Lawmaker Questions Terror Suspect's Trial VOA 30 Jun 2014 -- A senior U.S. lawmaker says terror suspects, including the accused leader of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, should be held at the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 30 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- Libya militant leader pleads not guilty in Benghazi attack Iran Press TV 29 Jun 2014 -- A Libyan militant leader who has been charged with masterminding the 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi has pleaded not guilty before a US court.
- Legal Process Begins for Benghazi Terror Suspect VOA 29 Jun 2014 -- The accused ringleader of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges Saturday in a federal court in Washington.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 27 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- UNODC: Asia Seeing Increased Amphetamine Trafficking VOA 26 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released the 2014 World Drug Report on global drug trafficking Thursday to mark International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
- Global drug use stable, but nearly 200,000 drug-related deaths still recorded – UN report UN News Centre 26 Jun 2014 -- Global drug use has stabilized, but some 200,000 people are still victims of drug-related deaths, according to the latest World Drug Report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
- Jordanian Court Acquits Cleric on Conspiracy Charge VOA 26 Jun 2014 -- A Jordanian court on Thursday acquitted al-Qaida-linked Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, who was extradited from Britain last year, of charges of plotting an attack on the American school in the capital, Amman.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 26 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- Cybercom Chief: Partners Vital to Defending Infrastructure AFPS 25 Jun 2014 -- Building partnerships among the federal government, the private sector and academia is vital to bringing together capabilities in the defense of critical infrastructure, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command said yesterday.
- USS Vandegrift Halts Smuggling in Central America NNS 25 Jun 2014 -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), intercepted approximately two tons of cocaine being smuggled aboard two fishing vessels while on routine patrol off the coast of Central America.
- USS Ingraham Intercepts 793 Kilograms of Cocaine NNS 25 Jun 2014 -- USS Ingraham (FFG 61) with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49 Detachment 2 and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) disrupted approximately 793 kilograms of cocaine while conducting counter narcotic operations in the 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility in June.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 25 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 24 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 23 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 20 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- US Mission to Nab Benghazi Suspect Draws Fire VOA 19 Jun 2014 -- Libyan officials have condemned this week's U.S. operation that nabbed the alleged ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. As VOA's Aru Pande reports, after the 2011 U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, the operation in Libya again raises questions of how far the United States can go to target terror suspects abroad.
- ANG, Army test earthquake response AFNS 19 Jun 2014 -- More than 100 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Contingency Response Group and the U.S. Army's 688th Rapid Port Opening Element deployed here June 16-19 for an exercise that will test their ability to respond to a major earthquake along the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 19 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- 12th War Crimes Suspect Formally Charged at Guantanamo AFPS 18 Jun 2014 -- The 12th suspect to be charged for alleged war crimes against the United States was arraigned today before a military commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- Prosecution, Defense Discuss Hadi Arraignment AFPS 18 Jun 2014 -- The chief prosecutor in military commission war crimes hearings on terrorist acts against the United States called a suspect who was arraigned today a high-ranking al-Qaida leader who served as a liaison between the extremist group and the Taliban.
- Benghazi Suspect Arrest Could Provide Valuable Information VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- The capture of Libyan terror suspect Ahmed Abu Khatallah could provide valuable information about the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. While viewed as a political victory for President Barack Obama, the volatile issue of how his administration handled the attack appears unlikely to go away anytime soon.
- US: Benghazi Suspect Was Planning More Attacks VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- The United States has told the U.N. Security Council that the suspected leader of the deadly 2012 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was planning to target more Americans.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 18 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah DoD 17 Jun 2014
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Adm. Kirby in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 17 Jun 2014 -- Presenter: Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby
- Libya: Ahmed Abu Khatallah US Dept. of State 17 Jun 2014
- Key Figure in Benghazi Attacks to Face U.S. Charges AFPS 17 Jun 2014 -- Following today's announcement of Ahmed Abu Khatallah's capture for his role in September 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, the Defense Department announced he will be tried in a U.S. court.
- Terrorist Designation of Shawki Ali Ahmed al-Badani US Dept. of State 17 Jun 2014 -- The Department of State has designated Shawki Ali Ahmed al-Badani as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.
- Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby DoD 17 Jun 2014 -- "I can confirm that on Sunday, June 15 the U.S. Military - in cooperation with law enforcement personnel - captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key figure in the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012."
- Statement by the President on the Apprehension of Ahmed Abu Khatallah The White House 17 Jun 2014
- US Captures Benghazi Attack Suspect VOA 17 Jun 2014 -- The United States says it has captured a key suspect in the 2012 assault on its consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans.
- Chief Prosecutor: Commissions Incapacitate, Punish Terrorists AFPS 17 Jun 2014 -- Military commission proceedings for five suspects charged with the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States are progressing despite what the chief prosecutor called a "shortened week of pretrial sessions."
- Five more Asian countries at risk of H7N9 bird flu virus epidemic – scientists VoR 17 Jun 2014 -- Five Asian countries could join China as targets for the H7N9 bird flu virus that has claimed about a hundred lives since it erupted in March 2013, AFP cites scientists saying Tuesday.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 17 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- Special Counsel Urges 9/11 Judge to Drop FBI Probe Inquiry AFPS 16 Jun 2014 -- In military commission proceedings for five suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the lead attorney of the special review team said today the commission should end its inquiry to determine whether FBI investigations into defense teams created a conflict of interest.
- Cybercom Chief: Cyberspace Operations Key to Future Warfare AFPS 16 Jun 2014 -- In the cyber domain of 2025, the ability of military formations to operate offensively and defensively will be a core mission set, and commanders will maneuver the capability much as they maneuver ground forces today, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command said recently.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 16 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- First MERS case reported in Bangladesh VoR 15 Jun 2014 -- Bangladesh on Sunday reported its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infection in a man returning from the United States through Abu Dhabi, Reuters reports.
- AFCEC, AFCYBER partnership boosts infrastructure security AFNS 13 Jun 2014 -- The commander from Air Forces Cyber and the director the Air Force Civil Engineer Center signed an initiative here June 12, designed to strengthen the security of industrial control systems, or ICS, supporting critical Air Force infrastructures.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 13 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- General Assembly urged to 'make UN more relevant' in global combat against terrorism UN News Centre 12 Jun 2014 -- As the United Nations General Assembly today began its review of its overall counter-terrorism strategy, a senior official urged Member States to take advantage of the opportunity "to make the UN more relevant" in the international effort to fight what he called "a destructive and deplorable malady."
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 12 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- US Navy, Coast Guard capture semi-submersible drug vessel in Eastern Pacific; seize $107 million of cocaine NNS 11 Jun 2014 -- Working with the Colombian Navy and Air Force, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard forces aboard USS Ingraham (FFG 61) captured a semi-submersible vessel packed with $107 million worth of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific in May.
- UN officials underscore need to counter appeal of terrorism, better support victims UN News Centre 11 Jun 2014 -- Critical to defeating terrorism and making the world a safer place is addressing conditions that give rise to this scourge, senior United Nations officials stated today, as they also underscored the need to better support the victims of such heinous acts.
- Algeria reports first MERS fatality Iran Press TV 11 Jun 2014 -- A 66-year-old Algerian man has died from a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus infection, the first such fatality in the North African country, according to Algeria's Health Ministry.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 11 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 10 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 09 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- Feature: Out from the shadows, victims of terrorism take centre stage at UN UN News Centre 08 Jun 2014 -- Imagine being caught up in a hotel bombing while vacationing abroad and you find yourself alone in a foreign hospital. You are treated for the severe physical injuries sustained in the horrific incident and are eventually released from the hospital. But you and your loved ones have no idea about where or to whom to turn to deal with the consequences of your having witnessed and become a victim of a terrorist attack.
- WHO concludes a MERS-CoV risk assessment mission in the United Arab Emirates IRNA 07 Jun 2014 -- A team from the WHO and technical partners from the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network has concluded a five-day mission in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
- SPAWAR Reserve Program Takes First Cyber Battlefield Watch NNS 06 Jun 2014 -- Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Reserve Program (SRP) conducted joint training for CompTIA Security Plus certification May 27-31, addressing mission-critical certifications of service members within the Information Dominance Corps.
- Operations Manual Provides Cybersecurity Guidance for Fleet NNS 06 Jun 2014 -- Navy Cyber Forces has developed and promulgated the Cybersecurity Operations Manual (CSOM). The purpose of the CSOM is to improve Navy Cybersecurity Readiness by providing guidance on day-to-day 'best practices' in cybersecurity operations.
- Safeguarding cyber security needs to abandon 'zero-sum' mentality People's Daily 06 Jun 2014 -- Ever-evolving information and communication technologies have brought about new opportunities, as well as unprecedented challenges, and both will not be restricted within one country's border.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 06 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- DOD Tracking Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Virus AFPS 05 Jun 2014 -- The Defense Department is closely monitoring the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome which has infected more than 800 people worldwide, Air Force Col. Carol Fisher, DOD's director of Public Health, said today.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 05 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- MERS death toll in UAE hits 10: Health Ministry Iran Press TV 04 Jun 2014 -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the latest country to confirm 10 deaths as a result of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), better known as the MERS virus.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 04 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- Cyber Chief Says Businesses Must 'Own' Cybersecurity Threats AFPS 03 Jun 2014 -- Cybersecurity threats are a vital issue for the nation, and like the Defense Department, businesses must own the problem to successfully carry out their missions, DOD's top cybersecurity expert told a forum of businesspeople today.
- DOD Announces Charges Referred Against Detainee Abd al Hadi al Iraqi DoD 03 Jun 2014 -- The Defense Department announced today that the convening authority, Office of Military Commissions, referred charges to a military commission in the case of "United States v. Abd al Hadi al Iraqi."
- MERS death toll in Saudi Arabia jumps to 282 VoR 03 Jun 2014 -- Saudi Arabia announced a jump of nearly 50 percent in deaths from a new virus on Tuesday after re-examining old data that also showed the number of infections since 2012 was a fifth higher than previously reported.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 03 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- Operationalizing Cyber is New Commander's Biggest Challenge AFPS 02 Jun 2014 -- U.S. Cyber Command's greatest challenge is to operationalize cyberspace to turn the electro-digital network of networks into a command-and-control environment where warriors can see the adversary and whose operations defense leaders can integrate into options for commanders and policymakers, the new director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command said here last week.
- DHS-IAIP Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report 02 Jun 2014 [PDF]
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