Monday, January 30, 2006

Stories to Follow

Below are a few news stories that might be worth following:

Kidnapped Christian Science Monitor reporter Jill Carroll is alive and has appeared in a video apparently pleading for her life. Interesting to note she’s still alive, a great deal can be drawn from this.
For more see al Jazeera story here.
For CSM statement see here.

Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri has appeared on a new tape taunting the United States for missing him in the attempted targeted strike in Pakistan, calling the President a butcher, etc.
For more see al Jazeera story here and CNN here.
For a short bio on al-Zawahiri, should you want to know more, see BBC profile here.

3/11 (or 11/3 as you like) Madrid bomber suspect is slated to go on trial in Milan tomorrow.
For more see here.

Although leaders in HAMAS have pleaded with the European Union for continued funding (see here), it appears to be insisting that it change its platform (see here). But some in the Jewish community insist that the policy is too “wait and see” (see here).

The President strongly implied in an interview for Face the Nation yesterday that he would make a major announcement regarding energy independence and its relation to national security within his State of Union. Speculation appears to be that the President will attempt his own major energy agenda, but will draw fire from critics for not going far enough.

Police in Delhi foiled a new terrorist plot from members of Jaish-e-Mohammad.
For more see UPI story here

DoD to create a counter-terrorism unit specializing in CBRN.
For more see Reuters story here.

According to the SITE Institute, a manual has surfaced on a jihadist website which provides instructive details on the collection, cultivation, and dispersion of botulinum toxin as a biological weapon.
For SITE summary see here (unfortunately the best information is available only to subscribers to SITE services)
For more on botulism from CDC see here.

An interesting twist in Abu Hamza al-Mazri’s criminal case at Old Bailey London, the judge’s laptop including case notes was stolen from his London home. He declared that “burglaries happen” and “There is absolutely no reason to suppose it is remotely connected with this case,” but interesting no less.
See: BBC Story here

According to the USA Today, the number of times that the U.S. freezes foreign assets has dramatically diminished.
For more see USA Today story here.

World Health Organization (WHO) investigates first apparent H5N1 bird flu death in Iraq.
For more on Iraq story see here and here.
For more on H5N1 see here.
For more on WHO incident response networked see here.
For more on DoD/DHS plans see here.