Three Likely Outcome Scenarios for Syria, Washington and the World

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

1) Syrian President Bashar al Assad (potentially including Russia and Iran) and the US (including EU and international state rivals) all find that golden solution- increasingly making greater headway to conflict resolution, securing and destroying chemical weapons, getting inspectors and international troops more involved and working with Russia and without the Syrian Opposition.

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Al-Shabaab’s Transition

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Somali militant group and al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab has been fighting on the back foot for some time now as African Union and other allied militaries have fought the group aggressively. For its part, al-Shabaab retreated to its strongholds in the Somali countryside and picked its battles when opportunities were presented, but with such a significant amount of pressure on the group its internal factions went from fraying at the edges to more pronounced splits.

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Analysis: Kenya Attack a Shift for Somali Rebels?

Kimberly Dozier, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is under pressure to ramp up counterterrorism action against al-Shabab in Somalia following the al-Qaida-linked group’s deadly attack on an upscale Kenyan shopping mall that has killed and injured dozens, including Americans.

Republican lawmakers Sunday said the attack showed al-Qaida is growing in size and strength, belying the Obama administration’s claims that it has grown weaker.

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WikiLeaks Leaks ‘Fifth Estate’ Screenplay

Jake Coyle, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

NEW YORK (AP) — WikiLeaks has posted the script to “The Fifth Estate” and made its most forceful denunciation of the film about the site’s creation and its colorful founder.

The whistleblower website posted a memo calling the movie “irresponsible, counterproductive and harmful.” The DreamWorks film, which Disney will release Oct.

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Analysis: Kenya Attack a Shift for Somali Rebels?

Kimberly Dozier, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is under pressure to ramp up counterterrorism action against al-Shabab in Somalia following the al-Qaida-linked group’s deadly attack on an upscale Kenyan shopping mall that has killed and injured dozens, including Americans.

Republican lawmakers Sunday said the attack showed al-Qaida is growing in size and strength, belying the Obama administration’s claims that it has grown weaker.

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Merkel Factor Boosts Party’s Result in German Vote

Frank Jordans, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

BERLIN (AP) — The strong performance by Angela Merkel’s conservatives in Sunday’s German election was not only a victory for her Christian Democratic Union but also vindication of her strategy of transforming a party long dominated by Roman Catholic men.

During her eight years as chancellor, Merkel re-invented her party — much as Bill Clinton did with America’s Democrats.

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