Al Qaeda in Iraq: liberating prisoners more than just PR points

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Two coordinated simultaneous attacks took place on two Iraqi prisons on July 21 that freed at least 500 prisoners in Abu Ghraib. The attack on Taji was thwarted. Some sources say thousands escaped from Abu Ghraib.

“Most of them were convicted senior members of al Qaeda and had received death sentences,” said Hakim Al-Zamili, a senior member of parliament for security committee.

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Al-Qaeda Takes Credit for Iraqi Jailbreak

By William Tucker

Media reports on yesterday’s jailbreak at Abu Ghraib were scant on details, but we now know that the al-Qaeda branch Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has issued a statement today taking credit for the attack. Initial reports from the Iraqi government stated that no prisoners had escaped, however they amended that statement by saying some had indeed left custody.

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Tackle Problems – On and Off the Battlefield – With Strategy

By Dr. Mel Deaile
Faculty Member, Military Studies Program at American Military University

When the term ‘strategy’ is mentioned, most people probably conjure up images of military generals huddled around a map making decisions on the movement of troops in order to defeat an enemy. While this is an example of military strategy in action, the basic idea behind forming a strategy can help tackle problems in all aspects of life.

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Breaking America’s National Security Trap

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Not every threat can be measured in ‘lines of force’ or utilizing militant weaponry. Not everything has a kinetic solution. Such actions can be cheaper to carry out in the short-term and consequential politically in the long-term. See you at the next war. If America viewed nearly all military options as mistakes of their political grand strategic designs, they would no longer have the waste, inefficiencies, or blowback.

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The US Energy Revolution and National Security Implications

Jeffrey A. James, Ph.D.
Professor, National Security Studies

The annual meeting of the Center for New American Security held recently in Washington, D.C., included numerous presentations by luminaries in the national security arena.  My earlier involvement in the energy world caused me to take special note of a presentation by Dr. Andrew Erdmann of McKinsey and Company.

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Russian Dictator Takes a Dive

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Third time head of state President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is doing more than ever before. He rides and fishes, shirtless; hunts, guides endangered Siberian cranes to a preserve; does judo, plays hockey and on and on. His most recent cult-of-personality adventure took a sea dive in a Mir-1 mini-submersible to observe a shipwreck.

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