Which Types of Terrorists are Likely to Use a Weapon of Mass Destruction?

Brandon Martz
Student Contributor for In Homeland Security

Terrorism exists as an asymmetric threat; terrorists overcome the significant disparity in power resulting from their status as the inferior opponent through unconventional, ever-evolving means.  Terrorists relentlessly probe to discover new and existing vulnerabilities, and counterterrorism professionals must analyze and evaluate a tremendous amount of threats.  One such threat is the possibility of a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) attack. 

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Egyptian Military on the Move

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Egyptian nationalist and Islamist political division has reached a boiling point. Millions of protestors have demanded the resignation, reform or removal of President Mohamed Morsi. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) demanded that Morsi resign or be removed within 48 hours. The deadline has passed.

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Egypt’s Presidency in Ruins

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

One year later, the democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi is threatened into collapse as a result of his massive power grab and broad neglect for a large share of Egyptian citizens. Mass protests in Egypt against President Morsi have now gained the support of the military.

On national television, the chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Colonel General Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi demanded that Morsi respond to protest demands and offer some sort of power-sharing arrangement.

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Al-Qaeda Sought to Benefit from WikiLeaks Documents, Prosecutors

David Dishneau & Pauline Jelinek, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

Al-Qaeda leaders reveled in WikiLeaks’ publication of reams of classified U.S. documents, urging members to study them before devising ways to attack the United States, according to evidence presented by the prosecution Monday in the court-martial of an Army private who leaked the material.

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Japan Envoys Among U.S. ‘Spy Targets’

Bernice Camille V. Bauzon, The Manila Times, Philippines
Special to In Homeland Security

Tokyo will “strongly demand” an explanation from Washington about reported allegations that Japanese diplomats in the U.S. were among 38 “targets” of American spying activities, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday.

Japan will lodge an inquiry through diplomatic channels with the U.S.

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Countries Where Snowden Has Applied for Asylum

The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has applied to the following countries for asylum, according to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks:

—Austria

—Bolivia

—Brazil

—China

—Cuba

—Ecuador

—Finland

—France

—Germany

—Iceland

—India

—Italy

—Ireland

—Netherlands

—Nicaragua

—Norway

—Poland

—Russia

—Spain

—Switzerland

—Venezuela

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Source: WikiLeaks

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