By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

In their first major military operation since Central African Republic president Bozize was toppled in March of this year, soldiers still loyal to the ousted president have began to strike back at the rebel movement that seized the capital earlier this year. Loyalist forces have seized the town of Bouca and the current government has accused the loyalists have attacking other villages and burning bridges near Muslim populations.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The American image is really three wholly different things: (1) What America thinks of itself, (2) What others think of America and (3) What America really is. Take a step back and view America through the eyes of two general split perspectives of America and America as it really is.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

President Barack Obama continues to seek international and national support for a military strike against Bashar al Assad and his government in Syria as a punishment for breaking international law on August 21. Why now? There have been at least a few other chemical weapons attacks that have made the news and gained confirmation.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

At approximately 10:30 in Egypt this morning a large blast occurred outside the residence of Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Ibrahim. Ibrahim was unharmed in the attack, but the Minister did say that several members of his security detail were injured as well as a number of bystanders.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Thursday- an assassination attempt against Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim. At least on killed and 20 police and civilians were injured. The suspected remote explosive s were potentially planted on a car, the road or even tossed at the convoy. Ibrahim was hurried off the scene. Nine of the other cars in the detail were badly damaged, and a few buildings on the block were defaced.

The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Barack Obama is heading into the lion’s den of Russia, confronting Syria’s key patron as well as foreign leaders skeptical of his call for an international military strike against Bashar Assad’s government.

Obama on Thursday began a two-day visit to St. Petersburg for the Group of 20 economic summit, putting him in the same country as Edward Snowden for the first time since the American fugitive fled to Moscow earlier this year.

The Associated Press
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ROME (AP) — Italy’s premier says the G-20 summit in Russia is the “last opportunity” for negotiated and political solutions to Syria’s civil war.

Italian Premier Enrico Letta, in St. Petersburg at the summit’s start on Thursday, also urged host Russian President Vladimir Putin to “avoid” a final break with Washington over Syria.

Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

Media coverage of the National Security Agency has exploded, according to a new report by Dow Jones.

The wire service crunched the numbers from its Factiva service, which archives news stories from thousands of outlets around the world, and found that there has been a huge leap in the number of pieces mentioning the NSA.

Marc Gilbert got a horrible surprise from a stranger on his 34th birthday in August. After the celebration had died down, the Houston resident heard an unfamiliar voice coming from his daughter’s room; the person was telling his sleeping 2-year-old, “Wake up, you little slut.” When Gilbert rushed in, he discovered the voice was coming from his baby monitor and that whoever had taken control of it was also able to manipulate the camera.

William D. Hartung, CNN
Special to In Homeland Security

A number of conservative hawks, including Senator John McCain and House Armed Services Committee chair Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, have argued that the costs of military attacks against Syria justify rolling back planned cuts in Pentagon spending.

As reported earlier this week on CNN.com, McCain and his colleague Sen.

By Walter M. Conrad
Faculty Member, Space Studies at American Public University

Militaries around the world have been conducting war games for years, and now space war gaming has gained popularity with all military branches as well as our allies and industry partners. War games provide participants with the tools and expertise necessary to recognize indications of an attack or adverse conditions in a non-retaliatory environment; they are critical to real world mission success.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The idea of having a separate fighting force for humanitarian crises and or plausible deniability in foreign wars once again makes sense. For the US, this concept goes back as far as the “privateers” (e.g. a group of private and independent sailors and marines that banded together to counter the Barbary Pirate attacks on US merchant vessels at a time of needed defense, specialized for one purpose and then were disbanded efficiently; also involved in the US Revolution prior).

Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

Two days after he stood in the ornate Treaty Room at the State Department to deliver a forceful address on the justification for an imminent U.S. military strike against Syria, Secretary of State John F. Kerry returned to the same venue Sunday to defend a different approach.

Bradley Brooks, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The National Security Agency’s spy program targeted the communications of the Brazilian and Mexican presidents, and in the case of Mexico’s leader accessed the content of emails before he was elected, the U.S. journalist who obtained secret documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden said Sunday.

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