By William Tucker The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency filed a lawsuit against the Lebanese Canadian Bank in December 2011 following allegations that the bank was laundering money for Hezbollah. The Lebanese terrorist group was using the banks to hide proceeds from drug trafficking and the sales of U.S. manufactured vehicles in Western Africa. Eventually the money made its way to Lebanon and was used to support the group’s activities.
By William Tucker The BBC is reporting that several militants have launched an attack on the Minhas air base at Kamra using small arms. Reports from other outlets have stated that the militants are wearing military uniforms and are equipped with suicide vests. This information is difficult to verify as the attack is ongoing. Pakistan has reinforced the military presence at the base to fend off the assault.

Dr. Patricia Campbell, Dean of Graduate Studies at American Military University, discusses the current conflict in Syria and how it may impact future relationships with the U.S.

Dr. Campbell received her Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Denver. She has numerous publications in academic journals including Journal of Political Science Education, International Feminist Journal of Politics, African Studies Quarterly, Politics and Policy; and Africa Today.

By William Tucker As fighting in Syria drags on it is prudent to take a glance at the capabilities of the belligerents in the fight for Syria. Notable engagements in Aleppo and Damascus – both of which are ongoing – provide insight into the capabilities of each fighting force. There are some aspects that will be difficult to ascertain and this will not be an empirical analysis.

By Jamie Smith, Esq. 
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Cyberattacks are initiated by a wide variety of groups including criminal gangs, foreign nations, and hackers.  Their targets include the systems that touch on nearly every aspect of American life.  These include the systems that control our power supplies, water supplies, transportation, telecommunications, financial transactions, and even our nuclear weapons.

By William Tucker Officials in Egypt petitioned the Israeli government to ease restrictions the Camp David Accords impose on military activity in the Sinai peninsula. Israel has approved the measure, thus allowing Egypt to increase its military footprint in the area to better cope with the increase in militancy as evidenced by the attack on Sunday. Cairo has launched a new counterterrorism offensive and the new assets should help.
By William Tucker In a show of solidarity with Syrian president Bashir al-Assad, Saeed Jalili, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, stated that, “Iran will never allow the resistance axis – of which Syria is an essential pillar – to break.” While many media outlets have correctly stated that the axis refers to Iran, Syria, and the Lebanese Hezbollah, what they fail to mention is how vital Syria is to Iran.
By William Tucker The Arab Spring is often celebrated by reciting the roll call of overthrown autocrats. But revolutions, in the end, will be judged primarily by what they build, not what they destroy. And in this respect, a year of revolution has refashioned exhilaration into paradox. – Henry Kissinger A paradox, indeed. For years the Sinai peninsula has been left underdeveloped. Some have ascribed this to the peninsula’s demilitarization.
By William Tucker Spanish authorities have arrested three men for allegedly planning a terrorist attack against Gibraltar or the European mainland. Unfortunately, not much information about the alleged plot has been disclosed to the press other than some information on the individuals and the areas they had visited. The names of the accused have not been officially released, however two are described as having come from Russia.
By William Tucker A few days ago I posted an article on the impending battle for control of Aleppo. Fighting is fierce and contradicting reports are streaming from both the Assad regime and opposition forces. Perhaps equally interesting is opposition advances in other key parts of Syria. Since the fighting in Aleppo began, the rebels have made significant gains in portions of the country that could potentially trap a large portion of Assad's forces in the north of the country.
By William Tucker Back in March 2011, I had written an article on the reported presence of al-Qaeda militants fighting against the Qaddafi regime after U.S. intelligence indicated that “flickers” of al-Qaeda were seen among the rebellion. Keeping true to form with the rest of the Arab Spring uprisings, the same concern is being expressed in regards to the situation in Syria. Unlike Libya, however, the presence of al-Qaeda is more pronounced.
By William Tucker Syrian opposition forces have followed up their assault on Damascus by seizing and holding territory in the northern city of Aleppo. The fighting in Aleppo is shaping up quite differently than the assault on Damascus. Rather than seize government building and force Assad loyalists to retake portions of the city block by block the opposition withdrew from Damascus after a few days of fighting.