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Would the U.S. Really Kill Edward Snowden?

William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

The short answer to this question is no. The long answer is far more practical than one would assume, however. Since the Snowden affair came to light many of his lionizing supporters immediately claimed that the U.S. government would run roughshod over other nations in an attempt to silence him.

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U.S. Stations Troops in Jordan

By William Tucker

The U.S. has decided to keep 900 troops in Jordan for added security due to the situation in the region. Violence in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq has undermined regional security throughout the Middle East and Jordan fears that it won’t remain immune much longer. Though some have speculated that the troop presence is a precursor to some form of direct intervention in the Syrian civil war, that doesn’t seem to be the case The mix of troops in Jordan would be sufficient for a very limited no-fly zone, however President Obama has expressed a continuing hesitance and skepticism about such a move.

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Hawaii a Priority Target for Foreign Espionage

By William Tucker

In March of this year, defense contractor Benjamin Bishop was arrested for passing classified material to his much younger Chinese girlfriend. Bishop worked in cyber security and had access to a wide variety of U.S. defense information such as missile defense, countering weapons of mass destruction, U.S. nuclear posture, and signals intercept capabilities.

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Afghans Bearing Brunt of Insider Attacks

By William Tucker

Six Afghan policemen were killed today by a fellow officer who may have been recruited by the Taliban to carry out the attack. Insider attacks targeting NATO members have been reported on extensively – commonly known as “green on blue” attacks – but it is the Afghan forces that have received the majority of the damage.

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Syria’s S-300 Air Defense System in Perspective

By William Tucker

In an interview with Hezbollah’s Al Manar television station, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed to have already received an S-300 air defense system of Russian manufacture. More accurately, Assad said “missiles” which could indicate that the entire S-300 kit hasn’t yet arrived in Syria. At a time of civil war when the government is pitted against an asymmetric foe without any air assets, the question of why Syria would bother purchasing such a system seems rather profound.

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After Hiatus, U.S. Resumes UAV Strikes in Pakistan

By William Tucker

A suspected U.S. UAV strike hit a house in Chashma, a village near Miramshah, Pakistan today killing seven and wounding several others. Reports have emerged that Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP), also known as the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, deputy chief Waliur Rehman was killed in the strike, however neither the U.S., Pakistan, nor the TTP have confirmed this.

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