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Taliban Claim Pakistani Army Killing Their Leaders

By William Tucker
The Long War Journal is reporting, via The News, that the Taliban has accused the Pakistani army of assassinating certain Taliban leaders after they have been captured. This is interesting as the Pakistani government has been providing a safe haven to Taliban leaders wanted by the US. Pakistan knows that the US will eventually go home and they will once again have the opportunity to shape Afghanistan in their image – much as they did when the Taliban ran the place previously.

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST – ABC News: EXCLUSIVE: Terror Attacks Against U.S. At All-Time High

By William Tucker
ABC News is reporting that a recently released DHS Intelligence Note is stating attempted terrorist attacks against the U.S. homeland in the last 9 months has surpassed the number of attempts in any previous one year period. For the loyal readers of In Homeland Security, and my previous blog the World of Terrorism, you will note that this has been an ongoing topic of mine going back to September 2009 with the most recent posts falling within the last month.

Taliban Attack Kandahar Airbase

By William Tucker
ISAF coalition spokesman Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz stated that the Taliban launched an assault on the Kandahar Air Field making the attack the third major strike against large coalition targets in Afghanistan over the last few days. The assault on the Kandahar installation began at about 8 p.m. local time with a mortar and rocket barrage followed by a small arms attack.

The Taliban’s Strategic Problem

By William Tucker
On May 17 the Taliban struck an ISAF convoy in Kabul killing six soldiers (5 American, 1 Canadian) and 12 civilians. Today, the Taliban followed that attack with an assault on Bagram Airbase killing a U.S. contractor and wounding five soldiers. The second attack was a tactical failure for the Taliban which resulted in the death of ten of the attackers before they could detonate their suicide vests.

Move to Designate the Pakistani Taliban a FTO

By William Tucker
Several U.S. Senators wrote Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requesting that the Pakistani Taliban be added to the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Earlier I noted the difficulty in doing so; however this does not mean I am opposed to the action. It is certainly something that could be done, but this would be an empty gesture at best.

Problems Designating the Taliban Movement as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

By William Tucker
Several Days ago Professor Jenni Hesterman authored a piece entitled The Taliban: Time to Make it a Designated Terror Group discussing the need to finally designate the Taliban as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in the wake of the failed Times Square bombing. Indeed, it seems quite strange that the Taliban have not been added to the list since elements of the movement have perpetrated terrorist acts against civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Two Suspects in Custody over Times Square Plot

By William Tucker
Law enforcement officials have announced that Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Pakistani decent, has been arrested in connection with the failed bombing plot in Times Square. While Shahzad claimed that he acted alone, news reports are claiming that Pakistan has arrested an individual also linked to the Times Square plot in Karachi.

Suspect Sought in Failed Times Square Bombing

By William Tucker
Both the FBI and the NYPD are searching for a Connecticut man in connection with the attempt to detonate a vehicle borne improvised explosive device in Times Square. According to news reports the individual being sought has not reported to work and his girlfriend has not seen him since the failed attack. With this type of attempted attack it is curious that law enforcement has not yet released a name, nor the identity of the suspect as help from the public in locating this person of interest would be beneficial.