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Security Brief: April 12, 2013

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April 12, 2013

North Korea If you’re using any type of media on a semi-reuglar basis–newspapers, TV, radio, the Internet–then it’s pretty impossible for you not to know that something’s up with North Korea. Bellicose rhetoric, nuclear posturing, ya da ya da ya da. And if you you’ve heard about North Korea, you’ve also probably heard that one… Read More ›

Security News, February 4: Terrorism in Turkey, Lebanon Fights Back, and More

Turkey A far-left group has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on the US embassy in Ankara that left two dead (including the bomber) and one injured. The Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) posted a statement on its website claiming responsibility for the attack. In its statement the group called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip… Read More ›

Week in Review: January 28-February 1

Syria, Lebanon, and Israel Israel executed an airstrike on a Syrian convoy headed for Lebanon on Wednesday. Israel claims the convoy was carrying Russian anti-aircraft missiles and was meant for Hezbollah. Israel seemed to be acting on claims that Bashar al-Assad might seek to better arm Hezbollah so that the group would be well-placed strategically… Read More ›

Security News: December 26, 2012

Syria Maj. Gen. Abdul Aziz Jazzim al-Shallal, Syria’s military police chief, has reportedly defected from the government. Maj. Gen. al-Shallal announced his defection in a video posted online. “The Syrian military has strayed from its core mission in protecting the homeland to become nothing but armed gangs that kill and destroy the cities and the… Read More ›

Security News: December 24, 2012

Turkey Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin has accused Iran of not doing enough to curtail the activities of the PKK (Kurdish Worker’s Party). The minister says that Iran has neglected to act against the PKK’s “intensified campaign” within its borders. The PKK, labeled a terrorist organization by the EU, the US, and Turkey, has been… Read More ›

Security News: December 19, 2012

Syria The humanitarian crisis caused by the Syrian civil war is worsening. Estimates say that the number of refugees fleeing the conflict will double in the next year, amounting to over 1 million. In light of these estimates, the UN has appealed for an additional $1.5 billion in aid. Turkey has hosted the most refugees… Read More ›

Security Brief: December 13, 2012

Syria Today NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has told reporters that he considers Assad’s defeat to be “only a question of time”. He said this after he and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the deployment of two Patriot missile systems to Turkey’s border with Syria. According to a U.S. official, pro-Assad forces have fired… Read More ›

Security Brief: December 12, 2012

US The United States has condemned North Korea‘s recent rocket launch as a “‘highly provocative act’ that threatens regional security.” Tuesday’s event came as a surprise, as North Korea talked Saturday of postponing the launch by at least a week due to a technical problem. This launch fared better; the US military confirmed that the rocket’s… Read More ›

Security Brief: December 11, 2012

North Korea Oh they’ve done it now, they sent one up. North Korea has successfully launched a rocket into orbit according to Reuters. This is a quite recent development, however it seems that the newest N. Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un is making up for the last time they tried launching a rocket during his regime. The… Read More ›

Security Brief: December 6, 2012

Germany / Turkey The German Cabinet has agreed  to send Patriot missiles as well as up to 400 soldiers to Turkey  in order to strengthen Turkish air defense against Syrian missiles striking across the border. In a statement NATO said that “any deployment will be defensive only. It will in no way support a no-fly zone or… Read More ›