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Security Brief: April 12, 2013

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 ›

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 1, 2012

Syra After a two-day blackout, internet services in the Damascus area have been restored. Reports over the last two days have pointed to instensified fighting, with helicopter gunships and warplanes bombarding rebel-held areas. Fighting is heaviest in the southeastern part of Damascus leading to the airport, where many flights were turned away or canceled in… Read More ›

Security Brief: August 29, 2012

Iran The IAEA has established a Task Force on Iran. The Task Force will investigate allegations of a military component to Tehran’s civilian nuclear program. The Task Force is meant to consolidate related experts, analysts, and specialists into one unit. Read about it here, here, and here. Meanwhile, at the Non-Aligned Summit, Iran has put… Read More ›