Video conference: Terror threat. How to prevent tragedy? European expertise


Topic: Suicide bombing at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport

4/2/2011 21:51

The bomb attack on Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, on January 24, which killed 36 people, demonstrated how vulnerable we all are in the face of terrorism.

© RIA Novosti. Alexei Kudenko

14:34 04/02/2011

RIA Novosti will broadcast live Moscow-Brussels video conference “Terror Threat. How to prevent tragedy? European expertise” with Gilles De Kerchove, the EU’s counterterrorism coordinator on February 7, at 14.00 p.m. Moscow time (11.00 a.m. GMT).

In late 2010, EU countries such as Germany, the UK and France had to close their borders to flights from Yemen after Islamists sent explosive “presents” around the globe. Despite these measures, a parcel bomb was soon found in the German chancellor’s office and then a bomb destined for the Italian prime minister went off at Bologna airport. Continue reading

The jihad against Egypt’s Copts

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Wednesday, 12th January 2011
Throughout the Third World, the jihad against Christians is gaining ground in its attempt to drive them out. Nearly two weeks ago a Coptic church in Cairo was firebombed, leaving some 21 people dead. Yesterday, an Egyptian police officer opened fire on a train heading towards Cairo, killing one Christian and injuring five others. True to form in sanitising jihadi violence, the New York Times reported:

It remained unclear whether the man, who used a handgun, had singled out Christians…

while the BBC similarly reported

…it is unclear whether the attack was sectarian.

In fact, it was entirely clear. For the NYT and BBC left out one chilling detail reported here in the Egyptian paper Al Masry Alyoum: Continue reading

Georgia and Russia: Pardon Our French

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July 16, 2010 – 10:07am, by Giorgi Lomsadze

A bleep censor might come in handy for France when Russia and Georgia open their post-Soviet mouths. Since taking on the thankless job of mediating between Moscow and Tbilisi, mannerly French envoys have found themselves in the unlikely world of rapster-style dissing.

Two years ago, when French President Nicolas Sarkozy was trying to convince Vladimir Putin to abort the Russian invasion of Georgia, the Russian prime minister reportedly startled his French guest by sharing plans to hang Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili by his private parts. Now that French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has instructed Tbilisi to make nice with Russia, Saakashvili has cautioned that Georgia will not “lick" its giant neighbor "in one place as some have proposed that we do."

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Simultaneous raids net 9 leftist subversives

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A counterterrorism operation in İstanbul has netted nine alleged members of an illegal leftist organization believed to be planning acts of terror to incite chaos.

The operation was carried out by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), gendarmes and police teams after they found evidence that the Maoist Communist Party (MKP) planned to carry out terrorist attacks and demonstrations against state authorities to further their group’s ends. Continue reading

APPG Event: Bonnie Jenkins, US Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programmes

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By Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, 4th February 2010

1:00-2:00pm, 4th February 2010,

Committee Room 8, House of Commons

To attend, please RSVP to:

george.grant@transatlanticsecurity.org

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Transatlantic & International Security is pleased to invite you to a discussion with Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, US Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programmes.

Nuclear proliferation is one of the most pressing challenges confronting the international community at present. Armed with a nuclear bomb, rogue regimes such as North Korea and Iran can wield strategic and military influence wholly disproportionate to their size and diplomatic and military clout, altering the balance of power in a manner inconceivable when outcomes were decided by the wealth of nations and the size of their armies. Likewise terrorist organisations, if given possession of a nuclear weapon, have the potential to wreak destruction on a devastating scale. Moreover, where such non-state actors are concerned, the prospect of nuclear retaliation – hitherto the principle deterrent – becomes almost meaningless.  Other more conventional threats to security also weigh on the mind of policy makers in this regard.  The unregulated flow of small arms and light weapons are arming insurgencies around the world, sustaining civil conflict and perpetuating regional instability.  Failed states provide opportunities to terrorists, and in this sense now affect our security more directly than ever before.  In addition, new threats, such as cyber or space related methods of potential attack have emerged and will need to factor into strategies for threat reduction. Continue reading

China supports trilateral cooperation among Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan

China supports trilateral cooperation among Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan

20:02, January 26, 2010

China said here Tuesday that it supports the trilateral cooperation among Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan in their efforts to address the issue of Afghanistan.

The statement was made by Yang Jiechi, the special representative of Chinese President Hu Jintao and Minister of Foreign Affairs at the regional summit on Afghanistan.

Yang said that Afghanistan has gradually recovered from the traumas of war and scored commendable achievements in institution building, economic development and external relations.

However, he noted, Afghanistan is still confronted with a myriad of daunting challenges. The security situation remains volatile, the process of economic reconstruction is slow and people’s livelihood needs urgent improvement. Continue reading

SWAT options for multiple shooter terrorist attacks

New York Tactical

with NYTOA – The New York Tactical Officers Association

Police officers need to prepare to tactically resolve a mass hostage siege

By Lt. Andrew Esposito

The threat of an international terrorist attack against our country is not to be taken lightly by law enforcement professionals. In fact, I see it being taken very seriously in the New York Metropolitan area; agencies are meeting, communicating and taking proactive steps to counter potential terrorist efforts.

As professional police officers we are all aware of the threat. The training is out there to provide information and resources on how to deal with terrorism, whether it is domestic or foreign. In this article I would like to address one area that I feel we in law enforcement need to take action on immediately. The immediate employment of police officers to a terrorist attack as first responders is inevitable; I believe that the one thing that is not being addressed is what is going to happen to those first responding officers. We train our police officers in rapid deployment tactics which will serve them well against a violent act by a lone gunman, or even the likes of Harris and Klebold (Columbine shooters). But let’s face it, police officers employing rapid deployment tactics against a hardened target defended by a determined enemy with automatic weapons, interlocking fields of fire and hand grenades will not fare well. There is a high likelihood that the assault will be turned away, and at a bloody cost. Continue reading