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Britain has said it believes forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad were responsible for a chemical weapons attacks in the rebel-held suburbs of Damascus, saying the Syrian government had "something to hide".

"I know that some people in the world would like to say that this is some kind of conspiracy brought about by the opposition in Syria," said the foreign secretary, William Hague, on Friday. "I think the chances of that are vanishingly small and so we do believe that this is a chemical attack by the Assad regime."

Syria's government has offered no public response to United Nations calls for its team to inspect the site of the attack, in which opponents of Assad said from 500 to more than 1,000 people died.

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Almost eleven years after the attacks of September 11, 2011, it's still hard to discern exactly how we are faring in the struggle against radical Islam. The death in May 2011 of Osama Bin Laden was a key counterterrorism victory for the Obama administration—one that, according to the State Department, has helped put al-Qaeda on a "path of decline.

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The return of an estimated 2,500 well-armed Tuareg fighters from Libya to Mali has led to a new rebellion.

London, United Kingdom - March 17 marked two months since the first shots were fired in Mali's latest Tuareg rebellion. Since then, Mali's army has been humiliated as the country now faces a real possibility of territorial division.

The Tuareg number an estimated two to three million. Nomadic pastoralists by tradition, they occupy a vast swathe of the Sahara and Sahel, from Libya, through northern Niger, southern Algeria and northern Mali to Burkina Faso. The largest number, estimated at approaching one million, live in Mali. The post-colonial history of Tuareg in both Mali and Niger has been characterised by a series of rebellions, the underlying causes of which have been the Tuaregs' marginalisation and the failure of their governments to adhere to peace agreements. Mali has experienced major Tuareg rebellions in 1962-64, 1990-95 and 2007-2009.

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Terrorists used disguise to execute two attacks in Iraq recently. A suicide bomber wearing a police uniform detonated his explosives at a police checkpoint near a Shiite mosque the southern Iraqi city of Basra recently, killing at least 53 people and injuring more than 137 others. Then just one day later militants wearing police uniforms executed a brazen attack on the western Iraqi city of Ramadi’s anti-terrorism police building killing least 21 people many of them police personnel and injuring more that 14 others.

Remember that in the past many social scientists referred to guerrilla warfare as the “weapon of the weak” and terrorism as the “weapon of the weakest.” Terrorists use violence to generate fear, and thereby achieve their political goals. Experts say that terrorists target two types of targets: symbolic items of the country, and places with large numbers of people.

Additionally, remember that infiltration is a classic tactic, officials have warned that terrorists could use uniforms as a means of to bypass established security protocols and strike hardened, high-value targets.  In today’s threat environment, the potential exists for the use of official looking uniforms to bypass security and gain access to a secure area for terrorist activities or an actual terrorist attack.

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Tuberculosis is a major global public health issue. it typically affects the lungs, but can also target other organs and body parts, such as the brain, the kidneys, or the spine. Although antibiotics are effective in treating most cases, tuberculosis (TB) kills approximately 4,500 people worldwide every day. Some strains have developed resistance to these drugs, and Doctors in India have recently reported the country's first cases of the virtually untreatable form of tuberculosis.

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The current infrastructure of the United States includes approximately 400-highway tunnels in 35 states and thousands of miles of mass transportation (rail) tunnels. Concerns about fire safety in these tunnels existed long before terrorism exposed their vulnerability, though. 

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As one year comes to an end and a new year is about to unfold we must take a look back at the individuals whose lives and evil deeds changed ours. Below is a fairly extensive but partial list of significant terrorists killed in the year, 2011:

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Cargo traffic at the Port of Los Angeles was disrupted recently when longshoremen discovered a shipping container with the word "bomb" painted on the outside of the intermodal container.

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Despite Saudi Arabia's promises to implement a comprehensive internal revision and modernization plan for textbooks in the kingdom, and the Saudi king’s declarations that he was determined to eradicate an ideology of hate, Ali Al-Ahmed, director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs in Washington, D.C, says translations of recent Saudi Arabian textbooks continue to raise alarms.

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Scientists at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands claim they have developed a highly contagious deadly strain of bird flu, which potentially could lead to a global pandemic.

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Although there are no evidence any plots that are being planned, analysts have warned us in the past that there is the potential terrorists could decide to launch attacks during the holiday season.  Officials have citied several foiled plots that have drawn national attention to potential terror plots staged during the holiday season, including last years vehicle born explosive device (VBIED) or car bomb attempt, targeting the Christmas tree lighting at Portland, Oregon’s Pioneer Courthouse Square, and the foiled attempt to bomb a US-bound flight on Christmas Day 2009.

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Federal prosecutors unsealed allegations in a New York federal court recently lending further proof of the nexus between narcotics trafficking and terrorism.

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At least four people were killed and more than 123 others injured in the Belgian city of Liege recently, when a lone attacker armed with grenades and an Fusil Automatique Léger or FAL  ("Light Automatic Rifle") lobbed hand grenades and fired shots at a bus stop a busy downtown square in front of the Belgian city’s La Place Saint Lambert, an enormous Gothic cathedral in the city’s centre.

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At least one person was killed and more than 10 others injured recently when militants detonated explosive devices at venues packed with sports fans watching a soccer game in the Nigerian city of Jos.

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In a recent interview in one of their country’s newspapers officials from Germany's domestic intelligence agency, “Verfassungsschutz” said they had proof that in an effort to raise funds to finance their operations, members of the National Socialist Underground sold a neo-Nazi version of the popular board game “Monopoly.”

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Iran's Navy Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Gholam Reza Khadem Bigham

A senior Iranian Navy commander announces that the Islamic Republic plans to soon deploy the most up-to-date domestically-built hardware to counter enemy electronic warfare.

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A PARLIAMENTARY committee has been highly critical of a department overseen by Premier Ted Baillieu for failing to adequately protect against a terrorism attack.

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There is growing evidence that homegrown terrorists see military personnel and bases as legitimate, high-value targets, lawmakers said ahead of a joint session of the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees on Wednesday.

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Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) announced recently that on his recent visit to Karachi, Pakistani officials made aware of a potential threat to our national security. The officials warned that potential operatives from Pakistan, and Iran, possibly members of al-Qaeda, the Taliban or the Haqqani network could easily obtain visas which would allow them to enter Mexico from Mexican diplomatic settlements in Pakistan, making Mexico a perfect way station en-route to the US.

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