The Office of the DNI’s Greatest Hits (Foreign Policy)

James Clapper

“The DNI post was the centerpiece of landmark legislation enacted in 2004, informed by the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Presidential, legislative, and bureaucratic politics all contributed to a compromise law that sought to improve information sharing and strengthen central leadership of our sprawling intelligence enterprise without infringing upon existing military and departmental chains of command. Ten years of experience offers an opportunity to take stock and ask whether the government is smarter and the country is safer as a result of these changes.”

See the full debate here.

Advertisements

The Fight for Yemen (PBS Frontline)

Featured Image -- 1089

This video contains information on the current conflict in Yemen, including the Houthi rebels, AQAP, and the Saudi coalition.

See the full video here.

The Bureaucracy of Terror New Secret Documents Reveal al Qaeda’s Real Challenges (Foreign Affairs)

Osama

“A new trove of documents that were among those seized in the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, were presented recently during the trial of Abid Naseer at the Brooklyn federal district court.

The documents—which consist of correspondence between Osama bin Laden and senior al Qaeda leaders—reveal the state of the global terror operation in the months leading up to bin Laden’s death. They paint a picture of an organization crippled by the U.S. drone campaign, blindsided by the Arab Spring, and struggling to maintain control over its affiliates—and yet still chillingly resolute in its mission to strike inside the United States.

The documents offer some insight into the effectiveness of U.S. counterterrorism efforts against al Qaeda. They also, believe it or not, provide a few laughs.”

Read the full article by Jennifer R. Williams

“Unidentified troops land in Aden after Houthis seize center” (Reuters)

Featured Image -- 1089

“(Reuters) – Dozens of unidentified troops landed by sea in Aden in an apparent last-ditch effort by a Saudi-led coalition to shore up a foothold in the southern Yemeni port city after Shi’ite Houthi fighters seized control of its center on Thursday.”

See the full article here.

“Can this joint Arab military force succeed where others have failed?” (Brookings)

Featured Image -- 1089

The Arab leaders did endorse the air campaign in Yemen requested by Yemeni President Hadi, now in exile. The summit also called for a meeting of Arab military chiefs of staff to be held within a month to begin working out operational details and planning for a joint military force. The military chiefs will then report on their plans three months later to a meeting of the Arab League’s Joint Defense Council. Kuwait, Egypt and Morocco will lead the planning as the former, present and future chairs of the Arab League. The force will be voluntary— join if you want— not required of member states. ”

Read the full article here.

Hamil al-Bushra – An ISIS Propagandist

Featured Image -- 1030

Hamil Al-Bushra is a known ’emissary’ of the Islamic State, has conducted cyber-diplomacy to expand the clout of this terrorist organization. He has urged Al-Qaeda affiliates, such as Al-Shabaab, to pledge Ba’yah to the ISIS.

He has been known to disseminate press releases, via Twitter (), the Internet Archive (https://archive.org/details/trhml19e), Just Paste It (https://justpaste.it/hamil-bushra-blog), and Nasher (http://nasher.me/hamil-bushra-blog/).

Thus, Al-Bushra is a key propagandist in the cyber campaign of ISIS, with a mission to forge alliances with other jihadist groups into the caliphate and to inspire lone wolf attacks.

Why are 10 countries attacking Yemen? (Brookings)

Yemen

The 10 countries involved in the intervention in Yemen are: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan, and Pakistan.” 

See the full analysis here.