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In light of the revolutionary events and the growing instability in much of the Greater Middle East and South Asia and the growing threat of failing states losing control on their chemical, biological and nuclear assets, an international effort to monitor, control and foil CBRN terrorist attacks is vital for the security of the international community.
IDSA 14th Asian Security Conference: Non-Traditional Security Challenges - Today and Tomorrow (New –Delhi, India 13-15 February 2012)
The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks prompted reflections on the current status of the terrorism threat to the United States. One aspect of an assessment—the threat posed by biological weapons—is especially challenging because of the unique character of these weapons. A prime distinction is the fact that exposure to minute quantities of a biological agent may go unnoticed, yet ultimately be the cause of disease and death. The incubation period of a microbial agent can be days or weeks; unlike a bombing, knifing, or chemical dispersion, a bioattack might not be recognized until long after the agent’s release. Accordingly, bioterrorism poses distinctive challenges for preparedness, protection, and response.
First published by the CTC Sentinel, Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, Vol. 5. Issue 1
Last week, Thai police arrested Atris Hussein, a suspected Hizballah operative, at the Bangkok airport, while another suspect escaped. Elsewhere in the capital, authorities seized a large cache of chemical explosives composed of ammonium nitrate and urea fertilizer, leading the United States and Israel to issue emergency alerts warning their citizens in the country of a possible imminent terrorist attack. According to local authorities, initial intelligence indicated an attack would occur over the weekend in Thailand, yet they now believe some or all of the explosives were intended to be shipped out of the country. The U.S. embassy in Bangkok, meanwhile, continues to warn U.S. citizens of a "real and credible" threat of a terrorist attack in the capital.
First published by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy
On May 2, 2011 American special forces killed Osama bin Laden in his hideout in Pakistan but the war of France against Al Qaeda and mainly its branch in North Africa (AQIM) is not over. France joined other allies of the United States in hailing the death of Osama bin Laden but its relief at the terrorist's death was mixed with concern for French hostages held by al-Qaeda and other radical Islamic organizations.