Late last week, one of the first terrorism suspects admitted to Guantanamo Bay reached a plea bargain with his military prosecutors, marking only the fourth conviction of a prisoner detained at the facility since 2002. Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qosi stood accused of serving as an accountant, supply chief, cook and bodyguard for al-Qaeda’s primary figure, [...]
Al-Qaeda in the Malay Archipelago: A Case Study of the July 2009 JW Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Bombings in Jakarta, Indonesia
The Case Study This case study examines the history of the Indonesian terrorist network al-Jemaah al-Islamiyah (JI) and its most deadly and violent splinter cell Tanzim Qaedat al-Jihad, particularly through the lens of the 17 July 2009 terrorist bombings of the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta. Focus is given the history of both [...]
Yemen has served as a safe-haven for Al Qa’ida Arabian Peninsula since 2001. As U.S. and Coalition Forces continue to drive insurgents out of Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorists are seeking refuge in the ungoverned, mountainous swaths of northwestern and eastern Yemen. The 30,000-strong U.S. troop surge will only expedite the transition of terrorists to places like Somalia, North Africa, and Yemen unless the United States and Yemen direct more resources to these dark corners. This threat assessment is a concise overview of the threats posed to the U.S. and U.S. interests in the region by terrorists in Yemen.