While the recent terrorist attack in Algeria shone the spotlight on threats from North Africa, this is not a new phenomenon. Terrorist threats to UK citizens at home and abroad will continue to arise from multiple sources of insecurity.
As motives and operational set-up of the Boston bombers become known, urgent questions will be asked about how US intelligence agencies are prioritising threats in the United States. The case reveals the huge dilemma faced in collecting, evaluating and acting on credible intelligence leads.
The authorities in the United States are rightly cautious in ascribing blame to yesterday's incident in Boston. The explosions - killing three and injuring over 140 - highlight the importance of securing public events without being governed by fear.
The Rt Hon Lord Justice Gross outlines a variety of areas where national security impacts on the courts. He said that both the security agencies and the courts must come to a mutual understanding which helps them to perform their vital roles whilst preserving intelligence secrecy operating within a legal framework.
The recent emergence of Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is part of a history of terrorism and conflict originating in Yemen. The West now needs to work with the Yemeni government and Civil Society Groups to prevent further attacks by Al-Qa’ida.
My name - for purposes that are made clear at the end of this article is - Osama bin Laden. But I do not share your trivialising obsession with personalities, and I may die soon - or perhaps as an individual entity I am already dead. So I invite you to understand me as OBL, the human intersection of Jihad’s militant networks. Think of me as an agenda and inspiration for self-directed action.