Israeli Cargo Ship Struck In Oman Gulf After US Air Strike

Breaking Defense – The MV Helios Ray sails under the Bahamas flag and belongs to the Israeli company Helios Ray Ltd, owned by Rami Unger, one of the largest car importers in Israel. First indications point to sea mines or missiles. The ship was hit during a cruise out of Oman Bay.

Suez Crisis: Yemen rebels threaten to choke major shipping lane using bomb boats

Daily Express – Rebels in Yemen are using remote-controlled boats loaded with explosives to target Saudi oil tankers in an attempt to block access to one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.

Former NATO Commander Stavridis Warns ISIS Could Strike Marine Corps, Navy Fleet

USNI News – Fifteen years after the terrorist bombing of the USS Cole (DDG-67) that killed 17 sailors, Navy ships and other deployed U.S. forces face real threat of attack by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the former NATO supreme allied commander warned a defense conference in San Diego.

The Doomsday Scam

New York Times Magazine – C.J. Chivers writes that for decades, aspiring bomb makers — including ISIS — have desperately tried to get their hands on a lethal substance called red mercury. There’s a reason that they never have.

The Detail in Seymour Hersh’s Bin Laden Story That Rings True

New York Times Magazine – Carlotta Gall, who reported from Pakistan for the New York Times for the last decade, on Seymour Hersh’s recent Bin Laden story.

Terrorism – Can General Linder’s Special Operations Forces Stop the Next Terrorist Threat?

New York Times Magazine – As the fight against terrorism broadens to Africa, the United States faces a tricky balance: how to fight an enemy without actually doing the fighting.

Terrorism – Al-Qa’ida, the second act: Why the global ‘war on terror’ went wrong

The Independent – Twelve and a half years after 9/11, al-Qa’ida-type organisations control an area the size of Britain in western Iraq and eastern Syria. Include Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia and the territory they rule is larger in size than the UK. What is so extraordinary – and blameworthy – is that this vast expansion of jihadist groups comes even as the US, Britain and others are waging a “war on terror”. In the name of such a struggle, great sums have been spent; wars have been fought in Iraq and Afghanistan; civil rights have been curtailed; and torture, rendition, detention without trial and domestic espionage have been justified. But attempts to eliminate the supposed enemy have wholly failed. It is to consider the roots of this failure that The Independent published a five-part investigation by our distinguished correspondent Patrick Cockburn this week. The aim of the series is to show the extent to which jihadist organisations identical in ideology and methods to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qa’ida have survived, flourished and are now stronger than ever.

Terrorism – The School

Esquire – (An archival article, from CJ Chivers, on terrorism in Chechnya. Relevant in regards to last week’s tragic events in Boston.) – On the first day of school in 2004, a Chechen terrorist group struck the Russian town of Beslan. Targeting children, they took more than eleven hundred hostages. The attack represented a horrifying innovation in human brutality. Here, an extraordinary accounting of the experience of terror in the age of terrorism.

Terrorism – The Hunt For “Geronimo”

Vanity Fair – President Obama saw it as a “50–50” proposition. Admiral Bill McRaven, mission commander, knew something would go wrong. So how did the raid that killed bin Laden get green-lighted? In an adaptation from his new book, Mark Bowden weaves together accounts from Obama and top decision-makers for the full story behind the daring operation.

Terrorism – War on terror — Round 3

Los Angeles Times – Andrew J. Bacevich writes that even as our troops march hither and yon, America seems to be losing the thread in an ‘era of persistent conflict.’

Terrorism – Years of detective work led to al-Qaida target

Army Times – Fourth in a series by Sean Naylor. Often-frustrating search for Harun Fazul combined high-tech gear, low tech human intelligence and courage

Terrorism – Clandestine Somalia missions yield AQ targets

Army Times – The third in a series by Sean Naylor looking at U.S. military operations in the Horn of Africa after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Terrorism – The Terrorist Threat Beneath the Waves

Wall Street Journal – Andrew Krepinevich writes that the world’s vast undersea energy infrastructure—oil and gas platforms, wellheads, pipelines and pumps—is now vulnerable to attack by cheap submarines and unmanned vehicles.

Terrorism – The Saharan Conundrum

New York Times MagazineThe Saharan Conundrum

Terrorism experts feared that North Africa would be the next Afghanistan: a haven, and a launching pad, for Al Qaeda. Why hasn’t it turned out that way?