Even before the dust has settled on the Bab al-Aziziya - where fighting continues despite the apparent flight of Ghaddafi to an uncertain future - the entrepreneurial nations are circling. Both Turkey and Italy have made their intentions plain in the last 24 hours, and we have noticed China rapidly recalibrating its language now it is clear that the fighters of the National Transitional Council paid no attention whatsoever to the calls to resolve the crisis through dialogue. The post-Ghaddafi era will see significant changes and rebalancing of relationships - both economic, political and military - and we start here to examine some potential outcomes, as well as identify possible winners and losers as a result of the conflict...
The already sensitive geopolitical and socio-economic relationships between the U.S., China, Pakistan and Israel are about to become even more complex...
Events on the ground in Libya are moving extremely fast, and the situation remains extremely volatile. Even Ghaddafi loyalists are jumping from a sinking ship: according to the Kuwait News Agency, Libya's ambassador to Kuwait, Muhammad al-Mubarak, has said he is defecting to the rebels. Al-Mubarak said the "Libyan embassy in Kuwait will operate from today as a representative of Libya's National Transitional Council..."
Only a handful of counterterrorism agents really understood the threat in 2001 -- a tight group from various intelligence and law enforcement agencies who for years had tried unsuccessfully to sound the alarm. Robert McFadden, a longtime counterterrorism investigator with the U.S. Navy Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), was one of them. When the first plane hit the World Trade Center's North Tower, McFadden was where he had been for much of 2001, in Sanaa, Yemen. He was a member of the team investigating the attack on the USS Cole, which Al Qaeda had bombed a year earlier in the harbour of Aden, killing 17 American sailors.
A wannabe jihadist is calling for the head of David Letterman after the host gloated on air about the death of Osama bin Laden's one-eyed Pakistani lieutenant. In a seething rant on the Shumukh al-Islam Web forum - and translated by the SITE Institute - the radical called this week for U.S. counterparts to assassinate Letterman and...