The defection of Mousa Kousa from Libya to the UK bears the fingerprints of a classic intelligence operation. The timing of his flight, literally, is also noteworthy as it came the day after the expulsion of five Libyan diplomats from the UK on the grounds they represented a threat to UK national security...
It is these broader themes that will set the security and business trajectory in the years to come...
Yesterday the UN Security Council voted to accept Resolution 1973 / 2011, which authorises the use of military force in Libya to protect the civilian population, less ground operations...
Al Qa'ida in Iraq (AQI) may well be looking with renewed interest at Iraq's jugular vein - the oil pipelines and the infrastructure. The Iraqi Oil Police are concerned that the recent attacks in Baiji may have been as a result of collusion between the employees of the refinery and the attackers - there is a previous history of such activity. There may be an alternative reading of the attack...
Early this morning, while the world focused on Libya and the enduring, dangerous chaos in that country; several thousand miles away in Iraq -- now almost a side-show in strategic thinking -- an attack took place which may have profound geopolitical significance...