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Ali Soufan Interviewed on PBS Frontline: Yemen is Becoming an Extremist’s Dream. Was it Predictable?
Ali Soufan has seen firsthand what happens when extremists move into Yemen. When the USS Cole was bombed in the Port of Aden in the autumn of 2000, it was Soufan, then a special agent with the FBI…Read More
Ali Soufan Featured on ACLU: Acts of Courage Against Torture
We will never know the names of so many of the CIA officers who spoke out against torture. They were among the brave men and women throughout the government who challenged the brutality approved at the highest levels of government, and they are responsible for bringing to light what so many wanted to keep in the shadows…Read More
Patrick Skinner Quoted in Bloomberg: Hunt for Foley’s Killer Spans Old Policing and Tech Tools
A combination of old-fashioned police work and new technology may unmask the Islamic extremist who beheaded American journalist James Foley. The killer ensured that the task won’t be easy by cloaking himself in loose black clothing, leaving only his eyes and the bridge of his nose visible in the graphic video that sparked denunciations from world leaders and a reinvigorated battle against the group known as Islamic State…Read More
Richard Barrett Quoted in The Telegraph: U.S. Journalist James Foley Beheaded by ISIL
French journalist claims he may know identity of British killer of James Foley • Details emerge of failed rescue mission • ISIL demands return of scientist jailed in US. It is only a matter of time before the British jihadi that killed James Foley is identified and caught, Richard Barrett, a former Head of Terrorism Operations at MI6, has said. He told the BBC’s Today Programme…Read More
Richard Barrett Interviewed on Radio New Zealand: US Fears Prompt Tight Airport Security
The United States has ordered a tightening of security at airports around the world that have direct flights to its cities, in response to a possible new threat from Islamist militants. US officials said they were concerned that al-Qaeda operatives in Syria and Yemen were developing bombs that could be smuggled onto planes…Read More
TSG Report Mentioned on CNN: Western-born Jihadists Rally to ISIS’s Fight in Iraq and Syria
The extremist Sunni militants sweeping across Iraq may have a singular goal, but there’s a broad coalition of recruits from outside of the Middle East willing to help them achieve it.
The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, wants to establish an Islamic state stretching from northern Syria into Iraq. And as the brutal terror group racks up victory after victory on the battlefield, more foreign fighters are considering joining their ranks…Read More
Richard Barrett Featured on BBC News: ‘Not Possible’ to Monitor All UK Syria Fighters
Former MI6 director of global counter-terrorism Richard Barrett: “You don’t know which ones are coming back… quite severely radicalised.” The security services will not be able to monitor all of the Britons who return to the country after fighting in Syria, a former MI6 director has said. With reports that up to 500 Britons may be fighting in Syria, Richard Barrett said the number who would return to pose a terror threat was unpredictable…Read More
Robert McFadden on CNN AC360: Official: Squeezing Intel Out of Benghazi Suspect Won’t Be Easy
(CNN) — Interrogators don’t expect to have it easy with Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a Washington law enforcement official told CNN. The suspected mastermind of the 2012 attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, Libya, has had time to rehearse his story, the official said.Read More
Richard Barrett on CBC Radio’s The Current: What Does the Fall of Mosul Mean for Iraq?
The al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS took Mosul after just five days of fighting, with Iraqi troops apparently abandoning their weapons and vehicles to the militants. We take a closer look at ISIS, and what this takeover means for the country. As Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul is the most significant city to fall under control of ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria…Read More