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Oil and natural gas reserves is are increasingly becoming a target by #terrorists/ #insurgencies because it accounts for 6.5% of the global GDP. A good example is #Alshabaab attacks in Northern #Mozambique on the @TotalEnergies $20B offshore LNG facility that is the largest
Foreign investment project in #Africa. Cabo Delgado is also home to vast swaths of natural resource wealth.It also harbours the largest known graphite deposits & nearly half of the world's rubies lie under its soil.
That thus makes #CaboDelgado a hotspot for real and perceived grievances, that are often exploited by #terrorists & proxy war mongers to sow unrest to explore these resources in a manner that won't benefit the locals.
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The findings show an absence of a systematic and coordinated plot to take over these schools and an absence of any concerted and deliberate plot to promote radicalisation and violent extremism of Muslim children in these schools or elsewhere

language used to talk about the issues of “radicalisation” & “extremism” is itself the subject of considerable debate (Kundnani 2012; Lynch 2013). There is also a difficulty in understanding fully these issues cos there is a lack of an objective or universally accepted definition
As soon as the media took hold of the allegations, there was huge publicity about the promotion of extremism, radicalisation & terrorism.
At the time, the press also expressed many irrational anxieties about these Muslim majority schools (Arthur 2015). Even though, from the
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#Abizaid warned that #CounterTerrorism officials are concerned about efforts by #Iran & by its proxy, to lash out at the U.S.

she warned that Iranian leaders remain "intent on retaliating in the US for the Jan. 2020 killing of former IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani.”
Abizaid testify before a Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to discuss security threats, Sept. 21, 2021, Capitol Hill.
@ODNIgov @ODNI_NIC @mvhaydencenter

Abizaid further warned in written testimony of #Tehran’s ongoing efforts to “build operation
capacity against U.S.-based organizations and people.”
"The threat from #Iran also faces us overseas, particularly in #Iraq, whet Iraqi Shia militant groups pose the most immediate threat to US interests" per #NCTC's Abizaid

@CIA @DefenseIntel @FBI @inteldotgov @WHNSC
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Good observations by @AaronBlake.👇

We just published opinion piece by @LisaCurtisDC.

"I witnessed first-hand the Taliban’s obstinance to breaking ties with al-Qaeda ... The most the U.S. negotiators could extract from the Taliban was a flimsy pledge."…
2. Longer (without internal ellipses):

"I witnessed first-hand the Taliban’s obstinance to breaking ties with al-Qaeda during countless hours of negotiations in Doha, Qatar. The most the U.S. negotiators could extract from the Taliban was a flimsy pledge"…
3. Her larger point here is about the decision whether (if ever) to recognize the Taliban government, the need for #HumanRights conditions, and to see actual compliance with human rights and #counterterrorism demands.

And a critique of both Trump and Biden actions.
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Comments on #Afghanistan from ⁦@PentagonPresSec⁩’s #DOD presser today in this THREAD. 1/n…
Q: The #Taliban have made some significant gains in recent weeks & even as recently as past weekend…especially in the North. Is @SecDef considering recommending a slowdown in the withdrawal or other changes to minimize a chance of an early collapse of the Afghan forces? 2/n
MR. KIRBY: I would say w/o speaking specifically to the #Taliban advances you spoke to, as @SecDef has said, the withdrawal is on pace. It is a dynamic situation & we've said that from the very beginning, which means that he, the chairman, & Gen McKenzie, are constantly… 3/n
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In this issue of Survival: Global Politics & Strategy, @LaurelMillerICG brings some hard truths about Biden's decision to withdraw from #Afghanistan. Some highlights to follow... 1/n…
"The ‘ending forever war’ slogan may be in vogue among critics of involvement in #Afghanistan, but it is hard to imagine that, had Biden believed that truly crucial goals were at stake, he would have declared that time was up simply because it was taking too long to achieve them"
"The problem was not that American involvement in the war was endless; it was that the US found itself unable to end its involvement on the terms that it preferred..." 3/n
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Comments on #Afghanistan from yesterday's #DOD presser w/@PentagonPresSec in this THREAD. 1/n…
Q: @usairforce Acting Sec, John Roth, yesterday told Congress that for now the over-the-horizon capability to support #Afghanistan will be from the existing footprint that the USAF has in the region & I'm wondering if that means there haven't been any inroads made... 2/n
...w/potentially new locations to move US forces to provide that over-the-horizon capability?

MR. KIRBY: We already have an over-the-horizon #counterterrorism capability there & other parts of the world, & we are already using that OTH capability in #Afghanistan. 3/n
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Points on #Afghanistan from yesterday's #DOD presser w/@PentagonPresSec in this THREAD. 1/n…
Q: Gen Milley has recently mentioned that securing Kabul Airport will be essential for keeping embassy presence not just for the US but for other countries after the withdrawal is completed & that there could be an int'l force assembled to do that... 2/n
...I wondered whether @SecDef agrees w/this & whether he's been talking to @NATO partners or others about organizing such a force.

MR. KIRBY: Certainly the secdef recognizes the key hub that is the airport there in Kabul & the impact that will have... 3/n
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Interest items on #Afghanistan from yesterday's #DOD presser w/@PentagonPresSec in this THREAD. 1/n…
.@SecDef spoke w/#Pakistan's COAS, Gen Bajwa, to discuss shared regional interests & objs. During the call, the sec reiterated his appreciation for PAK's spt for the #Afghanistan peace negotiations & expressed his desire to cont to build on the US-PAK bilateral relationship 2/n
Q: Getting back to #Pakistan, its Foreign Ministry put out a statement today ruling out the possibility of any US mil bases for the post-withdrawal from #Afghanistan #counterterrorism effort. Is there anything that the US is looking for right now from PAK... 3/n
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I attended #SOFIC today, at which GEN Rich Clarke, the commander of @USSOCOM spoke. My notes from his speech (paraphrases, not quotes unless specified) are in this THREAD. 1/n
- #COVID19 has impacted @USSOCOM's operating culture—caused #SOF to look at where they need to be, how they interact, etc
- The withdrawal from #Afghanistan will bring changes. SOF were first ones in, will be the last ones out. Will spark a new era of opportunity for SOF. 2/n
- #SOF today are almost unrecognizable from SOF that invaded #Afghanistan in 2001. 20 years of the necessity of combat has been the mother of all inventions. SOF have had urgent warfighting needs for 20 years, and will continue to have these going forward. 3/n
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I’ve been asked a number of times the past couple of days what I think of @joebiden’s announcement to withdraw all US troops from #Afghanistan by September. I haven’t had the time to write a proper op ed, so instead I’ll give you my thoughts in this THREAD. 1/n
My top-line take is this: What choice did @joebiden really have? If you examine his situation through the lenses of #Afghanistan, terrorism risk, credibility, domestic politics, & global US priorities, you’ll see the answer is “he had to do it.” 2/n
Let’s start w/#Afghanistan. Recognize first that the US isn’t in South Asia! We were always visiting, which means at some point, we would leave. Only Q has been when that would happen. That Q was answered in the US-#Taliban Agreement: We would leave by 1 May. 3/n
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This is the #DemPartyPlatform for 2020. This part is called: 🇺🇸 Mobilizing the World to Address Transnational Challenges: Terrorism
🇺🇸Only one party will respond to the growing threat from white supremacist and other right-wing terrorist groups. 1/11
So long as violent extremists continue to plot attacks on our homeland and our interests, #Democrats will maintain a vigilant focus on counterterrorism. 2/11 #DemPartyPlatform #Terrorism
#Democrats recognize that the threat landscape has evolved dramatically since September 11. 3/11 #DemPartyPlatform #Terror
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Problem is Taliban, Khalilzada deal & then Ghani.
#Taliban, who’ve spent the past year on a rampage, are despised nationally, with approval ratings in the single digits. But #Afghan President Ashraf #Ghani’s government is also extremely unpopular.…
Most #Afghans and U.S. officials agree that the #Taliban’s ability to continue the insurgency has been largely due to #Ghani’s bad leadership—and he has shown little interest in reaching a lasting peace agreement that might usher him out of power.
#Khalilzad was unable to secure guarantees on #humanRights, #democracy, or protection for #women’s rights. The deal has no provision for a #ceasefire or even an express promise by the #Taliban to end violence.
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Out now.

@HRW's annual review of #humanrights around the world: #Rights2021

Read @KenRoth's introduction, the individual country chapters, and a curated selection of thematic essays on rights challenges and trends here:…

thread to follow 👇🏾
2/ Advance warning/apology - this will be a narrow, parochial thread.

Read for yourself the bigger #Rights2021 report, and the chapters that interest you.

What follows below is just on issues I follow (as perhaps you may also do, seeing as we're connected over twitter)
3/ Read here what the main #humanrights concerns across the EU🇪🇺 have been during 2020.…
Health, Unemployment, Lockdowns
Poverty and Inequality
Rule of Law
Discrimination and Racism
Sexual and reproductive health and rights
Migration and Asylum A nurse holds hands with a Covid-19 patient at the intensive
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The invisible enemy. The "propaganda advantage of eternal mystery"...

"War on terror": Sept 2001 to March 2020.

"War on virus": March 2020 to 2030 (???/guesstimate).
Mar 21 2020: Israeli PM Netanyahu, the week prior:

"We are at #war with an invisible #enemy: the coronavirus... #Israel is going to use #counterterrorism technologies to track coronavirus carriers"...

Trump tweeted, "The world is at #war with a hidden enemy. We Will Win."
Sept 10, 2020, CNN: "What the war on terror teaches us about #COVID19"

"...anti-vaxxers providing aid & comfort to the "invisible #enemy...

"...the pandemic could rage across much of the world, affording more opportunities for #mutation..."

"This virus is never going away."
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#India #Srinagar #CounterTerrorism

Three persons claimed to be militants were killed in an encounter with a joint team of police and security forces at Hokersar in the city outskirts of Srinagar on Wednesday (December 30).
Their family staged a protest, asserting that they were all innocent.
Their family staged a protest, asserting that they were all innocent.
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#Mozambique #CapoDelago #Terrorists #counterterrorism

According to a report by the national radio station Radio Mozambique on Saturday, Mozambique's Defense and Security Forces (FDS) killed a total of 37 terrorists and captured 21 weapons last week
in the Macomia district in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
The article quoted Bernardino Rafael, Commander-General of the Police of the Republic of Mozambique, who spoke on Friday to the 7th FDS battalion in Macomia, one of the areas most affected by terrorist activities in the province.
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#counterterrorism #thread

We live in a world where the most crucial aspects of our lives have become profoundly interconnected & indeed interdependent. And this reality makes international cooperation on security a strategic imperative.
Unfortunately, when it comes to terrorism & counterterrorism the marketability of one’s expertise mainly depends on one’s willingness to unquestionably embrace the official narrative.
In the West also across Middle East & Africa, the media & pundits have become relentless echo chambers of this master narrative.
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Having spent quite a bit of time recently reviewing #ManchesterArenaInquiry transcripts, apart from it having a less than beneficial effect on my blood pressure 😠its also reduced my time in these here parts
So based on some @mcrinquiry evidence on #CCTV heres a thread ⬇️1/x
Back in 2011, in advance of National CCTV Improvement Week, I developed a range of freely available documents to help Operators to assess and improve their #CCTV systems ahead of the 2012 Olympics and Jubilee celebrations
Based on feedback, the next stage was ... 2/x
... Developing the #TRUSTEDCCTV Operational Standards, which were released in 2013
I mention this because the repeated reference to #CCTV issues & failures mentioned in @mcrinquiry were readily addressable years ago, but only now are they properly ‘under the spotlight’ ... 3/x
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Is #Pakistan Arming the #Kashmir Centric #Terrorist Groups with #Turkish Drones?

🔶Lately, #Kashmir has witnessed several #Drone sorties from #Pakistan dropping weapons & cash. #Chinese #Kamikaze & #Turkish Bayraktar may be next lethal #weapons in hands of #Lashkar & Jaish.
🔶After article 370, it appears that so-called “#Kashmir issue” is tottering to its natural death. With every passing day, the false narratives, lies, & deceitful structures of jihadist violence are slowly & smoothly inching towards a dead end.
🔶Can #Pakistan afford #Kashmir slide out of its control? Once perception of “#Kashmir not being an issue anymore”gets ingrained in #Awam, #Pak faces existential threat. It won’t be able to justify mammoth budgets it has been accumulating for decades in name of #Kashmir to #Pak
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