Bin Laden Son May Have Been Killed
from Washington Post by Joby Warrick
One of the sons of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was apparently killed in a U.S. missile strike inside Pakistan this year, U.S. counterterrorism officials said Thursday.
Saad bin Laden, 27, an al-Qaeda member who has been linked to terrorist bombings in Saudi Arabia, is believed to have been among the victims of a series of strikes by unmanned CIA Predator aircraft in the past few months, the officials said. If confirmed, he would be the closest relative to bin Laden killed by U.S. forces since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.
China's military to launch official Web site
BEIJING - China's Defense Ministry will launch its first official Web site next month in what state media said Thursday was an effort by the secretive military to be more transparent.
Longer Legs for the Japanese Military
from Ares by David A. Fulghum
In Japan there has always been the discussion of whether to focus on an expeditionary military or one that’s focused on the defense of Japan and can the budget afford both?
That discussion is being shaped by a decision to carry out anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean. It also is helping justify the acquisition of aerial tankers, maritime patrol aircraft and long-range transports.
How Japan chooses to invest its military funding will be of international interest. For example, long-range military airlift for Japan is in still in its infancy. But with operating forces based many thousands of miles away, it brings up the issues of communications, supply and sustainment. It is accelerating reexamination of its airlifter needs. It highlights the need for an expeditionary capability that can be used for humanitarian aid and disaster relief and support of its outlying chain of islands.
DailyBriefings: 23 July, 2009
from ThreatsWatch by Michael Tanji
A Long Island man captured in Pakistan in late 2008 has confessed to attacking US forces in Afghanistan and supplying al-Qaeda with intelligence on the New York subway systems and the Long Island Railroad. Guilty plea and cooperation likely spared 27 yr-old treason charge, execution.
US Senate urges review of NKorea terrorism blacklist status (AFP)
from Yahoo! News: Terrorism
This file handout photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on July 6, 2009 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il at the tideland reclamation site on Taegye Islet in North Phyongan Province. The US Senate said that North Korea poses a AFP - The US Senate on Wednesday called North Korea a "threat" to its neighbors and pushed for a formal review to see whether Washington should return the secretive regime to a US terrorism blacklist.
Arabs advise young, old and sick to avoid hajj
CAIRO - Arab health ministers decided in a late night meeting Thursday to ban children, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions from attending the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia this year in effort to slow the spread of swine flu