Following the attack on the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi the Pentagon responded with a pair of special forces raids in Africa. One was a Navy Seal raid in the Somali town of Baraawe sought to capture or kill Al Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, though this mission failed. The other raid took place in Tripoli where Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, better known as Anas Al Liby, was captured by commandos presumed to be Delta Force. There are many reasons to question these stories, not least of which that Al Liby has reportedly been captured and in custory for decade. Read article here.
The massacre at the Westgate shopping centre in Westland, Nairobi targeted victims from all over the world. People with at least 13 nationalities are listed among the dead, representing every continent. The official story is replete with confusion and contradictions about the number of attackers and how many were killed in the counter-assault by Kenyan security forces. Reported among the dead was Samantha Lewthwaite, the widow of one of the alleged 7/7 bombers, but today Interpol issued a Red Notice for her arrest. Read article here.
While the 'heat wave' that has 'roasted Britain' has climate changed its way to something more familiar (rain, humidity, constant variation) some patterns remain steady. A third soldier who collapsed during the SAS selection exercise in the Brecon Beacons on in mid-July has now died, which makes him the fifth soldier to have died as a result of military training exercises in that area of Wales since the turn of the year. That's military training exercises 5 - radical Muslims 1. Meanwhile, developments in the Mohammed Saleem case are worthy of our attention. Read article here.
In recent weeks the UK has been hit by a 'heat wave', or as it is known in most countries, 'summer'. This is not a common experience for citizens of this island nation, who have not known sustained, moderately hot sunshine for several years. The experience has largely been received very well, with the ladies pleased to have an ongoing excuse to eat ice cream and wear revealing clothes, while the gents are pleased to have an ongoing excuse to drink beer and watch the aforementioned ladies. However, it is not all fun and games. Last weekend, as temperatures soared, two soldiers died during a training exercise endurance race in the Brecon Beacons. As such, summer has been responsible for precisely twice the number of British soldier deaths in Britain this year as radical Muslims. Read article here.
A new website has sprung up in recent weeks purporting to explain 'what really happened' in the 7/7 bombings of 2005. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is largely an attempt to recycle once again the simple-minded, misleading conspiracy theories propagated by some of the weaker-minded members of the 7/7 truth movement. It is important to explain precisely why these alternative theories are misleading, and why a different approach yields far more incriminating results. Read article here.
The recent murder of British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich has reignited the fire of the 'war on terror' in Britain. Initial, inaccurate reports said that the victim was beheaded with a machete by a man shouting 'Allah Akbar' and this started a media firestorm. Within hours the killing was labelled as terrorism and the upper echelons of government went through the absurd ritual of two COBRA meetings. Now that the initial wave of fear-filled nonsense has passed, we are in a position to ask some serious questions. Read article here.
Since last Monday's twin bombings at the finish line of the Boston marathon, suspicion has been cast on a range of suspects but aside from the officially-nominated culprits attention has mostly been drawn to elements within the US government, but the theories springing up are far from coherent and convincing. Read article here.
The bombings at the Boston marathon on Monday were yet another atrocity in a nation that has seen considerable bloodshed in recent months. 2012 was a record year for mass shootings in the US, and just like many of those events the Boston bombings have immediately been subject to scepticism, suspicion and in many cases outright speculation as to who was responsible. Read article here.
Like so many major terrorist attacks, the World Trade Center (WTC) bombing of February 1993 occured shortly after the US presidential election. The incoming Bill Clinton was confronted with a new menace: Islamic terror had for the first time carried out a major strike on US soil. The first new president after the end of the Cold War and the previous president's announcement of a 'new world order' was within weeks given a stark reminder that with the Soviet Union out of the way the US still faced a clear and present danger. 20 years on, this article reflects on the outstanding questions and theorier. Read article here.