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A New Haven for Terrorists

first_img Taking advantage of the international attention on relevant matters, such as the conflicts in Syria, political instability in Egypt, the French intervention in Mali, resumed peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and Iran’s nuclear program, they established themselves in these areas and get support from other radical Islamic groups, creating excellent opportunities for training and recruitment without external interference. Increased security levels at diplomatic and military facilities using new technologies has also contributed to hampering attacks from taking place, in addition to having intelligence agencies constantly monitor and intercept communications making these more predictable. However, the scenario that has been closely observed by analysts has been taking another direction. Years of strong military opposition by the U.S. and the coalition forces against radical terrorist groups in the Middle East forced part of them to migrate to new regions that are traditional centers of conflict, where weak governments are plagued by economic decline, creating beneficial conditions for them, particularly in North Africa. There are, however, many other groups operating in that region, such as the Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, who own modern arsenals of explosives from Libya that are more powerful and difficult to detect. In most cases, the name Al Qaeda, internationalized by Osama Bin Laden, would be used to increase the importance and latent power of their actions, which in some aspects worked as efficient propaganda to maintain the ghost created by the former feared leader of the organization alive. I believe that chances are slim for the terrorist network Al Qaeda to perform large scale attacks or even a single attack that resembles the scope of what happened in the last decade. The majority of their leadership has been dismantled; many were killed and some of their older members, especially the more experienced ones, are incarcerated. center_img By Dialogo August 14, 2013 These factors led to a reduction in their operations since the second half of the last decade, which was characterized by isolated actions from so-called “lone wolves,” or people who were not necessarily linked to the network, and many times never even had any contact with them, but perpetrated attacks based on extremist ideology. The latest attacks in Yemen show that many suicide bombers have improved their techniques, resorting to carrying explosives inside their own bodies, making them look harmless. In this context, there is the possibility that North Africa may now become an important operating base for regionalized attacks, which would also strengthen the extremist groups in the Middle East. It is possible that the international community is facing a new phase of radical terrorism with bold and extremely lethal actions.last_img read more

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Manchester United go fourth as Rashford penalty kick beats Leicester City

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Manchester United moved up to fourth in the English Premier League after a Marcus Rashford penalty kick gave them a 1-0 win over Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday. Manchester United, who were without injured French pair Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, were far from convincing. However, manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will be delighted they secured their second win of the campaign to move on to eight points. After Andreas Pereira had forced Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel into action with a powerful free-kick, Manchester United got ahead in the eighth minute. Rashford, chasing down a loose ball in the area, went down under a challenge from Leicester City’s Turkish defender Caglar Soyuncu and referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the penalty kick spot. Manchester United had missed their two previous penalty kicks this season, including Rashford’s failure from the spot against Crystal Palace last month, but the England forward made no mistake this time. Rashford went closest to adding to the score with a curling free-kick which hit the bar seven minutes from the end. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Leicester CityManchester UnitedMarcus RashfordOle Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

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Foster’s Fairplay | Give Champs the attention it deserves

first_img There is absolutely no question that these “hide and seek” games which admittedly enhance the hype and make the successful professional forecasters seem like geniuses, have their negative effect. The cat and mouse play advances the view that Champs is the pinnacle showcase for this generation of athletes. Several see the March/April event as the fulfilment of their dreams in the sport. What comes after in the Summer is not given as serious an approach as it deserves. This columnist has travelled with junior teams to international competitions and some of the talk coming from a few of the team members, is absolutely chilling. The words, “this is not Champs but I’ll see what I can do” swiftly comes to mind. In other words, it is equivalent to putting school over country. Bear in mind that the much maligned Captain Burrell, Jamaica’s football supremo, will have none of this in his ranks. As far as he is concerned, representing Jamaica even as far as preparation exercises go, must supersede any other activity. As a remedial response, there have been calls for the dilution of the Champs model and some of what it embraces. Stronger focus, those protagonists claim, ought to be given to national exploits. They continue to express the view that, “the schoolboy and schoolgirl model being the most important one, must go.” Foster’s Fairplay has time for that argument but it has to be structured in a manner that will not detract from the value of Champs. Neither should its component parts be seen as an overkill. As it stands, too many positives, which can be further developed, are woven into the fabric of Champs. Champs is too high profile and by extension, highly marketable an event to allow for any diminishing of its format. All it needs is to be tweaked a bit to allow the dollars that it attracts to flow in with greater intensity and rapidity. The ISSA executives need to contract the expert services of the world’s most efficient marketers to assist in selling the product to a more diverse set of buyers of sporting content. The annual Penn Relays forays can be utilised as working trips to launch this and similar initiatives. Let Champs and how it has impacted the world, be a major contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product. – Email feedback to [email protected] Last weekend, athletes from two different age groups – Under 18 and Under 20 – participated in the country’s Trials for the Carifta Games, which takes place during the Easter holidays in Curacao. Foster’s Fairplay will allow the erudite statisticians to catalogue the plethora of brilliance which emanated from that event. Suffice to say, it provided further indication that, as the colloquialists would put it, “wi nuh tap yah.” The coaches who guide the country’s young sporting products have displayed that they too are of world class rating. They have prepared their charges to have them peak at what they deem to be the right time. This could be seen in the performing language of some name brand participants parading their skills while at the same time showing that, “I am not quite ready” or “I am holding back.” It seemed to many watching from various vantage points, that it was not yet time to serve the “pudding”, the proof of its delectable taste, being withheld until Champs. The InterSecondary Schools Sports Association’s flagship event, the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys & Girls’ Championships is just under three weeks away. The five day spectacle, known to the world of track and field as ‘Champs’, is once again expected to roll out top-drawer performances by the nation’s young athletes. The runners, jumpers and throwers on show, will clearly demonstrate how talent-blessed is this piece of rock, discovered by Christopher Columbus approaching the close of the 15th Century. So much so, that if the Spain-funded Italian explorer’s ability to foretell, matched his genius at discovering countries, he would have called this one, Atletico Xamayca instead. In time to come, its athletes would have removed any doubt among critics as to how appropriate the name had been. Erudite statisticians Hide and seeklast_img read more

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Johnson biggest winner

first_imgThe 31-year-old from El Cajon led the race four times for 84 laps, including the final 22. His average winning speed was 131.505 mph, slowed by a record-tying 11 caution periods for 43 laps. Finishing behind Johnson and Edwards was Kyle Busch, who gained 10 bonus points for leading the most laps (97), Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Rounding out the top 10 were Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne, last year’s winner at this race. But Johnson, who scored his first NASCAR Nextel Cup Series win at this track as a rookie in 2003, wasn’t the only one who could claim some type of victory. To wit: A surprising total of an estimated 72,000 fans braved triple-digit tempetatures to view the race. Close to 1,000 people were medically treated for weather-related issues during the weekend, according to Speedway officials, who also said more than 500,000 bottles of water were sold in a three-day span. Earnhardt, who kept his hopes for making the Chase intact. With a race to go before the field of 12 is set, Earnhardt climbed to within 128 points of 12th-place Kevin Harvick, who dropped from 10th place in the points standings. MOTORSPORTS: Driver rallies to take Aquos 500. Others do well on a great day of racing. By Louis Brewster STAFF WRITER FONTANA – Jimmie Johnson was the biggest winner on Sunday night at the end of the Sharp Aqous 500 at California Speedway, edging Carl Edwards by 1.868 seconds after 250 grueling laps. Kurt Busch, the pole-sitter for the fourth Labor Day Sunday race, continued his string of recent impressive performances. Busch finished ninth and gained a spot in the standings and now trails Clint Bowyer in 10th by just 20 points. The two-mile, D-shaped oval, which has been the center of criticism for boring racing. There were 30 lead changes (which tied the track record) among a record 16 drivers. Ryan Newman finished 39th with mechanical troubles and was the night’s biggest loser as he was eliminated from NASCAR’s postseason. “It was a solid effort,” said Johnson, who passed Hendrick Motorsports teammate Casey Mears with 22 to go. “As the track changed, we made some small changes and it got better and better.” Johnson, winning his first race since May 6, also admitted he lost track of Edwards as the race neared its conclusion. He thought he had a comfortable lead over Kyle Busch, then realized it was Edwards who was chasing him. “With five or six to go, I went back to work,” said Johnson, who increased his career win total to 28. He went to the bottom of the track and started to increase his margin over Edwards. “It was hard to readjust with just five or six to go,” said Johnson, who scored his fifth victory of the season to tie teammate Jeff Gordon. If neither wins next week at Richmond, they will share the top seed in the Chase, a development Johnson found very satisfying. “The season is all about a championship, especially when you get into the Chase,” said Johnson. “We’re fortunate to be in that situation. It’s time for the pressure, to pick up, the hard work to start.” Edwards overcame a pit-road collision with Juan Pablo Montoya early in the race. “It wrecked the car a little bit,” Edwards said. “We fought back from that all day. At the end, it was really fun racing with Kyle. We were running on the fence. One time I looked up and he looked like a dirt late model, he had the right-rear sparking off the fence and standing on the gas. “I wish we could have caught Jimmie, he was fading. For a while I thought I was going to catch him and then we just kind of all evened out and we needed a caution or something.” said Busch, who also won his first Cup race at this track, ended tagging the wall when he went into turn 3 “a little bit too fast.” “I got out of the groove and ending up hitting the wall,” Busch said. “It was a tough day for us there at the end, not being able to run Jimmie down and battle for the win.” Busch said he searched for a groove as the track surface changed from the daytime start to the night finish. “I was all over the place,” said Kyle Busch. “I was kind of searching, trying to find somewhere that I could get some decent lap times.” His older brother, Kurt, left Fontana also in good spirits. “You know there’s a guy behind us now to give is a little bit of a cushion,” he said, referring to his spot in the Chase. “We’re only 20 points out of the next spot, so it’ll be an interesting race in Richmond. “I don’t feel like we’re the guy to beat. There’s plenty of good competition.” Ricky Rudd also left Southern California with a lasting impression. He was involved in a crash on the 179th lap and taken to an area hospital. However, he was treated for a sore wrist and released later in the evening. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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