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Daily Security Briefs Published from Islamabad, Pakistan – March 12, 2015

March 12th, Pakistan Security Note

Editorial Snapshot

Trouble in Toronto: A Pakistani man arrested in Toronto, Ontario for his alleged links with a terrorist group was plotting to blow up the US consulate and other buildings in the financial district located in downtown Toronto. The suspect was also in touch with Al-Qaeda leader Anwar Awlaki – who was killed in a drone strike in 2011 – in the past.

Death row controversy: A 23 year old man convicted of murder (of a seven year old boy) when he was 14 is set to get executed on March 19th. The development has stirred controversy about juvenile law in Pakistan, and in a country used to teenage suicide bombers, led to the difficult debate of how young does a person have to be before he/she can be termed a terrorist, legally.

Frankly, my dear Indian foreign ministry, I don’t give a damn: In response to the recent criticism from India about the meeting between the Pakistani envoy to New Delhi Abdul Basit and the hardliner Kashmiri separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani (which led to a cancellation of talks last summer between India and Pakistan) the Pakistani Foreign Office on Wednesday said that the meeting was a long standing practice and will continue in the future despite India’s objection.

Islamabad supports Rangers raid on MQM: Following the raid of the Rangers in the citadel of Karachi’s largest political party, MQM, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday absolved the paramilitary force of any wrongdoing and instead hailed the act as a “step in the right direction”. The statement was backed by the visit of the area’s top military commander to Rangers headquarters today in a show of solidarity. Meanwhile, no mainstream political party has come to the aid of the MQM since yesterday’s raid, with major players preaching due process for prosecuting the suspects arrested from the party’s offices and buildings.

India’s Unwelcome Daughter: The Delhi High Court has upheld the ban on the ‘rape documentary’, but the court is set to resume hearing about the ban on Wednesday.

Nabbed: Militant responsible for the deaths of several military and paramlitary officials, including a general, has been detained in Pakistan’s northwestern Upper Dir district.

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U.S., Japan, South Korea Hold Trilateral Security Talks

Not much is known about North Korea’s missile capabilities, but U.S. defense officials have said the Western side and Alaska can be hit by a North Korea Nuclear Missile.


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WASHINGTON, April 17, 2015 – The United States, South Korea and Japan today concluded what a joint statement called a “productive and substantive” two-day security meeting here.

Officials said the meeting was held to enhance trilateral defense cooperation in light of the evolving security environment in the region.

Yoo Jeh-seung, South Korea’s deputy minister for policy, led his country’s delegation. David B. Shear, assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, led the U.S. delegation, and Japan’s delegation was led by Tokuchi Hideshi, vice defense minister for international affairs.

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DoD Identifiess Air Force Casualty in Operation Inherent Resolve – Death Under Investigation

Note: This photo has not been identified as the dceased. (Photo Provided by U.S. Airforce)
Release No: NR-125-15
April 14, 2015



DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Tech. Sgt. Anthony E. Salazar, 40, of Hermosa Beach, California, died April 13, at an air base in southwest Asia in a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to the 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron, 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group, U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

Col. Edward Sholtis, a spokesman for U.S. Air Forces Central Command told Air Force Times Salazar was a mechanical systems repairman, whose job was to ensure facility operations at an air base in the Gulf region that is supporting operations against Islamic State militants.

For more information, media may contact the 452nd Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Office at 951-655-4138.


Countries, Iraq, Islamic State, Military Operations, Operation Inherent Resolve, Syria, Terrorists and Terrorism

Anti-ISIL Forces Make Progress in Iraq, Syria

By Terri Moon Cronk
DoD News, Defense Media Activity


WASHINGTON, April 17, 2015 – Iraqi security forces and coalition partners are making progress in Operation Inherent Resolve’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a U.S. Central Command official told reporters here today.

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U.S. Central Command map of anti-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant operations. Courtesy graphic from U.S. Central Command

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Anti-ISIL forces are performing, as predicted, Centcom spokesman Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder told reporters here during what is expected to be a weekly operational update teleconference on the campaigns in Iraq and Syria against the extremist group.

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How Israel Hid Its Secret Nuclear Weapons Program

An exclusive look inside newly declassified documents shows how Israel blocked U.S. efforts to uncover its secret nuclear reactor.

By AVNER COHEN and WILLIAM BURR, April 15, 2015


Lead image by Courtesy of National Security Archives.

For decades, the world has known that the massive Israeli facility near Dimona, in the Negev Desert, was the key to its secret nuclear project. Yet, for decades, the world—and Israel—knew that Israel had once misleadingly referred to it as a “textile factory.” Until now, though, we’ve never known how that myth began—and how quickly the United States saw through it. The answers, as it turns out, are part of a fascinating tale that played out in the closing weeks of the Eisenhower administration—a story that begins with the father of Secretary of State John Kerry and a familiar charge that the U.S. intelligence community failed to “connect the dots.

Read more about this investigation at Politico Magazine –  How Israel Hid Its Secret Nuclear Weapons Program

About the authors:

Avner Cohen is a professor of nonproliferation studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and the author of Israel and the Bomb.

William Burr is a senior analyst at the National Security Archive, George Washington University, where he directs the Archive’s Nuclear Documentation Project and edits its special Web page, The Nuclear Vault.

Articles, Cyber Security, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Defense News Report, US Military Veterans

DoD Warns Troops & Families to be Cyber Crime Smart

(U.S. Defense Department graphic illustration by Regina Ali/Released)
(U.S. Defense Department graphic illustration by Regina Ali/Released)

Posted on April 13, 2015 by Yolanda R. Arrington

Defense Department employees and their families should be vigilant when guarding personal and work information from expanding cyber-criminal activity, and to know how to recognize scammer tactics, according to DoD’s chief information officer.

Terry A. Halvorsen issued a DoD-wide memorandum March 18 about the  growing threat of cybercrime “phishing” and “spear phishing” in emails, on social media sites and through phone calls.

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Analyzing Corrosion Rates to Understand Hazards of Wrecked Vessels

An aerial view of the submerged USS Arizona at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham, Hawaii, shows the release of oil from the battleship’s corroding hull. (Photo: National Park Service/Released)

By Cynthia Greenwood
DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office

A tank barge that sank amid rough seas on January 24, 1936, in Long Island Sound carried 500,000 gallons of heating oil. To officials at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the submerged vessel, known as Cities Service Number 4, poses a serious risk of contaminating the tidal estuary should corrosion of the barge structure cause an oil leak.

The hull and rivet structure of Cities Service No. 4 is similar to the Navy battleship USS Arizona, now a hallowed tomb for 1,177 men who died when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Oil still trickles from her damaged hull, which makes the vessel an ideal subject for corrosion rate analysis.

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