Scott Stewart, Vice President of Intelligence for TorchStone Global, joins SM Highlights host Chuck Harold to discuss the history and current status of two major jihadist terrorist groups—al Qaeda and the Islamic State—and what their shift toward grassroots terrorism means for security professionals. In addition, Stewart explains the current situation in Afghanistan, the Taliban’s aims, and what the latest upheaval in the Middle East may mean for global security and terrorism.
EL PASO, Texas – At least 11 bodies have been pulled since late last week from clandestine graves near a Chihuahua state town three hours southwest of Juavrez, a newspaper reported. The graves were found in a farming community near Nuevo Casas Grandes after Mexican federal officials looking into the Nov. 4, 2019, mass murder of nine Americans captured and interrogated an alleged member of La Línea drug cartel, Diario de Juarez reported.
The threat posed by US right-wing extremists, and specifically white supremacists, has been receiving a lot of publicity lately as a presidential election looms in the midst of crises over the coronavirus and police treatment of black suspects. The name of one right-wing extremist group was attached to emails sent to Democrats in Florida and other states threatening dire consequences if they failed to vote to re-elect President Donald Trump. A false alarm, it appears. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Wednesday said these were “spoofed” emails, sent by Iran to “incite social unrest.”
This week’s edition of “The Hunt with WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green,” Scott Stewart, Vice President of TorchStone Global said we should prepare for the possibility of left- and right-wing extremist violence if the election result don’t go their way.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is wrapping up a three-day trip to the states of Guanajuato, Jalisco and Colima, some of the Mexican states most impacted by criminal violence. AMLO, as the president is called, undertook the trip to demonstrate his support for efforts to pacify those violence-wracked states. But with Mexico in the midst of a full-blown criminal insurgency, a presidential visit likely will do little to quell the violence. Mexico’s criminal insurgency can be solved only through a holistic counterinsurgency strategy.
After a string of attacks on its weapons systems and nuclear facilities, Iran is warning that it will retaliate. On this week’s edition of The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green, Torchstone Global Vice President Scott Stewart says terror attacks are very probable.
A leaked INTERPOL manual covering the trade in chemical and biological weapons on the dark web includes advice for transacting in and seizing cryptocurrencies. The manual, titled ‘Investigating Biological and Chemical Terrorism on the Darknet,’ coaches law enforcement on best practices for infiltrating the dark web’s contrabandist subcultures. As well as advising investigators on how to transact in cryptocurrency, it also explains how to create an undercover identity, use the Tor browser and access dark web community forums such as Dread.
EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — Facing heat over increasingly bold acts of narco-violence, the president of Mexico is set to begin a tour of states being disputed by the drug cartels.
His first stop on Wednesday is Guanajuato state, where gunmen on July 1 murdered 27 recovering drug addicts in Irapuato. There, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will talk with Gov. Diego Sinhue about crime and tour a gasoline refinery in Salamanca — where a criminal group last month abandoned an explosives-laden car after being spotted by the army.
A number of mysterious incidents have occurred in Iran over the past several weeks, among which were the June 25 explosion at a ballistic missile production facility in Khojir and the July 2 explosion in a factory at Iran’s main nuclear production facility in Natanz that was reportedly producing a new generation of centrifuges. Due to the opaque nature of Iran, it is difficult to get a clear idea of exactly what is happening and whether these fires and explosions are linked. We don’t know for certain if these incidents are attacks or merely industrial accidents that outside forces are trying to claim as attacks to cause internal problems for Iran.
“It’s a problem that’s happened every 40 years – it’s the cursed Olympics,” Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso remarked before a parliamentary committee last March. Aso had a point. The 1940 Summer and Winter Olympics, scheduled to be held in Tokyo and Sapporo, respectively, were canceled due to World War II. Forty years later, the United States and 64 other countries boycotted the 1980 Moscow Summer Games to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Now, as we approach the one-year countdown to the postponed and rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, how will the “40 year curse” affect Tokyo 2020 and beyond?