STRATFOR, the independent U.S.-based intelligence company, is putting together an assessment of the state of the jihadist insurgency in Iraq. In the course of that research, the company says it’s uncovering more about how the Islamic State of Iraq is funding its operations. STRATFOR finds that criminal activities, including kidnappings and (more recently) armed robbery directed at banks, currency exchanges and jewelry shops, are helping the insurgency survive. Read the report here.
A series of alerts in India has counter-terrorism experts working overtime; the latest coming in the form of a Warden Message from the U.S. Embassy late Wednesday.
“There are increased indications that terrorists are planning attacks in New Delhi,” the note read starkly, while strongly encouraging Americans in India “to maintain a high level of vigilance, remain aware of their surroundings, monitor local news reports, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.” It also added that several markets in the city popular with western tourists could be attractive terrorist targets.