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Homeland Security News – July 19, 2011

Al Qeada eyeing overseas targets. DHS prepares for 9/11’s 10th anniversary. Somali terror group recruits in Minnesota. These and other stories of interest in this week’s Homeland Security News.

Al Qaeda Likely to Focus on Overseas Targets

Al-ZawarhiIn the years ahead, Al Qaeda is likely to focus on striking U.S. targets overseas rather than on America soil, American intelligence officials report. The reasons Al Qaeda is expected is shift its strategy is twofold: 1) Overseas targets offer the terror group a “path of least resistance” where they don’t have to dodge U.S. law enforcement, and 2) Al Qaeda has grown most powerful in North Africa, Pakistan and Yemen, where operatives have expressed an eagerness to strike back against what they see as American incursions on their home turf. It’s not yet clear how aggressively Al Qaeda’s new leader, 60 year old Egyptian-born doctor Ayman al-Zawahiri, will pursue this new agenda as he’s been keeping a decidedly low profile since being named Osama bin Ladin’s successor on June 16.

Homeland Security Prepares for 9/11 10th Anniversary Attacks

September 11 AttacksDespite a presumed focus on overseas targets (see above), Al Qaeda will likely not pass up a chance to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01 with another spectacular attack – or set of attacks – according to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials. In 2006, five years after 9/11, the terror group was well on its way to putting suicide bombers aboard 20 separate trans-Atlantic flights before the plot was foiled by British law enforcement. In September 2009, Al Qaeda attempted to blow up portions of the New York Subway system and Times Square, but these attempts were botched. U.S. officials believe that, this year, the group will again focus on New York City, but with Al Qaeda founder and spiritual leader Osama bin Laden dead and his organization severely weakened, successfully staging another September 11th style assault will likely prove extremely difficult. Even so, the DHS remains vigilant in its efforts to identify and stop terror plots wherever they are being developed.

Somali Terror Group Finds Recruits in Land of 10,000 Lakes

Somali RebelsMinnesota’s large Somali immigrant community has proven to be a fertile recruiting ground for an East African terror group, according to U.S. justice officials. Omer Abdi Mohamed, 26, is one of 18 men currently charged with recruiting Somalis living in the Minneapolis area to return to Somalia to fight with al-Shabab, a terror group linked with Al Qaeda. More than 20 men are known to have left Minnesota for Somalia where they were given arms and combat training before being send out to fight Ethiopian troops, according to U.S. court documents. Members of the cell financed these trips by soliciting “charitable donations” from Somalis now living in the U.S. , claiming the funds were for civilian aid programs back in their homeland.

DHS Issues $25.5 in Grants for Border Patrol Communications

Border Patrol CommunicationsThe DHS has issued one-time grants totaling $25.5 million to create and strengthen communications systems along America’s borders with Canada and Mexico. The grants, each about $4 million, go to cities, counties and first-responders along our northern and southern borders to help that establish communications networks that can be shared by multiple agencies. By strengthening “interoperable emergency communications” in these area, officials hope to better deal with security, law enforcement and illegal immigration issues in this sensitive regions.

Despite Bad Economy, Mexican Immigrants Staying in the U.S., Study Reports

Mexican ImmigrantThe bad economy is not compelling Mexican immigrants in the U.S. illegally to return to their homeland, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Although many experts predicted that U.S. economy’s failure to rebound after the 2010 Presidential election would result in an outflow of immigrants, the number of Mexicans returning to Mexico is actually lower than it was in 2008 and 2009, according to the RAND researchers. The authors did note that the number of immigrants coming into the U.S. also slowed during this same period, most likely as a result of more limited job opportunities.

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