The new head of the National Clandestine Service is a former Marine who gained fame for being former Afghanistan President’s Hamid Karzai’s “security blanket,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
His name and age? Unknown. After all, he’s a spy who has spent his career undercover, most notably as station chief in Kabul.
Iraq’s ambassador to the Vatican has told Italian newspapers, including Il Mattino, that Pope Francis is at risk of an assassination attempt by ISIS when he makes a one-day visit to Albania on Sunday.
“What has been declared by the self-declared Islamic State is clear — they want to kill the pope,” Habeeb Al Sadr told La Nazione on Tuesday. “The threats against the pope are credible.” Continue reading
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Steven Sotloff, a freelance journalist who wrote for Time and Foreign Policy, didn’t “cower from danger, he flew right into it, intent on telling the stories he believed would shape history,” Danielle Berrin, a childhood friend, notes in her Hollywood Jew blog. Continue reading
European governments regularly pay ransom for hostages, notes James Traub in Foreign Policy. And rumors have been rampant that Western companies pay millions when their employees are abducted in war zones.
Now comes word from the New York Times that the terrorists who beheaded American James Foley — and promoted his execution in a gruesome propaganda video — first asked the U.S. for $100 million in exchange for the photographer’s life, according to a Foley family representative and someone once held captive alongside Foley. Continue reading