Dina Temple-Raston http://kplu.org en Behind ISIS Battle In Iraq, A Clash Between Two Arch-Terrorists http://kplu.org/post/behind-isis-battle-iraq-clash-between-two-arch-terrorists While eyes have been focused on Sunni extremists and their lightning campaign across Iraq, there is a much more fundamental war raging behind the scenes.<p>It is a clash between two arch-terrorists: the head of al-Qaida's central operation, Ayman al-Zawahri, and the man leading the Sunni extremist charge in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.<p>The outcome of the battle between the two men could fundamentally change the face of terrorism.<p>The dust-up between Zawahri and Baghdadi broke out in the open earlier this year, and it centered on territory.<p>Zawahri wanted Baghdadi to limit his ISIS operati Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:15:25 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 17405 at http://kplu.org Behind ISIS Battle In Iraq, A Clash Between Two Arch-Terrorists ISIS Brings Business Acumen To Violent Jihad http://kplu.org/post/isis-brings-business-acumen-violent-jihad The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is proving to be both militant and disciplined, borrowing organizational tools from the corporate world to professionalize its operations.<p>For the past two years, for example, ISIS has issued an <a href="http://www.vox.com/2014/6/24/5834068/the-iraqi-rebels-make-annual-reports-with-infographics-we-translated">annual report</a> that lays out precisely where it has attacked and the methods it used. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:44:28 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 17395 at http://kplu.org ISIS Brings Business Acumen To Violent Jihad How Much Does A Terrorist Attack Cost? A Lot Less Than You'd Think http://kplu.org/post/how-much-does-terrorist-attack-cost-lot-less-youd-think The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is flush with cash, and holds as much as $2 billion. Counterterrorism officials say the group knows how to use that money to its advantage. It's showing a kind of professional acumen and discipline that sets it apart from other terrorist organizations. But what kinds of attacks can its money buy?<p>Back in 2006, when Germany was hosting the World Cup soccer tournament, a terrorist attack was narrowly averted. With bombs hidden in their suitcases, two men in their 20s boarded commuter trains in the city of Cologne.<p>Richard Barrett was on a U.N. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:36:49 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 17381 at http://kplu.org How Much Does A Terrorist Attack Cost? A Lot Less Than You'd Think Predicting The Future: Fantasy Or A Good Algorithm? http://kplu.org/post/predicting-future-fantasy-or-good-algorithm After failing to predict the Arab Spring, intelligence officials are now exploring whether Big Data, the combing of billions of pieces of disparate electronic information, can help them identify hot spots before they explode. The intelligence community has always been in the business of forecasting the future. The question is whether tapping into publicly available data — Twitter and news feeds and blogs among other things — can help them do that faster and more precisely.<p>Enter a Swedish-American start-up company called <a href="https://www.recordedfuture.com/">Recorded Future</a>. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 13:57:30 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 6626 at http://kplu.org