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FACING AFGHAN MISTRUST, AL QAEDA FIGHTERS TAKE LIMITED ROLE IN INSURGENCY

Washington Post says analysis of the wikileaks documents show al Qaeda fighters marginal to war in Afghanistan. Given the other fronts spparently opened up, this may not be surprising. Or was al Qaeda a mirage? Or again, have US efforts to choke off financing by killing the financiers been effective?
The latter is unlikely. Money for operations, training, recruitment all seems to be available on all fronts. The ideas associated with al Qaeda have expanded, but there is no evidence of a powerful headquarters and command structure, just of links between various groups. After all, al Qaeda was just that when it first appeared; an agreement to work together.

AL QAIDA IN YEMEN

First of two articles in the Guardian involving interviews with al Q militants in Yemen as well as local politicians.

“2,600 SEX WORKERS TRAFFICKED” SAYS STUDY

This is the ACPO report that was being attacked earlier in the week. The figure of 2,600 is much lower than the NGOs have claimed.A copy of the report – Setting the Record – can be found here: http://www.acpo.police.uk/asp/policies/Data/Setting%20the%20Record%20(Project%20ACUMEN)%20Aug%202010.pdf

PROJECT ACUMEN REPORT

This is a .pdf which apparently hasnt been posted properly, but the document seems to be there and appears better on the tinyURL than it did on the .pdf given in the last post. Phew! This is the full text of Project Acumen: The trafficking of migrant womenin the England and Wales off-street prostitution sector.

CANNABIS FARM BOOM IN UK

New ACPO report. Guardian sub editor goes for “violence”…but it turns out to be between gangs trying to nick each others’ crops.

MET WHISTLEBLOWER FORCED OUT BY OFFICER HE EXPOSED

This stinks. OK, I know that we wont be getting the full story, but if the allegations here are correct, senior Met officers have been guilty of a variety of offences for which they should have been more severely disciplined.

REVEALED: THE HORRIFIC TRADE IN BRITISH CHILDREN FOR SEX

I think the first of these stories has been published before. Social services and the police do seem awfully confused about the law regarding minors. Reporter hints there is a racial element to the organised criminality here. But as I say, this reads like a re-hash of a former article in advance of a new report about to be published.

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