News you may have missed #319

  • CIA asks Gulf countries to monitor terrorist funding. The CIA has reportedly asked Arab/Persian Gulf countries “to tighten surveillance and look for any suspicious movement of funds” in regional banks.
  • Questions remain in Headley terrorism case. The New York Times has aired an update on the court case of Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley, a former US Drug Enforcement Administration informant, who was arrested by the FBI in October for plotting an attack on a Danish newspaper. The paper points out that Headley “moved effortlessly between the United States, Pakistan and India for nearly seven years, training at a militant camp in Pakistan on five occasions”. There has been intense speculation in India and Pakistan that Headley is in fact a renegade CIA agent.

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3 Responses to News you may have missed #319

  1. Anonymous says:

    what’s Arab/Persian gulf ?
    what’s the official name that’s being used by UN and written in U.S’s official documents including CIA’s documents ?

  2. intelNews says:

    This is a reference to the fact that nobody in the Middle East calls the Gulf “Persian”, except Iranians and some Shiites. The vast majority of Arabs refer to it as the “Arab Gulf”. [IA]

  3. Van says:

    Geographical naming disputes seem to come up quite often in international affairs:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geographical_naming_dispute#Naming_disputes

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