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Commanders of the raid that reunited Elian Gonzalez with his father said that they went into the house brandishing automatic weapons because intelligence reports indicated a network of heavily armed Cuban American extremists was ringing the property.
April 7, 2003 | Geoffrey Mohan, John Daniszewski and Tony Perry, Times Staff Writers
U.S. Army troops captured one of Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces, fired on another and blew up one of his statues as they rolled into the center of this isolated, faltering capital today, and American military intelligence said the collapse of the Iraqi leader's regime was only days away. "Saddam Hussein says he owns Baghdad," said Col. David Perkins, commander of the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division. "Wrong. We own Baghdad."
A motorcycle trade show scheduled for later this month at the Los Angeles Convention Center has been canceled because of police warnings that it could lead to violence similar to a brawl involving two biker clubs at last year's event, The Times has learned. Citing last year's trouble at a show in Long Beach, which left a member of the Hells Angels dead, Convention Center officials confirmed Tuesday that they have canceled the "$25,000 Invitational Bike Show" that had been planned for Feb. 23-25.
September 27, 2006 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
Declassified portions of a high-level intelligence report released Tuesday describe the war in Iraq as a major catalyst for Islamic radicalism around the world, while also citing other causes for the expanding terrorist threat.
February 16, 2010 | By Ilan Berman and Robert C. McFarlane
What can the Obama administration do about Iran's drive to develop nuclear weapons? The president's informal year-end deadline for a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear impasse with Iran has come and gone. Iran recently announced that it plans to build 10 nuclear fuel plants and has moved to enrich uranium to a higher level than necessary for peaceful purposes. As a result, the center of gravity within Washington policy circles is moving toward punitive measures against the Islamic Republic in the hope of curtailing its persistent nuclear ambitions.
September 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
A highly classified National Intelligence Estimate assembled by some of the government's most senior analysts this summer provides a pessimistic assessment about the future security and stability of Iraq. The National Intelligence Council looked at the political, economic and security situation and determined that, at best, stability would be tenuous, a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said late Wednesday.
December 5, 2007 | Scott Martelle and Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writers
Democratic presidential candidates teamed up during a National Public Radio debate here Tuesday to blast the Bush administration over its policy toward Iran, arguing that a new intelligence assessment proves that the administration has needlessly ratcheted up military rhetoric. While the candidates differed somewhat over the level of threat Iran poses in the Mideast, most of them sought to liken the administration's approach to Iran with its buildup to the war in Iraq.
May 25, 2009 | Manya A. Brachear
One passage plucked from the New Testament's Epistle to the Ephesians instructs believers to "put on the full armor of God." An excerpt from the Old Testament's Isaiah directs them to "open the gates that the righteous nation may enter." As American troops fought in Iraq in 2003, these biblical verses and others reportedly prefaced intelligence reports approved by then-Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.
October 3, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers were three days into a breezy eight-day swing through Europe when reality arrived. The team received news of an upcoming travel alert, issued by the U.S. State Department on Sunday morning, urging American citizens in Europe to be vigilant, especially in public places such as tourist sites and transportation hubs. The Lakers play exhibition games Monday in London against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Thursday in Spain against FC Barcelona. The travel alert was considered less serious than a travel warning and was issued in response to intelligence about a possible Al Qaeda plan to send gunmen into crowded European places to harm Western civilians, similar to the 2008 attacks in Mumbai.
March 18, 2003 | Josh Meyer and Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writers
Bracing for a backlash from impending war with Iraq, the Bush administration put the nation on high alert for a terrorist attack and announced that it was redoubling efforts to enhance security at home. The decision to raise the terrorism threat level from yellow to orange, the third such move in the last six months, followed several months worth of intelligence reports indicating a strong likelihood of some type of terrorist attack or retaliation if the U.S. went to war with Iraq.
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