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Top al Qaeda leader Qari Yasin, who was involved in multiple deadly attacks in Pakistan which claimed dozens of innocent l
A US raid in Yemen killed 41 suspected Al-Qaeda militants and 16 civilians on Sunday, an official said, in what would be A
US President Barack Obama has said the United States "must never hesitate to act when necessary", as he acknowledged that
Pakistan has banned two militant groups linked with the Taliban and al-Qaeda for their involvement in several terror attac
Following inputs from intelligence agencies about a possible terror attack by al-Qaeda militants on the eve of the US pres
Three Al-Qaeda terrorists, who were plotting to attack security installations, were killed by Pakistani forces in Gujranwa
The United States today said that it is clear that Pakistan has to do more work towards clearing the terror sanctuaries an
Drone strikes killed five Al-Qaeda suspects travelling in cars in provinces of southern and eastern Yemen today, security
Suicide bombings killed 11 people today at two army checkpoints in Al-Qaeda's former stronghold in southeastern Yemen, off
Al-Qaeda and its allies in South Asia particularly the Haqqani network and Taliban continue to pose a "high" threat to Ame
MIT International Review:
One of the most important political questions of our time is: Where is Osama bin Laden? We use biogeographic theories associated with the distribution of life and extinction (distance-decay theory, island biogeography theory, and life history characteristics) and remote sensing data (Landsat ETM+, Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, Defense Meteorological Satellite, QuickBird) over three spatial scales (global, regional, local) to identify where bin Laden is most probably currently located. We believe that our work involves the first scientific approach to establishing his current location. The methods are repeatable and can be updated with new information obtained from the US intelligence community.
For a more accessible news reports with maps: USA Today, which also has the reactions of geographic-profiling expert Kim Rossmo of Texas State University in San Marcos, who has worked with the military on adapting police procedures for finding criminals to counterterrorism:
"It's important to think outside the box, and this is an innovative idea worth more pursuit. However, the authors are much too certain of their conclusions.
"The idea of identifying three buildings in a city of half a million — especially one in a country the authors have likely never visited — is somewhat overconfident."
"What we have attempted to demonstrate is that it is possible to narrow down where Osama bin Laden is by ruling out where he is unlikely to be," the UCLA researchers write (emphasis mine). That's far from claiming that they've nailed down Osama's new headquarters.
What's more, the geographers' paper suffers from a classic data-crunching problem: garbage in, garbage out. In this paper's case, the trash includes some hoary urban myths about Osama. First, the professors accept as fact that bin Laden requires a kidney dialysis machine. That means he must need to be close to an electrical grid or generator, the UCLA pair reason. Too bad the thing is complete folklore — debunked again and again.