compiled by Cem Ertür
Dec. 4, 2008
excerpts from ‘Obama’s National Security Team Announcement‘
New York Times, 1 December 2008
The following is the transcript of President-Elect Barack Obama’s National Security Team announcement:
The situation in South Asia, as a whole, and the safe havens for terrorist that have been established there represent the single most important threat against the American people.
excerpt from ‘Remarks With United Kingdom Foreign Secretary David Miliband‘
US Foreign Secretary Condoleezza Rice, 1 December 2008
But this is a critical moment for Pakistan to bring all its institutions into a common strategy to defend Pakistan. And defending Pakistan means rooting out extremism, defending Pakistani interests means cooperating fully…
excerpt from David Miliband: ‘The Mumbai tragedy makes us more determined‘
by UK Foreign Minister David Miliband, Daily Mirror, 2 December 2008
The appalling attacks in Mumbai will give new impetus to today’s Nato summit… I believe this tragedy in India will reinforce our determination to tackle terrorist operations at root and prevent Afghanistan becoming an incubator for international terrorism again.
excerpt from ‘India asks for foreign help to hit terrorists‘ (*)
by Damien McElroy, Daily Telegraph, 3 December 2008
India has called in foreign intelligence agencies to ‘neutralise’ the threat from terrorist groups believed to be behind the attack on Mumbai last week.
Britain, America, Australia and Israel have been asked to track down Pakistani suspects thought to have been involved in the attack.
(*) title of the print version
excerpt from ‘Warning over mass destruction attacks‘
by Demetri Sevastopulo, Financial Times, 4 December 2008
“It is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013,” according to the report, released yesterday by the commission on the prevention of WMD proliferation and terrorism.
“Were one to map terrorism and weapons of mass destruction today, all roads would intersect in Pakistan . . . Pakistan is an ally, but there is a grave danger it could also be an unwitting source of a terrorist attack on the US,”
excerpt from ‘Experts warn Barack Obama of a nuclear Iran‘
by Catherine Phillip, Times, 3 December 2008
Iran poses the greatest foreign policy challenge to Barack Obama, the President-elect, with Tehran on course to produce a nuclear bomb in the first year of an Obama administration, a coalition of top think-tanks gave warning yesterday.
The warnings came in a report entitled Restoring the Balance. The Middle East strategy for the President-elect was drafted by the Council for Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution.