Within days of the Oct. 25 briefing at CCU on America’s struggle with Al Qaeda and the Taliban by Bill Roggio, Army veteran turned freelance war correspondent, some of his warnings were realized in headlines about bombs on US–bound airliners from Yemen.
Addressing a full house of students, faculty, and guests at the Beckman Center, Roggio told how his personal blog evolved after 9/11 into the respected news site LongWarJournal.org—so named because of his belief that the West faces a generational conflict with radical Islam, in which Iraq and Afghanistan are not separate wars but merely battlefronts in a single war encompassing ten or more countries from Africa through the Arab world and into Central Asia.
Roggio’s briefing slides, linked here … Roggio at Centennial Institute 102510.ppt (50.50 kb) … concluded with a note that Al Qaeda affiliates seek to hit the United States from several points, with Yemen foremost. That was on a Monday, and by the following Friday packages with PETN explosive allegedly sent by two Yemeni women, and linked to the same bomb maker who planned the attack on Detroit last Christmas, had triggered a global terror alert.
Here is full audio of the Roggio briefing. Here is a student report on the event by ROTC cadet Jacob Delargy. His exclusive photo report on a truck bombing in Mosul, Iraq, carried out by a released Guantanamo detainee (see one of the photos below) can be viewed in full here.