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Surveillance Detection: Another Classic Assassination

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Surveillance Detection: Another Classic Assassination

Post by Ted-Pencry on 18/10/2012, 12:28

Article By Toni Scotti:

Got an email from old friend Skip Carroll (very old friend), Skip has spent time in Yemen, and Iraq. The email was about the recent assassination of a Yemeni security chief that worked at the US Embassy in Sanna.

What Skip pointed out was the hit was another CLASSIC Assassination – The time & place was predictable, at the home, in the morning, on the way to work, and of course prior to the assassination neighbors noticed strangers in the street.

The purpose of the email was to point out a security issue that seems, for the most part, to be ignored by most, but not ignored by the pros.

In a high risk environment surveillance detection is not only the best protection; it may be the only protection. To expand on the last comment – surveillance detection is not only one of the most important skills you can possess, it may be the one skill that gets you a job. Surveillance detection training is a must. Real surveillance detection training, not a four hour block with 40 other students, sandwiched in between diamond formations, and shooting.

Excerpts from the article:

Masked gunmen shot dead a Yemeni security chief on his way to work at the US Embassy in Sanaa on Thursday, in an attack a Yemeni security source said appeared to be the work of Al-Qaeda.

The incident was the latest of a wave of attacks on officials in the impoverished Arab state, which is battling Islamist militants with Washington’s help.

The attackers, on a motorcycle, opened fire on Qassem Aqlan — who headed an embassy security investigation team — near his house in the center of Yemen’s capital, the source told Reuters.

Fahad, a neighbor of Aqlan’s, said he had noticed strangers roaming the streets over the past three days, suggesting Aqlan was being watched before the attack.

”Once he [Aqlan] stepped out of his house the men shouted his name and when he replied, they shot him in the head and neck,” he said.

Aqlan, who was in his fifties and had worked at the embassy for more than a decade, was responsible for coordinating security information between the US embassy and the Yemeni authorities, the source added.

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