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Improved coordination and cooperation between the NSA and GCHQ, between MI5 and the FBI, are clearly important in terms of trying to combat potential jihadist plots, but ultimately it is going to come down to outstanding policing work at street level, not pronouncements at the White House.
I think there is a realisation by both leaders that there is no guarantee of 100% success in counter terrorism operations as events in Sydney, Ottawa and Paris have shown, that is why there is tonight a continuing sense of vulnerability, despite the success of the Belgian police last night.
There is no doubt that this is a severe embarrassment to the US military.
It does appear that hackers working for or on behalf of ISIS have infiltrated the social media accounts of Centcom, the regional command that oversees military operations in the Middle East.
And it comes on the very day that President Obama was actually urging US companies to be far more vigilant over the use of their computer systems.
The Pentagon is saying that its actual computer systems were not breached, but this is a vivid reminder that the cyberspace is the new frontline in warfare.
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Peter Kassig's death is an individual tragedy - an act of almost baffling brutality.
However, it does not surprise security officials here in the US.
The President, who will be back in the White House from the G20 summit in a few hours, will meet with his advisers, trying to assess how the war with Islamic State is going: are these airstrikes proving effective?
Perhaps the greatest single concern to security officials are reports from the Middle East that the fractured jihadi groups in the region are now beginning to show a united front.
That would clearly pose a very potent threat both to Europe and to the United States.
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