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The CIA’s Syria Program and the Perils of Proxies

19th January 2016 – The Daily Beast

The CIA’s Syria Program and the Perils of Proxies

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Almost every aspect of the Obama administration’s policy toward Syria has been scrutinized, lambasted or praised in recent months, but one of the most significant facets, the CIA’s covert aid program to Syrian rebels, has largely slipped below the radar. more...

Analysis & Commentary

10th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

AQAP publishes insider’s account of 9/11 plot

Thomas Joscelyn

Sometime before his death in a US drone strike in June 2015, Nasir al Wuhayshi recorded an insider’s account of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. As the aide-de-camp to Osama bin Laden prior to the hijackings, Wuhayshi was well-placed to know such details. And al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which Wuhayshi led until his demise, has now published a version of his “untold story.” more...

10th February 2016 – The Washington Times

Winning an unconventional war

Clifford D. May

War is – and always will be -- hell. The Law of Armed Conflict is not meant to change that – only to make it a little less hellish. There are weapons you agree not to use. In exchange, your enemy doesn’t use those weapons against you. You treat captured combatants humanely. You expect the same when your soldiers are taken prisoner. more...

4th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Senior AQAP commander reportedly killed in US drone strike in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader may have been killed in a US drone strike that was launched in southern Yemen last night. Several fighters were reportedly killed and jihadists on social media claim that one of them was Jalal al Bala’idi, a prominent AQAP field commander. Bala’idi’s purported death has not been confirmed by either AQAP or the US. more...

3rd February 2016 – The Long War Journal

AQAP provides social services, implements sharia while advancing in southern Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) took control of Azzan, a town in Yemen’s southeastern Shabwa province, earlier this week. The jihadists reportedly faced no resistance as they settled in. Citing local residents, Xinhua reported that “many checkpoints were established in Azzan and al Qaeda members distributed leaflets asking people to abide by Islamic teachings.” more...