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2nd October 2011 - Faster, Please!

Time to Get Real in Iran and Syria

Michael Ledeen

Can we agree that Iran and Syria now constitute a single strategic problem? Surely Ali Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, thinks so. Otherwise he would not have ordered the Revolutionary Guards to conduct a policy of all-out military, financial, and intelligence support for the Assad...

1st October 2011 - The Huffington Post

My Dual Loyalties Problem

Mark Dubowitz

I have a dual loyalties problem and, given the paranoia in Washington, D.C., it may prevent me from ever serving in a sensitive national security position.

1st October 2011 - National Review Online

Moderation, Saudi-Style

A woman is sentenced to be whipped ten lashes for . . . drumroll . . . driving a car. That might have made for a fairly typical week in Saudi Arabia.

30th September 2011 - The Weekly Standard

Awlaki’s Death a Delayed Counterterrorism Success

Thomas Joscelyn

Anwar al Awlaki has reportedly been killed in an airstrike in Yemen, bringing an end to the life of one of al Qaeda’s most effective recruiters. Awlaki had an especially strong appeal in the West, where an unknown (but surely significant) number of recruits joined al Qaeda’s jihad after...

30th September 2011 - The Atlantic

What Will Anwar al-Awlaki’s Death Really Mean for al-Qaeda?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The apparent death of Anwar al-Awlaki -- a U.S. citizen hiding in Yemen, where he had worked with the local al-Qaeda branch -- comes amid a rash of bad news for al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

30th September 2011 - National Review Online

War-Power Paranoia

Zero. If you’re keeping score, that would be the number of American citizens assassinated so far by President Obama. Oddly enough, it turns out to be the same number of our countrymen killed by President Bush.

30th September 2011 - The Long War Journal

Yemen Claims AQAP Cleric Anwar al Awlaki ‘Killed’ in Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Yemen's Defense Ministry claimed its forces killed Anwar al Awlaki, the American cleric who serves as an operational commander for al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen. Samir Khan, another American who runs Inspire magazine, is also said to have been killed.

29th September 2011 - NOW Lebanon

The Uncomfortable Reality in Syria

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is slowly coming to grips with the uncomfortable reality that its preferred scenario of a peaceful transition in Syria is looking less likely.

29th September 2011 - Scripps Howard News Service

Mahmoud and the Wizards of Turtle Bay

Clifford D. May

At the United Nations last week, amid great fanfare and to thunderous applause, Mahmoud Abbas declared that the Palestinian people want a state of their own. The obvious question: What’s stopping them?

29th September 2011 - The Long War Journal

US Adds 5 al Qaeda, Taliban, Haqqani Network, and IMU Facilitators to Terrorist List

Bill Roggio

Today the US Treasury Department has designated as global terrorists five men based in Afghanistan and Pakistan who are linked to al Qaeda as well as to various other terror groups, including the Taliban and its subgroup, the Haqqani Network, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan,...

28th September 2011 - Faster, Please!

Totalitarian Temptations from Carter to Obama

Michael Ledeen

I keep having flashbacks to Jimmy Carter. The Cairo speech was in many ways a throwback to Carter’s famous “we are now free of that inordinate fear of communism” pronunciamento at Notre Dame.

28th September 2011 - Tablet

State of the Union

After a week at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, where he joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in pushing back against the Palestinians’ statehood bid, Israel’s ambassador to the United States is satisfied that 5772 will begin with the Jewish state as healthy...

28th September 2011 - Gunpowder & Lead

Bin Laden’s Death: Conspiracy Theories Edition

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Last night a student journalist sent me an inquiry about Osama bin Laden’s death — inquiring whether I “really believe Osama Bin Laden is dead.” Blake Hounshell quipped, probably correctly, that I “should have just written, ‘Yes.’”

27th September 2011 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Releases 7th Edition of Inspire

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released the seventh edition of its Inspire magazine. The publication, which was obtained by the SITE Intelligence Group, praises the Sept. 11 attacks and the events that followed, claiming that the terrorists are bleeding America dry.

27th September 2011 - The New York Times

In Defense of U.S. Missile Defense

Regarding “The delusion of missile defense” (Views, Sept. 21), Yousaf Butt claims, erroneously, that the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System depends on “essentially rigged tests, where the intercept team knew the precise timing and trajectory of the incoming missile.”

26th September 2011 - Radio Free Europe

EU Abandons Western Values At UN

Benjamin Weinthal

The United Nations-sponsored Durban III anti-racism conference opened in New York last week. The conference, commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the first Durban event, is intended to fight intolerance; but it airs a noxious mixture of racist, anti-Semitic, and xenophobic views.

26th September 2011 - The Long War Journal

UK Terror Sweep Uncovers Suicide Bomb Plot

Bill Roggio

Six British men who were detained during raids in Birmingham last week have been linked to an al Qaeda cell in Pakistan, and were planning to carry out suicide attacks. One additional suspect is being questioned by British authorities in connection with the plot.

25th September 2011 - The Long War Journal

Shooting at Compound in Kabul Used by Contractors and CIA

Bill Roggio

A building in Kabul that is rumored to be used by the Central Intelligence Agency came under attack this evening. The attack is the latest in a string of high-profile strikes in the Afghan capital. Gunfire and at least one explosion were heard near the complex, the former site of the Ariana...

23rd September 2011 - The Weekly Standard

Pakistan’s Proxy War Continues

Thomas Joscelyn

During congressional testimony on Thursday, Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, accused the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency of sponsoring terrorist attacks on an American embassy and coalition forces.

22nd September 2011 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes Kill AQAP Fighters in Southern Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US killed several members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) during airstrikes in an area of southern Yemen, according to reports from the region.

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