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11th March 2012 - Faster, Please!

Chris Matthews, Getting It Wrong and Staying There

Michael Ledeen

Some weeks ago, Chris Matthews mentioned me in passing as one of those who wants to attack Iran militarily. So I wrote to his producer, pointed out that I had long opposed military attacks on Iran, had written three books and scads of articles and blogs saying that

10th March 2012 - National Review Online

Let Syria Be

‘We will hold sacred the beliefs held sacred by others.” That’s the concluding rally cry of the U.S. Department of Defense’s newly issued guidance on the “Proper Handling and Disposal of Islamic Religious Materials — Service Members/Civilian Training.”

9th March 2012 - National Post

Building Palestinian Prosperity

The Palestinian cause has never been more marginalized than it is today. That was the message conveyed by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in a recent meeting in Ramallah.

9th March 2012 - Moment Magazine

Are We Too Fair-minded to Take Our Own Side?

Clifford D. May

In the 20th century, a war was waged against the Jews of Europe. It culminated in the Holocaust. In the 21st century, a war is being waged against the Jews of the Middle East.

9th March 2012 - The Weekly Standard

A Power Struggle in Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Every time trouble has erupted in Iran against the regime—1999, 2003, and, most recently, 2009—university students have been at the forefront of protests. This is partly why Iran’s current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad...

8th March 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

How to Stop Putting Gas in the Islamist Tank

Clifford D. May

Islamists are a diverse lot. Some are what diplomats like to call “violent extremists.” They want to kill you. Others are less eager to shed blood, more confident that by mastering electoral politics, manipulating international organizations...

9th March 2012 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Demand Release of bin Laden’s Wives, Kill 7 Pakistani Troops

Bill Roggio

Today the spokesman for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan threatened that the group would "carry out suicide bombings against security forces and the government" if Osama bin Laden's three widows are not freed from custody.

9th March 2012 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill at Least 13 in South Waziristan Strike

Bill Roggio

Unmanned US Predator or Reaper strike aircraft killed 13 "militants" in airstrikes in the Miramshah and Mir Ali areas of Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of South Waziristan today.

8th March 2012 - National Review Online

Obama Administration to Congress: You’re Irrelevant

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta gave testimony in the Senate yesterday that was just breathtaking: asserting that the Obama administration believes it can go to war against Syria by obtaining permission from an international tribunal

8th March 2012 - NOW Lebanon

Behind the Scenes on Syria

Tony Badran

Up until this week, the Obama administration had maintained an unequivocal posture against providing assistance to the armed Syrian opposition. To justify its position, the administration repeatedly cautioned that such assistance would only be “pouring fuel” on the fire...

8th March 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Captures 2 IMU Leaders in Northeastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

During a raid today in the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan, Coalition and Afghan special operations teams captured two Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leaders who are involved in suicide attacks.

8th March 2012 - Fox News

Israel, the United States and Iran—Locked in the Dance of Destiny

We’re counting down for a conflict in the Middle East. It’s not clear how it will start, or what will happen once it does. But it’s likely to begin in that narrow window of time between three countdown clocks sitting on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s desk.

8th March 2012 - The Jewish Chronicle

For America, It’s All About Timing. Can Israel Afford It?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Beyond the speech atmospherics of the Aipac conference where, in rapid succession, Israel's president Shimon Peres, US President Barack Obama, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta all spoke at length about Iran...

7th March 2012 - The Wall Street Journal

Closing Tehran’s Sanctions Loopholes

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

In his speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington on Sunday, President Barack Obama once again promised that the United States would not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.

7th March 2012 - National Review Online

Taking Sides on Syria

Michael Ledeen

I don’t know if I’m Andy McCarthy’s greatest fan, but I’m right up there at or near the top of the list, so whenever I disagree with him my immediate suspicion is that I’ve got it wrong.

7th March 2012 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Qods Force General as ‘Narcotics Kingpin’ for Heroin, Weapons Smuggling in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Today the US Department of the Treasury added an Iranian Qods Force general to the list of Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers for supporting heroin and opium smuggling in Iran and Afghanistan "as part of a broader scheme to support terrorism."

7th March 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Where Is Karfan?

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testified today on Syria. It seems that a large part of the administration’s thinking concerning military intervention touches on the regime’s air defenses.

7th March 2012 - National Review Online

Bibi, the Begin Doctrine, and the U.S.

Benjamin Weinthal

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech on Monday at the AIPAC conference reinforcing the Begin Doctrine — the preemptive-military-strike doctrine of Israel’s government since the early 1980s.

7th March 2012 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Ilyas Kashmiri Spotted at Taliban Meeting

Bill Roggio

A senior al Qaeda leader who is one of the terror group's most dangerous military commanders and strategists, and who was reportedly killed in a drone strike last June, has been spotted at a meeting with the leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan.

7th March 2012 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Leader Ilyas Kashmiri Spotted at Taliban Meeting

Bill Roggio

A senior al Qaeda leader who is one of the terror group's most dangerous military commanders and strategists, and who was reportedly killed in a drone strike last June, has been spotted at a meeting with the leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan.

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