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7th January 2011 - The Long War Journal

Gitmo Detainee Transferred to Algeria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Defense announced the transfer of a Guantanamo detainee to Algeria on Thursday. The detainee, Saiid Farhi (also known as Farhi Saeed Bin Mohammed in US government documents), had been recruited by al Qaeda in London to train and fight in Afghanistan.

7th January 2011 - The Weekly Standard

German Left Party Seeks to Reintroduce Stalinism

Benjamin Weinthal

“We can only find the ways to communism if we get started and try them out, whether in the opposition or in the government,” Gesine Lötzsch, co-president of the German Left Party, declared earlier this week.

6th January 2011 - Scripps Howard News Service

Jihad 101

Clifford D. May

Last month, Americans celebrated the holidays without a terrorist attack on American soil. That should be a source of relief but not complacency. – Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria and the Philippines were not so lucky. The hard fact is a global conflict is underway. You, as an incoming...

5th January 2011 - National Review Online

Another National-Security Flip-Flop

No sooner did Victor Davis Hanson compile a prodigious list of national-security flip-flops by the Obama Left (posted on the Corner under the title “If We Say It Is, It Is . . . ”) than we learned the list would have to get longer. Keeping up with this administration’s reversals is a...

5th January 2011 - The Long War Journal

Welcome back, Sadr

Bill Roggio

Muqtada al Sadr, the Iranian-backed, pseudo-cleric derisively known as Mullah Atari and hailed in US media circles as "the most powerful man in Iraq," has returned from his self-imposed three-year-plus-long exile in Iran.

4th January 2011 - The Jerusalem Post

100 Prominent Germans Call on Iran to Free Reporters

Benjamin Weinthal

Critics also direct wrath at Teheran’s nuclear threats against Israel, say Germany's policy toward Iran has been too soft.

4th January 2011 - Wall Street Journal

Punish Iran’s Human-Rights Abusers

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In September the Obama administration sanctioned eight Iranian officials for their role in the recent wave of repression inside the country. Meanwhile, the European Union is still discussing human-rights sanctions—but nothing has seen the light of day

4th January 2011 - The Daily Caller

Neutrality Will Not Shield Sweden From Terrorism

Until Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly’s explosive belt went off prematurely in Stockholm last month, Sweden was the poster child for isolationism in the war on terror. While Abdulwahab’s bomb failed to achieve his desired result, it did obliterate the myth that nations can remain neutral to...

4th January 2011 - National Review Online

An End to ‘Critical Dialogue’ with Iran?

Benjamin Weinthal

Berlin — Europe in general and Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in particular have traditionally pursued a dual strategy of “critical dialogue” and “change through trade” in their efforts to influence the Iranian regime. The ongoing German hostage crisis is yet another example of...

4th January 2011 - The Weekly Standard

Saudis Erroneously Blame Gitmo for Jihadism

Thomas Joscelyn

On Saudi television last week, a former Guantanamo detainee named Jabir al Fayfi claimed that he and his fellow Saudi detainees were radicalized during their time in American custody.

3rd January 2011 - Joint Forces Quarterly

An Actor-centric Theory of War

The United States, the most powerful nation in the world, is reassessing its approach to war. With America entering the 10th year of what was originally called the global war on terror, the Nation finds itself engaged in conflicts in Central Asia and the Middle East that challenge decades of...

2nd January 2011 - The Wall Street Journal

Killing Iran’s Energy Industry

Mark Dubowitz

The Reserve Bank of India has opened up a major new front in the global effort to tighten the economic screws on Tehran.

31st December 2010 - The Long War Journal

Danish Newspaper Plotter Arrested Twice Before

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the suspects arrested in connection with the recently foiled terrorist plot against Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, has been arrested twice before.

30th December 2010 - NOW Lebanon

It’s Time to Act

Tony Badran

By now, the objective behind Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s contacts with France and Saudi Arabia is rather clear: Attempting to create a renewed consensus for a full – if possible, military – return to Lebanon. This is being marketed under the pretense of a Syrian divergence with...

30th December 2010 - Scripps Howard News Service

After START

Clifford D. May

National security hawks lost a battle last week when 71 members of the Senate -- not all of them Democrats -- voted to ratify New START. The treaty limits America’s non-nuclear long-range weapons. Its verification provisions are not as rigorous as those negotiated in the 1991 START treaty....

29th December 2010 - The Weekly Standard

DNI Clapper Needs to Know

Thomas Joscelyn

Little did Director of National Intelligence James Clapper know that when he and two of his Obama administration colleagues sat down to discuss the terror threat with ABC’s Diane Sawyer earlier this month that his appearance would be the source of controversy. As has been widely reported,...

29th December 2010 - The Long War Journal

Suicide Assault Team Kills Mosul Emergency Police Chief

Bill Roggio

A team of al Qaeda in Iraq suicide bombers stormed a police headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul today and killed a senior police officer who has targeted al Qaeda's top leaders.

29th December 2010 - National Review Online

Islamist and Leftists Cooperating? Surely You Jest …

28th December 2010 - National Review Online

Our Big Fat Moroccan Wedding

Michael Ledeen

Our son Daniel (aka Lt Ledeen, USMC, based in Okinawa) is in the midst of week-long events that will culminate in the wedding ceremony on Thursday afternoon here in Jerusalem. He is marrying Natalie Almog, a woman born and raised in Houston.

27th December 2010 - The Weekly Standard

Gitmo Is Not al Qaeda’s ‘Number One Recruitment Tool’

Thomas Joscelyn

During a press conference on December 22, President Obama was asked about the difficulties his administration has encountered in trying to close Guantanamo. The president explained:

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