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13th June 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Abu Zubaydah and Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

At the Washington Free Beacon, Bill Gertz has a piece about Jose Rodriguez, the former chief of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. Rodriguez warns that the CIA is “out of the business” of interrogating senior al Qaeda terrorists.

13th June 2012 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 9 AQAP Fighters in Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US launched an airstrike against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters who have fled the two major strongholds in southern Yemen.

12th June 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Saudi Clerics Funnel Cash to Syrian Rebels Through Terror Group

Jonathan Schanzer

Since President Obama decided not to support the rebels fighting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, a handful of Saudi religious figures have taken matters into their own hands.

12th June 2012 - The Australian

The West Plays the Cuckold and Ignores Evidence of Iran’s Infidelity

Emanuele Ottolenghi

AS negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are about to resume in Moscow next Monday, Western leaders insist that Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has yet to make a decision about whether to build nuclear weapons...

12th June 2012 - The Jerusalem Post

Iran Steps Up Crackdown on Christians

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran stepped up its crackdown on the country struggling Christian community by closing a church in Tehran, prompting an Iranian human rights group and religious freedom experts to slam the regime.

12th June 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Panetta on Pakistan

Thomas Joscelyn

During a trip to Afghanistan last week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta chastised Pakistan for its ongoing support for the Haqqani Network – an insurgency organization that is closely tied to al Qaeda.

11th June 2012 - National Post

Canada’s Bigots Flock Back for Another Israel Hate-In

Is it summer in Toronto already? Tell-tale signs of the season are all around us: The temperature is well into the high 20s, the ferries to Toronto Island are getting crowded, and anti-Israeli bigots are noisily preparing to hijack...

11th June 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Impotence Abroad

Hillary Clinton says that the Obama administration can’t do anything about Bashar al-Assad. They can’t make him step down, and they can’t stop him from massacring women and children, as he did last week in Houla.

11th June 2012 - Fox News

Egypt’s Future Uncertain as Mubarak’s Health Worsens

With Egypt soon to head into the final round of its first presidential elections, deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak looks to be on his last legs. Though a court recently sentenced him to life in prison, Mubarak looks not to have much life left in him.

11th June 2012 - The Long War Journal

Study Shows Saudi Ambivalence on Radicalism

On May 27, an airstrike by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in northeastern Afghanistan killed Sakhr al Taifi, a Saudi citizen and al Qaeda's deputy commander for Afghanistan.

11th June 2012 - National Review Online

Did the US-Turkey Alliance Toss Israel Under the Bus?

Benjamin Weinthal

Last week in Istanbul, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted the first U.S.-sponsored Global Counterterrorism Forum. The event brought representatives from many countries, including Saudi Arabia...

10th June 2012 - The Jerusalem Post

What Does Germany’s “Non-Negotiable” Pledge to Israel’s Security Mean?

Benjamin Weinthal

“Jews sell news” in Germany. With those words, an Israeli journalist colleague explained the cynically voracious appetite of many German-language media outlets for Jewish and Israel-based topics at a podium discussion...

10th June 2012 - Faster, Please!

Leaks and Lies

Michael Ledeen

I once had a long discussion about leaks with Richard Helms, a thoughtful gentleman who steadfastly refused to reveal state secrets even when threatened with imprisonment.

10th June 2012 - The Rosett Report

Iran, Voice of the UN’s ‘Committee on Information’

It’s quite perverse enough that the United Nations would have a so-called Committee on Information whose members include such censorship-loving regimes as those of Belarus, China, Cuba, North Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Zimbabwe and Syria.

8th June 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Stuxnet and Iran’s Shadow War

Thomas Joscelyn

David Sanger’s piece in the New York Times earlier this month (“Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran”) has garnered widespread attention.

8th June 2012 - The Huffington Post

Omar Khadr Doesn’t Deserve a Dime

Sheryl Saperia

The UN Committee Against Torture recently recommended that Omar Khadr receive redress for any human rights violations he may have experienced during his imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay.

7th June 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

The Battle of Syria

Clifford D. May

They say politics makes strange bedfellows. But even stranger are the bedfellows that national security policy makes. Andrew C. McCarthy, a friend and colleague, provides a stunning example.

7th June 2012 - NOW Lebanon

Assad’s Sectarian Strategy

Tony Badran

While the massacre of women and children in Houla last month has been rightly denounced by outsiders as a horrific act of brutality, few fully appreciate the cold-blooded calculus of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad...

7th June 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Airstrike Kills 3 al Qaeda Operatives in Afghan East

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces killed three al Qaeda operatives in an airstrike in the same district where 38 US and Afghan troops, including Navy SEALs, were killed when their helicopter was shot down in August 2011.

7th June 2012 - The Long War Journal

7 Shabaab Leaders Added to Rewards for Justice Most Wanted List

Bill Roggio

The US State department has added seven senior leaders of Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, to the Rewards for Justice list.

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