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13th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Uzbek Terror Group Kills 14 Pakistani Soldiers in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

An Uzbek group that calls itself the "Mujahideen Ansar" claimed credit for today's roadside bomb attack on a Pakistani military convoy in North Waziristan that killed 14 soldiers. The attack took place...

12th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

French Troops Intervene in Mali

Bill Roggio

Just two days after jihadists from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, and Ansar Dine stormed the central Malian town of Konna and routed government...

12th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Hakeemullah Mehsud Orders Taliban to End Attacks on Pakistani Military in North Waziristan: Report

Bill Roggio

Hakeemullah Mehsud, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, has ordered his fighters to end attacks against government forces in North Waziristan, according to a report from Reuters:

12th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Shabaab Kills, Captures French Soldiers During Failed Rescue Mission in Somalia

Bill Roggio

Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, killed one French commando and captured another during a failed French attempt to rescue Denis Allex, an intelligence operative who has been in the terror group's...

11th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills and Captures IMU Operatives in Afghan North

Patrick Megahan

Afghan and Coalition troops killed a facilitator for the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) during a raid in Afghanistan's northern province of Takhar yesterday. In a separate raid...

11th January 2013 - National Review Online

Der Spiegel’s America Problem

Benjamin Weinthal

It has been a rough several weeks for Der Spiegel magazine — one of Germany’s most respected news outlets. First, the online Spiegel website published a premature obituary of George H. W. Bush...

10th January 2013 - Haaretz

Al Gore’s Al Jazeera Sellout

It was July 18th, 2008, the birthday of Samir Kuntar, and so Al Jazeera naturally had a birthday celebration. Fortuitously, Kuntar had been released just two days earlier from a near three-decade spell in...

10th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

‘Key al Qaeda Paramilitary Commander’ Killed in Recent Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed a senior al Qaeda military commander during a recent drone strike in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan. Sheikh Yasin Al Kuwaiti, who was killed in a US drone strike...

10th January 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Obama’s Flexible Red Lines

Tony Badran

In response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s latest address, US officials and spokespersons have dismissively described the embattled dictator as someone “detached from reality” and “delusional,”...

10th January 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Assad’s Cabinet

In December, the Obama administration acted on intelligence showing that Bashar al-Assad was preparing to use chemical weapons against his own people. Obama publicly warned the Syrian president...

10th January 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

From Al Gore to Al Jazeera

Clifford D. May

A few years back I was interviewed about some development in the Middle East by a reporter from Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned television news channel. Afterwards, we sat for a while and talked...

9th January 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

A Nasty Neologism

Jonathan Schanzer

'The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends," President George W. Bush declared soon after the 9/11 attacks. Mr. Bush's statement set the tone for the tumultuous decade to come, one in which...

9th January 2013 - Tablet

The Rise of Egypt’s Jon Stewart

The Jon Stewart of Egypt, Bassem Youssef, is used to making headlines in Egypt for his popular late-night show. But in the past week the satirist has been in papers around the world for taking his criticism of Egyptian...

9th January 2013 - Faster, Please!

The Prisoner Swap in Syria

Michael Ledeen

As I wrote earlier this week, the release of the 48 Iranian prisoners–mostly officers of the Revolutionary Guards Corps–was an Iranian condition for moving forward in the secret talks with the United States.

9th January 2013 - The Atlantic

Learning From the Soviets: How to Withdraw From Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

One unique feature of Afghanistan's history, in addition to the ubiquity of foreign invasions that stretch back for 2600 years, is the manner in which one would-be conqueror after another found its position...

8th January 2013 - The Rosett Report

Google Bamboozled by North Korea?

As if there isn’t enough trouble in the world, the executive chairman of Google Inc., Eric Schmidt, has taken it into his head to visit North Korea. Schmidt is touring the world’s leading totalitarian state as a...

8th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Adds 2 Sudanese al Qaeda Operatives to List of Terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US government has added two al Qaeda-linked operatives who murdered a US diplomat and his driver in Khartoum in 2008 to the list of global terrorists. Additionally, the US Department of State's...

8th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

Tunisia Frees Benghazi Suspect

Thomas Joscelyn

A Tunisian court has freed Ali Harzi, a key suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. US authorities initially sought Harzi's detention after they...

8th January 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Launch 2 Strikes in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US conducted two more airstrikes in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan today, killing eight "militants" in an area known to host al Qaeda and other foreign terrorist groups.

7th January 2013 - The Truman Project

The Political Prospects of an Open Fuel Standard in Obama’s Second Term

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

At the beginning of President Obama’s first term, there was reason to believe that an Open Fuel Standard (OFS) could pass within four years. It did not, and now the OFS faces a different political climate...


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