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2nd November 2012 - The New Republic

Did Israel and the US Just Cooperate on a Dry-Run for an Iran Intervention?

Jonathan Schanzer

Within hours of a bombing raid on a weapons factory in Sudan last month, the international media was pointing fingers at Israel. Some reports suggested that the strike looked like a dry run for an attack on...

2nd November 2012 - The Long War Journal

Egypt Arrests Pro-al Qaeda Jihadist Tied to Benghazi Suspect

Thomas Joscelyn

Sheikh 'Adel Shehato, a senior Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) official who has openly proclaimed his allegiance to al Qaeda's ideology, has been arrested and charged with founding a "terrorist cell" in Nasr...

2nd November 2012 - Pragati

A Blind Spot

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

One area of study that has significantly grown over the past decade is that of radicalisation. How do individuals come to believe that violence is a proper response to current political problems or unjust...

1st November 2012 - NOW Lebanon

Obama Runs From Iran

Tony Badran

The Iranian challenge to US interests and allies is the most pressing strategic issue for Washington in the Middle East. With the US election less than a week away, now is as good a time as any to look...

1st November 2012 - The Long War Journal

Old School Egyptian Jihadists Linked to 9/11 Cairo Protest, Benghazi Suspect

Thomas Joscelyn

Muhammad Jamal al Kashef, who is suspected of playing a significant role in the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, has longstanding ties to the al Qaeda-linked jihadists who helped incite a...

1st November 2012 - The Jerusalem Post

Hague Tribunal Slams Iran for Mass Murder

Benjamin Weinthal

A non-binding legal tribunal in The Hague consisting of political victims of Iran’s regime in the 1980s issued an interim report in late October slamming Tehran’s clerical leaders for massive human rights...

1st November 2012 - Gunpowder & Lead

Ayman al Zawahiri’s New Video Messages

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri released a new two-part installment of his video series focusing on Egypt, which was posted on Oct. 24. It seems there was a delay in releasing this installment, as...

1st November 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

American Exceptionalism and Its Discontents

Clifford D. May

In May 2011, the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen, a columnist I admire, wrote an opinion piece titled “The Myth of American Exceptionalism.” In it, he opined that the “problem of the 21st century is...

31st October 2012 - Tablet

The Alan Dershowitz Syndrome

If President Barack Obama is so bad on Israel, why are some of his most prominent Jewish critics planning on voting for him anyway? The list of these critics is long...

31st October 2012 - The Jewish Chronicle

Revealed: Why Israel Delayed D-Day on Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

When Benjamin Netanyahu stood up at the United Nations General Assembly last September with a cartoonish drawing of a bomb designed to show how close Iran was getting nuclear weapons, close...

31st October 2012 - The Long War Journal

Video Reportedly Shows Key Suspect From Benghazi Attack

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the main suspects in the Sept. 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi appeared in a recent video posted online by an Egyptian media organization, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

30th October 2012 - Fox News

European Lawmakers Cool to Obama’s Iran Sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

President Obama's efforts to isolate Iran’s rogue regime is drawing a cool response from some key European lawmakers, who may be putting trade over principle. A group of German members of parliament...

30th October 2012 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Policeman Kills 2 British Soldiers in Helmand

Bill Roggio

An Afghan policeman opened fire on Coalition soldiers operating in Helmand province earlier today, killing two British soldiers. Today's killing of Coalition forces marks the 40th green-on-blue...

30th October 2012 - National Review Online

Islamists Kill Scores at Nigerian Roman Catholic Church

Benjamin Weinthal

A suicide bomber driving an SUV full of explosives crashed into a Catholic church in a Christian minority enclave of Nigeria during Mass yesterday, killing ten congregants and wounding at least 145.

29th October 2012 - CNN

Why Failed Terror Attack in Jordan Matters to US

Jonathan Schanzer

Jordan disrupted a major terrorist attack in Amman this month, and security services reportedly arrested 11 jihadis who intended to attack multiple targets – including the U.S. embassy...

29th October 2012 - Gunpowder & Lead

Shabaab’s Godane Releases Eid Message

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Shabaab leader Ahmad Abdi Godane (a.k.a. Mokhtar Abu Zubayr) released an audio statement on Saturday commemorating Eid al-Adha that was posted on the pro-Shabaab Calamada website.

29th October 2012 - ASMEA

Review: The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the past two years, groups dedicated to the overthrow of longstanding authoritarian regimes, particularly in the Middle East, have experienced startling success that regional...

26th October 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Al Qaeda-Linked Jihadists Incited Cairo Protest

Thomas Joscelyn

Rifai Ahmed Taha Musa, one of Egypt’s most notorious al Qaeda-linked terrorists, attended the U.S. embassy protest in Cairo on September 11. Musa was just one of several al Qaeda...

26th October 2012 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-Linked Jihadists Helped Incite 9/11 Cairo Protest

Thomas Joscelyn

Several al Qaeda-linked jihadists helped incite the protest outside the US embassy in Cairo on Sept. 11. The jihadists include senior members of Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ)...

25th October 2012 - The Weekly Standard

More Al Qaeda Connections in Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

The Benghazi story continues to evolve. CNN reports that multiple al Qaeda franchises, and others with al Qaeda links, are suspected of taking part in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack...

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