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11th March 2013 - The Weekly Standard

John Brennan and the Bin Laden Files

Thomas Joscelyn

During a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center on April 30, 2012, John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, discussed “The Ethics and Efficacy of the U.S. President’s Counterterrorism Strategy.”

11th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in Iraq Claims Ambush That Killed Syrian, Iraqi Troops

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed credit for the March 4 attack in Anbar province that killed 48 Syrian soldiers who were fleeing their civil war and nine Iraqi troops who were escorting them to Baghdad. The Al...

11th March 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

US Senator, Treasury Press EU to Blacklist Hezbollah

Benjamin Weinthal

In an exchange with US Senator Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) on drying up Iranian funds for the financing of its alleged nuclear weapons program, Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen said the US government...

11th March 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Our Italian Future

Michael Ledeen

Italy has long been the political laboratory of the West. From Roman republics and tyrannies through the city-states of the Renaissance, into the Counter-Reformation and on to fascism, Eurocommunism...

11th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

2 US Soldiers Killed by Afghan Policeman in Attack at Special Forces Base

Bill Roggio

An Afghan policeman killed two US soldiers in an attack at a US Special Forces base in Wardak province today. The attack is the second green-on-blue, or insider attack, that has been reported in the past four days.

10th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

2 ‘Militants’ Reported Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

US drones are reported to have killed two "militants," including a "foreign national," as they rode on horseback in the terrorist hub of Datta Khel in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan.

10th March 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

Envoys Work to End UN’s Palestinian Refugee Status

Benjamin Weinthal

At a small conference at the Harvard Club in Manhattan on Thursday, a host of dignitaries and experts, including Israel’s envoy to the UN Ron Prosor, addressed the UN’s classification of Palestinian...

9th March 2013 - Forbes

The Iran-North Korea Axis of Proliferation

Both Iran and North Korea are subject to a growing stack of sanctions with which the United Nations, since 2006, has been demanding an end to their illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

9th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bombers Strike in Kabul, Khost

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched suicide attacks today outside the Defense Ministry in Kabul and in Khost province as US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited the capital on his first trip to Afghanistan.

9th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Nigerian Jihadist Group Executes 7 Foreigners

Bill Roggio

A radical jihadist group in Nigeria that kidnapped seven foreigners last month claimed it has executed the hostages in response to a joint Nigerian and British military operation to free them.

8th March 2013 - The Weekly Standard

A Star Is Born

Since Samuel Tadros first reported for THE WEEKLY STANDARD on prospective International Woman of Courage Award winner Samira Ibrahim’s anti-Semitic, pro-9/11 tweets Wednesday afternoon...

8th March 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

AIPAC Conference Highlights Canada-Israel Ties

Benjamin Weinthal

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird electrified the massive pro-Israel crowd at this week’s AIPAC’s policy conference with his straight-talking affirmation of Israeli-Canadian shared values.

8th March 2013 - Haaretz

Zionism Isn’t a Dirty Word

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has provoked yet another international diplomatic stir with Israel. Speaking, (where else?), at a United Nations conference in Vienna last week, Erdogan listed...

8th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Seizes Control of Syrian City of Raqqah

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, teamed up with another Salafist jihadist group to take control of the city of Raqqah along the Euphrates River in eastern Syria.

8th March 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

A Political Solution to an Economic Problem

Two years after the uprising that toppled long-time President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt is still struggling with a revolution that seemingly won’t end. Since late November, protests and casualties have become...

8th March 2013 - Pragati

The Impact of Systemic Factors

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In their contribution to a new study on the Arab Uprisings and climate change that has recently received a great deal of attention, David Michel and Mona Yacoubian of the Stimson Center note that much...

7th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Former bin Laden Spokesman in US Custody

Thomas Joscelyn

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a former spokesman for Osama bin Laden, was arrested in Jordan and is currently being held in New York City. Abu Ghaith was initially detained in Turkey, according to Reuters,...

7th March 2013 - NOW Lebanon

A Nifty Conceit: the EU, Hezbollah, and Lebanon

Tony Badran

The Hezbollah bus bombing in Bulgaria as well as their foiled operation in Cyprus have put Europe in an uncomfortable position, as pressure increases on the EU to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

7th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani American Indicted for Supporting al Qaeda Suicide Bomber

Bill Roggio

A naturalized American citizen who is originally from Pakistan has been indicted by the US government for providing material support to a Maldivian suicide bomber who attacked a Pakistani intelligence headquarters...

7th March 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

How to Beat OPEC

Clifford D. May

If you suffer a heart attack but your doctor thinks you’ve got a nasty case of indigestion, the medicine he prescribes probably won’t cure you. The same applies to policymaking and legislating:...


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