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18th January 2013 - Cited by William Oddie, Catholic Herald

The Persecution of Christians in Morsi’s Egypt is Now Serious

Benjamin Weinthal

I open by drawing your attention to the shocking story (one among an increasing number of examples of the growing oppression of Coptic Christians under Egypt’s brand-new Islamist dictatorship) of...

18th January 2013 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Algerian Terrorist: The Fuzzy Contours of al-Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

As news media, the administration and national security analysts grapple with the identity and nature of the Islamist hostage takers in Algeria the question is often posed: Is this al-Qaeda or not?

17th January 2013 - Quoted by Mike Giglio, The Daily Beast

Damascus Rebels Stuck in Stalemate

The deadly shelling of one of Syria’s largest universities in Aleppo on Tuesday came as the rebel campaign there approached the six-month mark, offering a stark reminder of the entrenched nature of the...

17th January 2013 - Quoted by Maurizio Molinari, La Stampa - Italy

L’imprendibile Mokthar vuole un Afghanistan nel deserto del Sahara

Jonathan Schanzer

Afirmare l’assalto al campo petrolifero algerino di Ain Amenas è Mokthar Belmoktar, il leader salafita denominato «l’imprendibile» dai servizi segreti francesi, più volte erroneamente dichiarato morto, le cui...

17th January 2013 - Cited by Brett Friedman, Marine Corps Gazette Blog

Operation Serval

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

I want to preface this post by saying that I’m in no way an expert on Mali, or Africa, or France, or anything really. The purpose is to summarize a conflict that Marines should be paying attention to as professionals...

17th January 2013 - Cited by David Frum, The Daily Beast

Egypt’s Stance on Religious Tolerance

Benjamin Weinthal

Fifteen year prison sentence for Egyptian woman and her seven children who returned to Christian faith after death of Muslim husband and father. A criminal court in the central Egyptian city of Beni...

16th January 2013 - Cited by Fredrick Dahl, Reuters

UN Nuclear Watchdog Eyes Iran Deal, Parchin Visit

Mark Dubowitz, Orde Kittrie

The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday it hoped to gain access to the Parchin military site during a visit to Iran this week aimed at unblocking an investigation into suspected atom bomb research in the Islamic state.

15th January 2013 - Quoted by Michael Lipin, VOA

French Troops Take on Coordinated, Entrenched Islamists in Mali

Bill Roggio

French troops entering Mali to quell an Islamist insurgency face a tough battle against a well-coordinated coalition of militant groups. The militants have entrenched themselves in the West African nation...

14th January 2013 - Quoted by Brendan Kirby,

Alabama Native Omar Hammami Compares Ex-Allies to Hitler, and that Isn’t Even Worst Criticism

Bill Roggio

Since falling out of favor with his erstwhile brothers in arms in Somalia last year, Daphne native Omar Shafik Hammami’s steady diatribe on YouTube and Twitter has included warnings that his life is in danger.

14th January 2013 - Cited by Tabassum Zakaria, Reuters

Iran Could Reach Key Point for Nuclear Bomb by Mid-2014: US Experts

Mark Dubowitz

Iran could produce enough weapon-grade uranium for one or more nuclear bombs by mid-2014, and the United States and its allies should intensify sanctions on Tehran before that point is reached, a...

14th January 2013 - Cited by John Rossomando, IPT

Palestinian President Abbas Praises Dead Terrorists As ‘Martyrs’

Jonathan Schanzer

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is viewed in the West as a moderate relative to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups. But that may be because Western media ignore incendiary...

14th January 2013 - Cited by Julian Pecquet, The Hill

Experts Warn Iran Will Be Capable of Nuclear Weapons in 2014

Mark Dubowitz, Orde Kittrie

A group of non-proliferation experts on Monday warned Iran will be able to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a nuclear bomb by mid-2014, and recommended that the United States enforce an...

11th January 2013 - Quoted by Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Four Months After Benghazi Attack, Where Are the Killers?

Thomas Joscelyn

Ever since an armed mob torched a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, President Obama has vowed to bring the killers of Ambassador Chris Stevens...

10th January 2013 - Quoted by Greg Miller, The Washington Post

US Drone Strikes in Pakistan on Rise for 2013

Bill Roggio

The CIA has opened the year with a flurry of drone strikes in Pakistan, pounding Taliban targets along the country’s tribal belt at a time when the Obama administration is preparing to disclose its plans for...

10th January 2013 - Quoted by Stewart Bell, National Post - Canada

Al-Shabab Jihadist More Whiner Than Martyr

Bill Roggio

Since becoming the most prominent foreign fighter in the Somali armed Islamist group Al-Shabab, former Toronto pizza deliveryman Omar Hammami has turned into a remarkably whiny jihadist.

10th January 2013 - Quoted by Rachel Oswald, National Journal

US Warns Foreign Exchange Houses Are Helping Iran to Skirt Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday warned financial institutions to be on the lookout for money transfers sent by foreign exchange houses and trading companies that are actually an attempt to...

9th January 2013 - Cited by the Council on Foreign Relations

Top of the Agenda: U.S. Weighs Complete Afghanistan Withdrawal

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

"One of the preeminent fears that the U.S. and other Western countries have is the possible return of an al Qaeda safe haven, and a Kabul-based government that is busy buying off its foes in various regions won't be...

9th January 2013 - Cited by Nina Shea, NRO

The Saudis’ PR ‘Roads’ Show

Clifford D. May

Even before the “Arab spring” revolts — indeed, ever since the 9/11 attacks on American soil by mostly Saudi terrorists — the Saudi royal family has assiduously waged a public-relations campaign to...

9th January 2013 - Quoted by Radio Free Asia

Organs Seized From Uyghurs

A “high” number of Uyghurs, including youngsters seized by security forces following ethnic unrest in China’s Xinjiang region, may have become victims of forced organ harvesting, according to an independent researcher.

7th January 2013 - Quoted by Aamer Madhani, USA Today

Obama Sticks to Circle of Friends for National Security Posts

Mark Dubowitz

In his first term, President Obama purposefully set out to build an administration that, while not quite Abraham Lincoln's Team of Rivals, insured that his most prominent advisers included some that were...


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