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20th August 2013 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, VOA News

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood at the Crossroads

Jonathan Schanzer

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is facing is facing a stark choice following the military’s violent crackdown on the group and the arrest of its leaders...

20th August 2013 - Quoted by Daniel Wiser, Washington Free Beacon

Al Qaeda: Not Defeated Yet

Thomas Joscelyn

A remote conference between more than 20 senior al Qaeda leaders that prompted temporary closures of several U.S. embassies in the Middle East earlier...

20th August 2013 - Quoted by John T. Bennett, Defense News

Analysts Question Descriptions of Weakened al-Qaida

Thomas Joscelyn, Clifford D. May

Reports of al-Qaida’s demise have been greatly exaggerated — and the organization’s strategic aims greatly misunderstood, security analysts said Tuesday.

19th August 2013 - Quoted by Doug Bandow, Forbes

For President Obama And Congress To Subsidize Egypt Today Is To Underwrite Murder

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Dead protestors litter the streets of Cairo. So much for Secretary of State John Kerry’s theory that Egypt’s military rulers “were restoring democracy.”

19th August 2013 - Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Lebanon, Syria—and the CIA

Tony Badran

Even with all eyes turned toward Egypt and the increasingly violent rifts pulling that society apart, the region’s active civil war in Syria burns on. Last Thursday...

19th August 2013 - Quoted by Holly Yan, CNN

Billions in Aid on the Line: What Will the U.S. Do About Egypt?

When Egypt's first democratically elected president was tossed out this year, the White House stopped short of calling it a coup. Doing so would have forced an end...

16th August 2013 - Quoted by John Knefel, Rolling Stone

Will the U.S. Go Back to Training Mali’s Military?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As U.S. drones continue to rain Hellfire missiles down from the Yemen sky, another region of the world is undergoing a transition that could have a significant...

15th August 2013 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Presidential Incoherence on Egypt

Reuel Marc Gerecht

President Obama backed Mohamed Morsi to the hilt. He now refuses to back away from the military junta that has killed more than 500 and injured thousands.

15th August 2013 - Quoted by AFP

Al-Qaeda’s Center of Gravity ‘Shifting’ from Pakistan to Yemen

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As al-Qaeda marks its 25th anniversary this month, analysts say the recent security threat in Yemen shows the organization’s center of gravity is shifting...

14th August 2013 - Quoted by Michael Hirsh, National Journal

Egypt: Back to the Intifada

Reuel Marc Gerecht

As the Egyptian military consolidates control by murdering pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters and declaring a state of emergency, we may be witnessing...

14th August 2013 - Cited by Michael P. Noonan, US News and World Report

Blowback on the Arabian Peninsula?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies wrote a useful piece this week over at ForeignPolicy.com on the online...

14th August 2013 - Quoted by Indrani Bagchi, The Times of India

Al-Qaida Still a Clear and Present Danger

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A quarter of a century since it came into existence and 15 years after the al-Qaida burst on the scene with the spectacular bombings in Kenya and Tanzania...

14th August 2013 - Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Analysts Fear More Strife, Oppression in Egypt

The brutal crackdown Wednesday against Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo and the imposition of martial law that followed will probably put Egypt...

14th August 2013 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Egypt Explodes

Tony Badran

Egypt has exploded in violence and bloodshed. The Post reports: Egyptian security forces stormed two sprawling sit-ins by supporters of ousted president...

9th August 2013 - Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

U.S.-Yemen Drones and Dialogues Show Few Results

Jonathan Schanzer

The resilience of al-Qaeda in Yemen despite years of U.S. drone strikes and military assistance to the Yemen government is evidence that much work remains...

9th August 2013 - Quoted by Geoff Dyer and Abigail Fielding-Smith, Financial Times

US Security Alert Belies Claim of al-Qaeda’s Demise

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A stepped-up campaign of drone strikes in Yemen and diplomatic missions shut in 19 countries, and another on Friday in Lahore, Pakistan, have all come...

9th August 2013 - Quoted by Lamine Chikhi and Myra MacDonald, Reuters

Al Qaeda’s Widening North African Jihad Confounds Foes

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Inquiries into the bloody assault on an Algerian gas plant are uncovering increasing evidence of contacts between the assailants and the jihadis involved...

8th August 2013 - Quoted by Jay Solomon, The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Leader Reduces Posts of Military Elite

Ali Alfoneh

Iran's new president, Hasan Rouhani, moved to significantly reduce the presence of the country's elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps...

8th August 2013 - Quoted by Andrej Matišák, Spravy Pravda - Slovakia

l-Kajdá Pozornosť Sveta Potešila

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Uzavreté ambasády západných štátov v moslimskom svete svedčia o prítomnosti hrozby. A už sa špekuluje, či sa máme pripraviť na nové bezpečnostné...

8th August 2013 - Cited by Hannah Allam and Adam Baron, McClatchy

New Vision of al Qaida Rises From U.S. Embassy Closings

Bill Roggio

The rise in prominence of Nasir al Wuhayshi, the Yemeni head of al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, underscores the transformation of al Qaida from...

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