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    Iraq in Distress: How Can the U.S. Respond?

    Unfortunately, in today’s Iraq, terror and death are the daily rule, not the exception. Earlier this month in eastern Iraq, a suicide bomber disguised as a police officer walked through a crowd of pilgrims gathered in observance of the day of Ashura, a solemn Shiite holy day. Moments later, his … More

    Bombing of Iranian Embassy in Lebanon: Blowback from Iran’s Former Friends

    The twin suicide bombings that rocked the Iranian embassy in Lebanon on Tuesday underscore the rising Sunni Arab backlash against Iran’s Syria policy. The attack, which killed at least 25 people, including the Iranian cultural attaché, also wounded more than 140 people in the Hezbollah-controlled neighborhood in southern Beirut. The … More

    Rise in Afghanistan Opium Production Is No Surprise

    A new United Nations report found that opium production in Afghanistan increased 36 percent in 2013. This dramatic surge in production is confirming fears that Afghan farmers are taking their chances and joining the opium trade as they brace for the U.S. drawdown. According to the U.N. report, increases in … More

    U.N. Disabilities Treaty Would Not Help Veterans; It Would Hurt What They Fought For

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is urging Congress to ratify the United Nations’ Disabilities Treaty, claiming it is needed for American servicemen and women. This is patently false. Heritage expert Steve Groves writes in RealClearPolicy today: Perhaps the American people have come to expect less than straight talk from the White … More

    Finally, Benghazi Eyewitnesses Speak

    Last week’s closed-door testimony by five CIA operatives who witnessed the attack on the U.S. special mission in Benghazi has finally created an opening for the congressional investigating committees. The five CIA contractors, who testified in closed-door hearings before the House Intelligence Committee Thursday and Friday, were stationed at the … More

    What the Mehsud Strike Means for Fighting Global Terrorism

    It was welcome news that a U.S.-launched drone strike killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) who was responsible for slaughtering thousands of Pakistanis and wanted for his involvement in the 2009 attack on a U.S. forward-operating base in Afghanistan that killed seven CIA officials, but some in the … More

    Mexico’s Bloated Junk Food Taxes

    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has proposed a steep excise tax on junk food in an effort to curb Mexico’s obesity problem—and raise nearly $20 billion in tax revenue. The proposal would create a Mexican “nanny state” with government elites acting as diet dictators taking away consumers’ rights over their … More

    Hearing on Afghanistan Highlights Importance of Residual Force

    Panelists at a recent hearing by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia urged Congress to maintain a strong residual force in Afghanistan post-2014. The U.S. should remain diplomatically, financially, and militarily engaged in Afghanistan, noted Heritage Foundation senior fellow Lisa Curtis: The U.S. must … More

    Syria: Obama’s Policy Implosion

    The White House has become increasingly defensive about the supposed benefits of its policy zigzags regarding the deepening crisis in Syria. Syria’s humanitarian crisis is worsening; the Bashar al-Assad regime continues to get away with murder, supported by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah; and Washington remains committed to a diplomatic solution … More

    Trending Terrorism in Asia

    A recent survey of indicators compiled and presented by The Heritage Foundation found that Asian countries comprise three out of the top four countries with the most domestic terrorist attacks. Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India make it into the top five for domestic terrorist attacks, and Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, … More