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    Al-Qaeda: 'Spreading Like Wildfire'

    Last week, a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee held a hearing provocatively titled “Is Al-Qaeda Winning?” The answers that the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade received were profoundly unsettling. Former Senator Joseph Lieberman (I–Conn.) testified that Syria had become a key focal point of al-Qaeda’s efforts. He noted that there … More

    The Most Recent Afghan Election Proves Afghans Want Democracy

    Afghans went to the polls last Saturday, but results won’t be in for at least a week. If none of the candidates wins a majority of votes (the most likely scenario), a run-off election will have to be held probably in late May or early June. The Taliban did their … More

    Terrorist Arrests in India Mark Victory Ahead of Elections

    Several members of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist group have been arrested in the lead up to elections in India. Suspected IM leader Tehsin Akthar—the alleged architect of the deadly Patna bombing, which targeted Indian prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi last October—is chief among the individuals apprehended. The recent arrest … More

    Congressional Skepticism of Aid to Afghanistan Grows as U.S. Troops Withdraw

    As the U.S. continues to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, possibly all of them by the end of the year, Members of Congress are increasingly doubtful about the efficacy of U.S. aid programs. “Afghanistan is the most corrupt country in the world,” Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R–UT), chairman of the House Oversight … More

    Obama's Path to Defeat in Afghanistan

    Former secretary of state, national security adviser and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger is, by all measures, a foreign policy heavyweight. At a recent black-tie dinner, he stood – stoop-shouldered and peering imperiously over his signature thick, black-frame glasses – and remarked: “Unilateral withdrawal is not victory.” Whom could … More

    Canada Completes Mission in Afghanistan

    Canada’s final remaining training troops in Afghanistan will soon return home. The official lowering of the flag ceremony took place on March 11, signaling an end to over 12 years of commitment from the country. On October 8, 2001—just one day after the United States began operations in Afghanistan—Canada announced … More

    Navy SEAL from "Lone Survivor" Sets This Journalist Straight on What It Means to Protect America

    Movie critics have called “Lone Survivor” the best war-time movie since “Saving Private Ryan.” The film — based on the true story of Navy SEALs on a mission in Afghanistan — caused CNN’s Jake Tapper to question the operation that took the lives of 19 men. The Navy SEALs were tasked … More

    Al-Qaeda Seeks American Recruits in Syria

    Al-Qaeda forces in Syria are actively seeking recruits from Americans who have traveled there to fight or to assist opposition forces, according to U.S. officials quoted in today’s New York Times. At least 70 American citizens have traveled to Syria, and most of them are still there, according to U.S. … More

    Afghan Terrorist Detainees to Be Released: A Wake-Up Call

    In a move that was long in coming but widely expected, the Afghan government announced today that it is going to release all but 16 of the 88 terrorist detainees in custody in Afghanistan. All 88 are considered security threats to the United States and have been classified by the … More

    3 Things You Don't Need Robert Gates's Book to Know

    Excerpts from a new tell-all book made quite a splash in Washington yesterday. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates apparently blasts President Obama on foreign policy and the U.S. military in his upcoming book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. But as Heritage’s James Jay Carafano said, “You don’t need … More