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    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

    Pakistan Threat Growing

    Yesterday’s revelation in The Washington Post about the large portion of the U.S. intelligence budget going toward collection efforts on Pakistan is not surprising. What is surprising is that that the Obama Administration publicly downplays the terrorist threat that continues to emanate from the Afghanistan–Pakistan region. According to the article, … More

    Fighting New Terror Threats Requires Defining Them

    The way the U.S. President talks about terrorism matters. As chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Representative Michael McCaul (R–TX), recently put it, “Great leaders do not tell their constituency what they want to hear; they tell them what they need to know.… The American people deserve to make … More

    U.S. Embassies Remain Closed: 5 Heritage Must-Reads on Counterterrorism

    Twenty U.S. embassies and consulates remain closed throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia this week. The State Department says that “current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in … More

    Al-Qaeda Hub: East Africa

    Four U.S. embassies in sub-Saharan Africa—in Burundi, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Rwanda—remain closed this week in addition to the embassy closures in the Middle East and North Africa. Concerns over terrorist plots in east Africa are not new to the region: 15 years ago today—August 7, 1998—the U.S. embassies in Kenya … More

    With Growing National Security Threats, A New Counterterrorism Direction Is Needed

    Later this week, President Obama will travel to the National Defense University (NDU) for a major policy address. Under massive pressure to address his Administration’s mishandling of the terrorist murders of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and potentially illegal surveillance of Associated Press reporters, Obama will attempt to refocus the … More

    Special Operations Forces Work to Increase Stability Around the World

    A recent Washington Post op-ed asked the question, “[C]an the U.S. rely on SOF [Special Operations Forces] power?” As the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, and a combination of defense budget reductions and isolationist sentiments reduce America’s military presence, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) intends to expand its “non-kinetic” actions across … More

    Abu Ghaith Capture: Obtaining Valuable Intelligence Should Be the Priority

    Various news sources in America and abroad are reporting that the United States has Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Salaiman Abu Ghaith, in custody. Abu Ghaith acted as an al-Qaeda spokesman, with possible involvement in terrorist attacks against the U.S., including 9/11. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit … More

    PODCAST: Trial of Doctor Who Helped U.S. Locate bin Laden

    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, listen to expert Lisa Curtis discuss the trial of Dr. Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped the U.S. track down bin Laden and now faces 33 years in prison. Click here to listen. What obligation does the U.S. have to Dr. Afridi? How is this … More

    America's Complicated Relationship with Pakistan

    The rioting in Afghanistan resulting from the inadvertent incineration of several copies of the Quran at a U.S. military library has hammered the home the need for cultural understanding in the context of Afghanistan. The forces fanning the flames of popular outrage (i.e., the Taliban) clearly have their own anti-American … More