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    Who Are the Rebels in Syria?

    No one knows for certain the number of organized opposition groups in Syria and opposition militia forces fighting in the Syrian civil war. These irregular guerrilla forces fighting primarily against the Syrian army range from secular groups to Salafi Islamist militants. The Islamist factions are reportedly split between groups that … More

    The Disturbing Trend of Political Assassinations in Tunisia

    Tunisia is currently suffering from poor security, a bad economy, and a polarized society. The situation is starting to look a lot like Egypt. Mohammed Brahmi is the second high-level opposition politician to be assassinated in Tunisia over the past six months. The repercussions of the assassinations are threatening to … More

    Arrest Made in Attack on French Soldier Suggests Homegrown Radicalization

    Shortly before 6 p.m. last Saturday, French soldier Cedric Cordier was patrolling the underground arcade of bustling shops beneath the famed La Grande Arche de la Defense in Paris when he was approached by an unidentified assailant. Without provocation, the assailant plunged a short blade into Cordier’s neck, narrowly missing … More

    Brutal Murder in London Highlights Dangers Faced by Military Personnel

    In a brutal murder committed on the streets near the Royal Artillery Barracks in South London, a British soldier became the latest victim of an act that Prime Minister David Cameron described as having “strong indications” that it was linked to terrorism. Two men were shot and wounded by London … More

    What Motivated the Boston Bomber’s Trip to Russia?

    As details emerge regarding Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s 2012 trip to Dagestan and Chechnya, which his family has insisted was merely to visit with relatives, fresh questions arise as to how that trip may have influenced either his motivation or preparation for the Boston Marathon bombings. The frequency with which American-born or … More

    Chechnya: A Troubled Land

    News out of Boston today has focused attention on the increasing extremist violence in Russia’s North Caucasus region, as two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings have been identified as Chechnya natives. Russia’s Northern Caucasus is one of the most volatile, lawless regions in the world and a hotbed of … More

    Morning Bell: Who is the President Calling "Extremist?"

    Following last Tuesday’s election, the last thing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wanted to do was allow Members of Congress to go home and talk to their constituents about the $2.6 trillion health care bill she was marshaling through Congress. The centerpiece of Pelosi’s trap and pressure campaign was a Saturday … More