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    A Resurgent Al-Qaeda in Iraq Threatens U.S. Attack

    Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), which has staged a bloody comeback in Iraq in recent months, issued a threat this week to strike at the “heart” of America. On Sunday, shortly before a string of AQI attacks killed more than 100 people, AQI leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi warned Americans: “You will … More

    Biden Blames Bush for Iran Problems

    After more than three years in office, the Obama Administration still is blaming the Bush Administration for its own difficulties. On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden made yet another attempt to pass the buck, claiming that the Bush Administration’s Iran policy was flawed and left the U.S. in an isolated … More

    Al-Qaeda Plot Disrupted: The War Goes On

    Yesterday, U.S. national security officials announced that the CIA and other U.S. agencies, working with foreign intelligence services, had uncovered and disrupted an al-Qaeda plot to bomb civilian aircraft. The terrorist operation, hatched by the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has launched several high-profile attacks in the … More

    Bin Laden's Final Days and al-Qaeda's New Direction

    Washington Post columnist David Ignatius offered an op-ed on March 19 about the final years of Osama bin Laden, and the piece portrays an isolated strategic thinker who reflectively considered the position of his global terrorist network and the possibility for success. The U.S. government allowed Ignatius to read some … More

    Yemen: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

    President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled Yemen since 1978, stepped down from power on Monday under strong domestic and international pressure. He became the fourth Arab leader ousted since the dawn of the so-called Arab Spring last year. Saleh was succeeded by his longtime crony Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi, … More

    Suicide Blast in Somalia Raising Concerns at Home

    Following a devastating suicide blast earlier in the week in Somalia’s capital city of Mogadishu, leaders from the regional terror group al Shabaab issued a statement declaring that the perpetrator of the attack was American Abdisalan Hussein Ali. In an audio tape released by al Shabaab, and purported to be … More

    Awlaki Death: Another Blow to Al-Qaeda

    According to media reports, Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni-American Islamist radical who played an increasingly influential role in the al-Qaeda network, was killed in a CIA drone strike earlier today in Yemen. Awlaki was reported to have been killed at least twice before, and one of his brothers reportedly already has … More

    Al-Qaeda Is Down but Not Out

    Turkish authorities arrested 15 suspected al-Qaeda militants this week and foiled a plot to bomb the U.S. embassy in Ankara shortly before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was scheduled to arrive in Turkey for a diplomatic conference regarding Libya. This should serve as a reminder that al-Qaeda has survived the … More

    Article 75 and Its Implications on Military Commissions

    In addition to the always outstanding analysis provided by Bobby Chesney and John Bellinger on the Obama administration’s new executive order on GTMO detention review, and the accompanying “Fact Sheet“, there is another fascinating feature that merits discussion. Here’s the question: by recognizing Article 75 of Additional Protocol I of … More

    Al-Qaeda’s End?

    Danish authorities have just sunk another plot to strike the West. According to press reports, “Denmark’s intelligence service says it has arrested four people plotting what it called an ‘imminent’ terrorist attack against the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, which printed controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The head of the agency, Jakob … More