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    Pakistan Must Draw the Line on Terrorists

    New information revealing a Kashmir-focused militant group with links to Pakistani intelligence helped shield Osama bin Laden demonstrates why the U.S. must press Pakistani authorities to take a more comprehensive approach to fighting terrorism. Pakistan has long sought to distinguish between al-Qaeda and Kashmir-focused groups it allows to function openly … More

    New Al-Qaeda Leader, but the Game Remains the Same

    Al-Qaeda officially has a new leader in Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, the man who long served as Osama bin Laden’s number two in command. But does that have any impact on America? Heritage’s James Carafano says “Not much, actually.” Threats against America remain unchanged: First off, al-Qaeda is still determined to … More

    Al Zawahiri as Leader of Al Qaeda Does Little to Alter Its Waning Influence

    The announcement that Osama bin Laden’s longtime second in command, Ayman al Zawahiri, will lead the fractured terrorist group came as no surprise to pundits and observers. Since joining forces with bin Laden in 1998, al Zawahiri had jointly pursued a series of dramatic assaults on the United States and … More

    Guest Blog: Did the Raid Against Bin Laden Violate Our Own Principles?

    Ever since the raid last month that killed Osama Bin Laden, the question of whether the US violated Pakistani sovereignty keeps on coming up. Heritage asked renowned international law scholar Jeremy Rabkin to address the matter. Did the United States violate Pakistan’s sovereignty when it raided Osama bin Laden’s lair in … More

    As Heritage Predicted, Bin Laden Planned Attacks on Energy Infrastructure

    Materials obtained in the U.S. SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden confirm what Heritage suspected all along: Al-Qaeda considered attacking tanker ships and other maritime energy infrastructure. Bin Laden expected to drive up the price of oil and intended to cause considerable damage to the U.S. and other oil-dependent … More

    Morning Bell: After bin Laden

    Days after the death of Osama bin Laden, two men were arrested in New York City as they attempted to purchase a hand grenade, guns and ammunition for an attack on a Manhattan synagogue while disguised as Orthodox Jews. It was one of at least 39 terrorist plots against the … More

    A Congresswoman's Mother’s Day in Afghanistan

    America was victorious in killing Osama Bin Laden but the war against terrorism wages on. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Vice-Chair of the House Republican Conference, traveled to Afghanistan just days after Bin Laden was killed and came away strengthened by a novel idea: empowering women in Afghanistan is an … More

    USA Had Legal Right to Enter Pakistan and Kill Bin Laden

    Was it legal for the United States to enter Pakistan, without their consent, to kill or capture Osama bin Laden?  The successful raid by the SEALs on May 2, 2011, which apparently occurred without the express or implied permission of Pakistan, has kicked off a debate in policy and legal … More

    The Bin Laden Killing Was Perfectly Legal

    Let there be no doubt: The decision to kill Osama bin Laden was perfectly legal. The Heritage Foundation’s Cully Stimson explains in National Review Online’s “The Corner” that Congress empowered the president to take action: Bin Laden declared war on the United States twice in the 1990s. As the leader … More

    Guest Blogger: Maintaining the Last Line of Defense - American Vigilance

    With the killing of Osama bin Laden, a significant strategic and symbolic blow was dealt to al-Qaeda and its network of affiliated terrorist organizations. The cache of intelligence obtained during the raid on bin Laden’s compound revealed the terrorist mastermind to be an active and integral player in the engineering … More