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    Afghanistan: Obama Administration Taking Wrong Lesson from Elections

    The high voter turnout for the April 5 election in Afghanistan (nearly 60 percent) in the face of insurgent violence and threats demonstrates that the Afghan people want democracy, not the harsh Islamist rule on offer from the Taliban. The U.S. should show it fully backs the Afghan people by … 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

    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

    Threats to America in 2014

    Americans will die on American soil in large numbers. So predicted the Hart-Rudman Commission seven months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. No commissioner felt good about it getting it right. But the purpose of identifying “black swan” events before they happen is to give our leaders a chance to … More

    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

    Rise in Afghanistan Opium Production Is No Surprise

    A new United Nations report found that opium production in Afghanistan increased 36 percent in 2013. This dramatic surge in production is confirming fears that Afghan farmers are taking their chances and joining the opium trade as they brace for the U.S. drawdown. According to the U.N. report, increases in … More

    What the Mehsud Strike Means for Fighting Global Terrorism

    It was welcome news that a U.S.-launched drone strike killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) who was responsible for slaughtering thousands of Pakistanis and wanted for his involvement in the 2009 attack on a U.S. forward-operating base in Afghanistan that killed seven CIA officials, but some in the … More

    Hearing on Afghanistan Highlights Importance of Residual Force

    Panelists at a recent hearing by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia urged Congress to maintain a strong residual force in Afghanistan post-2014. The U.S. should remain diplomatically, financially, and militarily engaged in Afghanistan, noted Heritage Foundation senior fellow Lisa Curtis: The U.S. must … More

    Pakistan Terrorist Attack Bears Hallmarks of al-Qaeda

    The dual suicide bombing of a Sunday morning church service in Peshawar, Pakistan, over the weekend is not typical of the kinds of attacks the Pakistani minority Christian community has experienced over the past several years. Previous attacks on the Pakistani Christian community have been largely spontaneous and provoked by … More

    Pakistan and Kenya Terrorist Attacks: Is There a Link?

    Within 24 hours over the weekend, two major terrorist attacks by Islamist extremists occurred in different parts of the world. In Kenya, military forces are still fighting terrorists holed up in a shopping mall in Nairobi, where nearly 60 civilians have already been killed. In Pakistan, over 80 were killed … More