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    Al-Qaeda Still a Threat: No Surprise to Heritage

    Two U.S. intelligence leaders warned this week that continued inaction against al-Qaeda and its affiliates will be problematic. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Defense Intelligence Agency director Michael Flynn largely corroborated the forecast set in June 2011 by The Heritage Foundation’s Counterterrorism Task Force. “The strength of the … More

    Erdogan’s Turkey Goes Soft on Terrorism

    There is mounting evidence that longtime U.S. ally Turkey has gone soft on terrorism since the rise to power of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan, whom President Obama claims is a close “personal friend” and “outstanding partner,” has turned a blind eye to the activities of terrorists who support … More

    Al-Qaeda Network a Danger on the Move, Panel Agrees

    Who is the United States’ resurgent adversary in Iraq, and what do they want? A panel convened at The Heritage Foundation yesterday posed these and other questions about the policy implications for America of the recent seizure of the Iraqi towns of Fallujah and Ramadi by al-Qaeda fighters. The terrorist … More

    Spiritual Leaders of the Caucasus Extremists: The Enemies of the Olympics

    Radical Islamists of the North Caucasus are not the only ones threatening Russia’s security on the eve of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. They are being supported with weapons, money and “spiritual” guidance from major figures of Sunni radical movements such as Salafi and the Muslim Brotherhood. Terrorist attacks … More

    Assad’s War on Terrorism Is a Misnomer

    The Syrian peace talks are cautiously proceeding despite Iran being invited and then disinvited from the talks, divisions within the Syrian government delegation, and utter disagreement over the possibility of a transitional government. Expectations for any type of political settlement to the war remain very low. Unsurprisingly, President Bashar al-Assad … More

    These Words from Obama Are Frightening -- and Revealing

    It’s less than comforting to hear the President make light of terrorist threats. In a recent interview with The New Yorker, President Obama referred to today’s al-Qaeda fighters as the “jayvee” team. “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts … More

    Why Did the Benghazi Story Change?

    The truth about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, is finally coming out. An explosive intelligence report made public this week revealed that officials knew it was a terrorist attack that killed four Americans on September 11, 2012—and they knew right away. It also revealed that the lapse in security … More

    Al-Qaeda Seeks American Recruits in Syria

    Al-Qaeda forces in Syria are actively seeking recruits from Americans who have traveled there to fight or to assist opposition forces, according to U.S. officials quoted in today’s New York Times. At least 70 American citizens have traveled to Syria, and most of them are still there, according to U.S. … More

    Al-Qaeda Resurges in Iraq

    Al-Qaeda, which has surged in strength on both sides of the Iraq–Syria border, captured two important cities in western Iraq on Friday. The seizure of Fallujah and Ramadi underscores the growing threat posed by the renamed al-Qaeda franchise, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The two cities were … More

    Iraq in Distress: How Can the U.S. Respond?

    Unfortunately, in today’s Iraq, terror and death are the daily rule, not the exception. Earlier this month in eastern Iraq, a suicide bomber disguised as a police officer walked through a crowd of pilgrims gathered in observance of the day of Ashura, a solemn Shiite holy day. Moments later, his … More