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    President Wishes Away Terrorism

    Today, President Obama acknowledged the myriad terrorist threats around the world during his remarks at the National Defense University. Yet his description was much rosier than reality: “Today, the core of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on a path to defeat.” That point is debatable by itself, but it … More

    Obama Administration Refuses to Label London Attack as Terrorism

    Yesterday’s appalling attack on a London street in the middle of the day, which left a British solider dead, was a barbaric act of terrorism perpetrated by Islamist fundamentalists. British Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged the motivations behind yesterday’s cowardly act by saying: This country will be absolutely resolute in … More

    London Terror Attack A Reminder Terrorism Is Not Over

    Yesterday’s horrific daylight terror attack in London, which left one British soldier dead, is another reminder that Islamic fundamentalists will stop at nothing to terrorize free societies. The two terrorists, covered in blood and carrying meat cleavers, were filmed after the attack calmly waiting for London police to arrive. They … 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

    With Growing National Security Threats, A New Counterterrorism Direction Is Needed

    Later this week, President Obama will travel to the National Defense University (NDU) for a major policy address. Under massive pressure to address his Administration’s mishandling of the terrorist murders of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and potentially illegal surveillance of Associated Press reporters, Obama will attempt to refocus the … More

    Pakistan Elections May Go to the Terrorists

    In the lead up to the historic May 11 elections, the Pakistani Taliban (also known as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP) and other radical Islamist groups are attacking Pakistani parties that they deem too “secular”—mainly parties in the ruling coalition. The TTP are using high-profile terror attacks as a strategic … More

    Outrage Grows Over U.N. Official’s Boston Comments

    The chorus of those calling for the resignation of Richard Falk from his position with the U.N. Human Rights Council is growing ever louder. Falk is the U.N. official who last week penned an essay reprinted in Foreign Policy Journal, essentially blaming U.S. foreign policy for the terrorist bombing of … More

    U.N. Peacekeeping Mission in Mali Poised for Failure

    The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a United Nations peacekeeping force to Mali, the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The U.N. has previously avoided such peacekeeping missions, and with good reason. Some of the U.N.’s darkest hours were the result of peacekeeping missions sent in the absence … More

    Afghanistan: "Zero Option" Has Zero Chance of Working

    Senator John McCain (R–AZ) bombarded top U.S. commander in Afghanistan General Joseph Dunford at a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with tough questions when he refused to give a concrete recommendation on the post-2014 U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan: Don’t you understand, general, that…one of the reasons why we’re … More

    North Caucasus: Islamist Threat Comes from a History of Violence

    The Boston Marathon bombers have brought greater attention to Russia’s volatile North Caucasus, their ancestral home. As painful their heinous acts are, however, the bombers’ actions are just a footnote to the history of insurgency and connections to global Islamist networks in the North Caucasus. The North Caucasus has a … More