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Cartoon Gallery: World Reacts to bin Laden’s Death

Political cartoonists from around the world respond with a variety of opinions to the news that Osama bin Laden has been killed.

Posted on May 3, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


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Everyone’s Missing the Point

The jubilation of Americans and Western leaders at the death of Osama bin Laden, though understandable, misses the point. In many ways, the figure gunned down in Pakistan was already irrelevant—more a symbol of past dangers than a real threat for the future.

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / K.M. Chaudary

Pakistan and the U.S., Post-bin Laden

The news of Osama bin Laden’s death came at a time of strain between the U.S. and Pakistan. So how might this huge development affect future relations?

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE


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Bigelow Pushing Forward With ‘Kill Bin Laden’

After her Oscar win for “The Hurt Locker,” director Kathryn Bigelow set her sights on another ambitious project that has taken on new significance over the last 24 hours, given the subject matter: “Kill Bin Laden.” However, as Deadline’s Mike Fleming pointed out Monday, the movie isn’t solely focused on the late al-Qaida leader.

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE



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The Plan: Maps, Photos and Diagrams of bin Laden’s Compound

Talking Points Memo reprints some of the maps, diagrams and satellite images of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan released by the U.S. Defense Department and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE



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More Than 100 Killed in Explosion at Yemen Factory

The country is already in turmoil, to say the least, so Monday’s explosion at an ammunition factory in Yemen, which killed more than 100 people, had political ramifications even if the blast itself was accidental, as local sources reported.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Gadhafi Blames Revolt on al-Qaida, Drugs

Besieged Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi on Thursday issued another rant, blaming the uprising against his rule on the meddling of al-Qaida and the consumption of hallucinogenic drugs. (more)

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


An Afghan War Refresher With President Obama

President Obama took to the podium Thursday to declare that “we are on track to achieve our goals” in Afghanistan, although the war there “continues to be a difficult endeavor.” This assessment wouldn’t have anything to do with two big setbacks ...

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Evan Vucci

Hillary Gets Wiki-Served

Hillary Clinton should cut out the whining about what the Obama administration derides as “stolen cables” and confront the unpleasant truths they reveal about the contradictions of U.S. foreign policy and her own troubling performance.

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama: ‘Two Suspicious Packages’ Caught En Route to U.S.

On Friday, President Obama announced that he’d been told Thursday night about two suspicious packages heading to the U.S. from Yemen that turned out to contain explosives and represented a terrorist threat.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE


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Bin Laden Pops Up With Warning to France

Looks like Osama bin Laden is still around after all. The French Foreign Ministry said Thursday that video footage showing a man appearing to be bin Laden and threatening repercussions against France for recent actions he finds objectionable ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Khalid Mohammed

Some Former U.S. Allies in Iraq Reconsidering Loyalties

The U.S. troops that remain in Iraq after last summer’s withdrawal face some new challenges from within Iraqi factions, as some previously American-allied members of the Awakening Councils are apparently joining the ranks ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 READ MORE



Computer Nerd Barbie

On today’s list: Speaking more than one language can delay Alzheimer’s, literary tattoos, why they hate us (hint: it’s not our freedom), and Barbie goes geek.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE



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State Department Issues Europe Alert

The State Department has warned Americans traveling to and living in Europe that the entire continent faces a heightened risk of terrorist attack. Authorities fear that al-Qaida is planning something like the 2008 Mumbai shooting spree that killed 166 people.

Posted on Oct 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Shah Khalid

NATO Forces Fire on Targets Inside Pakistan

In an incident that could lead to even more tension between the U.S. and Pakistan, NATO has confirmed that one of its aircraft engaged in an attack across the Pakistani border, purportedly to fire on suspected militants.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE



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Senior Al-Qaida Leader Killed in Drone Strike, Pakistan Says

Although there’s no official confirmation from the U.S., Pakistani officials said Tuesday that a senior al-Qaida operative, Sheikh Fateh, was killed Saturday by an American drone attack in north Waziristan, according to the BBC.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / John Angelillo

Sept. 11 Happened to Us All

Tensions are high in Tennessee, as they have been all over our nation, in anticipation of the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Controversies abound. Mosque-building, book burning and threats of violence are making it increasingly difficult to separate what pastor/author Rick Warren is calling “church and hate.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Karim Kadim

Two Wars Don’t Make a Right

The carnage is not yet complete, and President Barack Obama’s attempt to put the best face on the ignominious U.S. occupation of Iraq will not hide what he and the rest of the world well know.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



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Maliki: Iraq Is Now ‘Independent’

Iraq is now “sovereign and independent,” according to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who made this optimistic pronouncement on Tuesday, the official end day of the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from his war-ravaged country.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



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At Least 50 Killed in Iraq Bomb Attacks

American combat forces might be exiting Iraq, but a wave of deadly violence around the country Wednesday served as a grim reminder that war is likely to be a daily reality for Iraqis for a long time to come.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE


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Ground Zero for Tolerance

The irrational attack on Muslims everywhere by the GOP’s leadership is not only deeply subversive with regard to the American ideal of religious tolerance but also poses a profound threat to our national security.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller

There’s Nothing Surgical About Cluster Bombs

The globalist militarism that remains the dominant force among the American policy class in Washington (Democrats prominently involved) now has its members talking to the press about its new use of “the scalpel” rather than “the hammer.”

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


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Suicide Bombing Kills at Least 59 at Baghdad Army Center

A suicide bomber struck an army recruitment center in a busy part of central Baghdad early Tuesday morning, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 100, according to the BBC.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


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Thank God for the Whistle-Blowers

What WikiLeaks did was brilliant journalism, and the bleating critics from the president on down are revealing just how low a regard they have for the truth.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. Prepares for Fallout From Wikileaks Revelations

It’s not surprising that the Pentagon is conducting “a very robust investigation” to find the source of the latest Wikileaks heard ’round the world. And it’s also to be expected that the military and intelligence communities are shoring up ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Man Who Made ‘South Park’ Threat Arrested

Looks like he just gave “South Park” some new material: Zachary Chesser, the man who posted a warning online suggesting that the cheeky cartoon’s creators might be in danger after they attempted to depict the Prophet Muhammad ...

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 21, 2010 ENLARGE    



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Norway Gets a Taste of Terror

What is a sleepy Scandinavian country doing in al-Qaida’s cross hairs? That’s the question many Norwegians are asking themselves after three people were arrested on charges of planning to attack the country.

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Joseph Rivera Rebolledo

CIA Director Is a Downer When He Makes Sense

CIA Director Leon Panetta estimates that there are currently fewer than 100 al-Qaida fighters—that’s one for every thousand or so U.S. soldiers—left in Afghanistan. Outgoing intelligence director James Jones has used the same figure. (Rant continues after the jump.)

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Still Waiting for Answers About Afghanistan

After last week’s two-day congressional hearing on the Afghanistan war, I have two questions: One, why did Gen. David Petraeus faint under questioning? Two, why are we still in Afghanistan?

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE


Yemeni Militants Kill 11, Free Prisoners

A group of heavily armed militants in military uniforms stormed a Yemeni intelligence headquarters Saturday, killing 11 and reportedly freeing several prisoners. The gunmen were suspected to be local al-Qaida members.

Posted on Jun 19, 2010 READ MORE


French McDonald’s Is Too Gay for Bill O’Reilly

Al-Qaida is to Bill O’Reilly what Nazis are to Glenn Beck. That is to say it’s his favorite smear for things he doesn’t like. In this instance, a heartwarming (warning) commercial for McDonald’s in France (danger) aimed at gays (RED ALERT!).

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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Al-Qaida’s No. 3 Reportedly Killed in Drone Attack

Sheikh Said al-Masri, the man who held the third position in al-Qaida’s chain of command, was killed with members of his family in an American drone strike in Pakistan within the last two weeks, according to reports. Updated

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE


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America’s Forgotten War

Perhaps President Barack Obama should be thankful for the bad news—the oil spill, intractable unemployment and the rest—for it has definitely diverted attention from his biggest disaster: the Afghanistan war.

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Rewrites America’s Nat’l Security Strategy

The first-strike mentality of the Bush years, along with the attendant unilateral military exploits, has fallen from favor in President Barack Obama’s revised national security scheme for the U.S.—or so goes the spin on that plan.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



DoD photo / SSG Lorie Jewell, U.S. Army

Secret U.S. Plans for Clandestine Mideast Military Activity Brought to Light

The New York Times is calling it a “secret directive,” but it’s not so secret anymore, it would appear: Back in September, Gen. David Petraeus signed an order to expand “clandestine military activity” around the Middle East.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Two Top Al-Qaida Leaders Killed in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced Monday that two major al-Qaida figures in Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri, were killed by American and Iraqi forces Sunday morning.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. Targets American Imam al-Awlaki

Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is a U.S. citizen, but he’s also wanted—dead or alive—by the U.S. government. The CIA has been given the go-ahead to target al-Awlaki, who’s now in Yemen, and to capture or kill him for allegedly threatening his home country.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Karim Kadim

Baghdad Bomb Attacks Kill 50

A string of at least seven bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday killed 50 people, the latest in a series of attacks that have claimed about 120 lives in the Iraqi capital over the last five days, sparking concern that the level of violence and sectarian unrest will rival the bloody months before the surge of 2007.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


5 Americans Indicted on Terrorism Charges in Pakistan

Five young Muslim American men who went missing from Virginia in November and were arrested the following month in Pakistan were indicted on terrorism charges Wednesday. The accused claim they were tortured in custody and deny that they were trying to align themselves with al-Qaida-affiliated groups, according to the BBC.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


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Getting a Read on the Middle East

The greatest problem of writing historically about the Middle East is that the story has not ended. The war goes on. And both “sides”—actually, there are rather a lot of sides—produce conflicting narratives.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE


Three Bomb Blasts Kill 32 in Baghdad

The timing of Wednesday’s series of three suicide bombings in Baghdad was significant, considering Sunday’s parliamentary election is just around the corner. The attacks happened in rapid succession in the morning and killed 32 people, including some who had been wounded in the first two blasts and were seeking treatment at a hospital in the Iraqi capital city.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Fareed Khan

The Terror-Industrial Complex

The conviction of the Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui in New York last week of trying to kill American military officers and FBI agents illustrates that the greatest danger to our security comes not from al-Qaida but the thousands of shadowy mercenaries, kidnappers, killers and torturers our government employs around the globe.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. Sending More Troops to Yemen

The Pentagon is planning to ramp up the number of U.S. special forces troops in Yemen, pointing to the botched Christmas Day attack on Northwest flight 253 as part of the impetus for the increase. It’s not clear yet how many more American troops will be sent over, but the boost will be significant, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mohammed Zaatari

War Looms Between Israel and Hezbollah

It looks like a hop, skip and a jump. There’s the first electrified fence, then the dirt strip to identify footprints, then the tarmac road, then one more electrified fence, and then acres and acres of trees. Orchards rather than tanks. Galilee spreads beyond, soft and moist and dark green in the winter afternoon—a peaceful Israel, you might think.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Free Fahad’: Protesters Speak Up for Jailed Muslim American

He’s been held in solitary confinement in a New York jail for, as of this posting, 824 days on charges of supporting al-Qaida, but supporters of 29-year-old Fahad Hashmi, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, believe Hashmi’s case represents a potential threat to Americans’ civil liberties and took to the NYC streets for a demonstration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



White House / Samantha Appleton

Presidential Posturing Isn’t Getting the U.S. Anywhere

President Barack Obama is said to feel he is in trouble politically because his enemies in Congress and among the Washington journalists who decide what the “mood” of Washington is on any given day say he is not tough enough.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


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The Mutallab Challenge

Christmas 2009 was not particularly cheery in Nigeria. A poor economic climate, an epileptic power supply and scarcity of petroleum products ensured that the celebrations were low-key. As if these challenges were not enough, news of an attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner by a Nigerian filtered in on Christmas Day. The nation’s heart sank.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


Partisan Hysteria Hypes (and Helps) Al-Qaida

The latest terrorist attack against the United States proves that the Republican exploitative response to terror is as predictable as al-Qaida’s urge to kill.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE


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