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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


Nigerian-American demonstrators
AP / Paul Sancya

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



AP

Grand Jury Indicts Abdulmutallab

Well, that was fast: A U.S. grand jury indicted Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, he of the explosive unmentionables on Northwest Flight 253, on six counts Wednesday. Charges against the 23-year-old Nigerian included attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted murder.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Al-Qaida Uses U.S., U.S. Plays Along

It is not widely understood that the policy objective of al-Qaida is not to attack Western countries, but to bring about an upheaval in the Islamic world in which Islam can be rescued from corrupted governments and degenerate practices.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE


Guantanamo
AP / Brennan Linsley, pool

U.S. Halts Transfer of Gitmo Prisoners to Yemen

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the U.S. government has decided that now is not the best time to transfer Yemeni detainees back to their homeland from Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba. More than 80 Yemeni prisoners—almost half of the entire group at Gitmo—will stay put for the time being, as the situation between the U.S. and Yemen remains tense.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE



CIA

CIA Bomber Was a Double Agent, Report Says

The Washington Post is reporting that the suicide bomber who carried out the deadliest attack against the agency in a quarter-century was a trusted double agent who “lured intelligence officers into a trap by promising new information about al-Qaeda’s top leadership. ...”

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE


British embassy in Yemen
AP Photo

Two Militants Declared Killed, Three More Embassies Closed in Yemen

The situation in Yemen became more heated Monday as Yemeni forces clashed with suspected al-Qaida operatives, killing two and reportedly wounding a few more 25 miles from the capital city of San’a. According to The New York Times, Yemeni officials linked the militants they targeted in Monday’s fight to ongoing threats against U.S. and British embassies in their country.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Nasser

Closing Time in Yemen

Both the U.K. and U.S. temporarily closed their embassies in Yemen “for security reasons” on Sunday after increasing concern about al-Qaida threats in the capital city of Sana’a. Yemen has been under heightened scrutiny after the 2009 Christmas Day attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner was traced to the Middle Eastern country.

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP

War on Terror Visits Yemen

In response to the attempt to blow up a Northwest flight landing in Detroit on Christmas Day, the U.S. has announced it is planning retaliatory strikes in Yemen against al-Qaida members, though not necessarily those involved in the attack attempt.

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 READ MORE


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Northwest flight 253
AP / J.P. Karas

The Global War on Stealth Underwear

There is no “war” against terrorism. What George W. Bush launched and Barack Obama insists on perpetuating does not qualify. Not if by war one means doing the obvious and checking a highly suspicious air traveler’s underwear to see if explosives have been sewn in.

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 READ MORE


Sana'a
Wikimedia Commons / ai@ce

Yemeni Official: More Counterterrorism Support Needed From West

The Christmas Day incident on Northwest Flight 253 has brought Yemen further onto the U.S. radar, and now Yemen’s foreign minister, Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, is calling for more help from the West to deal with what he considers to be a sizable al-Qaida network operating within his country.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE


Lieberman
YouTube

Lieberman Rattles His Saber at Yemen

Ever vigilant in his attention to potential terrorist attacks on the United States these days, Joe Lieberman hailed the “miracle on Christmas Day” aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and warned that Yemen may be the site of “tomorrow’s war.” The senator made the comments on last weekend’s “Fox News Sunday.”

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
bbc.co.uk

Al-Qaida Claims Responsibility for U.S. Plane Attack Attempt

A branch of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has announced its affiliation with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian who allegedly tried to set off an explosive device aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


Yemen
Wikimedia Commons / CIA

At Least 30 Killed in American-Aided Strike in Yemen

A meeting of alleged al-Qaida leaders was the target of an airstrike carried out by Yemeni forces with American support in a mountainous zone to the southeast of Yemen on Thursday. The Yemeni American cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi was possibly among the 30 or more people killed in the attack, according to The Washington Post.

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 READ MORE


McChrystal: Defeating Bin Laden, Taliban Key to Afghanistan Victory

This may sound more like a press release from Captain Obvious than incisive strategic commentary from one of our nation’s top military leaders, but lest it be overlooked, Gen. Stanley McChrystal recommends that the U.S. capture Osama Bin Laden and push back on the Taliban as two crucial action items on America’s to-do list for Afghanistan.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


Baghdad firefighters
AP / Hadi Mizban

At Least 127 Killed in Baghdad Bombings

A spate of car bombings attributed to al-Qaida killed at least 127 people and wounded 448 in Baghdad on Tuesday. The bombs targeted a police patrol and official buildings, according to the BBC.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Singh
White House / Samantha Appleton

Obama Hints at ‘Comprehensive’ Afghanistan Plan

Those who hoped that President Barack Obama would consider withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan anytime soon are likely to be disappointed, judging by the hints Obama dropped about his plans for America’s military involvement in the volatile South Asian nation.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


Bomb Kills 9, Wounds 50 at Pakistan Spy Agency

The latest in a string of attacks in Pakistan this week happened Friday when a bomb exploded outside the Inter-Services Intelligence agency’s northwest headquarters in Peshawar, killing at least nine people and wounding 50.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE


Obama at Fort Hood
AP / Rodolfo Gonzalez

Obama Calls for Intel Investigation After Fort Hood Shooting

President Barack Obama has ordered a probe into how American intelligence agencies dealt with information they had about suspected gunman Maj. Nidal Hasan before the Nov. 5 shooting at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE


McChrystal in Afghanistan
AP / Anja Niedringhaus

Keeping Afghanistan Safe From Democracy

The most idiotic thing being said about America’s involvement in Afghanistan is that the best way to protect the 68,000 U.S. troops there now is by putting an additional 40,000 in harm’s way. 

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE


Clinton in Morocco
AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar

Clinton Hits Another Diplomatic Snag on Mideast Tour

Hillary Clinton continued her diplomatic spree in the Middle East on Monday, meeting with Arab heads of state in Morocco, and she once again found herself revisiting, and perhaps revising, her words when she read a statement qualifying a comment she’d made last weekend about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE


Clinton in Lahore
Still: AP via youtube.com

Clinton: We’re ‘Not Getting Through’ to Pakistanis

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced the unenviable task of trying to change U.S.-Pakistani relations for the better during her three-day diplomacy spree in the South Asian nation. However, it was unclear as her visit drew to a close whether she’d made any headway, as she herself acknowledged on Friday.

Posted on Oct 30, 2009 READ MORE


Lahore student protest
AP / K.M. Chaudary

Clinton Lowers the Boom About Al-Qaida in Pakistan

During an interview with journalists in Lahore, Pakistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her puzzlement over why certain al-Qaida leaders believed to be harbored within the country’s borders haven’t been caught. She did not address the issue of missile attacks from U.S. drones that had earlier fueled student protest.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


Arrogant U.S. Misses the Message From Pakistan’s People

When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Pakistan this week, she will hear a lot about how fearful the Pakistan populace is, not of the Taliban and al-Qaida, but of the United States.

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 READ MORE


IIUI
www.iiu.edu.pk

Six Dead, 18 Hurt in Pakistan University Bombing

As Pakistan’s army continued battling militants in southern Waziristan on Tuesday, two suicide bombers set off explosions at Islamabad’s International Islamic University, killing themselves and four others and wounding 18, according to The Associated Press. Updated

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE


Pakistani soldiers
AP / K.M.Chaudary

Pakistan Getting Speedy Military Aid Delivery From Pentagon

After recent militant attacks in Pakistan that killed about 150, the Pentagon is pushing forward with plans to send about $200 million in military aid—in the form of equipment and “services,” according to Reuters.

Posted on Oct 16, 2009 READ MORE


binladen
chinadaily.com

Report: Al-Qaida Hurting for Funds

Although the Taliban apparently enjoys good funding these days, thanks in part to drug money, the BBC reported Monday that al-Qaida is struggling by comparison, according to “terrorist financing official” (?) David Cohen.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 READ MORE


NATO soldier
AP / Fraidoon Pooyaa

U.N. Calls for Reinforcements in Afghanistan

While the Obama administration continues to mull over its options regarding America’s commitment to the war in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council has voted to urge “member states to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources” to the ongoing conflict.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE


Moore

Moore and Hannity Debate ‘Capitalism,’ Terrorism, Conspiracy Theories

In the left corner, we have filmmaker Michael Moore, taking his anti-capitalism roadshow to ... Fox News. On the right, we have anchorman Sean Hannity, eager to repeatedly point out how much money Moore makes. But does Hannity believe in conspiracy theories? This does get lively.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


soldiers
AP / Brennan Linsley

Afghan Taliban Say They Have No International Agenda

The U.S. has been fighting in Afghanistan for eight years. To mark the anniversary, the Afghan Taliban asserted themselves via an Internet statement Wednesday, claiming they had—and have—no intention of attacking other countries, but they will continue to fight against Western colonizers as long as they occupy the country.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan landscape
Flickr / U.S. Army

A War of Absurdity

There is no indication that any of the contending forces in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, are interested in bringing al-Qaida back. On the contrary, all the available evidence indicates that the Arab fighters are unwelcome and that it is their isolation from their former patrons that has led to their demise. 

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE


Islamabad bombing
AP / B.K. Bangash

At Least Six Dead in Bomb Blast at U.N. Office in Pakistan

The United Nations World Food Program office in Islamabad, Pakistan, was a suicide bomber’s target Monday, and unfortunately it was a successful strike. The bomber was able to enter the building in the guise of a guard and set off 16 pounds of explosives during a busy noontime at the office, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


Obama at G-20 summit
AP / Charles Dharapak

Exorcising America’s Diplomatic Demons

Communism once was, as the Islamic terrorist threat is today, presented as an undifferentiated revolutionary impulse that could never be diplomatically accommodated without sacrificing our own security or, indeed, our freedom. The various communist nations and movements, like those currently led by a polyglot collection of Islamist radicals, were stripped of any complexity, be it in their national identity or ideology. 

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


McChrystal
U.S. Navy / MC1 Molly Burgess

McChrystal’s Report Could Change Obama’s Afghanistan Plan

The situation has changed significantly since President Obama took office last winter and fixed his focus on Afghanistan, and these changes—including a disputed Afghan presidential election and deadly spikes in insurgent violence—may spell trouble for Obama’s initial strategy in that country, according to an assessment issued by Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Updated

Posted on Sep 20, 2009 READ MORE


soldiers in Afghanistan
Flickr/Army.mil

Yet Another Reason Why War in Afghanistan Is a Bad Idea

Numerous historical examples have demonstrated that attempting to go to war in Afghanistan isn’t really the best plan, what with the tricky geography and all, yet here we are, eight years into just that very scenario. Along with the landscape-oriented issues, The Wall Street Journal has noted yet another reason that this war is dragging on without a clear end in sight.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 READ MORE


Mullen
defenselink.mil

Top Admiral Says U.S. May Need More Troops in Afghanistan

There are already about 62,000 American troops in Afghanistan, and more may be sent to combat the Taliban and contain insurgent violence, according to Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said Tuesday that the next couple of weeks could be telling in terms of how many more troops the U.S. might deploy.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan mountains
Flickr / Army.mil

Getting a Read on Afghanistan

Hey, so what exactly are we doing fighting in Afghanistan again? What’s the U.S. role, if any, in sorting out the recent, trouble-plagued Afghan presidential election? It’s not likely that this Los Angeles Times “primer” on Afghanistan is going to get to the more uncomfortable answers to these questions, but here’s what the paper has to say for starters.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


Cheney
AP / Ron Edmonds

Cheney Chimes In on Interrogation

Hey, hasn’t something—or someone—been missing from this latest round of debate and discussion about America’s use of troublesome interrogation tactics in recent years? Who could it be? Oh, of course. Enter Dick Cheney, stage right.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


U.S.S. Cole
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Navy

Report: CIA Wielded Gun, Power Drill in Interrogation

Another account describing the CIA’s alleged use of harsh interrogation techniques has come to light, according to a Newsweek magazine report about the intelligence agency’s treatment of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a suspect in the 2000 bombing of the U.S. Navy destroyer Cole in Yemen.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 READ MORE


American troops in Afghanistan
army.mil

Lesson of Vietnam Lost in Afghanistan

Vietnam’s primary lesson remains intact: American power is not without limits, both in terms of defeating an enemy and in terms of its domestic support. The primary lesson of Vietnam seems to be that it is a lesson lost. And now we have some of the same intractable problems in Afghanistan.

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza mosque battle
AP / STR

At Least 13 Dead in Gaza Mosque Gunfight

A deadly showdown that pitted an al-Qaida-associated organization against Hamas and police troops left at least 13 killed and 85 wounded in the Gaza Strip on Friday, marking the worst day of violence in the region since January’s Israeli offensive, according to the BBC.

Posted on Aug 14, 2009 READ MORE


Baghdad bomb
AP / Hadi Mizban

Another Deadly Day in Baghdad

On Tuesday, eight people were killed and many more wounded in a series of blasts in Baghdad’s Ameen neighborhood—just a day after 52 died and 250 were injured in explosions set off by al-Qaida, according to Iraqi officials.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 READ MORE


Dick Cheney
White House / David Bohrer

CIA Program Too Good to Be True?

What is so controversial about killing al-Qaida bigwigs and avoiding civilian casualties that the CIA would have to conceal such things from Congress? The usual anonymous officials have emerged to explain the secret CIA program Dick Cheney and the agency are supposed to have hidden, and something smells awfully fishy.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


Cheney and Bush
AP photo / Ron Edmonds

Cheney and the Iraq-Torture Link

Defending their record in office these past eight years, figures from the last administration seem especially touchy on the subject of torture. Led by the former vice president, Dick Cheney, they have argued that there was no torture, preferring more vague and delicate terms such as “enhanced interrogation” or simply “the program.”

Posted on May 21, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Obama’s Coalition of the Unwilling

President Barack Obama dramatically changed course twice on May 13 when he announced he would not release photos of American military personnel “abusing” detainees, reversing the Pentagon’s statement on April 26 that it would comply with a court order—with the president’s own prompt and emphatic support for release.

Posted on May 14, 2009 READ MORE


Pelosi
AP photo / Alex Brandon

What Did Pelosi Know?

The official paper trail about torture has apparently caught up with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has claimed that she wasn’t aware of the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on suspected al-Qaida operatives—but it now seems that she may well have been among the first to know.

Posted on May 7, 2009 READ MORE


Pakistan missile
AP photo / B.K. Bangash

How Safe Are Pakistan’s Nukes?

President Barack Obama and his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, will have a lot to talk about when Zardari visits the White House on Wednesday, what with al-Qaida and the Taliban stirring up trouble of late and sparking concerns over the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.

Posted on May 4, 2009 READ MORE


Obama at NATO

Obama Pitches Afghanistan Plan at NATO Huddle

President Obama’s NATO allies may have responded favorably to his call to ramp up the war effort in Afghanistan, but anti-war demonstrators near the French-German border made their opinions known with protests following the photo ops in Strasbourg, France, on Saturday.

Posted on Apr 4, 2009 READ MORE


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