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Petraeus to Pitch Troop Reduction Plan

Preparing for his September check-in with Congress about the status and future directions of the Iraq war, Gen. David Petraeus hinted Wednesday at plans to gradually downsize the U.S. military presence in Iraq by next summer.

Posted on Aug 15, 2007 READ MORE


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britannica.com

Obama Talks Tough About Pakistan

Perhaps hoping to counteract any perceived weakness (or naivete) regarding his stance on foreign policy, presidential hopeful Barack Obama let fly with some words of warning for Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf in a Washington speech Wednesday.

Posted on Aug 1, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

Bush Keeps Israel Close, Saudi Arabia Closer

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is busy shopping a recently unveiled arms package, totaling a staggering $63 billion in aid and first-rate weaponry, to America’s Mideast “allies” like Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia—but, as Scheer notes, there’s a discrepancy between the Bush administration’s official reasons for this show of goodwill and the real motives behind the deal.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


CNN’s Iraq Reporter Warns of White House Spin

Could the Bush administration be invoking the ominous specter of al-Qaida—and suggesting the extremist group is gathering strength and preparing to strike—for political reasons?  CNN’s Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware says Americans should watch out for rhetorical sleight of hand from the White House concerning the current threat level and the newly unveiled National Intelligence Estimate.

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

Daniel Pearl’s Widow Sues Al-Qaida

Of all the ways to do battle with al-Qaida, pursuing justice through the legal system against a fundamentally outlaw organization may not seem to be the most successful route.  But Mariane Pearl, widow of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, is doing just that by suing the militant group for her husband’s 2002 death.

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Ron Edmonds

Report:  Al-Qaida Looming Large

A new report about terrorism issued by U.S. intelligence agencies brought the sobering news that, while groups like al-Qaida may be somewhat constrained in terms of their ability to attack American targets at home, the threat they pose will continue to be significant in coming years.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


Al-Qaida Blamed for Iraq Village Massacre

Iraqi officials are attributing the deaths of 29 people in Duwailiya, in Diyala province north of Baghdad, to al-Qaida militants who disguised themselves in military uniforms and surrounded the village before opening fire Tuesday on men, women and children.  This latest report follows other news of widespread violence as the U.S. troop “surge” continues.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Musa Khan

Civil War in Pakistan?

The Taliban, which sponsored al-Qaida, is alive and well on both sides of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan and, following last week’s Red Mosque showdown in Pakistan, pro-Taliban militants are retaliating by breaking a 10-month truce and unleashing violence in the country’s northern region.

Posted on Jul 15, 2007 READ MORE


Taliban Commander: More Attacks Imminent

According to an ABC News report, Taliban military officer Mansour Dadullah claims that plans are in the works for large-scale terror attacks.  Dadullah delivered his ominous message to a reporter in Pakistan, where al-Qaida and Taliban operatives are said to be gaining in strength and numbers.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Guantanamo on (Iranian) TV

Sometimes the best way to tell what other nations think of the U.S. is to see how Americans are depicted in entertainment products.  Judging by this translated excerpt from the Iranian television drama “Guantanamo” (granted, subject matter must also weigh heavily in the equation), our international PR leaves a lot to be desired.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Karim Kadim, file

‘President’ Lieberman: A Cautionary Tale

What would have happened if, by some twist of political fate, Sen. Joe Lieberman had assumed the U.S.‘s highest office instead of George W. Bush?  Judging by his hawkish leanings of late, particularly vis-à-vis Iran, the man who ran alongside Al Gore in 2000 proves the point that not every (once) Democratic candidate would have been better than Bush.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


Al-Qaida Making Mergers

Despite U.S. efforts to quash al-Qaida, the terrorist organization is rebuilding its base in rural Pakistan—and doing some serious networking to connect with other militant groups in Africa and the Middle East, steering them to focus on Western targets on a local and international scale.

Posted on Apr 21, 2007 READ MORE


Algerian Attacks Raise al-Qaida Fears

Is al-Qaida active in North Africa?  That’s the worry in Algeria, after two explosions set off by suicide bombers Wednesday killed at least 24 people. The attacks targeted the prime minister’s office building in Algiers and a suburban police station.

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


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foxnews.com

DiCaprio Eyes al-Qaida Drama

Leonardo DiCaprio is circling the lead role in Ridley Scott’s upcoming film “Body of Lies,” adapted from the novel by Washington Post scribe David Ignatius.  If he signs on to the project, DiCaprio will play a CIA agent working in Jordan to hunt down an al-Qaida operative, according to Variety.

Posted on Apr 9, 2007 READ MORE


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