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Americans dying for al Qaedaupdated Sun Jun 01 2014 16:29:04

Nearly 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, many Americans were likely surprised to learn that one of their fellow citizens had committed suicide on behalf of al Qaeda in a massive bombing attack last week in northern Syria.

Obama says goodbye to American hubrisupdated Wed May 28 2014 15:00:59

What is the Obama Doctrine? As the President put it Wednesday, "Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail."

Obama has put Pakistan drone war on holdupdated Fri May 23 2014 08:51:43

A year ago, President Obama delivered a speech at the National Defense University in Washington in which he made the case that it was time to wind down the "boundless global war on terror " and "perpetual wartime footing" that has been a feature of American life since 9/11.

Drones will fill the skyupdated Tue May 13 2014 08:35:42

Drones are everywhere.

What's at stake in war against girls' kidnappers?updated Mon May 05 2014 17:00:31

Befitting its status as a fast-growing oil exporter, for Nigeria this week was to be a coming out party of sorts, as it hosts the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa. More than a thousand academic, business, civil society and political leaders are supposed to gather in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, beginning on Wednesday, to discuss "inclusive growth and job creation."

Obama's high-stakes drone war in Yemenupdated Mon Apr 21 2014 12:51:12

Over the weekend the United States launched drone strikes in two different locations in Yemen, killing at least 15 militants as well as three civilians. At the same time, Yemeni ground forces began what have been termed "unprecedented" operations against al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen, which may also involve additional U.S. drone strikes, although that isn't clear right now.

U.S. right wing extremists more deadly than jihadistsupdated Mon Apr 14 2014 19:43:46

On Sunday, a man shot and killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and then drove to a nearby Jewish retirement community where he shot and killed a third person. Police arrested a suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross, who shouted "Heil Hitler" after he was taken into custody.

The man who inspired the Boston bombingsupdated Fri Apr 11 2014 09:33:45

One year after the Boston Marathon bombings and almost three years after his death in a CIA drone strike in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki, the New Mexico-born American cleric who was an operational leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, continues to be a major influence on violent jihadist extremists in the United States.

Four things we learned about the Boston bombingupdated Tue Apr 08 2014 08:29:57

A year ago on April 15, two brothers of Chechen heritage who were raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, were alleged to have carried out a spectacular bombing at the Boston Marathon that killed three, wounded more than 200 and led to a massive manhunt that paralyzed the city and its suburbs for days.

11 things to know about world's biggest electionupdated Sun Apr 06 2014 18:15:37

India's general election, the largest democratic exercise in history, begins Monday. Voters will elect 543 members to the lower house of parliament, which will then select the country's next prime minister. Here are 11 things you need to know about the world's biggest election:

What if the Afghan elections actually work?updated Wed Apr 02 2014 08:37:55

Afghans will go to the polls on Saturday to elect their second president since the overthrow of the Taliban in the winter of 2001.

Why the Saudis unfriended the U.S.updated Wed Mar 26 2014 07:43:58

The world's most powerful democracy and the world's most absolute monarchy have long been close, if unlikely, allies.

Get the government out of your phone recordsupdated Tue Mar 25 2014 16:29:37

The Obama administration is proposing to scrap the NSA's bulk collection of all Americans' phone call records.

Pakistan sheltered Bin Laden? Prove itupdated Fri Mar 21 2014 09:57:08

The New York Times magazine is running a bombshell story alleging that the Pakistanis knew all along that Osama bin Laden was living for years in his longtime hiding place in the northern Pakistan city of Abbottabad, where he was killed by a U.S. Navy SEAL team on May 2, 2011.

Did terrorists take control of Flight 370?updated Mon Mar 17 2014 10:59:54

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters over the weekend that "deliberate" action by somebody on board accounted for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 veering off course.

Plane takeovers a dangerous realityupdated Fri Mar 14 2014 15:37:52

There is still much that is mysterious about the fate of Malaysia Air Flight 370, but there is emerging consensus that the passenger jet bound for Beijing changed course, flying west over the Indian Ocean and flew for at least four hours. This tends to suggest that there was a human intervention, rather than a mechanical failure.

Dianne Feinstein is no bomb throwerupdated Tue Mar 11 2014 19:19:19

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is not a bomb thrower.

When passenger jets mysteriously disappearupdated Sun Mar 09 2014 19:38:58

Nothing gets conspiracy theorists going more than a passenger plane crashing under mysterious circumstances.

Cyberwar hits Ukraineupdated Fri Mar 07 2014 10:09:48

Ukrainian security officials are complaining that unknown attackers are interfering with the mobile phone services of members of Ukraine's parliament, making difficult political decisions about what to do about Russia's incursion last week into Crimea that much harder.

Forecasts of terrorist apocalypse? Never mindupdated Wed Feb 26 2014 10:45:20

"It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future" is an aphorism attributed to the great baseball player Yogi Berra.

Will the U.S. negotiate with terrorists?updated Wed Feb 19 2014 14:19:15

The U.S. government's long-stated position is that it won't negotiate with terrorists. But are there exceptions?

Target an American with drones?updated Tue Feb 11 2014 17:35:49

President Barack Obama is the first American president known to have authorized the assassination of a US citizen.

A terror group too brutal for al Qaeda?updated Tue Feb 04 2014 17:52:00

When even al Qaeda publicly rejects you because you are too brutal, it's likely a reasonable indicator that you are.

NSA and your phone records: What should Obama do?updated Wed Jan 15 2014 08:32:48

On Friday President Obama will address the nation about the NSA's controversial surveillance programs. He is expected to announce some substantive changes to those programs which collect data about the phone calls of every American.

Al Qaeda controls more territory than ever in Middle Eastupdated Tue Jan 07 2014 16:58:18

From around Aleppo in western Syria to small areas of Falluja in central Iraq, al Qaeda now controls territory that stretches more than 400 miles across the heart of the Middle East, according to English and Arab language news accounts as well as accounts on jihadist websites.

Would NSA surveillance have stopped 9/11 plot?updated Mon Dec 30 2013 07:47:11

The Obama administration has framed its defense of the controversial bulk collection of all American phone records as necessary to prevent a future 9/11.

Is al Qaeda outdoing the U.S. on truth telling?updated Mon Dec 23 2013 14:55:56

It has long been said that in war, "truth is the first casualty."

Hyping the terror threat?updated Tue Dec 03 2013 08:12:29

On Sunday's CNN "State of the Union" show, anchor Candy Crowley asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D- California), the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and her counterpart in the House, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), a simple question: "Are we safer now than we were a year ago, two years ago, in general?"

Did Obama keep his drone promises?updated Fri Oct 25 2013 07:44:29

On May 23, President Barack Obama gave a major speech at the National Defense University in Washington stating his intention to recalibrate his counterterrorism strategy, which is now largely defined by a covert CIA drone program that has come under increased public and congressional scrutiny over the past couple of years.

Syrian war's brutality isn't going awayupdated Fri Oct 11 2013 16:57:21

A gruesome snuff video that has garnered more than 180,000 views on YouTube underlines just how grim the Syrian conflict has become.

Good thing U.S. terrorist hunters weren't furloughedupdated Mon Oct 07 2013 07:30:14

On the sweltering evening of April 12, 2009, as dusk deepened over the Indian Ocean, several hundred miles off the coast of Somalia, three shots rang out. All the bullets found their targets -- three Somali pirates in a small lifeboat bobbing on the darkening sea.

Al-Shabaab backed by money from U.S.updated Sun Sep 29 2013 12:00:44

After the attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, substantial attention was given to the some 40 Americans who have traveled to fight for Al-Shabaab in Somalia during the past several years.

Are mass murderers using Twitter as a tool?updated Thu Sep 26 2013 15:58:33

It was the first major terrorist attack in history in which the group that mounted the operation used Twitter to announce to the world it was responsible.

Al-Shabaab's American allies updated Mon Sep 23 2013 16:03:43

Of all al Qaeda's affiliated groups, the Somali terrorist organization Al-Shabaab has over the past several years had the deepest links to the United States. Some 15 Americans have died fighting for Al-Shabaab, as many as four of them as suicide bombers in Somalia, and an American citizen even took up a leadership role in the group.

How Al-Shabaab picks its targetsupdated Sat Sep 21 2013 21:48:54

Al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda's brutal Somali affiliate, has claimed credit for the attack by multiple gunmen at an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya that has already killed at least 59 people.

Tackling the military's insider threatupdated Thu Sep 19 2013 16:14:18

Aaron Alexis, the troubled civilian contractor and Navy veteran who killed a dozen fellow workers this week at the Washington Navy Yard, is far from the only veteran or active-duty serviceman to plan or carry out mayhem directed at U.S. military targets during the past decade.

Jihadist terrorism in America since 9/11updated Mon Sep 09 2013 21:27:05

We are about to mark the 12th anniversary of 9/11. Since then, al Qaeda and its affiliated groups haven't launched a successful attack in the United States.

Syria plunging Mideast into sectarian war?updated Wed Sep 04 2013 13:15:58

As they contemplate military action against Syria, one of many considerations members of Congress and Obama administration officials have to weigh is how a U.S. strike against the regime of Bashar al-Assad might effect the already complicated, even poisonous, state of Sunni-Shia relations in the region.

Obama on war: A realist and risk takerupdated Sun Sep 01 2013 21:03:19

Barack Obama came to Washington to end wars. Not to start them.

Al Qaeda's potent force in Syriaupdated Thu Aug 29 2013 12:56:39

Why has the Obama administration been so reluctant to intervene in Syria? There are a host of reasons -- American fatigue with war, President Barack Obama's disinclination to start another conflict in the Middle East, and the splintered, fractured opposition to Bashar al-Assad.

For U.S., Syria is truly a problem from hellupdated Mon Aug 26 2013 19:34:33

What is widely recognized as the most authoritative study of the United States' responses to mass killings around the world -- from the massacres of Armenians by the Turks a century ago, to the Holocaust, to the more recent Serbian atrocities against Bosnian Muslims and the ethnic cleansing of the Tutsis in Rwanda -- concluded that they all shared unfortunate commonalities:

Al Qaeda leader's 'I told you so' on Egyptupdated Thu Aug 15 2013 11:56:32

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian-born leader of al Qaeda, has seen this movie before: An Islamist party does well at the polling booth only to be overthrown by a military coup that then plunges the country into chaos.

What's behind timing of terror threatupdated Fri Aug 02 2013 16:54:33

On Friday the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert because of an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The location of that threat, the department said in a bulletin, is "particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula." As a result, an unprecedented 22 embassies and consulates in 17 countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia closed for a day on Sunday.

Jihadists focus on prison breaksupdated Wed Jul 31 2013 14:44:26

In an attack orchestrated by a Pakistani Taliban commander, around 250 prisoners, most of them militants, were freed this week at the central prison in Dera Ismail Khan in northwestern Pakistan.

Al Qaeda's kinder, gentler image makeoverupdated Wed Jul 31 2013 07:52:21

An al Qaeda-produced video posted on a website in early July opens with uplifting images of smiling Syrian children and jovial old men listening to speeches delivered by al Qaeda militants.

New view of drone death tollupdated Fri Jul 26 2013 07:57:39

The debate over the number of civilian casualties caused by CIA drone strikes in Pakistan is perhaps the most contentious issue in the often fraught U.S.-Pakistan relationship.

Al Qaeda in Yemen: On the ropesupdated Thu Jul 18 2013 11:44:00

On Wednesday, al Qaeda's virulent Yemeni affiliate which is known as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) confirmed the death of the group's deputy leader and co-founder, Saeed al-Shihri, in a video message posted to jihadist websites.

From Benghazi to Boston: The state of the jihadupdated Tue Jul 16 2013 09:44:13

Every July in the lush, green mountains of Aspen, Colorado, many of the top present and former U.S. national security officials and other experts gather to discuss how the war against al Qaeda and its allies is going.

Abandon Afghanistan? A dumb ideaupdated Tue Jul 09 2013 13:54:09

President Barack Obama is seriously contemplating withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan sometime in 2014, a senior administration official told CNN's Jessica Yellin.

Bin Laden's life on the runupdated Tue Jul 09 2013 12:39:56

On Monday, Pakistan's long-awaited report into the death of Osama bin Laden in the city of Abbottabad two years ago was leaked in full to Al Jazeera.

Falling under the spell of a slain terroristupdated Fri Jun 28 2013 17:18:40

The U.S. drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an American cleric who was born in New Mexico and who would go on to become an al-Qaeda leader in Yemen, did not silence his siren call to jihad.

What U.S. learned from listening in on terror group callsupdated Wed Jun 19 2013 08:49:38

Sometime in late 2007, Basaaly Saeed Moalin, a cabdriver living in San Diego, began to have a series of phone conversations with Aden Hashi Ayrow, one of the leaders of Al-Shabaab, a notorious Somali terrorist group.

Did NSA snooping stop 'dozens' of terrorist attacks?updated Mon Jun 17 2013 13:21:54

Testifying before Congress on Wednesday, Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, asserted that his agency's massive acquisition of U.S. phone data and the contents of overseas Internet traffic that is provided by American tech companies has helped prevent "dozens of terrorist events."

Al Qaeda's boss asserts himselfupdated Tue Jun 11 2013 16:51:11

In the most comprehensive speech he has delivered on terrorism, President Barack Obama declared last month that the "core of al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan is on a path to defeat."

Terrorists target the militaryupdated Wed Jun 05 2013 21:28:25

At a hearing on Tuesday, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009, for the first time publicly explained that he was motivated by a desire to protect the leadership of the Taliban -- in particular, Mullah Mohammed Omar, the overall leader of the movement.

Bush's war on terror is overupdated Fri May 24 2013 08:37:15

In the past few weeks, we've seen a British soldier hacked to death with a meat cleaver on the streets of London and bombers blowing up spectators at the Boston Marathon.

9 myths about drones and Guantanamoupdated Wed May 22 2013 08:42:32

On Thursday, President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a major speech in Washington about his administration's counterterrorism policies, focusing on the rationale and legal framework for the controversial CIA drone program and his plans to wind down the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay.

Terror threat from Gitmo prisoners is exaggeratedupdated Tue May 07 2013 12:04:04

The detainee hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay is entering its third month. Official reports say 100 of the detainees remaining at the detention camp are refusing food; lawyers for the detainees say the number is closer to 130. 

Al Qaeda's track record with chemical weaponsupdated Mon May 06 2013 17:13:04

On Monday, a U.N. official said that Syrian rebels had likely used the nerve agent sarin.

From bin Laden to Bostonupdated Tue Apr 30 2013 10:57:47

Killing the man proved easier than killing his ideology.

Agencies often miss warning signs of attacksupdated Sat Apr 27 2013 13:46:53

In her classic 1962 study, "Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision," Roberta Wohlstetter shows how the Japanese surprise attack on the U.S. naval base on December 7, 1941, should have been less surprising than it appeared at the time because there were warning signs known to the U.S. government that such an attack was possible.

Al Qaeda, Iran ... and Canada plot?updated Tue Apr 23 2013 11:15:47

The news that Canadian law enforcement on Monday arrested two men accused of planning to derail a passenger train in the Toronto area has attracted much attention, in part, because the plotters are also charged with "receiving support from al Qaeda elements in Iran."

Nine questions about the Boston bombersupdated Fri Apr 19 2013 22:33:26

We don't yet know how or why the Tsarnaev brothers, the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, decided to carry out their attacks, but a look at how their stories correlate with those of some other terrorists living in the West could provide some answers to the questions that many are now asking about them.

Ricin: Almost never deadly updated Fri Apr 19 2013 07:36:36

In the years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, eight people have been arrested in the United States for attempting to make the deadly poison ricin with the intent of using it for an act of politically motivated violence, according to terrorism data collected by the New America Foundation.

Why terrorist bombings have been rare in U.S. in past decadeupdated Tue Apr 16 2013 09:50:48

It's too early to tell who is responsible for Monday's bombings in Boston. Yet after an incident like this, everyone is looking to find out who did it and why.

Syria rebel group's dangerous tie to al Qaedaupdated Wed Apr 10 2013 09:23:37

On Tuesday, al Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq announced that it had merged with the Syrian opposition group Jabhat al-Nusra to form the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant."

Growing threat of extreme right-wing violenceupdated Thu Apr 04 2013 09:53:28

On the evening of March 19, Tom Clements, the director of Colorado's prison system, was shot and killed when he answered the door of his home near Colorado Springs.

Strange bedfellows -- Iran and al Qaedaupdated Sun Mar 10 2013 07:56:50

The appearance Friday in a lower Manhattan courtroom of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and one-time al Qaeda spokesman, to face charges of conspiracy to kill Americans underlines the perhaps surprising fact that members of bin Laden's inner circle have been living in Iran for the past decade or so.

Trying Osama's son-in-law in New York makes senseupdated Fri Mar 08 2013 07:55:46

George Venizelos, the FBI's assistant director in charge, asserted Thursday in a written statement that the recently arrested "Sulaiman Abu Ghaith held a key position in al Qaeda, comparable to a consigliere in a mob family."

The new story of the death of Osama bin Ladenupdated Tue Feb 12 2013 10:15:02

On Monday Esquire magazine published a massive profile of the Navy SEAL who says he shot Osama bin Laden.

John Brennan, Obama's counterterroristupdated Wed Feb 06 2013 20:35:13

When Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Robert Gates advised President Barack Obama in late April 2011 that sending a Navy SEAL team into Pakistan to capture or kill Osama bin Laden was not worth the various risks that this operation entailed, John Brennan, the president's top counterterrorism adviser, urged the president to authorize the raid.

Should we still fear al Qaeda?updated Sun Feb 03 2013 09:49:57

The attack in January on a gas facility in Algeria by an al Qaeda-linked group that resulted in at least 37 dead hostages has sparked an outpouring of dire warnings from leading Western politicians.

Abandon Afghanistan? A dumb ideaupdated Thu Jan 10 2013 07:43:49

Afghan President Hamid Karzai will meet with President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss the post-2014 American presence in Afghanistan.

John Brennan, Obama's drone warriorupdated Mon Jan 07 2013 13:27:54

President Barack Obama has nominated his top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, to be the next director of the CIA.

Senior senators slam 'Zero Dark Thirty' torture scenesupdated Thu Dec 20 2012 13:07:12

On Wednesday, three senior U.S. senators sent Michael Lynton, the CEO of Sony Pictures, a letter about "Zero Dark Thirty," the much-discussed new movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, which described the film as "grossly inaccurate and misleading."

Gun violence is a national security issueupdated Tue Dec 18 2012 07:42:16

The proliferation of semiautomatic weapons in the hands of Americans of the types that were used in the Newtown massacre is sometimes framed as a public health issue in the United States.

A feminist film epic and the real women of the CIAupdated Thu Dec 13 2012 16:25:52

The star of the new film "Zero Dark Thirty" is a flame-haired female CIA analyst Maya (played by Jessica Chastain) who is obsessed with finding Osama bin Laden.

'Zero Dark Thirty': Did torture really net bin Laden?updated Mon Dec 10 2012 15:58:16

"Zero Dark Thirty" is a likely shoo-in, deservedly, for Oscar nominations for best director (Kathryn Bigelow) and best screenplay (Mark Boal) and perhaps a slew of other categories.

Republican obsession with Benghazi makes no senseupdated Tue Nov 27 2012 19:25:50

Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, a possible nominee to be the next secretary of state, came to Capitol Hill Tuesday to perform a private mea culpa to key Republican senators for her erroneous initial public statements about the perpetrators of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in September in which four Americans were killed.

Tough choice for Obama on Petraeus' successorupdated Tue Nov 13 2012 11:24:34

In choosing a new CIA director to replace David Petraeus, President Barack Obama has a range of well-qualified candidates to choose from, although some of the most qualified were in management roles at the CIA when controversial interrogation techniques were used by agency interrogators questioning al Qaeda prisoners and the CIA was maintaining secret prisons overseas to detain members of al Qaeda.

How Petraeus changed the U.S. militaryupdated Sat Nov 10 2012 11:27:13

Historians will likely judge David Petraeus to be the most effective American military commander since Eisenhower.

Jihadi terror suspect could face tough odds in courtupdated Fri Oct 19 2012 08:58:19

The man charged Wednesday with attempting to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the latest alleged jihadist to be charged in a law enforcement sting, may or may not have had the capability to create a major terrorist incident. But if his case follows the pattern of other similar sting operations, what is clear is that he faces very long odds in court.

Romney's sorta-kinda call to arms updated Tue Oct 09 2012 08:49:17

On Monday, Mitt Romney delivered what his campaign billed as a major foreign policy address, in which he sought to distinguish himself from the man he called the "lead from behind" president.

A dangerous new world of dronesupdated Mon Oct 01 2012 10:21:05

A decade ago, the United States had a virtual monopoly on drones.

Extremists and leaders incite violent protests updated Thu Sep 13 2012 11:54:06

On November 2, 2004, Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was bicycling to work in Amsterdam when he was shot eight times at close range. He died instantly, but in a fit of rage, his assailant, Dutch-Moroccan Mohammed Bouyeri, also attempted to cut off his head with a machete.

11 years after 9/11: Who are the terrorists?updated Tue Sep 11 2012 07:14:50

On August 15, Floyd Lee Corkins allegedly walked into the Family Research Council in Washington, a conservative think tank, and shot the building manager Leo Johnson in the arm, saying something along the lines of, "I don't like your politics," as he did so.

Drone is Obama's weapon of choiceupdated Wed Sep 05 2012 17:09:00

Covert drone strikes are one of President Obama's key national security policies. He has already authorized 283 strikes in Pakistan, six times more than the number during President George W. Bush's eight years in office.

Sense and nonsense about Obama and Osamaupdated Wed Aug 29 2012 16:39:11

On Wednesday some media outlets, including CNN, obtained copies of the heavily embargoed book "No Easy Day" by Mark Owen, the pseudonym of one of the Navy SEALs who was part of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

Are 'Swift Boat' attacks on Obama bogus?updated Fri Aug 17 2012 10:12:51

A group of former U.S. military and intelligence officers, including retired Navy SEALs, appear in a 22-minute documentary that was released on Wednesday asserting that the Obama administration has leaked considerable classified intelligence about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden for political gain.

Shootings by Afghan forces take growing toll on NATO troopsupdated Mon Aug 13 2012 17:49:32

Before dawn on Friday, a man wearing an Afghan uniform shot and killed three U.S. soldiers during a meeting to discuss local security issues in the southern province of Helmand.

Right-wing extremist terrorism as deadly a threat as al Qaeda?updated Tue Aug 07 2012 13:36:00

The word "terrorism" in the United States usually brings to mind plots linked in some way to al Qaeda, while the danger posed to the public by white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and other right-wing militants is often overlooked.

What's working in Pakistanupdated Mon Jul 23 2012 08:36:37

Pakistan can't get no respect.

Drones decimating Taliban in Pakistanupdated Tue Jul 03 2012 17:03:54

On Sunday a missile launched from a U.S. drone struck a house in Pakistan's remote tribal agency of North Waziristan, killing eight suspected militants, most of whom were loyal to the Pakistani Taliban commander, Hafiz Gul Bahadur. Bahadur has reportedly overseen multiple attacks against NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Obama leak 'scandal' is wildly overblownupdated Wed Jun 20 2012 08:22:35

On Monday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate a series of recent leaks that critics charge are designed to bolster the national security credentials of the Obama administration.

Obama ramps up covert war in Yemenupdated Mon Jun 11 2012 09:10:50

President Obama is celebrated and criticized for greatly accelerating the number of CIA drone attacks in Pakistan, but the similar covert war that he has launched in Yemen has received considerably less attention.

And now, only one senior al Qaeda leader leftupdated Tue Jun 05 2012 16:04:37

The news that Abu Yahya al-Libi, the No.2 leader of al Qaeda, is now confirmed to have been killed in a CIA drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region along the border with Afghanistan further underlines that the terrorist group that launched the 9/11 attacks is now more or less out of business.

G8 and NATO-athon, with Pakistan at the tableupdated Tue May 15 2012 14:41:24

It's the diplomatic equivalent of hosting both the World Cup and the World Series in the same country on the same weekend.

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