Killing of al-Zawahiri in Kabul Vindicates Strategic Separation of Counterterrorism and Military Occupation
by Brian Glyn Williams
On withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Biden administration touted its "over the horizon" capability to track and target terrorists from afar. If the strategy proves out, it should mean the ability to fully decouple antiterror operations from foreign military presence.
SOURCE: Daily Beast
CIA Agents Reveal How Bill Clinton Stopped Them From Killing bin Laden and Preventing 9/11
In The Longest War, a new documentary from director Greg Barker (Manhunt) and executive producer Alex Gansa (Homeland), former CIA agents reveal that they had another opportunity to take out Osama bin Laden with little collateral damage, contradicting President Clinton's account.
SOURCE: The Daily Beast
The Time U.S. Spies Thought Al Qaeda Was Ready to Nuke D.C.
American intelligence chiefs were so worried in late 2003 of a nuclear terror attack, they asked the British to take over their spying in case something ‘catastrophic’ went down.
SOURCE: Informed Comment
by Juan Cole
US support for Oppressive Gov’t’s made Bin Laden’s Killing Moot
SOURCE: Tom Dispatch
The Al-Qaeda Leader Who Wasn’t
by Rebecca Gordon
The Shameful Ordeal of Abu Zubaydah
Bush was wrong on Iraq, says Rumsfeld
“The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic. I was concerned about it when I first heard those words."
Did the Bush Invasion of Iraq “Create” ISIS?
by Brian Glyn Williams
The facts are clear. ISIS has its roots in Paul Bremer's decision to disband Saddam's army.
SOURCE: National Review
Daniel Pipes: On Closed Embassies, the Worldwide Travel Alert, and Wimpitude
Daniel Pipes (DanielPipes.org) is president of the Middle East Forum. © 2013 by Daniel Pipes. All rights reserved.In April, the city of Boston was effectively under military curfew because two terrorists were on the loose. Now, fears of al-Qaeda attacking has led the U.S. government to close 21 U.S. embassies in Muslim-majority countries and then issue a worldwide travel alert announcing that "Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests. U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure."The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said that the two steps result from "a significant threat stream" and so the authorities "are taking it seriously."
SOURCE: Guardian (UK)
Timbuktu mayor: Mali rebels torched library of ancient manuscripts
Islamist insurgents retreating from the ancient Saharan city of Timbuktu have set fire to a library containing thousands of priceless ancient manuscripts, some dating back to the 13th century, in what the town's mayor described as a "devastating blow" to world heritage.Hallé Ousmani Cissé told the Guardian that al-Qaida-allied fighters on Saturday torched two buildings where the manuscripts were being kept. They also burned down the town hall and governor's office, and shot dead a man who was celebrating the arrival of the French military.French troops and the Malian army reached the gates of Timbuktu on Saturday and secured the town's airport. But they appear to have got there too late to save the leather-bound manuscripts, which were a unique record of sub-Saharan Africa's medieval history....
From Red Army to Al Qaeda: Terror and Postwar Japan
Postwar Japan has, by and large, been insulated from the type of terror that has afflicted the U.S. and Europe. In recent history, the crisis that resulted in the largest number of Japanese casualties was the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on New York. On that day, 24 Japanese citizens died, including a number of bank employees working at World Trade Center offices.Here’s a brief history of such incidents:Sept. 28, 1977: Five members of Japanese Red Army hijack Japan Airlines plane in Indian airspace with 156 people aboard. All hostages released after Japanese prime minister accepts demands for $6 million and release of imprisoned comrades, illustrating Tokyo’s preference for negotiation.Aug. 2, 1990: Baghdad starts detaining Japanese and Westerners to deter U.S.-led attacks after invasion of Kuwait. Former pro wrestler and member of Japan’s parliament Antonio Inoki helps negotiate release of all 41 Japanese “human shields” through talks with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein....
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