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  • June 15, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 15, 2012 | 4:35 am

    Noteworthy

    What do Israelis think about the US? ‎

    A new poll by the Anti-Defamation League and the Begin Sadat Center at Bar Ilan University ‎asks Israelis about a range of issues, including US-Israel ties, Obama and Romney. ‎

    Israelis view President Obama with increasing...

  • June 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 7, 2012 | 3:50 am

    Noteworthy

    The Stalled Arab Spring

    Writing in the National Interest, Aaron David Miller fears the wave of ‎revolutions across the Arab world cannot lead to democracy. ‎

    Real power sharing requires a commitment by politicians and publics to a ‎national vision designed to...

  • Top al Qaeda strategist killed in Pakistan

    June 5, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan killed one of al Qaeda’s most powerful figures, the U.S. government said on Tuesday, dealing the biggest in a series of blows to the militant group since the raid that killed founder Osama bin Laden last year.

    Abu Yahya al-Libi, a veteran militant...

  • France arrests suspected Islamic militants

    March 30, 2012 | 11:22 am

    Police commandos arrested 19 suspected Islamic militants in raids on Friday in several French cities including Toulouse, where seven people were killed by an al Qaeda-inspired gunman this month.

    President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose firm handling of the response to the shooting spree may...

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  • March 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 26, 2012 | 5:38 am

    Will the UN’s West Bank probe be Goldstone all over again?

    Israel would be better off cooperating with the UN Human Rights Council and possibly avoiding a similar palaver to the Gaza war probe, writes Raphael Ahren in the Times of Israel.

    Jerusalem did not learn any lesson from...

  • ‘Lone wolf’ gunmen are security puzzle for West

    March 22, 2012 | 11:18 am

    The possibility that a killing rampage by a French gunman was a solo campaign will inject fresh urgency into Western efforts to detect “self-starter” or “lone wolf” terrorists before they strike.

    The tactic Al Qaeda calls “individual jihad”—low-tech attacks by untrained sympathizers...

  • Gunman dies in hail of bullets as French siege ends

    March 22, 2012 | 9:04 am

    A 23-year-old gunman who said al Qaeda inspired him to kill seven people in France died in a hail of bullets on Thursday as he scrambled out of a ground-floor window during a gunbattle with elite police commandos.

    Mohamed Merah, a Frenchman of Algerian origin, died from a gunshot...

  • Besieged gunman boasted he brought France to its knees

    March 21, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    A besieged gunman suspected of shooting dead seven people in the name of al Qaeda boasted to police on Wednesday he had brought France to its knees and said his only regret was not having been able to carry out his plans for more killings.

    In an unfolding drama that has riveted...

  • March 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 7, 2012 | 4:40 am

    Syria: a victim of Iran once again

    The international community is prioritizing Iran over action in Syria, costing lives every day, writes Tariq Alhomayed in Asharq Alawsat.

    What is most likely is that Iran has now become the focal point for Washington, behind Israel of course,...

  • Must Read, January 31, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 31, 2012 | 4:03 am

    What do Egypt’s Generals Want?

    In the wake of dramatic changes in Egypt, writes Omar Ashour in Project Syndicate, the new parliament and the military are fighting for political control of the country.

    “If the generals do not want democracy, nor do they want direct military rule...

  • Al Qaeda’s Zawahri says group kidnapped American in Pakistan

    December 1, 2011 | 3:37 pm

    Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of an American man in Pakistan and demanded the release of prisoners and an end to air strikes in Muslim countries in exchange for his freedom, according to the SITE online monitoring service.

    SITE said the announcement was made...

  • CIA drone kills U.S.-born al Qaeda cleric in Yemen

    October 1, 2011 | 2:46 am

    Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Islamist militant, was killed in Yemen on Friday in a CIA drone strike described by President Barack Obama as “another significant milestone” in efforts to defeat al Qaeda.

    Awlaki’s killing deprives the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula...

  • Solving a grim Jewish quandary after the attacks: Avoiding agunah problems for 9/11 widows

    August 25, 2011 | 12:59 pm

    When unthinkable disaster struck a decade ago and close to 3,000 people were murdered at the World Trade Center, the scale of destruction created a unique challenge for victims’ families: identification of the dead.

    With only fragmented human remains and degraded DNA left in the...

  • Egypt to permanently open border with Gaza

    May 26, 2011 | 8:41 am

    Egypt will permanently open its Rafah border crossing with Gaza by the weekend.

    The Egyptian border with Gaza will be opened daily beginning on May 28, the Egyptian state MENA news agency reported.

    The decision is “part of Egyptian efforts to end divisions among Palestinians and to...

  • Report: Bin Laden’s journal urged al-Qaida to hit Los Angeles, not just New York [VIDEO]

    May 12, 2011 | 11:04 am

    Files taken from Osama bin Laden’s compound reveal intent to plan another 9/11-scale attack on cities like Los Angeles, the Associated Press reports.

    He was well aware of U.S. counterterrorist defenses and schooled his followers how to work around them, the messages to his followers...

  • ‘Obama’s grandmother receives death threats from al-Qaida’ [VIDEO]

    May 12, 2011 | 10:53 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama’s grandmother has received death threats from the African branch of al-Qaida, prompting stepped up security around her home in Kenya, ABC News reported on Thursday.

    Sarah Obama, the U.S. president’s step-grandmother, informed the Kenyan police that she...

  • Al-Qaida confirms death of Osama bin Laden

    May 6, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Al-Qaida has issued its first confirmation of Osama bin Laden’s death in an Internet statement posted on militant websites, dispelling doubts and conspiracy theories that the Islamist leader did not actually die.

    Friday’s statement by the terror network says “holy warrior” bin...

  • U.S. believes it can now destroy al-Qaida after killing bin Laden

    May 3, 2011 | 11:33 am

    The United States will aim to destroy al-Qaida’s central organization now that its leader Osama bin Laden has been killed and its capabilities degraded by U.S. operations, a top White House adviser said on Tuesday.

    Since the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, al-Qaida has...

  • Netanyahu: Killing of bin Laden is ‘resounding victory for justice’

    May 2, 2011 | 10:02 am

    Israeli officials lauded a Monday statement by U.S. President Barack Obama announcing the assassination of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying Israel shared the “joy of the American people.

    “Obama issued a statement just before midnight on...

  • Osama Bin Laden is Dead - 2,819 Souls May Now Rest in Peace

    By Ilana Angel

    May 2, 2011 | 8:01 am

    Osama Bin Laden has been killed.  We can take comfort in knowing the man behind the tradegy of 9/11 is gone, but let’s please also take a moment to remember the souls lost on 9/11.  May they now be able to rest in peace.  2,819 People were killed. 343 were NYC firefighters and...

  • Wikileaks: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed says he beheaded Daniel Pearl despite warnings

    April 26, 2011 | 3:33 pm

    From LATimes.com:

    A senior Al Qaeda military commander strongly warned Khalid Shaikh Mohammed not to kill Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, cautioning him “it would not be wise to murder Pearl” and that he should “be returned back to one of the previous groups who...

  • Al Qaeda spokesman talks about Jewish roots

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 15, 2009 | 5:55 pm

    Al Qaeda spokesman Azzam the American, previously known when he grew up in Southern California, is not dead. He’s so not dead that now he’s talking about his Jewish heritage. Classic propaganda in which Azzam, the hero of this story, has seen the proverbial light and wisened up to...

  • Al Qaeda No. 2 criticizes Obama for praying with Jews

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 20, 2008 | 5:55 pm

    From JTA:

    An al-Qaida online message mocks U.S. President-elect Barack Obama for praying with Jews.

    The audio message, by Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy, appears against a backdrop of Malcolm X, the slain 1960s Muslim black leader, and Obama wearing a kipah, praying...

  • Al Qaeda and McCain: ‘The Endorsement from Hell’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 26, 2008 | 8:04 pm

    I remember hearing last week that we could expect an “October Surprise” from Al Qaeda if for no other reason than to tip the election to John McCain. Why McCain, you ask? The vote of confidence seems counterintuitive. McCain is the hawk who has described Islamic fundamentalism as one...

  • Azzam the American not dead

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 6, 2008 | 1:59 am

    I try to never lead you astray, but last month I wrote about some broad speculation that Azzam the American—aka Adam Gadahn—a former Southern Californian who converted to Islam and later radicalized to the point he became the spokesman for al Qaeda—yeah, he’s been charged with...

  • Azzam the American—aka Adam Gadahn—believed dead

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 8, 2008 | 7:59 pm

    “Killer computer nerd” Adam Gadahn, the California native who converted to Islam and took over al Qaeda’s propaganda machine, hasn’t been heard from in months, leading intelligence officials to speculate that he’s dead. here’s the story from The Telegraph:

    Mr Gadahn has been...

  • Torture: What did we know, and when did we know it?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 27, 2008 | 7:19 pm


    “After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes.  The only question that remains to be answered is whether those...

  • Pakistan Daily: Osama is Jewish and Al-Qaeda is a Jewish front

    By The Web Guy

    June 5, 2008 | 1:17 am

    There are conspiracy theorists and paranoid wack jobs that claim all sorts of things about the so-called ‘Elders of Zion’ and an alleged 9/11 coverup  but an ‘essay’ on a Pakistani Web site takes this dreck to a new level.

    An unsigned news article from The Pakistan Daily claims that...

  • In Tunisia, Jews enjoy stability, but not democracy

    By Larry Luxner

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    To the east is Libya, a vast desert nation, where not a single Jew remains from the forced exodus that followed Israel's founding in 1948.

    To the west is Algeria, a bloodstained country that once boasted 140,000 Jews and today is home to barely 100.

    Squeezed between these two...

  • That gas pump is a giant Saudi tzedakah box

    By Jon E. Drucker

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The 5767 High Holiday tallies are in from synagogues around the country, and it appears that U.S. Jewry has topped all previous pledge drive records. It is estimated that this year,

    American Jews will send approximately $660 million to Saudi Arabia.

    Yes, you read that correctly. You...

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