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  • The four lessons of the Boston Marathon bombing

    2 weeks ago

    It’s unusual, but one of the most crucial findings in a recently released inspector general’s report about the Boston Marathon Bombing actually focused on something that did not take place.         

    To be released on April 15, the first anniversary of the deadly events in Boston...

  • Florida man pleads guilty to attempting to join al Qaeda group

    March 19, 2014 | 4:25 pm

    A 20-year-old Florida man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join an al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group and receive military training as part of a holy war, or jihad.

    Shelton Thomas Bell admitted he recruited an unnamed juvenile and the two...

  • Israel says it kills three Qaeda-linked militants in West Bank

    November 26, 2013 | 11:58 am

    Israeli security officials said their forces killed three Palestinian militants on Tuesday who were part of an al Qaeda-linked network in the West Bank.

    An official from the Shin Bet security agency said it had learned from a number of earlier arrests that the network was...

  • Suicide bombings kill 23 near Iran embassy in Beirut

    November 19, 2013 | 9:59 am

    Two suicide bombings rocked Iran's embassy compound in Lebanon on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people including an Iranian cultural attaché and hurling bodies and burning wreckage across a debris-strewn street.

    A Lebanon-based al Qaeda-linked group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades,...

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  • Kenya widens mall attack probe, alert for UK ‘White Widow’

    September 26, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    Interpol issued a wanted persons alert at Kenya's request on Thursday for a British woman who has been cited by British police as a possible suspect in the attack on a Nairobi shopping mall that killed at least 72 people.

    The alert was issued as Kenyan police broadened the...

  • Obama pledges U.S. support after Kenya ‘outrage’

    September 23, 2013 | 5:11 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday condemned an attack at a mall in Kenya as he prepared for a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in which he will call for international solidarity against a fresh wave of violence from Islamist extremists.

    Obama immersed himself into...

  • Israel says it bombed Lebanon in retaliation for rocket attack

    August 22, 2013 | 9:02 pm

    Israel's air force bombed a militant target in Lebanon on Friday in retaliation for a cross-border rocket salvo on Thursday, a spokesman said.

    An Israeli military source said the "terror site" bombed was near Na'ameh, between Beirut and Sidon, but did not immediately provide...

  • U.S., Russia seek new Syria peace talks, rebels skeptical

    May 8, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    Russia and the United States agreed to seek new peace talks with both sides to end Syria's civil war, but opposition leaders were skeptical on Wednesday of an initiative they fear might let President Bashar Assad hang on to power.

    Mindful the conflict may be far from over,...

  • Suspect charged with Boston Marathon bombing

    April 22, 2013 | 4:16 pm

    Prosecutors charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon bombings in an impromptu hearing on Monday in his hospital room, accusing him of crimes that could carry the death penalty if he is convicted.

    Video taken by security cameras showed the 19-year-old ethnic Chechen...

  • Hostilities flare along Israeli-Gaza border

    April 3, 2013 | 1:06 am

    Israel pressed Hamas on Wednesday to rein in rocket-firing militants in the Gaza Strip after the most serious outbreak of cross-border hostilities since a ceasefire ended an eight-day war in November.

    The Israeli military said two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern...

  • March 11, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 11, 2013 | 3:35 am

    The US

    Headline: US senator, Treasury press EU to blacklist Hezbollah

    To Read: Barry Rubin believes that Obama has been making every mistake possible in the Middle East (and he thinks Israel should simply be quiet and smile about it):

    You have to understand, I tell the...

  • January 17, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 17, 2013 | 3:38 am

    The US

    Headline: Militants Seize Americans and Other Hostages in Algeria

    To Read: 6 Things You Need to Know About Denis McDonough
    Joshua E. Keating of Foreign Policy brings readers up to speed on the man expected to be the new White House chief of staff

    McDonough, 43, is...

  • November 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 9, 2012 | 3:00 am

    In-depth

    Obama and the Consensus on Jerusalem

    The president must understand that the unity of Jerusalem is non-negotiable for Israelis across the political spectrum, writes Jonathan Tobin in Commentary Magazine

    If there has been one point of contention with Israel on...

  • October 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 29, 2012 | 3:07 am

    In-depth

    Netanyahu’s Big Gamble

    The prime minister's decision to run alongside Yisrael Beiteinu in the January elections has not been uniformly embraced within both parties, writes Carl Vick for Time.

    Likud in fact came into existence as an blending of right-wing parties,...

  • Obama, Romney clash over foreign policy in last debate

    October 22, 2012 | 7:36 pm

    President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney clashed over U.S. military strength and how to deal with crises in the Middle East in a third and final debate on Monday as polls showed them in deadlock two weeks before the Nov. 6 election.

    With one last chance for...

  • Jordan foils al Qaeda plot, arrests 11 militants, state TV says

    October 22, 2012 | 10:07 am

    Jordan has foiled a plot by an al Qaeda-linked cell to bomb its shopping centers and assassinate Western diplomats, state television said on Sunday, thwarting an attempt to destabilize the key U.S. ally.

    Security forces had detained 11 suspects, all Jordanians, in connection with...

  • October 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 22, 2012 | 2:33 am

    In-depth

    Does Iran Have an "Inalienable Right" to Enrich Uranium?

    Emily B. Landau of the Institute of National Security Studies takes a close look at a long-held Iranian claim. 

    The right of Iran – or any other nonnuclear state – to pursue nuclear energy, including uranium...

  • Egyptian Islamists vow revenge against Israel for Gaza killings

    October 16, 2012 | 2:13 pm

    An Islamist group in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel said on Tuesday it will take revenge against the Jewish state for the killing of Palestinian militants in Gaza at the weekend.

    Islamist militants have stepped up attacks on security forces in Sinai and the Israeli...

  • September 23, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 23, 2012 | 3:01 am

    In-depth

    Egypt’s New Leader Spells Out Terms for U.S.-Arab Ties

    The United States must show more respect for the Arab world and meet by its pledge to build a Palestinian state, Mohammed Morsi tells David D. Kirkpatrick and Steven Erlanger of the New York Times.

    Arabs and...

  • Egypt broadens Sinai campaign against militants

    August 29, 2012 | 5:53 pm

    Egypt’s military said on Wednesday it would broaden its offensive against militants in the Sinai Peninsula, a campaign that has raised concerns in Israel about the movement of heavy armor into the area near its border.

    After militants attacked and killed 16 border guards on Aug. 5,...

  • Mimicking Al-Qaida, militant threat grows in Sinai

    August 13, 2012 | 11:40 am

    They came in Toyota pick-up trucks, dozens of heavily armed masked men, firing machineguns and waving the black flag of Al-Qaida as terrified residents and police huddled indoors, and then disappeared again, melting away into the mountains and remote villages of Egypt’s Sinai desert....

  • Wife of kidnapped American worker in Pakistan pleads for his release

    August 13, 2012 | 11:01 am

    Wife of kidnapped American worker in Pakistan pleads for his release

    August 13, 2012

    (JTA)—The wife of Warren Weinstein, who was kidnapped in Pakistan by Al-Qaida gunmen, marked the first anniversary of his abduction with a plea for his return.

    Elaine Weinstein released a...

  • August 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 10, 2012 | 2:16 am

    In-depth

    Iran’s Secret Weapon

    As Syria disintegrates and an Israeli strike threat grows, Iran is deploying an elite terror unit for easy targets abroad, writes Kevjn Lim in the National Interest.

    Nearly two dozen incidents within the past eighteen months (including recent...

  • August 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 9, 2012 | 2:02 am

    In-depth

    Sinai Attack Shows Egypt Needs Israel

    New Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi may have to rethink his animosity to Israel in the face of a shared threat, writes Alan Elsner in the Algemeiner.

    The situation in Sinai creates a dilemma for Egypt’s newly-elected President...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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