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An Open Letter to President Obama About Afghanistan From William R. Polk

The Nation | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

I was an early supporter of yours. So I hope you will accept the following analysis and proposals as being from a friend as well as a person with cons...

CIA Director Leon Panetta Defends Agency After Afghanistan Bomb Attack

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The horrible news Dec. 30 that a suicide bomber had taken seven American lives in Afghanistan may have been for some a stark reminder that we are at w...

Feeble Yemen Only 'About A Year' Away From Being Bankrupt

Times Online | James Hider | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Yemen is only a year away from total economic collapse, with its coffers emptied by corruption and cronyism as the feeble Government struggles to figh...

Taliban And al-Qaeda May Be Descended From Jews

Telegraph | Dean Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Experts at Mumbai's National Institute of Immunohaematology believe Pashtuns could be one of the ten "Lost Tribes of Israel"....

Melinda Dennis, Northwest Flight 253 Passenger, Describes Attempted Terror Attack (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Melinda Dennis, one of the passengers on Northwest Airlines Flight 253, the plane that was the scene of an attempted terror attack on Christmas day, s...

The Taliban's Ties to Al-Qaeda

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Marshall

How severe a threat does the Taliban pose to America? Blithely assuming that they would never again play host to America's sworn enemies is not a risk progressives should be prepared to take.

Why the Afghan Surge Will Fail

Conn Hallinan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Conn Hallinan

McChrystal argues that the current situation is "critical," and that an escalation "will be decisive." But as former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst A.J. Rossmiller says, the war is a stalemate.

Terry Holdbrooks: Guantanamo Bay Prison Guard Converted To Islam; Detainee Was Mentor

The Guardian | Sarfraz Manzoor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Terry Holdbrooks arrived at Guant�namo detention camp in the summer of 2003 as a godless 19-year-old with a love of drinking, hard rock music and ta...

Pro-Afghan War Officials Play Up Taliban-al Qaida Ties: Analysis

Inter Press Service | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Gareth Porter WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (IPS) - U.S. national security officials, concerned that President Barack Obama might be abandoning the strategy ...

Najibullah Zazi Case Illustrates Al Qaida On Its Way Out: Analysis

Global Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By C.M. Sennott NEW YORK -- The image of Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year-old Afghan-born bus driver from Denver and now a terror suspect, embodies the co...

Anti-U.S. Wave Hits Pakistan, Imperils Efforts | Karen DeYoung and Pamela Constable | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A new wave of anti-American sentiment in Pakistan has slowed the arrival of hundreds of U.S. civilian and military officials charged with implementing...

Snake Eyes in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

None of the credible options in Afghanistan offer real chances for rolling back the insurgent reaction to our presence or reducing terrorism against the United States.

Najibullah Zazi: Feds Prepare Charges Against Airport Shuttle Driver In Terror probe

AP/ The Huffington Post | By STEVEN K. PAULSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

UPDATE From CNN: FBI agents raid home of man questioned in terror plot: AURORA, Colorado (CNN) -- FBI agents late Saturday arrested Najibullah Zazi, ...

Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan Killing Shows Dramatic Shift In U.S. Policy Towards Somalia

Global Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Tristan McConnell | GlobalPost NAIROBI, Kenya -- A strike by six U.S. helicopter gunships on an Al Qaeda target in Somalia on Monday marks a dramatic...

Al-Qaeda Faces Recruitment Crisis, Anti-Terrorism Experts Say | Ian Black and Richard Norton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida is under heavy pressure in its strongholds in Pakistan's remote tribal areas and is finding it difficult to attract recruit...

Eight Weeks of America's War, Not Eight Years of "Obama's War"

Jonathan Morgenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Morgenstein

The Obama administration is trying to salvage the situation in Afghanistan after the Bush Administration lost the war over eight years.

We Cannot Afford This

Charles S. Faddis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles S. Faddis

I have no doubt that the Attorney General is acting in what he believes to be the country's best interest. I also have no doubt that launching this inquiry will have a catastrophic effect on the CIA.

Why Africa Matters

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rev. Jesse Jackson

We ignore Africa at our peril. The African continent will only become more important in the future, and the whole world has a stake in what happens there.

The End Of Al Qaeda?

Newsweek | Ron Moreau and Sami Yousafzai | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

If Baitullah Mehsud, the Pakistani Taliban's most dangerous and powerful leader, was indeed killed by a U.S. Predator drone strike earlier this week, ...

UK's Prime Minister Gordon Brown Agrees with Admiral Mike Mullen on "Redrawing Afghan Battle Space"

Rani Singh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rani Singh

The Huffington Post asked the British Prime Minister for clarification on his stance on Afghanistan.

Roy Sekoff Discusses Dick Cheney Ordering CIA To Keep Congress In The Dark About Hit Squad Program (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

HuffPost Editor Roy Sekoff joined Ed Schultz on his eponymous MSNBC show to discuss the revelation that Dick Cheney ordered the CIA to keep secret fro...

China Protests: Al Qaeda Vows Retaliation For Crackdown On Uighurs

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UPDATE: ABC News reports that Rebiya Kadeer, the head of the World Uighur Congress who lives in Fairfax, Virginia and was recently blamed by the Chin...

France Burqa Stance Elicits Al Qaeda Threat

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Following an imbroglio in France in late June when President Nicolas Sarkozy declared the burqa to be unwelcome and against French values, al Qaeda is...

Pakistan Taliban Leader Allied With Al Qaida Faces Challenge From New Islamic Militia Leader

McClatchy | Saeed Shah | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A new Islamic militia leader has emerged in Pakistan to openly challenge al Qaida-affiliated warlord Baitullah Mehsud for the first time from within h...

Some Al Qaeda Fighters Moving To Yemen and Somalia

New York Times | ERIC SCHMITT and DAVID E. SANGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON American officials say they are seeing the first evidence that dozens of fighters with Al Qaeda, and a small handful of the terrorist group...