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Sunni Awakening Council Members, U.S. Allies In Iraq, Rejoining Al Qaeda

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Members of United States-allied Awakening Councils have quit or been dismissed from their positions in significant numbers in recent months, prey to a...

The Afghan War Moves South

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Now that America is in full mid-term election frenzy, expect more calls for tougher US military action in "AfPak." Already unpopular politicians are terrified of being branded "soft on terrorism".

Joe Sestak Calls On Obama To Produce Afghanistan Benchmarks

AP | MARC LEVY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Joe Sestak, Pennsylvania's Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, called on President Barack Obama to put forth a clear measuri...

U.S. Issues Terror Alert For Tourists In Europe

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

State Department notice issued Sunday about the potential for terrorists attacks in Europe. The alert expires Jan. 11: The State Department alerts U....

Terror Warning In Europe? U.S. Weighs Travel Alert For Tourists Abroad

AP | MATTHEW LEE and EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will warn U.S. citizens to be vigilant as they travel in Europe, providing updated guidance prompted by al...

U.S. Officials: Bin Laden Involved In Europe Terror Plot

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden emerged Friday as possibly a key figure in a European terror plot, raising speculation he may be flexing his muscle...

Obama Invokes 'State Secrets' Claim To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Targeting Of U.S. Citizen

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Saturday invoked the state secrets privilege which would kill a lawsuit on behalf of U.S.-born cleric A...

Al Qaeda Tweets: The Most Ridiculous Twitter Account Ever (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

It's amazing that al-Qaeda finds the time to tweet. In fact, the terrorist organization has had a Twitter presence since July 12, 2007, well before t...

Reese Erlich: "Stop using the word 'terrorist'"

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christian Avard

Defining what a terrorist is and isn't is a major dilemma. What one may consider terrorism, another may consider resistance. So where does one draw ...

Ayman Al-Zawahri, Al Qaeda Official, Slams Pakistan Relief Effort

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAIRO (AP) - Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader has made a thinly veiled call on Pakistanis to rise up against their government over what he said was the "failur...

Two Wars Don't Make a Right

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Obama deserves credit for extracting this country from a war in Iraq that he inherited, but it is mind-numbing that in his nation-building efforts in Afghanistan he is now repeating the same errors that were made in Iraq.

Dr Jack Shaheen: "More leadership needed on Park 51 conversation."

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christian Avard

The national conversation on the Park 51 Islamic Community Center has taken a turn for the worst. Opponents claim it's too close to the Ground Zero a...

Al Qaeda Plants Flag, Burns Bodies In Baghdad Attack

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Militants flew an al-Qaida flag over a Baghdad neighborhood Thursday after killing 16 security officials and burning some of their bod...

Pakistanis Blame U.S. After Shrine Suicide Attack Kills 42

AP | NAHAL TOOSI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — A twin suicide attack that killed 42 at Pakistan's most popular Sufi shrine has angered and frustrated Pakistanis, with some saying ...

All politics is local: Al-Qa'eda and the Afghanistan War

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Adnan Shukrijumah, Al Qaeda Operative, Linked To New York Subway Plot

AP | ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — U.S. counterterrorism officials have linked one of the nation's most wanted terrorists to last year's thwarted plot to bomb the New Y...

UK Yemen Ambassador, Timothy Torlot, Escapes Suicide Attack

AP | AHMED AL-HAJ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SAN'A, Yemen — The British ambassador in Yemen narrowly escaped a suicide attack Monday, when a young man in a school uniform detonated his expl...

Al-Qaeda on the Ropes?

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

Al-Qaeda is a phenomenon that defies scorecard evaluations. Consequently, you never know how close you are to reaching an objective in the ongoing battle against it.

U.S.-Born Al Qaeda Spokesman Rips 'Serpentine' Obama

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) CAIRO — Al-Qaida's U.S.-born spokesman warned President Barack Obama Sunday that the militant group may launch new attacks that would kill ...

Al-Qaida Kills 11 In Ambush At Yemen Security Complex, Frees Detainees

AP | AHMED AL-HAJ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SAN'A, Yemen — Four suspected al-Qaida gunmen blasted their way into the intelligence headquarters of Yemen's second largest city Saturday and f...

Two Top Al Qaeda Figures In Iraq Killed

AP | DAVID RISING | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — The U.S. and Iraq claimed a major victory against al-Qaida on Monday, saying their forces killed the terror group's two top figures in...

American Stranded Overseas Due To No-Fly List

AP | PAUL SCHEMM | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAIRO — A Virginia man said he has been stuck in limbo in Egypt for the last six weeks, living in a cheap hotel and surviving on fast food after...

New Tape Reveals Al Qaeda's Finance Worries

MSNBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A new audio recording released by al-Qaida's As-Sahab Islamic Media Foundation suggests the terror group may have been suffering from financial diffic...

GOP Leaders Play Games While Oil Pours Into the Gulf

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

We have real problems in the United States that have to be addressed. But how can we solve anything when too many political leaders are more interested in seizing on issues to score political points?

Dan Froomkin

Bush's Glib Waterboarding Admission Sparks Outrage | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

George W. Bush's casual acknowledgment Wednesday that he had Khalid Sheikh Mohammed waterboarded -- and would do it again -- has horrified some former...