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Al Qaeda Leader Warns Of 'Gravest Consequences' If Boston Bomber Executed

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 07.01.2016 | World

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has warned the United States of the "gravest consequences" if Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or any other M...

Lessons From Islamic History: Ibn Taymiyyah and the Synthesis of Takfir

Khwaja Khusro Tariq | Posted 05.31.2016 | Religion
Khwaja Khusro Tariq

This is the second installment of a three part article tracing the evolution of extremist movements in Islamic history and analyzing their etiology and perpetuating factors.

Diasporic Dining: Les Specialities de l'Etat Islamique

Francis Levy | Posted 11.18.2016 | Comedy
Francis Levy

You can't help thinking about how life is lived amidst desperadoes and extremists, outlaws not from the world in which they govern, but from the notion of civilization perpetrated by the Enlightenment in which reason prevails against passion and the notion of inalienable rights leads to legal principles like due process.

Paris Attack Shows Why Al Qaeda Might Have Been Right About ISIS All Along

Alastair Crooke | Posted 11.17.2016 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- We don't yet know if the attack on the Russian airliner in Sinai, the suicide bombs in Beirut and the Paris onslaught were conceived and coordinated by ISIS leadership in Syria and Iraq. If they weren't, Europe has a different problem -- but one no less serious.

What Are the Differences Between al-Qaeda and IS?

Anders Persson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Anders Persson

IS now controls significant territories in Iraq and Syria, equaling a small European state. At the same time, despite having a nearly identical view of Islam, IS and al-Qaeda are deadly enemies at present, which may confuse people in the West.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Al Qaeda-ISIS Merger A Terrifying, But Unlikely Possibility | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.10.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- In what would be a nightmare for their enemies across the United States and the rest of the West, global terror network al Qaeda and the...

Al Qaeda Struggles to Look Cool Next to Rockstar ISIS

Chris Michael | Posted 11.17.2014 | Comedy
Chris Michael

After dominating international headlines for more than a decade, al-Qaeda is struggling to remain relevant to a new generation of rosy-cheeked, fundamentalist jihadis smitten with ISIS.

Social Media Are Undervalued in Counterterrorism

Philip Seib | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
Philip Seib

Social media constitute the virtual battlefield in a struggle against terrorism that shows no signs of becoming less fierce. Once the foreign fighters now engaged in the Syrian war turn elsewhere, they will find numerous paths to follow, perhaps urged forward by their social media cheerleaders.

Al Qaeda Chief Urges Militants To Leave 'Political Disaster' In Syria

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2014 | World

RIYADH, May 3 (Reuters) - Iraqi al Qaeda's entry into Syria's civil war caused "a political disaster" for Islamist militants there, the movement's g...

Al Qaeda Chief Calls For More Kidnappings

Reuters | Posted 06.26.2014 | World

DUBAI, April 26 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, particularly Americans, who could then be e...

Assad and the Palestinians

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Palestinians have fought in Syria on behalf of both the regime and the rebels. The conflict has deepened ideological and political wedges between Palestinians and complicated their patchwork of international alliances.

Embassy (In)Security -- A Diplomatic SOS

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.08.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Al Zawahri's directive is -- by assessments derived from members of Congress briefed on the threat -- the most ominous and credible threat against U.S. interests in the Middle East since 9/11.

He's Back | Posted 08.07.2013 | World

For the past the two years, Ayman al-Zawahiri had been lying low....

Al Qaeda Leader's Order To Attack Behind Closure Of U.S. Embassies

Reuters | Posted 10.05.2013 | World

WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Intercepted communications in which al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri ordered the leader of the affiliate in Yemen to c...

Al Qaeda Leader Condemns Morsi Ouster

Posted 08.03.2013 | World

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is believed to have released a statement Friday condemning the ouster of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, according...

A Field Guide to Jihadi Dagestan and Chechnya

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The Northern Caucasus of Russia have for decades been an "off-the-radar" safe haven for Islamic salafist terrorism. Tamerlan Tsarnaev's alleged terrorism in Boston has changed all that.

It Would Be Polite If Americans Who Are OUTRAGED by Hugo Chavez Would Shut Up

Jonathan Schwarz | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Schwarz

And when countries are under attack, the space for civil liberties diminishes. Sometimes that's for legitimate reasons, and sometimes it's not and is opportunistic on the part of would-be authoritarians. But it's essentially a law of nature; it always happens.

Reports: Drone Strike Kills Al Qaeda Deputy

Reuters | Posted 08.04.2012 | World

By Mark Hosenball and Jibran Ahmad WASHINGTON/PESHAWAR, June 5 (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan killed one of al Qaeda's mo...

The Fifth Step Against Terror: Enlightenment

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 11.27.2011 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

America hasn't always found peaceful alternatives to stop aggression. Since 9//11 we've taken four steps along the path to end terrorism, but haven't yet taken step 5 -- the one with perhaps the greatest potential to de-claw terrorism, and to do it peacefully.

Al Qaeda Leader Zawahri Ordered Attacks Against USA On 9/11 Anniversary

Posted 11.09.2011 | New York

The terror threat that has New York City on high-alert today was orchestrated by al-Qaeda's leader to avenge the death of Osama Bin Laden. The Dail...

Andrea Stone

Expert Says 9/11 Terror Threat May Not Match Size Of Previous Attacks | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As counterterrorism officials here and in New York search frantically to confirm a "credible" report of an "active plot" to set off expl...

The U.S. Hunt For Al-Zawahiri Begins

Time | Posted 08.17.2011 | World


Andrea Stone

Hayden, Chertoff Buck Republican Call To Bring Troops Home From Afghanistan | Andrea Stone | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman want a faster withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and a growing nu...

Al Qaeda Chooses Bin Laden Successor

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 08.15.2011 | World

CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaeda has selected its longtime No. 2 to succeed Osama bin Laden following last month's U.S. commando raid that killed the terror le...

New Details Revealed In Bin Laden Documents

ProPublica | Sebastian Rotella | Posted 07.11.2011 | World

By Sebastian Rotella ProPublicaDuring his final years, Osama bin Laden expressed interest in everything from killing President Obama to his deputies'...