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Kenyan Aid Workers Rescued In Somalia | CNN

April 11, 2014

In 2012, the two groups effectively merged, said CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen. Al-Shabaab hopes to turn Somalia into a fundamentalist Islamic state, but has launched attacks in other countries as well. In 2010, Al-Shabaab claimed ...

What Pilot's Flight Simulator Could Reveal About Flight 370 | Fox News

March 21, 2014

Appearing on “America's Newsroom” on Friday, former CIA Deputy Director Philip Mudd weighed in on what information might be obtained about the missing plane. He said that experts will first look at what Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah deleted in an effort ...

America's defective MENA strategy

February 18, 2014

The United States’ strategy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is becoming increasingly dysfunctional. While President Barack Obama’s critics may seek to blame his administration for the setback, the problem is much larger than any particular foreign policy team.

The Violence in Iraq: What Can Be Done?

February 18, 2014

Just over two years after the last U.S. combat troops were withdrawn from Iraq, an insurgency is raging throughout the country. The black flags of ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham – now fly over Fallujah, the site of some of the bloodiest battles of the U.S war in Iraq. These recent gains by extremists, and the apparent inability of the Iraqi government to exercise control over its territory, have many in U.S. foreign policy circles worried.

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Militant attacks, sectarian identities greatest threat to Iraq

February 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (KUNA) -- America and Iraq are both on the front lines in tackling Al-Qaeda terrorism three years after the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq as that country continues to suffer from terrorist attacks claiming the lives of thousands of people.

In a panel discussion held here at the CATO Institute entitled "Understanding the Conitnuing Violence in Iraq," Douglas Ollivant, a Senior National Security Fellow at the New America Foundation, believes the U.S. needs to recognize Iraq as a "fellow victim" of Al-Qaeda terrorism.

Jihadist Return Is Said To Drive Attacks In Egypt | New York Times

February 5, 2014

“Egypt is again an open front for jihad,” said Brian Fishman, a researcher in counterterrorism at the New America Foundation in Washington. “The world is being turned on its head, and, for the United States, the ability to rely on Egypt as a ...

Al-Qaeda Disavows Any Ties With Radical Islamist Isis Group In Syria, Iraq | The Washington Post

February 3, 2014

Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism research fellow with the New America Foundation in Washington who has written extensively on al-Qaeda and its affiliates, said that Zawahiri's action reflects an internal debate that dates back to the founding of al ...

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Al Qaeda 'Disowns' Affiliate, Blaming It For Disaster In Syria | CNN

February 3, 2014

According to Brian Fishman of the New America Foundation, "The ISIL is also bringing in much larger numbers of foreign fighters, including approximately 900 Europeans, many of whom are learning to use sophisticated weapons and small unit tactics.".

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No Peace In Afghanistan Without Tribal Participation | The Nation

February 2, 2014

In 2012, Peter Bergen, CNN's National Security Analyst, wrote: "The tribal fighters of the Awakening movement ended up on the American payroll in the 'Sons of Iraq' program, which by the spring of 2009 had grown to around 100,000 men. Many of those men ...

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Official: U.S. Airstrike In Somalia Targets Suspected Militant Leader | CNN

January 26, 2014

Al-Shabaab, designated a terrorist organization by the United States, has a relationship with al Qaeda that goes back several years. In 2012, the two groups effectively merged, said CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen.

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