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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.

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 '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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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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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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Everything You Need to Know About Al-Qaeda in Iraq | Defense One

January 13, 2014

"For al-Qaeda, attaching its name to Zarqawi's activities enabled it to maintain relevance even as its core forces were destroyed [in Afghanistan] or on the run," writes Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism fellow at the New America Foundation. According ...

Gates’ Book: Emphasizing the Ways, Not the Wisdom, of War | TIME

January 13, 2014

The latest bad turn in Fallujah isn’t as much about the insurgents as it is the U.S.-installed Iraqi government. “Whatever his intentions, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has not effectively integrated Sunni tribal groups into the Iraqi government,” writes Brian Fishman of West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center. “Good governance, including effective law enforcement and intelligence work, is the only way to eliminate a terrorist organization, and that does not seem likely in Iraq any time soon.”

Everything You Need To Know About Al-Qaeda In Iraq | Defense One

January 13, 2014

"For al-Qaeda, attaching its name to Zarqawi's activities enabled it to maintain relevance even as its core forces were destroyed [in Afghanistan] or on the run," writes Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism fellow at the New America Foundation. According ...

Al-Qaida's Brutal Effort to Build a Caliphate Prompts Growing Fury | The Guardian

January 11, 2014

Through the rise of al-Qaida in Iraq to the second battle of Falluja and the emergence of the Sunni Awakening Movement – which began in 2006 and saw substantial numbers of tribal fighters turn against al-Qaida and join forces with the US – those tensions persisted.

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