How Osama bin Laden Got His Revenge

Jul 27, 2020

It’s July 2020 and I’ve just turned 76, which, as far as I’m concerned, officially makes me an old man. So, put up with my aging, wandering brain here, since (I swear) I wasn’t going to start this piece with Donald Trump, no matter his latest wild claims or bizarre statements, increasingly...

The Ongoing Quest to Understand the Saudi Role in 9/11

Sep 19, 2019

Ever since that fatal morning in 2001, the families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks have been seeking to understand the level of complicity of the Saudi government in the funding, logistics and execution of the attacks. While the identities of two Saudis, whose names were redacted in the...

The Al-Qaeda Affiliates Merger in Mali

Mar 28, 2017

Mali's inability to improve its security conditions means that it is likely to remain a key base for al-Qaeda’s activism in the region. On March 2, 2017, leaders of several Mali-based terrorist factions linked to al-Qaeda released a video statement announcing the creation of a new...

The Islamic State is Not Al-Qaeda

Jul 10, 2015

If the international community sees the Islamic State as a mere extension of al-Qaeda, the measures taken against it will fail. On June 26, the world watched in horror as terrorists unleashed a series of attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France. While people struggle to make sense of the...

ISIS and Al-Qaeda: The Battle Over Jihadi Hearts and Minds

Sep 13, 2014

The competition between al-Qaeda and IS could pose a threat as well as an opportunity to the West. Over the past six months, the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) — now known as the Islamic State group (IS) — and its sudden capture of large swathes of territory in Iraq...

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