February 3, 2013

Qaeda Finds New Life in Unstable Areas

Greg Miller & Joby Warrick, Washington Post

AP Photo

U.S. officials said the terrorist network’s core in Pakistan and its ability to carry out large-scale attacks in the United States have been all but demolished, leading to a shift in focus to emerging threats elsewhere. Recent attacks on U.S. facilities in Libya and a natural gas complex in Algeria, combined with the growing strength of an affiliate in Syria, have drawn attention to the lethal potential of an increasingly atomized al-Qaeda network, officials said. And though the targets of the groups have largely been regional, their multinational memberships and adherence to al-Qaeda’s ideology have heightened concern that the violence could eventually spread.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: North Africa, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Mali, Africa, al-Qaeda


January 27, 2013
My Plan to Fix the World's Biggest Problems
Bill Gates, Wall St. Journal
From the fight against polio to fixing education, what's missing is often good measurement and a commitment to follow the data. We can do better. We have the tools at hand. more ››
January 27, 2013
Pakistan's Battle for Democracy
Arif Rafiq, The Diplomat
Democratic forces in Pakistan continue to fight an uphill battle despite a multitude of national challenges. more ››
January 23, 2013
Think Pakistanis Hate Drones? Nope
Fair, Kaltenthaler & Miller, Atlantic
Observers of Pakistani politics say Pakistanis universally loathe the American drone strikes against Islamist militants in Pakistan's tribal belt. The view is based on anecdotal accounts of Pakistanis, but not the ones most... more ››
January 23, 2013
A British Crusade in Africa Is Lunacy
Max Hastings, Daily Mail
The Government has announced its third round of Armed Forces cuts, imposing 5,300 job losses as part of a programme to reduce the British Army to a strength of 82,000 by 2017. Yet almost in the same breath, the Prime Minister... more ››