Monday, June 24, 2013
Philip Mudd, former deputy director of the Counterterrorism Center at the CIA and of the national security branch of the FBI, current research fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda, talks about how the White House, the State Department and the national security agencies worked together.
Friday, March 08, 2013
By Brigid Bergin : Reporter
With a muted response, New Yorkers greeted the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a senior al-Qaeda leader and the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, who pleaded not guilty Friday in federal court in Manhattan.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Monday, December 31, 2012
Kurt Eichenwald recounts the first 500 days after 9/11, looking closely at the decisions, deceptions, and delusions of the 18 months that changed the world forever, as leaders raced to protect their citizens in the wake of 9/11. In 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars, he moves from the Oval Office to Number 10 Downing Street, from Guantanamo Bay to the CIA headquarters, from the al-Qaeda training camps to the torture chambers of Egypt and Syria.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Despite the significant damage that the core of Al Qaeda has sustained over the past decade, conflict in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East has allowed for a more accessible arena for less organized Al Qaeda affiliates. Daniel Byman, research director and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Saban Center for Middle East Policy, and professor at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, explains.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Mark Bowden, chronicler of our military and special forces, gives the account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, he tells the story in The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden. Bowden describes the development of a new tactical strategy to fight al Qaeda, how the right weapon to go after bin Laden evolved, how intelligence led to a compound in Abbottabad, and how the Navy SEALS carried out their mission.
Monday, September 17, 2012
By Steffen Schmidt : IAFC Blogger
Serious questions remain as to whether, after the overthrow of dictatorships, the U.S. failed to aggressively follow-up to help in the building of civil, security, economic, and political institutions in these countries.
Monday, July 23, 2012
In the new book "How to Get Away with Murder in America," author and journalist Evan Wright profiles the man who ran a top-secret CIA assassination program.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
According to a new report in the Washington Post, Ouagadougou Burkina Faso is the hub of a vast secret war of surveillance and assassinations targeting al-Qaeda and other terror organizations in Africa and around the world. It is a covert operation that seems to be the first initiative of global strategy and tactics focused on the failed states around the world, a way of preempting and denying terrorists access and safe haven in these lawless chaotic places.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Last night in Florida, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said U.S. specialists hacked into websites run by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen. The hackers were able to change online ads that boasted about killing Americans into advertisements that underscored the deaths of Muslim civilians in Al Qaeda terror attacks. We're joined by Jamie Doran, a producer for Frontline who worked on the new documentary "Al Qaeda in Yemen."
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
At least 96 people were killed in the capital city of Yemen yesterday, after a suicide bomber disguised as a Yemeni soldier blew himself up during a military parade rehearsal near the presidential palace in Sana. The bombing was the country's most devastating terrorism attack in years, and the Al Qaeda affiliate that operates within the state has claimed responsibility for the mass killings. Yemen expert Charles Schmitz discusses the country's future.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
There’s a new twist in the developing story of a thwarted terrorist plot orchestrated by Al Qaeda in Yemen. The would-be suicide bomber tasked with blowing up a United States-bound airliner was actually a double agent. Scott Shane, national security correspondent for The New York Times, explains.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Peter Bergen gives an account of the decade-long hunt for the world's most wanted man. In Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden—from 9/11 to Abbottabad, he gives new details of bin Laden’s flight after the defeat of the Taliban. As the only journalist to gain access to bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound before the Pakistani government demolished it, Bergen paints a vivid picture of bin Laden’s life in hiding and his struggle to maintain control of al-Qaeda.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Tomorrow will mark the one-year anniversary of the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's complex in Abbottabad, Pakistan. In the immediate aftermath of the al Qaeda leader's death, many wondered how the organization would be affected. Gideon Rose, the editor of Foreign Affairs, illustrates how the group has changed.
Friday, March 30, 2012
One week ago, Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent, was shot dead by French security forces following a dramatic 32-hour police standoff. Questions remain about the attack itself: Did Merah act alone? And why didn’t French officials catch him before the rampage? Takeaway producer Arwa Gunja has been in France this week as a reporting fellow with the International Center for Journalists, and spoke with community members about their reaction to both the attacks and the tragedy’s fallout.
Friday, March 30, 2012
New details have come to light about the nine years Osama bin Laden spent on the run in Pakistan after 9/11. We now know he moved among five safe houses and fathered four children, at least two of whom were born in a government hospital. The information has come from a police report by the Dawn newspaper. Mubashir Zaidi is the head of Dawn TV, the Islamabad studio of our partner the BBC.
Monday, March 26, 2012
On March 1, 2003, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad was arrested in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, by members of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency and the CIA. It marked the end of one of the lengthiest terrorist manhunts in history. Josh Meyer, chief terrorism reporter for the Los Angeles Times, co-wrote "The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad" with Terry McDermott. He discusses the pursuit, detainment, and trial of the man he calls "the ghost of our times."
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Mohammed Merah, a French national of Algerian descent and former member of Al Qaeda, was allegedly behind two separate attacks in France this week. Benjamin Abtan, head of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement, says there is concern that increasing anti-immigration sentiment may have fueled these attacks and that it could lead to others.