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Bowden Recounts the Hunt for Bin Laden

Monday, October 22, 2012

As the two presidential candidates meet to debate foreign policy issues on Monday, the hunt and killing for the world’s most wanted terrorist will likely be brought mentioned by President Barack Obama. In his latest book, author and journalist Mark Bowden discusses why the mission was a success.

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The Takeaway

The Agenda: Osama bin Laden, May Day Protest, April Jobs Report

Monday, April 30, 2012

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Meanwhile, the release of the April jobs report on Friday will provide an important picture of the status of the recovery. Christine Fair, professor at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio look at what's in store for the week.

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The Takeaway

2011 Is History: Looking Back at a Tumultuous Year

Friday, December 30, 2011

Some years just seem to have less impact than others. But 2011 held the Arab Spring, the death of Osama bin Laden, Occupy Wall Street, protests against austerity measures and the ousting of Berlusconi, as well as the end of the Iraq War. Which events of the past year will make it to the history textbooks, and which will be esoteric stories we confuse our grandkids with?

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The Takeaway

After The Takeaway: John Hockenberry Contemplates the Significance of the Bin Laden Raid

Thursday, August 04, 2011

In this video, The Takeaway’s co-host John Hockenberry reflects on the controversial essay by Nicholas Schmidle that appeared in this week’s New Yorker, entitled “Getting Bin Laden: What Happened that Night in Abbottabad.” We had Schmidle on The Takeaway earlier this week, and he discussed the symbolic as well as practical significance of the success of the bin Laden raid for the U.S. Military. Here, Hockenberry reacts to these sentiments, assessing the implications of our national preoccupation with security in a post-9/11 world.

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The Takeaway

Alleged CIA Informants Arrested in Pakistan

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

There are reports that five alleged CIA informants, who helped lead the CIA to Osama bin Laden have been arrested in Pakistan. The BBC's Aleem Maqbool is in Abbottabad, Pakistan and reports on the story. He says that according to Western officials briefed on the arrests, one of the five was at least one Pakistani army major. The Pakistani army has acknowledged the arrests, but deny that they have detained any army personnel. There has been much criticism of the leaders of the Pakistani military and intelligence agencies since Osama bin Laden's capture and killing and those leaders will be looking to prevent any similar incident happening again.

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It's A Free Country ®

Steve Coll on the Middle East

Friday, May 20, 2011

When, as yesterday, the president goes country to country and tries to rationalize the accommodation of Bahrain's repression, leaves Saudi Arabia out altogether, then celebrates the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, you can bet people noticed that.

Steve Coll, president of the New America Foundation and contributor to the New Yorker, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Case for Torture? It's the Least Worst Option

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Allies got a heck of a lot of useful information using torture in World War II, and if you don't think clandestine services use torture, you're really fooling yourself.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, on why torture should be allowable.

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The Takeaway

Childhood Friends of Osama Bin Laden Reflect on His Death

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The BBC's Mike Buchanan visits Osama bin Laden's childhood city of Jeddah where he hears from some of the al-Qaida leader's childhood friends. It's been over a decade since his friends, like Halad Batarfi, have had contact with him. They reflect on his capture and killing and although they reject his views, they are saddened by the news of his death.

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Afghanistan: Why We Should Stay, Post-Osama

Monday, May 16, 2011

The reason we went in was not simply to get bin Laden; in fact, it was to stabilize Afghanistan so that it can no longer serve as a sanctuary for international terrorists. Most factions of the Taliban were not directly connected to bin Laden to begin with. The demise of bin Laden really, logically, shouldn't affect much in their calculation of whether or not to continue fighting the war.

Fred Kaplan, "War Stories" columnist at Slate and a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Two Explosions Rock Police Training Center in Pakistan, Killing 80

Friday, May 13, 2011

A coordinated bombing in Shabquadar Fort, north of Peshawar Pakistan has killed at least 80 people. The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was a revenge killing for Osama bin Laden's death. However, the government denies that this attack was linked to Osama bin Laden. Declan Walsh, Pakistan correspondent for The Guardian describes the scene, saying "he entire town has become a ghost town." BBC correspondent Lyse Doucet says that it almost doesn't matter if the bombing was in retaliation for bin Laden's death as Pakistanis know they are "living in a volatile and increasingly violent country."

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The Takeaway

Without New Leader, Future of Al-Qaida in Limbo

Friday, May 13, 2011

With the death of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida is now calling on all its followers to prepare do-it-yourself plans of attack against America. And it’s a sharp contrast to the strategy taken on by bin Laden, which focused on long-term planning for one big attack on U.S. soil. This message from the terror network’s online presence is just among the first signs that a change in leadership will also mean a change in strategy. And it seems that without a prominent candidate, the future of the organization is in limbo. We talk with Scott Shane, national security reporter for The New York Times who broke this story for the paper.

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The Takeaway

Afghanistan's Child Recruits Tell Their Story

Friday, May 13, 2011

BBC correspondent Paul Wood visited children in Afghanistan who were tricked into becoming suicide bombers, before they were arrested by coalition authorities. Children as young as eight say that they were told that they wouldn't die if they carried out an attack. We hear their voices.

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The Takeaway

Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Back in News at Panetta Confirmation Hearing

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Since the shooting death of Osama bin Laden, the news has been dominated by stories of the former al-Qaida leader; but, the country’s foreign policy priorities do not end with the discover of his Abbottabad compound. By the time that Leon Panetta takes the stand for his Senate confirmation hearing, politicians on the Left and the Right will be clamoring for their chance have their foreign policy issues back in the limelight. To preview some of the issues we that will make their way back into the news we speak with David Sanger, chief White House correspondent for The New York Times.

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The Takeaway

Life With Osama Bin Laden

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Over a week after the shooting death of Osama bin Laden, Pakistan announced that it has yet to receive a formal request from the United States for access to his three widows left behind in the Abbottabad compound. The C.I.A. believes the three widows harbor valuable information about the terrorist leader. However, it is very possible that the wives were so sheltered that they don't have any information. For insight into life with the world's most renowned terrorist mastermind, we speak with Jean Sasson, author of "Growing Up Bin Laden: Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside their Secret World," a memoir of Osama bin Laden’s son Omar and first wife Najwa bin Laden.

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How Obama Should Spend Post-bin Laden Capital

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Osama bin Laden's death has freed Americans from his haunting of our collective imagination. Americans are feeling better, stronger, more confident - now can the president pivot and funnel that national mood into some practical change?

-Justin Krebs, on President Obama's next priorities.

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The Takeaway

Pakistan's International Role After Bin Laden

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

It appears the U.S. is leering towards Pakistan with suspicious eyes after intelligence reports Osama bin Laden was most likely living in a compound in Abbottabad, for close to six years. The White House claims a healthy relationship with Pakistan is vital to U.S. national security. How will the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan change after bin Laden's death — will it improve or deteriorate? And what will Pakistan's new role in the international community be? To help us answer those questions is Munir Akram, former Pakistani ambassador to the United Nations.

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The Takeaway

Pakistan's ISI Under Microscope

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) has received heavy scrutiny from the United States, after a raid by U.S. special forces on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, lead to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Information gathered from the raid suggests bin Laden had been living in that compound for close to six years. Many question the circumstances of the most wanted man in the world had been living safely within Pakistan's borders, in a $1 million compound, for that long without anyone in the ISI knowing. However, with U.S.-Pakistan relations at stake, it is necessary to pay close attention to evidence and not jump to conclusions, says Christine Fair.

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Clinton Diplomacy and the Future of Middle East Policy

Monday, May 09, 2011

Voices from Washington were quite convinced that if only we get to bin Laden, if only we get rid of his senior lieutenants, there will be less reason to stay in Afghanistan and the only reason we're still there is because of him. Presumably he's been killed and now those voices need to come to terms with their own argument.

Marwan Bishara, senior political analyst for Al-Jazeera English and host of Empire, a monthly show about global powers, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Washington Report

U.S. Steps Up Pressure on Pakistan After Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 09, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on the increased pressure on Pakistan by the United States following the death of Osama bin Laden.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Force and Futility in Afghanistan

Monday, May 09, 2011

New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson discusses the ongoing war in Afghanistan and whether it’s time for coalition forces to leave the country. His article “Force and Futility,” in the May 16 issue of The New Yorker, tells what’s changed—and what has remained the same—in the region of Khost, Afghanistan, since the United States first tried to kill Osama bin Laden there in 1998.

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