The Future AQ Threat

My thoughts on the future threat of al-Qaida include three kinds of potential motivations for attacking the U.S. in some major way in the coming months. 1) There is the oft-cited concern about retaliation, avenging the death of bin Laden. A group or even an individual somewhere is already thinking Continue Reading

Al Qaeda responds to CNN

By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst In the fifth issue of Inspire magazine, a slick Web-based publication, heavy on photographs and graphics that, unusually for a jihadist organ, is written in colloquial English, Anwar al-Awlaki hit back at CNN on Tuesday. In an essay titled “The Tsunami of Change,” Continue Reading

Harmony and Disharmony report – New URL

The Combating Terrorism Center (where I used to work) has overhauled their website, so old links to various reports and documents are no longer working. If you happen to be looking for the popular report “Harmony and Disharmony: Exploiting Al-Qaida’s Organizational Vulnerabilities,” it is now available at this location: http://www.ctc.usma.edu/posts/harmony-and-disharmony-exploiting-al-qaidas-organizational-vulnerabilities Continue Reading

Beware of bad “counterterrorism experts”

For anyone planning to go into law enforcement, or already working in that profession, this is an important article: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2011/1103.stalcup-craze.html There are too many sham “counterterrorism experts” out there giving law enforcement professionals all kinds of bad information, often false assertions and outright lies. People need to be forewarned of Continue Reading