So, Anwar al-Awlaki was targeted and reportedly killed by a drone this morning. Samir Khan, another American-born AQAP member (and allegedly the principal editor and architect behind the popular online magazine INSPIRE) may also have been killed in the attack. If this morning’s media accounts are accurate, this is a Continue Reading
Analysis from STRATFOR on the attack in Norway: ” . . . the lone wolf operational model presents a number of challenges for law enforcement, intelligence and security officers. The primary challenge is that, by definition, lone wolves are solitary actors and it can be very difficult to determine their Continue Reading
“We are bringing targeted force to bear on al-Qaeda at a time when its ideology is also under extreme pressure,” states the Obama administration’s “National Strategy for Counterterrorism.” Click here to download.
Here’s a link to an article I wrote on May 10 for Praeger Security International. The title is “The Future of al-Qaida Without Bin Laden“.
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
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
By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst (CNN) — Osama bin Laden must be sitting in his comfortably appointed hideaway somewhere in northwest Pakistan watching the events in the Middle East unfold with a mixture of glee and despair. Glee, because overthrowing the dictatorships and monarchies of the Middle East Continue Reading
FYI, here’s the link to the 2011 Threat Assessment by the Director of National Intelligence.
Self Inflicted Wounds Here is an excellent example of the kind of research that definitely improves our understanding of al Qaida. “ Self Inflicted Wounds: Debates and Divisions within al-Qaida and its Periphery” was released earlier this week and is edited by Assaf Moghadam and Brian Fishman, two of my Continue Reading
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