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The Iran-Al Qaeda Connection

February 25, 2012

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This past week has seen Al-Qaeda rise after a period of weakening and transition. After losing a number of its leadership, most notably Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, it was thought that the organization would be further crippled until it could no longer operate effectively. However its recent actions in Iraq, Somalia, and possibly […]

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Winning Hearts and Minds…and (hopefully) the whole war too.

February 13, 2012

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The future of the War in Afghanistan became more complex on 1 February when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the U.S. would end its combat role early by summer 2013. This significant development means that the counter-insurgency campaign that NATO is fighting will rely heavily on Afghan National Forces to control Afghan territory. The […]

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A Model for Success

February 9, 2012

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On February 2nd, 2012, spokesman for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Col. Marcelo Burgos, announced that due to an evening air strike, several leaders of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group had been killed. This group has been the cause of fear and disturbance in the southern islands of the Philippines for almost 30 years. […]

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Pakistan’s New Ally

January 19, 2012

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Pakistan is the United States’ most crucial ally in the counterterrorism operation in Afghanistan. Without partnership and cooperation with the Islamic state’s government, the U.S. has a very slim chance of having the intelligence and access to Afghanistan necessary to curb the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist organizations. Yet over the last year, U.S. relations with […]

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The US and Pakistan: Keeping Friends Close and Enemies… Out

November 29, 2011

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On November 26, 2011 the Pakistani government was found red with anger after a series of strikes from a NATO aircraft killed at least 25 soldiers at the northwestern border with Afghanistan. The supreme army commander of Pakistan called the attacks unprovoked, but the Afghan security officers said that they were involved in a nighttime […]

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