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Al Qaeda’s Pakistani Navy Attacks & Recognition of Seapower

For several years now, I've written about al Qaeda's interest in the sea as a not only as an avenue for attack, but as a means to facilitate the movement of men, money, and material. After some initial confusion in reporting, it appears that the recent attack against a Pakistani naval frigate was indeed part of a larger plot to target U.S. Show More Summary

So You Want to Steal a Frigate?

In my latest at the Diplomat, I work through some of the details of the script of Ocean’s 14: Danny Joins Al Qaeda: Ships are hard to steal in real life, but we do have a few examples. The crews of two Brazilian dreadnoughts mutinied in 1910, threatening to turn their guns on Rio De […]

Capital Journal Daybreak: U.S. Tracks Al Qaeda Plots | Senate Passes Bill to Arm Syrian Rebels | Rand Paul Adjusts Foreign-Policy Stance

The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more.

Al Qaeda will fail to recruit India’s Muslims, says PM Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said al Qaeda will fail if it seeks to spread its terror network into his country because Muslims there “will die for India.” Al Qaeda announced plans this month to launch a new branch in the Indian subcontinent, in a video message featuring al Qaeda leaderAyman al-Zawahiri. Show More Summary

White House Invents Qaeda-ISIS Alliance

13 hours agoNews : The Daily Beast

Obama is trying to argue the group is the "true inheritor of bin Laden" in order to legally justify the war. Just don't tell al Qaeda, which booted ISIS in February.

There Goes the Neighborhood - Foreign Policy

ARGUMENT There Goes the Neighborhood Al Qaeda’s control of Israel’s northern border has Jerusalem nostalgic for the days of Assad. BY ANDREW TABLER SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 FOREIGN POLICY GOLAN HEIGHTS — While the world focuses on the Islamic State's advances in Iraq and Syria, the Syrian war is spilling over into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Show More Summary


An al Qaeda affiliated terrorist group claims it has hijacked a Pakistani Navy vessel. And plans to use it against the U.S. ships in the Arabian Sea. The group making the claim is called Lions of Allah. But it’s one thing to hijack a naval vessel. It’s another to know how to fire its armaments. […]

Legendary Marine General James Mattis: ISIS Is A Combination Of Al Qaeda And Hezbollah On Steroids

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis will describe the threat posed by militants of the Islamic State a s "a combined al Qaeda and Lebanese Hezbollah on steroids " in a hearing for the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday morning. The...Show More Summary

ISIS Beheading Video Victims Did Not Realize It Was The Real Thing, Says Islamic State Survivor Didier Francois

The ISIS beheading video victims may not have realized they were about to have heads decapitated according to Didier Francois, who survived being a hostage of the Islamic State. In a related report by The Inquisitr, even al Qaeda is appealing to ISIS to release a British hostage since he’s an innocent aid worker. Show More Summary

Tuesday Cable Ratings: CNN’s Double Agent Special Tops Maddow in Demo

yesterdayNews : Mediaite

On Tuesday night during the 9 p.m. hour, CNN’s special report Double Agent: Inside Al Qaeda for the CIA averaged 288K viewers in the 25-54 demo, doubling MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, which had 144K. Fox News’ The Kelly File came in first with 388K.

Al Qaeda Offshoot Says It Hijacked A Pakistani Navy Ship to Attack U.S. Vessels

Al Qaeda's South Asia wing has claimed responsibility for hijacking a Pakistani naval ship and trying to use it to fire rockets at U.S. vessels in the Arabian Sea, in the first major assault by the newly created group. The post Al Qaeda Offshoot Says It Hijacked A Pakistani Navy Ship to Attack U.S. Vessels appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

Double Agent Served Inside Al Qaeda

Two worlds. Two identities and the ever-present, very real risk of death. That was the life of Morten Storm, a radical Islamist turned double agent, who's now lifting the lid on some of the world's best-kept secrets. "I had these different names. Show More Summary

ISIS Rivalry With AL Qaeda Could Result In Major U.S. Terror Attack

A number of high level advisors to President Obama warned a congressional committee on Wednesday that Al Qaeda and ISIS may be competing with one another in a bid to be seen as the stronger and braver terrorist group and that that rivalry could lead to an attack on the U.S., they warned. Show More Summary

War Will Keep Them Together

#REPORT 1. AQIM & AQAP joint statement "support for the Muslims over alliance of Crusader & Murtadeen" — Ninja Witness (@Khaleed1949) September 16, 2014 Remember that schism between al Qaeda and ISIS? Well, there’s nothing like a new war with the Great Satan to help patch that up. Adam Taylor passes along some salient news […]

Al Qaeda Struggles to Look Cool Next to Rockstar ISIS

DAMASCUS -- After dominating international headlines for more than a decade, al Qaeda is struggling to remain relevant to a new generation of rosy-cheeked, fundamentalist jihadis smitten with ISIS. Once the only game in town, al Qaeda is finding it hard to compete with the sexy allure of a tech-savvy Islamic State. Show More Summary

Marco Rubio Scaremongers ISIS Could Terrorize Us Via Mexico

What? Canada isn’t good enough? It’s back to the arguments we heard after 9/11. Just switch al Qaeda for ISIS. “But it’s not just ISIS,” Rubio added. “I mean, there are multiple groups around the world that want to strike us. I mean, we forget, with all this focus on ISIL, and rightfully so, that [...]

Meet Morten Storm, the CIA's mole inside al Qaeda

Morten Storm converted to Islam in his native Denmark, after a life of petty crime left him feeling hollow, he writes in a new book, Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA. His extreme personality and adrenaline-seeking led him to embrace Islamist jihad. Show More Summary

Will fighting another Mideast war do any good?

To the editor: In 2001, we went into Afghanistan to thump down the mole of Al Qaeda, which had raised its ugly head there. Then President George W. Bush wanted to beat down the Saddam Hussein mole and sent our boys to Iraq in 2003. ("Americans express ambivalence over a new Mideast military...

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