al Qaeda

Rebuttal

Did Awlaki Really Help the 9/11 Hijackers?

What Judicial Watch and Fox News got wrong about al Qaeda's leading English-language ideologue.

J.M. Berger |

Argument

The Year in Quotes

The 20 most puzzling, hypocritical, and revealing things said about U.S. foreign policy in 2012.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Syria's Time Is Running Out

The country tears itself further apart with each passing day. This is the moment to do something about it.

Frederic Hof |

Dispatch

The Last Stand of Somalia's Jihad

Can Kenya's invasion of Kismayo put an end to al-Shabab for good?

James Verini |

Dispatch

Yemen's Rocky Roadmap

Yemenis hope that a planned National Dialogue will save the revolution. But what abut the guys with the guns? 

Adam Baron |

Argument

The Rise of Al Qaeda in Syria

The White House wants to marginalize radicals within the anti-Assad insurgency -- but does it have any leverage left with the rebels?

Aaron Y. Zelin |

Argument

Words Are Weapons of Mass Destruction

Why Hamas should watch its language.

David Keyes |

Backstory

The Hot Seat

What you need to know about Benghazi going into this week's congressional hearings.

Ty McCormick |

EXCERPT

Losing Yemen

How this forgotten corner of the Arabian Peninsula became the most dangerous country in the world.

Gregory Johnsen |

Profile

The Man Who Brought the Black Flag to Timbuktu

A new Islamist strongman has taken the stage in North Africa. His rising power is giving him a lot of bad ideas.

William Lloyd-George |

Think Again

Think Again: The Bin Laden Raid

Six myths about President Obama's greatest foreign-policy success.

Mark Bowden |

Argument

Holy Warriors

A field guide to Syria's jihadi groups.

Aron Lund |

Argument

Is Iraq an Iranian Proxy?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Safa al-Sheikh |

David Rothkopf

A Truly Credible Military Threat to Iran

The Israelis and the Americans are zeroing in on a strike option that has a real chance of deterring the mullahs -- and defusing Mitt Romney's attacks.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Reports of al Qaeda's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

The terrorist group may be headless, but its tentacles still pack a mean punch.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

The List

Know Your Ansar al-Sharia

From Sanaa to Benghazi, Cairo to Casablanca, radical new jihadi groups have adopted the same name in recent months. Is it all just a coincidence?

Aaron Y. Zelin |

Micah Zenko

The Seven Deadly Sins of John Brennan

What Obama's high priest of targeted killings doesn't want you to know.

Micah Zenko |

Dispatch

Brother of Al Qaeda Leader Offers Peace Plan

Mohamed al-Zawahiri was behind the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, but what he really wants is to make peace with the West.

Mohamed Fadel Fahmy |

Argument

Libya's Downward Spiral

The country has been going to hell in a handbasket for months now. We just weren't paying attention.

Christopher S. Chivvis |

Argument

It's Time to Act in Syria

Yes, it's true: Military involvement in Syria has its risks. But the costs of non-intervention are growing by the day.

Mark N. Katz |

Budget Wars

Bipartisan Bloat

If there's one thing that Obama and Romney agree on, it's more military spending. Too bad they're both wrong.

Christopher Preble |

Small Wars

Strategic Error

When the big picture misses the point.

Robert Haddick |

Argument

Fiasco in the Levant

Unless the United States gets serious now about its postwar planning, Syria could spin out of control.

James Dobbins |

Argument

The Scorpion and the Frog

For years, Syria supported a witches' brew of terrorist groups across the Middle East. Now, it's payback time.

Ty McCormick |

Trip Report

Kangaroo Court

The Obama administration has done much to clean up the legal mess in Guantánamo. But as the ongoing trial of a top al Qaeda suspects makes clear, it has not done nearly enough.

Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno |

Slide Show

Hometown of a Terrorist

Images of a rare journey to Tesawa, the isolated Libyan village that reared Aby Yahu al-Libi, al Qaeda's once-feared second-in-command.

Slide Show |

Argument

Is Nigeria the Next Front in the War on Terror?

The country's sectarian violence is getting out of control.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

Dispatch

A Hollow Victory

Yemen's new president claims to have driven al Qaeda from its strongholds. But Yemenis fear the militants will be back.

Adam Baron |

Letters

Terrorized

Facts on the ground just don't square with talk of an al Qaeda comeback.

Hillary Hurd |

The List

An Annotated Guide to All Those White House Leaks

The 10 Obama administration disclosures that Attorney General Eric Holder should investigate.

Uri Friedman |