al Qaeda


Words Are Weapons of Mass Destruction

Why Hamas should watch its language.

David Keyes |


The Hot Seat

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

Ty McCormick |


Losing Yemen

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

Gregory Johnsen |


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 |


Holy Warriors

A field guide to Syria's jihadi groups.

Aron Lund |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


Fiasco in the Levant

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

James Dobbins |


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 |


Is Nigeria the Next Front in the War on Terror?

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

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |


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 |



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 |


The Patience Runs Out

The United States has put up with Pakistan's insidious double game for a decade now. Not anymore.

Shamila N. Chaudhary |


Up Close and Angry

The CIA's Sabrina De Sousa dishes on the Bush administration officials who ordered the botched extraordinary rendition operation -- or kidnapping, if you're an Italian judge -- that made her a wanted woman.

Jeff Stein |


Killing It

Why President Obama's kill list controversy is only good news for his reelection campaign.

Michael A. Cohen |


The Obama Paradox

A conversation with David Sanger, author of a new book on Obama's secret wars. 

David Rothkopf |


Kill the Kill List

The Obama administration is grossly misreading international law when it comes to targeting terrorists.

Daphne Eviatar |

Terms of Engagement

Terrorist Fishing in the Yemen

The Obama administration has doubled down on the use of drones to go after bad guys. How long until the blowback comes?

James Traub |