Obama cites apparent al-Qaida link in bomb plot – AP


An al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen apparently ordered the Christmas Day plot against a U.S. airliner, training and arming the 23-year-old Nigerian man accused in the failed bombing, President Barack Obama said Saturday. “This is not the first time this group has targeted us,” Obama said, reporting on some of the findings of an administration review […]

A New Way on Iran – by Jacob Laksin


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The Obama administration’s policy of engaging the mullahs goes up in flames.

As standoff with Iran continues, U.S. prepares targeted sanctions – washingtonpost.com


The Obama administration is readying sanctions against discrete elements of the Iranian government, including those involved in the deadly crackdown on Iranian protesters, marking a shift to a more aggressive U.S. posture toward the Islamic republic, U.S. officials said. Ten months after President Obama set a year-end deadline for Iran to engage with world powers […]

Radical Imam Tied to Terror Plots Has Gone ‘Operational’ in Yemen – FOXNews.com


he radical Yemeni-based cleric connected to two violent plots in the U.S. has “gone operational,” a senior U.S. official told Fox News, suggesting Anwar al-Awlaki is becoming an increasingly significant figure in Arabian Peninsula terror networks. Al-Awlaki was thought to have been killed in an air strike by Yemeni forces last week, but that is […]

Feds assess terror watchlists after airline attack – AP


Federal authorities met Monday to reassess the nation’s system of terror watchlists to determine how to avoid the type of lapse that allowed a man with explosives to board a flight to the U.S. even though he was flagged as a possible terrorist. A senior U.S. intelligence official said authorities were reviewing the procedures that […]

Taliban blow up Pakistan girls school – AP


The Taliban blew up a girls’ school in Pakistan’s Khyber district, where troops are fighting against militants in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan, an official said Wednesday. Militants detonated explosives overnight at the government-run school in Bazgarah town, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Peshawar, capital of the violence-plagued North West Frontier Province. via […]

Homegrown Insurgency – by Paul Sperry


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Move over Europe, radicalization is happening here.

Iranian Endgame – by P. David Hornik


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Is Israel America’s last resort?

Americans Detained in Pakistan Found to Have al Qaeda Links – WSJ.com


Five young Americans detained in eastern Pakistan had developed contacts with al Qaeda operatives through the Internet and were on their way to North Waziristan to join a militant training camp, said a senior Pakistani intelligence official. via Americans Detained in Pakistan Found to Have al Qaeda Links – WSJ.com.

Obama’s Landscape of Anti-Semitism – by Jamie Glazov


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The president’s Jew-hating personal and professional associations.