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Getting it Right: U.S. National Security Policy and al Qaeda Since 2011

Current national security policy is failing to stop the advancement of al Qaeda and its affiliates throughout the Muslim-majority world. While there are many reasons for this failure, three key issues stand out.

Snatching Failure from Victory in Afghanistan

The military commander in Afghanistan, General Joe Dunford, has said that he needs 10,000 US troops to accomplish the missions the president has said he wants to accomplish after this year. That number is probably half of what is actually required.

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Iran News Round Up

  • Senior IRGC commander warns against attempts to create secular government; IRGC Greater Tehran unit conducts counter-invasion drills; Rouhani administration allocates $4 billion towards energy field development; Chinese investment groups expresses interest in free economic zone

Pakistan Security Brief

  • Thirty five dead and 20 injured in airstrikes and ground operations in Khyber agency; New committee will be formed for talks with the TTP; Prime Minister to visit Iran in May; Three, including police inspector, killed and 15 injured in Karachi blast; Gunmen kill two in Balochistan; Protestors throw rocks at polling stations in Indian-administered Kashmir; Army bans three news sources from cantonments after they allege ISI involvement in attempted assassination of TV presenter.

Gulf of Aden Security Review

  • Yemen: suspected AQAP militants attack Yemeni security checkpoint in Hadramawt governorate. Horn of Africa: VBIED detonates near police station in Nairobi; SNA forces raid an al Shabaab base in Bakool region; AMISOM and SNA forces clash with al Shabaab militants in Bay region; UN announces plan for implementation of non-lethal support structure for SNA.