Situation Update

Recent Publications

  • Gen. Pervez Musharraf for high treason for abrogating the country's constitution in 2007. The indictment is likely to increase the strife between Pakistan's powerful military and relatively new civilian government.
  • Degrading al Qaeda leadership is central to American counterterrorism strategy, but the leaders today are not the same as they were in 2001. Al Qaeda leaders are no longer necessarily connected by formal networks and many operate outside of any formal affiliation to the al Qaeda network.
  • Yemen is at a pivotal moment today, three years after the outbreak of popular protests, and the future of America’s strategy against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is on the line.
  • What is al-Qaeda? And who cares? Confusion about how to define the terrorist group is rife. Was al-Qaeda involved in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead? The Obama administration says no.

Featured Topics

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.

Testimony: Missing the Target - Why the U.S. Has Not Defeated al Qaeda

The problem of al Qaeda cannot be separated from the other crises of our age, nor can it be quarantined or rendered harmless through targeted therapies that ignore the larger problems.

Maps and Graphics

Daily News Brief

Iran News Round Up

  • IRGC weekly editorial lays out seven duties of the Corps; Judiciary head orders crackdown related to reports of prison abuse; Turkey grants permits to two sanctioned Iranian banks; Foreign Minister expresses optimism in nuclear negotiations

Pakistan Security Brief

  • TTP- and government-nominated negotiating committees meet in Islamabad to discuss ceasefire, talks; Gas pipeline destroyed in Balochistan; Body of militant involved in Peshawar attack found wearing military uniform; Defence Ministry requests Geo News be shut down for accusing ISI of involvement in attempt on journalist’s life; Supreme Court may prosecute military personnel in missing persons cases; Supreme Court blocks election of ASWJ leader to parliament.

Gulf of Aden Security Review

  • Yemen: Saudi border guards prevent group of women and children from illegally entering Yemen to join AQAP; Yemeni security forces clash with gunmen in Aden governorate; IED injures civilians in Abyan governorate; Yemeni Defense Ministry announces intent to increase military cooperation with Russia. Horn of Africa: AMISOM and SNA forces seize village in Hiraan region from al Shabaab; al Shabaab attacks police station in Hiraan region; al Shabaab militants ambush UN vehicle in Kenya’s North Eastern Province; Somali National Security Forces arrest suspected al Shabaab militants in Mogadishu.