Situation Update

Recent Publications

  • 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.
  • Washington is full of leaks that the Obama administration is planning to end America's military presence in Afghanistan in 2016. And Congress has already slashed U.S. financial assistance to the fifth-poorest country in the world.

Featured Topics

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.

When Two Sharifs Fight, Musharraf Gets Trampled

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.

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Daily News Brief

Iran News Round Up

  • Senior official emphasizes Supreme Leader’s “resistance economy” policies are country’s highest priority; President Rouhani to visit Russia in September-October; Senior cleric reiterates that Arak heavy water reactor will not close

Pakistan Security Brief

  • TTP spokesman says TTP will not attack public places; Ceasefire can be extended if government addresses TTP’s demands; TTP-nominated and government-nominated negotiating committees will meet on Saturday to discuss next steps in peace process; Blast at Frontier Corps camp in Landi Kotal; Militants attack security forces’ vehicle near Peshawar, killing one; Gunmen in Peshawar kill one security force member, injure two; Bomb defused near Pakistan Air Force installation in Peshawar; Islamabad madrassa names its library after Osama bin Laden; Gunmen kill village leader in Indian-administered Kashmir; Cabinet ministers approve import of LNG, electricity; PPP Senator calls on Pakistan to cut ties with Afghan insurgent groups.

Gulf of Aden Security Review

  • Yemen: Yemeni Foreign Minister announces goals for upcoming Friends of Yemen meeting. Horn of Africa: al Shabaab militants ambush an AMISOM and SNA convoy in Bay region; Somali military and police forces clash in Middle Shabelle region.