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How big a terror risk are former Guantanamo prisoners?

In order to shed some light on exactly which graduates from Guantanamo have joined a militant group or engaged in some other kind of terrori


Americans dying for al Qaeda

Nearly 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, many Americans were likely surprised to learn that one of their fellow citizens had committed suicid


Obama says goodbye to American hubris

What is the Obama Doctrine? As the President put it Wednesday, "Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a n


How Islamic is Pakistan’s Constitution

A lot has happened since that first, subsequently failed, formal meeting between the government and the Taliban negotiation team in the "jou


Drones will fill the sky

Not so long ago, killing an American citizen on the other side of the world with an armed drone would have been in the realm of science fict


What's at stake in war against girls' kidnappers?

Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, a militant Islamist organization, released a video on Monday claiming responsibility for kidnappi


Obama's high-stakes drone war in Yemen

The U.S. drone campaign in Yemen is very much President Obama's war.


Four things we learned about the Boston bombing

As is often the case with big news events, much of what we understood to be the case in the immediate aftermath of the event and what we now


The man who inspired the Boston bombings

One year after the Boston Marathon bombings and almost three years after his death in a CIA drone strike in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki, the New


What if the Afghan elections actually work?

Afghans will go to the polls on Saturday to elect their second president since the overthrow of the Taliban in the winter of 2001. You might


Why the Saudis unfriended the U.S.

What went wrong? In recent months the normally hyper-discreet Saudis have gone on the record about their dissatisfactions with the Obama adm


Get the government out of your phone records

The Obama administration is proposing to scrap the NSA's bulk collection of all Americans' phone call records. The administration's proposal