Al-Qaeda

Trump's biggest blunder is the one Obama handed him

• <b>The worst of America's foreign policy today is the fruitless, never-ending effort to defeat the Taliban and achieve a meaningful victory in Afghanistan.</b>• <b><br>Many Americans have probably forgotten (or never knew) how America's involvement in Afghanistan even started — including some of the troops now</b> …

Afghanistan

Know the psychology of ISIL

Iran’s dangerous play in the Levant<p>The analysis of the activities of Hayat Taḥrir al-Sham and his Central Asian allies Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad, …

Middle East

Ken Starr, Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump and the eroding rule of law

It is difficult to explain why Kavanaugh came to the conclusion that Presidents Ought Not Be Investigated only after serving as one of the key …

Liberal View

Intelligence chief invokes 9/11 in warning of potentially crippling cyberattacks

President Trump’s director of national intelligence warned Friday that foreign hackers are attempting potentially crippling cyberattacks against …

Cybersecurity

A Full Member of FIFA, Kosovo Finds Its Flag Barred From World Cup Stadiums

MOSCOW — After years of trying and failing, Kosovo’s soccer association finally got what it wanted two years ago when FIFA granted it full membership, welcoming it into a club of more than 200 national federations.<p>FIFA membership meant Kosovo, which is still battling for recognition at the United …

FIFA World Cup

The 2000s - CNN

Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT<p>From executive producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog, CNN's Original Series "The 2000s" explores the decade that gave us Facebook, the iPhone and other cultural and political milestones.<p>Show Description<p><b>Former spy reveals why al Qaeda called off '03 NYC subway</b> …

Reality TV

Here's why conflict stabilization is essential to US national security

Today, armed conflicts across the globe are enduring and complex. Rebellion, insurgency and civil war show no sign of abating. These struggles are …

Geopolitics

U.S. intel chief warns of devastating cyber threat to U.S. infrastructure | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. intelligence chief warned on Friday that the threat was growing for a devastating cyber assault on critical U.S. infrastructure, saying the “warning lights are blinking red again” nearly two decades after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.<p>FILE PHOTO: U.S. Director of …

World News

Suicide bomber kills 128 in attack on Pakistani election rally

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 128 people at an election rally in southwestern Pakistan in the second election-related attack on Friday, officials said, amid growing tensions over ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's return ahead of the July 25 vote.<p>The bombing was the most …

Pakistan

USAF Reveals Details About Some Of Its Most Secretive Drone Units With New Awards

The service gave out medals with a new "remote" operations device to one drone crew for their role in a controversial targeted strike.<p>USAF<p>The U.S. …

Unmanned Aircraft

The World Is a Hopeless Mess and ‘Path of Blood’ Proves It

Powerful, devastating, depressing and deeply unsettling, the documentary <i>Path of Blood</i> by British filmmaker Jonathan Hacker gives new meaning to the …

Entertainment

Man found guilty under Terrorism Act in Edinburgh

<b>A right-wing extremist who was caught with a bomb-making kit during an unrelated call-out to the death of a teenage woman in Edinburgh has been found guilty of terrorism offences.</b><p>Peter Morgan's flat was searched on 5 July 2017 after a woman collapsed.<p>Police found a glass bottle studded with lead …

Crime

Pentagon IDs Ranger killed in Afghanistan

The Pentagon on Friday identified the Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan the day prior.<p>Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Andrew Celiz, 32, of Summerville, …

Military

Here's What a Trump-Putin Deal on Syria Could Look Like

As the White House prepares for the July 16 summit between American President Trump and Russian President Putin, Syria will be on the agenda. …

Middle East

New York Federal Court Allows Damages for Reinsurance Payments Under Equitable Subrogation

In a recent case, a New York federal court in one of the September 11, 2001 lawsuits against Al Qaeda granted plaintiff insurance carriers’ motion …

Law

Former spy reveals why al Qaeda called off NYC subway attack

<b>(CNN) —</b> The device itself was not particularly impressive to look at.<p>Taped together from parts you might find in a tool shed, it had holes that would allow the 'violent spewing' out of cyanogen chloride, as a detailed description of the device later posted by American authorities said.<p>The detonator …

World News

Prison jumpsuit and mystery meats: Inside Manafort’s new jail experience

Trump’s former campaign chairman is losing many of the perks of his prior ‘VIP’ treatment in jail.<p>Paul Manafort could log on to a computer from his first jail cell, a unit he described to friends and family as a “VIP” setup with its own private shower and bathroom. He also didn’t have to wear a …

U.S. Politics

As Assad tightens grip on Syria's south, Jordan rethinks rebel support

Standing on the edge of this once busy border crossing, you can glimpse the black, white and red of the Syrian flag across the no man’s land linking Jordan to Syria. Off to one side, a group of soldiers lounge around an entrenched tank, as army trucks kick up dust on a dirt track hugging the border.<p>…

Middle East

Netanyahu, Putin, and Trump — Jockeying for Power in Syria

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT Russian bombs rained down on towns of southern Syria as an estimated 320,000 civilians fled for their lives. Over the past …

Middle East

Path of Blood could be You’ve Been Framed if not for the brutal endgame

The documentary is based on hundreds of hours of raw video seized in raids on Al Qaeda safe-houses.<p>The scene is familiar at first. An earnest young …

Opinion (UK)

As Eight Guantánamo Detainees Ask for Freedom, the Trump Administration Says It Could Hold Them For 100 Years

On Wednesday a federal court in Washington, D.C., heard the first major challenge to the Trump administration’s policy on Guantánamo Bay — a case …

Trump Administration

Saudi Arabia arrests prominent cleric Safar al-Hawali: activists

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has detained influential religious scholar Safar al-Hawali and three of his sons, activists said on Thursday, widening an apparent crackdown against clerics, intellectuals and rights campaigners.<p>London-based Saudi rights group ALQST said the arrests happened after …

World News

This Think Tank is Pushing Regime Change in Iran—and the White House is Listening

The Trump administration is threatening America’s European allies with harsh sanctions—among them, exclusion from a principal component of the global …

Liberal View

American Soldier Is Killed in Afghanistan, the 2nd This Week

WASHINGTON — A Special Operations soldier was killed on Thursday in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktia province following a predawn raid, Defense Department officials said. It was the second death of a United States soldier in Afghanistan in a week.<p>An Afghan soldier also was killed in the raid, and …

Afghanistan

Metaphor and War, Again

Metaphors can kill.<p>That's how I began a piece on the first Gulf War back in 1990, just before the war began. Many of those metaphorical ideas are …

War

Review: ‘Path of Blood’ Presents Terrorists’ Videos

“Path of Blood” gives a director credit to Jonathan Hacker, who wrote a 2015 book of the same title with Thomas Small. But directing isn’t quite accurate. This documentary, which covers events in Saudi Arabia from 2003 to 2009, interweaves videos made by Al Qaeda members there with footage shot by …

The Arts

Counterterrorism policy and strategy must move up the ‘innovation stack’

President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-Russia ambassador: Trump has done more damage to NATO in months than Russia has in decades Trump takes credit for …

Middle East

What America Gets Out of NATO

Donald Trump prepared for this week’s NATO summit by doing what no president had done before — making a case that the alliance is a bad deal for the American people. Last week in Great Falls, Mont., he said that he had told Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, “I don’t know how much protection we …

Geopolitics

Rob Reiner Thinks Our Democracy Is Hanging by a Thread

With <i>Shock and Awe</i>, Rob Reiner thought he was making a film about the recent past instead of one reflecting on the present. The fact-based film …

Donald Trump

Trump Administration: We Can Keep Guantanamo Prisoners Locked Up For 100 Years

That leaves some of the current detainees stuck in a legal "no man's land," a federal judge said.<p>WASHINGTON — The U.S. has the authority to keep prisoners locked up at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp for a century without charging them with a crime, as long as the U.S. keeps fighting terrorist …

News (U.S.)