Friday, December 27, 2013

War News Updates

Posted: 27 Dec 2013 06:49 AM PST I will be traveling Friday morning. Blogging will return Friday night.

Posted: 26 Dec 2013 04:00 PM PST The flag of the al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, at the entrance to al-Raqqa. (c) REUTERS/Nour Fourat


Al-Qaeda is making yet another appalling comeback

Every time it seems as if it's about to finally outlive its viability, al-Qaeda and its affiliates astonishingly spring back to life. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States, the organization was virtually wiped out. But the war in Iraq brought it back from the brink of oblivion, giving it a new battleground, recruiting tool, training field, and rationale. Following the "Awakening" in Sunni areas of Iraq, al-Qaeda again appeared to be a thing of the past, or at least relegated to permanent irrelevancy.COMMENTARIES, OPINIONS, AND EDITORIALS

-- Clifford May, Real Clear World

-- Paul Whitefield, L.A. Times-- Christian Science Monitor editorial

-- Julian Gewirtz, The Atlantic

-- Christian Science Monitor editorial

-- Akbar Ahmed, New York Times

-- Alexander J. Motyl, World Affairs

-- Jerome Vitenberg, Washington Times-- Jonathan D. Salant, The Age

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