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Lebanon's Election Result Categories: Lebanon, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Updates features analysis of the weekend Lebanese election resuts, which saw the government pro-western governing coalition improve its position moderately vis-a-vis the Hezbollah-led opposition, contrary to the predictions of many.

Elections in Lebanon and Iran Categories: Iran, Lebanon, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update looks at the upcoming elections in Lebanon, scheduled for June 7, and Iran, scheduled for June 12. Our first piece comes from journalist Michael Totten, a frequent visitor to Lebanon, who says that his sources are telling him that a victory by Hezbollah and its allies looks like a dis

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Essay: The Rebound Categories: Asia, Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Terrorism     Author: Zachary Abuza

Jemaah Islamiah has for more than 15 years fought to transform Indonesia into an Islamist state. In recent years, its terrorist campaign has suffered setbacks. As Jemaah Islamiah regroups, it builds upon the experience of Middle East terrorist groups.

Yes, We Can Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Frederick W. Kagan, Max Boot & Kimberly Kagan

Fears of impending disaster are hard to sustain, however, if you actually spend some time in Afghanistan, as we did recently at the invitation of General David Petraeus, chief of US Central Command. We spent eight days travelling from the snow-capped peaks of Kunar province near the border with Paki

Asia Watch: Witness Protection Categories: Asia, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East     Author: Michael Shannon

What was a small news item back in November blew-up in a big way at the height of the Israeli military offensive in Gaza. The Indonesian internet was abuzz for several weeks as Islamist-oriented websites like Hidayatullah.com, Arrahmah.com and Eramuslim.com attacked Muhammadiyah for its supposed tie

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A Year of Turmoil Categories: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestinians, Syria     Author: Allon Lee

Israeli analyst and journalist Ehud Ya'ari is known not only for his encyclopaedic knowledge of everything going on across the whole Middle East, but for his extraordinary personal contacts throughout the region extending even into the ranks of many of Israel's most bitter enemies.

The JI Files Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Terrorism     Author: Allon Lee

In the six years since Jemaah Islamiah (JI) carried out the deadly October 12 bombing of a Bali nightclub that claimed 202 lives, Indonesia has made great strides in tackling terror. But according to some of the world's top terrorism experts, the job will remain incomplete until Indonesia proscribes

Europa Europa: Of Church, Mosque and State Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon     Author: Douglas Davis

The fact that Islamic courts are now functioning in Britain with full judicial authority should not have come as such a surprise. No less than the Archbishop of Canterbury - the highest-ranking member of the Anglican Church - had publicly conceded earlier this year that the establishment of Sharia l

Scribblings: A Trip to Poll-land Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

It is often asserted by pundits that both Israeli and Palestinian public opinion supports a two-state resolution. Therefore, it is claimed, it must be only the inability of the leaders of the two sides to overcome their own ambition, stubbornness and political limitations that is preventing Israeli-

Is It Over? Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Max Boot

The thinning of its ranks and the loss of central direction have had an obvious impact on al-Qaeda's operational effectiveness. A new study from Simon Fraser University ... finds that since 2001, there has been a net decline of 40% in casualties from terrorism around the world.

Al-Qaeda Today/ Syria's Nuclear Secrets Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East, Multimedia, Syria, Terrorism, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update features two new pieces detailing expert debates about the current status and capabilities of al-Qaeda. First up, Peter Bergen discusses the controversy between analysts who argue that the organisation has become largely localised and leaderless and those who argue that the central

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Hezbollah and Lebanon Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update focuses on Lebanon, and the progress of growing Syrian and Hezbollah dominance of that country, especially in the wake of a recent government decision which effectively makes Hezbollah and its "resistance" against Israel an official arm of the Lebanese government.

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