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After Bin Laden Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism, Updates    

This Update focuses on additional, under-reported features of the killing of Osama bin Laden last week. We lead with noted Canadian Muslim reformer Irshad Manji, who while congratulating US President Barack Obama, takes issue with his statement that bin Laden was "not a Muslim leader." She insists

Hamas - the key to Peace?

Hamas - the key to Peace? Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In Amin Saikal's article "Palestinians' High Hopes" (May 6) he naively describes the Fatah-Hamas unity pact as likely to enhance prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. In fact, the effect is very much likely to be the reverse. Saikal, like some other analysts, implores Israel to negotiate with Ha

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Scribblings: A Rocket from Nowhere?

Scribblings: A Rocket from Nowhere? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There was no possible mistake; the Hamas operative who fired it hit exactly what he was aiming at - a clearly identifiable, distinctively yellow school bus. This was not a weapon Hamas could ever hope to manufacture for itself in Gaza. In fact, the Kornet is made only in Russia by KBP Industries, a

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New Terrorism Trends/ Palestinian Refugees Categories: Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

With additional terrorism attempts again in the news, first a bombing plot on Washington subways, and then an apparent attempt to bring down cargo planes with package bombs from Yemen, plus earlier reported efforts to stage Mumbai-style attacks in Europe, this Update concentrates on new trends in te

Essay: Modern Martyrdom Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Benjamin Acosta

Increasingly, the role of martyrdom has taken a central position in violent campaigns conducted by Islamic groups. The suicide bomber has become the ideal of Islamic martyrdom, simultaneously appalling Western audiences and captivating Islamic ones.

Moral Victory

Moral Victory Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism, United States     Author: Walter Russell Mead

And the Sunni Arabs of Iraq made a choice. They saw al-Qaeda at its best - volunteer freedom fighters come from around the world to fight for them - and they saw America at its worst, incompetent, insensitive, vacillating and violent. And they chose the United States. They decided that the future of

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Israel's Endangered Deterrence Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Bren Carlill

There are few journalists specialising in strategic and security affairs more experienced than Ron Ben Yishai. After fighting as a paratrooper in the Six Day War, Ben Yishai turned to journalism full time. Since then he has covered, from the battlefield, the Yom Kippur War, the Turkish invasion of C

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