Obama expected to address drone justification, achievements

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- President Obama is expected to discuss Thursday at the National Defense University his justification for drone strikes and what they achieved, observers said.

Al-Qaida may laud Boston bombings

WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida may capitalize on the twin bombings last week in Boston because of the Chechen rebel campaign, former CIA officer Bruce Riedel writes.

Iraq executes al-Qaida members

BAGHDAD, April 17 (UPI) -- Nearly two dozen suspected members of al-Qaida were executed for terrorism-related charges ahead of provincial elections, the Iraqi government said.

3rd generation al-Qaida is 'deadliest yet'

BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 3 (UPI) -- Despite Western claims that al-Qaida's on the ropes, counter-terrorism experts warn that jihadist forces remain as dangerous as ever.

U.N.'s Ban troubled by Iraqi divisions

BAGHDAD, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Unresolved internal divisions in Iraq threaten to reverse security gains made in recent years, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said from Baghdad.

Al-Qaida in Iraq evolving, expert says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The Iraqi branch of al-Qaida is in the midst of a "revival" as a regional terrorist movement, a counter-terrorism analyst at a U.S. think tank said.

Experts: Al-Qaida in Iraq rebuilding

AMMAN, Jordan, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Intercepted emails show 11 Jordanians who allegedly plotted to attack civilian and government targets in Amman received help from an al-Qaida affiliate in Iraq.
U.S. envoy slaying and the terror threat

U.S. envoy slaying and the terror threat

BENGHAZI, Libya, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The killing of the U.S. envoy to Libya and an abortive August attack in the Sinai desert are brutal reminders that Islamist terrorism is far from defeated.
Zawahiri 'can't just talk about terror'

Zawahiri 'can't just talk about terror'

WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of al-Qaida, must orchestrate "a significant terrorist attack" to "cement his authority," a former CIA official said.
Bin Laden rejected plan to mow down people

Bin Laden rejected plan to mow down people

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- Months before he died in a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs, Osama bin Laden rejected a plan to mow down people like weeds, documents found after his death reveal.
Concerns grow over Assad's chemical arms

Concerns grow over Assad's chemical arms

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Western powers are becoming nervous about Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons, primarily the possibility that they could fall into the hands of militant groups.

Afghan vote a test for all, expert says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The Aug. 20 election in Afghanistan is a test not only for the U.S.-led counterinsurgency, but for the durability of the Taliban and al-Qaida, experts say.

Pakistan's transition needs U.S. help

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- Washington is tasked with helping Islamabad transition from a military dictatorship to a civilian democracy without jihadist interference, scholars say.

Commentary: Islamic emirate nightmare

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- An adviser on South Asia to three U.S. presidents warns about the threat of a jihadist victory in Pakistan “as a real possibility in the foreseeable future.” It would also give terrorists a nuclear capability.

Policy review of Afghanistan to begin

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A senior fellow at the Brookings Institution will lead an interagency policy review of U.S. policy toward Afghanistan, the White House said Tuesday.
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Bruce Riedel (born c. 1953) is a Senior Fellow in foreign policy at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy of the Brookings Institution, a former CIA Analyst, a counter-terrorism expert, and an author. He retired in 2006 after 29 years with the Central Intelligence Agency. Riedel served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near East Affairs on the National Security Council (1997-2002), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Near East and South Asian Affairs (1995-97), and National Intelligence Officer for Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Intelligence Council (1993-95). His areas of expertise include counter-terrorism, Arab-Israeli issues, Persian Gulf security and India and Pakistan.

Riedel has a B.A. from Brown, a Masters in Diplomatic History from Harvard, and has studied at the Royal College of Defense Studies in London. He received the Secretary of Defense Distinguished Service Medal in 1997, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal in 2001, and the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award in 2006 for his work in the intelligence and defense community.

He is the author of 'Al Qaeda Strikes Back', which is a study in contemporary counter-terrorism and was published in May/June 2007 edition of Foreign Affairs that focuses on the International terrorist organization al-Qaeda.

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