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TNR: The Drone War

Authors: Peter Lampert Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann

The drone war against al-Qaeda's leaders--and, increasingly, their Pakistan-based Taliban allies--has been waged with little public discussion or congressional investigation of its legality or efficacy, even though the offensive is essentially a program of assassination that kills not only militant leaders, but also civilians in a country that is, at least nominally, a close ally of the United States.

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Washington Institute: Al-Qaeda in North Africa: Local and Global Jihad

Author: Jake Lipton

This policy paper from Jake Lipton, a research assistant at the Washington Institute says that recent bomb attacks in North Africa highlight the danger of al-Qaeda's network as a vehicle of attack against U.S. interests across the region, and perhaps beyond. It argues that such attacks could also inspire local militants throughout Africa to stage their own operations in an effort to draw support from broader jihadist networks.

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Govexec.com: Tribal War: Taliban 2.0

Author: Greg Grant

Analysis by Greg Grant published on Govexec.com of the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and of the growing importance of the Taliban’s sanctuaries in Pakistan around the city of Quetta. He says the U.S.-led coalition faces an emboldened and more effective Taliban today than it did six years ago, and that U.S. and NATO emphasis on Taliban body counts is meaningless because the Taliban have demonstrated they can raise and disband a fighting force at will. 

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Op-Ed

Exaggeration Nation

Author: Micah Zenko
ForeignPolicy.com

The threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being overblown to a dangerous and untruthful degree by U.S. government officials, who are getting away with it without question. Micah Zenko argues that U.S. officials must envision America’s enemies “more accurately and honestly.”

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