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September 1, 2007

Middle East and North Africa
Profile: Osama bin Laden

A profile of Osama bin Laden, founder and leader of al-Qaeda.

August 22, 2022

Infectious Diseases
Why Hasn’t the World Eradicated Polio?

The world is inching closer to eradicating polio, but armed conflicts and opposition to vaccines stand in the way of finally eliminating the disease.

A health worker marks the finger of a child with indelible ink during an anti-polio campaign at an Afghan refugee settlement on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.

February 17, 2005

Middle East and North Africa
TERROR: The Search for bin Laden

This publication is now archived. Are coalition forces closing in on Osama bin Laden?We don’t know. U.S. and Pakistani administration and military officials have announced stepped-up efforts to find …

August 17, 2022

Afghanistan
The Taliban in Afghanistan

The Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan in 2021, twenty years after their ouster by U.S. troops. Under their harsh rule, they have cracked down on women’s rights and neglected basic services.

Taliban fighters hold a flag for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

December 7, 2018

Saudi Arabia
U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations

Relations between the two countries, long bound by common interests in oil and security, have strained over what some analysts see as a more assertive Saudi foreign policy.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump walks with Saudi King Salman at a summit in Riyadh.

February 7, 2005

Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA: Withdrawl of U.S. Forces

This publication is now archived. Will the departure of American forces improve U.S.-Saudi relations?It should. Both the United States and Saudi Arabia had indicated even before the war in Iraq ended…

June 19, 2015

Yemen
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has emerged as one of the most dangerous al-Qaeda affiliates, strengthening amid political unrest in Yemen. 

Jalal Belaidi, also known as Abu Hamza, leader of Ansar al-Sharia.

July 14, 2011

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Profile: Ayman al-Zawahiri

Ayman al-Zawahiri, now America’s most wanted terrorist, took over as the head of al-Qaeda in June 2011 after the killing of erstwhile head Osama bin Laden.

February 7, 2005

Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA: In al-Qaeda’s Sights

This publication is now archived. Is al-Qaeda now targeting Saudi Arabia?Yes, many experts say. Al-Qaeda attacked U.S. troops stationed in the oil-rich kingdom several times during the 1990s. But the…

February 16, 2005

Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA: U.S. Relations

This publication is now archived. What is the current state of U.S.-Saudi relations?Very strained. Because of mutual mistrust and suspicion, created by the war on terror and intensified by a recent c…