Explosive Revelations in UK ‘Fertilizer Plot’

The true story of the foiled "fertilizer plot," in which Muslim radicals planned to bomb a shopping center and a famous London nightclub using over a half ton of ammonium nitrate, has finally emerged. The jihadist cell in Crawley, a small town south of London, was dismantled thanks to the largest British counter-terrorism effort to … Continue reading “Explosive Revelations in UK ‘Fertilizer Plot’”

The Shi’ites Have Their Revenge

The execution of Saddam Hussein took place at the beginning of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim religious feast that marks the sacrifice the prophet Abraham was prepared to make when God ordered him to kill his son. The symbolism is powerful but twofold: while Iraqi Shi’ites will regard Saddam’s death as a sign that God backs … Continue reading “The Shi’ites Have Their Revenge”

The Balkanization of Iraq

While ethnic cleansing plagues "liberated Iraq," Moqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the powerful Shi’ite Mahdi militia, has issued an ultimatum to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Sadr warned that if Maliki met President Bush in Jordan this week, the cleric and his 30 followers in Iraq’s parliament would pull out of the shaky ruling coalition, effectively … Continue reading “The Balkanization of Iraq”

The New Zarqawi Myth

The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi triggered al-Qaeda’s latest propaganda war. Key figures rushed to celebrate his martyrdom. Even Mullah Omar, the former leader of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, emerged from his “prolonged isolation” to praise him on the Web. He called for thousand young Muslims to emulate his heroic life. Exploiting Zarqawi’s proletarian … Continue reading “The New Zarqawi Myth”

Al-Qaeda’s Code

Intelligence services across the world are busy analyzing the latest speeches of Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and Ayman al-Zawahri, the three leaders of the jihadist movement, released almost simultaneously at the end of April. Their hope and objective is to break al-Qaeda’s code and access valuable information about future attacks. Encrypted in those … Continue reading “Al-Qaeda’s Code”

Handicapping Hamas

Hamas’ history is deeply intertwined with the last stretch of Arafat’s life and his sudden death. It was the disappearance of Arafat’s secret treasury (estimated between $700 million and $2 billion) that paved the way to Hamas’ recent victory in the Palestinian elections. Everybody remembers the Fatah leadership’s desperate, and eventually unsuccessful, attempt to gain … Continue reading “Handicapping Hamas”