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Flying Lessons: Learning How To Pilot a Drone | CNN

June 30, 2011

Last year, there were 118 drone strikes in the al Qaeda and Taliban stronghold of Waziristan, along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan alone, according to a count by the non-partisan New America Foundation think thank. ...

Official: Mauritanian, Mali Troops Attack Alleged Al Qaeda Base Camp | CNN

June 26, 2011

A more plausible scenario, according to New America Foundation researcher Andrew Lebovich, is that al Qaeda's significant revenues from kidnapping, drug smuggling and human trafficking have given it money to buy such weaponry on the black market.

Behind the Scene of the Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal Plan

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • New America Foundation
June 23, 2011 |

According to senior administration officials, the planning for President Barack Obama's announcement for the drawdown from Afghanistan began in January of this year when the president summoned top members of his national security team into the Oval Office and tasked them with coming up with a plan for the drawdown.

The calculations that went into the drawdown decision included the fact that "remarkable and "unexpected" progress had been made degrading al Qaeda infrastructure in its bases in the tribal regions of Pakistan over the past 18 months, explained one of those officials.

Pakistani Makes Drones for Peaceful Use But Business Risky | Reuters

June 23, 2011

According to the New America Foundation, which tracks drone strikes, between 1561 and 2461 people have been killed in 254 attacks, mainly in the country's restive tribal regions. Pakistani officials have criticized them, saying the strikes anger the ...

Obama: 'Al Qaeda Is Under More Pressure than at Any Time Since 9/11' | CNN

June 23, 2011

"Between the drone program, losing the war of ideas, their relevance, the bench depleted by captures or kills, the lack of success of attacks on the West -- all these things don't suggest a great deal of strength for al Qaeda," said Peter Bergen, ...

Talking to the Taliban: 'It Takes Two To Tango' | CNN

June 20, 2011

Peter Bergen, CNN national security analyst, notes that trying to negotiate with Omar, aka "The Commander of the Faithful," will be next to impossible. "The title indicates that Mullah Omar is not just the leader of the Taliban, but also of all Muslims ...

Is the U.S. Like Greece? | CNN

June 17, 2011

"The markets do react late, but when they react they react pretty sharply," said Carlos Cottarelli, director of fiscal affairs at the International Monetary Fund, during a Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget conference this week. ...

Analysis: Al-Zawahiri Takes Al Qaeda's Helm When Influence Is Waning | CNN

June 16, 2011

"It doesn't suggest a vast reservoir of accumulated goodwill for him," said Peter Bergen, CNN's national security analyst. When the founder and leader of any organization dies, it's a challenge to thrive. In al Qaeda's case, the road ahead is lined ...

Is the U.S. Like Greece? | CNN

June 16, 2011

"The markets do react late, but when they react they react pretty sharply," said Carlos Cottarelli, director of fiscal affairs at the International Monetary Fund, during a Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget conference this week. ...

Source: CIA Safe House Owner in Bin Laden Raid Arrested | CNN

June 15, 2011

Pakistani officials believe there were more than 100 American drone strikes in their country in 2010, a record, according to CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen. They think most of the casualties were foot soldiers or civilians, not high-value ...

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