“Suspects detained in Paris over attacks as Kerry visits”


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BREAKING : LUKE SOMERS


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Al Qaeda militants killed American hostage Luke Somers in Yemen during a raid conducted by U.S. forces Friday to rescue him, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says.

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“Agent Storm: Inside al Qaeda for the CIA”


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“Why Islamic State poses a mortal challenge to Al-Qaeda”


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In the past 13 years, Al-Qaeda has never managed to produce anything close to the spectacular strikes of Sept. 11, 2001, that triggered President George W. Bush’s war on terrorism. Years of relentless targeting by the U.S. and allied intelligence agencies have relegated it to the sidelines of history and reduced the movement’s core to a shadow of its once menacing image. As Barack Obama’s administration launched its own war on terrorism in a speech on Wednesday night, its target is not the network created by Osama bin Laden but the upstart Islamic State movement that now controls huge swaths of Syria and Iraq.
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“Hagel: ISIS more dangerous than Al-Qaeda”


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“Endless Afghanistan? US-Afghan agreement would keep troops in place and funds flowing, perhaps indefinitely”By


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By Richard Engel, Chief Foreign correspondent

KABUL – While many Americans have been led to believe the war in Afghanistan will soon be over, a draft of a key U.S.-Afghan security deal obtained by NBC News shows the United States is prepared to maintain military outposts in Afghanistan for many years to come, and pay to support hundreds of thousands of Afghan security forces.

The wide-ranging document, still unsigned by the United States and Afghanistan, has the potential to commit thousands of American troops to Afghanistan and spend billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars.

The document outlines what appears to be the start of a new, open-ended military commitment in Afghanistan in the name of training and continuing to fight al-Qaeda. The war in Afghanistan doesn’t seem to be ending, but renewed under new, scaled-down U.S.-Afghan terms.

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“U.S. extends embassy closures after intercepted al Qaeda message”


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By  Barbara Starr. Chris Lawrence and Holly Yan, CNN

(CNN) — What started as an unprecedented move to close almost two dozen diplomatic posts for a day has broadened to week-long closures for most of them as the United States mulls the threat of a possible attack.

A trio of factors prompted officials to extend most of its embassy and consulate closures until Saturday: an intercepted message among senior al Qaeda operatives, the end of Ramadan, and concerns over several major prison breaks in the region.

Originally, officials decided to close 22 embassies and consulates this past Sunday — a day when they would normally be open for business.

But Sunday afternoon, the State Department extended embassy and consulate closures in 15 of the locations through Saturday, and added four other posts — all in Africa — to the list. This brings the total to 19.

“This is not an indication of a new threat stream, merely an indication of our commitment to exercise caution and take appropriate steps to protect our employees including local employees and visitors to our facilities,” the State Department said.

The statement, however, does not address why then it added four additional posts.

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MSNBC: “HUBRIS: Selling the Iraq War”


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English: Official photograph portrait of former U.S. President George W. Bush. Português: Foto oficial de George W. Bush, presidente dos Estados Unidos da América. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

George W. Bush never apologized.

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MSNBC: “HUBRIS: Selling the Iraq War”


English: Official photograph portrait of forme...
English: Official photograph portrait of former U.S. President George W. Bush. Português: Foto oficial de George W. Bush, presidente dos Estados Unidos da América. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

George W. Bush never apologized.

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HUBRIS:   overweening pride or self-confidence : arrogance<the very best critics of the past have made so many blunders … that our own critics today should be careful to avoid hubris — Times Literary Supplement>—contrasted with sophrosyne

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