Outgoing U.S. President George W. Bush has said one of his main accomplishments had been keeping terror groups from carrying out another strike on U.S. soil. But what if the big leaguers, al Qaeda, weren’t really trying in that period? What if it’s been waiting for a time more to its strategic advantage? What if [...]
On Sunday, a number of co-ordinated attacks were carried out on U.S. and Afghan military outposts in the Korengal Valley of eastern Afghanistan. Hmm. Who do we know that does stuff like that?
The Korengal Valley of eastern Afghanistan is relatively close to the location in Pakistan where al Qaeda number-two Ayman al-Zawahri came within a few hours of getting his ticket punched. The opponents of the 173rd Airborne Combat Brigade Team are a mixture of local and foreign fighters. The secret in winning militarily may well be [...]
From a March 27, 2007 lecture at the U of T’s Munk Centre by Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11:
I went to a Canadian Journalism Foundation event tonight featuring Pamela Wallin talking about the Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan report.
The U.S. sounds like it wants to ramp up actions in Pakistan against al Qaeda, according to the new National Intelligence Estimate.
Just in time for 9/11′s fifth anniversary, New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright has a new book out on the events that led up to that terrible day: The Looming Towers – Al Qaeda and the road to 9/11. The NYT’s Dexter Filkins reviewed it.