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By Luke Broadwater | May 5, 2011
There's been a lot of talk about who will take over terrorist organization Al-Qaeda now that Osama bin Laden is dead. While most predict Ayman Al-Zawahiri will rise to take the reigns of the organization, Conan O'Brien has some alternatives -- and he's not too worried about them.  For the second show in a row last night, Conan mercilessly mocked the terrorist members of the organization, giving them embarrassing nickname after embarrassing nickname....
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August 29, 2013
How do you differentiate between the first 100,000 Syrians killed and the next 200? This has been a travesty for years, and now our non-leader draws a line and has to step up ( "Punishing Syria," Aug. 26). Moreover, now we are, in effect, backing Al Qaeda too. We really have them on the run now! If this was a George Bush concoction, a very different editorial would have been written. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville
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By Greg Miller and Greg Miller,Tribune Newspapers | June 3, 2009
WASHINGTON - -President Barack Obama's pick to lead U.S. forces inAfghanistan warned Tuesday that casualties are likely to increase as the U.S. military steps up its campaign against insurgents in the beleaguered country. Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal also voiced skepticism that Taliban guerrillas could be persuaded to sever their ties with al-Qaeda, calling into question a divide-the-enemy strategy that had been critical to his success as commander of special operations forces in Iraq. "I don't think that the Taliban have any reason right now to turn their back on al-Qaeda," McChrystal told the Senate Armed Services Committee, his first public remarks since being selected last month to lead a revised U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.
NEWS
October 18, 2012
Both GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. appear to be totally ignorant of the complexities of the Middle East in the 21st century, and, indeed, of U.S. history in general ("The Obama doctrine: Passivity where leadership is needed," Oct. 14). In the 1980s, pursuing a "contain the USSR at any cost" policy, we armed and trained the Afghan insurgents fighting Soviet occupation. These "freedom fighters," we now know, were the Taliban, who perpetrated some of the most horrific cultural and humanitarian crimes of the late 20th century and enabled the rise of al-Qaeda, which was responsible for the deaths of over 3,000 Americans on 9/11 and continues to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.
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By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF | September 19, 2001
When the leading edge of a nation's war effort is a mere manhunt - the dead-or-alive quest for Osama bin Laden - the most important question is obvious: How valuable would one man's removal be in rooting out a multinational network of terror? The rosiest view is that it would be a triumph of grand strategy; that the loss of bin Laden's financial influence and logistical skill would demoralize and crush his Al Qaeda organization, similar to the way the 1999 capture of guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan has crippled the Kurdish uprising in southeast Turkey.
NEWS
August 29, 2013
How do you differentiate between the first 100,000 Syrians killed and the next 200? This has been a travesty for years, and now our non-leader draws a line and has to step up ( "Punishing Syria," Aug. 26). Moreover, now we are, in effect, backing Al Qaeda too. We really have them on the run now! If this was a George Bush concoction, a very different editorial would have been written. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 26, 1998
NEW YORK -- Federal authorities charged yesterday that a person described as a senior deputy to Osama bin Laden, the Saudi exile suspected in last month's bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, made significant efforts on behalf of the bin Laden group in 1993 to develop nuclear weapons.The authorities said that in at least one case there was evidence of documents relating to a proposed purchase of enriched uranium, but they did not say whether the group ever obtained uranium.The allegations, concerning Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, assert that bin Laden had an official agreement with the Iranian government and with Sudan's ruling party to oppose the United States, and suggested that the United States had penetrated the bin Laden organization and learned detailed information in 1996.
NEWS
October 18, 2012
Both GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. appear to be totally ignorant of the complexities of the Middle East in the 21st century, and, indeed, of U.S. history in general ("The Obama doctrine: Passivity where leadership is needed," Oct. 14). In the 1980s, pursuing a "contain the USSR at any cost" policy, we armed and trained the Afghan insurgents fighting Soviet occupation. These "freedom fighters," we now know, were the Taliban, who perpetrated some of the most horrific cultural and humanitarian crimes of the late 20th century and enabled the rise of al-Qaeda, which was responsible for the deaths of over 3,000 Americans on 9/11 and continues to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan.
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By Ron Smith | January 15, 2010
Y ou'll remember that shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, President George W. Bush said the motivation of the hijackers was that they hated freedom. Hating freedom seemed then and now to be a pretty weak reason to give up one's own life to inflict death and destruction on others. People who had been paying attention knew what the real reasons for the Islamist radicals' actions were - Osama bin Laden himself had laid them out in detail. They included America's support of Israel in its subordination of the Palestinians and its attacks on Lebanon; the propping up of pro-American kleptocracies in Muslim lands; and the presence of U.S. forces on the "sacred soil" of Saudi Arabia after the first Gulf War. In an audiotape released on Sept.
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By Luke Broadwater | June 21, 2011
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly last night continued his hip hop-themed debate series -- this time against Lupe Fiasco, the influential Chicago rapper who recently called President Barack Obama the country's "biggest terrorist. "  After losing (in my estimation) to comedian Jon Stewart in a recent debate over rapper Common's invitation to a White House poetry reading, O'Reilly was ready to redeem himself last night -- and he sort of did that.  "We're used to irresponsible statements from rappers, but that's really over-the-top," O'Reilly said of Lupe's comments.  So, after ripping Obama over the contrived Common controversy, O'Rellly now found himself defending Obama.
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By Jonah Goldberg | September 20, 2012
The Obama administration's omnibus answer to why the Middle East (and now much of the Muslim world) is in near open rebellion against the United States: The video did it. The follow-up question no one seems to be asking is: "What if the administration's explanation is true?" White House Press Secretary Jay Carney insists the attacks in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere were a "response not to United States policy, and not to, obviously, the administration, not to the American people," but were rather a spontaneous "response to a video, a film we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting.
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By Meredith Cohn | April 30, 2012
It's well known that world-renowned doctors from Johns Hopkins Hospital regularly treat royalty, other dignitaries and U.S. service members. According to the CBS news show 60 Minutes , they also have been called upon to patch up those who don't appear on America's side. As part of a report Sunday about the harsh interrogation techniques used by the government after the9/11attacks, the news program said a Hopkins doctor was brought in to operate on a suspected terrorist.
NEWS
June 30, 2011
The Obama administration may finally be on the right track in its strategy for combating terrorism, as its new strategic doctrine has sworn off counter-insurgency in favor of a more targeted approach — one that we see already in effect as unmanned drones carry out strikes in Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere. The new approach is contained in a 19-page document, the "National Strategy for Counterterrorism," which was outlined Wednesday by John O. Brennan, President Obama's counterterrorism chief.
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By Luke Broadwater | June 21, 2011
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly last night continued his hip hop-themed debate series -- this time against Lupe Fiasco, the influential Chicago rapper who recently called President Barack Obama the country's "biggest terrorist. "  After losing (in my estimation) to comedian Jon Stewart in a recent debate over rapper Common's invitation to a White House poetry reading, O'Reilly was ready to redeem himself last night -- and he sort of did that.  "We're used to irresponsible statements from rappers, but that's really over-the-top," O'Reilly said of Lupe's comments.  So, after ripping Obama over the contrived Common controversy, O'Rellly now found himself defending Obama.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | May 5, 2011
There's been a lot of talk about who will take over terrorist organization Al-Qaeda now that Osama bin Laden is dead. While most predict Ayman Al-Zawahiri will rise to take the reigns of the organization, Conan O'Brien has some alternatives -- and he's not too worried about them.  For the second show in a row last night, Conan mercilessly mocked the terrorist members of the organization, giving them embarrassing nickname after embarrassing nickname....
NEWS
May 2, 2011
To become complacent at the news of Osama bin Laden's demise could bring grave consequences. I'm certain that there are many devotees who would love to move up the Al-Qaeda food chain, drooling at the chance of putting their imprint on the history of our country. It's certainly acceptable for Americans to celebrate the death of bin Laden. Even more important is to stay vigilant against factions whose sole reason for living is to bring the United States to its knees. Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 22, 2001
WASHINGTON - With his warning to other nations, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists," President Bush has defined American foreign policy more sharply perhaps than any president since the Cold War and backed it up with superpower muscle. Counter-terrorism now becomes a key organizing principle for U.S. relations with other countries, shaking up the pecking order of allies, reordering priorities, juggling foreign aid and military sales, and influencing how the United States deals with regional crises.
NEWS
December 1, 2009
After months of deliberation, President Barack Obama is scheduled to reveal his strategy for the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday. According to numerous news reports over the weekend, he will announce plans to send about 30,000 more troops to the region. That decision - which comes close to fulfilling Gen. Stanley McChrystal's 40,000-troop request - may be the safe move politically by a Democrat worried about looking soft in the war on terror. But we fear that it will prove to be a mistake.
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By John Fritze and Baltimore Sun reporter | May 2, 2011
Maryland leaders praised the U.S. raid in Pakistan that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, but members of the state's congressional delegation and other local officials on Monday tempered their optimism by cautioning that the war on terror is not over. President Barack Obama announced late Sunday that a team of U.S. had killed bin Laden in a firefight Sunday. Gov. Martin O'Malley commended the military for the action. "This closes a sad and tragic chapter in our country and our world's history," O'Malley said in a statement released Monday.
NEWS
November 14, 2010
On his trip to Indonesia last week, President Obama took pains to reiterate the fact that America is at war with violent extremists who commit terrorist acts, not with the religion of Islam. It was a point that, to his credit, Mr. Obama's predecessor, former President George W. Bush, also frequently stressed. But coming from an American leader who had spent a good part of his childhood in Indonesia, whose 203 million adherents make it the most populous Muslim country in the world, Mr. Obama's words clearly had special significance.
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