| Apr 17, 2014
| 5:07 PM
Lawyers argued for almost two hours Thursday whether the skinny, hollow-cheeked young man from Ellicott City sitting in court was a dangerous al-Qaida plotter or a kid with undiagnosed psychological problems who was led astray by a cabal of bumbling...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 12:07 PM
The Senate Intelligence Committee voted today to declassify portions of its report on the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" to extract information from terrorist detainees, but portions of the work that have been leaked appear to confirm...
| Mar 16, 2014
Six months in, there is more to say about Al Jazeera America than that its ratings stink. But that's about the only thing I see written about the Qatar-owned cable channel these days.
The ratings are minuscule — about one-half the audience that Al...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Six months ago, President Barack Obama, speaking at the United Nations, stated that the three primary priorities for his administration were the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Iran and Syria.
With visits this month from Israeli Prime Minister...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 9:41 AM
On Sept. 12, 2001 senior managers and technical experts crammed into the narrow and stuffy conference room of the National Security Agency's Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) director. Each was trying to make sense of what had just happened the previous...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 11:58 AM
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's rebuke of U.S. and NATO forces as the principal cause of civilian casualties in his country understandably outraged American officials, with some in Congress threatening to retaliate by making even deeper cuts in military...
| Feb 2, 2014
Two recent incidents in Afghanistan resulted in the deaths of more than 30 civilians. The first was a U.S. airstrike in support of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in Parwan Province, the second a Taliban suicide attack on a popular restaurant in...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Iraqi insurgents kicked off 2014 with fireworks in Fallujah and Ramadi where Sunni militants — part of an al Qaida group active in Syria, according to news accounts — burned police stations, freed prisoners and occupied mosques.
| Jan 10, 2014
| 12:10 PM
Al-Qaida returned as a force be reckoned with in Iraq this month when militants affiliated with the terrorist group captured two important cities in Anbar Province along the country's western border with Syria, a hotbed of Sunni Muslim resistance to the...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Letter writer Quinton D. Thompson voices his opinion that the greatest mistake President Obama made in his Mideast policy was to withdraw our troops from Iraq at the end of 2011 ("Surge of al-Qaida in Iraq a result of U.S. policy," Jan. 8).
| Jan 13, 2014
| 4:42 PM
A former Army intelligence specialist pleaded guilty Monday to destroying his computer in an attempt to cover his tracks before flying to Africa in a bid to join the Somali militant group al-Shabaab.
Craig Benedict Baxam, 26, of Laurel was sentenced in a...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 9:00 AM
The aggressive civil strife occurring in Iraq among the various sects, particularly the Sunnis and Shiites as related in The Baltimore Sun ("Distrust hurts U.S.-Iraq fight against al-Qaida," Jan. 5), supports my observation that the greatest mistake...