An American’s gateway to jihad By Peter Bergen and David Sterman updated 9:06 PM EDT, Fri August 29, 2014 Iraqi Shiite Turkmens, mostly women and children, try to board an Iraqi Army helicopter aid flight bringing in supplies to the town of Amerli, Iraq, on Saturday, August 30. Amerli had been surrounded by fighters from the terror group […]

The man who hunted bin Laden, Saddam and the pirates By Peter Bergen updated 12:23 AM EDT, Sun August 31, 2014 SEALs pioneered underwater warfare tactics, and are the only special forces personnel who are capable of advanced aquatic fighting tactics. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Peter Bergen: Adm. William McRaven stepped down as head of U.S. Special Operations […]

ISIS: Is it really a threat to the U.S.? By Peter Bergen and David Sterman updated 1:38 PM EDT, Wed August 20, 2014 Displaced Iraqis receive clothes from a charity at a refugee camp near Feeshkhabour, Iraq, on Tuesday, August 19. They have been fleeing from the militant group ISIS, which has taken over large swaths of northern […]

Should Western nations just pay ISIS ransom? By Peter Bergen and Emily Schneider updated 5:45 PM EDT, Fri August 22, 2014 Freelance American journalistSteven Sotloff, seen here in a photo from Facebook, disappeared during a reporting trip to Syria in August 2013. His family kept the news a secret until he was seen at the end of a […]

The all-American al Qaeda suicide bomber By Peter Bergen updated 2:29 PM EDT, Thu July 31, 2014 Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha recorded videotape for al Qaeda before suicide bombing Peter Bergen says the 22-year-old’s story highlights risks of Western fighters in Syria He says hundreds of Europeans are taking part in the war, and so are […]

U.S. general’s killing may be a bad omen By Peter Bergen and David Sterman STORY HIGHLIGHTS On Tuesday, an Afghan soldier killed a U.S. major general in an insider attack Writers: Insider attacks nothing new, but it’s an ominous sign as combat troops withdraw They say advisory forces who stay might be more vulnerable to […]

Bush’s toxic legacy in Iraq By Peter Bergen updated 8:07 PM EDT, Fri June 13, 2014 A woman cradles her baby Thursday, June 12, at a temporary camp set up in Aski Kalak, Iraq, to shelter those fleeing the violence in northern Nineveh province. More than 500,000 people fled in fear after extremist militants overran Mosul, […]

  How big a terror risk are former Guantanamo prisoners? By Peter Bergen and Bailey Cahall updated 1:31 PM EDT, Sun June 8, 2014 These are photos, obtained by WikiLeaks that match the names of the detainees released by the Department of Defense. The Department of Defense would neither confirm nor deny their accuracy.Khair Ulla Said Wali Khairkhwawas an […]

Right-wing extremists strike again By Peter Bergen and David Sterman updated 11:58 AM EDT, Tue June 10, 2014 Police and firefighters on the scene of the shooting at a Las Vegas Walmart, on Sunday, June 8. Two gunmen shot and killed two police officers eating lunch and then killed a third person at the Walmart. […]

Obama says goodbye to American hubris By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst updated 4:07 PM EDT, Wed May 28, 2014 President Barack Obama boards Air Force One before departing Bagram Air Field. Obama landed Sunday, May 25, in Afghanistan for an unannounced trip to visit with U.S. forces on Memorial Day weekend. He thanked the […]