By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst May 16, 2012 — Updated 1605 GMT (0005 HKT) President Obama talks with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Pakistan has accepted NATO’s invitation to the Chicago summit. STORY HIGHLIGHTS NEW: Pakistan to attend NATO summit Obama hosts G8 conference at Camp David, then NATO summit in Chicago […]

By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst May 11, 2012 — Updated 1602 GMT (0002 HKT) Peter Bergen says much of the key evidence leading to bin Laden wasn’t produced by coercive interrogations. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Peter Bergen: CIA learned of al Qaeda operative “the Kuwaiti” through harsh interrogation He says another series of interrogations determined […]

Monday, May 07, 2012 The Last Days of Osama bin Laden

Magazine The Last Days of Osama bin Laden By Peter Bergen Monday, May 07, 2012 Early on the morning of May 2, 2011, the residents of Osama bin Laden’s heavily fortified compound were startled awake by the sound of explosions. Bin Laden’s daughter Maryam, 20, rushed upstairs to his top-floor bedroom to ask what was […]

May 04, 2012|By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst President Barack Obama announces the death of Osama bin Laden a year ago. At a campaign event Monday in New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney asserted that he too would have made the decision to send a U.S. Navy SEAL team to kill Osama bin […]

Thursday, May 03, 2012 A Visit to Osama bin Laden’s Lair

A visit to Osama bin Laden’s lair By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst May 3, 2012 — Updated 1137 GMT (1937 HKT) A local man walks through a field near Osama Bin Laden’s compound, where he was killed during a raid by U.S. special forces a year ago. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Peter Bergen was only […]

Saturday, Apr 28, 2012 Warrior in Chief

Opinion Warrior in Chief By PETER L. BERGEN Published: April 28, 2012 169 Comments THE president who won the Nobel Peace Prize less than nine months after his inauguration has turned out to be one of the most militarily aggressive American leaders in decades. Illustration by Connor Willumsen, photograph by Stephen Crowley/The New York Times […]

Afghan army, police pose growing risk to U.S., NATO troops By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst updated 2:10 PM EDT, Thu March 29, 2012 Afghan police trainees practice using their guns as a German policeman watches near Camp Marmal in Afghanistan. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Peter Bergen: NATO troops falling victim to shooting by Afghan forces […]

Widow tells how bin Laden lived on the run By the CNN Wire Staff updated 8:36 PM EDT, Fri March 30, 2012 Bin Laden fathered children on the run STORY HIGHLIGHTS Osama bin Laden’s family "scattered" after the 9/11 attacks, widow tells police The al Qaeda leader lived undetected in Pakistan for many years He […]

Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 Al Qaeda responds to CNN

Al Qaeda responds to CNN By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst March 31, 2011 7:56 a.m. EDT A prominent al Qaeda leader, Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, disputes Peter Bergen’s view of Middle East revolutions. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Peter Bergen says al Qaeda must view Arab revolutions with despair Prominent al Qaeda leader al Awlaki says […]

CIA drone war in Pakistan in sharp decline By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst, and Jennifer Rowland, Special to CNN updated 8:25 AM EDT, Tue March 27, 2012 STORY HIGHLIGHTS Authors: America’s drone war in Pakistan is much diminished They say it’s a victim of a deeply troubled relationship between U.S., Pakistan U.S. raid […]