Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 New OBL tape Special to site

He’s Back More than two and a half years after the attacks on Manhattan and Washington Osama bin Laden continues to influence the scope of the global jihad that al Qaeda put into motion with the 9/11 attacks. In October bin Laden released an audiotape calling for attacks on Spain, Britain and Italy, because of […]

On Thursday, Condoleezza Rice, President Bushs national security adviser, is scheduled to testify under oath before the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks. The Op-Ed page invited two people with expertise in terrorism and national security to suggest questions for Dr. Rice.

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 new Zawahiri tape

WHITFIELD: Well, what does it mean for Mr. Musharraf and his allies, including the United States? CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen joins us live from our Washington bureau.Good to see you, Peter. PETER BERGEN, CNN TERRORISM ANALYST: Hi, Fredricka. WHITFIELD: All right. Well, how powerful are these words coming from al-Zawahiri, in terms of on […]

Thursday, Mar 25, 2004 9/11 hearings Clarke

Let’s bring in our CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen who’s been watching all of these hearings all day long. There were some very dramatic moments in terms of missed opportunities and the criticism rather evenhanded going against Clinton administration officials and against Bush administration officials. What’s your bottom line thought of what you learned over […]

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 9/11 hearings

BLITZER: Secretary Cohen, thanks very much for joining us. You must be tired after all that questioning on the Hill. We’ll continue this conversation.Our terrorism analyst Peter Bergen has been closely monitoring today’s testimony as well. He’s watching it all of it. Peter is here in Washington. Peter, what surprised you, if anything, during these […]

WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Al-Zawahiri may be involved in a fierce battle that’s been going on now for the past couple days. U.S. officials have told CNN that Pakistanis believe it is Ayman al- Zawahiri. U.S. officials have no independent confirmation of that right now. It’s the middle of the night, 2:30 a.m., along that border right now. But by daybreak, we do anticipate that Pakistani air assault will begin against these targets. Peter Bergen is our terrorism analyst. He’s an author on Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda and has interviewed Osama bin Laden. He’s joining us now live from Washington. Peter, how significant is Ayman al-Zawahiri?

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2004 Al Qaeda: The Movement in the LA Times

The attacks in Madrid Thursday morning suggest that the Al Qaeda network remains very much in business. Despite the fact that two wars have been fought in the name of winning the “war on terrorism” and untold billions of dollars have been spent in an effort to break the back of Al Qaeda, the attacks came as a total surprise, killing more than 200 people.

Monday, Mar 15, 2004 Are they winning? Special to Site

Are They Winning?The complex multiple attacks in Madrid that killed some two hundred people as they went to work last Thursday morning demonstrate that the al Qaeda network remains very much in business. The attacks came with total surprise despite the fact that two wars have been fought in the name of winning the War […]

Before the Sept. 11 attacks, most Americans couldn’t tell the difference between Wahhabism and wasabi. Following the attacks on Washington and New York, Americans quickly began to learn about Saudi Wahhabism because of several unpalatable facts: Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi; Saudi charities and individuals funded al Qaeda; militant Saudi clerics provided theological ballast for Osama bin Laden’s anti-American fatwas, and the Saudi government had long obstructed U.S. inquiries into terrorism emanating from its country. And bin Laden himself is a product of the Saudi system, a system that is in deep crisis.

BLITZER: Are you still inclined to believe it’s ETA, the Basque separatist movement? PERLE: It could very well be a joint venture. It seems clearly intended to affect the Spanish elections. And both ETA and al Qaeda have an interest in seeing the current government defeated. BLITZER: How unusual would that be, Peter, for al […]