1:44 PM, Nov 19, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
John Kerry is calling the attacks against the Iranian embassy in Lebanon today "terrorist bombings." And the U.S. secretary of state is condeming the action.
"The United States strongly condemns today’s senseless and despicable terrorist bombings at the Iranian Embassy in Beirut. We extend our condolences to the victims and their families. We urge all parties to exercise calm and restraint to avoid inflaming the situation further. The United States knows too well the cost of terrorism directed at our own diplomats around the world, and our hearts go out to the Iranian people after this violent and unjustifiable attack claimed the life of at least one of their diplomats," Kerry says in a press release from the State Department today.
"The details of today’s attack are not yet clear, and we support the Government of Lebanon’s commitment to conduct a thorough investigation. We call on all parties to cooperate with the Lebanese government’s investigation of this crime and urge that those responsible are brought to justice.
"Acts of terror only reinforce our determination to support the institutions of the Lebanese state, including the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Internal Security Forces, to ensure a stable, sovereign, and secure Lebanon."
2:04 PM, Nov 13, 2013 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
The State Department announced today that Boko Haram, a prolific terrorist and insurgency group based in Nigeria, has been added to the U.S. government’s list of designated terrorist entities.
From Benghazi to Tunis.Oct 21, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 07 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
During a press conference on July 26, Tunisian interior minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou listed the suspected terrorists thought to be responsible for two high-profile assassinations in his country. Among the names was one Ali Harzi—the same name as one of the chief suspects in the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. On September 12 of this year, Al Jazeera connected the dots in a piece titled “The Benghazi link to Tunisia’s assassinations.”
9:15 AM, Sep 23, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
While Germany was engaging in peaceful elections and the United States was watching football – civilized societies being big on democratic rituals and sports – people in other parts of the world were relieving their frustrations in violence.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:20 PM, Sep 11, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the twelfth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Hosted by Michael Graham.12:00 PM, Sep 11, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the Benghazi controversy, one year later.
4:12 PM, Sep 9, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
An unclassified version of a September report from the Director of National Intelligence reveals that another five former Guantanamo Bay detainees have either been confirmed as reengaging in terrorism or are suspected of doing so. The report comes just as a judge in Algeria has approved parole of two detainees recently transferred to Algerian custody from the Cuba-based detention facility.
Israel in the eye of a hurricane.Sep 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 01 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
Egypt is an unruly military dictatorship, Syria is at war and will soon be hit by American bombs, the government may fall in Tunisia, Libya has no real government, Lebanon is now seeing growing Sunni-Shia strife, Jordan has a half-million Syrian refugees and the flow continues—one could go on. The “Arab Spring” seems to have led to a summer of tornadoes.
1:49 PM, Aug 15, 2013 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
The U.S. government’s decision to shutter more than 20 diplomatic facilities earlier this month was based on intelligence showing that al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri was in contact with multiple subordinates. And that intelligence undermines a widely-held assumption: Many have argued that Zawahiri, and other senior al Qaeda leaders, hold little sway over the international network that fights in al Qaeda’s name.
But not according to the State Department.4:22 PM, Aug 13, 2013 • By JOSHUA STANTON
Even after a year of North Korean nuclear and missile tests, this year's State Department “Country Reports on Terrorism” makes the risible claim that North Korea is "not known to have sponsored any terrorist acts since the bombing of a Korean Airlines flight in 1987."
4:08 PM, Aug 9, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Barack Obama, speaking at a Friday afternoon news conference, maintained that the "core" of al Qaeda is "on its heels" and "has been decimated" while admitting that regional elements of the terrorist organization can still "pose a threat" to American interests.
ABC News's Jonathan Karl asked the president still believes that al Qaeda has been "decimated," as he said in a speech last May. Watch Obama's response below:
7:12 AM, Aug 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
8:20 AM, Aug 7, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A recent conference call among al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri and other senior leaders of the terror organization was intercepted by U.S. intelligence, alerting officials to the threat of an attack and prompting the closure of American embassies in dozens of countries. Eli Lake and Josh Rogin at the Daily Beast have the scoop: