Yemeni Military Retakes Southern Cities

By William Tucker The Southern Yemeni cities of Jaar and Zinjibar were retaken by the Yemeni military. Details provided by the military suggest that some combat took place killing an estimated 24 militants, while some residents stated that the members of Ansar al-Sharia had left the previous night. It is not unusual for conflicting details to be presented during combat, but what is important is that the Yemeni government is reaserting control.
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Syria: “Yea” to Intervention?

By Kyler Ong

World leaders know that they have no reason to believe that Syrian bloodshed will come to an end anytime soon, or that Annan’s peace plan will even be half-achieved, if not without more aggressive measures from the international community – that is to say, military intervention. Yet, these leaders need to weigh the options and assess the potential cost of an all-out war.

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Syrian Forces Launch Large Attack on Homs

By William Tucker Military forces loyal to the Syrian regime launched a massive attack against the city of Homs. Raw video posted to the internet shows artillery being used in the city, but what exactly is being targeted is unclear. At this juncture, however, it is unlikely that the regime is concerned with protecting civilians trapped inside the target area. The call by the UN to withdraw heavy artillery from the cities has been ignored.
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Live Webcast: Terrorism and Community Awareness

Join us Monday, June 26, 2012 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET to learn how you can identify radicalization and raise community awareness to combat domestic terrorism.

Guest speaker, Dr. James Miskel, Senior Fellow at Homeland Security Management Institute (HSMI), has been designing and teaching online courses on terrorism and conflict resolution for the US Naval War College, the University of Maryland and Norwich University since 2005.

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Meeting in the Middle: The Importance of a Broad Strategic View in National Security

Edward J. Hagerty, Ph.D. Program Director, National Security Studies at American Military University Israel is rattling sabers and forcefully denouncing Iranian negotiations over its nuclear program as merely a stalling tactic, while Washington and its allies prepare to meet soon in further efforts to deter Iran from its nuclear goals.  Could there be a settlement at hand, or will an Israeli strike lead to a wider regional conflict?
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Al-Qaeda Deputy Abu Yahya al-Libi Killed in Pakistan

By William Tucker Typically I prefer to wait for confirmation from both U.S. and al-Qaeda sources before discussing the reported death of a leader. Although most news outlets reporting on this story are quoting one unnamed individual, word just came from the White House they believe Abu Yahya was killed in a recent U.S. drone strike. The drone strike in question occurred early Monday morning in North Waziristan.
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