U.S. State Department Designates Al-Nousra Front

By William Tucker The U.S. State Department has designated the Syrian Al-Nousra Front as a foreign terrorist organization, and as such, has applied sanctions to the group. In the time that Al-Nousra has come to international attention it has reportedly carried out 600 attacks with many occurring against civilian targets. The methodology of attacks the State Department calls out vary.
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North Korean Assassination Attempt Disrupted

By William Tucker Shifting through North Korean news can be at once torturous and humorous. On the one hand, international concern over the upcoming rocket launch has come to dominate headlines, but this news is coming on the heels of the reported discovery of a unicorn lair and the mistaken thought that a U.S. publication had seriously spent time extolling the physical virtues of Kim Jong-un.
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The Problem of Syria’s Chemical Weapons

By William Tucker Throughout the Syrian civil war there has been a lot of coverage over the status of chemical weapons in the country – and for good reason. Unfortunately, some of the best analysis of the topic has been lost in the haphazard media coverage of Syria and its conflict. Initially, the topic really came to the fore in July when the spokesman for the Syrian Foreign Ministry, Jihad Makdissi, stated, “No chemical or biological weapons will ever be used, and I repeat, will never be used, during the crisis in Syria no matter what the developments inside Syria."
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