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What comes after Tikrit?

By Diane L. Maye
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Recently, after a month-long military operation, the Iraqi government declared victory over the Islamic State in the city of Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein and a stronghold for IS forces.

Tikrit’s recapture could not have been accomplished without the help of a popular mobilization movement known as the Hash’d al Shaabi, which consists of primarily Shi’ia paramilitary groups, and coordination from Iranian military advisors from the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force.

Bombing the Sand in Yemen

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Instead of stability, the U.S. focused on al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP) as the threat, completely ignoring the socio-political fragility and lack of necessary institutions there. America is becoming more tactically proficient at becoming strategically deficient in the complex socio-political landscape of the Middle East.

Is Yemen Going Downhill Rapidly as a Secure Jihad Launch Pad?

By Dr. David Sloggett
Contributing Writer, Homeland Security Today
Special to In Homeland Security

Of the more than 70 al-Qaida franchises, the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been one of the most effective. It was the group behind the development of what became known as the “underwear” bomb and the attempt to deliver bombs to a Synagogue in Chicago using parcels sent by air freight in October 2010.

State of the Union: ISIL is Obama's Major Foreign Policy Challenge

By John Ubaldi
Contributor to In Homeland Security

On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address focused almost entirely on the economy. Missing from the address was any coherent strategy for the growing list of foreign policy challenges confronting the United States. Also absent from the president's State of the Union Address was any mention of al-Qaida.