British Authorities Summon Israeli Ambassador to Talk About Dubai Hit-Team Probe

Britain's Foreign Office announced that it has asked for a meeting tomorrow with Israel's ambassador to the U.K. to discuss a delicate subject: the growing international uproar over the mysterious team of assassins that used fraudulent British passports last month in a plot to murder a senior Hamas official.Dubai officials have released pictures, names, and passport numbers of 11 foreigners they say were members of a hit squad that killed Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in his Dubai hotel room on Jan. 19.

Taliban Promotion Scorecard: Who Will Replace Mullah Baradar?

The capture last week of Mullah Baradar Akhund, the Taliban's No. 2 leader, is expected to spark a leadership reshuffle within the organization's Afghan branch. One jihadist who could step up to take Baradar's place: Mullah Abdul Qayam Zakir, a ruthless former Guantánamo detainee released back to Afghanistan by the Bush administration.

Homeland Security's Favorite Web Sites

Given that the Internet has become one of the world's most important sources of news and social discourse, it's probably appropriate, if not laudable, that the Department of Homeland Security should be closely monitoring the Web.

Superhero Captain America Apologizes to Tea Partiers

Comic-book superhero Captain America may have vanquished some of the world's worst villains, but he's been humbled by conservative tea-party crusaders. According to a story pulled together by Yahoo News, the creative chief at Marvel Comics apologized to the noisy populist movement for a recent Captain America storyline about antigovernment militia groups.

Former CIA Official Scolds Intel Chief Blair

A former senior CIA officer is criticizing the office of National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair for publicly denouncing a British court's decision to release long-censored information about alleged U.S. mistreatment of a suspected terrorist.

U.S., Allies Less Than Knocked Out by Iran's 'Punch'

Officials of the Obama administration and key European allies say that, so far, they have been underwhelmed by the latest round of rhetoric and threats from Iranian leaders, who rallied a large crowd in Tehran on Thursday to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution.

Where's Hakimullah?

Hakimullah Mehsud, reputed leader of Taliban forces in Pakistan, evidently enjoys attention. After he allegedly succeeded fellow tribesman Baitullah Mehsud (no relation) as Pakistani Taliban leader last year─Baitullah was reportedly killed by a missile fired from a U.S.-operated drone─Hakimullah featured in several video messages, now available on YouTube.

What Iran's 'Punch' to the West Might Be

If ever there were a time for Iranian chest-thumping, it would be now. The 31st anniversary of the regime's Islamic Revolution is less than a week away, but authorities anticipate that the celebrations will be marred by a new round of antigovernment protests led by opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Statistics GOP Criticized Were Originally Touted by Bush Administration

Maybe it's time to stop some of the name-calling over counterterrorism policy and start checking the facts. As the debate over Obama administration counterterrorism policies has heated up in the wake of the failed Christmas Day underpants airplane bombing, prominent Republicans, ranging from leading senators to a former press secretary for George W.

Much Talk–But Little Action–from Tehran on Possible 'Prisoner' Deal

While they have publicly floated suggestions that Tehran is interested in a possible swap of American hikers imprisoned in Iran for Iranian citizens held by the U.S. and its allies, Iranian leaders have done little to nothing through diplomatic channels to move the prisoner issue forward, according to the State Department.

Can Intel Agencies Kill Americans?

The director of national intelligence, Dennis Blair, shocked Washington last week when he told a congressional committee that U.S. spy agencies have the authority to assassinate American citizens abroad who are believed to be involved in terrorism. But he suggested that intel officials would have to follow special rules to do so: "If … we think that direct action will involve killing an American, we get specific permission to do that," he told the House intelligence committee.

Congress Awaits Administration Info on Fort Hood Shooter

Congressional investigators were expecting to learn on Wednesday how forthcoming the Obama administration is going to be in explaining why military, law-enforcement, and intelligence officials did not raise red flags that might have led to some kind of official intervention with Army psychiatrist Maj.

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