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Zawahri: From a Life of Comfort to Hunted Terrorist

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Ayman al-Zawahri, the new leader of the al-Qaida terror network, was born into a life of comfort in Egypt but shaped by life experiences into a feared radical Islamic terrorist. He is a surgeon by training but an ideological firebrand by choice. Now he is replacing Osama bin Laden, who was killed last month by […]

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Zawahri: From a Life of Comfort to Hunted Terrorist

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Ayman al-Zawahri, the new leader of the al-Qaida terror network, was born into a life of comfort in Egypt but shaped by life experiences into a feared radical Islamic terrorist. He is a surgeon by training but an ideological firebrand by choice. Now he is replacing Osama bin Laden, who was killed last month by […]

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Zawahri: From a Life of Comfort to Hunted Terrorist

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Ayman al-Zawahri, the new leader of the al-Qaida terror network, was born into a life of comfort in Egypt but shaped by life experiences into a feared radical Islamic terrorist. He is a surgeon by training but an ideological firebrand by choice. Now he is replacing Osama bin Laden, who was killed last month by […]

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Lebanon’s Prime Minister is Billionaire Backed by Hezbollah

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Najib Mikati, who heads the new cabinet in Lebanon that was announced on Monday, is a 55-year-old billionaire Sunni businessman who enjoys close ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Mr. Mikati served previously as the country’s prime minister in 2005, ruling in a caretaker capacity for three months after the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik […]

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Brother of Syrian President Reportedly Leads Military Crackdown

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Maher al-Assad is the younger brother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As leader of the Republican Guard he is reported to be the official who is leading a military crackdown in northern Syria on Friday. The Syrian government promised ‘decisive action’ after it said 120 security force members on Monday were ‘massacred’ in a northern […]

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US Defense Nominee Has Extensive Budget Background

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Leon Panetta, nominated to become the next U.S. defense secretary, is a government official and former Democratic congressman with extensive budget experience. The current chief of the Central Intelligence Agency, Panetta headed the White House budget office under President Bill Clinton and also served as chairman of the House of Representatives Budget Committee for four […]

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New U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan is Veteran Trouble Shooter

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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President Obama’s choice to become the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, is a career diplomat with extensive experience across the Middle East. He has served as a U.S. ambassador five previous times, starting in Lebanon in the early 1990s. After that, he became the U.S. ambassador to Kuwait, followed by Syria and Pakistan, […]

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Yemen’s President Survived Many Challenges During 33-Year Rule

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Yemen’s president, wounded Friday in a rocket attack on his compound, had survived three decades of challenges to his rule before injuries forced him to leave for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia. President Ali Abdullah Saleh had ruled Yemen since the country’s unification in 1990. He had served as leader of North Yemen since 1978 […]

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Yemen’s President Survives Challenges From Protesters, Tribes and Al-Qaida

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemen’s president, wounded Friday in a rocket attack on his compound, has survived three decades of challenges. President Ali Abdullah Saleh has ruled Yemen since the country’s unification in 1990. He had served as leader of North Yemen since 1978 and played a key role in the merger between the North and the communist South. […]

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