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Essay: Dying To Kill Categories: Terrorism     Author: Michael Horowitz

There are two important questions to consider in studying suicide terrorism. First, why has suicide terrorism emerged in the last few decades as such a potent weapon? Second, why is it that some terrorist groups use suicide terrorism, while others have not?

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Israel and the Global Economic Crisis Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

By sheer coincidence, the international economic downturn, sparked by the American sub-prime mortgage crisis and ongoing problems rattling global commodity markets, unfolded just when the Israeli economy's performance had become the subject of universal admiration.

Is It Over? Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Max Boot

The thinning of its ranks and the loss of central direction have had an obvious impact on al-Qaeda's operational effectiveness. A new study from Simon Fraser University ... finds that since 2001, there has been a net decline of 40% in casualties from terrorism around the world.

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Editorial: Leadership Stakes Categories: Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

This month Israelis will begin the potentially convoluted process of selecting a new prime minister – a process that could take as little as a few weeks or as long as several months.

Al-Qaeda Today/ Syria's Nuclear Secrets Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East, Multimedia, Syria, Terrorism, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update features two new pieces detailing expert debates about the current status and capabilities of al-Qaeda. First up, Peter Bergen discusses the controversy between analysts who argue that the organisation has become largely localised and leaderless and those who argue that the central

Hezbollah and Lebanon Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update focuses on Lebanon, and the progress of growing Syrian and Hezbollah dominance of that country, especially in the wake of a recent government decision which effectively makes Hezbollah and its "resistance" against Israel an official arm of the Lebanese government.

The State of Iraq Categories: Iraq, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

The situation in Iraq continues to be trending in largely positive directions, despite the occasional major act of violence, with even the venerable Associated Press concluding that US-led coalition forces there are now "winning"...

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Olmert Throws in the Towel Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

As readers will largely be aware, on Wednesday night, embattled Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced to Israelis that he would not be contesting the leadership primary for his party, Kadima, scheduled for September 17, and will resign the prime ministership at that time.

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