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Rick Holmes: Declare Victory and Move On | GateHouse News Service

May 11, 2011

Peter Bergen, who interviewed bin Laden and has written several books about Al Qaida, noted on the Today Show this week that al-Qaida deputies were required to pledge their personal allegiance to bin Laden, not to the organization he led. ...

Covering Obama’s Secret War | Columbia Journalism Review

May 11, 2011

... President Barack Obama has authorized 193 drone strikes in Pakistan since he took office in 2009, more than four times the number of attacks that President George W. Bush authorized during his two terms, according to the New America Foundation, a Washington-based public-policy institute. ...

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Douglas A. Ollivant Joins The New America Foundation National Security Studies Program

May 10, 2011

The New America Foundation National Security Studies Program is pleased to announce that counterinsurgency expert Douglas A. Ollivant will be joining New America as a Senior National Security Studies Fellow. National Security Studies Program Director Peter Bergen says of Ollivant, “Doug is a first rate intellect who possesses a rare combination of much time on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan,serving both as a U.S.

Osama Bin Laden Wasn't on Kidney Dialysis, Took Herbal Viagra While Living in ... | New York Daily News

May 8, 2011

According to Bin Laden biographer Peter Bergen, Bin Laden's first and second wives divorced him, and two more wives have not been heard of since the 2001 bombing of Afghanistan. A fifth wife had their marriage annulled in the 1990s.

Old and Vain: Videos Strip Away Bin Laden Mystique | Agence France Presse

May 7, 2011

"It's fascinating to see him kind of looking at himself," said Peter Bergen, who has written books about the Al-Qaeda mastermind. The US government released the videos -- without audio -- days after a nighttime raid in which a team of US Navy commandos ...

An Epic End for CIA's Bin Laden Mission | NPR

May 7, 2011


National security analyst Peter Bergen has written a lot about that battle. "We can say definitively that bin Laden was there, and we can actually date it from about Nov. 25 to Dec. 14, when he left," Bergen says. Bin Laden escaped and the trail went ...

RH Enters Bin Laden Book Craze with E-Original | Publishers Weekly

May 6, 2011

Earlier this week Penguin Press announced its acqusition of Steve Coll's currently untitled book that will expand on his 2004 work, Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2000. ...

Author Peter Bergen on Bin Laden's Death: 'The War on Terror Should Be Retired' | Spiegel International

May 6, 2011

Peter Bergen on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan: "I think it's very credible that very few people knew. He never went out." US author and security expert Peter Bergen, 48, discusses this week's killing of Osama ...

West Waits To See Who Will Next Lead Al-Qaeda | The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

May 6, 2011

Bin Laden and Ayman were very close friends,'' wrote Egyptian journalist Faraj Ismail, who met Zawahiri in the 1980s and is quoted in the book by Peter Bergen, The Osama bin Laden I Know. ''Ayman was more mature politically and religiously than Osama. ...

James Baker Contributing Essay to Bin Laden Book | The Associated Press

May 5, 2011

Numerous book deals have been announced recently, including new works by best-sellers Steve Coll and Peter Bergen. A book about the Navy SEAL unit that killed bin Laden in Pakistan days ago has jumped into the top 10 on Amazon.com. ...

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