Biden Appeared to Overstate the Role of Al Qaeda’s Leader

Terrorism experts were surprised by the president’s descriptions of Ayman al-Zawahri, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

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How the C.I.A. Tracked Ayman al-Zawahri, the Leader of Al Qaeda

The U.S. search for Ayman al-Zawahri had spanned decades. His presence on a balcony at a safe house in Kabul presented an opportunity to strike.

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The Killing of bin Laden’s Successor

Al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, has been killed by a U.S. drone strike. Who was he and what impact will his death have?

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Killing of Top Qaeda Leader Offers Lessons on U.S. Afghanistan Involvement

The American drone strike is a symbol of success but also of failures in nation building.

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Killed at 71, Ayman al-Zawahri Led a Life of Secrecy and Violence

A radicalized Egyptian physician, he was regarded as the intellectual spine of Osama bin Laden’s terrorist organization, and ran it after Bin Laden was killed in 2011.

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Prince Charles’s Charity Accepted Millions From Family of Osama bin Laden

Clarence House confirmed that the terrorist’s brothers donated money to the royal charity, but denied reports that the prince had personally brokered the deal or made the decision to accept it.

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Leader’s Death Is Another Blow for ISIS, but It’s Hardly the End

The Islamic State is a shadow of its former self. But it’s likely to keep adapting and enduring, even after the U.S. raid that killed its top commander.

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Two More Guantánamo Detainees Are Approved for Release

A board has now backed the release of 12 out of the 39 men remaining at the prison, but U.S. diplomats must first reach security agreements with destination countries.

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After the 9/11 Attacks, Boston Found a Focus for Its Anger

Terrorists boarded two planes in Boston and flew them into the World Trade Center. Massachusetts zeroed in on its top airport official, who has never quite recovered.

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Washington Manned Up and Let Us Down After 9/11

Overdosing on macho after 9/11 led America astray.    

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20 Years On, the War on Terror Grinds Along With No End in Sight

Yet, the failures in Iraq and Afghanistan obscure the striking success of a multilateral effort that extends to as many as 85 countries.

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How 9/11 Damaged America

Sept. 11 damaged America more than we realized 20 years ago.

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In Afghanistan, an Unceremonious End, and a Shrouded Beginning

The last American flight from Afghanistan left behind a host of unfulfilled promises and anxious questions about the country’s fate.

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After Decades of War in Afghanistan, ISIS and Al Qaeda Can Still Wreak Havoc

The U.S. and its allies waged war for 20 years to try to defeat terrorists in Afghanistan. A double-suicide bombing demonstrated that they remain a threat.

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The Real Winner of the Afghan War? It’s Not Who You Think.

Pakistan, nominally a U.S. partner in the war, was the Afghan Taliban’s main patron, and sees the Taliban’s victory as its own. But now what does it do with its prize?

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Did the War in Afghanistan Have to Happen?

In 2001, when the Taliban were weak and ready to surrender, the U.S. passed on a deal. Nearly 20 years later, the Taliban hold all the cards.

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We Cannot Afford to Turn Our Backs on Afghanistan

Many Americans want this painful chapter closed, but supporting Afghanistan remains in our national security interest.

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Two Soldiers, Ten Years Later

How the war in Afghanistan — America’s longest conflict — shaped the lives of two members of the military.

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Indianapolis Sikhs Mourn FedEx Shooting Victims as Questions About Motive Linger

Four of the eight people killed on Thursday night were from Indiana’s growing Sikh community.

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Biden’s Afghan Pullout Is a Victory for Pakistan. But at What Cost?

Pakistan’s military stayed allied to both the Americans and Taliban. But now the country may face intensified extremism at home as a result of a perceived Taliban victory.

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Biden to Withdraw All Combat Troops From Afghanistan by Sept. 11

After years of arguing against an extended military presence in Afghanistan, President Biden is doing things his way, with the deadline for withdrawal set for the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

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Who Are The Original 20 Guantánamo Bay Detainees?

Starting with the Bush administration, the United States has gradually transferred all but two of the first 20 prisoners at the wartime detention facility to other nations. Here’s who, and where, they are.

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I’m Haunted by Daniel Pearl’s Murder

The recent order by a Pakistani court to release his kidnapper opens old wounds and raises old questions about the war on terror that have never been resolved.

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When My President Sang ‘Amazing Grace’

We’ve forgotten what it’s like to have a truth-teller and a healer in the White House.

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Al Qaeda Feels Losses in Syria and Afghanistan but Stays Resilient

American drones and U.S. allies killed several Qaeda leaders and operatives in the past week. But the organization has “ingrained itself in local communities and conflicts,” according to the U.N.

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Suggests Osama Bin Laden Was a Martyr

Prime Minister Imran Khan was criticized for using a term of veneration in Islam when referring to the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Sudan Must Pay Billions to Terrorism Victims, Supreme Court Rules

In a unanimous ruling, the court said a 2008 law allowing punitive damages applied retroactively to 1998 bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

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The 9/11 Trial: Why Is It Taking So Long?

The trial of five men accused of plotting the attacks had been scheduled for early next year — almost 20 years after the hijackings. Now even that schedule won’t be met. Here are the reasons.

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‘How Do I Know Where Your Socks Are?’

“Warm up your own food!” Some things Pakistani women say make Pakistani men really angry.

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A War Without Winners Winds Down

The Trump administration’s deal with the Taliban recognizes the limits of American power.

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After 18 Years, Is This Afghan Peace, or Just a Way Out?

Afghanistan has gone from being the “good war” that the United States must win to the longstanding burden that, like the British, the Soviets and a series of others, it now seeks to unload.

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