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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Top Stories, Tuesday, March 22Early reviews of the "Arab Spring" found that Al Qaeda was refreshingly irrelevant to the wave of secular protests that started in Tunsia and Egypt. Today, the story is looking a bit more grim. The Al Qaeda movement doesn't need to seize power in Middle Eastern countries to make gains. What it thrives on is failed states. And there are plenty of those on the horizon.
Yemen: Saleh offers to step down later, opposition balks
Coalition seeks to shore up wavering support for Libyan NFZ
Families of Islamist detainees in Egypt demand general pardon
On the home front, we're seeing a lot of domestic terrorism and related activities from the racist sector.
Wife of Aryan Brotherhood of Texas "general" arrested on tampering charges
FBI joins probe of California cross burning
Spokane backpack bomb case before grand jury
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ISIS: THE STATE
Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger co-author the forthcoming book, "ISIS: The State of Terror," from Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. The book, which will debut in early 2015, will examine the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, its potential fall, how it is transforming the nature of extremist movements, and how we should evaluate the threat it presents. Jessica Stern is a Harvard lecturer on terrorism and the author of the seminal text Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill. J.M. Berger is author of the definitive book on American jihadists, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy, and editor of Intelwire.com.