• September 13, 2012  

    Protests, some violent, broke out in Yemen, Iraq, Iran and Egypt, in continued response to an incendiary anti-Islamic U.S. video. Overnight, President Obama talked to Egypt’s President Morsi about the events and Secretary of State Clinton rebuked the filmmaker, who is reportedly a California resident. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • September 11, 2012  

    In other news Tuesday, a car bomb intended for Yemen’s defense minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmed narrowly missed its intended target, but killed eight bodyguards and five civilians in the process. Ahmed has been targeted most likely for his role in fighting al-Qaida insurgents in the region. Continue reading

  • May 29, 2012  

    Drone strikes on militant targets in Yemen are on the rise, as are targeted killings of insurgents there and elsewhere. But who has the final say on the so-called kill list of terrorists slated to be killed or captured? Ray Suarez introduces an excerpt from a new “Frontline” then speaks with New York Times reporter Scott Shane. Continue reading

  • May 21, 2012  

    In other news Monday, a powerful suicide bomb exploded in the capital of Yemen, killing at least 96 soldiers and wounding more than 200. Also, the ongoing violence in Syria again has spilled over to neighboring Lebanon. Continue reading

  • May 9, 2012  

    The would-be terrorist targeting a U.S.-bound plane was in fact an undercover agent from Saudi Arabia who had infiltrated al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. He was supposed to slip past airport security wearing a sophisticated bomb in his underwear, but he delivered the device into Saudi and U.S. hands. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • May 9, 2012  

    A would-be bomber who was supposed to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner turned out to be a Saudi who had infiltrated al-Qaida’s Yemen-based branch. Jeffrey Brown, NPR’s Dina Temple Raston and security consultant Philip Mudd discuss what details are known about the operation and how it compares with other counterterrorism efforts. Continue reading

  • May 8, 2012  

    A day after news broke that the CIA foiled a new al-Qaida plot to bomb an airliner, the official responses were low key on Tuesday. Margaret Warner, former National Counterterrorism Center director Michael Leiter and former FBI supervisory special agent Ali Soufan assess the current reach of the terror network. Continue reading

  • May 8, 2012  

    “Our adversaries are very creative, and they are very determined, and they are very persistent,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday in the wake of the CIA thwarting another al-Qaida plot to attack an airliner. The FBI is now studying the explosive device. Gwen Ifill has the latest. Continue reading

  • March 12, 2012   BY Will Tam 

    Protests across North Africa and the Middle East gained steam after revolts toppled leaders in Tunisia and Egypt in early 2011. Track all of the unrest in our interactive timeline.

  • March 5, 2012  

    In other news Monday, the flow of Syrian refugees into Lebanon accelerated with the U.N. refugee agency estimating as many as 2,000 Syrians fled the region around Homs over the weekend. In Yemen, at least 107 soldiers died in heavy fighting against al-Qaida fighters in the South over the weekend, according to military officials. Continue reading