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ACLU criticizes killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, calling it a ‘dangerous’ precedent

In an interview with Need to Know, the ACLU’s deputy legal director said the killing of the radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki set a dangerous precedent in which “U.S. citizens far from any battlefield can be executed by their own government.”


In turnaround, Republicans struggle to attack Obama on national security in first debate

“Republicans won’t have the historic advantage that they enjoyed for something like 30 years” on matters of national security, said one Democratic strategist.


Bin Laden’s death the latest setback for an al Qaeda sliding into irrelevance

As protests roil the Arab world and opposition figures denounce terrorism, Osama bin Laden’s death has become just the latest milestone in a “long slide” for the group that masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks.


Photo: The voice of youthful protest

A young girl joins anti-government protesters in Sanaa, Yemen.


  Upheaval in the Middle East

Protests continue to rage in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain, while in Egypt, ministers from Hosni Mubarak’s ousted regime are behind bars.


  In Perspective: Jon Meacham on the crisis in Egypt

Jon Meacham ruminates on America’s checkered history with friendly authoritarian and totalitarian regimes.


  Will 2011 be the Arab world’s 1989?

To understand what might happen next in the Arab world, here’s a brief background on each of the Arab countries where an autocratic ruler is currently fighting for his political life.


Yemen’s president says he won’t seek reelection, but he said that in 2005, too

Still, Yemen has a fairly robust political system, a fact that gets obscured by problems like the presence of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, writes Joshua Foust.


  Author Peter Bergen on the missteps in America’s ‘longest war’

Alison Stewart talks with author Peter Bergen about his latest book, which charts America’s prosecution of the ‘war on terror’ and al Qaeda’s continued strength as a movement.

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