Ayad Rahim

At Home in Baghdad


Abu Abbas, head of the Palestine Liberation Front, was captured in Iraq shortly after the fall of Baghdad and died of natural causes in U.S. custody the following year. Notorious for the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro, Abbas’s most deadly terrorist attack actually occurred in 1974, when a PLF assault in northern Israel killed […]

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Origins of the Iraqi Insurgency


Among the Iraqi documents released to the public, at least five deal with the construction of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). One such document (CMPC-2003-005914) is a ten-page worksheet.* The first two pages are entitled, “Annual Plan for the Mechanical Workshop, Sheen-27 — 1999”; the last eight are entitled “First Season Report of the Sheen-27 Work […]

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Mistaken Identity


While Sun Tsu counseled, “know thy enemy,” Hollywood’s motto appears to be, “look the other way.” In the popular television series about terrorism 24, those trying to kill hundreds of thousands in Los Angeles are Russian secessionists named Anton, James Nathanson (who’s extremely Nordic looking), Ivan Erwich, Sergei, Polokov, Jacob Rossley, Victor Gregorin, Mikhail and […]

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State-Sponsored Terrorism, Anyone?


WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has finally begun to release documents from the huge cache it has captured during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and they are being posted to the website of the Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office. One of the most interesting reports to appear is an Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) review of Iraqi efforts […]

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