U.S. intelligence and media reports often make a fundamental mistake about “terrorists” in the Middle East, says Gregory Johnsen, former Fulbright Scholar in Yemen and well-informed author. IOW, he’s not a Washington armchair pundit. This mistake is this, Johnsen says.
The death sentence handed down last month to Ismail Alwan Salman al-Ithawi, deputy leader of the Islamic State, reminded me of the clever intelligence operation that nabbed four other top ISIS commander. Reminder to aspiring spies: Don’t trust your smart phone.
A detailed report from Haaretz diplomatic correspondent Amos Harel recreates the incident last month in which Russian anti-aircraft forces shot down one of their own planes, amidst an Israeli attack on Iranian targets in Syria.
In his recent book “Rise and Kill First,” journalist Ronen Bergman lays bare one of the distinctions of Israeli’s intelligence: a program of targetted assassination that has no rival. While the Russian FSB has record of using poison and the American CIA uses drones neither is as prolific in killings its perceived foes as Israel’s...