Even though the U.S. has downplayed the threat posed by Al Qaeda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be wise to take this particular instance more seriously. Unlike previous saber rattling by Al Qaeda or even Pakistan, this latest threat is more dangerous because of its timing and agenda.
Whilst equipment, intelligence, training and support from American, British and French special forces will add steel to the operation, it will nevertheless involve difficult desert fighting conditions against a well-armed enemy.
Based on data that we seized from al Qaeda in 2007, we were able to build a portrait of al Qaeda in Iraq as a business -- and a business that ran quite differently than conventional wisdom would suggest.
This GAO report, released today, may be the most damning condemnation of the Bush administration's counter-terrorism efforts.