Lost in Translation

Review: ‘Code Name: Johnny Walker’
Navy SEALs / AP

“An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details,” Roald Dahl informed his young readers. And even if a person’s life is exceptional, there’s still no guarantee it will be worth reading.

Split within Al Qaeda Over Syrian Rebels Grows

Ultra-hardline splinter group gains jihadist backing
ISIS fighters in Syria / AP

Sharp divisions among al Qaeda terrorists in the Middle East are continuing despite a recent appeal by the group’s top leader to heal the rift between two warring factions.

Withdrawal from Iraq Has Made it a Safe Haven for al Qaeda

Experts warn power vacuum in Iraq presents opportunity for al Qaeda
Al Qaeda linked group on Syria-Iraq border / AP

The full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 and spillover from the civil war in neighboring Syria has again presented al Qaeda with the prospect of erecting a safe haven in Iraq, experts said on Wednesday

Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

Ellison Barber

My must read of the day is “On Syria, Obama administration is leading to failure,” by the Washington Post editorial board.