Note to Hesperado: you're banned. Don't take it personally, but your comments are too f-ing long. Get your own blog.
As a matter of fact I'm turning off comments. I just don't have the time now to manage that part of the blog.
Bill at Long War Journal reports on the capture of more senior AQ leadership in Iraq.
In the New York Times today, Michael Goldfarb reviews Quil Lawrence's new book, Invisible Nation: How the Kurds Quest for Statehood is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East.
Also in the Times this morning, Max Rodenbeck reviews Keneth Pollack's modest proposal for a generation-long commitment in the Middle East, A Path Out of the Desert.
Kim Holmes dips her toe into the mire of "Islam"-analysis with an interested Issues paper at the Heritage Foundation, "Exploring Concepts of Liberty in Islam."
Vengeance, served cold. Hizbollah announces their intention to avenge the assassination of Imad Mugniyeh. (Via MEMRI)
Crossroads Arabia links to two Arab News articles on dawa in KSA, "Both pieces caution that being heavy handed about it is, at best, counter-productive."
Will at Jihadica has an interesting post on an Ekhlass forum discussion of the recent conversion to Christianity of a Hamas leader's son,
Ansari is also able to connect the believed dangers from the United States and Christianity to Gaza. In doing so, he is attempting to frame the Palestinian conflict in al-Qaida’s Islamic narrative where almost everyone is an enemy. This is in contrast to Hamas’ Palestinian narrative that has much more grey area, depending on Hamas’ goals at a particular time, about who the enemy is and how to deal with the threat.
MESH (Middle East Strategy at Harvard) has a Facebook page.
Ubiwar talks MI5.