Peter Bergen

Bergen, Peter. "Good Thing U.S. Terrorist Hunters Weren't Furloughed." CNN, 7 Oct. 2013. []

CNN's national security analyst comments on the Delta Force raid in Tripoli to capture Abu Anas al-Libi and the Seal Team 6 (Naval Special Warfare Development Group or DevGru) aborted raid in Barawe, Somalia.


Bergen, Peter. "The Man Who Hunted bin Laden, Saddam and the Pirates." CNN, 30 Aug. 2014. []

On 28 August 2014, "Adm. William 'Bill' McRaven handed over the reins of Special Operations Command to his successor, Gen. Joseph Votel." McRaven "pointed out that U.S. Special Operations Forces are helping to fight the fast-growing Islamic State in Iraq; the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines; the militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria, and al Qaeda and the Taliban in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region."


Bergen, Peter L. Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad. New York: Crown, 2012.

Freedman, FA 91.5 (Sep.-Oct. 2012), finds that this book "is full of fascinating details and illustrates the immense pressure on national security bureaucracies to provide options to policymakers and then reduce the risks associated with their implementation." For Peake, Studies 56.4 (Dec. 2012) and Intelligencer 19.3 (Winter-Spring 2013), "Bergen has told th[e] story" of the hunt for bin Laden "very well indeed."


Bergen, Peter, and Megan Braun. "Drone Is Obama's Weapon of Choice." CNN, 6 Sep. 2012. []

The authors discuss an analysis by the New America Foundation of drone strikes. Some conclusions: "Under Obama, the drone campaign, which during the Bush administration had put emphasis on killing significant members of al Qaeda, has undergone a quiet and unheralded shift to focus increasingly on killing Taliban foot soldiers.... [S]o-called 'signature strikes' have become a hallmark of Obama's drone war. These are drone attacks based on patterns of merely suspicious activity by a group of men, rather than the identification of a particular individual militant.... The number of drone strikes in 2011 fell by 40% from the record number of strikes in 2010. So far this year, the number of strikes has dropped by a further 25%."

[CIA/10s/12; MI/Ops/Afgh/12]

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