Erick Stakelbeck

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March 2008 Entries

Did Iran Help Secure Al-Sadr's Iraq Truce?

CBN News reported today on radical cleric (and Iranian proxy) Muqtada Al-Sadr's call for a truce between Shiite militias--chief among them his al-Mahdi Army--and Iraqi government forces. Now McClatchey reports that an Iranian general played a key role in the negotiations:

posted @ Monday, March 31, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Bomb? Check. Iraqi Money? Check. Terrorism? Nah.

Is it me, or have these instantaneous F.B.I. denials become almost like parodies? Where's Lt. Frank Drebin when you need him? From KOB TV in New Mexico:

posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (1)

A Glimpse Into France's Future

French president Nicholas Sarkozy--a U.S. ally-- is looking to make his country relevant on the international stage once again. But even his confident swagger can't turn back the demographic tide in France. If this chart from the Brussels Journal is any indication, the French riots of 2005 and after were only a prelude to much greater unrest which would have profound implications throughout western Europe.

posted @ Tuesday, March 25, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

New Bin Laden Tape Blasts Pope

The exact date and origins of the latest Bin Laden audiotape (the only visual sign of the Al-Qaeda leader on the tape is a dated still shot) are still being determined. Our friends at have a must-read rundown detailing several reasons to be skeptical of this latest release (for instance, if it's the five-year anniversary of the Iraq invasion, why isn't Iraq even mentioned?) Here's more, from CBN News:

posted @ Thursday, March 20, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

New Report on Iran's Extremist Textbooks

Our friend Eli Lake has more on Iran's always inclusive educational system (watch my recent report on this for CBN News here):

posted @ Wednesday, March 19, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (1)

Vatican to Open Church in Saudi Arabia?

In my recent story for CBN News about the Saudi Royal Family's funding of American universities, Saudi dissident Ali al-Ahmed said that the Saudis:

posted @ Tuesday, March 18, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Saudi Scholar: Only 50-60 People Died in the Holocaust

What would Prince Alwaleed bin Talal say? From our friends at MEMRI:

posted @ Thursday, March 13, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (1)

A Major Rift in Al-Qaeda Over Who Will Succeed Bin Laden?

According to C.I.A. Director Michael Hayden, there is a rivalry brewing within Al-Qaeda's hiearchy between Egyptians and Saudis. At stake could be leadership of the group, post bin Laden. Bill Gertz of the Washington Times has the details:

posted @ Wednesday, March 12, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (0)

The Saudis PR Push at American Universities

My story on the growing influence of Saudi dollars at American universities airs on today's 700 Club (watch it here). The principal mover and shaker in this Saudi PR offensive is Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest men. He's using a chunk of his vast fortune to promote a positive (aka uncritical) view of Saudi Arabia and Islam in the West--and it's working. Here's an excerpt from my story:

posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2008 4:00 AM | Feedback (1)

Is Al-Qaeda's American Mouthpiece, Adam Gadahn, Dead?

I've been monitoring these reports for the past week-and-a-half. Bill Roggio of the Long War Journal--who has great, on-the-ground contacts with superior knowledge of Pakistan's tribal regions--has yet to confirm them, and I get the feeling that he would know if they were indeed legit. But he also doesn't disavow them, which says, like our friends at Hot have been reporting, that our chubby Benedict bin-Arnold may indeed be ashes. From Roggio:

posted @ Friday, March 07, 2008 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)