Pascale Combelles Siegel

Pascale Combelles Siegel is a Virginia-based independent defense consultant specializing in perception management.

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To Pay or Not to Pay? The French Hostage Dilemma

After 18 months in captivity, the Taliban released Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier on June 29. The two journalists from the French public television channel France Télévision were taken hostage

AQIM Renews its Threats Against France

In July, newly elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited Algiers to reaffirm France's "deep friendship" with the Maghreb and present his project of a "Mediterranean Union" designed to promote a

Taliban Graduation Ceremony Demonstrates Change of Tactics

Earlier this month, a Pakistani journalist filmed a Taliban "graduation ceremony" for would-be Western suicide bombers. The video, which can be seen at, shows a "graduating class of suicide

Radical Islam and the French Muslim Prison Population

In the mid-1990s, after an unprecedented campaign of terrorist attacks in Paris, the French government dismantled several Algerian GIA-backed terrorist cells and sentenced both operatives and financiers of the attacks