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U.S. Led Coalition In Syria Killed Nearly 500 Innocent Civilians In One Month

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The current American-led campaign against ISIS in Syria has led to the deaths of nearly 500 civilians, according to a United Nations study: The US-led coalition killed nearly 500 civilians in one month in its pursuit of Islamic State militants in Syria, in what the United Nations has called a “staggering loss of life”. Some […]

Van Attack Outside London Mosque Kills One, Injures Ten, In Apparent Anti-Muslim Attack

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A van struck a crowd outside a London mosque late last night in an attack by a man who said he wanted to kill Muslims.

Ninth Circuit Upholds Stay On Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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The Trump Administration’s Muslim Travel Ban suffers another defeat at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

London Attack Leads To Another Incoherent Trump Twitter Tirade

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President Trump responded to last night’s terror attacks by taking to Twitter.

Six Killed, Dozens Injured, In Late Night Terror Attack In London

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Another night of terror in the United Kingdom.

Bombing At Ariana Grande Concert In Manchester, England Kills 22, Wounds Dozens

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A night of carnage and depravity in the United Kingdom.

Trump’s Muslim Speech Was A Change In Tone, But It’s Unlikely To Accomplish Anything

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President Trump’s speech on Islam was a change of tone. However, as critics noted, it was short on substance and is unlikely to accomplish anything.

Another Week, Another Demonstration Of President Trump’s Dangerous Incompetence

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President Trump’s decision to share highly classified information with the Russians is yet another demonstration of his dangerous hubris and incompetence.

Explosions At St. Petersburg Subway Stations Kill At Least Ten

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An apparent terrorist attack in Russia’s second largest city.

ISIS Expanding Its Base In Libya Despite U.S. Attacks

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Despite American air strikes, ISIS is expanding its power amid the chaos in Libya.

At Least Three Dead, Twenty Injured, In Apparent Terror Attack In London

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An apparent terror attack outside Parliament in London.

Hawaii Sues Trump Administration Over Renewed Muslim Ban Executive Order

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Hawaii is the first state to challenge the Trump Administration’s revised Muslim travel ban.

Trump Administration Issues Revised Muslim Travel Ban

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President Trump has issued a revised ban on travel from six predominantly Muslim nations.

The Buck Stops Elsewhere?

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A new Pentagon proposal would place more discretion in the hands of field commanders, removing the need for Presidential approval.

Sometimes History Doesn’t Repeat Itself

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Ambassador Karlov is mostly likely not a modern day Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Apparent Berlin Terror Attack Kills 12, Injures Dozens

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Another attack in what has been a bloody 2016 for Europe.

Russian Ambassador To Turkey Assassinated In Ankara

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The situation in the Middle East just potentially became much more complicated.

Another General In Trump’s Cabinet

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Three of the top four national security positions in Donald Trump’s Cabinet will be filled by retired Generals. This isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Suspect In New York City, New Jersey Bombings Captured By Police

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Just about two days after setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York City, a suspect is in custody.

Explosion From Apparent Bomb Injures 29 In New York City

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An explosion that ended up injuring 29 people interrupted an otherwise quiet Saturday evening in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City.

The Lost National ‘Unity’ Of September 11th

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The sense of national ‘unity’ that existed in the wake of the September 11th attacks didn’t last for very long.

“We’re The Only Plane In The Sky”

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As we approach the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on Sunday, Politico is up with a fascinating first-person account of the attack from the point of view of White House aides, military officers, and members of the traveling press corps who were with President Bush the day everything changed. It follows the story from […]

Donald Trump Calling Obama The “Founder” Of ISIS Requires One To Ignore History, And Reality

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President Obama’s ISIS policy has been far from perfect, but to call him a “Founder” of ISIS is to ignore both history and reality.

Afghan Teen Attacks Hong Kong Family on German Subway With an Ax

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Another bizarre attack that may be part of a larger pattern. Or a random act by a deranged individual. BBC: A teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife injured four people on a train in southern Germany before being shot dead by police, officials say. Three people in a group from Hong Kong […]

Dozens Dead, Dozens More Injured, As Truck Rams Bastille Day Crowd In Nice

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A night of terror mars Bastille Day celebrations in France.

America’s Perpetual Wars

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President Obama will leave office as the first two term President who presided over eight years of war. It didn’t start with him and it won’t end with him.

ISIS Suicide Bombers Hit Inside Saudi Arabia

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The wave of Ramadan attacks continues, including a strike near the second holiest site in Islam.

ISIS Attack Kills More Than 140 In Baghdad

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A third major terrorist attack inside of a week.

20 Dead In Bangladesh Attack Claimed By ISIS

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A third major ISIS-inspired or planned attack in three weeks.

On the Usage of “Radical Islam”

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Via Vox:  I worked in the CIA under Bush. Obama is right to not say “radical Islam.” When I directed the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program at the CIA in the early 2000s, I frequently interacted with senior Bush administration policymakers about how to engage Muslim communities and, when doing so, which words and phrases […]

Turkish Airport Attackers From Former Soviet Space (Or Not)

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The men who carried out the terrorist attack on Turkey’s key airport were from Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Turkish officials believe they were ISIS-related. CNN: Turkish authorities have now detained 22 people in connection with the Ataturk Airport attack, a Turkish official told CNN on Thursday. […] The official also said that Turkey has determined […]

At Least 41 Dead In Terror Attack On Istanbul Airport

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A massive attack hits Istanbul’s airport.

What To Do About The ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorist?

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Stopping the next Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Syed Farook, or Omar Mateen is likely to be a lot more difficult than the politicians on either side of the aisle are leading us to believe.

Should We Ignore the Terrorists?

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Should we treat terrorists as trolls?

Terrorist Attacks Strike Brussels

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A series of bomb attacks across Brussels has left at least 26 dead, and dozens more injured.

Putin Announces Start Of Withdrawal Of Russian Forces From Syria

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To the surprise of many, Russia’s President announced that Russia would begin winding down its six month old intervention in Syria.

President Obama Submits Quixotic Plan To Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

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The President has another plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It’s as likely to be well-received on Capitol Hill as all of his other previous plans on this issue.

Apple Fighting Order To Assist In Decrypting Phone Of San Bernardino Terrorist

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Apple is resisting a Federal Court order that it assist the F.B.I. in decryption of the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

War Against ISIS Poised To Expand Into Libya?

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Get ready for an expansion of the war against ISIS into Libya, because it’s probably not far away.

Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Shows Up In Al Qaeda Recruitment Video

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The anti-Muslim rhetoric Donald Trump has been using on the campaign trail has shown up in a recruitment video for an al Qaeda off-shoot group.

After More Than Three Decades, Americans Held Hostage In Iran To Receive Compensation

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After more than three decades, the men and women held hostage in Iran for 444 days will receive at least some compensation.

Boko Haram Update

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Via the LAT:  Boko Haram has grown stronger, more lethal and even less compromising Boko Haram was blamed for recent twin suicide bombings in Kano: one carried out by an 11-year-old girl, and a market bombing in Yola that killed 34. The extremist group was responsible for 6,644 deaths in 2014, a 300% increase from the […]

A Word Cloud That Speaks For Itself

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Eric Weisbrod, a news producer at CNN shared this word cloud prepared from the transcript of the prime time Republican debate on Wednesday. The larger the world, the more frequently it was used: Further comment seems unnecessary.

Cruz has a Plan for Fighting ISIS

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Why hasn’t anyone else thought of this?

Another Poll Shows Republicans Support Donald Trump’s ‘Ban All Muslims’ Immigration Plan

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Heading into another Presidential debate, a new poll shows that Republicans are very receptive to Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S.

Los Angeles Public Schools Closed In Wake Of ‘Unspecified Threats’

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Every public school in Los Angeles, which covers over 600,000 students, plus teachers and staff, has been closed for the day in the wake of unspecified threats.

Using The No-Fly List To Bar Gun Purchases Is Bad Policy, And Likely Unconstitutional

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The Governors of Connecticut and New York are joining President Obama and Hillary Clinton in favor of a really bad idea.

Is Syria Already A Quagmire For Putin?

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Some analysts are already suggesting that Russia’s two month old intervention in Syria is becoming a quagmire. That seems to be a premature judgment, but it’s not accomplishing much more than anything the West is doing.

The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker

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A pseudonymous government relations professional examines “The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker: A Jedi’s Path to Jihad.”

New Poll Appears To Show Majority GOP Support For Trump’s ‘Ban Muslims’ Immigration Plan

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A new poll appears to show that a majority of Republicans support Donald Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from immigrating to the United States.

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