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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.

FBI: San Bernardino Shooters Tashfeen Malik And Syed Farook Radicalized Years Before Marriage

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The Director of the F.B.i. told Congress today that the San Bernardino shooters were apparently radicalized much earlier than previously believed.

National Front Makes Major Gains In French Regional Elections

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Europe’s anti-immigrant, xenophobic far right scored major victories in France yesterday.

Obama’s Big ISIS Speech Was A Big Nothing

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For an Oval Office address delivered on a Sunday night, President Obama’s speech last night sounded more like a statement read from the podium in the press room.

It’s Good To Be The King

While Brussels was on its highest alert levels last month due to threats of terrorist attack, many Belgians were apparently wondering where their King was. It turns out he was in Northern France receiving “health” treatments: The king and queen of Belgium relaxed at a spa in France during Belgium’s darkest hour and Brussels was […]

San Bernardino Leaves Anti-Terror Policy In Disarray As Obama Prepares To Address Nation

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The attack in San Bernardino has seemingly left the Administration’s anti-terror strategy in disarray, so the President is addressing the nation tonight to say, well, something I guess.

German Parliament Approves Expansion Of Involvement In Anti-ISIS Campaign

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The German Parliament has approved expansion of the nation’s involvement in the campaign against ISIS, but that doesn’t make the current campaign any less incoherent.

San Bernardino Shooter Reportedly ‘Radicalized,’ Wife Pledged Support To ISIS, Before Attack

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The probability that the shootings in San Bernardino were at least inspired by ISIS and/or other Jihadist terror networks is increasing.

Our Feckless Congress Is Shirking Its Constitutional Duties On The War Against ISIS

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Yesterday, the British Parliament debated the expansion of that nation’s military strikes against ISIS. For more than a year, our cowardly Congress has failed to even hold one debate or vote on America’s role in that conflict.

Suspects Dead In San Bernardino Mass Shooting, But Much Remains Unclear

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The suspects in the San Bernardino shootings are dead, but that’s about all we know so far this morning.

British Parliament Approves Airstrikes Against ISIS In Syria

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The British Parliament has approved expansion of that countries airstrikes into Syria, but it’s unclear just how much of an impact that will have on the ground.

Francois Hollande’s Quest For A United Front Against ISIS May Be Doomed To Fail

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France’s President has spent the week trying to forge and agreement on an anti-ISIS policy, but the two nations that matter the most also disagree the most.

Tensions Between Russia And Turkey Remain High In Wake Of Russian Jet Incident

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Tensions between Russia and Turkey remain high in the wake of yesterday’s incident, but there are some signs that things are starting to cool down.

Hillary Clinton’s Ideas On How To Fight ISIS Are As Incoherent And Flawed As Everyone Else’s

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Hillary Clinton’s recently announced policies toward the ISIS fight are as incoherent and misguided as President Obama’s and those of her Republican opponents.

Turkey Downs Russian Jet

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A potentially big complication in an already complicated situation.

Just Some Perspective

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Andrew Shaver writing at The Monkey Cage:  You’re more likely to be fatally crushed by furniture than killed by a terrorist. I am not saying ignore it.  I am saying have some perspective.

Poll Finds American Fearful Of Terrorism, Distrustful Of Obama And Syrian Refugees

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A new poll taken in the wake of the Paris attacks finds Americans increasingly fearful of ISIS attacks in the U.S., opposed to the admission of Syrian refugees, and not very confident in President Obama’s ability to deal with the ISIS threat.

Are The Intelligence Reports On ISIS Being Cooked, And If So Why?

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Disturbing reports over the weekend that American leaders may not be getting the kind of unbiased intelligence analysis about ISIS that they need to make decisions.

Some Hard Truths about Terrorism (and Anti-Terrorism Policy)

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Rosa Brooks, writing at Foreign Policy offers some truth on the issue of terrorism:  The Threat Is Already Inside (And 9 other truths about terrorism that nobody wants to hear.) The while thing is worth readings, but here are some excerpts: Occasional terrorist attacks in the West are virtually inevitable, and odds are, we’ll see more […]

ISIS is Winning

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The United States and Europe are giving everything the perpetrators of the Paris attacks hoped for.

Brussels On ‘High Alert’ Over Fears Of Paris-Style Attack

Another European capital is on edge over fears of a terror attack.

Up To 170 Taken Hostage In Hotel In Capital Of Mali

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An apparent ongoing terrorist attack in Central Africa.

Syrian Refugees: Separating The Truth And The Facts From Myth, Paranoia, Fear, And Xenophobia

A collection of material that tries to separate the facts of the U.S. Syrian refugee screen process from the fear, myth, paranoia, and xenophobia.

Chief Suspect In Paris Attacks Killed In Police Raid, French Authorities Report

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French officials have confirmed that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the man believed to be the plotter of last Friday’s attacks in Paris, was killed in a police raid early Wednesday morning. This doesn’t mean authorities in France or elsewhere in Europe are any less concerned about future attacks, though.

On The Syrian Refugee Issue And The Internment Of Japanese-Americans During World War II

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Remarks by a Democratic politician in Virginia regarding the Administration’s Syrian refugee program have brought up disturbing reminders of a shameful time in American history.

ISIS Runs Its Own Help Desk

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ISIS apparently has a round-the-clock help desk for terrorists: ISIS is using a 24-hour Jihadi Help Desk to help spread its message, recruit followers and launch more attacks on foreign soil, NBC News reports. The help desk manned by a half-dozen senior operatives was established to help would-be jihadists use encryption and other secure communications […]

Paul Ryan Joins Republican Calls For Halt To Accepting Syrian Refugees

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is the latest Republican to call for a halt to the processing of Syrian refugees who may eventually be brought to the United States: WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan called Tuesday for the suspension of a program to accept Syrian refugees into the United States, and two […]

Soccer Match Canceled In Germany Over Discovery Of “Serious Plans” For Explosions

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A soccer match in Hanover, Germany between the national teams from Germany and The Netherlands was canceled at virtually the last minute this evening local time due to what seems to be a serious security concern: Germany’s exhibition soccer match against the Netherlands was canceled less than two hours before kickoff on Tuesday, becoming the […]

What, Exactly, Does Uttering The Words “Radical Islamic Terrorism” Accomplish?

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Republicans insist that uttering the words “Radical Islamic Terrorism” is somehow important in the fight against ISIS and other terror networks, but it is entirely unclear what doing so would accomplish.

Jeb Bush Breaks With Most Other Republicans On Refugee Policy

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Jeb Bush seems to split with nearly all of the Republican Governors in the United States, and most of his fellow candidates for President, Jeb Bush told Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin that the United States shouldn’t bar Syrian refugees regardless of religion absent any evidence for concern: Jeb Bush said he wouldn’t ban Syrian refugees from entering the […]

No, Americans Should Not Feel Guilty For Showing Solidarity With France

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In the wake of the attacks in Paris, some people have argued that American solidarity with France, in contrast to seeming disregard for tragedy elsewhere, is something we should feel bad about. That argument is ridiculous.

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