• Brussels attacks: how radicalization happens and who is at risk

    As they recover from the shock of the attacks in Brussels, people are asking why this happens, and who the people carrying out these suicide missions are. That such attacks could be launched from inside a European country once again calls attention to a serious crisis: the radicalization of citizens outside the Middle East by extremist groups. Can we expect ever more people around the world to be radicalized to join ISIS? The outlook is mixed. Despite the successes of its recruitment and radicalization campaign since 2011, recent media reports show that IS is struggling to integrate different groups of foreign fighters into its combat forces in the Middle East and North Africa, raising the prospect that competing loyalties could fracture the group and undermine its ability to project an appealing recruitment message. As far as the fight against IS recruitment goes, this is a ray of hope. But there’s plenty of bad news too.

  • Ted Cruz: Cancelled NYPD’s Muslim surveillance program could prevent terrorist attacks

    Presidential candidate Ted Cruz criticized New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for shutting down the NYPD’s Muslim surveillance program. In the wake of the Brussels terrorist attacks, Cruz. suggested that to prevent such attacks in the United States, the police should patrol Muslim communities more heavily – and offered the NYPD program as an example of how such surveillance should be done. In 2014, the New York Police Department acknowledged that its surveillance program did not lead to any terror investigations. Police were not able to find a single lead.

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  • More Americans in the last 25 years killed by far-right extremists than by Islamist terrorists

    Over the last twenty-five years in the United States, those inspired by al-Qaeda and its associated movement (AQAM) have killed nearly seven-and-a-half times more people than far-right extremists have killed in one-fifth as many incidents. However, if you remove two outlier events — the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Oklahoma City Bombing — far-right extremists (FRE) have killed nearly four times as many people as AQAM extremists.

  • 34 killed, 151 injured in Brussels terrorist attacks

    Three explosions — two of them suicide bombing attacks — earlier this morning (Tuesday), two at the international airport and a third in a subway station downtown, left at least thirty-four people dead and injured 151. Nineteen people were killed at the airport and fifteen in the subway bombing. Another explosive device was found at the airport and removed before it could go off. Brussels has been placed under a lock down, with all flights in and out of the city cancelled, and all train and bus stations hut down.

     

  • Hezbollah threatens it will attack Israel’s nuclear facilities in future war

    Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah leader, on Monday threatened that in the event of another war between Hezbollah and Israel, his Iran-supported Shi’ia Lebanese militia will strike all targets in the Jewish state “without any limits.” He added: “If the Israeli army escalates its aggression against Lebanon, Hezbollah will strike all the strategic targets in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the nuclear facilities.”

  • John Kerry to meet leaders of Colombia’s FARC guerillas in Cuba today

    Secretary of State John Kerry will meet today (Monday) in Havana with the leaders of the Colombian Marxist guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). FARC has been fighting successive Colombian governments since the early 1960s, and is in control of an area the size of Switzerland in the mountainous jungles of central Colombia. In 1997 FARC has been designated a terrorist group by the State Department. Since last fall, the Colombian government and FARC, with the support of the UN, have been negotiating a peace pact.

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  • U.S. Marines deployed to Iraq to join ground fight against ISIS

    U.S. Marines have been dispatched to Iraq to join the ground fight against ISIS. The Marines are from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), an air-ground fighting force of 2,200 soldiers. The number of Marines sent to Iraq has not been made public. Military analysts note that even though details about the role of the Marines in Iraq have not been made public, their deployment is a step toward the use of more conventional tactics in the fight against ISIS.

  • Turkish official fired after tweeting she hoped Israelis injured in Istanbul terror attack “were dead”

    A Turkish official has been sacked over a tweet in which she expressed her wish that a dozen Israeli tourists wounded in a bomb attack in Istanbul “were dead.” The suicide attack by what the Turkish government described as a follower of ISIS, killed five people, including the bomber, three Israelis, and an Iranian, and injured thirty-six, of which eleven were Israeli nationals.

  • 415 children under 10, 1,424 secondary school children, referred to U.K. anti-extremism program

    Almost 4,000 Britons have been referred to the U.K. government’s counterterrorism program last year, among them children under nine. The figures released in January show 415 children aged 10 or under and 1,424 secondary school aged children had been referred to the program in England and Wales since July.

     

  • Paris terrorist attacks’ mastermind captured

    The Belgian police an hour ago captured Salah Abdeslam, the 26-year old French national who was the mastermind behind the 13 November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris which killed 130 people. “We got him,” the Belgian justice minister declared after confirming that Abdeslam had been captured during the operation in the Brussels’ neighborhod of Molenbeek.

  • Fingerprints of Paris attacks’ mastermind found in Brussels flat

    The Belgian police found the fingerprints of Salah Abdeslam, a prime suspect in last November’s terrorist attacks in Paris, in the Brussels apartment raided by the police on Tuesday. Abdeslam, a 26-year-old French national who lived in Brussels, was driven from Paris to Belgium hours after the 13 November attacks, which killed 130 people. Ten Belgians who helped him escape Paris and hide in Brussels have been in custody since late November.

  • California university campus attacker was inspired by ISIS: FBI

    Faisal Mohammad, 18, a college student from Santa Clara who attacked four people at a University of California campus in 2015, had been self-radicalized by terrorist propaganda from ISIS, the FBI said yesterday (Thursday). On 4 November Mohammad stabbed a fellow student in a UC, Merced classroom, then attacked three others as he fled on campus. Police gave chase and shot and killed him.

  • ISIS committed genocide, crimes against humanity: U.S.

    Secretary of State John Kerry said that ISIS has committed genocide against Christians and other ethnic minorities. This is the first time the United States has declared genocide since Darfur in 2004.

  • Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams denied entry to White House

    After being denied access to the White House for a St. Patrick’s Day reception, Gerry Adams, the Sinn Féin leader, described the incident as an “unacceptable development.” Adams turned up on Tuesday evening for the annual Irish event hosted by the President, Barack Obama, but was denied access to the White House over a “security” issue. Sinn Féin “will not sit at the back of the bus for anyone,” Adams said in a statement.

  • Belgian police arrest two suspects linked to November’s Paris terror attacks

    Two suspects have been detained by Belgian police in connection with Tuesday’s shooting during a house raid in Brussels, in which another suspect was killed. The operation is linked to investigations into November’s Islamist attacks in Paris.