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San Bernardino shooter messaged Facebook friends about her support for jihad

San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik sent at least two private messages on Facebook to a small group of Pakistani friends in 2012 and 2014, pledging her support for Islamic jihad and saying she hoped to join the fight one day, two top federal law enforcement officials said Monday.<p>The two messages, …

Schools All Closed in Los Angeles Due to Terrorist Threat Emailed to LAUSD Board Member

Rep. Adam Schiff also tweeted that the threat was a hoax.<p>The investigation into LAUSD threat is still ongoing. Preliminary assessment is it was a …

Counterterrorism 101: Don't Ignore Lessons of 9/11

“Nothing like this has ever happened to me before,” said Sarker Haque, his face still black and blue from the beating. “I’ve lived here all these years and never, in this community? Never have I ever experienced anything like this.”<p>Haque, originally from Bangladesh, has owned the Fatima grocery …

Behind the Story: Inside ISIS’s Marketing Department

<b>Story:</b> Inside the surreal world of the Islamic State’s propaganda machine <b><br>Outlet:</b> The Washington Post <b><br>Reporters:</b> Greg Miller (@gregpmiller) and Souad Mekhennet (@smekhennet) <b><br>Magazine:</b> Confronting the ‘Caliphate’<p><i>Do terrorists have marketable brands? ISIS does, and it’s dangerously effective. After The</i> …

Osama Bin Laden

Egypt Says No Evidence of Terrorism Found in Russian Plane Crash

No evidence has been found so far that indicates an act of terrorist brought down a Russian passenger plane in Sinai, Egypt officials said …

America knows there’s no 2nd chance

Before we start, let’s clarify something. Those who live and work in Washington, D.C., aren’t in America. D.C. is not a state. Residents can’t vote. …

Guns, Terrorism, and Honesty

Which of the following statements would you say you agree with?<p>Pick as many as you like. My answer is at the bottom.<p>1. Better gun control is essential to curb gun violence.2. Islamic jihadism is a dangerous ideology that must be fought.3. Guns should not be banned or confiscated.4. Muslims should …

Terrorists are a real threat. So is your government with a blank check

What should we do about terrorism?<p>After the attacks on Paris, the French government passed a law that allows anyone suspected of being a security threat to be placed under house arrest and searches to be conducted without warrants.<p>Reason’s Anthony Fisher reports that this can lead to nasty …

Homeland Security

The Real Problem With Terrorism

During my twenty-eight years on Earth, there has always been war. Just to name a few, there was the Gulf War, the Somali Civil War, The Bosnian War, The Kosovo War, The War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War. This doesn't include the extensive list that spans back for centuries, prior to me.<p>We are now …

Jerry Falwell Jr., Franklin Graham and the Sad Effects of Terrorism on Christianity

The goal of terrorism is far more complex and far more sinister than just the taking of human life, as painful and devastating as that is. It is to instill a fear -- a terror -- in those who bear witness to its deadly acts.<p>The hope of the terrorist is that this fear would do one of two things: …

A New Type of Terror Emerges in America

Since September 11, 2001, the death toll from extremist Islamic-inspired terrorism in the U.S. stands at 45, including the 14 people killed on Dec. 2 …

Facing Reality in the Long War Against Jihadis

The jihadi terror we face is an insoluble problem. We can no more conclusively “win” the war against jihadi terror than we can “win” the wars against crime or drugs; or eliminate all racial prejudice; or eliminate all disease, poverty, and inequality. I say this as neither a declinist nor a …

Middle East

​What We Talk About When We Talk About Terrorism

Terrorism is a word like "pornography": blurry at the boundaries, but something everyone is sure they will recognize when they see it.<p>The night after the San Bernardino massacre, some loony emailed in a gun shooting threat against my city's middle schools. For those of you keeping track at home, …

Bill Clinton

The home-grown threat

YOU do not need to be Donald Trump to be confused by the massacre Syed Rizwan Farook and his Pakistani wife, Tashfeen Malik, carried out in San …

Terrorism

Terror On Twitter

Illustration by Nick Jarvis<p>How ISIS is taking war to social media—and social media is fighting back<p>W<b>hen the militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) descended on the Iraqi city of Mosul in June 2014, they didn’t just march into town—they simultaneously</b> …

Terror: Whom to Fear

I have interviewed hundreds of terrorists and their close associates in places as far-flung as Russia, Uzbekistan, Palestine, Morocco, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, France, Belgium and recently, I've been given unique access to Syrian ISIS defectors. These Syrian defectors repeatedly say that the …

ISIS is everywhere -- is it time for a global passport?

<b>(CNN) —</b> At least four of the eight attackers in November's terrorist attacks in Paris were French citizens.<p>While anti-immigrant European politicians are using the attacks as an excuse to restrict the current refugee inflow, the fact is that stemming the flow of migrants won't diminish the pool of …

Raqqa

How to Beat Islamic State

To win against the jihadists, isolate them, undercut their appeal to Muslims and avoid a ‘clash of civilizations’<p>Islam is a religion, and like any other faith, it is internally diverse. Islamism, by contrast, is the desire to impose a single version of Islam on an entire society. Islamism is not …

Islamism

Obama Urges Americans: Stand Strong in Face of Terrorism

U.S. President Barack Obama said he knows Americans are asking "What can I do?" in the wake of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.<p>In his weekly …

Trafficking in Terror

How closely entwined are the drug trade and global terrorism?<p>In December, 2009, Harouna Touré and Idriss Abdelrahman, smugglers from northern Mali, walked through the doors of the Golden Tulip, a hotel in Accra, Ghana. They were there to meet with two men who had offered them an opportunity to make …

Al-Qaeda

Hillary Clinton and the Democrats' National Security Problem

This has obviously been a painful week for Republicans, who have had to come to terms–thanks to Mr. Trump–with the reality of who their base voters …

What FBI, police are doing to prevent terror attacks

One week after the terrorist massacre in San Bernardino — the worst attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001 — FBI Director James B. Comey was …

Obama aims to allay concerns about terror-fighting strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fears of terrorism are hanging over America's holiday season, so President Barack Obama is planning a series of events this week …

National Security

Feds, Silicon Valley headed for 'collision' over encryption issue, post San Bernardino, wave of terror attacks

The competing goals of protecting Americans’ emails and other private electronic messages and helping the U.S. intelligence community decode them to foil terror plots are on a “collision” course, the Obama administration acknowledges.<p>"We understand that encryption is a very important part of being …

Molenbeek: An Immigrant Community Tries to Shake Its Jihadi Reputation

Within hours of the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, much of the world’s attention -- and scrutiny -- turned to the small western district of Brussels known …

Teenage Austrian 'poster girl for the Islamic State' killed by group for trying to escape

Sabra Kesinovic, 17, was reportedly murdered after she was caught attempting to escape from Raqqa, Syria<p>An Austrian teenager who became a poster girl for the Islamic State has reportedly been beaten to death by the group after she was caught trying to leave Syria.<p>Sabra Kesinovic, 17, was murdered …

The Paris Attacks: What We Know Right Now

<b>Updated 4:25 a.m. ET Monday:</b><p>French Prime Minister Manuel Valls tells French radio RTL that there have been more than 150 raids throughout the night in France. More are expected.<p><b>Sunday's post:</b><p>As France observed its first of three days of national mourning, police said they were looking for a suspect …

Nicolas Sarkozy

France bombs Islamic State stronghold in Syria

France launched airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria, responding to terror attacks on its capital, as investigators pieced together a chilling …

Why Islamic State targeted France instead of the U.S.

The chilling takeaway from Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris is that<p>Islamic Statehas expanded its theater of operations beyond the Middle East. But that doesn’t mean the group is about to unleash a wave of attacks on the United States.<p>The Homeland Security Department said Friday it knows of "no …

Middle East