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Rep. King Hearing: Homegrown Terrorism is a Real Threat

Rep. King Hearing: Homegrown Terrorism is a Real Threat

There has been some push back coming against Congressman Peter King’s scheduled hearing on the threat of homegrown terrorism to American national security. A prime example comes from the New York Times editorial page, where Bob Herbert proclaims: Representative Peter King, a Republican from Long Island, appears to harbor a fierce unhappiness with the Muslim […]

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Terror suspect arrested in Indonesia

The police in Indonesia have arrested one of the country’s most wanted Islamic militants on Friday, December 10. The arrested has been accused by the police of having been involved in the plotting of high-profile assassinations and for carrying out attacks on foreigners at luxury hotels in the capital. Media reports inform that Abu Tholut […]

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India & EU to seek great cooperation to counter terrorism

Two days after terror struck in one of India’s holiest city Varanasi, Indian Prime Minister has said that he looks forward to expanding India’s engagement with the European Union. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was speaking prior to his departure to Brussels to attend the 11th Annual India-European Union Summit. Dr. Singh said that he […]

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GCC call to tackle global terrorism

As the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders met in Abu Dhabi, they used the opportunity to come down heavily on international terror groups. Rejecting terror in all forms the GCC expressed its solidarity with Saudi Arabia in its fight against these groups. The GCC expressed its grave concern over the growth and spread of al-Qaeda […]

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Terror strikes Indian holy town of Varanasi

In yet another tragic attack carried out by terror outfits in the temple town of Varanasi in India, one child was killed and at least 32 others injured. It has been reported that the terror blast was carried out by Indian Mujahideen. The blast occurred outside the temple at Shitla Ghat in Varanasi town in […]

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Left-wing terror suspects held in Greece

In Greece, police on Sunday, arrested and charged six people of having connections with a terrorist group after confiscating guns and explosives at various locations across the country. Newspaper reports suggest that the suspects range in age from 21-30. The group also includes one woman member. They were detained following police raids in Athens, the […]

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Review of Maplecroft's “Terrorism Risk Index 2011”

Review of Maplecroft's “Terrorism Risk Index 2011”

UK based risk advisory company; Maplecroft has released its annual Terrorism Risk Index (TRI) for the year 2010-11.  The report released recently shows some important variations in the patterns of terrorist activities on the global scale. A summary of the report released to this blog, indicates a notable increase of terrorism risk status of Greece and […]

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Terror attempt foiled in Pakistan

With the arrest of three terror suspects on Friday, police in the Pakistani city of Dera Ismail Khan claimed to have foiled a major attack. Dera Ismail Khan is a city situated in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. According to media reports the terrorists were attempting to carry out an attack ahead of the Muharram which […]

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EU’s renewed strategy to tackle global terror

Recent attempt by global terror outfits seeking to target European interests have heighted fear within the EU that an attack in the region seems an increasing possibility. Driven by these fears there has been a renewed effort to evaluate the regions counter terror initiatives. This has led the EU’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove to […]

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Terror Support Network Busted in Spain, Thailand

The big news coming in is about the arrest of six Pakistanis and a Nigerian by the Spanish police in Barcelona late on Tuesday. The arrested men have been accused of having links to radical Islamic cells in Pakistan. They are suspected of providing forged passports to groups linked to al-Qaeda, and the Lashkar-e-Taiba in […]

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Tablet and Pen Book Tour

Tablet and Pen Book Tour

Tablet and Pen edited by Reza Aslan For anyone who is interested, Reza Aslan, who wrote “Beyond Fundamentalism” which I wrote about in my last entry, is currently on tour for his new book “Tablet and Pen.” He will be in Washington, DC tomorrow (Thursday November 11th) and in New York City from November 15th […]

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Crusaders in a Cosmic War

Crusaders in a Cosmic War

The execution of crusader “Reynald Krak” by Saladin On October 29th two packages containing explosive devices were sent from Yemen to the United States. They were addressed to synagogues in Chicago, Illinois and are now believed to be the work of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). One detail of the plot which we would never have known […]

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Close to Home: The Downtown Dallas Bombing Plot

Close to Home: The Downtown Dallas Bombing Plot

The targeted building and Hosam Smadi First off, apologies for the sparse posting recently. Before I post about some recent big events I’d like to shed some light on a lesser known plot that was set to occur in my hometown of Dallas, Texas in September of last year. On September 24, 2009, a 19-year-old […]

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Events: Pakistan's Lawless Frontier and Counterterrorism Perspectives

Here are a couple of events for anyone in the Washington, DC area (be sure to RSVP if you want to attend). Note that the second will also be webcast! Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier The Most Dangerous Place The New America Foundation and the Heinrich Böll Foundation are pleased to host Imtiaz Gul, a Pakistani journalist […]

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Postponement of Major Hasan's Military Trial

Postponement of Major Hasan's Military Trial

Major Nidal Hasan in April 2010 (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriffs Department) The trial of the alleged Fort Hood shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, was scheduled to commence yesterday but instead was postponed till October 2nd. The Associated Press stated, “Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who was paralyzed after being shot by two Fort Hood police officers, uttered […]

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