After Orlando Massacre, Donald Trump Says It Shows He Is ‘Right’ About Terrorism

Donald J. Trump on Sunday pounced on the news of the massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub to underscore his presidential campaign’s central message — that the United States needs to be tougher to combat Islamist terrorism. “When will this stop?” Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, wrote in a Twitter post shortly before noon. “When will we get […]

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Reborn Into Terrorism

In 2014, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the organizer of the November 2015 Paris attacks, appeared in a video, driving a pickup truck with a mound of corpses in tow. Speaking to the camera before driving off, he said: “Before we towed jet skis, motorcycles, quad bikes, big trailers filled with gifts for vacation in Morocco. Now, thank God, following God’s path, we’re […]

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What the War on Terrorism Can Learn from the War on Gangs

Dangerous street gangs and violent extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria both depend on recruiting disaffected youths with the promise of a sense of belonging. Because of those similarities, community leaders involved in the effort to fight extremism—many of whom gathered in Washington this week for the White House’s summit on the topic—are drawing […]

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Brennan Hearing Shows a Restless Congress on Drones and Terrorism

As you might expect from a public hearing about the activities of the CIA, John Brennan’s Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday was not exactly a font of detailed information about America’s intelligence and counter-terror operations. In an afternoon when he maintained a tough resolve against occasionally testy Senate questioners—Chuck Hagel could learn a few things from this guy!—Brennan revealed virtually […]

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Must-Reads from Around the World

Syria’s foreign minister speaks, this week’s controversial visits by the Egyptian president and Colombia’s leader confirms peace talks with leftist rebels. Pushback – Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem gives his first Western interview since the uprising began against Bashar Assad — and uses it to lampoon the U.S. “We believe that the USA is the major player against Syria and […]

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