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    Kenya Mall Attack Reminiscent of 2008 Mumbai Attacks

    Last month’s terrorist attacks at a shopping mall in Kenya brought back memories of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed nearly 170. The similarities between the attacks serve as a reminder that the U.S. needs to keep up its guard to prevent similar attacks on its soil. In November 2008, … More

    Security Remains Elusive in Somalia

    Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda-linked group operating out of Somalia, has reportedly lost one of its most visible fighters, Omar Hammani, an American born and raised in Daphne, Alabama. Hammani is believed to have been killed on September 12. He moved to Somalia in 2006 to fight for al-Shabaab and was added … More

    Who Are the Rebels in Syria?

    No one knows for certain the number of organized opposition groups in Syria and opposition militia forces fighting in the Syrian civil war. These irregular guerrilla forces fighting primarily against the Syrian army range from secular groups to Salafi Islamist militants. The Islamist factions are reportedly split between groups that … More

    The Disturbing Trend of Political Assassinations in Tunisia

    Tunisia is currently suffering from poor security, a bad economy, and a polarized society. The situation is starting to look a lot like Egypt. Mohammed Brahmi is the second high-level opposition politician to be assassinated in Tunisia over the past six months. The repercussions of the assassinations are threatening to … More

    Egypt: An Arab Spring “Re-Do”

    In a new Backgrounder, “Egypt: A Way Forward After a Step Back,” Heritage experts suggest four steps the U.S. should take to address the crisis in Egypt: Press Egypt’s army to hold elections and step aside as soon as possible, Put tight strings on any U.S. aid, Recalibrate U.S. aid … More

    Boko Haram Leaders Captured

    The Nigerian military has captured top leaders of the terrorist group Boko Haram, according to local media reports. The capture comes after Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, declared a state of emergency in northeastern Nigeria on May 14. Boko Haram is reportedly responsible for the deaths of 3,000 people since 2010. … More

    Secretary Kerry Fumbles at the African Union

    Boko Haram, the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria, was called a terrorist organization by Secretary of State John Kerry last week. At the 50th anniversary Summit for the African Union celebrations, Secretary Kerry referred to Boko Haram not as a “terrorist group” in typical State Department–approved terms but as an outright … More

    Boston Bombers Have Roots in the Ungovernable, Islamist North Caucasus

    The North Caucasus has emerged as an ungovernable safe haven for terrorists, as the government of Russia is at the end of its wits as to how to stem the Islamist insurrection. The brothers who allegedly undertook the Boston Marathon bombing and reportedly planned to hit Times Square in New … More

    Montana Mother and Judge Turned Cyber Spy

    On Thursday, you’ll hear a story at Heritage that you won’t believe is real. In 2007, writer Jack Hitt did a profile for Wired magazine on someone who sounded like the most unlikely cyber vigilante imaginable—Shannen Rossmiller. Hitt’s article describes Rossmiller pretty much the same way others do: Rossmiller grew … More