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    Al-Qaeda: 'Spreading Like Wildfire'

    Last week, a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee held a hearing provocatively titled “Is Al-Qaeda Winning?” The answers that the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade received were profoundly unsettling. Former Senator Joseph Lieberman (I–Conn.) testified that Syria had become a key focal point of al-Qaeda’s efforts. He noted that there … More

    “Terrorism Is Real, Definable, and Bad”

    “[W]e are not as safe as we should be,” Christopher Harmon notes in chapter one of his new book, A Citizen’s Guide to Terrorism and Counterterrorism. Harmon focused on his two reasons for writing the book during his lecture Tuesday afternoon at The Heritage Foundation. His first reason and “the … More

    Al-Qaeda Seeks American Recruits in Syria

    Al-Qaeda forces in Syria are actively seeking recruits from Americans who have traveled there to fight or to assist opposition forces, according to U.S. officials quoted in today’s New York Times. At least 70 American citizens have traveled to Syria, and most of them are still there, according to U.S. … More

    GUEST POST: 10 Years of Mixed Results from Homeland Security

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS was established to help prevent terrorist attacks within the U.S., reduce our overall vulnerability to terrorism, and help us rapidly respond to any attacks that may occur. DHS was also tasked with the … More

    Arrest Made in Attack on French Soldier Suggests Homegrown Radicalization

    Shortly before 6 p.m. last Saturday, French soldier Cedric Cordier was patrolling the underground arcade of bustling shops beneath the famed La Grande Arche de la Defense in Paris when he was approached by an unidentified assailant. Without provocation, the assailant plunged a short blade into Cordier’s neck, narrowly missing … More

    Obama Administration Refuses to Label London Attack as Terrorism

    Yesterday’s appalling attack on a London street in the middle of the day, which left a British solider dead, was a barbaric act of terrorism perpetrated by Islamist fundamentalists. British Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged the motivations behind yesterday’s cowardly act by saying: This country will be absolutely resolute in … More

    Pakistan Elections May Go to the Terrorists

    In the lead up to the historic May 11 elections, the Pakistani Taliban (also known as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP) and other radical Islamist groups are attacking Pakistani parties that they deem too “secular”—mainly parties in the ruling coalition. The TTP are using high-profile terror attacks as a strategic … More

    Morning Bell: Senators Bring Stirring Filibuster Against Obama CIA Nominee

    “I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important…” That was Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) … More

    Bangladesh Spring Turns Violent

    At least 44 people have been killed in the past two days in protests in Bangladesh following the third conviction by a war crimes tribunal set up to investigate the role of Islamist political leaders in Bangladesh’s independence movement in 1971. The recent spurt in violence follows a month of … More

    Iran: Rand Paul’s Containment Strategy

    Senator Rand Paul (R–KY) yesterday gave a thought-provoking speech on foreign policy at The Heritage Foundation in which he argued that “a more restrained foreign policy is the true conservative foreign policy, as it includes two basic tenets of true conservatism: respect for the constitution and fiscal discipline.” He compared … More