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    Boko Haram Terrorists Are Now Officially Terrorists

    The U.S. Department of State has finally designated the Nigerian-based terrorist group Boko Haram and a splinter faction known as Ansaru as official foreign terrorist organizations (FTO). It’s about time. The Heritage Foundation has long been calling for the group’s official designation and warned about the alarming trends of religious … More

    Aviation Security: Defending U.S. Passenger Airplanes Is as Important as Ever

      Terrorists may have attempted a hijacking “dry run” onboard a recent flight from Washington, D.C., to Orlando. According to news sources, four men engaged in disruptive behavior seemingly designed to distract flight crew members. The incident reminds us that terrorists still view commercial aviation as a potential target, and … More

    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

    U.S. Detention and Interrogation of al-Libi Lawful

    Al-Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Libi was captured last weekend in Tripoli by U.S. forces and taken to the U.S.S. San Antonio for temporary detention and interrogation for intelligence purposes. Once intelligence officials finish their interrogation of al-Libi, he will be brought to the United States to face trial for his … More

    Obama at United Nations: The World Is Safer—or It Isn’t

      President Obama this morning laid out a foreign policy roadmap for the remainder of his presidency. However, his audience at the United Nations General Assembly might be excused for finding it confusing. In Obama’s speech, assertions were followed by contradictions, and top priorities were undermined by caveats. Under leadership … More

    Pakistan Terrorist Attack Bears Hallmarks of al-Qaeda

    The dual suicide bombing of a Sunday morning church service in Peshawar, Pakistan, over the weekend is not typical of the kinds of attacks the Pakistani minority Christian community has experienced over the past several years. Previous attacks on the Pakistani Christian community have been largely spontaneous and provoked by … More

    Pakistan and Kenya Terrorist Attacks: Is There a Link?

    Within 24 hours over the weekend, two major terrorist attacks by Islamist extremists occurred in different parts of the world. In Kenya, military forces are still fighting terrorists holed up in a shopping mall in Nairobi, where nearly 60 civilians have already been killed. In Pakistan, over 80 were killed … More

    Afghanistan: Levin Sets Low Bar for Future Troop Levels

    With the 2014 deadline for the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan fast approaching, there are many questions regarding the number of troops that will remain in the country. In a recent statement, Senator Carl Levin (D–MI) told reporters, “The number I think [will] be a small number.… My … More

    Pakistan Threat Growing

    Yesterday’s revelation in The Washington Post about the large portion of the U.S. intelligence budget going toward collection efforts on Pakistan is not surprising. What is surprising is that that the Obama Administration publicly downplays the terrorist threat that continues to emanate from the Afghanistan–Pakistan region. According to the article, … More

    Hasan Verdict: The Threat of Homegrown Terrorism Continues

    Today, a jury of 13 military officers found Major Nidal Malik Hasan guilty for his shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas nearly four years ago, which left 13 people dead and more than 30 severely injured. This act of terrorism that shocked the nation and the entire U.S. military … More