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    “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

    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

    U.S. Embassies Remain Closed: 5 Heritage Must-Reads on Counterterrorism

    Twenty U.S. embassies and consulates remain closed throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia this week. The State Department says that “current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in … More

    North Caucasus: Islamist Threat Comes from a History of Violence

    The Boston Marathon bombers have brought greater attention to Russia’s volatile North Caucasus, their ancestral home. As painful their heinous acts are, however, the bombers’ actions are just a footnote to the history of insurgency and connections to global Islamist networks in the North Caucasus. The North Caucasus has a … More

    Detainee Interrogations: Key to Killing Osama bin Laden

    Even though it has been several years since any new detainees have been transferred to Guantanamo Bay, the intelligence extracted from them is still proving its worth—in major and surprising ways. Buried in the flood of information on the extraordinary operation to locate and kill Osama bin Laden is the … More