Terrorism

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Rogue regimes—governments and groups that eschew diplomatic normality, sponsor terrorism, and proliferate nuclear weapons—threaten the United States around the globe.

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Speaking at this year’s CPAC, Senior Fellow John Bolton said he believes there are currently terrorists in the U.S., and that more may be on the way. In addition, he said that ignoring the war against terrorists will not make it go away.

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With their own country facing a political crisis, the U.S. may offer political asylum to refugees from Syria, a tradition going back many years. One potential risk involved in such a decision, however, is that violent extremists may sneak in among them, posing a major security threat.

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In a testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry stated that Americans and people around the world are safer against the threat of violent extremism than before. The comment, however, was made on the same day as three men were arrested on U.S. soil for conspiring to support and join ISIS,  seemingly questioning that argument’s validity.

 

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A new report suggests that Nigerian terror group Boko Haram may potentially join forces with another terrorist organization, ISIS. If so, would ISIS’ already widespread influence grow even more powerful?

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Once considered a key ally and labelled a model for democracy in the Muslim world, Turkey has increasingly become more of a liability than a partner.

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the third and final day of the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department in Washington February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

We know how to counter the radical ideology of the Islamic State because we have done it before — during the 2007 surge in Iraq.

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Somalian terror group Al-Shabaab recently released a video in which they called for an attack on Mall of America, the second largest shopping mall in the United States. Knowing the horrendous outcomes of similar threats made in the past, perhaps this one needs to go under greater scrutiny than it has so far.

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In a blog post on the State Department’s website, readers were asked to offer their opinions on they think violent extremism can best be beaten. Is this another indication that the current administration struggles to find a decent strategy themselves?

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