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Killing the Lone Wolf Myth

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As the horrible tragedy unfolded in London, England – an attack right at its heart -  the English authorities were at least able to come up with a fairly quick diagnosis of an attack by Radical Islam against the West. These attacks have been frequent and widespread. There is no reason to doubt that there will be many more as ISIS loses ground in Iraq and Syria. In 2016 it is reliably estimated that there were 1457 people killed and another 3500+ injured in close to 40 attacks across the world, not to mention Iraq, Syria and in their territories. That amount could grow by in 2017 by 650% or more like it did between 2015 and 2016. Yet, like good Lobsters boiling slowly in their pots as the temperature of the water surrounding them rises, US news still considers itself in the Obama era, where every attack had to...
The Guardian by Alan Travis Ministers have been poised for several weeks to announce a long-awaited “refresh” of Britain’s counter-terror strategy, but as Theresa May made clear on Thursday there is no political appetite for any immediate ”knee-jerk-style” security crackdown in the aftermath of the attack. That refresh, when it does come, is expected to include a major expansion of the Prevent anti-radicalisation programme and a renewed effort to tackle its “toxic” reputation within Britain’s Muslim communities. But May’s measured reaction and refusal to rush into any fresh changes is about as far as it is possible to get from Tony Blair’s response in the immediate aftermath of the July 7 London bombings in 2005. Then he hurried out a 12-point plan to show that “the rules of the game are changing”. Some of the measures, such as 90-day pre-charge detention and banning non-violent Islamist groups, quickly turned from being...
Fox News By Matthew Dean FBI Director James Comey repeated his concerns Thursday over a "terrorist diaspora" that he believes will occur once ISIS territory in Iraq and Syria is "crushed" by coalition forces. Comey said during a speech at a national security summit at the University of Texas at Austin that he expects these individuals to flow outward largely to Western Europe, Southeast Asia, and North Africa. Labeling the impending phenomenon the "ghost of Christmas future," Comey used his remarks to urge government leaders and intelligence officials in Western Europe to "break down the barriers" in the EU and share intelligence and critical information in an effort to crack down on the terrorism threat. He did not make any references to Wednesday's attack in London. Comey compared Europe's need to unite on security issues to changes in the U.S. following the 9/11 attacks. He described Western Europe as FBI's...
The assailant mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a police officer before attempting to storm the Parliament building. Huffington Post   By Alana Horowitz Satlin , Eline Gordts , Willa Frej • An armed man attempted to storm the Parliament building in London on Wednesday after ramming into pedestrians on a nearby bridge.• Four people were killed: the attacker, a police officer, a 43-year-old mother, and a man in his 50s.• Police arrested eight people following overnight raids and are investigating the incident as an act of terrorism. LONDON ― British police arrested eight people in overnight raids as they searched for more information on Thursday about the previous day’s attack on one of the city’s busiest areas. An armed assailant drove into pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge on Wednesday afternoon, then stabbed a police officer while trying to storm the city’s Parliament building, killing three people and injuring around 40 more. Twenty-nine...

U.S. tells allies to do more to pressure ISIS

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by Matthew Lee - The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The United States on Wednesday urged coalition partners to step up efforts to defeat Islamic State militants as top officials from 68 nations gathered in Washington to assess the fight to retake Iraq's second largest city and advance on the group's self-declared Syrian capital. "I recognize there are many pressing challenges in the Middle East, but defeating ISIS is the United States' No. 1 goal in the region," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the coalition's first ministerial gathering since President Trump took office. "As we've said before, when everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. We must continue to keep our focus on the most urgent matter at hand," Tillerson said. Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis were hosting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Ababi and foreign ministers from the coalition partners at the State Department in Washington to explore...