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National Review by Katherine Zimmerman We need a new strategy for defeating the Salafi–jihadi movement. Editor’s Note: The following piece is adapted from a report originally published by the American Enterprise Institute. It appears here with permission. America is losing the war on terror, yet many Americans think the United States is winning. The fact that there has been no attack on American soil on the scale of 9/11 has created a false sense of security. Dismissals of Orlando and San Bernardino as “lone wolf” attacks further the inaccurate narrative that al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) are somehow “on the run.” According to senior American officials, for at least seven years, those groups have been “on the run” — a “fact” that in itself demonstrates the falsity of U.S. pretensions to success. Tactical successes on battlefields in Iraq, Syria, and Libya add further to the...
SOFREP U.S. counter-terror official warns of Hezbollah threat to homeland By Travis AllenThe United States is offering millions of dollars in award money for information that could lead to the arrest of two Hezbollah leaders, a senior State Department official said yesterday.Nicholas Rasmussen, head of the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington D.C., also said Hezbollah has actors within the U.S. homeland as part of its ongoing global terrorism campaign. Read more: https://sofrep.com/91567/u-s-counter-terror-official-warns-hezbollah-threat-homeland/...
Counter IED Report Department of Justice: ISIS Sympathizer Arrested in Cranford, Plotting the “Next 9/11” with Two Accomplices The Department of Justice released details of a thwarted terror plot to attack New York City during the summer of 2016 on Friday. Three men, who were arrested in 2016 and 2017, planned to detonate bombs in Times Square and the New York City subway system and shoot civilians at concert venues in support of ISIS, according to the Department of Justice. The three arrested are Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a 19-year-old Canadian citizen; Talha Haroon, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen residing in Pakistan; and Russell Salic, a 37-year-old Philippine citizen, the DOJ said. El Bahnasawy purchased bomb-making materials and helped secure a cabin within driving distance of the city where he planned to build the explosives, according to the DOJ.  Haroon allegedly made plans to travel from Pakistan to New York City to join El Bahnasawy in carrying...
by Peter Huessy  •  Gatestone Institute Experience has shown that soft rhetoric and so-called "smart diplomacy" have served only to enable North Korea and Iran to produce more nuclear weapons and better ballistic missiles. Not only has the International Atomic Energy Agency (IEAE) been prevented from monitoring Iranian compliance, but it is not pushing the issue for fear that "Washington would use an Iranian refusal as an excuse to abandon the JCPOA." During his first press conference after taking office in January 1981, US President Ronald Reagan called détente a "one-way street that the Soviet Union has used to pursue its own aims." Echoing this remark while addressing reporters later the same day, Secretary of State Alexander Haig said that the Soviets were the source of much support for international terrorism, especially in Latin and Central America. The following day, both Reagan and Haig were criticized for their remarks, with...
British ISIS recruiter Sally Jones is killed in Syria: 'White Widow' dies in US Predator drone strike while trying to flee jihadi capital Raqqa  * The onetime punk rocker from Kent fled to Syria to join ISIS with her son in 2013   * Considered Britain's most-wanted woman, she was reportedly killed by a drone   * Americans told British government they killed her in June - but it was kept quiet  * It is not known whether her 12-year-old son, JoJo, was killed in the targeted hitBy Iain Burns For MailonlineBritish jihadist Sally Jones has been killed by a US drone strike, according to a report.The onetime punk rocker from Kent went to Syria with her son in 2013. But now - according to The Sun - she has been killed close to the Iraq-Syria border by an American aircraft.           Considered Britain's most-wanted woman, Jones - known as the...