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Military Times By: Kathy Gannon, The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — Five members of the Afghan Taliban who were freed from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captured American Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have joined the insurgent group’s political office in Qatar, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Tuesday.They will now be among Taliban representatives negotiating for peace in Afghanistan, a sign some negotiators in Kabul say indicates the Taliban’s desire for a peace pact.Others fear the five, all of whom were close to the insurgent group's founder and hard-line leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, bring with them the same ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam that characterized the group's five-year rule that ended in 2001 with the U.S.-led invasion. "The Taliban are bringing back their old generation, which means the Taliban have not changed their thinking or their leadership," said Haroun Mir, political analyst in the Afghan capital. "What...
CBS 12 by Maxine Bentzel BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — Lone wolf attacks like the one in Pittsburgh have become all too common over the past few years.“Religion should build bridges of love and knock down walls of separation,” said Rabbi Silver.Rabbi Barry Silver is still reeling over the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.Silver's father-in-law lives and worships there and lost a friend, so it hit close to home. He said the community has been offering him support, but he knows now more than ever that he must do more.“We do believe we will need security now tragically in the short run. We will need security,” Silver said.Counter-terrorism expert Lisa Ruth said it’s just too hard for law enforcement to track down a lone wolf like the shooter in Pittsburgh.“A lone wolf attack takes far less planning for starters," she said. "You don’t have to have an organized center, a leader, a...

Report: 5,000 US troops to deploy to US-Mexico border

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American Military News by Melissa Leon The Pentagon is apparently set to deploy an additional 5,000 U.S. troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, officials announced Monday.Troops would be sent from Texas, Arizona and California, the Wall Street Journal first reported. The number is a sharp increase from the 800-troop deployment that was reported last week, as the migrant caravan that has built up to about 7,000 people heads through Mexico toward the United States. The caravan of approximately 7,000 migrants is trekking northward through Mexico with the goal of entering the U.S. Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico have failed to stop the caravan so far, prompting President Donald Trump to announce he would follow through with his threat and begin cutting foreign aid to those countries.President Donald Trump in April signed an order that deployed the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border, when there was another, smaller migrant caravan en...

How to fight domestic terrorism

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The Hill By Joseph Moreno, opinion contributor Another mass shooting has left 11 worshippers dead and four police officers injured, this time at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh. In the days prior, more than a dozen pipe bombs were mailed to Democratic Party figures, thankfully intercepted before detonation. Despite the heroic efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and our other law enforcement agencies this week, the violence that has rocked the nation may revive calls for more aggressive laws to detect and prevent domestic terrorism and other lone wolf attacks. But while such inclinations may be well intentioned, the answer to these horrendous acts should not be a slew of new laws that could potentially lead to government overreach and abuse.Public outcry following the attacks of 9/11 led to the swift enactment of the Patriot Act and other new...

Could Sending Mail Bombs Be Classified as Terrorism?

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VOA by Sirwan Kajjo Although it has not yet been determined whether the suspect in custody in the mailing of explosive devices to critics of President Donald Trump will be charged with terrorism, at least one analyst asserts that this week’s spate of mail bombs can be labeled as such for several reasons.Randall Rogan, an expert on terrorism and hostage negotiation and a professor of communications at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., laid out his logic: "I would define these acts as domestic terrorism — terrorism being defined as acts of violence or threat of violence against non-combatants for political reasons, with ‘political’ being used very broadly to be inclusive of religious, social and other ideological purposes, and this is domestic in nature."Rogan admitted, though, "The definition of terrorism is vague, with no truly universally accepted definition."The Patriot Act, passed in 2001 after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, defines...