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Travel Ban: Why Trump (And Bannon) Mirror ISIS So Perfectly

Bannon, Miller, Sessions, and presumably the president himself understand very well that the travel ban aimed at Muslims and Islam must exacerbate divisions between the West and the Muslim world, as well as between Muslim-Americans and the rest of American society. Intensified conflict is the only foreseeable result of their actions and outbursts — and appears to be the only result they want.

March 7, 2017
Kurdish forces prepare assault against ISIS in Mosul

Why ISIS, Al Qaeda, And Iran’s Mullahs All Love Donald Trump

This entire exercise in folly has nothing to do with resisting ISIS, a stateless band of murdering psychopaths that nevertheless poses no existential threat to Americans. Instead, it’s about atavistic fears, racial contempt and misplaced zeal for our preposterous comic-opera president.

February 8, 2017
Trump's executive order, immigration ban, loss of democracy

Trump’s Immigration Ban And The Loss Of Our Democracy

There is a reason officers who know what they are talking about do not use the expression “radical Islam.” It tars an entire faith and it contributes to creating the religious war Trump fears. The Muslim ban will make us less safe; worse, it erodes our democracy and contributes to making us a fear-and-hate-filled, divided nation at war with the world and progressively ourselves.

January 30, 2017
For American Troops In Iraq, Observing Christmas Again

Déjà Vu For American Troops Observing Christmas In Iraq Again

Few soldiers thought they would be back nearly 14 years after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, sparking an al Qaeda-backed insurgency and throwing the country into a sectarian civil war. Yet here they are in Mosul, albeit with a fraction of the numbers and a much narrower mission.

December 25, 2016

Solemn Date, Serious Decision: What 9/11 Reveals About Clinton and Trump

Every year, we tell ourselves how much we learned from the experience of 9/11 about courage, compassion, and community. This year, we can look back upon that time and discover everything we should know about the choice that is coming on November 8.

September 11, 2016
A Maricopa County, Arizona police SWAT team with an armored vehicle stand guard outside a campaign rally being held by Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Fountain Hills, Arizona March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

Why Are We Still Wasting Billions On Homeland Security Projects That Don’t Make Us Safer?

Certainly, some of the government programs created to address vulnerabilities exposed by the 9/11 attacks were long overdue. But for every valid effort, it seems like the terrorism-industrial complex came up with an array of boondoggles that were profitable for the companies involved but added little to the security of ordinary Americans.

August 20, 2016
Ivory Coast anti al-Qaeda attack music video

Ivorian Musicians To Al-Qaeda: We’re Not Even Scared

A group of musicians in the Ivory Coast have released a song that directly and defiantly addresses al-Qaeda after the group killed 19 people in an attack on a popular beach resort.

March 25, 2016

Burkina Faso And Mali To Coordinate Forces After Deadly Attacks

Prime ministers met on Sunday, two days after al Qaeda militants seized the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital, killing at least 28 people.

January 18, 2016

Burkina Hotel Retaken From Al Qaeda Fighters, But Dozens Dead

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said 28 people were killed in the Splendid Hotel, a Cappuccino restaurant across the street, and a second nearby hotel.

January 17, 2016

Al Qaeda Calls Islamic State Illegitimate But Suggests Cooperation

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri dismissed the Islamic State movement and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as illegitimate but said his followers would join them in fighting the Western-led coalition in Iraq and Syria if possible.

September 9, 2015

The Freedom To Provoke

Propagandists like Pamela Geller are intent on convincing Americans that not only extremists but Islam itself and Arabs everywhere are enemies of the U.S.

May 13, 2015

Extremists Worry The Balkans, Europe’s Muslim Heartland

Even as Balkan men fight in Syria and Iraq, mostly with the Islamic State, fundamentalists at home are intensifying attacks on the legitimacy of the liberal version of Islam that’s evolved in the Balkans over centuries.

May 2, 2015

White House: Two Al-Qaeda Hostages Killed In U.S. Operation

The White House said Thursday that a U.S. operation in January against an Al Qaeda compound near the Afghan-Pakistan border killed one American and one Italian hostage, along with an American member of the jihadist group.

April 23, 2015

Yemen Faces Power Vacuum After President Quits

Learn more about the volatile situation in Yemen.

January 23, 2015

In New Book, Guantanamo Inmate Describes Beatings, Death Threats, And Mock Execution

One of Guantanamo’s longest-held prisoners shares his experience in a new book.

January 20, 2015

Useful Idiots: Why The Violent Extremists Welcome Attacks On Islam

Extremists can only be grateful when anti-Muslim propaganda, repeated constantly in right-wing publications and broadcasts, casts them as the defenders of Islam.

January 15, 2015

What Lies Ahead For The U.S. In Afghanistan, Iraq

Everything you need to know about America’s future in Afghanistan.

December 29, 2014

The Senate Torture Report: Crimes Without Punishment

The CIA broke international law and American values. How can the nation hold torturers accountable?

December 10, 2014

Islamic State Considered An Interloper By Larger Militant Groups

The Islamic State is struggling to gain support among fellow extremists.

December 1, 2014

Detention At Guantanamo Grinds On: 13 years And Counting, 148 Captives Remain

American use of the world’s most expensive prison still has no end in sight.

November 20, 2014

Obama Admits U.S. Underestimated IS, As Air Strikes Intensify

Islamic State militants release a message in response to the air raids launched on Syria.

September 29, 2014

U.S. Can’t Confirm Death Of Khorasan Group Leader: Rice

The U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice says that it is possible that the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrikes killed Kohrasan’s alleged leader and long-standing al-Qaeda operative Muhsin al-Fadhi.

September 24, 2014

Bin Laden Son-In-Law Sentenced To Life In U.S. Prison

Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law received the maximum sentence from Judge Lewis Kaplan, who said that the defendant failed to show remorse for the September 11th attacks.

September 23, 2014

Khorasan Group Was Planning ‘Major’ Attack: Pentagon

Air strikes from the U.S. and allied forces not only targeted the Islamic State, but also Al-Qaeda’s Khorasan group, which was reportedly on the verge of executing “major attacks” against the West.

September 23, 2014

ISIS: Republican Reaction To Obama Speech Reveals Much — About Them

Within minutes after President Obama concluded his strong and sensible address explaining how he intends to destroy ISIS, the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization, Republicans popped up on television like political snipers. He should have kept a “residual force” in Iraq, complained Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and he is to blame for ISIS advances. He […]

September 11, 2014