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A pioneering Islamist terrorist dies in U.S. prison

Islamic cleric Omar Abdel Rahman, who blessed the assassins of Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat and is believed to be linked to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York, has died in a U.S. federal prison.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Fact checking the Yemen raid

A Jan. 29 raid on an al Qaeda compound in Yemen went wrong, in part because an eight-year-old girl was killed (like her jihadi father, who was killed previously, she was an American citizen). NPR tries to sort out truth from fiction about the raid.

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Fri, February 10 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

The Yemen Raid: Risky and dangerous

U.S. President Donald Trump’s first foray into making life-or-death decisions as commander-in-chief ended with one Navy SEAL dead and more than 20 civilians killed, with the main target (an al Qaeda leader) missed. Was it worth it?

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First special ops mission of Trump era goes wrong

The storied SEAL Team 6 carried out a raid in Yemen on Jan. 30 and by all accounts, it went badly. Among those killed were an eight-year-old American daughter of a jihadi.

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Islamic State may be struggling but is not out

Islamic State may be facing military challenges and setbacks, but it remains unchallenged in its ability to inspire others to carry out minor terror attacks.

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Terror may be a new normal for Europe’s citizenry

The lede: “New Islamic State efforts to sow terror in Europe are pushing counterterrorism authorities to their limits, forcing citizens and their leaders to resign themselves to a new era where attacks may be a fact of life, not an exception.”

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White nationalists more active on Twitter than Islamic State

Compared to Islamic State, white nationalists and neo-Nazis operating mainly in the U.S. do so with “relative impunity” and have far more followers, a new report has found.

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Thu, September 1 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on White nationalists more active on Twitter than Islamic State

Top Islamic State official reportedly killed

Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, a spokesman for Islamic State and planner of international attacks, reportedly met his end Tuesday in the Syrian province of Aleppo. The United States hasn’t confirmed his death yet, but the media arm of Islamic State issued a statement saying that al-Adnani had been “martyred.”

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Tue, August 30 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Top Islamic State official reportedly killed

Drone strike kills Islamic State leader for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Hafiz Saeed Khan, leader of Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan, died July 26 when a U.S. drone blasted him and some associates in Afghanistan’s Nangharhar province, which lies east of Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul.

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Using social media to report on Islamic State

Rukmini Callamachi covers Islamic State and al Qaeda for the New York Times. This Wired Q-and-A looks at how she uses social media to further her journalism.

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Sat, August 6 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Using social media to report on Islamic State