A Tense Texas Standoff Leads to Emotional Phone Call Between Brothers

Gulbar Akram described his brother, Faisal, who was holding four hostages in a Texas synagogue on Saturday, as deeply troubled. He said he worked with police to try to “talk him down.’’

#akram-gulbar, #akram-malik-faisal, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #england, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #synagogues, #terrorism

Texas Rabbi Recounts Dramatic Escape From Synagogue

As a gunman ranted, the hostages whispered instructions and edged closer to the door. The rabbi credited security training for their safe exit.

#akram-malik-faisal, #colleyville-tex, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #cytron-walker-charlie, #deaths-fatalities, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #jews-and-judaism, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #rabbis, #synagogues, #terrorism

Officials Investigating Synagogue Attacker’s Link to 2010 Terror Case

Aafia Siddiqui has spent almost 12 years in a U.S. federal prison after being convicted of trying to kill American soldiers and plotting to blow up the Statue of Liberty.

#akram-malik-faisal, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #jews-and-judaism, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #pakistan, #siddiqui-aafia, #statue-of-liberty, #synagogues, #terrorism, #texas

Texas Synagogue Hostage Taker Had ‘Mental Health Issues,’ Brother in U.K. Says

The family of a British man who took four hostages during the standoff at Congregation Beth Israel described him as deeply troubled.

#akram-gulbar, #akram-malik-faisal, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #england, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #synagogues, #terrorism

Biden Administration Approves 5 More Guantánamo Releases

Nearly half of the last 39 detainees have now been approved for transfer, and the challenge for U.S. officials is to find countries to receive them.

#al-qaeda, #alwi-moath-hamza-ahmed-al, #detainees, #duran-guled-hassan, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #wolosky-lee-s

Justice Dept. Forms Domestic Terrorism Unit

The move is in keeping with Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s vow to make combating domestic terrorism a priority.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #olsen-matthew-g, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

20 Years Later, the Story Behind the Guantánamo Photo That Won’t Go Away

On Jan. 11, 2002, a sailor photographed 20 men in orange uniforms and on their knees, capturing one of the most damning post-9/11 images of U.S. detention policy.

#al-qaeda, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #photography, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Was the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol an Act of ‘Terrorism’?

A sharp rebuke of Senator Ted Cruz by the Fox News host Tucker Carlson has heightened a legal and semantic debate over a charged term.

#carlson-tucker, #cruz-ted, #fox-news-channel, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Best Defense Against Another Jan. 6

The United States needs a public health approach to effectively counter mainstream domestic extremism. 

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #homeland-security-department, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #terrorism, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Palestinian Prisoner’s Hunger Strike Leads to Deal for Release

A Palestinian accused of plotting to kill Israelis went on a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment without trial. Fearing unrest, Israel agreed to release him.

#detainees, #gaza-strip, #hebron-west-bank, #human-rights-watch, #hunger-strikes, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinian-islamic-jihad, #palestinians, #shakir-omar, #shin-bet, #tel-aviv-israel, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

How This Changing Brussels Neighborhood is Trying to Leave The Stigma of Terrorism Behind

Molenbeek was where a terrorist cell planned attacks that killed 162 in Paris and Brussels. Six years later, residents are trying to reinvent the area as a trial rekindles an awful association.

#brussels-belgium, #brussels-attacks-march-2016, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #paris-attacks-november-2015, #sint-jans-molenbeek-belgium, #terrorism, #youth

U.S. Military Focusing on ISIS Cell Behind Attack at Kabul Airport

The suicide bomber who killed nearly 200 people, including 13 U.S. troops, had been freed from prison by the Taliban days before the attack.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #islamic-state-khorasan, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Pentagon Building New Secret Courtroom at Guantánamo Bay

The concept is to permit two military judges to hold proceedings simultaneously starting in mid-2023.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cole-uss, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #iraqi-abdul-hadi-al, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Richard Marcinko, Founding Commander of SEAL Team 6, Dies at 81

The Navy asked Commander Marcinko, a larger-than-life soldier who often flouted rules, to build a SEAL unit that could respond quickly to terrorist crises.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #defense-and-military-forces, #movies, #navy-seals, #richard-marcinko, #rogue-warrior-book, #terrorism, #united-states-navy

The Human Toll of America’s Air Wars

A trove of internal documents, combined with extensive reporting across the Middle East, reveals the tragic, disastrous failures of the U.S. military’s long-distance approach to warfare.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #iraq, #middle-east, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

After a School Shooting, Should Parents Be Prosecuted?

A Michigan prosecutor hopes the strategy can prevent more school shootings. But some on both sides of the gun control debate are wary.

#debatable, #mass-shootings, #michigan, #oxford-charter-township-mich-shooting-2021, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #terrorism

Militants Kill 2 Policemen in Kashmir as Violence Escalates

The clash on Monday came three days after a similar attack on a squad of police officers patrolling streets in northern Kashmir left two of its men dead.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #india, #kashmir, #modi-narendra, #territorial-disputes, #terrorism

As a Secret Unit Pounded ISIS, Civilian Deaths Mounted

An American strike cell alarmed its partners as it raced to defeat the enemy.

#central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #karama-syria, #syria, #talon-anvil, #terrorism, #townsend-stephen-j, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Upik Lawanga, Indonesian Militant, Is Sentenced to Life in Prison

A court said Upik Lawanga made bombs for an attack that killed 22 people at a market. He is a member of a terrorist group that bombed churches, hotels and a Bali nightclub in the 2000s.

#al-qaeda, #bali-indonesia, #indonesia, #jemaah-islamiyah, #terrorism

Michigan Shooting Suspect Faces Murder and Terrorism Charges

A 15-year-old accused of killing four of his classmates and wounding seven other people had described wanting to attack the school in cellphone videos and a journal, the authorities said.

#crumbley-ethan, #oxford-charter-township-mich-shooting-2021, #oxford-high-school-oxford-charter-township-mich, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #terrorism

U.S. Removes Colombia’s FARC Rebel Group From Terrorist List

The move is a Biden administration effort to support the country’s fragile 2016 peace agreement.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #colombia, #defense-and-military-forces, #duque-ivan, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia, #state-department, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

ISIS Fighter Convicted in Death of Enslaved 5-Year-Old Girl

In a trial held in Germany, the man was sentenced to life in prison for the death of the Yazidi girl, whom he allowed to die of thirst in Falluja, Iraq.

#falluja-iraq, #germany, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #terrorism, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #yazidi-religious-sect

Pentagon Chief Orders New Inquiry Into U.S. Airstrike That Killed Dozens in Syria

A four-star Army general will review reports that dozens of civilians were killed in a 2019 strike and that top military officers and civilian officials sought to conceal it.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #garrett-michael-xavier, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Explosion Outside School Kills 8 in Somalia’s Capital

The latest in a series of deadly attacks comes as the country is gripped by election instability and by a drought that threatens 2.6 million people.

#al-qaeda, #mogadishu-somalia, #mohamed-mohamed-abdullahi, #shabab, #somalia, #terrorism

Pakistan Madrasa Taught Afghanistan’s Taliban Leaders

Darul Uloom Haqqania in Pakistan argues that the madrasa and its graduates have changed. Some worry they could be the source of new radicalism.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #darul-uloom-haqqania-pakistan, #education-k-12, #haq-maulana-sami-ul, #haqqani-network, #muslims-and-islam, #pakistan, #taliban, #terrorism

Pentagon Chief Expected to Discuss 2019 Airstrike That Killed Dozens

A Times investigation found that the bombing in Syria was carried out by a shadowy Special Operations unit.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Liverpool Bomber Had Planned for Months, U.K. Police Say

The authorities named the man they believe to be behind an explosion in a taxi outside a hospital, who was also the only person killed, as Emad Al Swealmeen, 32.

#bombs-and-explosives, #england, #liverpool-england, #liverpool-womens-hospital, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #terrorism

2 Explosions Hit Ugandan Capital

Witnesses said there was a blast near a police station and another near Parliament. At least 24 people have been hospitalized.

#allied-democratic-forces, #kampala-uganda, #museveni-yoweri, #shabab, #terrorism, #uganda

The String of ISIS Attacks That Killed Three Generations of One Afghan Family

Over two weeks, the Rajabis suffered loss after loss as suicide attacks on Shiite mosques in two parts of the country ravaged their family.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #islamic-state-khorasan, #kandahar-afghanistan, #shiite-muslims, #taliban, #terrorism

How the U.S. Hid an Airstrike That Killed Dozens of Civilians in Syria

The military never conducted an independent investigation into a 2019 bombing on the last bastion of the Islamic State, despite concerns about a secretive commando force.

#civilian-casualties, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #drones-pilotless-planes, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #inspectors-general, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

From ‘Alive Among the Dead,’ to ‘Dead Among the Living’

The trauma of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris was highlighted in testimony by survivors and others at a trial of 20 men accused of involvement.

#bataclan-paris-france, #france, #grief-emotion, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #paris-france, #paris-attacks-november-2015, #stade-de-france-paris-france, #terrorism

Pakistan Reaches Cease-Fire With Resurgent Taliban Militants

The Pakistani government said it would offer amnesty for insurgents who are willing to disarm.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-and-military-forces, #khan-imran, #pakistan, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #tehrik-e-taliban, #terrorism, #yousafzai-malala, #zardari-bilawal-bhutto

Military Can’t Find ISIS Safe House That Prompted Kabul Drone Strike

The Pentagon’s latest admission illustrates the botched intelligence behind the strike that mistakenly killed 10 civilians in August.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #ahmadi-zemari-d-2021, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-khorasan, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Police Officer Stabbed on French Riviera, Authorities Say

Gérald Darmanin, France’s interior minister, said an unidentified assailant had stabbed an officer in Cannes. The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

#attacks-on-police, #cannes-france, #darmanin-gerald, #france, #lisnard-david-1969, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #terrorism

Young Marines in Kabul Were Left to Run Final Days of Evacuation

The young Marines in Kabul were left to determine who was evacuated from Afghanistan and who was left behind. The cost was high.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #lopez-hunter-d-2021, #soviak-maxton-w-d-2021, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

Foreman Says Military Jury Was Disgusted by C.I.A. Torture

A Navy captain whose letter recommended clemency for a Qaeda terrorist drafted the damning two-page document in 20 minutes.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #khan-majid, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Some Sept. 11 Trial Secrets May Not Be Secrets Anymore

Prosecutors agreed to compare hundreds if not thousands of pages of classified documents in the case against 9/11 defendants with material released under the Freedom of Information Act.

#central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #freedom-of-information-act, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #khan-majid, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture

Video Showed Child in Area Minutes Before Kabul Drone Strike

An investigation of the airstrike, which mistakenly killed 10 civilians, including seven children, did not recommend any disciplinary action.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #ahmadi-zemari-d-2021, #civilian-casualties, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-khorasan, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #reparations, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

ISIS Poses a Growing Threat to New Taliban Government in Afghanistan

The Taliban takeover was supposed to bring an end to war, the new government promised. But a growing insurgency is upending security and raising alarms for the international community.

#afghanistan, #civilian-casualties, #international-crisis-group, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #islamic-state-khorasan, #muslims-and-islam, #taliban, #terrorism

Dozens Killed in Attack on Military Hospital in Afghanistan’s Capital

No group has claimed responsibility for the violence, but the Islamic State has struck more often since the fall of the U.S.-backed government in August.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #hospitals, #kabul-afghanistan, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #terrorism

Military Hospital in Afghan Capital Targeted in Attack, Taliban Say

No group has claimed responsibility for the violence, but the Islamic State has struck more often since the fall of the U.S.-backed government in August.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #hospitals, #kabul-afghanistan, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #terrorism

After Violent Standoff, Pakistan Strikes Deal With Banned Islamist Group

The pact, announced Sunday, defused a crisis that had paralyzed several cities, but it also highlighted the government’s struggle to assert itself against religious extremists.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #khan-imran, #muslims-and-islam, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #tehreek-e-labaik, #terrorism

U.S. Military Jury Condemns Terrorist’s Torture and Urges Clemency

Seven senior officers rebuked the government’s treatment of an admitted terrorist in a handwritten letter from the jury room at Guantánamo Bay.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #extraordinary-rendition, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #jemaah-islamiyah, #khan-majid, #letters, #military-tribunals, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

For First Time in Public, a Detainee Describes Torture at C.I.A. Black Sites

In a sentencing hearing, Majid Khan, a Pakistani who lived in suburban Baltimore before joining Al Qaeda, detailed dungeonlike conditions and episodes of abuse.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #khan-majid, #military-tribunals, #pakistan, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture, #waterboarding

France and the United States Seek an Elusive Reconciliation

The Biden administration is poised to offer the French some defense-related emollients after their falling out over a sabotaged submarine deal. But some damage may last.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #group-of-twenty, #le-drian-jean-yves, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #milley-mark-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #sahraoui-adnan-abu-walid-al, #submarines-and-submersibles, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

German Woman Convicted of a Crime Against Humanity in Death of Yazidi Child

The woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison after a court found that she joined the Islamic State and enslaved a Yazidi mother and child, whom she left to die in the summer heat of Iraq in 2015.

#clooney-amal, #falluja-iraq, #germany, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #terrorism, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #women-and-girls, #yazidi-religious-sect

A Jewish Far-Right Pundit Splits the French Jewish Community as He Rises

Éric Zemmour, eyeing the presidency, tries to rehabilitate the wartime Vichy regime that collaborated with the Nazis as part of a campaign filled with provocations.

#anti-semitism, #discrimination, #france, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #le-pen-jean-marie, #le-pen-marine, #levy-bernard-henri, #national-front-france, #national-rally-france, #petain-philippe, #politics-and-government, #terrorism, #world-war-ii-1939-45, #zemmour-eric

Taliban Honor Suicide Bombers’ ‘Sacrifices’ in Bid to Rewrite History

The new government brought together the bombers’ families at a publicized event, praising their actions but alienating those who have suffered at their hands.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #civilian-casualties, #intercontinental-hotel-kabul, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

Israel Accuses 6 Palestinian Rights Groups of Terrorism

The Defense Ministry said the groups work for leftist militants. Critics said the charge was aimed at quelling scrutiny of Israeli rights abuses.

#human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #israel, #palestinians, #popular-front-for-the-liberation-of-palestine, #terrorism

New Zealand’s Chief Coroner Opens New Inquiry Into Mosque Attacks

The move came after pleas from dozens of families of those killed in 2019 when a white supremacist opened fire on Muslims at prayer.

#christchurch-new-zealand-attack-march-2019, #forensic-science, #mass-shootings, #tarrant-brenton-harrison, #terrorism