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Orlando: Not Foreign Fighters or Homegrown Terrorists--Just A Radical Islamic Terrorist

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

Today television anchors and commentators on the news networks pontificate about the group identity of Omar Saddiqui Mateen, the shooter who caused in excess of 100 casualties. But whether allegiance was pledged to ISIS, al Qaeda, or any other organization is not germane.

Leaked ISIS Documents Appear To Identify 22,000 Supporters

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 03.10.2016 | World

LONDON (Reuters) - A disillusioned former member of Islamic State has passed a stolen memory stick of documents identifying 22,000 supporters in over ...

How Would Hemingway's Robert Jordan Deal With Syria?

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 01.11.2016 | World
Akbar Ahmed

Ernest Hemingway's great war novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), which was made into a blockbuster Academy Award-winning film with the same title (1943), contains one of American literature's most celebrated creations in its protagonist Robert Jordan.

A Mother's Path To Understanding Her Slain Son's Fight For ISIS

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.24.2015 | World

When Karolina Dam's teenage son Lukas Dam went missing from their home in Copenhagen, Denmark, in the spring of 2014, she immediately knew something ...

Video Appears To Show Foreigners Fighting For Boko Haram

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | World

By Julia Payne ABUJA, May 26 (Reuters) - Video footage found in captured Boko Haram camps by Nigeria's military and seen by Reuters seems to give s...

Jihad Without Borders: There Are No Foreign Fighters

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

If we are to succeed in countering jihadist terrorists, we must rethink the battlefield and understand there are no foreign fighters, just combatants bent on a philosophical mission, regardless of territory.

Political Violence: Retiring the Word Terrorism

James Dorsey | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Founders of many modern states, including stalwarts of anti-terrorism like Israel and allies in the war on terror like the Kurds, achieved goals with political violence that killed innocent people and would be classified today as terrorism.

Sophia Jones

All It Takes To Cross From Turkey To ISIS-Held Syria Is $25

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 02.27.2015 | World

KARKEMISH, Turkey -- If the three Brooklyn men arrested Wednesday on charges of aiding and plotting to join the Islamic State had boarded flights to T...

How Many Americans Have Traveled To Syria To Join ISIS?

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 02.25.2015 | World

U.S. officials said on Wednesday they have thwarted the plans of three New Yorkers to join the Islamic State militant group in Syria, once again highl...

Westerners Join Iraqi Christian Militia To Fight ISIS

Reuters | Posted 04.17.2015 | World

By Isabel Coles DUHOK, Iraq, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Saint Michael, the archangel of battle, is tattooed across the back of a U.S. army vet...

UK's Prime Minister Heads To Turkey To Discuss ISIS Foreign Fighter Problem

Reuters | Posted 02.07.2015 | World

LONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron will travel to Turkey on Tuesday to meet President Tayyip Erdogan to discuss how to stop Brit...

Germany Jails Man For Joining ISIS In Syria

Reuters | Posted 02.04.2015 | World

By Maria Sheahan FRANKFURT, Dec 5 (Reuters) - A 20-year-old German man was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison on Frida...

Why Foreign Fighters Are Joining ISIL (Part 2)

Robert D. Onley | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Robert D. Onley

Whether ISIL fighters are "brain-washed" or self-inculcated via the internet, the ISIL brand of radical Islam is turning men into remorseless killers.

Soccer Fan Support for the Islamic State: Protest or a New Generation of Jihadists?

James Dorsey | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

At face value, a recent one minute video clip on You Tube leaves little doubt about support for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, among supporters of storied Moroccan soccer club Raja Club Athletic.

Responding to the Islamic State's Foreign Fighters: Retribution or Rehabilitation?

James Dorsey | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to criminalise British fighters in Iraq and Syria and bar them from returning to Britain has come in for sharp criticism from the former head of counter-terrorism in its intelligence services MI5 and MI6.

U.S. Pushes For UN Response To Foreign Fighters In Mideast Wars

Reuters | Posted 10.12.2014 | World

By Lesley Wroughton and Jane Wardell SYDNEY, Aug 12 (Reuters) - The United States and Australia plan to push the United Nations to ado...

Tracking the Sunni Foreign Fighters -- A Quick Primer

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.17.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

What we are witnessing from ISIS is a full-on, blitzkrieg-like campaign leveraging conventional-style tactics forcing tens of thousands of scared Iraqi soldiers and police into embarrassing retreat.

Iraq-Afghanistan Analogies Mask Risks Of Afghanistan

New York Times | DAVID E. SANGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In fact, Iraq analogies have been flying back and forth so furiously in recent days that Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, the only holdover from ...