Posts Tagged ‘ terrorism ’

Somalia: Al-Shabab attack in capital kills five

April 11, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"At least five people have been killed and seven wounded after a suicide bomb attack on a restaurant near a local government building in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The attacker drove a car packed with explosives outside the busy restaurant, a spokesman from the mayor's office told the BBC. Islamist militant group al-Shabab has said it was behind the attack." (04/11/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36013862  

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Official: Kerry won’t offer US apology for deadliest terror attack in history

April 10, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry won't say sorry for America's atomic bombing of Hiroshima when he visits a revered memorial. A U.S. official traveling with Kerry ruled out an apology ahead of Monday's tour with other foreign ministers of the Peace Memorial Park and Museum in the city where 140,000 Japanese died from the first of two atomic bombs dropped by the U.S. in the closing days of World War II more than 70 years ago." (04/10/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-john-kerry-hiroshima-20160410-story.html  

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Don’t forget Lahore

March 31, 2016
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Gracy Olmstead The American Conservative
by Gracy Olmstead  

"[I]t often seems that the U.S. does not respond with the same gravity to atrocities that happen in non-Western countries. We change our profile pictures and update our statuses for Paris, but it barely registers in our news feed reading when similar -- or worse -- things happen in other countries. Yet it also seems that some particular details from the Sunday blast should have caught the attention of the media with greater speed and alarm than they did: the people killed in Pakistan on Sunday were mainly women and children, and mainly Christian. They were celebrating Easter together. The bomb was set off near a playground area. At least 29 children were killed -- almost equal to the entire death toll of the Brussels attacks. Honestly, I wonder whether I would have even noticed the news headlines about the bombing, if it wasn’t for Facebook’s mistaken safety check that it sent to my phone." (03/30/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/olmstead/dont-forget-lahore/  

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Pope urges Pakistan to protect Christians after Lahore bombing

March 30, 2016
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Newsweek    

"Pope Francis has called on Pakistan to protect Christians and the country’s other religious minorities after a Taliban faction targeted worshippers celebrating Easter. The Argentine pontiff denounced the 'vile and senseless' suicide bombing in a public park in Lahore on Sunday, in which at least 70 people were killed, in an address to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Monday. Francis appealed to the Pakistani 'civil authorities and all community leaders ... to do everything possible to ensure the security and serenity of the population, particularly the most vulnerable religious minorities.'" (03/30/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/pope-francis-pakistan-easter-attack-taliban-442008  

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A better approach to terrorism

March 24, 2016
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Jeff Deist LewRockwell.com
by Jeff Deist  

"[I]f market failure is the justification for state-provided public goods like security at airports, what is the argument when such state services utterly and predictably fail to protect anyone? Do economists then clamor about 'bureaucratic failure' and propose privatization to break up the state's unnatural monopoly on police and intelligence services? On the contrary, nobody blames government agencies or government police when terrorist acts are not thwarted. If anything, state actors are rewarded with increased budgets, personnel, and powers when horrific things happen on their watch." (03/24/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/03/jeff-deist/better-approach-terrorism/  

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Do they hate Belgium for its freedom and values?

March 24, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"ISIS now becomes a new official enemy, replacing al Qaeda, the organization consisting of former extremist Muslims who the U.S. national-security state was partnering with in Afghanistan when it was the Soviets doing the occupying of that country. We're now told that ISIS is the greatest threat to 'national security' ever. ... So, they keep killing and killing and killing, this time in the name of killing ISIS, the latest new official enemy. ISIS then responds with a terrorist attack on people in France, another colonialist power who won't leave people in the Middle East alone, especially in the former French colony of Syria. Belgium arrests one of the terrorists who committed the attacks in France. ISIS bombs innocent people in Belgium. Belgian, French, and U.S. officials exclaim, 'They just hate us all for our freedom and values,' acting as though the ongoing U.S. death machine in the Middle East has nothing to do with this never-ending, perpetual cycle of death and destruction." (03/23/16)

http://fff.org/2016/03/23/hate-belgium-freedom-values/  

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Belgium: More explosive devices reportedly found as police stage nationwide raids

March 23, 2016
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Fox News    

"More explosive devices reportedly were turned up Tuesday as police raided homes throughout Belgium in a desperate manhunt for a third suspect believed to have survived the morning's coordinated bombings in Brussels, where at least 34 people were killed. Included in the haul were several unexploded devices, NBC reported. CBS reported two more devices had been found. ... The flurry of law enforcement activity came after a channel on the encrypted messaging app Telegram that is maintained by [the Islamic State] described the operation and took credit for the carnage." (03/22/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/03/22/isis-claims-credit-for-brussels-attacks-as-death-toll-reaches-31.html  

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Belgium: Explosions at Brussels airport, subway station

March 22, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A series of blasts throughout Brussels on Tuesday have killed multiple people. Two explosions occurred at the city's airport. Several people were killed, according to the country's public broadcaster, RTBF. Initial reports say up to 10 people were killed and more than 30 people were injured. Another blast at a subway station occurred in the suburb of Maelbeek, near the European quarter, where much of the European Union is based, according to CNN affiliate RTL." (03/22/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/22/europe/brussels-explosions/  

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Nigeria: Female suicide bombers kill 24 at mosque

March 16, 2016
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Fox News    

"Two female suicide bombers killed at least 24 worshippers and wounded 18 in an attack during dawn prayers Wednesday on a mosque on the outskirts of the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, officials said from the birthplace of Boko Haram. One bomber blew up inside the mosque and the second waited outside to detonate as survivors tried to escape, said coordinator Abba Aji of the civilian self-defense Vigilante Group." (03/16/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/03/16/female-suicide-bombers-kill-24-at-nigerian-mosque.html  

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Belgium: Brussels anti-terror operation continues after officers shot

March 16, 2016
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RTE News [Irish state media]    

"Belgian police killed a suspect armed with an assault rifle after four officers were wounded today in a raid on a Brussels apartment linked to investigations into November's Islamist attacks in Paris. One or more people opened fire on Belgian and French police officers when they went to conduct what they had expected to be a routine search of an apartment in a suburban side street in the south of the Belgian capital. Some of those involved in the 13 November bombings and shootings lived or were based in the city." (03/15/16)

http://www.rte.ie/news/world/2016/0315/775055-brussels-paris-police/  

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Turkey: Ankara bombing kills at least 34

March 14, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A car bomb in the heart of the Turkish capital Ankara killed at least 34 people on Sunday, heightening anxieties that violence from the war against Kurdish militants in the southeast is spilling into Turkish cities. The early evening explosion struck near a busy square along the main Ataturk Boulevard, an area of malls and restaurants that is typically packed with shoppers and commuters. It was the second such bombing in Ankara in less than four weeks, and was less than a mile from the earlier one." (03/13/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/bomb-in-turkish-capital-kills-more-than-two-dozen/2016/03/13/b6924baa-e954-11e5-a9ce-681055c7a05f_story.html  

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Pakistan: Suicide bombing kills 17

March 7, 2016
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Business Standard [India]    

"At least 17 people were killed on Monday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vest in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, police said. A Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) factional group Jamatul Ahrar, in an emailed statement, claimed responsibility for the attack, terming it as a 'revenge of the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri,' killer of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer. The blast in Charsadda district of the province left over 30 people injured. Two policemen and a woman were among the 17 dead." (03/07/16)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/17-killed-in-pakistan-suicide-bombing-116030700530_1.html  

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Occupied Ireland: Charges dropped against Omagh bombing suspect

March 1, 2016
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Newsweek    

"The case against a suspect linked to one of Ireland's worst atrocities has collapsed. [Occupied] Ireland's public prosecutor has dropped 29 murder charges -- brought in relation to the Omagh bombing in August 1998 -- against Seamus Daly. The attack, in which 29 people were killed by a 500lb bomb, was the worst mass murder of the 'troubles' and was linked to the dissident republican group the Real IRA. ... Nobody has ever been convicted of carrying out the attack." (03/01/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/omagh-bombing-charges-dropped-real-ira-seamus-daly-431910  

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Conflating terrorism and insurgency

February 29, 2016
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by John Mueller and Mark G Stewart  

"While it is not true that 9/11 'changed everything,' the tragedy did have a strong impact on language, on how terrorism has come to be understood and explained. In particular, terrorism’s apparent incidence, and therefore the seeming importance, has been multiplied by effectively conflating it with insurgency." (02/29/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/conflating-terrorism-insurgency  

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Somalia: Al-Shabab kills 30 in twin blasts

February 29, 2016
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Newsweek    

"Somali militant group Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for a double bombing attack in the central city of Baidoa that killed at least 30 people on Sunday. ... A Somali police officer told Reuters that a suicide car bomb exploded at a busy junction in Baidoa, the capital of Somalia's Southwestern State, while another blast struck a nearby restaurant. It was unclear whether the restaurant blast was caused by a suicide bomber or whether a device was planted there." (02/29/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/al-shabab-kills-30-twin-blasts-somalia-431258  

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Iraq: At least 70 killed by Baghdad suicide bombs

February 28, 2016
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KLFM 96.7 News    

"At least 70 people have been killed and more than 100 wounded in twin suicide bombings in Baghdad, according to morgue sources. The bombings in a Shi'ite district of the Iraqi capital -- Sadr City -- were claimed by Islamic State. ... In a statement circulated online, Islamic State said the bombers had killed and wounded 'hundreds of polytheist rejectionists,' as the ultra-hardline Sunni group refers to Shi'ite Muslims." (02/28/16)

http://www.klfm967.co.uk/news/world-news/1900726/at-least-70-killed-by-baghdad-suicide-bombs/  

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Afghanistan: Kabul blast targeting Tolo TV workers kills seven, wounds two dozen

January 21, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"A bomb targeting TV station workers in the Afghan capital killed at least seven people and wounded more than two dozen others Wednesday, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast near the Russian embassy, though the Taliban has previously threatened journalists from Tolo TV, the target of the attack. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told NBC News a bomber in a Toyota targeted a minibus carrying employees of a Tolo-owned production company." (01/20/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/kabul-blast-targeting-tolo-tv-workers-kills-7-wounds-two-n500351  

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Pakistan: At least 20 dead in Taliban attack on university

January 20, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"At least 20 people are dead and several wounded after Taliban gunmen climbed over the wall into a university in northwest Pakistan Wednesday and began firing indiscriminately, according to witnesses and Pakistani officials. Four gunmen were killed." (01/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/01/20/pakistan-university-attack/79046258/  

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Pakistan: Suicide blast kills at least ten

January 19, 2016
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera America    

"A suicide bomber detonated his explosives close to a police checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than 20, officials said. The bomber rammed his motorcycle into a police vehicle next to the roadside checkpoint in the Jamrud area on the edge of Pakistan's volatile Federally Administered Tribal Areas, local government official Munir Khan told Reuters." (01/19/16)

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2016/1/19/bomb-blast-peshawar.html  

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Indonesia: Deadly blasts, shootout in Jakarta; police think Islamic State to blame

January 14, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Attackers struck in the middle of the day Thursday, in the middle of a busy central Jakarta commercial hub -- killing at least two, wounding 19 and raising alarms about terrorism once more, this time in the world's most populous Muslim country. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rattle of shots and explosions from at least five attackers. But police believe that they were linked to ISIS, and the Islamic State-affiliated Aamaq News Agency reported people from that terror group were behind the bloodshed." (01/14/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/14/asia/jakarta-gunfire-explosions/  

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Cameroon: Female suicide bombers kill at least ten

January 13, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Two female suicide bombers killed at least 10 people and injured 12 at a mosque on Cameroon's northern border with Nigeria, the Far North Region's governor, Midjiyawa Bakari, said Wednesday (January 13). Cameroon's Far North Region flanks northeast Nigeria, heartland of the jihadist terror group Boko Haram, and has become a frequent target for the group's insurgents. There was no immediate confirmation that Boko Haram was behind the latest attacks. But the terror group has also been expanding its operations from its Nigerian base to other neighboring countries, including Niger, Benin and Chad." (01/13/16)

http://cnnphilippines.com/world/2016/01/14/Female-suicide-bombers-kill-at-least-10-in-Cameroon.html  

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Pakistan: Blast near polio centre kills 14

January 13, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"At least 14 people have been killed in a blast outside a polio vaccination centre in the south-western Pakistani city of Quetta, officials say. Many of the casualties are thought to have been police guarding the clinic. Armed guards are routine for polio workers in Pakistan, who have been the target of many deadly attacks by Islamist militants in recent years." (01/13/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35299597  

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Turkey: Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district hit by blast; at least ten dead, 15 wounded

January 12, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"A suicide bomber linked to ISIS killed 10 foreigners and wounded 15 other people in a popular tourist area in Istanbul on Tuesday morning, Turkish officials said. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the bomber was a member of ISIS and that all those killed in the attack were foreigners. The attacker was described by the deputy prime minister as a Syrian national in his late 20s. Local media reported that the majority, if not all, of those killed in the blast dead were German." (01/12/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/istanbul-turkish-media-says-blast-hits-sultanahmet-square-n494506  

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We are terrorized: Why US counterterrorism policy is failing, and why it can’t be easily fixed

January 11, 2016
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Christopher A Preble Cato Institute
by Christopher A Preble  

"The fact that Americans remain fearful of terrorism is surprising in several respects. Judged in purely probabilistic terms, terrorism poses a far less significant threat to human life than a host of hazards, from lightning strikes, to collisions with animals, to falling household furniture. 'An American's chance of being killed by a terrorist,' note Mueller and Stewart, 'has been, and remains, one in four million per year with 9/11 included in the calculation, or one in 110 million for the period since 2001.' More Americans have been killed by weather incidents in the last two weeks than have been killed by attacks by Islamist extremists on U.S. soil in the last 14 years. There are several plausible explanations for why public sentiment doesn't track with an objective assessment of the risks of terrorism relative to other hazards." (01/08/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/we-are-terrorized-why-us-counterterrorism-policy-failing-why-it-cant-be  

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France: Man in fake explosives vest killed amid high Paris tension

January 7, 2016
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LaCrosse Tribune    

"A man carrying a butcher's knife and wearing a fake explosives vest tried to attack a Paris police station Thursday, a year almost to the minute after two Islamic extremists burst in the offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and unleashed a bloody 12 months in the French capital. The attacker was slain by police, and the Paris prosecutor's anti-terrorism unit opened an investigation after what officials described as an attempted attack on the police station in the city's north. Found on the man's body was a cell phone, a piece of paper with an emblem of the Islamic State group, and 'an unequivocal written claim of responsibility in Arabic.' The prosecutor's office did not provide details about what the claim meant." (01/07/16)

http://lacrossetribune.com/news/world/europe/man-in-fake-explosives-vest-killed-amid-high-paris-tension/article_57e45a63-0a49-5a27-8824-b8492cd3cdb2.html  

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