Britain Raises Terror Alert to Critical — the Highest Level

VOA Britain has raised its terrorism alert to critical -- the highest level -- and soldiers are being deployed to assist armed police, Prime Minister Theresa May announced Tuesday. May addressed the country one day after a suicide bomber blew himself up
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Death Toll at 27 From Mali Hotel Assault

VOA News Malian army spokesmen say the death toll from Friday's assault on a hotel in the capital stands at 27 people, including two gunmen who carried out the attack. Journalist Katarina Hoije, reporting for VOA from Bamako, says it is not clear if there was a third gunman in the attack (more...)

Officials: Ringleader Behind Paris Attacks Killed in Raid

VOA Lisa Bryant France confirmed the suspected mastermind of last week's Paris attacks was killed in a police raid Wednesday, and officials said he has been implicated in four of six foiled attacks in the country this year. The Paris prosecutor's office said the bullet-riddled body of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian national of (more...)

French Official Tells VOA: 67 Dead in Paris Attacks

VOA News French President Francois Hollande has closed his country's borders after a series of attacks across Paris late Friday killed dozens. In a televised address, Hollande declared a state of emergency hours after the first attack. A French police offical told VOA that 67 people have been confirmed dead in the attacks (more...)

Trump: World Better Off With Hussein, Gadhafi in Power

VOA News The world would be a better place if dictators such as Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Moammar Gadhafi were still in power, top Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump said in comments aired Sunday. Calling Iraq the "Harvard of terrorism," Trump told CNN's State of the Union the country had turned (more...)

They’re Off and Running

By Lee H. Hamilton The presidential election is 16 months away, but already we’re smack in the middle of the usual media scrum of campaign coverage, prognostication, and strategizing by many of us who have nothing much to do with the real campaigns. I’ve been following the rhetoric of both parties, and there are (more...)

Iran, Not ISIS, Is The Real Menace

By Dr. Alon Ben-Meir Whereas the international focus today is on how to counter violent extremism, which is behind many of the violent conflicts sweeping the Middle East, the real destabilizing power and sponsor of terrorism in the region and beyond is Iran. Unlike violent extremists and religious fanatics such as (more...)

U.S. Stands with France in Opposing Terrorism

On the same day as thousands marched at Paris’ Place de la Nation, waving national flags and holding placards that read “I am Charlie,” top U.S. officials met their French counterparts and with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and French President François Hollande to strategize on (more...)

In Wake of Newspaper Attack, America Mourns with France

Members of Los Angeles’ French-American community hold signs reading “I'm Charlie” and “Je Suis Charlie” at a gathering in solidarity with those killed in an attack on the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo January 7. Demonstrations in support of freedom of expression took place across the United States (more...)

Obama Charts New Course on Cuba Policy

“We will end an outdated approach that … has failed to advance our interests,” President Obama said in a televised address December 17 announcing a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba. The United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in relations with Cuba and to further (more...)

A Female Driver Was Shot Dead By Police Near the U.S. Capitol

A female driver was shot dead by police near the U.S. Capitol in Washington after she tried to drive through a barricade near the White House, according to the media. The incident happened during a partial government shutdown. The witness said to reporters, the driver accelerated in reverse, smashing (more...)

U.S. Increases Sanctions Against Syria

The U.S. Treasury Department announced May 16 that it has taken action targeting senior Syrian officials, as well as companies supporting the government of Syria and linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force and Hezbollah. Since peaceful protests against the Assad regime began more than two (more...)

Planning Terrorist Actions With the Media As a Major Consideration

By Gabriel Weimann Gabriel Weimann, Ph.D., is a professor of communications at Haifa University, Israel, and the School of International Studies at The American University, Washington, D.C. His paper is based on his forthcoming study, The Psychology of Mass-Mediated Terrorism, supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace, (more...)

From Profiles to Pathways: The Road to Recruitment

Involvement in terrorism is a complex process of assimilation By John Horgan John Horgan, Ph.D., is senior research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, and lecturer in international relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. An Irish political psychologist, his Dr. Horgan’s (more...)

Obama’s Remarks to Press on Bombing at Boston Marathon

April 16, 2013 James S. Brady Press Briefing Room I've just been briefed by my national security team, including FBI Director Mueller, Attorney General Holder, Secretary Napolitano, and my Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, on the attacks in Boston. We continue to mobilize and deploy all appropriate (more...)

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