Obama Urges Americans Not to Give in to Fear

VOA News Following the recent attack in California, President Barack Obama has called on Americans not to give in to fear, while trying to assure the public that he and his administration take the threat of terrorism seriously. In a rare speech
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Terror Alert Issued as US Readies for Holiday Travel

VOA Smita Nordwall As millions of Americans are getting ready to head out of town for the holidays, the State Department put out a worldwide travel alert. "Current information suggests that ISIL [Islamic State], al-Qaida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions," the department said (more...)

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...)

U.S., Russia Can Make Bilateral Progress, DOD Official Says

By Jim Garamone American Forces This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on September 5. Washington — The United States and Russia disagree on some aspects of their bilateral relations, but there are many areas where the countries can and do cooperate, the deputy assistant secretary of (more...)

Afghan Soldiers Take Over Operations from Coalition Forces

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer With their assumption of responsibility for combat operations in Afghanistan, Afghan security forces are “now in the lead” across the country, while the opening of an office in Qatar to reopen political negotiations between Afghans is “an important first step towards reconciliation” in (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...)

U.S. Supports French and ECOWAS Intervention in Mali

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer The United States supports military action by France and the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to take back northern Mali from armed Islamist rebels. “We support what the French are doing,” said a senior State Department official, who asked not to be (more...)

State Department Fact Sheet: New Bureau of Counterterrorism

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson “As the threat from al-Qaida becomes more diffuse, it is in the interest of the United States to forge closer ties with the governments and communities on the front lines and to help them build up their counterterrorism capacity. We need (more...)

Special Representative Grossman’s Op-Ed on Success in Afghanistan

This op-ed by U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman was originally published by McClatchy Newspapers. Success in Afghanistan: It takes a region By MARC GROSSMAN Six months ago this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid out in a speech in New York three foundations for American (more...)

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