By Juliette Kayyem, CNN National Security Analyst The attacks in Paris were purposefully targeted to impact a city where people go to eat, drink, watch sports and listen to music. These were no military targets, embassies, mass transit systems, hotels holding foreign officials or government buildings. Instead, restaurants, a sporting arena and a concert hall were... Continue Reading →

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Worldwide Travel Alert For U.S. Citizens

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official... Continue Reading →

U.S. bioterrorism detection program unreliable: GAO

DHS’s BioWatch program aims to provide early indication of an aerosolized biological weapon attack. Until April 2014, DHSpursued a next-generation autonomous detection technology (Gen-3), which aimed to enable collection and analysis of air samples in less than six hours, unlike the current system (Gen-2), which requires manual intervention and can take up to thirty-six hours... Continue Reading →

Eurojihad Patterns of Islamist Radicalization and Terrorism in Europe

by Angel Rabasa, Cheryl Benard Related Topics: Europe, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism Throughout history, factors of radicalization have involved social and economic conditions and issues of identity. Patterns of Islamist radicalization in Europe reflect the historical experience of European Muslim communities, particularly their links to their home countries, the prevalence of militant groups there, and... Continue Reading →

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