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Returned foreign fighters are better domestic terrorists, but they're rare

"Policy makers should distinguish between outgoing and returning foreign fighters and treat the latter as more of a threat," the article says. "Prosecuting all aspiring foreign fighters as prospective domestic terrorists has limited preventive benefits, because so few of them, statistically speaking, will go on to attack the homeland."

AQIM worried about Malian backlash

The head of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb urged militants in Mali to refrain from applying Islamic law, so as not to alienate the public, in a letter recently discovered in Timbuktu. The Associated Press found it in a building the Islamic extremists had occupied for almost a year.  To prevent a backlash, he suggested that his followers "pretend to be a 'domestic' movement that has its own causes and concerns."

Muslim-American terrorism claims zero lives in 2012, 2011

The number of Muslim-Americans indicted on terrorism charges fell for the third year in a row in 2012 down to 14,  and for the second year in a row, no fatalities or injuries resulted from Muslim-American terrorism, f inds a study printed by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.

Report: Social media a growing means of communication for jihadists

Jihadists are increasingly turning to social media sites to exchange ideas and publicize their beliefs, according to a new report (.pdf) from the New America Foundation. "It is only a matter of time before terrorists begin routinely using Twitter, Instagram, and other services in ongoing operations."

Conviction in Portland bomb plot revives debate over FBI terrorism stings

The conviction of a 21-year-old Oregon resident who tried to detonate what he thought was a car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony has renewed controversy over the FBI's sting operations. The FBI says it's being proactive--as an article  published last year in its monthly bulletin put it, "it no longer proves sufficient to solve crimes after people have committed them."

START: Al Shabaab mostly used Twitter to spin its narrative of events

Al Shabaab has used Twitter largely to promote its preferred narrative of world events, research out of the University of Maryland says. The university's National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism released interim findings (.pdf) about the group's use of Twitter shortly after the website suspended al-Shabaab's account, @HSMPress, on Jan. 25.

Report: public-private approach needed to reduce terrorist Internet use

Reducing the use of the Internet by terrorists requires a public-private approach to the problem, according to a  report  (.pdf) published this month by the European Union-funded Clean IT project. Towards that end, the report recommends 13 best practices that could reduce terrorist use of the Internet in the EU, including several technology-based solutions such as flagging mechanisms and an end-user browser mechanism.

Clinton warns against letting Mali become terrorist safe haven

Mali is in danger of becoming a terrorist safe haven, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Jan. 23 during testimony before separate House and Senate international relations committee hearings.  "If you look at the size of northern Mali, if you look at the topography, it's not only desert, it's caves--sounds reminiscent. We are in for a struggle."

Americans form greatest percentage of known terrorists crossing U.S. border

Nearly half of terrorists crossing into the United States to perform violent acts or making an escape from the country afterward were American citizens, and a significant percentage were Canadians, finds a Homeland Security Department-funded study.

DHS should stockpile generator equipment, National Research Council says

In case of a terrorist attack on the electric grid, the Homeland Security Department should develop a national inventory of portable generator equipment, the National Research Council says in a newly released report. The NRC completed the report in 2007, but DHS classified the report in its entirety. The NRC pushed for its release, and DHS reversed its decision this past August.