Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria since 2010, is described in a new Brookings Institution essay as a politically cunning, religious scholar – and "soccer star" – able to ally himself with powerful friends while imposing a harsh and brutal rule over millions of his subjects.
Leaders in the art and antiquities market are being asked to help prevent the trade of illegally obtained artifacts so the terrorist group does not get funds. The FBI is providing them with a one-page document, explaining what they can do and who to contact.
Of the 2,646 terrorist attacks carried out in the United States and Puerto Rico from 1970 to 2014, 346 involved firearms as the primary weapon, according to a report by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.
Sens. Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut and Cory Booker from New Jersey said in a recent letter to TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger that "action on congressional mandates has languished for far too long."
Almost one year ago, President Obama announced some 60 nations and partner organizations formed a coalition to "degrade and ultimately defeat" the Islamic State. But the Congressional Research Service pointed out in a new report that members' contributions have varied widely and fewer than half are active in the military effort against the terrorist group.
Al-Zawahiri was tapped by Osama bin Laden to lead the terrorist group, but Brooking Institution's Bruce Riedel notes "he is a poor speaker, prone to ideological fights and lacks bin Laden's charisma."
While many Muslims in the United States say there's prejudice against those who practice the faith and even 10 percent of younger U.S. Muslims say a suicide attack in defense of Islam is justifiable, fewer than 150 U.S. Muslims – or less than 1 percent of all Islamic State fighters – have traveled to Syria.
Enhancements include required use of e-passports for all Visa Waiver Program travelers, mandated use of INTERPOL's lost and stolen passports database, and permission to expand use of U.S. marshals on incoming international flights.
The Internet Association, the Reform Government Surveillance, and the Internet Infrastructure Coalition said in an Aug. 5 letter to Senate leadership that they understand the motivation of Section 603 of the bill, but called it "hastily written" and "unworkable."
The committee's report, released Aug. 4, said that the total number of homegrown violent jihadist terrorist cases in the United States has risen three-fold in five years – currently 122, up from 38 in July 2010.