Terrorism

The latest from Berlin: Searching for a suspect

Featured image German media report that police are searching for a Tunisian named Anis A, born in 1992 in the city of Tataouine, after a temporary-stay permit was found under a seat in the cab of the lorry. That’s how the BBC puts it. The man is aged 21 or 23 and also known by two aliases, according to unconfirmed reports in the daily Allgemeine Zeitung and the Bild newspaper. The UK”s »

The Latest From Berlin: Terrorist On the Loose

Featured image The Wall Street Journal has a good update on what we know about yesterday’s terrorist truck attack in Berlin: Nearly 24 hours after Germany’s deadliest terror attack in decades, police said they had been holding the wrong man as their only suspect, reviving fears of more violence and restarting the hunt for at least one perpetrator at large. *** The police said a lack of forensic links to the crime »

What happened in Berlin [updated]

Featured image What was the horrifying attack at the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin that killed 12 yesterday? It was obviously an act of Islamist terrorism in the style of the attack that killed 86 in Nice on Bastille Day this past July. How obvious was it? It was so obvious that the New York Times describes it as follows: A truck driver barreled into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin »

Truck Terrorism In Berlin [UPDATED: Terrorist Was A “Refugee”]

Featured image It was a bad day for terrorism. Just an hour after an Islamic extremist murdered the Russian ambassador to Turkey, an unidentified person drove a large truck into a crowd in Berlin, killing at least 9 and injuring 45 or more people. The scene was a “Christmas market,” which NPR describes: The truck was driven into the crowd on a sidewalk, bringing down Christmas lights and smashing stalls at the »

Islamic Terrorist Assassinates Russian Ambassador [Updated]

Featured image This morning in Ankara, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was speaking at an art gallery when he was murdered by a Muslim terrorist. The terrorist shouted “Allahu akbar” and delivered a monologue about Russia’s actions in Syria. The gunman apparently agreed with Russia that its efforts are anti-terrorist. A courageous Associated Press photographer who was present shot a stunning series of photos. The gunman approaches the ambassador from behind: »

Attack by Somali immigrant puts 10 in hospital

Featured image This morning, Abdul Razak Ali Artan drove his car into a group of students at Ohio State University and then jumped out of the vehicle to slash others with a butcher’s knife. Ten people were hospitalized as a result. A campus police officer finally put an end to the attack by shooting Artan dead. Artan was a student at OSU and a resident of Franklin Township, Ohio. According to neighbors, »

Terrorist Attack at Ohio State [Updated]

Featured image This morning, a Somali-born man named Abdul Razak Ali Artan drove his car over a curb and on to a sidewalk at Ohio State University, injuring a number of pedestrians, one critically. He then jumped out of his car and began stabbing passers-by with a butcher knife. The Associated Press reports: A Somali-born Ohio State University student plowed his car into a group of pedestrians on campus and then got »

Sentencing the “Minnesota men” (4)

Featured image This post continues “Sentencing the ‘Minnesota men'” (3). In these two posts I offer my observations and impressions of the nine sentencing hearings in the case of the Somali Minnesotans who have pleaded guilty to, or have been convicted of, conspiracy to support ISIS among other related charges. The nine men sought to leave Minnesota to wage jihad with ISIS in Syria. The Weekly Standard has just published my condensed »

Sentencing the “Minnesota men” (3)

Featured image I attended the nine sentencing hearings in the ISIS conspiracy case brought in April 2015 against the “Minnesota men” (as the Somali Minnesotans are usually described in the headlines). Six of the defendants pleaded guilty; two of the six cooperated with the government by assisting the investigation and testifying against the three who contested the charges and went to trial this past May. On June 3 a Minnesota jury returned »

Sentencing the “Minnesota men” (2)

Featured image Judge Davis has presided over the convictions of nine “Minnesota men” (Somali Minnesotans) who conspired to support ISIS and will now sentence then individually at hearings to be conducted today through Wednesday. He has scheduled three hearings a day in an ascending order of difficulty: three defendants who cooperated with the prosecution today, three who pleaded guilty with no cooperation tomorrow and three who contested the charges at trial on »

Sentencing the “Minnesota men”

Featured image Nine “Minnesota men” have pleaded guilty (six) or been convicted (three) in the big ISIS conspiracy case that was originally filed in Minnesota last year. “Minnesota men” is the preferred media descriptor of the Somali defendants in the case. The case was assigned to Judge Michael Davis, before whom the case was tried over three weeks this past May. I attended the trial and wrote about it every day on »

“Minnesota man” on 60 minutes

Featured image Abdirizak Warsame was the elected leader of the group of “Minnesota men” who sought to join ISIS until the FBI interrupted their plans in 2015. The government charged Warsame and others with conspiracy to support a foreign terrorist organization and with conspiracy to commit murder overseas. When the FBI showed Warsame the mountain of evidence it had compiled against him and his friends, he agreed to plead guilty and cooperate »

The terror in St. Cloud

Featured image The authorities in St. Cloud have been sparing in their release of information regarding the stabbing rampage perpetrated by Somali refugee Dahir Adan at the Crossroads Center mall on the evening of September 17. Since the joint press conference held by the mayor, the chief of police and the FBI in the immediate aftermath of the incident the following day, the authorities have remained mum. I wrote about what we »

Comey on the stabbing rampage

Featured image FBI Director James Comey appeared on Capitol Hill for an oversight hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee today. GOP members focused their questions primarily on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and Comey’s ultimate decision not to recommend charges against the former secretary of state. The C-SPAN video of the hearing is posted here. I found the questioning by Reps. Sensenbrenner, Jordan, Gowdy, Franks, Ratcliffe, Trott »

What about Burhan Mohumed?

Featured image When the New York Times comes through town to check in with Minnesota’s Somali community, a variation of the genre World ends: Women and minorities hardest hit is at hand. Times reporter Jack Healy, for example, arrived this past June just in time for the verdicts in the terrorism case involving Minnesota’s ISIS wannabes. Healy’s article on the verdicts (written with freelancer Matt Furber) sought to convey the impression that »

“Minnesota man” strikes in St. Cloud

Featured image When the United States Attorney for Minnesota brought the case against Somali Minnesotans with seeking to wage jihad with ISIS in Syria last year, headlines around the country reported the filing of terrorism charges against “Minnesota men.” I’ve drawn on the “Minnesota men” euphemism for three Weekly Standard articles about the case and now for the online column “A ‘Minnesota man’ strikes in St. Cloud.” I have been grateful for »

Bill de Blasio: Islamic terrorism is “vanishingly rare” [UPDATED]

Featured image Brendan Kirby of PoliZette reports that, in the wake of a radical Islamic terrorist attack on New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is telling citizens not to worry about the threat of jihadist violence and is pushing for even more questionably vetted migrants to be resettled in the United States. Writing in the New York Times, de Blasio and the mayors of London and Paris state: [I]t is wrong »