Terrorism

Four Americans killed in Syria; ISIS claims responsibility

Featured image Four Americans were killed in Manbij, Syria today — two soldiers, a Defense Department civilian, and a military contractor. The deaths were the result of a suicide bombing for which ISIS claimed responsibility. An undetermined number of Syrians, including some Kurdish fighters, also died. The Washington Post suggests that the deaths cast doubt on the wisdom of President Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from Syria. Why? Because the bombing »

Shocker: Beheadings Were Terrorist Act

Featured image Patrick Poole at PJ Media reports: “Beheading of Female Scandinavian Hikers in Morocco Now Investigated as Terrorism.” A horrific video apparently showing the killing of one of two female Scandinavian hikers murdered in Morocco this week, recorded by one of the killers, depicts another killer stating the murders are revenge for the killing of his “brothers” of the Islamic State in Syria. One of the men now in custody was »

The Real War On Christmas

Featured image Mark Steyn wrote on Wednesday about the terrorist attack on the Christmas market in Strasbourg: Yesterday, the usual “known wolf” – that’s to say, known to the highest levels of the French security apparatus – killed three [A fourth victim has died and a fifth is brain dead.] and wounded a dozen more in this year’s first attack on a Christmas market – in Strasbourg. The jihadist yelled …oh, go »

This morning from Gaza

Featured image Someone or other in Gaza seems to want to get a war on. This morning in Beersheba, Israel, a mother saved her three children’s lives by hurrying to their shelter as a Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza blew up their bedrooms. The IDF has posted the video below. Hillel Neuer adds via Twitter: “This morning in Geneva, Switzerland, I am at the UN Human Rights Council, and they couldn’t care »

A day to be proud…

Featured image I first wrote about Rick Rescorla in 2003 after finishing James Stewart’s Heart of a Soldier, the book based on Stewart’s New Yorker article “The real heroes are dead.” (“The real heroes are dead” is what Rescorla would say in response to recognition of his heroism on the battlefield in Vietnam.) It’s a good book that touches on profound themes in a thought-provoking way: life and death, love and friendship, »

Dartmouth’s 9/11

Featured image Following 9/11 the New York Times ran Portraits of Grief profiling many of those lost in the 9/11 attacks. The Times attributes authorship of these artful profiles collectively to Kirk Johnson, N.R. Kleinfeld, David Barstow, Barbara Stewart, Jane Gross, Neela Banerjee, Constance L. Hays, Lynette Holloway, Janny Scott and Somini Sengupta. We can’t capture the magnitude of the loss, or the meaning of who and what we lost, but the »

Is the Southern Border a Security Threat?

Featured image Conservatives have been saying for a long time that our porous southern border poses a security risk. Over the years there have been multiple news stories about Middle Easterners with terrorist connections being apprehended at the border, or after crossing the border. But because these crossings haven’t resulted in successful terrorist attacks, they have gotten essentially no notice. Meanwhile, Democrats are committed to the view that there is no reason »

Son of Infamous Imam Trains Children to Shoot Up Schools

Featured image The Associated Press has a relatively anodyne story, given the sensational facts: The father of a missing Georgia boy was training children at a New Mexico compound to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents obtained Wednesday. The documents say Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was conducting weapons training with assault rifles at the compound near the Colorado border where 11 hungry children were found in filthy conditions. Siraj Ibn Wahhaj. »

Well, Isn’t This Sweet?

Featured image The Guardian reports on a recent wedding that took place at an undisclosed location: Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaida leader, has married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in the 9/11 terror attacks, according to his family. The union was confirmed by Osama bin Laden’s half-brothers during an interview with the Guardian. Ahmad and Hassan al-Attas said they believed Hamza had taken a senior »

“Minnesota men” appeal their convictions

Featured image The three “Minnesota men” who were convicted after a three-week trial in federal court in Minneapolis appealed their convictions to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. I covered the trial every day on Power Line and following the convictions in the Weekly Standard article “‘Minnesota men’ on trial.” The Eighth Circuit heard oral argument in the appeals this past Thursday morning before a three-judge panel including »

The Iran factor revisited

Featured image In its 2004 report the 9/11 Commission compiled and summarized the evidence of Iran’s links to al Qaeda. The report is accessible online here and easily searchable. Middle East Quarterly highlighted the commission’s findings on each of four threads concerning Iran here. Iran has always denied any involvement with al Qaeda. See, for example, the 2017 CBS News report “CIA docs from Osama bin Laden raid suggest Iran-al Qaeda link.” »

And now this

Featured image The Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo reports: Iranian officials, in a first, have admitted to facilitating the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. by secretly aiding the free travel of al Qaeda operatives who eventually went on to fly commercial airliners into the Twin Towers in New York City, according to new remarks from a senior Iranian official. Mohammad-Javad Larijani, an international affairs assistant in the Iran’s judiciary, disclosed in Farsi-language »

A word from the IDF

Featured image The IDF is getting seriously into public relations with timely reports on Twitter. I thought readers might find this one with video depicting the targets struck inside Gaza yesterday of particular interest. It’s got a satisfying motif backed by a tense soundtrack. Hamas terrorists lost a few ordnance depots and other means of destruction in the operation that, according to the video, hit some 65 targets throughout Gaza. This video »

IDF strikes Gaza

Featured image The informative IDF Twitter feed reports that “the IDF is currently operating in the Gaza Strip. The explosions heard are related to this activity. Details to follow.” Israel has been taking mortars from Gaza this morning, one of which hit near the Israeli kindergarten featured in the video posted here on Twitter. The Times of Israel reports here. FOX News continues to regurgitate “information” disseminated by “the Gaza Health Ministry” »

Brennan’s broyges

Featured image Among the several Yiddish words for “angry” is “broyges.” For the purposes of alliteration and anomaly, I want to apply it to the indignation reflected in former Communist Party voter and Obama administration CIA Director John Brennan’s recent tweet on Hamas’s terrorist assault on Israel last week. Brennan was angry…with President Trump and with Israel. For both he seems to harbor a certain animus. Deaths in Gaza result of utter »

MEMRI: Gaza “Return March” clips

Featured image Our print and cable news media outlets have become something like idiots for Hamas this week. They disseminate pure Hamas propaganda and relate the casualty statistics of the “Gaza Health Ministry” as if they derive from a credible source. If not surprising, the ignorance and fatuity on display are amazing. Given the resources available, it really isn’t difficult to figure out what is going on. Has any one of them »

A Scandal Trifecta: Immigration, Welfare Fraud and Terrorism

Featured image In the Twin Cities, a local television station uncovers a far-reaching scandal: last year, more than $100 million in cash left the Twin Cities airport in carry-on luggage, bound for the Middle East and Africa: This story begins at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where mysterious suitcases filled with cash have become a common carry-on. On the morning of March 15, Fox 9 chased a tip about a man who was »