Tag: Terrorism

Boko Haram Is Back. And They Now Have Better Drones.

KONDUGA, Nigeria — Ten-year-old Abdul stood on a dirt road in a village tucked between millet fields and pulled up his shirt. A fresh scar stretched lengthwise down his stomach — the result of a suicide bombing by Boko Haram in June that sent shrapnel tearing through his belly. A half dozen other boys crowded […]

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Terrorism Is Terrorism

When detectives from the New York Police Department’s intelligence bureau arrested Jose Pimentel on Nov. 20, 2011, he was in a Washington Heights apartment putting the finishing touches on a pipe bomb he was building in an Al Qaeda-inspired plot to attack military and police targets in the city. On March 22, 2017, James Harris […]

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Growing With Grief in the Shadow of Sept. 11

ImageAn image of Jake Campbell above his mother’s name on the south fountain of the 9/11 Memorial in New York.CreditDamon Winter/The New York Times When I was growing up, the only time I noticed that I was different from other kids at school was when their parents were around. One of my earliest memories is […]

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‘It’s Sick That We Have to Do This’: Do We Really Need Shooter Drills?

ImageCreditIllustration by Nicholas Konrad, Photoraphs by Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette, via AP; Erin Schaff for The New York Times This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. Two weeks ago, on Long Island, West Babylon Junior High School rang in the new school year by […]

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Afghans Glad Trump Stopped Taliban Talks, Even if They Doubt His Explanation

KABUL, Afghanistan — After Abdul Sami was sent tumbling and knocked unconscious by a powerful Taliban car bombing last week, he had no idea that an American soldier was among the 12 people killed. On Monday, perched on a hospital bed, legs and abdomen wrapped in bandages, Mr. Sami shrugged when told that the attack […]

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The One Thing No Israeli Wants to Discuss

JERUSALEM — When trying to understand Israel’s election on Sept. 17, the second in the space of six months, you can easily get lost in the details — corruption charges, coalition wrangling, bickering between left and right. But the best explainer might be a small film that you’re unlikely to see about something that people […]

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A Jar of Sand, Ballet Slippers, a Scarf: How 9/11 Tributes Are Saved

They were trinkets that whispered to lives wrenched away. A jar of sand from Oahu for a sister who danced on its shore. A blue herringbone scarf for the flight attendant who had taken a fateful extra shift. Six scraps of notebook paper, each with a word in Spanish written to the father of four […]

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How Trump’s Plan to Secretly Meet With the Taliban Came Together, and Fell Apart

WASHINGTON — On the Friday before Labor Day, President Trump gathered top advisers in the Situation Room to consider what could be among the profound decisions of his presidency — a peace plan with the Taliban after 18 years of grinding, bloody war in Afghanistan. The meeting brought to a head a bristling conflict dividing […]

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Taliban Talks Hit a Wall Over Deeper Disagreements, Officials Say

KABUL, Afghanistan — Even as President Trump blamed a recent Taliban attack for his decision to call off nearly year-long negotiations with the insurgents, officials suggested on Sunday it had more to do with the Taliban’s resistance to the American terms for a peace deal. Talks that once seemed on the verge of a breakthrough […]

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We’re Trapped in the Dystopian Aftermath of 9/11

The FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center was created in 2003 because, as a FAQ on its web site explains, “The 9/11 Commission report found that agencies did not share counterterrorism information in an effective and timely manner.” This is true—to a point. The executive summary of the report recommends the following: “Determine, with leadership from the […]

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‘I’m Going to Be Honest, This Baby Is Going to Die’

AL-HOL, Syria — No one thought baby Ibrahim was going to make it. The 18-month-old boy, Belgian by birth, was malnourished, dehydrated, and vomiting every half an hour from a stomach bug. In Al-Hol, the refugee camp in northeast Syria where he was staying, the heat regularly reached a relentless 100 degrees by midmorning, there […]

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San Francisco Declares the N.R.A. a ‘Domestic Terrorist Organization’

Unsettled by recent mass shootings across the nation, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution this week declaring the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization. The resolution was introduced by Supervisor Catherine Stefani on July 30, two days after a shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif., in which three […]

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Judge Rules Terrorism Watchlist Violates Constitutional Rights

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a federal government database that compiles people deemed to be “known or suspected terrorists” violates the rights of American citizens who are added to the watchlist, calling into question the constitutionality of a major tool the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security use for screening potential […]

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Walmart Will No Longer Sell Certain Ammunition Or Allow People To Openly Carry Guns In Their Stores

UPROXX / Getty Images One month to the day after a man drove nine hours to El Paso, Texas and murdered 22 people inside a Walmart, the enormous retail chain has announced it is, yet again, changing its gun policy. They will no longer sell ammunition for assault-style weapons or handguns, and they will no […]

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A Potential Peace Deal With the Taliban

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher After months of negotiations in Qatar, the United States appeared to have reached an agreement with the Taliban that could take a step to end America’s longest-running war. We spoke with our colleague about what he […]

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Guns, Filth and ISIS: Syrian Camp Is ‘Disaster in the Making’

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In the desert camp in northeastern Syria where tens of thousands of Islamic State fighters’ wives and children have been trapped for months in miserable conditions with no prospects of leaving, ISIS sympathizers regularly torch the tents of women deemed infidels. Fights between camp residents have brought smuggled guns into the open, […]

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