Tag: Terrorism

Hospitals and Health Care Workers, Overwhelmed by Covid

To the Editor: Re “Idaho Imposes Its Covid Crisis on a Neighbor” (front page, Sept. 14): Stories like this infuriate me. We know now that most of those Covid cases that are overstuffing Idaho’s hospitals and spilling over into neighboring states involve those who refuse to be vaccinated. People with heart attacks or strokes and […]

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Two Men Charged With Murder of Lyra McKee in Northern Ireland

Two men have been charged with the murder of the journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot and killed in 2019 during riots in the city of Derry in Northern Ireland. The killing of the 29-year-old journalist was treated as a terrorist episode, and the authorities attributed it to militants opposed to British rule. Detectives from […]

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Afghanistan Outcome Affirms a Warning: Beware the Blob

First there was the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Then there was the chorus of disapproval. And then, as is so often the case in American foreign policy, there was the Blob. “‘The Blob’ turns on Jake,” Alex Thompson and Tina Sfondeles wrote in Politico, referring to President Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan. And […]

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Death of Jihadist Behind Attack on U.S. Soldiers Is Latest Blow for Militants

DAKAR, Senegal — Even before France announced Wednesday that its forces had killed the leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, the terrorist group appeared to be struggling. The group that once used to carry out major attacks on military bases in Niger and Mali, and in 2017 killed four U.S. soldiers and […]

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Al Qaeda Could Rebuild in Afghanistan in 1-2 Years, U.S. Officials Say

Al Qaeda could rebuild inside Afghanistan within one to two years, top intelligence officials said Tuesday, noting that some members of the terror group have already returned to the country. Earlier in the year, top Pentagon officials said Al Qaeda could reconstitute within two years, then told lawmakers after the fall of the Afghanistan government […]

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The Legacy of America’s Post-9/11 Turn to Torture

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania — Mohamedou Ould Slahi is almost clinical as he recalls details of the torture he endured in the summer of 2003 at Guantánamo Bay. There were the guards who menaced him with attack dogs and beat him so badly they broke his ribs. The troops who shackled him, blasted him with heavy metal […]

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After the 9/11 Attacks, Boston Found a Focus for Its Anger

No evidence ever emerged that failures by airport officials contributed to the attacks: At the time, box cutters, the weapons the terrorists used, were legal to carry on planes, and airlines, not airports, handled security checkpoints. But in the intensity of that moment, that did not matter. Joseph Lawless, the airport’s director of security, who […]

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F.B.I. Releases Newly Declassified Document Related to Sept. 11 Attacks

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration released a newly declassified document late Saturday describing connections the F.B.I. examined between the hijackers and the Saudi government in the years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, although it contained no conclusive evidence about whether the kingdom played a role in the attacks. The 16-page report, which was issued […]

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At 9/11 Ceremonies, Moments of Silence, Tributes and Tears

Many of those who read names at the memorial were children, either born after the attacks or too young to remember the friends and family members who died. Ms. Reina, whose husband worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, the bond trading firm that lost 658 employees in the attack, was pregnant on 9/11. Her son is part […]

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A Time Capsule in Two Front Pages

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. A day after the horrors of that crystalline blue Tuesday morning 20 years ago, I, like so many, carefully preserved a copy of The New York Times dated Sept. 12, 2001, with its screaming banner […]

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Sport’s Post-9/11 Patriotism Seen as Unifier, and ‘Manipulation’

In this fraught political climate, many Republican politicians, including former President Donald J. Trump, have accused Kaepernick and other athletes who kneel during the anthem of disrespecting the military, even though Boyer recommended the gesture and Kaepernick has said repeatedly that that is not his intent. Boyer, on a recent telephone call, said he understood […]

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20 Years On, the War on Terror Grinds Along With No End in Sight

When President Biden told an exhausted nation on Aug. 31 that the last C-17 cargo plane had left Taliban-controlled Kabul, ending two decades of American military misadventure in Afghanistan, he defended the frantic, bloodstained exit with a simple statement: “I was not going to extend this forever war.” And yet the war grinds on. As […]

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The Taliban’s New Government Shows Us They Haven’t Changed

The uncompromising fundamentalists in the new government indicate that there will be no kinder, gentler new Taliban. Sheikh Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban’s supreme leader, is an avid proponent of the suicide bomb. His own son blew himself up in Helmand Province in 2017. Mullah Mohammad Hassan, now the de facto acting prime minister, was foreign […]

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Israel Captures 2 of 6 Palestinian Fugitives Who Escaped Prison

After the intifada, Mr. Zubeidi renounced violence, turning to political theater and helping to run the Freedom Theater in his hometown, Jenin, in the northern West Bank. But he was arrested again in 2019, accused of helping to orchestrate attacks on Israeli settlers. The six cellmates escaped from Gilboa prison at about 1:30 a.m. Monday, […]

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9/11 Reflections: ‘The Tears Still Come’

Donald ShifrinMercer Island, Wash. To the Editor: I was ready for my morning walk across Santa Monica Canyon when a friend called. My husband and I stood transfixed in front of our television as smoke poured from a gaping hole in the north tower. As we watched confused, the south tower was hit. It dawned […]

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NATO Chief Backs Biden, Saying Europe Was Consulted on Afghanistan

BRUSSELS — Pushing back against European complaints that the Biden Administration had failed to consult its allies over the withdrawal from Afghanistan, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary-general, said those objections were exaggerated and that NATO had given unanimous approval for the withdrawal as far back as April. Mr. Stoltenberg also said that talk of a new, […]

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What Does It Mean to ‘Never Forget’?

In the first days after the Sept. 11 attacks, a team of scholars around the country set out to capture the moment’s “flashbulb” memories: the vivid, enduring mental snapshots formed at the instant of historical import, such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor or the assassination of John F. Kennedy. They asked more than 3,000 […]

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Which Victims of 9/11 Get Remembered?

At each step in this parade of horrors, we were reminded that the United States was attacked on Sept. 11. The terrible wound of that day was left open, causing pain and anger that lasted for years. In that continually grieving state, the public was perhaps more willing to accept what it might not have […]

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How 9/11 Damaged America

Instead, we remained in Afghanistan and invaded Iraq, where our war sowed chaos that would enable the rise of ISIS. In time ISIS, originally a spinoff of Al Qaeda, came to eclipse the group founded by bin Laden. ISIS’s indiscriminate brutality, especially against other Muslims, appalled an earlier generation of jihadists; some of Al Qaeda’s […]

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Foreign Terrorists Have Never Been Our Biggest Threat

It may seem like a terrible thing to say, but a fair number of people — especially in the news media — are nostalgic about the months that followed 9/11. Some pundits openly pine for the sense of national unity that, they imagine, prevailed in the aftermath of the terrorist attack. More subtly, my sense […]

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The Jan. 6 Riot Proves the Sept. 11 Era Isn’t Over

Ever since insurrectionists invaded the Capitol, we’ve heard that Jan. 6 closed a chapter in American history. No longer should America’s most threatening enemies be understood as foreign — a euphemism for Muslim — but instead as domestic, a euphemism for primarily white Americans on the far right. “The ‘post-9/11’ era, where our greatest threats […]

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They Were Children When the Towers Fell. What Do They See Now?

But with the years she began to question the narrative of that day, and especially the notion that America was singled out because of its inherent goodness. After college she spent some time in Spain, where a few years earlier terrorists had attacked commuter trains in Madrid, killing more than 190 people and injuring many […]

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Do Government Terrorism Designations Even Work Against Neo-Nazi Groups?

A propaganda image from 2019 by The Base showing them with a severed ram’s head. Image via screenshot. Shortly after the mob attack on Capitol Hill in January, the Canadian government officially designated several far-right organizations as terrorist entities. The United Kingdom followed suit, adding a number of the same groups to its official list […]

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International Flights Resume at Kabul Airport, as Taliban Say They Will Allow Americans and Other Foreigners to Leave

Several passenger jets arrived on Thursday morning in Kabul as Taliban officials said American passport holders and other foreigners would soon be able to fly out of the international airport there, the first passenger flights to leave Afghanistan since the frenzied U.S. military evacuation drew to a close late last month. Bilal Karimi, a close […]

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Why Art Struggled to Address the Horrors of 9/11

Weeks after the towers fell, Jennifer Bartlett started painting. She had watched them collapse from her roof that September, and in her studio in the West Village she began depicting what almost no one wanted to depict, in her style of solid dots daubed into a grid of little squares. Toward the edges the dots […]

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After Afghanistan: Veterans Reflect on Sept. 11

Produced by ‘The Argument’ As the world reflects on the anniversary of Sept. 11, what does the day of the attacks — and the 20 years of war it precipitated — feel like to America’s veterans? With the Afghanistan withdrawal suddenly reclaiming attention for the “forever” wars, is the 9/11 era finally over, on the […]

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How the N.Y.P.D. Is Using Post-9/11 Tools on Everyday New Yorkers

But Mr. Ingram, an organizer and activist, was not a terror suspect. Officers were seeking him in connection with his participation in a protest, where they said he spoke through a bullhorn near the ear of a patrolwoman, causing her temporary hearing loss. He would later be charged with assault of a police officer — […]

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‘Loose Change’: How a 9/11 Conspiracy Video Bent Reality

“There was a large sentiment in this country that people felt they were being lied to,” Mr. Bermas said. The cover for the original edition of “Loose Change.” New technology helped, too. Unlike pre-internet conspiracy theories, which had to be passed on through books and pamphlets, “Loose Change” was available free online. Fans uploaded it […]

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The Leadership of The Taliban, Explained: Who Are They?

The Taliban formally declared a caretaker government on Tuesday, appointing acting cabinet ministers who were largely loyalists from the group’s first years of rule in the 1990s. The list of ministers was the clearest indication yet that the group sees power as something to be shared exclusively among the victors, rather than fulfilling their promise […]

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From Afghanistan to the World Cup, Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Steps Up

DOHA, Qatar — As chaos took over the United States’ last-minute efforts to evacuate more than 120,000 of its citizens and partners from Afghanistan last month, a tiny, wealthy country that many Americans would struggle to find on a map suddenly found itself uniquely placed to help out. Qatar, a sandy, sun-baked peninsula in the […]

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