All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘terrorism’

Israeli Airstrikes Target Hezbollah Weapon Shipments

In 2006, Israel and Hezbollah fought a 34 day battle which ultimately resulted in nothing gained but many lives lost. This conflict, known as the 2006 Lebanon War or 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War, was just part of the much larger Israeli-Iranian proxy-war, a perpetual struggle for power between the Jewish Israeli state and the Muslim state of Iran. Since hostilities officially …

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Terrorism on the Rise, Shows New Report

The “War on Terror” is well over a decade long at this point, and it doesn’t seem that much progress has been made to stamp out terrorism. A new report has even shown that terrorist attacks worldwide have spiked significantly over the past few years. The report, issued by analyst firm IHS, estimates that there were 18,524 attacks in 2013 …

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Toothpaste Alert? Legitimate Fear, Bizarre Sources

According to CNN, the United States is telling all airlines headed for Russia to be on the lookout for something peculiar: toothpaste. The House Homeland Security Committee’s chairman said Wednesday night that they believed that there is a possibility that individuals would attempt to smuggle explosive materials in toothpaste tubes and cosmetic cases. Sochi, where the Winter Olympics is being …

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Sochi Olympics: Will Security Be Tight Enough?

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are preparing to get underway as teams across the world begin competing for the gold, silver, and bronze on Thursday evening. Both snowboarding and team figure skating will be broadcast on Thursday, even though the Opening Ceremonies will not take place until Friday, February 7th at 7:30 p.m. EST. The Ceremonies will be held …

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Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect May Face Death Penalty

The Justice Department announced today that they plan to seek the death penalty if a jury finds Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of the Boston Marathon bombing. The Boston Marathon bombing occurred last April and took the lives of three people and injured more than 200 others. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has condemned the decision as Massachusetts has been …

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Winter Olympics Will See The Least American Visitors

As we’re weeks away from this year’s Olympic games, it looks like Sochi will see the least amount of American spectators visiting an Olympic games in the last 20 years. US tour operators blame poor reception on several factors: terrorism fears, lack of hostels and resorts, and the difficulty of obtaining a travel visa to Russia. Now, there’s even been …

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Ricin Guilty Plea, Man Also Nabbed For Molestation

Tupelo, Mississippi native James Everette Dutschke pleaded guilty on Friday to charges related to sending Ricin-laced letters to President Obama. The 41-year-old was also on the hook for mailing letters to Mississippi’s Senator Roger Wicker and Sadie Holland, a Lee County judge. Dutschke has been in jail since he had been accused of mailing the toxic letters back in April. …

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Underwear Bomber Appeal Denied; Court Says Claims Have No Merit

On Monday a federal appeals court upheld the life sentence of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (aka “underwear bomber”) for trying to blow up a plane headed for Detroit with a bomb hidden in his underwear on Christmas Day, 2009. He had filed an appeal asking for review of the sentence. Just one day after his trial began, in October 2011 Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty to eight counts. Abdulmutallab, …

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Kerry Says No U.S. Troops Will Return to Fallujah

Iraqi forces are planning a “major attack” against al Qaeda militants in Fallujah, and while Washington has said it would assist, Secretary of State John Kerry has made it clear that no new U.S. troops will be redeployed to the region. The al Qaeda occupation of Fallujah and parts of the Anbar provincial capital Ramadi marks the first instance of …

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Alabama Terrorism: Two Men Receive Maximum Sentence

Alabama seems an unlikely place for overseas terrorism, but this case proves that you never know where it can occur. Reuters tells us that Randy “Rasheed” Wilson and Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair were each sentenced to 15 years in prison today by U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose for “conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.” The two met online in …

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Haqqani Leader Killed in U.S. Drone Strike

The AFP reported on a U.S. drone strike that took place in Pakistan last Thursday. This particular strike was a rare happenstance: it is only the second drone strike targeted outside of Pakistan’s tribal zones. Previous drone strikes had targeted the frontier Bannu region and a North Waziristan tribal district in an effort to reduce the influence of Taliban leaders. …

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New Taliban Leader: Same Boss Who Wanted Malala Dead

CBS News and The Week have both reported that, following the drone bombing of Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, a new leader for the Pakistani Taliban Movement has been chosen. The AP confirmed the ascendance of a new leader with a statement from the Taliban’s leadership council. Mehsud, in particular was a difficult target to hit, with several previous reports of …

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