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The Convert - Texas Monthly
Tania Joya had been married to a jihadist from Texas for ten years, but she was tired of living like a nomad and unnerved by his increasingly extreme ideology. When he dragged their family to war-torn Syria, she knew it was time to get out.
texasmonthly  taniajoya  isis  syria  jihadist  terrorism 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Most American Terrorist: The Making Of Dylann Roof | GQ
“What are you?” a member of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston asked at the trial of the white man who killed eight of her fellow black parishioners and their pastor. “What kind of subhuman miscreant could commit such evil?... What happened to you, Dylann?”
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah spent months in South Carolina searching for an answer to those questions—speaking with Roof’s mother, father, friends, former teachers, and victims’ family members, all in an effort to unlock what went into creating one of the coldest killers of our time.
america  racism  gq  dylannroof  terrorism  whitesupremacy  murder  crime  rachelkaadzighansah 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Terrorists Among Us (1942); Detecting the Enemy Wasn't Easy Then, Either - The New York Times
Sixty years ago, a gang of four terrorists fresh from sabotage school spent a week in New York, readying themselves to wreak havoc on the transportation system, blow up stores and cripple factories. They rode the subways, bought suits, ate at the automat.

The men, Nazi spies, were caught, but not through the efforts of any sharp-eyed civilian or cunning G-man, even though the authorities were on their trail within hours of their arrival.

The 1942 case has been discussed recently because it provided the legal template for the Bush administration's proposed military tribunals for war criminals. But the mundane details of the Nazis' stay in New York also illustrate just how difficult detecting the enemy can be, even during the heightened alert of wartime and a government's constant admonitions that loose lips sink ships.
terrorism  worldwarII  germany  spies  saboteurs  nytimes  nytimesmag  history  terrorists  wars 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Aleppo After the Fall - The New York Times
As the Syrian civil war turns in favor of the regime, a nation adjusts to a new reality — and a complicated new picture of the conflict emerges.
syria  asaad  corruption  nytimes  nytimesmag  aleppo  basharalassad  isis  terrorism  radicalislam  class  religion  war  civil  iran  turkey  russia 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Infernal Machines: The Bombing of the Los Angeles Times and L.A.'s First 'Crime of the Century' - KCET
It never fails to astound me. The tales we remember collectively. And the stories we forget. I first learned of the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times on a walk around Hollywood Forever Cemetery. There, next to graves of the Otises and Chandlers, is a grand monument to "Our martyred men," the 20 employees of the Los Angeles Times who had lost their lives in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 1, 1910. There is a list of the deceased, fourteen of whose remains are buried beneath the monument. They had been hard at work at the Times' headquarters, often called "The Fortress," on the northeast corner of First and Broadway, when a series of dry blasts starting at 1:07 a.m. shook downtown Los Angeles to its foundations.
losangeles  history  latimes  terrorism  domesticterrorism  socialism  bombing 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Wrong Man - The Atlantic
In the fall of 2001, a nation reeling from the horror of 9/11 was rocked by a series of deadly anthrax attacks. As the pressure to find a culprit mounted, the FBI, abetted by the media, found one. The wrong one. This is the story of how federal authorities blew the biggest anti-terror investigation of the past decade—and nearly destroyed an innocent man. Here, for the first time, the falsely accused, Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, speaks out about his ordeal.
terrorism  thewaronterror  9/11  antharax  wronglyaccused  antiterror  theatlantic 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Drinking Fanta With Islamist Militants - The New York Times
This was the Fall of 2006, just months before a failed American-backed effort to crush Islamist “aggression,” when there was a rapidly shrinking sliver of an opportunity to bring peace to Somalia. Somalia. I know what Americans see when they hear that word, because I, too, saw it before I ever actually set foot here: pirates and starving people, shot-up buildings and lifeless sand landscapes, AK-47s and battered jeeps, anarchy and ruin. Somalia seems to represent angry Islam and all that is wrong with the world and a threat to us.
nytimes  islamistextremism  terrorism  somalia  mogadishu  africa 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
From Indonesia, a Muslim Challenge to the Ideology of the Islamic State
The scene is horrifyingly familiar. Islamic State soldiers march a line of prisoners to a riverbank, shoot them one by one and dump their bodies over a blood-soaked dock into the water. But instead of the celebratory music and words of praise expected in a jihadi video, the soundtrack features the former Indonesian president, Abdurrahman Wahid, singing a Javanese mystical poem: “Many who memorize the Quran and Hadith love to condemn others as infidels while ignoring their own infidelity to God, their hearts and minds still mired in filth.”
nytimes  isis  islam  terrorism  religion 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
A Dream of Secular Utopia in ISIS’ Backyard
At a college in Kurdish Syria, Rojava tries to train its future leaders.
nytimes  isis  syria  middleast  terrorism  secularism  education  highereducation 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
On PEN and Charlie Hebdo
Why I signed the letter protesting the PEN Annual Gala
n+1  keithgessen  charliehebdo  freespeech  terrorism 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Killing of Osama bin Laden
It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account.
seymourhersh  osamabinladen  terrorism  islam  middleeast  pakistan  military  politics  londonreviewofbooks 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Unmournable Bodies
More than a dozen people were killed by terrorists in Paris this week. The victims of these crimes are being mourned worldwide: they were human beings, beloved by their families and precious to their friends. On Wednesday, twelve of them were targeted by gunmen for their affiliation with the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Charlie has often been aimed at Muslims, and it’s taken particular joy in flouting the Islamic ban on depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. It’s done more than that, too, including taking on political targets, as well as Christian and Jewish ones. The magazine depicted the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost in a sexual threesome. Illustrations such as this have been cited as evidence of Charlie Hebdo’s willingness to offend everyone. But in recent years the magazine has gone specifically for racist and Islamophobic provocations, and its numerous anti-Islam images have been inventively perverse, featuring hook-nosed Arabs, bullet-ridden Korans, variations on the theme of sodomy, and mockery of the victims of a massacre. It is not always easy to see the difference between a certain witty dissent from religion and a bullyingly racist agenda, but it is necessary to try. Even Voltaire, a hero to many who extol free speech, got it wrong. His sparkling and courageous anti-clericalism can be a joy to read, but he was also a committed anti-Semite, whose criticisms of Judaism were accompanied by calumnies about the innate character of Jews.
tejucole  thenewyorker  charliehebdo  violence  islam  terrorism  freespeech  paris  france  satire 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It
Black Daesh, white Daesh. The former slits throats, kills, stones, cuts off hands, destroys humanity’s common heritage and despises archaeology, women and non-Muslims. The latter is better dressed and neater but does the same things. The Islamic State; Saudi Arabia.
newyorktimes  isis  terrorism  saudiarabia  wahhabism  middleeast 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Mothers Of ISIS Recruits Fight Their Own Battles Back Home
Their children abandoned them to join the worst terror organization on earth. Now all they have is each other.
isis  middleast  terrorism  syria  huffingtonpost 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Hezbollah Connection -
In 2005, the last year of his life, Ahmad Abu Adass was 22 and still living with his parents in Beirut, Lebanon. He was kind and liked people, his friends later told investigators, but none of them thought he was very sophisticated
hezbollah  nytimes  middleast  lebanon  terrorism 
february 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Murder of an Idealist
For six hours on September 11, the American compounds in Benghazi, Libya, stood siege. When the attack was over, J. Christopher Stevens's body was pulled from the wreckage—the first U.S. ambassador killed by militants in over thirty years. Since then, his death has been politicized and the details of the attack distorted. Sean Flynn straightens out the story of Stevens's last days in Libya—and reveals the true believer we lost that day
politics  terrorism  diplomacy  christopherstevens  GQ  libya 
november 2012 by brendanmcfadden

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