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15 years after Sept. 11, the questions that still remain in our minds
What happened on September 11, 2001?         
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Humanitarian crisis looms as Afghan refugees pressured out of Pakistan
Afghanistan may soon experience a serious humanitarian crisis, as some 600,000 refugees are expected to return by year’s end from neighboring Pakistan, where they are facing increasing pressure, the International Organization for Migration warned. Read Full Article at
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Suicide car bombing rocks Kabul hours after deadly twin blasts
A massive blast caused by a suicide car bomber hit Kabul late Monday - just hours after two deadly bombs went off near the Afghan Defense Ministry. The latest explosion was followed by gunfire, the Interior Ministry reports. Read Full Article at
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On battling militant Islam, neither Trump nor Clinton has a clue: Kevin O'Brien
Everything about Islam's war on the West has evolved over the last 15 years, including our leaders' response. It's more timid. Veterans look on as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during NBC's "Commander in Chief Forum" Wednesday in New York.Evan Vucci/Associated Press  Militant Islam has been at war with the United States for more than three decades. We noticed 15 years ago Sunday. About half of us decided almost immediately not to take it seriously as a national security issue, but recognized it as a great domestic political issue. The other half tried to take it seriously, but didn't quite know how. The "compassionate conservative" who was going to turn Big Government to a new course that would truly benefit Americans got stuck being a wartime president instead. We needed to make sure terrorists couldn't crash airliners into tall buildings anymore. We needed to make sure our intelligence agencies understood that defeating our enemies in a real war mattered more than defeating one another in turf wars. And we needed to make clear to other nations that harboring terrorists would bring serious consequences. To an extent, we did those things, though we -- all too predictably --gave up on that last one. Too hard. Too expensive. Defending the nation had to be done circumspectly. Defeating our enemies was a delicate process. We chose very early in the game to downplay our enemies' religious motivation. We fought battles over theology with at least as much tenacity as we fought about U.S. policy, military strategy or national defense. In every war, armchair generals use fabulous powers of hindsight to say what the real commanders should have done. In this war, the current U.S. commander in chief -- the guy who bosses the real generals -- prefers the role of armchair professor of comparative religions, lecturing endlessly on who is or is not a genuine Muslim. The president has also taken to reminding us that Americans are more likely to die from slipping in their bathtubs than from terrorism. The next time a terrorist hollers "Allahu akbar!" and starts blazing away in a gun-free zone, I want to think someone's last thoughts will be, "Whoa! How far out of touch with the tenets of true Islam is this guy? And thank goodness I'm not standing in a bathtub right now." For a while, al-Qaida made Americans nervous about flying commercial or hanging around iconic U.S. locations. Now, "lone wolves" inspired by al-Qaida's successor in big-name terrorism, the Islamic State, make us queasy about leaving our houses. Even more than we were 15 years ago, we're living on the front line of this war. Our enemies have figured out that they don't have to finance and plan grandiose attacks when any radicalized dope can drive to the bar or his own office and find Americans in large groups who are squeamish about protecting themselves with guns. Meanwhile, cynical politicians use terrorist attacks to advocate more limits on law-abiding Americans' possession of guns. It doesn't get much more unserious than that. Nor is it likely to get any better during the next four years, no matter who wins November's presidential election. At NBC's "Commander in Chief Forum" Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump inspired no confidence that either is capable of a serious effort toward radical Islam's defeat. Clinton: "We have to defeat ISIS. That is my highest counterterrorism goal. And we've got to do it with air power. We've got to do it with much more support for the Arabs and the Kurds who will fight on the ground against ISIS. We have to squeeze them by continuing to support the Iraqi military. ... We are not putting ground troops into Iraq ever again. And we're not putting ground troops into Syria. We're going to defeat ISIS without committing American ground troops." If defeating ISIS is her highest counterterrorism goal, she's not paying attention. ISIS is getting the current headlines, but it's based on the same principles as the Taliban in Afghanistan, Boko Haram in Africa, Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines, the Chechens in and near Russia, a number of Islamic militias in Indonesia, al-Qaida and its several offshoots, etc. A coherent counterterrorism strategy would accept the religious, worldwide nature of the enemy and the ideological nature of the war against Western civilization, and use the knowledge to the United States' advantage, rather than minimizing the conflict or pretending it's about something else. And if Clinton won't use U.S. ground troops to achieve her "highest counterterrorism goal," what would she use them for? Donald Trump: "I've always said, shouldn't be there, but if we're going to get out, take the oil. If we would have taken the oil, you wouldn't have ISIS, because ISIS formed with the power and the wealth of that oil. ... I would be very, very cautious. I think I'd be a lot slower. She has a happy trigger. You look, she votes for the wars, she goes in Libya." Cautious. Slow. Completely out of touch with the ideological underpinnings and the financing of terrorist organizations. She would act by proxy. He might not act at all. Oh, well. A serious prosecution of the war against radical Islam has waited this long. Now we'll see what difference four more years makes. O'Brien is The Plain Dealer's deputy editorial page editor.
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Afghan forces encircled by Taliban in provincial capital, officials say
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Exhausted Afghan security forces were surrounded on Friday by Taliban fighters in the capital of Afghanistan's south-central province of Uruzgan, a day after fighting off a concerted push by the militants, officials said.
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Afghan forces end siege after suicide attacks in Kabul
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan security forces ended an 11-hour standoff in central Kabul on Tuesday, shooting dead the last of a group of attackers who struck hours after a separate suicide bombing killed and wounded dozens of security personnel and civilians.
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Taliban were close to overtaking Afghan provincial capital, officials say
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents on Thursday were on the verge of overrunning the southern city of Tirin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan Province, Afghan officials and local elders said.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Afghanistan Taliban International Security Assistance Force Kandahar Provinces of Afghanistan Pakistan Hamid Karzai Kabul
Sept. 11 Q&A: How America sees terrorism 15 years after the 9/11 attacks
What happened on September 11, 2001?       
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Military's Hostage Rescue Falls Short in Afghanistan
U.S. military forces tried but failed to rescue two civilian hostages in Afghanistan in a raid launched last month under presidential authority.
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Blasts kill dozens in Afghanistan's capital Kabul
Third explosion rocks central Kabul, hours after two suicide attacks by Taliban fighters killed at least 24 people.
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U.S. Rescue Attempt in Afghanistan Missed Western Hostages by Hours
Navy SEALs led the unsuccessful raid to free an American professor and his Australian colleague from the Taliban last month, engaging in a fierce gunfight.
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U.S. attempted to rescue two hostages in Afghanistan -Pentagon
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. forces attempted to rescue two civilian hostages in Afghanistan last month, but the captives were not at the location and no U.S. personnel or civilians were harmed in the attempt, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
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Pentagon: Afghanistan hostage rescue failed
"In August, at the recommendation of Secretary Carter, President Obama authorized U.S. forces to conduct a mission in Afghanistan, aimed at ...       
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Afghanistan is heading for civil war or worse
Deepening political crisis could prove to be fertile ground for separatist sentiments to grow in Afghanistan.
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UT chief: athletes respect U.S. flag, stand during national anthem
University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven, a retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral, told system presidents and athletic directors that sitting during the national anthem to protest the U.S. flag is "disrespecting everyone who sacrificed to make this country what it is today—as imperfect as it might be."
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Afghan Forces Fight Taliban Onslaught
The Afghan government deployed additional troops to a southern provincial capital as Taliban insurgents entered the city and sent people fleeing from their homes.
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Afghanistan: Pamlarena siege ends in Kabul
Security forces say all three attackers killed, 11 hours after they took over Pamlarena's offices in a residential area.
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We can't let Afghanistan slide backwards
The civil war in Afghanistan is raging again. After almost 40 years of near-consecutive conflict -- from the Soviet invasion to the US-led war against the Taliban for its sheltering of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda post-9/11 -- Afghanistan is once again on the international emergency watch list.
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2 soldiers’ injuries cited in Bergdahl arguments
The motion lays out how prosecutors plan to tie the injuries into arguments that Bergdahl is guilty of misbehavior        
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German hardline preacher's trial for helping Syria militants begins
DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - A German man charged with supporting an Islamist militant group in Syria stayed silent on the first day of his trial in Duesseldorf on Tuesday, though his lawyer told the court that the prosecution was "flying blind" and its witnesses were unfit.
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Heavy fighting as Taliban enters besieged Tarin Kot, Afghanistan
Ed AdamczykTARIN KOT, Afghanistan, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Central Afghanistan's Uruzgan province is under siege by Taliban militants in an attack to take control of the key district, authorities said Thursday.
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Afghan forces repel Taliban offensive in provincial capital: officials
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban forces fought their way deep into the capital of Afghanistan's central province of Uruzgan on Thursday, threatening government offices and capturing a prison before being pushed back, officials said.
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9/11: Bin Laden's big miscalculation
Like the attack on Pearl Harbor, another hinge event in American history, 9/11 was a great tactical victory for America's enemies. But in both these cases the tactical success of the attacks was not matched by strategic victories. Quite the reverse.
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Overnight assault on charity in Kabul has ended, Afghan officials say
KABUL, Afghanistan — The overnight militant assault on the offices of a humanitarian organization in the Afghan capital was declared over by security officials Tuesday, after police special forces hunted the gunmen holed up in the compound for nearly 11 hours.
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Kabul Siege Ends After 10-Hour Gun Battle
The deaths of the Taliban attackers and the siege’s conclusion capped a day of bloodshed in the Afghan capital in which dozens of people were killed and hundreds wounded.
25 points by The Wall Street Journal | Taliban Afghanistan Kabul Pashtun people Pakistan Central Asia Kandahar Jalalabad
Attacks have killed 44 Pakistanis working on China corridor since 2014
KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Militants trying to disrupt construction of an "economic corridor" linking China with Pakistan's coast have killed 44 workers since 2014, an official said on Thursday, a rising toll likely to reinforce Chinese worry about the project's security.
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Taliban militants storm provincial capital in southern Afghanistan
Hundreds of Taliban militants stormed a provincial capital in southern Afghanistan on Thursday and were fighting on multiple fronts with government forces, city officials said. Afghan officials deployed police reinforcements to Tarin Kot, in Uruzgan province, in an attempt to deter the latest Taliban...
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Afghanistan: Taliban push into Uruzgan's Tarinkot
Senior officials abandon government buildings and flee to outer edges of Tarin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province.
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Taliban Close to Overtaking Afghan Provincial Capital, Officials Say
The militants were firing on government buildings in the southern city of Tirin Kot, the capital of Oruzgan Province, officials reported.
-1 points by The New York Times | International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan Taliban Kandahar Provinces of Afghanistan Pashtun people Kabul Hamid Karzai
Second couple arrested after car with gas cylinders found in Paris: judicial source
PARIS (Reuters) - French police investigating the discovery of a car packed with gas cylinders near Notre Dame cathedral in Paris have arrested a second couple and also established that the vehicle contained three jerry cans of diesel fuel, a judicial source said.
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Russia denies supplying Taliban after Scaparrotti claim
Moscow rejects NATO commander's remark that it is 'perhaps' aiding the Taliban in fighting against US and allied forces.
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By not taking refugees, the U.S. may make them more dangerous
Militants recruit unsettled refugees who have no other hopes or opportunities.
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‘Complete fabrication’ – Russian FM on US allegations Moscow aids Taliban in Afghanistan
Moscow has dismissed US allegations that it may be supplying Taliban insurgents as a “complete fabrication,” saying the charge is Washington’s attempt to cover up for its own failures in Afghanistan. Read Full Article at
-1 points by Russia Today | Afghanistan International Security Assistance Force Taliban United States Al-Qaeda Taliban insurgency Kandahar War in Afghanistan
From Fort Hood to Pulse nightclub: A list of homegrown terror in the U.S.
Recent examples of homegrown terrorism in the United States.        
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Sangin: Afghan district where over 100 British soldiers lost their lives retaken by Taliban
The deadliest district of Helmand Province in terms of UK military losses has fallen to the Taliban, according to local officials. Read Full Article at
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Taliban capture key Afghan district; 9 police killed
Afghan security forces amassing for full-scale counterattack in a bid to retake Sangin district after Taliban assault.
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US general: Russia may be supplying Taliban fighters
Russia is 'perhaps' aiding the Taliban in fighting against US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, US general alleges.
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Strategic district in southern Afghanistan, Sangin, falls to Taliban
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The Taliban captured the strategic district of Sangin in the southern province of Helmand on Thursday, the culmination of a yearslong offensive that took the lives of more combatants than any other fight for territory in Afghanistan, according to local officials.
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Taliban Seize Afghan District as Fighting Threatens Government Control
Taliban forces captured Sangin in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, officials said, following a surge in fighting that threatens government control over swaths of southern Afghanistan.
-1 points by The Wall Street Journal | Afghanistan Taliban Helmand Province International Security Assistance Force United States Pakistan War in Afghanistan Al-Qaeda
Tension Flares on Afghan-Pakistan Border Following Terror Attacks
Hostility has soared after Islamabad responded to a series of attacks at home with military operations that officials in Kabul say included firing rockets into Afghanistan.
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Chaos follows Pakistan-Afghanistan border closure
Trucks carrying perishable goods unable to cross over after Pakistan closed two crossings in the wake of terror attacks.
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Spate of terrorist bombings tests Pakistani resolve
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Humiliated by a spate of suicide bombings that shook the nation and shattered official claims of winning the war on terrorism, Pakistani authorities have launched a sweeping retaliatory offensive across the country since Friday, hunting and killing more than 100 suspected Islamist militants, pledging to “liquidate” all terrorists, and placing security forces on high alert.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Pakistan Taliban Terrorism Nawaz Sharif Islam Al-Qaeda Afghanistan Punjab
Blind cleric imprisoned for conspiring to blow up New York City landmarks has died
Omar Abdul Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik convicted of plotting terror attacks in the United States in the 1990s, has died. He was 78. Kenneth McKoy of the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C., said Abdul Rahman died at 5:40 a.m. He suffered from diabetes and coronary artery disease...
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What lies behind uneasy Afghanistan-Pakistan ties?
Pakistan is pointing the finger at its neighbour, Afghanistan, after one of the bloodiest weeks in recent memory.
2370 points by Al Jazeera English | Pakistan Taliban Afghanistan Islamabad Kabul Lahore Soviet war in Afghanistan Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan
‘Blind Sheikh’ behind 1993 World Trade Center bombing dies in prison
An extremist Muslim cleric known as ‘the blind sheikh’ convicted in connection with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing has died in a North Carolina prison where he was serving a life sentence for his role in conspiring to commit acts of terror in the US. Read Full Article at
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Sufis return to Sehwan shrine in defiance of ISIL
Day after deadly ISIL attack, more than 100 gather to wash blood-soaked floors of the shrine and continue ritual.
3249 points by Al Jazeera English | Pakistan Taliban Terrorism Attack Al-Qaeda Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan September 11 attacks North-West Frontier Province
A sad timeline of militant attacks in Pakistan
Militant attacks in Pakistan have killed hundreds of people over the past three years, including many women and children. On Friday, security forces carried out sweeping raids, gunning down and arresting dozens, a day after a massive suicide bombing killed 88 worshippers at a Sufi shrine in the...
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Pakistan mourns attack victims as security stepped up
Two border crossings with Afghanistan closed and at least 39 "terrorists" killed after attack at Sehwan shrine kills 80.
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Wailing, anger at Sufi shrine in Pakistan after bomber kills 77
SEHWAN SHARIF, Pakistan (Reuters) - Wailing Sufi devotees thronged a blood-stained shrine in southern Pakistan on Friday, shouting at police a day after a suicide bomber killed at least 77 people in an attack claimed by a regional branch of Islamic State.
1428 points by Reuters | Pakistan North-West Frontier Province Sindh Sufism Afghanistan Punjab Islam Taliban
Suicide attack on Pakistani shrine kills 72, claimed by Islamic State
KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber attacked a crowded Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 72 people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest of a wave of bombings across the South Asian nation this week.
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