ISIS-K Attack in Kabul Raises Questions About Future of Counterterrorism in the Region
The terrorist group ISIS-K’s bombing last week outside the Kabul airport has opened up new questions about the future of counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan and across the region moving forward. “What transpired at the airport last Thursday is just a continuation of the increased capability [ISIS-K] has.” —Javed Ali, University of Michigan national security expertThese events bring up bigger questions about the future of terrorism and counterterrorism in Afghanistan and throughout the region. Listen: Local experts discuss last week’s terrorist attacks in Kabul, ISIS -K and the future of counterterrorism. GuestsJaved Ali is an associate professor of practice and a national security expert at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. ”What [ISIS-K] has shown us is an ability to carry out attacks against civilians in Afghanistan.wdet.org
The War In Afghanistan: Michigan Experts Weigh In On What Could’ve Been Done Differently
On Monday, President Joe Biden addressed the American people after the United States began evacuating Afghanistan. GuestsSaeed Khan is a senior lecturer of Near East and Asian Studies at Wayne State University. Khan says American involvement in the region has a history of nation-building, and many Americans do not realize that the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan predates 9/11. He recently wrote an op-ed in The Detroit News, titled “What the fall of Kabul means for Afghanistan, Taliban.” Ali says things could have played out differently if former President Obama had kept a more narrow focus. “That’s the most troops we’ve had in Afghanistan in almost a year plus under President Obama and then we started to thin out.wdet.org
Oath Keepers: How a militia group mobilized in plain sight for the assault on the Capitol
The FBI calls the Oath Keepers an anti-government militia with current and former law enforcement and military members among its members. 60 Minutes profiles the group, which has become a central focus in the ongoing investigation of the January 6 attack on the Capitol.cbsnews.com
Politicians who lied about election fraud gave extremists something to fight for, experts say
Politicians gave extremists opportunities to mobilize political violence by profusely alleging the 2020 election was stolen from the Republican party, experts say. “When you delegitimize elections, as some politicians did, that could come with the consequence of violence. “That brought home the reality of the far-right terrorism threat to the U.S.,” Ali said. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)APMilitias and extremists have been connected through social media and the proliferation of misinformation from trusted elected officials, experts said. Similarly, some of those platforms removed Trump, and experts believe it’s because his words may have incited extremists to invade the Capitol.mlive.com
A broad cross section of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, arrests show. Now what?
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said one of his officers — who resigned Thursday — had “penetrated” the Capitol building and was expected to face federal charges soon. It’s very broad and diffuse.”William Pepe, a transit worker from New York, was allegedly captured on camera inside the Capitol. AdvertisementA Virginia police officer, Thomas Robertson, was identified by investigators as one of those who stormed into the building, court records show. Once inside the Capitol, some violently assaulted law enforcement officers. AdvertisementFederal law enforcement officials also have detailed more serious threats they discovered that day — pipe bombs outside the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee.latimes.com
FBI warns of plans for nationwide armed protests next week
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, violent protesters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol, in Washington. An internal FBI bulletin warned, as of Sunday, that the nationwide protests may start later this week and extend through Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, according to two law enforcement officials who read details of the memo to The Associated Press. The FBI issued at least one other bulletin — they go out to law enforcement nationwide on the topic — before the riots last week. The talk of armed marches next week isn't limited to “radicalized” Trump supporters. It's certainly going to be a judgment call on the part of law enforcement about whether and when to intervene.”___Kunzelman reported from College Park, Maryland.
Domestic terrorism represents growing threat to United States
Violent riots at the U.S. Capitol aimed at disrupting the transition of power represent the clearest example for experts warning that domestic terrorism has become the most pressing threat facing the United States. Following the 9/11 attacks, the United States made responding to foreign terrorism its top mission. U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, identified domestic terrorism as the greatest national security threat facing the United States. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)APTools to combat terrorismThe Department of Homeland Security identified domestic violent extremism as a threat to the homeland in an October assessment of national security issues. Arresting domestic terrorists has long been a tricky proposition, Ali said, because there are no federal law that specifically covers domestic terrorism.mlive.com
After foiled attack on Whitmer, experts worry Election Day could attract extremist activity
A restless but cheery crowd waited under a cloudy Michigan sky for Vice President Mike Pence to take the stage. Related: 14th suspect charged in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, attacking the state Capitol and killing police officers has raised new concerns about domestic terror groups hiding in plain sight. Several experts who spoke with MLive said that kind of rhetoric could inspire backlash among extremist groups if Trump loses the election. Gretchen Whitmer ‘dangerous,’ state sheriffs' group saysAccused Michigan terrorists found natural home among anti-Whitmer sentiment promoted by far rightmlive.com