23 Nov 2022

European Parliament declares Russia ‘state sponsor of terrorism’

The European Parliament has named Russia a ‘state sponsor of terrorism.’ This label comes after Russia’s deliberate attacks and atrocities committed in the war with Ukraine violate human rights and humanitarian laws. The resolution was passed on Wednesday with 494 members voting in favor, 58 against and 44 abstaining.  The

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11 Nov 2022

November OODA Network Member Meeting Features Brian Michael Jenkins In A Discussion Of A Grave Threat to Democracy

Brian Michael Jenkins is a long term OODA Network member and friend to the community. He is a researcher, thinker and writer known for producing books which have broad impact on decision-makers in government and industry. Brian was a Green Beret who initiated one of the first terrorism research programs in the nation.  We will be reviewing one of his more recent books soon, he recently published “Plagues and Their Aftermath”, which takes a long historical look at epidemics and pandemics and extracts lessons for our post COVID world. 

Brian also recently published an essay we recommend to all our network members. The topic is so important in our view we have asked Brian to give us an overview at our 18 November member meeting. 

The topic is domestic political violence. 

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31 Oct 2022

Explosions near Somalia’s education ministry kill 100 people

Two car bombs explorded near the education ministry in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, killing at least 100 people. Over 300 other people were wounded in the attack on Saturday. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud claimed the al-Shabaab terror group in Somalia was responsible.  Al-Shabaab has not immediately claimed the attack, however,

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22 Aug 2022

It took Somali forces more than 30 hours to end a hotel attack that killed 21 people

On Sunday, Somali forces worked to end a deadly attack during which 21 individuals were killed and dozens more injured. The attack occurred when gunmen stormed a hotel in the capital and seized the building. It took Somali forces more than 30 hours to contain the gunmen and during this

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29 Jul 2022

Mali military says 15 soldiers, three civilians killed in separate ‘terrorist’ attacks

On Wednesday, Mali suffered from three separate terrorist attacks in which security forces reportedly killed scores of attackers. The attacks targeted towns and military outposts. During the incidents, six soldiers were killed and another 25 were injured. in addition, Malian soldiers killed 48 attackers and destroyed three vehicles containing weapons

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09 Jun 2022

Man Arrested for Sharing Info on 3D-Printed Weapons

European and US law enforcement teams have reportedly joined forces to arrest an individual based on suspicions of spreading hate speech and information about how to construct 3D weapons at home. The man, who has not been named, is reportedly a member of the far-right extremist movement known as Siege.

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21 Apr 2022

More than 20 dead and injured in four blasts in Afghanistan

On Thursday, dozens of people were killed or injured in a series of explosions that tore through the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. The first explosion occurred at a Shia mosque in the city and killed at least 11 people, according to officials. The Islamic State Group (IS) took responsibility for

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14 Mar 2022

Saudi Arabia executes 81 men in one day, the biggest mass execution in decades

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia executed 81 men, including one Syrian and seven Yemenis for terrorism and other offenses. This was the biggest mass execution in decades. There were 67 executions reported in Saudi Arabia in all of 2021 and 27 in 2020. Those executed were convincted of crimes including murdering

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08 Feb 2022

Islamic State Militants Pursued After Syria Prison Break

US-backed Kurdish militias are searching for Islamic State fugitives involved in a northeast Syria prison break marked the worst violence the country has seen in years with over 500 casualties. The terrorist group launched the prison break to replenish its dwindling ranks, but was eventually defeated by security forces. In

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06 Jan 2022

France begins terrorism probe into Saudi Arabia blast ahead of Dakar Rally

French prosecutors have launched a terrorism investigation into an explosion in Saudi Arabia that injured a French driver with Sodicars racing prior to the Dakar Rally. According to French officials, the blast hit a support vehicle belonging to the French team shortly after they left their hotel in Jeddah for

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