Dina Temple-Raston http://delmarvapublicradio.net en For Islamic State, Hitting The U.S. May Not Be A Top Priority http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/despite-isiss-resources-attacking-us-might-be-stretch Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently talked about the militants associated with the Islamic State, the group also known as ISIL or ISIS. He made them sound 10 feet tall.<p>"ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen," he said. "They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology [and] a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess; they are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we've seen."<p>Audrey Kurth Cronin, a professor at George Mason University and an expert on terrorism, is more sanguine. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 60313 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net For Islamic State, Hitting The U.S. May Not Be A Top Priority Brooklyn Man Fights In Syria. Is He A Threat To The U.S.? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/brooklyn-man-fights-syria-officials-unsure-threat Mocha Hookah is a little Middle Eastern restaurant and cafe on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn where you can pick up a shawarma gyro sandwich and a falafel platter and still get change back from your $20 bill. Walk inside and there's Arabic music, soccer games on flat screen televisions, and a hookah, or water pipe, set up at every table.<p>If you narrow your eyes, the cafe looks like it has been transplanted from Yemen. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:42:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 60244 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Brooklyn Man Fights In Syria. Is He A Threat To The U.S.? U.S. Officials Try To Gauge Threat From American Fighters In Syria http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/us-officials-try-gauge-threat-american-fighters-syria <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9CfIXEVqw8</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 60183 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net U.S. Officials Try To Gauge Threat From American Fighters In Syria Failed Foley Rescue Reveals Challenges Faced By U.S. Intelligence http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/failed-foley-rescue-reveals-challenges-faced-us-intelligence <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Failed+Foley+Rescue+Reveals+Challenges+Faced+By+U.S.+Intelligence&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 59913 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Militants Behead American Journalist, Leveling New Threats At U.S. http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/militants-behead-american-journalist-leveling-new-threats-us <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Militants+Behead+American+Journalist%2C+Leveling+New+Threats+At+U.S.&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Today, American foreign policy intersected with personal tragedy. The parents of James Foley spoke about their son. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 59844 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data To Changed Terrorist Behavior http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/big-data-firm-says-it-can-link-snowden-data-changed-terrorist-behavior <em>Editor's note on Aug. 17 at 11:25 a.m. ET: A clarification and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ombudsman/2014/08/16/340624540/attacking-npr-as-a-shill-for-government-intelligence" target="_blank">links to the ombudsman's critique of this post</a> have been added.</em><p>For nearly a year, U.S. government officials have said revelations from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden harmed national security and allowed terrorists to develop their own countermeasures. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:15:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 58755 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data To Changed Terrorist Behavior Obama: U.S. Confident That Missile Came From Rebel-Held Region http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/obama-us-confident-missile-came-rebel-held-region The U.S. says that evidence suggests the missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was fired from separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports what is now known about the crash. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 58012 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Against 'Islamic State' Militants, Treasury May Need To Try New Tools http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/against-islamic-state-militants-treasury-may-need-try-new-tools In the fight against terrorist organizations, one weapon has been effective in the past: cutting off their funding.<p>Terrorist groups tend to get their money from outside donors or charities. But the Islamic State, the group that now controls huge areas of Syria and Iraq, doesn't get its money that way. So the methods the U.S. Treasury has used to fight terrorist groups in the past won't work as well.<p>Right after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration created an intelligence unit within the Treasury Department. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 57399 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net For Militants, Founding Of Caliphate Is Win In Rhetoric, Not Reality http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/militants-founding-caliphate-win-rhetoric-not-reality Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The head of a terrorist group controlling large parts of Syria and Iraq has declared himself the leader of a new caliphate, or Muslim state. But does saying it make it so? Counterterrorism officials say they haven't seen much happening on the ground that suggests major political changes. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 57155 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/western-fighters-answer-mideast-extremists-clarion-call This week a young man in Texas became the first American to plead guilty to terrorism charges related to the recent fighting in Iraq.<p>Michael Wolfe, 23, was arrested just before he boarded a plane. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 56859 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call Insurgents Draw Westerners To Battle In Iraq And Syria http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/insurgents-draw-westerners-battle-iraq-and-syria Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Over years of conflict in Syria, it's estimated that thousands of Westerners have turned up to join the fight. And now some are crossing into Iraq, as well. Last week, an English-language recruitment video from the Sunni extremist group ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, went viral. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 56822 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Behind ISIS Battle In Iraq, A Clash Between Two Arch-Terrorists http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/behind-isis-battle-iraq-clash-between-two-arch-terrorists While eyes have been focused on Sunni extremists and their lightning campaign across Iraq, there is a much more fundamental war raging behind the scenes.<p>It is a clash between two arch-terrorists: the head of al-Qaida's central operation, Ayman al-Zawahri, and the man leading the Sunni extremist charge in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.<p>The outcome of the battle between the two men could fundamentally change the face of terrorism.<p>The dust-up between Zawahri and Baghdadi broke out in the open earlier this year, and it centered on territory.<p>Zawahri wanted Baghdadi to limit his ISIS operati Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:15:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 56698 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Behind ISIS Battle In Iraq, A Clash Between Two Arch-Terrorists ISIS Brings Business Acumen To Violent Jihad http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/isis-brings-business-acumen-violent-jihad The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is proving to be both militant and disciplined, borrowing organizational tools from the corporate world to professionalize its operations.<p>For the past two years, for example, ISIS has issued an <a href="http://www.vox.com/2014/6/24/5834068/the-iraqi-rebels-make-annual-reports-with-infographics-we-translated">annual report</a> that lays out precisely where it has attacked and the methods it used. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 56679 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net ISIS Brings Business Acumen To Violent Jihad How Much Does A Terrorist Attack Cost? A Lot Less Than You'd Think http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/how-much-does-terrorist-attack-cost-lot-less-you-think The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is flush with cash, and holds as much as $2 billion. Counterterrorism officials say the group knows how to use that money to its advantage. It's showing a kind of professional acumen and discipline that sets it apart from other terrorist organizations. But what kinds of attacks can its money buy?<p>Back in 2006, when Germany was hosting the World Cup soccer tournament, a terrorist attack was narrowly averted. With bombs hidden in their suitcases, two men in their 20s boarded commuter trains in the city of Cologne.<p>Richard Barrett was on a U.N. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 56622 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net How Much Does A Terrorist Attack Cost? A Lot Less Than You'd Think Using Social Media, Jihadi Groups Stay On Message http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/using-social-media-jihadi-groups-stay-message Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. >>CORNISH: It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. The Taliban scored a propaganda coup when it's video of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release went viral. The video was so popular that within hours the Taliban website crashed. Jihadi groups from Afghanistan to Iraq to Syria, have developed sophisticated media campaigns to get their messages out and attract new followers. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 55531 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The Jewish Kid From New Jersey Who Became A Radical Islamist http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/jewish-kid-new-jersey-who-became-radical-islamist <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130519592" target="_blank">Yousef al-Khattab</a> helped change the way young Muslims were radicalized by spewing extreme Islamist propaganda on a YouTube channel.<p>Now al-Khattab, who was born Joseph Leonard Cohen and was brought up in New Jersey and in Brooklyn in a Jewish home, tells NPR he made a big mistake and describes himself as a "failure." He's scheduled to appear in a federal court in Alexandria, Va., on Friday to be sentenced on terrorism charges.<p>The case is significant because al-Khattab, now in his mid-40s, is one o Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:09:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 53153 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Civil Liberties Group Concerned Over NSA Programs http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/civil-liberties-group-concerned-over-nsa-programs Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. The news that the National Security Agency is collecting reams of telephone data and tracking Internet behavior has alarmed civil liberties groups. President Obama believes U.S. Sat, 08 Jun 2013 11:13:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 35685 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Obama Speech Expected To Touch On Drones, Guantanamo http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/obama-speech-expected-touch-drones-guantanamo Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>For months now, the Obama administration has promised to reveal more about America's secret drone program, and today could be the day. The president will speak this afternoon at the National Defense University, and he's planning to discuss America's fight against terrorism. Thu, 23 May 2013 08:44:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 34660 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net FBI Shoots And Kills Man Tied To Boston Bombing Suspect http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/fbi-shoots-and-kills-man-tied-boston-bombing-suspect Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>There has been an unexpected turn in the Boston Marathon bombing case. A man who was thought to have ties with one of the bombing suspects was shot dead early this morning by authorities in Florida. He allegedly tried to attack an FBI agent who was interviewing him. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston has been following the story and is here with the latest. Wed, 22 May 2013 22:40:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 34667 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Investigators Trace Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Activities Abroad http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/investigators-trace-tamerlan-tsarnaevs-activities-abroad The investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing continues. Investigators have spoken with the parents of the suspects in Russia. Audie Cornish talks to Dina Temple-Raston about the latest developments. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 22:25:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 33034 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Investigators Name Two Suspects In Boston Bombing http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/investigators-name-two-suspects-boston-bombing Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>We begin this hour with a major break in the investigation into Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.<p>RICHARD DESLAURIERS: Today, we are enlisting the public's help to identify the two suspects. After a very detailed analysis of photo, video and other evidence, we are releasing photos of these two suspects. They are identified as Suspect 1 and Suspect 2. They appeared to be associated. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 22:11:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 32720 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Osama Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Set To Appear In N.Y. Court http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/osama-bin-ladens-son-law-set-appear-ny-court Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former al-Qaida spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is expected to appear in a New York courtroom Monday afternoon.<p>Abu Ghaith was captured by U.S. officials in February, and his arrest is considered important not just because he was so close to bin Laden, but also because the Obama administration has decided to try him in a federal court instead of using a military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.<p>On the surface, Abu Ghaith, 47, would appear to be a perfect candidate for a trial at Guantanamo. He is affiliated with al-Qaida, and he is a foreigner. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 07:24:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 32056 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Osama Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Set To Appear In N.Y. Court Pakistan's Ambitious Program To Re-Educate Militants http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/pakistans-ambitious-program-re-educate-militants A Pakistani army officer named Col. Zeshan is giving a tour of a jihadi rehabilitation center secreted in the hills of northwest Pakistan's Swat Valley.<p>"This place was also captured by the Taliban," he says, walking me around the heavily guarded complex. "The army took over this place from them ... when the war was going on."<p>The war against the Pakistani Taliban in Swat began in 2009. It was a military offensive that took a year to drive most of the Pakistani Taliban out of the valley. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 07:15:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 31686 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Pakistan's Ambitious Program To Re-Educate Militants Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Arrested, Brought To U.S. http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/bin-ladens-son-law-arrested-brought-us <strong>Update at 4:30 p.m. EST. Details Of Capture </strong><p>Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and a former al-Qaida spokesman, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, is in U.S. custody and is being held in a Manhattan jail. He could appear in a federal court as soon as Friday, U.S. officials familiar with the case say.<p>His capture is considered important not just because he was so close to bin Laden but also because U.S. officials have decided to try him in a federal court, not Guantanamo Bay.<p>Abu Ghaith, 48, may be best known for his multiple appearances in al-Qaida propaganda videos. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:51:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 30331 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Arrested, Brought To U.S. Sept. 11 Trial Judge Gives Defense Attorneys Access To 'Camp 7' http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/sept-11-trial-judge-gives-defense-attorneys-access-camp-7 Defense attorneys in the trial of the five men accused of orchestrating the terror attacks on September 11th will get to see for the first time where their clients are incarcerated.<p>The army judge presiding over<a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/04/26/151440655/the-sept-11-trial-khalid-sheikh-mohammeds-connections-to-terror"> the trial at Guantanamo Bay</a> said today he will allow the lawyers to visit a secret section of the prison.<p>It's known as Camp 7 and it's nestled in the crevice of a hill at Guantanamo Bay. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:27:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 29562 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Sept. 11 Trial Judge Gives Defense Attorneys Access To 'Camp 7' Hints Of Progress After Investigation at Guantanamo Court http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/hints-progress-after-investigation-guantanamo-court The most dramatic moment of the week's hearing at Guantanamo Bay's military commissions was when a one-legged man stood up and began to berate the judge.<br /> <br />The one-legged man, Walid bin Attash, is one of the defendants in the high-profile Sept. 11 case, and his complaint was a throwback to a time when the tribunal first opened. <br /> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:41:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 29336 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Alleged Sept. 11 Plotters In Court, But Lawyers Do The Talking http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/alleged-sept-11-plotters-appear-court-focus-lawyers Pretrial hearings in the death penalty trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of planning the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks lasted a little more than an hour Monday before the judge recessed the session until Tuesday.<p>The men, who all came into the courtroom in camouflage vests and traditional garments known as<em> shalwar kameez</em>, have been in jail — awaiting this trial — for more than a decade.<p>They were arraigned back in May, didn't enter pleas, and their trial has been moving at a plodding pace ever since. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:47:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 28981 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Alleged Sept. 11 Plotters In Court, But Lawyers Do The Talking Procedure Expected To Bog Down Hearing For Alleged Sept. 11 Planners http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/procedure-questions-expected-bog-down-hearings-alleged-sept-11-planners Pretrial hearings resume Monday in the death penalty trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of planning the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The men have been in jail, awaiting trial, for more than a decade. The hearings in their case started back in May, and they have hardly moved forward since then.<p>Eventually, the case will be one of dueling narratives. The prosecution will focus on the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the defense will talk about the treatment of its clients after their capture. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:31:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 28940 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net After Fighting To Go To School, A Pakistani Woman Builds Her Own http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/after-fighting-go-school-pakistani-woman-builds-her-own <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Hs2hxrY_HI</p> Sun, 06 Jan 2013 11:15:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 27056 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net After Fighting To Go To School, A Pakistani Woman Builds Her Own Pakistani Cafe Is Oasis In Desert Of Civil Discourse http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/pakistani-cafe-oasis-desert-civil-discourse Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>In Pakistan, there's a cafe called the Second Floor. It's listed in a local Karachi social blog as one of the coolest cafes in town. Since it opened its doors five years ago, it's become a haven in a city more known for its violence than its civil discourse. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston paid a visit.<p>DINA TEMPLE-RASTON, BYLINE: The artwork on the front stoop of the Second Floor Cafe in Karachi says it all.<p>SABEEN MAHMUD: I wanted something right at the entrance...<p>TEMPLE-RASTON: That's Shameen Mahmud. Sat, 05 Jan 2013 11:56:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 27040 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net