Dina Temple-Raston http://ktep.org en Obama: U.S. Confident That Missile Came From Rebel-Held Region http://ktep.org/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 20:19:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 44976 at http://ktep.org Against 'Islamic State' Militants, Treasury May Need To Try New Tools http://ktep.org/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 21:14:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 44267 at http://ktep.org For Militants, Founding Of Caliphate Is Win In Rhetoric, Not Reality http://ktep.org/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 43978 at http://ktep.org Militant Group In Iraq Proves It's Learned From Al Qaida's Mistakes http://ktep.org/post/militant-group-iraq-proves-its-learned-al-qaidas-mistakes Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. The terrorist group now controlling parts of Syria and Iraq changed its name over the weekend. Now it wants to be called simply the Islamic State. The aim is to be seen as the custodian of some sort of Islamic homeland. This is one thing that makes this group different from its predecessor, al-Qaida in Iraq. Beyond that, analysts and officials say the way the group is managing its battles shows it learned from mistakes of the past. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:28:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 43926 at http://ktep.org Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call http://ktep.org/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 43653 at http://ktep.org Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call Insurgents Draw Westerners To Battle In Iraq And Syria http://ktep.org/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 20:30:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 43596 at http://ktep.org Behind ISIS Battle In Iraq, A Clash Between Two Arch-Terrorists http://ktep.org/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 43443 at http://ktep.org Behind ISIS Battle In Iraq, A Clash Between Two Arch-Terrorists ISIS Brings Business Acumen To Violent Jihad http://ktep.org/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 43421 at http://ktep.org ISIS Brings Business Acumen To Violent Jihad How Much Does A Terrorist Attack Cost? A Lot Less Than You'd Think http://ktep.org/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 43368 at http://ktep.org How Much Does A Terrorist Attack Cost? A Lot Less Than You'd Think U.S. Moves To Lock Up ISIS's Abundant War Chest http://ktep.org/post/us-moves-lock-isiss-abundant-war-chest President Obama plans to slow the momentum of an extremist group that has seized much of northern Iraq. The group has funds that will permit it to sponsor attacks that could be aimed at the West. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 43057 at http://ktep.org Behind ISIS, A Masked Man Known More By Brutality Than By Name http://ktep.org/post/behind-isis-masked-man-known-more-brutality-name The man who is leading the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in its offensive across Iraq is a mysterious figure. His nom de guerre is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but no one seems to agree on his real name or even what he looks like today. But he and ISIS have become a force that has taken key Iraqi cities and threatens to unleash a sectarian civil war. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 42809 at http://ktep.org Using Social Media, Jihadi Groups Stay On Message http://ktep.org/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 20:16:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 42119 at http://ktep.org Former Taliban Ministers Leave Guantanamo, Trailed By Questions http://ktep.org/post/former-taliban-ministers-leave-guantanamo-trailed-questions Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. This week's prisoner swap that exchanged five Taliban officials for one American soldier has raised a host of questions. One of them is this - will those men return to the battlefield? Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 41975 at http://ktep.org The Jewish Kid From New Jersey Who Became A Radical Islamist http://ktep.org/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 39377 at http://ktep.org Yemeni Officials Claim To Have Foiled Al-Qaida Terror Plot http://ktep.org/post/yemeni-officials-claim-have-foiled-al-qaida-terror-plot Days after the U.S. announced it would close its diplomatic missions across the Middle East and Africa, Yemeni security officials said that they had foiled a plot by al-Qaeda to attack fuel pipelines and two of the nation's ports. It is unclear if this plot is the same as the one that was alluded to in al-Qaeda communications U.S. intelligence officials intercepted earlier this month. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 20:31:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 22564 at http://ktep.org Interpol Asks For Help Tracking Escaped Al-Qaida Inmates http://ktep.org/post/interpol-asks-help-tracking-escaped-al-qaida-inmates Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Just after the State Department announced it would close those diplomatic missions came another alert, this one from Interpol, the global police organization. Interpol is asking for help tracking hundreds of terrorism suspects who've escaped from prisons in Iraq, Pakistan and Libya over the past month. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:11:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 22416 at http://ktep.org Iraq Prison Break Worries Counterterrorism Officials http://ktep.org/post/iraq-prison-break-worries-counterterrorism-officials Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And when we think about the future of Iraq, one big concern is al-Qaida's growing strength there. This week, al-Qaida's arm in Iraq launched coordinated attacks on two prisons near Baghdad. One was the notorious Abu Ghraib Prison. To break through the prison walls there, the group used a dozen suicide bombers, and they attacked guards with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. Al-Qaida has staged spectacular prison breaks in the past. It's a tried-and-true method of reinforcing their ranks. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:27:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 21676 at http://ktep.org How Secret Does A Secret Court Need To Be? http://ktep.org/post/how-secret-does-secret-court-need-be <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=How+Secret+Does+A+Secret+Court+Need+To+Be%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTc3MDEzMjAzMzEyMDA3Njc1Nw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Here's another question Congress took up today: Do secret courts always have to be secret? The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court decides whether wiretaps and other surveillance methods used by the intelligence community are legal. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:09:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 21194 at http://ktep.org 'Guardian' Releases More Documents On NSA Surveillance http://ktep.org/post/guardian-releases-more-documents-nsa-surveillance Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Britain's Guardian newspaper has released documents that reveal more about this country's National Security Agency and its surveillance programs. The documents involve the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court which is supposed to oversee and give approval to surveillance programs. That's the court that meets in secret to assess requests for surveillance against suspected foreign agents. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:34:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 19402 at http://ktep.org NSA Leaker Snowden Defends Actions In Live Web Chat http://ktep.org/post/nsa-leaker-snowden-defends-actions-live-web-chat The man who leaked secret National Security Agency documents, Edward Snowden, defended his decision to reveal details of U.S. surveillance programs in a web chat on Monday. Snowden said he's still in Hong Kong and claims he wouldn't get a fair trial in the U.S. He also said he has not been in contact with the Chinese government and that there are more disclosures to come. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 19147 at http://ktep.org NSA Leaker Checks Out Of Hong Kong Hotel http://ktep.org/post/nsa-leaker-checks-out-hong-kong-hotel Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Investigators are trying to learn all they can about the American intelligence contractor who says he leaked sensitive documents to reporters. Edward Snowden is 29 years old, a former tech specialist for the company Booz Allen Hamilton, which does a lot of government intelligence work. Over the weekend, he took responsibility for disclosing details of two U.S. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:12:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 18661 at http://ktep.org Civil Liberties Group Concerned Over NSA Programs http://ktep.org/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 10:32:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 18526 at http://ktep.org Digging The Depth Of The NSA Phone Data Program http://ktep.org/post/digging-depth-nsa-phone-data-program Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The National Security Agency is collecting the telephone records of millions of Americans, U.S. customers of Verizon. The Guardian newspaper broke the story last night and published a copy of an order by a special court that allowed the NSA to gather that information. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:08:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 18403 at http://ktep.org U.S. Drone Strike Said To Have Killed Taliban Leader http://ktep.org/post/us-drone-strike-said-have-killed-taliban-leader Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Another big piece of President Obama's new national security vision is a rethinking of how the U.S. uses drones. Last night, for the first time since the president laid out new stricter conditions for their use, the U.S. launched a drone attack. It appears to have killed a top military commander in the Pakistani Taliban. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports.<p>DINA TEMPLE-RASTON, BYLINE: Less than a week ago, President Obama said the U.S. would only use drones against individuals who pose an imminent threat to the United States. Wed, 29 May 2013 21:49:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 17859 at http://ktep.org Obama Tweaks U.S. Vision For Fight Against Terrorism http://ktep.org/post/obama-tweaks-us-vision-fight-against-terrorism Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>President Obama has outlined a new vision for the fight against terrorism. His speech at the National Defense University in Washington yesterday covered a lot of ground. Obama spoke about limiting drone strikes, working more with allies and closing the Guantanamo Bay prison. Broadly, the president said the terrorist threat against America has changed, and so the time has come to take a hard look at how the U.S. Fri, 24 May 2013 09:34:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 17499 at http://ktep.org Obama Speech Expected To Touch On Drones, Guantanamo http://ktep.org/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 17395 at http://ktep.org White House Has Renewed Resolve To Close Guantanamo http://ktep.org/post/white-house-has-renewed-resolve-close-guantanamo For the first time in years, the Obama administration appears to be focused on shuttering the Guantanamo Bay prison and – at a minimum — has redoubled its efforts to reduce the number of people held there.<p>The key, officials familiar with the administration's thinking say, may lie with 56 Yemeni detainees, a group of men who have been at the island facility for more than a decade though U.S. Mon, 20 May 2013 21:28:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 17224 at http://ktep.org Three Friends Of Boston Bombing Suspect Arrested http://ktep.org/post/three-friends-boston-bombing-suspect-arrested Dina Temple-Raston talks to Audie Cornish about the three people who face charges in connection with the Boston marathon bombing. Wed, 01 May 2013 21:10:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 15936 at http://ktep.org Obama Renews Call To Close Guantanamo Amid Hunger Strike http://ktep.org/post/obama-renews-call-close-guantanamo-amid-hunger-strike Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Now to the hunger strike underway in the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It began back in January. At first, a few dozen prisoners refused meals. Now, more than 100 of the 166 men still at the facility have joined the protest, and more than a dozen of those are being force-fed. Well today, their action drew a response from the president. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 15855 at http://ktep.org Investigators Trace Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Activities Abroad http://ktep.org/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 15474 at http://ktep.org