Dina Temple-Raston http://wesa.fm en Obama: U.S. Confident That Missile Came From Rebel-Held Region http://wesa.fm/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 32852 at http://wesa.fm Against 'Islamic State' Militants, Treasury May Need To Try New Tools http://wesa.fm/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 32282 at http://wesa.fm For Militants, Founding Of Caliphate Is Win In Rhetoric, Not Reality http://wesa.fm/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 32045 at http://wesa.fm Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call http://wesa.fm/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 31742 at http://wesa.fm Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call Insurgents Draw Westerners To Battle In Iraq And Syria http://wesa.fm/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 31700 at http://wesa.fm Behind ISIS Battle In Iraq, A Clash Between Two Arch-Terrorists http://wesa.fm/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 31595 at http://wesa.fm Behind ISIS Battle In Iraq, A Clash Between Two Arch-Terrorists ISIS Brings Business Acumen To Violent Jihad http://wesa.fm/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 31572 at http://wesa.fm ISIS Brings Business Acumen To Violent Jihad How Much Does A Terrorist Attack Cost? A Lot Less Than You'd Think http://wesa.fm/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 31522 at http://wesa.fm How Much Does A Terrorist Attack Cost? A Lot Less Than You'd Think Using Social Media, Jihadi Groups Stay On Message http://wesa.fm/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 30469 at http://wesa.fm The Jewish Kid From New Jersey Who Became A Radical Islamist http://wesa.fm/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 28169 at http://wesa.fm 'Guardian' Releases More Documents On NSA Surveillance http://wesa.fm/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 11851 at http://wesa.fm Obama Tweaks U.S. Vision For Fight Against Terrorism http://wesa.fm/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 10134 at http://wesa.fm FBI Shoots And Kills Man Tied To Boston Bombing Suspect http://wesa.fm/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 10058 at http://wesa.fm Investigators Trace Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Activities Abroad http://wesa.fm/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 22:18:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 8432 at http://wesa.fm Investigators Name Two Suspects In Boston Bombing http://wesa.fm/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 8112 at http://wesa.fm Osama Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Set To Appear In N.Y. Court http://wesa.fm/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 7437 at http://wesa.fm Osama Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Set To Appear In N.Y. Court Pakistan's Ambitious Program To Re-Educate Militants http://wesa.fm/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 7077 at http://wesa.fm Pakistan's Ambitious Program To Re-Educate Militants Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Arrested, Brought To U.S. http://wesa.fm/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 17:11:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 2189 at http://wesa.fm Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Arrested, Brought To U.S. Sept. 11 Trial Judge Gives Defense Attorneys Access To 'Camp 7' http://wesa.fm/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 22:29:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 1373 at http://wesa.fm Sept. 11 Trial Judge Gives Defense Attorneys Access To 'Camp 7' Hints Of Progress After Investigation at Guantanamo Court http://wesa.fm/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 1142 at http://wesa.fm Alleged Sept. 11 Plotters In Court, But Lawyers Do The Talking http://wesa.fm/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 804 at http://wesa.fm Alleged Sept. 11 Plotters In Court, But Lawyers Do The Talking Procedure Expected To Bog Down Hearing For Alleged Sept. 11 Planners http://wesa.fm/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 774 at http://wesa.fm