Dina Temple-Raston http://wrkf.org en Obama: U.S. Confident That Missile Came From Rebel-Held Region http://wrkf.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 20:40:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 29596 at http://wrkf.org Against 'Islamic State' Militants, Treasury May Need To Try New Tools http://wrkf.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 21:42:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 29108 at http://wrkf.org For Militants, Founding Of Caliphate Is Win In Rhetoric, Not Reality http://wrkf.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 28899 at http://wrkf.org Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call http://wrkf.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 28669 at http://wrkf.org Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call Insurgents Draw Westerners To Battle In Iraq And Syria http://wrkf.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 20:07:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 28637 at http://wrkf.org Behind ISIS Battle In Iraq, A Clash Between Two Arch-Terrorists http://wrkf.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 28555 at http://wrkf.org Behind ISIS Battle In Iraq, A Clash Between Two Arch-Terrorists ISIS Brings Business Acumen To Violent Jihad http://wrkf.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 28534 at http://wrkf.org ISIS Brings Business Acumen To Violent Jihad How Much Does A Terrorist Attack Cost? A Lot Less Than You'd Think http://wrkf.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 28491 at http://wrkf.org How Much Does A Terrorist Attack Cost? A Lot Less Than You'd Think Using Social Media, Jihadi Groups Stay On Message http://wrkf.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 20:32:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 27624 at http://wrkf.org The Jewish Kid From New Jersey Who Became A Radical Islamist http://wrkf.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 25706 at http://wrkf.org