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The far-right militia conspirators plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also discussed abducting Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, the FBI said. It’s an unsurprising, yet still terrifying, turn of events given the rhetoric used by President Trump against both governors in recent months.

Whitmer herself has said the way they’ve been targeted by the president has fanned the flames of hate. For example, at the height of the anti-social distancing protests organized by conservative groups earlier this year, Trump tweeted “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” and “LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!” (FYI, the Second Amendment is not under siege.)

For the men accused in this case, a call to liberate the states was a call to take violent, criminal action. It’s no different from the message Trump gave the Proud Boys on debate night. After all, the language of violence is all he knows.

Reasonable Doubt

The Somali refugees living in a small meatpacking town in southwestern Kansas loved America. So did the three local men who wanted to kill them.

Illustration by Fran Rodriguez

In the grandeur of a Wichita courtroom in the spring of 2018, three defendants in prison jumpsuits stood trial for conspiring to blow up an apartment complex in the meatpacking town of Garden City, Kansas, that was home to many Somalis. Curtis Allen, 50, Gavin Wright, 52, and the alleged ringleader, Patrick Stein, 49, had talked about planting fertilizer bombs in trucks at the corners of the building. It was the same method favored by al-Qaida terrorists, but the men saw themselves as defenders of an American way of life. They believed Obama was “really” Muslim, and they mistrusted the…

Russia appears to have telegraphed Sunday’s attack in a tweet days before

People gather amidst the rubble following reported airstrikes by the Syrian regime in the Syrian Idlib province on May 20, 2019. Credit: Omar Haj Kadour

After Syrian government forces used chemical weapons on Sunday as part of its offensive to retake enclaves from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syrian, Russia kept silent. But it appears the Russian Ministry of Defense knew the attacks were coming, and indeed worked preemptively to spread vilifying information in hopes of justifying the violence.

Syrian opposition officials have determined that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons during airstrikes on strategic positions near a key Russian military base last Sunday, a move that has sparked fears among Syrian rebels that a final offensive — one…

The ISIS leader, long assumed dead, has resurfaced. But is he still in control of the terror group?

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ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared on a pulpit in a Mosul, Iraq, mosque in June 2014 to announce his new caliphate. The event was broadcast around the world, and marked a turning point for a terror group that President Barack Obama had initially dismissed as the “JV.” Then, Baghdadi seemed to disappear.

In the time since that last appearance, Baghdadi and ISIS have seen their once sizable caliphate reduced to rubble thanks to the efforts of a coalition of more than 20 nations. The organization once laid claim to a mini-empire dominating millions of people; just a few weeks…

Foreign intelligence agents say the bombers were capable of the attack without outside help

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When a series of closely timed suicide bombings tore through three luxury hotels and three churches Sunday morning, killing some 250 people and wounding hundreds more, analysts and officials weren’t just taken aback by the sheer brutality of the attack — they were also shocked at how effectively it was carried out.

“The technical side stunned me,” said a Belgian counterterrorism official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “Few amateurs can build these devices safely and get them to work without anyone noticing. We can usually intercept them.”

The Sri Lankan government was quick to suggest the bombers were…

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