Category Archives: Terrorist Threats

  • The Terrorist Threat from the Fractured Far Right

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    By Bruce Hoffman, and Jacob Ware Originally Published by the Lawfare Blog – November 1, 2020 Editor’s Note: The year 2020 has produced many shocks, including numerous threats of political violence. Bruce Hoffman, my Georgetown colleague who is also a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and Jacob Ware of CFR argue that the […]

  • The Next American Terrorist

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    By Bruce Hoffman, and Colin Clarke Originally Published by the Cipher Brief – July 2, 2020 The Growing Irrelevance of Organizational Structure for U.S. Domestic Terrorism For decades, America’s primary terrorist threat came from groups based abroad.  Today, a new crop of terrorist actors is emerging from within our own borders. What was mostly a monochromatic threat […]

  • Remembering Toronto: Two Years Later, Incel Terrorism Threat Lingers

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    By Jacob Ware, Bruce Hoffman and Ezra Shapiro Originally Published by GNET – May 6, 2020 Two years after Alek Minassian’s homicidal vehicular rampage through Toronto, the deadliest incel terrorist attack to date, the violent fringes of this community remain poorly understood. With an evolving extremist ideology and growing links to violent, far-right extremism, incels pose a continuing terrorism […]

  • Al-Qaeda: Threat or Anachronism?

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    By Bruce Hoffman, and Jacob Ware Originally Published by War on the Rocks – March 12, 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo became the latest American government official to declare victory over the country’s oldest terrorist enemy. “Al Qaeda is a shadow of its former self,” the secretary said, justifying the imminent pullback of American troops from Afghanistan, […]

  • Incels: America’s Newest Domestic Terrorism Threat

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    By Bruce Hoffman, Jacob Ware  Originally Published by the Lawfare Blog – January 12, 2020 Editor’s Note: The involuntary celibate (incel) movement might seem to be just another sad online community, but strands of it have turned violent, committing repeated attacks that are best described as terrorism. Bruce Hoffman and Jacob Ware of the Council on Foreign […]

  • Are We Entering a New Era of Far-Right Terrorism?

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    By Bruce Hoffman and Jacob Ware Originally Published by War on the Rocks – November 27, 2019 Terrorist attacks were once the product of organized groups with assailants directed, financed, and trained by terrorist commanders. But every one of the tragic shootings in the United States this past year was perpetrated by a lone gunman […]

  • After Baghdadi: What Hurts the Islamic State May Help Al-Qaeda

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    By Bruce Hoffman, CFR Expert and Jacob Ware Originally Published by Council on Foreign Relations – October 29, 2019 Al-Qaeda could benefit from the death of the Islamic State’s leader, potentially regaining its worldwide reach and influence. The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, founder and leader of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, is a crushing blow to the […]

  • Halle Shooting: The New Terrorism Reality

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    By Bruce Hoffman, CFR Expert and Jacob Ware Originally published by Council on Foreign Relations – October 11, 2019 The attack in eastern Germany is another alarming example of how the terrorist threat is evolving, with more far-right perpetrators attempting to broadcast their brutality. As Stephan Balliet opened fire this week at a synagogue and kebab shop […]

  • The Domestic U.S. Terror Threat: What to Know

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    By Bruce Hoffman, CFR Expert Originally published by the Council on Foreign Relations – August 6, 2019 The latest mass shootings have prompted calls for more vigorous action by U.S. counterterrorism authorities but the target is elusive. The mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have revived concerns about domestic terrorism in the United […]

  • Sri Lanka Bombings: What We Know

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    More than three hundred people were killed in coordinated suicide bombings at Sri Lankan churches and hotels on Easter Sunday. Bruce Hoffman, CFR’s Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis senior fellow for counterterrorism and homeland security, gives his assessment. Officials are blaming two local groups—National Thowheeth Jama’ath and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim—for the bombings. What do […]