Poole: Libyan Army Spox Says Obama, Clinton “Abandoned the Libyan People to the Terrorists”

PJ Media, by Patrick Poole, July 11, 2017:

In an exclusive interview with PJ Media, the Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman, Col. Ahmed al-Mesmari, says that President Obama and Hillary Clinton “abandoned the Libyan people to face these terrorists alone,” and implicates the Obama administration in supporting terrorist militias.

With the continuing crisis between several Arab nations, including the Tobruk-based Libyan House of Representatives, and Qatar, Col. al-Mesmari discusses Qatar’s role in arming and financing terrorist militias in Libya.

He also ties the Muslim Brotherhood militias that have been fighting against the LNA with al-Qaeda and ISIS elements operating in the country.

Col. al-Mesmari also claims that the February 17th Martyrs Brigade hired by the State Department to protect the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi cooperated with Ansar al-Sharia in attacking the consulate compound on September 12, 2012,which led to the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Libyans celebrated last week when after three years of battle the LNA finally liberated Benghazi from all terrorist groups in the city.

And over the past month Col. al-Mesmari has publicly charged Qatar with direct support of terrorist groups operating in Libya.

The following is an exclusive interview I conducted by email earlier today with Col. Ahmed al-Mesmari, official spokesman for the Libyan National Army:

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New Report: The Purge of US Counterterrorism Training by the Obama Administration

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February 7, 2017, New Unconstrained Analytics Report:

On June 28, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts held a hearing chaired by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) investigating a series of policies established by the Obama Administration during 2011-2012 that effectively neutered FBI counterterrorism training and blinded our nation’s national security, defense and intelligence agencies to the threat from Islamic terrorism.

In what some experts have termed a hostile “political warfare campaign” driven by an alliance between the administration, Islamic organizations and cooperating media figures, analysts and subject matter experts were blacklisted, and books and training materials were purged from official counterterrorism training programs government-wide.

This “purge” has contributed to clues being missed by the FBI in major terrorism cases, including the April 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon, and more recently the June 2016 massacre at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, by Omar Mateen, who had been the target of previous FBI investigations in 2013 and 2014.

Patrick Poole of Unconstrained Analytics has written a new report detailing how this counterterrorism training purge happened, the players involved, the surprising but overlooked findings by a GAO report, and the consequences of having our law enforcement/military/intelligence professionals intentionally denied important training on the threat doctrine of the enemy, As a result, they have been blinded, losing any ability to identify, and then defeat, the enemy.

REPORT – Purged: A Detailed Look at ‘The Purge’ of US Counterterrorism Training by the Obama Administration (pdf)

ISIS Threat in Washington, DC

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Unconstrained Analytics, December 29, 2016:

UA’s Stephen Coughlin and Patrick Poole joined Congressman Louie Gohmert, filling in for Sean Hannity on the Hannity radio show, to discuss the growing evidence that there is an ISIS threat living right outside of our nation’s capitol as well as what needs to be done to effectively combat this threat.

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Islamic State arrests reveal jihadi threat near seat of U.S. government (Washington Times)

Law enforcement agencies have arrested nine Northern Virginia residents on charges of aiding the Islamic State since the terrorist group rose to power in Syria and Iraq in 2014 and launched social media propaganda to attract followers, a government message to police states. . .

. . . Of the nine Northern Virginians who were arrested, all but one were in their teens and early 20s. They included a police officer, a Starbucks barista, Army soldiers, bankers and a cabdriver. Four of the nine graduated from Northern Virginia high schools, one with honors. Two attended Northern Virginia Community College.

In other words, all of them appeared to have opportunities via public education to become successful Americans but instead were charged with what amounted to a devotion to violent jihad.

They are suspected of conducting terrorism planning through Twitter, Facebook, Skype, WhatsApp and other platforms and apps, as well as on prepaid phones. . . . (read all)

Suspect Sought for Deadly Berlin Terror Attack, Anis Amri, Yet Another ‘Known Wolf’

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PJ Media, by Patrick Poole, December 21, 2016:

A manhunt is underway in Germany for 23-year old Tunisian Anis Amri, sought for his possible connection to this week’s horrific terror attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people and injured dozens more.

Amri was already known to German police for involvement in an ISIS cell, and had been under police surveillance.

If Amri’s involvement is confirmed, this would make the Berlin attack the most recent case of what I have termed “Known Wolf” terrorism, and would mark the eighth such incident this year:

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Authorities on Wednesday were seeking a 23-year-old Tunisian man who had been on the radar of intelligence services since last year as a suspect in the deadly truck attack at Berlin’s Christmas market, a German security official said.

The man, identified as Anis A., had entered Germany in July 2015 and applied for asylum, the official said. He got temporary approval to stay in Germany even though his asylum application was rejected, the official said.

German authorities had classified him as a potentially violent follower of the fundamentalist Salafi strain of Islam, and suspected ties to Islamic State, the official said.

Another security official confirmed police were seeking the man. Investigators pinpointed him as their suspect after finding his residency permit in the cab of the truck used in the attack, they said. But the document was only found on Tuesday, during a more thorough search of the truck than the one that took place in the aftermath of the attack the previous night, according to one of the officials.

The Tunisian man had used a number of different identities while in Germany, also claiming on some occasions that he was Egyptian or Lebanese, officials said.

Media reports indicate that Amri was already considered dangerous, and had asked a police informant to illegally acquire weapons:

The Ministry of Internal Affairs for Northrhine Westphalia made a statement earlier today about what was previously known about Amri:

As regular PJ Media readers would note, I first identified and termed the ongoing trend of “Known Wolf” terrorism — individuals committing terrorist acts who were already known to law enforcement and national security authorities — back in October 2014.

This year alone, I’ve reported on the following “Known Wolf” incidents: Columbus, OhioOrlando, Florida; Normandy, France; Ontario, Canada; Strasbourg, France; Roanoke, Virginia; and New York/New Jersey.

Note that four of the above seven cases in 2016 occurred here in the United States.

Additionally, in September I documented a dozen cases of “Known Wolf” terrorism in the U.S. under the Obama administration:

Here are links to my previous reporting on the “Known Wolf” terror problem:

Oct. 24, 2014: ‘Lone Wolf’ or ‘Known Wolf’: The Ongoing Counter-Terrorism Failure

Dec. 15, 2014: Sydney Hostage Taker Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome

Jan. 7, 2015: Paris Terror Attack Yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome

Feb. 3, 2015: French Police Terror Attacker Yesterday Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome

Feb. 15, 2015: Copenhagen Killer Was yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism

Feb. 26, 2015: Islamic State Beheader ‘Jihadi John’ Yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism

Apr. 22, 2015: Botched Attack on Paris Churches Another Case of “Known Wolf” Terrorism

May 4, 2015: Texas Attack Is Yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism

June 26, 2015: France’s Beheading Terrorist Was Well-Known By Authorities

July 16, 2015: Report: Chattanooga Jihadist Was Yet Another ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorist, Anonymous Feds Dispute

Aug. 22, 2015: European Train Attacker Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism

Oct 14, 2015: Yet Again: Turkey, Israel Terror Attacks Committed by “Known Wolves”

Nov 14, 2015: One Paris Attacker Was Previously Known to Authorities, Marks Fifth ‘Known Wolf” Attack in France This Year

Feb 16, 2016: Machete Attack in Ohio Yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism

May 16, 2016: News Reports Yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ U.S. Terrorists

June 12, 2016: Orlando Night Club Attack by “Known Wolf” Terrorist Previously Investigated by FBI

July 14, 2016: Senate Intelligence Committee to Investigate “Known Wolf” Terrorism Problem

July 26, 2016: ISIS Suspect in Normandy Priest’s Killing Already Known to French Authorities

August 10, 2016: Canadian ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorist Planned Suicide Bombing of Major City, Killed in Overnight Police Operation

August 19, 2016: Man Who Stabbed Rabbi Thursday in Strasbourg, France Involved in Prior Attack

Sept. 20, 2016: NY-NJ Bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami Already Known to Law Enforcement Authorities

Sept. 28, 2016: “Known Wolf” SCANDAL: In at Least 12 of the 14 Terror Attacks Under Obama, FBI Already Knew Attackers

EXCLUSIVE – Egypt Dispatch: Top General Killed in Joint Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas Assassination Plot

muslim-brotherhood-terrorism-sized-770x415xt-1PJ Media, by Patrick Poole, October 23, 2016:

The killing of a top general responsible for anti-terrorism operations in the restive Sinai province killed outside his home in Cairo yesterday was part of an assassination plot involving Muslim Brotherhood splinter groups and top terror operatives from Hamas in Gaza, Egyptian security sources told PJ Media last night.

The murdered general was responsible for shutting down the smuggling tunnels between Hamas-controlled Gaza and Egypt, and the joint operation is believed to be intended to relieve some pressure from the Egyptian army’s operation that had placed a stranglehold one of Hamas’ main sources of income and slowed the movement of weapons and fighters from Gaza into Sinai fighting against the Egyptian government, including the Islamic State’s group in Sinai.

A statement published after the assassination also invoked the death of a senior Muslim Brotherhood operative killed in a shootout with police earlier this month.

The New York Times reports:

Gunmen suspected of being Islamist militants killed a senior Egyptian Army officer on Saturday in a brazen daylight shooting outside the man’s home in a Cairo suburb.The state media identified the officer as Brig. Gen. Adel Ragai, commander of the army’s Ninth Armored Division.

General Ragai, according to multiple pro-state papers, had previously been deployed to Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, where the military is fighting Islamic State militants.

The military did not issue a statement.

“I heard the gunshots and saw him die before my eyes,” Sumaya Zein el-Abedeen, the general’s wife, told the state media. She said neighbors had told her that they saw three gunmen with assault rifles in a vehicle outside the couple’s home. The men fired on General Ragai and his driver. Both men were taken to a hospital, where they were declared dead.

A group called Liwa al-Thawra, the Revolution Brigade, claimed responsibility on Twitter for the attack. The group’s account was then suspended.

General Ragai was also responsible for an armored division in Sinai:

The Liwa al-Thawra statement claiming responsibility also invoked the killing of Mohamed Kamal, one of the top Muslim Brotherhood leaders leading the group’s more violent factions.

After the killing of Kamal, LIaw al-Thawra issued a statement vowing retribution.

As I reported here at PJ Media on the death of Kamal, he was responsible for the Muslim Brotherhood’s violent factions, including the most recent incarnation of the group’s military wing, Hassm that has been involved in assassinations of Egyptian military officials.

Coincidentally, Hassm released a video yesterday showing fighters engaged in military training:

The possible involvement of Hamas operatives in the assassination operation yesterday may demonstrate an even increased role in terrorism in Egypt, including their ties to the Islamic State group’s activity in Sinai.

The roots of the Muslim Brotherhood’s “special committee” terror units go back to a split within the group’s leadership, with the old guard looking for compromise with the Egyptian state and the youth wing led by Kamal that sought a more violent “creative revolutionary path.”

A series of statements during 2015 endorsed the group’s campaign of violence:

  • A group called the “Revolutionary Punishment Movement” closely tied with the Brotherhood issued a statement in early February warning all foreigners and diplomats to leave the country by February 28, 2015, or possibly be faced with becoming targets in their attacks.

I reported here at PJ Media in June 2015 about the escalation of violence by the Muslim Brotherhood youth cadres during 2015, beginning with the published call for a “long, uncompromising jihad” in January 2015.

This past June, I reported on the arrest of an IED terrorist cell composed of Muslim Brotherhood members operating out of Alexandria that attacked military, police, diplomatic and business targets.

Meanwhile, bills calling for the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization have stalled in Congress.

In the House, H.R. 3892, the “Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015,” a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and currently with 68 cosponsors, passed the House Judiciary Committee in February on a 17-10 vote.

But House Speaker Paul Ryan has not brought the bill up for a full House vote.

The Senate companion bill, S. 2230, introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and currently with 7 cosponsors, including Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, is bottled up in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Foreign Relations chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) has yet to bring the bill up for a committee vote — or even to hold hearings on the matter.

Bill cosponsors have expressed frustration with the Obama administration’s inaction on the Muslim Brotherhood even as terror attacks by the group continue. The group has targeted Egypt’s Coptic Christian community, which I reported on here just a few weeks ago based on my April 2014 survey in Upper Egypt of sectarian attacks by the Muslim Brotherhood.

With Congress in recess until after the November 8 election, the only opportunity for these bills to be considered in either the House or Senate would be in the lame duck session.

Syrian Rebel U.S ‘Vetted Moderate’ Brigade Defects to Rebranded Al-Qaeda Affiliate

war-on-terror-jihad1-sized-770x415xtPJ Media, by Patrick Poole, October 20, 2016:

Reports are emerging this morning that a battalion of Faylaq al-Sham fighters that had previously been vetted as “moderates” by the U.S. has defected to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, the recently re-branded Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

This is yet one more episode of U.S.-vetted Syrian rebel groups defecting to U.S.-designated terrorist groups in recent years. Just a few weeks ago I reported here at PJ Media on U.S.-supported Free Syrian Army troops that were openly allied with a group that the State Department had designated a terrorist organization just the week before.

News of the defection of the Muhammad Rasoolullah Brigade of Faylaq al-Sham operating around Idlib initially appeared on Twitter:

Faylaq al-Sham, backed by Turkey, is currently involved in the push against the Islamic State.

Faylaq al-Sham has its roots in the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, and have been branded “Syria’s Moderate Islamists,” so undoubtedly the “experts” will lament this defection as a shock brought about by military necessities on the ground.

But if the so-called “vetted moderate” groups that receive U.S. weapons later turn terrorist, what is the point of the so-called U.S. “vetting” anyway?

The “experts” may also downplay this defection claiming that Jabhat Fateh al-Sham cut ties with Al-Qaeda; but nothing could be further from the truth. All the group did was rebrand, with permission from Al-Qaeda.

In fact, one of the top Jabhat Fateh al-Sham leaders present at the rebranding announcement was Abu Faraj al-Masri, a longtime lieutenant of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Al-Masri was killed in a U.S. drone strike earlier this month.

But the myth of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham’s separation from Al-Qaeda continues to circulate.

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Closing Out 2016’s ‘Summer of Terror’: Over the Past 90 Days, 20 Terror Attacks in Western Countries

nice-terror-attack-victim-sized-770x415xcPJ Media, by Patrick Poole, October 12, 2016:

On the evening July 14, citizens and tourists gathered on the promenade in Nice, France, to celebrate Bastille Day, but the night would end in horror as the celebrations turned into the largest terrorist attack during 2016’s ‘Summer of Terror.’

The Nice attack, which took place just 90 days ago, would mark the midpoint of a near-constant stream of terror attacks in the West that began with the June 12 mass shooting at The Pulse night club in Orlando by Omar Mateen.

Since the Nice attack at least 20 terror attacks in Western countries have been committed—one nearly every 100 hours.

That pace is just slightly off from how this year’s “Summer of Terror” began. Two weeks after the Nice attack I noted that the pace was nearly one every 84 hours:

That statistic ended up widely circulated in the media, and the attacks would continue up through this past weekend, with this year’s recently concluded summer earning its moniker.

Below I chronicle the 20 terror attacks in Western countries over the past 90 days. I’ve excluded events of unknown or disputed motive, including those in Vincennes, France; Reutlingen, Germany; Uccle, Belgium; Munich, Germany; Queensland, Australia; a French Alps resort; a nightclub bombing this past weekend in Malmo, Sweden; and a stabbing in Rome by a Moroccan immigrant.

July 14 – Nice, France: During Bastille Day celebrations in the French coastal town of Nice, a Tunisian immigrant, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, drove an 18-ton cargo truck through the crowd, killing 84 and injuring 434 people. Two days later the attack was claimed by the Islamic State, calling Lahouaiej-Bouhlel “a soldier of the Islamic State.” The killer and his accomplices had been planning the attack for nearly a year.

July 19 – Wurzburg, Germany: 17-year-old Afghan refugee, Riyaz Khan, attacked passengers on a train with an axe and a knife while shouting “Allah Akhbar,” injuring five people. Khan reportedly was “seeking revenge on the infidels.” ISIS later released a video of Khan pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.

July 26 – Rouen, France: Two ISIS terrorists stormed a Roman Catholic church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during morning mass, slitting the throat of 86-year-old Father Jacques Hamel as they they forced a parishioner to video the killing. They shouted “Allahu Akhbar” as they stabbed and critically injured him. The two killers, Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, which released their video the following day. Kermiche had twice attempted to travel to Syria to join ISIS and was wearing an electronic ankle monitoring bracelet, and Petitjean had also attempted to travel to Syria and was known to French authorities. They were both killed while leaving the church and charging police.

July 24 – Ansbach, Germany: Suicide bomber Mohammad Daleel attempted to enter a well-attended music festival, but was denied entry. He then detonated his backpack bomb outside a nearby wine bar, injuring 15 people. A 27-year-old refugee from Aleppo, Syria, Daleel had claimed asylum but was scheduled for deportation. The bomb was built in the refugee center. He was in direct communication with ISIS operatives just minutes before the attack, and ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack the following day.

August 3 – London, England: An American woman was murdered and five others injured in a stabbing attack near Russell Square in the heart of London. The suspect, 19-year-old Zakaria Bulhan, was a Somali who had moved to England from Norway.

August 6 – Charleroi, Belgium: Two female police officers stationed outside their police station were attacked by a 33-year-old Algerian, Khaled Babbouri, who swung a machete at their heads shouting “Allahu Akhbar.” Babbouri was shot dead by another police officer. He had been living illegally in Belgium since 2012 andattended a mosque in Farciennes. The Islamic State later claimed credit for the attack.

August 9 – Ontario, Canada: A terror suspect and known ISIS supporter already out on a peace bond was stopped by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and was shot and killed during a standoff with police after he had detonated an explosive device inside a cab, injuring himself and the driver. Aaron Driver, aka Harun Abdurahman, had planned an imminent suicide attack on a major Canadian city and had several explosive devices with him at the time of the confrontation.

August 18 – Strasbourg, France: An Orthodox Jewish rabbi was stabbed by a man shouting “Allahu Akhbar” as he was on his way to synagogue. The suspect, who has not been publicly named by police, had previously attacked another Jewish man in 2010 with an iron bar.

August 20 – Roanoke, Virginia: A couple entering their apartment were attacked by knife-wielding 20-year-old Wasil Rafat Farooqui shouting “Allahu Akhbar” before fighting him off. He was arrested by police when he showed up at the same hospital as his victims. Farooqui was already on the FBI’s radar, having already traveled to Germany and Turkey in an attempt to reach Syria, but he was never charged with the attempt.

August 27 – Oberhausen, Germany: A 26-year-old man shouting “Allahu Akhbar”attacked and repeatedly stabbed an older couple picnicking at a local music festival. Authorities have not publicly named the suspect.

August 30 – Toulouse, France: 31-year-old Algerian, Abderrahmane Amara, entered the Rempart Saint-Etienne police station claiming he wanted to lodge a complaint, but then stabbed a police officer in the neck while shouting he was “sick of France.” Despite claims by the prosecutor that Amara was mentally ill, he waspreviously known to authorities for throwing a Molotov cocktail at police and a synagogue during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in 2014.

August 31 – Copenhagen, Denmark: A 25-year-old Bosnia-born Danish citizen, Mesa Hodzic, linked to the militant Islamic group Millatu Ibrahim and a sympathizer of ISIS, shot two police officers and a civilian in the Christiania neighborhood known for drug trafficking. Hodzic died two days later due to injuries from the shootout with police. Two days later, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

Next page: September and October attacks

September 4 – Val-d’Oise, France: A 24-year-old inmate at the Osny prison, Bilal Taghi, serving a five year sentence for attempting to join ISIS in Syria, stabbed two prison guards in what investigators suspect was an act of terror. After the stabbing he drew a heart on the wall with his victims’ blood before beginning to pray. Remarkably, Taghi was part of France’s deradicalization program at the prison.

September 4 – Paris, France: Three women were arrested after a car filled with gas cylinders was discovered near Notre Dame Cathedral. The trio had planned to bomb the Gare de Lyon train station in central Paris. One of the women had written a pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State. Another stabbed a police officer as she was being arrested. The third had previously been engaged to one of the ISIS operatives who murdered Father Jacques Hamel in Rouen in late July.

September 10 – Minto, Australia: 22-year-old Ihsas Khan stabbed a 59-year-old man who was walking through a park in suburban Sydney. Khan was charged with a terrorist act that authorities described as “inspired by ISIS.”

September 17 – Seaside, New Jersey: A pipe bomb detonated inside a trash can alongside the route of the Seaside Semper Five Marine Corps charity race. Other explosive devices were tied to the bomb that went off. No one was injured and the suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, was captured several days later.

September 17 – New York City, New York: Just hours after the bombing in Seaside, New Jersey, Ahmad Khan Rahami placed a pressure cooker bomb on a busy street in the Chelsea district of Manhattan. The explosion injured 29 people. Another backpack with explosives was found two days later in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Rahami was captured after a shootout with police, where they discovered he had a notebook that made reference to an ISIS leader who had been killed in a U.S. drone strike several weeks before.

September 17 – St. Cloud, Minnesota: The Crossroads Shopping Mall wastargeted in a stabbing attack by 20-year-old Somali refugee, Dahir Adan. Ten people were injured as Adan stabbed shoppers and mall workers shouting “Allahu Akhbar” and asking victims whether they were Muslim. The attack was only stopped by an off-duty police officer who shot and killed Adan. The following day the Islamic State claimed credit for the attack, and FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress that Adan was inspired by “extremist ideology.”

October 5 – Brussels, Belgium: One police officer was stabbed in the neck and another stabbed in the stomach by a 43-year-old Belgian national, Hicham Diop in the Schaerbeek district of Brussels. The suspect had links to jihadists who had traveled to Syria. An eyewitness claimed that he was shouting in Arabic during the attack.

October 8 – Chemnitz, Germany: A botched police raid acting on a tip of an impending Islamic State attack led to the escape of 22-year-old Syrian refugee Jaber Albakr, who was planning an imminent attack on an airport in Berlin. Police confiscated more than 3 pounds of explosives from his apartment. Albakr was captured in Leipzig after a two-day manhunt and several of his associates have also been arrested.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State has called for more attacks in the West, including replicating the Nice attack, using baseball bats and power drills and calling for knife attacks in alleys, forests, beaches, and quiet neighborhoods.

2016’s “Summer of Terror” may be over, but with three more months left this year, the attacks this year most likely won’t be.