Dina Temple-Raston http://kcur.org en For Militants, Founding Of Caliphate Is Win In Rhetoric, Not Reality http://kcur.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 58364 at http://kcur.org Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call http://kcur.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 58093 at http://kcur.org Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call Insurgents Draw Westerners To Battle In Iraq And Syria http://kcur.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 20:30:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 58061 at http://kcur.org Behind ISIS Battle In Iraq, A Clash Between Two Arch-Terrorists http://kcur.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 57945 at http://kcur.org Behind ISIS Battle In Iraq, A Clash Between Two Arch-Terrorists ISIS Brings Business Acumen To Violent Jihad http://kcur.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 57925 at http://kcur.org ISIS Brings Business Acumen To Violent Jihad How Much Does A Terrorist Attack Cost? A Lot Less Than You'd Think http://kcur.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 57870 at http://kcur.org How Much Does A Terrorist Attack Cost? A Lot Less Than You'd Think The Jewish Kid From New Jersey Who Became A Radical Islamist http://kcur.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 54742 at http://kcur.org Civil Liberties Group Concerned Over NSA Programs http://kcur.org/post/civil-liberties-group-concerned-over-nsa-programs Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. The news that the National Security Agency is collecting reams of telephone data and tracking Internet behavior has alarmed civil liberties groups. President Obama believes U.S. Sat, 08 Jun 2013 10:32:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 38164 at http://kcur.org Obama Speech Expected To Touch On Drones, Guantanamo http://kcur.org/post/obama-speech-expected-touch-drones-guantanamo Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>For months now, the Obama administration has promised to reveal more about America's secret drone program, and today could be the day. The president will speak this afternoon at the National Defense University, and he's planning to discuss America's fight against terrorism. Thu, 23 May 2013 08:44:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 37218 at http://kcur.org Investigators Trace Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Activities Abroad http://kcur.org/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 22:25:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 35649 at http://kcur.org Investigators Name Two Suspects In Boston Bombing http://kcur.org/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 35339 at http://kcur.org Osama Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Set To Appear In N.Y. Court http://kcur.org/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 34701 at http://kcur.org Osama Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Set To Appear In N.Y. Court Pakistan's Ambitious Program To Re-Educate Militants http://kcur.org/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 34367 at http://kcur.org Pakistan's Ambitious Program To Re-Educate Militants Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Arrested, Brought To U.S. http://kcur.org/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 33106 at http://kcur.org Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Arrested, Brought To U.S. Sept. 11 Trial Judge Gives Defense Attorneys Access To 'Camp 7' http://kcur.org/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 32365 at http://kcur.org Sept. 11 Trial Judge Gives Defense Attorneys Access To 'Camp 7' Hints Of Progress After Investigation at Guantanamo Court http://kcur.org/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 32134 at http://kcur.org Alleged Sept. 11 Plotters In Court, But Lawyers Do The Talking http://kcur.org/post/alleged-sept-11-plotters-court-lawyers-do-talking 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 18:05:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 31793 at http://kcur.org Alleged Sept. 11 Plotters In Court, But Lawyers Do The Talking Procedure Expected To Bog Down Hearing For Alleged Sept. 11 Planners http://kcur.org/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 31757 at http://kcur.org How Mali's Conflict Affects Americans http://kcur.org/post/how-malis-conflict-affects-americans Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Now a look at who's fighting in Mali and why that far away conflict might affect the United States. Yesterday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta offered the most basic take on America's interests in Mali - al-Qaida is there.<p>SECRETARY LEON PANETTA DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: The fact is, we have made a commitment that al-Qaida is not going to find any place to hide.<p>MONTAGNE: And that includes Mali.<p>NPR's counter-terrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston joins us now to talk more about this. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:22:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 30411 at http://kcur.org After Fighting To Go To School, A Pakistani Woman Builds Her Own http://kcur.org/post/after-fighting-go-school-pakistani-woman-builds-her-own <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Hs2hxrY_HI</p> Sun, 06 Jan 2013 11:15:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 30005 at http://kcur.org After Fighting To Go To School, A Pakistani Woman Builds Her Own Pakistani Cafe Is Oasis In Desert Of Civil Discourse http://kcur.org/post/pakistani-cafe-oasis-desert-civil-discourse Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>In Pakistan, there's a cafe called the Second Floor. It's listed in a local Karachi social blog as one of the coolest cafes in town. Since it opened its doors five years ago, it's become a haven in a city more known for its violence than its civil discourse. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston paid a visit.<p>DINA TEMPLE-RASTON, BYLINE: The artwork on the front stoop of the Second Floor Cafe in Karachi says it all.<p>SABEEN MAHMUD: I wanted something right at the entrance...<p>TEMPLE-RASTON: That's Shameen Mahmud. Sat, 05 Jan 2013 11:56:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 29987 at http://kcur.org Pakistani Military Hopes Rehab Will Lead Men To Paralympics http://kcur.org/post/pakistani-military-hopes-rehab-will-lead-men-paralympics Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Over the past decade, more than 3,000 Pakistani soldiers have been killed in the war against Islamist militants along the border with Afghanistan. We're about to hear a story now about some of the nearly 10,000 who have come home but wounded. Many end up in the Armed Forces Institute for Rehabilitative Medicine in Rawalpindi. It's the top veterans hospital in Pakistan. Sat, 05 Jan 2013 00:02:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 29971 at http://kcur.org The Tony Soprano Of Karachi: Gangster Or Politician? http://kcur.org/post/tony-soprano-karachi-gangster-or-politician Gangsters have been part of life in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, for decades. And nowhere is their rule more notorious than in the slums of Lyari, a dusty warren of low-slung tenement houses in the south central part of Karachi.<p>And in Pakistan, they are a little different from the American variety. They are part Tony Soprano — with the attendant extortion schemes and kickbacks and armed enforcers — but they are also, in a sense, politicians closely aligned to the various political parties. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 16:01:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 29832 at http://kcur.org The Tony Soprano Of Karachi: Gangster Or Politician? Pakistan's 'Patriot Act' Could Target Politicians http://kcur.org/post/pakistans-patriot-act-could-target-politicians Earlier this month, Pakistan's powerful Lower House of Parliament passed what analysts have dubbed Pakistan's Patriot Act. Its name here is "Investigation for Fair Trial Bill."<p>It has been presented to the Pakistani people as a way to update existing law and usher the rules for investigation in Pakistan into the 21st century. Among other things, it makes electronic eavesdropping admissible as evidence in court.<p>To American ears, the argument for the new law should sound vaguely familiar. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 08:49:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 29811 at http://kcur.org Pakistan's 'Patriot Act' Could Target Politicians 'One Pound Fish': A Pakistani Man's Passport To Fame http://kcur.org/post/pakistan-embraces-man-behind-one-pound-fish-viral-video <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_miGclPFGs</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 21:49:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 29801 at http://kcur.org 'One Pound Fish': A Pakistani Man's Passport To Fame Multiple Feuds Bring A Record Year Of Violence To Karachi http://kcur.org/post/multiple-feuds-bring-record-year-violence-karachi The sad truth about Karachi in 2012 was that whatever your religion, business affiliation, or political party, someone was willing to kill you for it.<p>The murder rate in Pakistan's largest city and commercial hub hit an all time high last year. Over 2,500 people died in violent crimes in Karachi in 2012, a 50 percent increase over the year before.<p>Most of the deaths were attributable to sectarian killings and score settling. Shia Muslims took on the brunt of the violence. Tue, 01 Jan 2013 07:59:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 29779 at http://kcur.org Multiple Feuds Bring A Record Year Of Violence To Karachi Street Signs Intended To Give Pakistani City New Direction http://kcur.org/post/street-signs-intended-give-pakistani-city-new-direction Landlords built Lahore in a haphazard way over centuries. They didn't concern themselves with city grids or sensible mapping. As a result, Lahore is renowned in Pakistan for being almost impossible to navigate.<p>And that's where Asim Fayaz and Khurram Siddiqi come in.<p>Fayaz and Siddiqi won a $10,000 grant from TED, the U.S.-based foundation that promotes ideas in a variety of fields and often helps fund them. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:10:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 29706 at http://kcur.org Street Signs Intended To Give Pakistani City New Direction In Pakistan, Tax Evaders Are Everywhere — Government Included http://kcur.org/post/pakistan-tax-evaders-are-everywhere-government-included Tax evasion is a chronic problem in Pakistan — only about 2 percent of the population is registered in the tax system, and the government collects just <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/12/pakistan-politicians-tax-evasion">9 percent</a> of the country's wealth in taxes, one of the lowest rates in the world.<p>But now <a href="http://www.cirp.pk/Electronic%20Copy.pdf" target="_blank">a new investigative report</a> is making headlines. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:29:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 29286 at http://kcur.org In Pakistan, Tax Evaders Are Everywhere — Government Included Gunmen In Pakistan Target Polio Vaccinators http://kcur.org/post/gunmen-pakistan-target-polio-vaccinators Pakistani gunmen staged new attacks Wednesday on health workers carrying out a nationwide polio vaccination program. Six workers were killed Tuesday as they went house to house to administer the immunizations to area children in Karachi and the northwest city of Peshawar.<p>Although there were additional attacks, the Pakistani government vowed to continue the vaccination campaign — and eradicate the disease — even if there is bloodshed.<p>"We're committed to this program," said Altaf Boson, who is the national coordinator for monitoring Pakistan's polio vaccination program. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 09:53:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 29247 at http://kcur.org Gunmen In Pakistan Target Polio Vaccinators Recovery To Take 'Quite A Long Time' In Storm-Ravaged Breezy Point http://kcur.org/post/recovery-take-quite-long-time-storm-ravaged-breezy-point Anyone who traveled to Breezy Point, Queens, in New York City in the aftermath of <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=163930451" target="_blank">Superstorm Sandy</a>, even as recently as a few of days ago, would have needed an SUV — its main thoroughfare was under 3 feet of water. Today, you can see pavement. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 08:31:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 27054 at http://kcur.org Recovery To Take 'Quite A Long Time' In Storm-Ravaged Breezy Point