Tsarnaev: The noose tightens

By: Friday March 20, 2015 3:00 pm

The pipe bombs were made out of a metal elbow pipe two inches in diameter. Metal BBs were epoxied to the inside wall of the pipe. The pipe was then packed with black gunpowder and the ends were sealed. Finally, a green hobby fuse was inserted into a hole that had been drilled in the elbow. These improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are an improvement over pipe bombs because they resemble a grenade that can be thrown more accurately than a pipe bomb and, unlike a pipe bomb that can roll away from a target before it detonates, the elbow bomb is more likely to stick where it lands and detonate closer to the target. This innovation required some thought and could only have been motivated by a desire to increase the number of people killed and injured.


U.S. Anti-ISIS Recruitment Videos: Why They Don’t Work

By: Friday November 7, 2014 8:06 am

The U.S., via the State Department, is spending considerable effort and money producing anti-ISIS videos and other media (actual example, left), the goal of which is to convince American and other would-be jihadis not to join ISIS. The efforts won’t work, almost can’t work. They fail to understand the way ISIS recruits and as such, can’t counter it.

Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Mistake

By: Friday August 8, 2014 9:14 am

As America goes back to war in Iraq with airstrikes, here’s what to know and do instead…

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Malcolm Nance, An End to Al-Qaeda: Destroying Bin Laden’s Jihad and Restoring America’s Honor

By: Sunday May 23, 2010 2:00 pm

[Welcome Malcolm Nance, and Host Matt Duss] [As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book.  Please take other conversations to a previous thread.  - bev] An End to Al-Qaeda: Destroying Bin Laden’s Jihad and Restoring America’s Honor Few Americans can claim the knowledge of radical terrorist ideologies that Malcolm Nance can. [...]

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