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“The 'Legion of Brothers' that Routed the Taliban” CNN

Peter Bergen reviews the documentary feature Legion of Brothers, which tells the story of US Green Berets in Afghanistan and their defeat of Taliban forces in the days following 9/11. Bergen also gives additional overview and insights into US special forces and the public’s relationship with them.

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:The return of leftist terrorism?" CNN

Peter Bergen discusses the history of leftist terrorism in America and the risks of its resurgence in the wake of the attack against a Congressional Republican baseball practice.

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"Trump’s travel ban is useless. Terrorists mostly come from our own back yard." The Washington Post

Peter Bergen criticizes the Trump Administration’s travel ban as ineffective based on the statistics of who commits terrorist attacks in the United States.

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"7 questions about the London terror attacks" CNN

Peter Bergen discusses some of the key questions that will need to be answered in the aftermath of the June 2017 terror attacks in London, including the motivation for the attacks and whether they were directed or inspired by foreign terror groups like ISIS.

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"It could be a long, deadly Ramadan" CNN

Peter Bergen explores how recent calls for Ramadan violence from ISIS go against previous trends and could lead to an increase of terror attacks during the holy month

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"Bergen: A pattern in terror -- second generation, homegrown" CNN

Peter Bergen explains how most  terrorist attacks in the West since 9/11 have been committed by citizens or permanent residents and some of the psychological reasons why this may be the case.

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"Bergen: Key question for investigators: What kind of bomb was used in Manchester attack?" CNN

Peter Bergen explains how the nature of the construction of the bomb used in the Manchester bombing can give investigators clues into whether the attackers received training from, or had contact with, foreign terrorist groups like ISIS.

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"Bergen: The real reason Saudis rolled out the reddest of red carpets" CNN

Peter Bergen discusses some of the economic conditions and internal Saudi politics at work in the Saudi Arabian welcome of President Trump to Riyadh in May. Bergen also analyzes how Trump’s speech to leaders of the Muslim world and new arms deal with Saudi Arabia will affect Middle East relations going forward.

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“In Afghanistan, Trump is Poised to Re-Escalate a Hopeless War” The Atlantic

The Atlantic reports that the U.S. is considering increasing its presence in Afghanistan despite the lack of clear motivation or goal posts for success. The chances of foreign terrorist attacks in the U.S. has diminished.  Peter Bergen notes, “every lethal terrorist attack in the United States in the past decade and a half has been carried out by American citizens or legal permanent residents, operating either as lone wolves or in pairs, who have no formal connections or training from terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda or ISIS.”

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“Marines headed to southern Afghanistan, where Taliban are reversing previous victories” Marine Corps Times

The Marine Corps Times reports that 300 Marines will be deployed to Afghanistan to help Afghan troops stop the Taliban from gaining more territory. Peter Bergen said that an assessment by U.S. military commanders found that, “the Taliban control or contest a third of the population [in Afghanistan], which is about ten million people.”

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“Why the ‘mother of all bombs’ and why now?" CNN

Peter Bergen reports that the U.S. military dropped a Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb on an ISIS cave in Eastern Afghanistan. Bergen argues that the U.S. military should make a public statement saying that the U.S. military will have a continued presence in and not abandon Afghanistan. Bergen thinks that a U.S. military presence will contribute to the stability of the country and reduce the influence and spread of ISIS and the Taliban.

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“Trump’s attack on Syria -- a decisive action, a good speech, but now what?” CNN

Peter Bergen writes about the cruise missile attack in Syria ordered by Donald Trump. Bergen raises questions about the end goals and strategy of the U.S. involvement in Syria as well as the long term efficacy of the cruise missile attack. Bergen reports that Trump and his team have not offered substantive plans for addressing the complex situation in Syria.

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“Bergen: Trump’s menu of bad options for Syria” CNN

Peter Bergen examines possible courses of action that Donald Trump could choose following Bashar al-Assad’s chemical attack on Syrian citizens. A military option might be pursued without congressional authorization or an agreement from the United Nations.  All options will increase U.S. involvement in Syria and might complicate the U.S.’s relationship with Russia.

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“With Bannon out, White House gets serious about national security” CNN

Peter Bergen reports that Steve Bannon’s departure from the National Security Council leaves a stronger and more qualified council. Bergen reports that the qualified and staffed NSC stands in contrast to the lack of staffing at the State Department and the Department of Defense.

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“The likely culprits behind the St. Petersburg bombings” CNN

Peter Bergen and David Sterman report that the perpetrators of the St. Petersburg bombing were most likely ISIS or Chechen separatists. ISIS has focused attacks on Russia since around the time Russia began intervening in the Syrian civil war. Bergen and Sterman report that the 5,000 to 7,000 recruits who have joined ISIS from Russia and Central Asian countries exacerbate the threat.

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“US Expert: ‘Asri Is the Chief Bomb-Maker of al-Qaeda” Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat reports on Peter Bergen’s analysis of U.S. intelligence regarding bombs that are not detected with explosive detection devices in airports. Bergen explains that the foremost bomb-maker for al-Qaeda in Yemen, Ibrahim al Asiri, likely spread this knowledge to many people. Since airport security varies from country to country, the U.S. is now barring people from carrying laptops on certain flights to reduce the risk of explosives being hidden in the computers

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“WILL IRAQ SURVIVE VICTORY OVER ISIS IN MOSUL?” CNN

“Will Iraq survive victory over ISIS in Mosul?” CNN

Peter Bergen reports on the current complexities on the ground in Mosul.  There is concern that after the defeat of ISIS, the anti-ISIS alliances will be dissolved, leaving six different sects and ethnicities in the city,and creating a tenuous situation.  Iraq’s economic reliance on oil, when prices continue to drop is determined to be another unstable component in the recovery of Mosul.

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“LONDON SHOWS THE CHALLENGE OF PREVENTING LOW-TECH TERROR” CNN

“London shows the challenge of preventing low-tech terror” CNN

Peter Bergen reports on the terrorist attack in London. Bergen examines the recent history of vehicles being weaponized for terrorist attacks in Western countries, and concludes that within free societies, this type of attack is particularly hard to prevent. He says that the most useful information in preventing vehicle based attacks comes from the peers and families of those who might be radicalized.

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“Counterterrorism experts cite threat of remote-controlled “lone wolves” at hearing” Homeland Preparedness News

“Counterterrorism experts cite threat of remote-controlled “lone wolves” at hearing” Homeland Preparedness News

Homeland Preparedness News reports that a panel of counterterrorism experts spoke with lawmakers about new developments in the threat of domestic terrorism. Peter Bergen was one of the experts providing advice. Bergen advised against labeling the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, and expressed concern over the drone capabilities of Hezbollah and ISIS. Additionally, he recommended reinstating a ban on semiautomatic guns in the U.S..

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