Terrorist Attack Cycle Timeline

May 14 2015

Don't Take Terrorism Threats at Face Value

Individuals and groups with the capability to commit hostile acts generally will.
May 01 2015

Syria: Rebels Advance Into Alawite Heartland

Islamist rebels continued to fight with the Syrian army in Latakia province, Reuters reported May 1.
Apr 30 2015

Foiled Frankfurt Attack Highlights Continuing Grassroots Challenge

The suspects made themselves vulnerable to detection at two points in the terrorist attack cycle.
Apr 19 2015

Domestic Terrorism Threat Lingers 20 Years After Oklahoma City

The danger of terrorism from within remains a persistent, albeit low-level, threat in the United States and elsewhere.
Apr 02 2015

Recent Arrests Confirm Jihadist Trends

A thwarted attack shows how the mindset of grassroots jihadists has changed.
Jan 22 2015

Jihadism in 2014: The Grassroots Threat

Recent events have thrust grassroots jihadism into the forefront of the discussion on countering terrorism.
Jan 15 2015

Learning from the Latest U.S. Counterterrorism Sting

The operation to arrest a man from Cincinnati, Ohio, planning a terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol shows how the jihadist threat in the United States is different from the one Europe faces.
Jan 14 2015

Al Qaeda Branch Claims Credit for Paris Shooting

Despite the group's claims, the Jan. 7 attack appears to be a textbook case of leaderless resistance.
Jan 07 2015

Tactics Suggest Overseas Jihadi Training in Paris Newspaper Shooting

Similar attacks will continue in the West as long as jihadism survives as an ideology.
Dec 28 2014

U.S. Navy Lasers Offer a Glimpse of the Future

The evolution of a floating laser weapon system presents tantalizing possibilities, but, for now, naval warfare will remain reliant on kinetic weapons such as cannons and missiles.

In most terrorist attacks violence seems spontaneous, but it is usually the result of meticulous planning and coordination. Preventing an attack must be accomplished early in the "attack cycle," long before the violence occurs.

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