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Americans commemorated 9/11 with solemn ceremonies and vows Wednesday to "never forget" 18 years after the deadliest terror attack on American soil.

The Unanswered Questions About Anthrax

May 17, 2019

Nowadays, many people associate anthrax with bioterrorism.

Indeed, the anthrax bacteria is "one of the biological agents most likely to be used" in terrorism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, because microscopic anthrax spores can be produced in a lab and be put into powders, sprays, food and water.

The FBI is investigating some 850 cases of domestic terrorism and considers it serious and persistent threat, the FBI's Michael McGarrity told the House Committee on Homeland Security on Wednesday.

McGarrity and his fellow national security officials then went on to explain to committee members why the U.S. doesn't have an explicit law allowing the federal government to criminally charge extremists with domestic terrorism.

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The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the devastating Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, according to a posting by the group's Amaq news agency Tuesday.

Without offering evidence of its involvement, the group commonly known as ISIS said the suicide attacks that killed more than 320 people were carried out by "fighters of the Islamic State."

Terrorists attacked an upscale hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, sending people fleeing in panic as explosions and heavy gunfire reverberated through the neighborhood.
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The father of the American killed in the attack in Kenya's capital says his son worked in the complex and often ate at a cafe in the luxury hotel targeted by the gunmen.

What European Officials Are Doing To Fight Terrorism

Oct 19, 2016
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Since "Charlie Hebdo," France, Belgium and other European countries continue to be major targets for ISIS. Earlier this week on Think, Krys Boyd talked with Sebastian Rotella, a reporter for Pro-Publica, about what top security officials in the region are doing to prevent future attacks

Lawrence Wright On The Rise Of Terror

Oct 4, 2016
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Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright has investigated the evolution of al-Qaeda and ISIS, as well as the changing U.S. response to terrorist groups. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with The New Yorker staff writer about his new book “The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State.” 

America's Never-Ending State Of War

Aug 15, 2016
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The United States spends over $600 billion on the military and defense. That’s more than the next seven countries combined and 10 times the budget of the State Department.

Updated 4 a.m. ET Friday:

The French interior minister says 84 people have been killed. The four new reported deaths are thought to have come from the list of critically injured.

Updated 11 p.m. ET Thursday:

A truck drove into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, killing dozens of people on Thursday evening. The French interior minister says 80 people have been killed and 18 are in critical condition.

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The Orlando nightclub shooting has prompted businesses across the country and in North Texas to boost security. In Dallas, police are working with the FBI to watch over entertainment districts, like gay-friendly Oak Lawn. But some national security experts argue ramping up security in everyday spots may not be the most effective solution.

Houston Iraqi Refugee Arrested On Terrorism Charges

Jan 8, 2016
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Federal agents have arrested a 24-year-old Iraqi man who immigrated to Houston four years ago and charged him as a terror suspect allegedly aligned with the Islamic State, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Houston.

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Yesterday, President Obama announced plans for air strikes in Syria and Iraq against the terrorist group ISIS - and today marks 13 years since the 9/11 attacks. The question has resurfaced: how similar is ISIS to Al Qaeda? Two foreign policy experts debated that today on Think ahead of a panel discussion at SMU.

The city of Boston and surrounding suburbs are locked down as hundreds of law enforcement officers bear down on the one living suspect. PBS NewsHour is covering the story live.