Coping with Terrorism/taliban

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In the last month or so since ISIS formed, or at least since the news told us about it, it seems like we or I never hear about the Taliban and Al Queida anymore. Did they all merge or go away or is the news just not saying anything about it?

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Hi and thank you for your question.

The Taliban, Al Qaeda, and many other terrorist and extremist groups are still alive and well.  The Islamic State just happens to be the most active group at this particular point in time.

Major media organizations tend to report on the most active, extreme, or interesting individuals, groups, and events.  If you're interested in groups that are not being featured in the news, you'll likely be able to find deeper insight and analysis in foreign policy magazines and journals as Foreign Policy or Foreign Affairs, both of which you can find on the web.

I hope this helps.

Jack

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Terrorism, political violence and asymmetric warfare; terrorist weapons, tactics and targeting; terrorist IEDs and bombing tactics; critical infrastructure protection; water system security; transportation security, especially aviation and rail security; the application of security technology as part of a comprehensive protective strategy. I also maintain a small library and archive on these issues so I can suggest books and other reference works to those who are interested in these subjects.

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I've been studying terrorism and working in the anti-terrorism field since the late 1980's. I've been involved in a range of projects including threat, vulnerability and risk assessments; security planning; security policy and procedure development; emergency response procedure development; crisis management planning; open-source research on terrorism and related issues; training program development; exercise design and evaluation. I've provided these services to airports; airlines; rail terminals; ports; utilities; schools; law enforcement agencies; fire departments; federal, state and local governments; and corporations.

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