VOCABULARY:

 

INFORMATION:

  • Combating Terrorism Center
    "Situated at the nexus of theory and practice, the Combating Terrorism Center serves as an important national resource that rigorously studies the terrorist threat and provides policy-relevant research while moving the boundaries of academic knowledge. The CTC’s distinguished scholars, international network of experts, and access to senior U.S. government leadership set it apart from any other like enterprise."

    We teach - We research - We advise
    (ctc.usma.edu)

  • Mapped: 2015 was Europe's most dangerous year in a decade for terrorism - interactive map - 12 April 2016
    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

  • Pakistan explosion leaves many dead at Lahore park - 27 March 2016
    "At least 60 people have been killed and scores of others injured in an explosion at a park in the Pakistani city of Lahore, officials say...
    Police told the BBC it appeared to be a suicide bomb."

    (BBC)
  • At Least 50 Dead in Pakistan Suicide Bombing - Text + Audio - 27 March 2016
    "Attack happened at a crowded public park in the eastern city of Lahore Sunday night. More than 300 were wounded.
    Also, thousands of protesters gathered in Islamabad."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • America Faces Many Security Challenges - Text + Audio + Video - 12 February 2016
    "James Clapper and Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart oversee US intelligence operations.
    At a senate hearing, they said computer crime and nuclear weapons are among the serious security problems.
    But they said the Islamic State terror group is the biggest threat."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Boko Haram deployed about 100 women and girls for suicide bombings since June 2014, UN said http://nyti.ms/20YO2oW
    (twitter.com)
  • Twitter suspends 125,000 'terrorism' accounts - 5 February 2016
    "Twitter says it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 "for threatening or promoting terrorist acts".

    (BBC)
  • Suicide Attack Kills 26 in Pakistan - Text + Audio - 2 January 2016
    "The year closes in Pakistan with one of the country’s worst suicide bombings.
    The explosion occurred in the Pakistani city of Mardan.
    The blast took place outside the door of a government office.
    The office was the National Database and Registration Authority."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Australian teen pleads guilty to terror charge - 14 December 2015
    "The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty to engaging in an act in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act between 25 April and 8 May this year."

    (BBC)
  • Sydney police arrest teenager and man over 'terror plans' - Article + Video + Photos - 10 December 2015
    "Police in Sydney have arrested a 15-year-old and a 20-year-old in a counter-terror operation."

    + Timeline of recent Australia terror incidents
    (BBC)
  • Investigators: Shooters Planned California Attack for a Year - Text + Audio - 9 December 2015
    "The shooters who killed 14 in California appear to have planned their attack.
    And because they were Muslim, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he wants to temporarily ban Muslims
    from entering the United States, even those who are U.S. citizens."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Obama addresses the USA - 7 December 2015
    "Obama tries to ease anxiety over terrorism with Oval Office address"
    David Nakamura (The Washington Post, 06/12/2015)

    (cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais)
  • In Rare Oval Office Address, Obama Tries to Calm Americans - Text + Video - 7 December 2015
    "U.S. President Barack Obama made a rare televised address from the Oval Office on Sunday night
    to calm Americans’ fears after the attacks in San Bernardino and Paris."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

     

 

  • Transcript of President Obama's Oval Office Address, Dec. 6, 2015 - Text + Video
    "Good evening. On Wednesday, 14 Americans were killed as they came together to celebrate the holidays.
    They were taken from family and friends who loved them deeply.
    They were white and black; Latino and Asian; immigrants and American-born; moms and dads; daughters and sons..."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Suicide Bombers Kill 30 in Market Attack in Chad - Text + Audio - 5 December 2015
    "Three suicide bombers attacked markets towns on the shores of Lake Chad, killing at least 30 and injuring 80 others Saturday.
    No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. But the region is a target of Islamist militant group Boko Haram from Nigeria."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Deaths by terrorism, 2001-2014 - with interactive maps
    "The maps ... show fatal terrorist attacks worldwide, month by month. Circle sizes signify number of victims.
    Click of the "Visible layers" tab to view summaries of each attack.
    The data were collected by the University of Maryland, which defines terrorism as "threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non‐state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation."
    See the database documentation for the group's complete criteria for counting attacks as terrorism. 
    MORE: Infographic of all terrorism deaths, country by country"

    (projects.oregonlive.com)
  • The plague of global terrorism - 18 November 2015
    + Jihadist friends and foes
    + Islamic
    State and the Middle Eastern mesh
    (economist.com)
  • 12 killed as blast targets bus in Tunisian capital - 25 November 2015
    "The blast was the latest in a series of brutal terrorist attacks that have battered the nation in recent months.
    In March, more than 20 people were killed when terrorists attacked the Bardo National Museum in Tunis. 
    The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the museum attack, although authorities later blamed a wing of rival al-Qaeda.
    Three months later, 38 people were killed when a radicalized Muslim gunman opened fire in a crowded hotel in the tourist city of Soussa."

    (usatoday.com)
  • National emergency? Belgians respond to terror raids with cats - with PICTURES - 23 November 2015
    "An official request for citizens to avoid tweeting anything that could inform terrorists what is going on resulted in a national outbreak of pet pics...
    Instead of speculation about the sort of threat police might be reacting to, many people used the #BrusselsLockdown hashtag to post pictures of their pets."

    (theguardian.com)

 

  • Brussels lockdown: Belgian police arrest 16 in anti-terror raids - Article + Photo + Videos - 23 November 2015
    (BBC)
  • Mali hotel attack: 'No more hostages' after special forces raid - 20 November 2015
    "Malian officials say suspected Islamist gunmen who stormed a hotel in the capital, Bamako, have "no more hostages".
    The Radisson Blu Hotel was stormed by special forces after the gunmen entered the hotel,
    shooting and shouting "God is great!" in Arabic, and seized 170 people.
    The US-owned hotel is popular with foreign businesses and airline crews."

    + In pictures: Mali hotel attack
    (BBC)
  • 22 Killed at Hotel in Mali - Text + Audio - 20 November 2015
    "Gunmen shouting "God is great" took over a luxury hotel and seized 170 hostages in the African country of Mali on Friday.
    The Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital of Mali, is popular with international visitors.
    Officials say U.N. and Malian troops have surrounded the hotel."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • What should you do in an attack? - 19 November 2015
    "Attacks of the magnitude of those that took place in Paris, killing 129 people and injuring more than 400, are extremely rare.
    The authorities do prepare for these emergencies but what advice is there for ordinary people?"

    (BBC)
  • Fear of Terrorism Spreads Far Beyond Paris - Text + Audio - 18 November 2015
    "Planes being rerouted, trains delayed to check suspicious packages and cancelled trips are just some of the effects of recent terrorist attacks."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Nigeria Bomb Kills More Than 30, Wounds 80 - Text + Audio - 18 November 2015
    "Terrorism continued to spread this week as Boko Haram claimed responsibility for an explosion in Nigeria.
    The blast struck a market after sunset in the northeastern city of Yola."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Update: Encryption row intensifies - 18 November 2015
    "So, there have been a few important developments since I published my story looking at the encryption debate surrounding how terror groups can communicate."

    (encryption = "encodage" in French)
    (BBC)
  • Russia Says Explosives Brought Down Plane in Egypt - Text + Audio - 17 November 2015
    "Russia admits that last month’s airplane crash in Egypt was a terrorist attack.
    Explosives were found in the wreckage and luggage section of the airplane, said Russia’s Federal Security Service chief."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • How does IS communicate securely? - 17 November 2015
    "In the wake of the terrible events in Paris, governments around the world have renewed their calls for tech companies
    to design products that will allow law enforcement agencies to better monitor communications."

    (BBC)
  • Islamic State Called More Brutal Than Taliban- Text + Audio - 15 November 2015
    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • Overview of Terrorism
    Definition of terrorism :
    1. The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce esp. for political or religious purposes. 
    2. The state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
    + Causes + Effects...

    (hci.edu.sg)
  • Boston to mark anniversary of marathon bombing - 16 April 2014 - Article + Videos
    (BBC)
  • Pressure cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my! - 2 August 2013
    "It was a confluence of magnificent proportions that led six agents from the joint terrorism task force to knock on my door Wednesday morning...
    Googling of certain things was creating a perfect storm of terrorism profiling...
     I had researched pressure cookers. My husband was looking for a backpack..."

    (zerohedge.com)

 

TECHNOLOGY:

  • Explosives and Narcotics Detection
    "Fido X2 Ultra-lightweight Explosives Trace Detector identifies military, commercial, and homemade explosive threats by class collected from surfaces (particulate). On-screen prompts guide users through operation. It starts from cold in three minutes
    and has a battery that last up to three and a half hours."

    (flir.com)

 

PICTURES:

 

LISTENING:

  • Bombing Suspect Captured After Shootout with Police - Text + Audio + Photos + Video - 19 September 2016
    "The suspect in two bombings Saturday in New York and New Jersey has been captured after being wounded in a gun battle with police.
    The suspect has been identified as Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • President Obama Calls for Unity at Dallas Memorial - Text + Audio + Video - 13 July 2016
    "President Obama speaks in Dallas,Texas, at a memorial service for five fallen police officers.
    He addressed race relations in the United States, and called for unity."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Americans Looking Forward After a Week of Violence - Text + Audio - 11 July 2016
    "President Barack Obama will speak Tuesday at a Memorial Service for five police officers who died in a mass shooting last week in Dallas, Texas.
    The Texas shootings came the same week that two African-American men were killed by police in two other states."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Donald Trump Praises Saddam Hussein for Killing Terrorists - Text + Audio - 6 July 2016
    "He told supporters: “Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? He was a bad guy, really bad guy.
    But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists.
    He did that so good. They didn't read them the rights, they didn’t talk. They were a terrorist, it was over.”

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Suicide Bombers Attack Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport - Text + Audio + Video - 28 June 2016
    "Officials say suicide bombers attacked Istanbul's airport killing at least 28 people and injuring at least 60. No group has yet claimed responsibility."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Truck Bomb in Western Libya Kills at Least 50 - Text + Audio - 7 January 2016
    "Reports from Libya say a truck bombing has killed at least 50 people at a police training center.
    Many others were reported wounded.
    No terrorists or groups have claimed responsibility for the attack.
    A UN Support Mission leader in Libya called the bombing a suicide attack."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Suicide Attack Kills 26 in Pakistan - Text + Audio - 2 January 2016
    "The year closes in Pakistan with one of the country’s worst suicide bombings.
    The explosion occurred in the Pakistani city of Mardan.
    The blast took place outside the door of a government office.
    The office was the National Database and Registration Authority."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Terror Touches Nigeria, China, Norway - Text + Audio - 20 November 2015
    "Terror spread to Nigeria, China and Norway this week as dozens were killed in markets in Nigeria and two hostages were killed by Islamic State. They were Norwegian and Chinese nationals."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • As Paris Mourns, So Does Beirut - Text + Photos + Audio - 16 November 2015
    "International attention on the Paris attacks - both on traditional and social media - has led some people to ask a difficult question:
    Why Paris and not Beirut? Just two days before terror struck the French capital, Beirut, Lebanon, witnessed its worst suicide bombing
    in 20 years."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Italian Police Make Arrests in Terrorism Sweep - Text + Audio - 15 November 2015
    "Police in Europe won a battle in the war on terrorism Thursday with the announcement of arrests in a joint operation against suspected militants. Italy’s anti-terrorism chief, Giuseppe Governale, called the arrests “the most important international police operation in Europe in 20 years.” 

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

TERRORISM IN STOCKHOLM:

 

METRO EXPLOSION IN ST. PETERSBURG:

  • Deadly Bombing on St. Petersburg Subway - Text + Audio - 3 April 2017
    "A bombing of a subway in St. Petersburg killed 10 and injured dozens. It could have been worse.
    Officials said they deactivated a bomb hidden at another St. Petersburg subway station."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • St Petersburg metro explosion kills 11 in Russia - with a video and pictures - 3 April 2017
    "Eleven people have been killed and 45 injured in an explosion between two underground stations in St Petersburg."

    (BBC)

 

QUIZ:

  • .Terrorism - Multiple Choice Quiz - difficult, but interesting (interactive)
    (highered.mcgraw-hill.com)

 

LESSON PLAN: