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House backs measures asserting congressional war powers

By MATTHEW DALY | January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Refocusing a debate on war and peace in the midst of the Senate impeachment trial, the Democratic-controlled House on Thursday approved measures reasserting congressional authority over war powers.In separate votes, the House passed...

US military chief in Africa argues for vital US presence

By CARLEY PETESCH and CARA ANNA | January 30, 2020

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The head of U.S. military forces in Africa argued Thursday against troop cuts on the vast and booming continent, saying strategic partnerships in combating a growing extremist threat and assertive Chinese and Russian influence...

Terror attacks drop, but Pakistan ‘not out of the woods’

By KATHY GANNON | January 30, 2020

GUJRANWALA, Pakistan (AP) — Terror attacks in Pakistan plummeted by more than 85% over the last decade. It's a welcome statistic for the country, but one that risks being overshadowed by international concern over its efforts to curb terror funding...

Allies worry as US ponders cutting military forces in Africa

By CARLEY PETESCH | January 29, 2020

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — As extremist violence grows across Africa, the United States is considering reducing its military presence on the continent, a move that worries its international partners who are working to strengthen the fight in the tumultuous...

Alumnus writes about media’s influence in perpetuating stereotypes and terrorism

By Northern Star Staff | February 22, 2018

An NIU alumnus plans to release a book that mentions his experience of the Feb. 14, 2008, shooting and the media’s response to acts of violence and terrorism.NIU alumnus John Maszka, began writing his upcoming book, Washington’s Dark Secret: The Real...

A boy skates by a painted wall reading Paris, I love you on Nov. 22. As Paris reeled from the worst attacks France has known since the end of World War II, its street artists took to city walls and billboards to paint notes of defiance. 

NIU student tells of experience in Paris after attacks

By Keith Hernandez | December 3, 2015

NIU student Andrew Daw was enjoying the Paris nightlife with friends on Nov. 13 when gunshots rang out a couple streets over.Daw, a senior French business translation major, didn’t hear the commotion from inside a taxi cab on the way to The Labo, a...

A man lights a candle which forms a peace sign during a candlelight vigil for the Paris attacks Wednesday in the town square of Molenbeek, Belgium. After a Wednesday morning raid in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis, authorities could not immediately confirm whether Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian Islamic State militant, was killed or arrested. Both Abaaoud and the Abdeslam brothers, that also participated in the attacks, grew up in the same neighborhood of Molenbeek. 

Students to hold vigil for terror attack victims

By Northern Star staff | November 18, 2015

NIU students will hold a candle light vigil Thursday for the victims of recent terror attacks in several countries.More than 300 people have died in terror attacks this year in Beirut, Kenya and France, the latter of which occurred Friday. Anne Seitzinger,...

It’s all about how you define it

By David Thomas | November 28, 2010

Is Luke Skywalker a terrorist? Well, it depends on your definition of terrorism. He can the fit the role of freedom fighter, but he is also regarded as a terrorist. Same with the Galactic Empire. Do you consider its actions to be necessary in maintaining...

What’s terrorism, and how should the U.S. respond 9 years after 9/11?

By Adam Brown | September 12, 2010

Terrorism as a force, is an idea has existed in many forms for decades--or centuries--depending on how one looks at it. It has no nationality, ethnicity or race. There has existed church-sanctioned terrorism throughout the Middle Ages, Buddhist car bombers...