Lone Wolves or Known Wolves?

On this week’s edition of The Watchman, we sit down with terrorism expert Patrick Poole to discuss the “known wolf” phenomenon in Western jihadi attacks. February 25, 2015

Blind to Terror: Govt’s Disastrous Muslim Outreach Efforts

Why has the U.S. government called certain Islamic groups supporters of terror in federal court, and then turned around and called these same organizations “moderates” and embraced them as outreach partners? In a number of cases from the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations, the leaders of these organizations (some of whom are now in federal…

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5 Key Implications if Baghdad Falls to ISIS

By Patrick Poole, October 2014 Reports that ISIS has surrounded Baghdad and is quickly closing in on the Baghdad International Airport (armed with MANPADS, no less) are troubling. Baghdad itself has been rocked by a series of VBIED attacks in the past 24 hours by ISIS, indicating that the battle for Baghdad has begun. The…

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Benghazi: US Foreign Policy and the Influence of Shariah Doctrine

Three of America’s top experts on the shariah doctrinal threat to national security. Stephen Coughlin, Dr. Andrew Bostom and Diana West, were joined by Frank Gaffney to discuss, “Benghazi: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Influence of Shariah Doctrine” at Hillsdale College in Washington, DC, November 13, 2012, presented by the Center for Security Policy.

Who’s Innocent, According to Shariah?

Muslim Brotherhood front groups and their apologists never tire of pointing out the strict Koranic injunctions against killing innocents. This is, of course, dissembling. In a rare radio interview, Major Stephen Coughlin (expert in Islamic law and former adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff) tackles an issue of the utmost importance: who is innocent…

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Stephen Coughlin

Coughlin for Beginners

By Jeffrey Breinholt, CounterterrorismBlog.org, Major Steve Coughlin has been in the news lately. Little of the attention has focused on his ideas, rather than the intrigue surrounding the non-renewal of his contact as a briefer for the Joint Chiefs of Staffs, supposedly because he violated the sensibilities of the current climate. Meanwhile, his 300-page master’s…

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Lectures on National Security & Counterterror Analysis

Over more than a decade following 9/11, Stephen Coughlin was one of the US government’s most astute and objective analysts, and an expert in the connections between Islamic law, terrorism and the jihadist movement around the globe. Through knowledge of published Islamic law, Coughlin had an demonstrated ability to forecast events both in the Middle…

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To Our Great Detriment: Ignoring What Extremists Say About Jihad

To Our Great Detriment: Ignoring What Extremists Say About Jihad is the unclassified thesis submitted by Major Stephen Coughlin, Military Intelligence, USAR, NDIC Class 2007 to the faculty of the National Defense Intelligence College in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence, July 2007. CONTENTS Chapter One…

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