Dina Temple-Raston

Adding to the coverage of NPR's national security team, Dina Temple-Raston reports about counterterrorism at home and abroad for NPR News. Her reporting can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines. She joined NPR in March 2007 fresh from a two year sabbatical in which she completed two books, learned Arabic and received a Master's Degree from Columbia.

A long-time foreign correspondent for Bloomberg News in Asia, Temple-Raston opened Bloomberg's Shanghai and Hong Kong offices working for both Bloomberg's financial wire and radio operations. She also served as Bloomberg News' White House correspondent during both Clinton administrations and covered financial markets and economics for both USA Today and CNNfn.

Temple-Raston is an award-winning author. Her first book, entitled A Death in Texas and about race in America, won the Barnes' and Noble Discover Award and was chosen as one of the Washington Post's Best Books of 2002. Her second book, on the role Radio Mille Collines played in fomenting the Rwandan genocide, was a Foreign Affairs magazine bestseller. She has two books related to civil liberties and national security. The first, In Defense of Our America (HarperCollins) written with Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the ACLU, looks at civil liberties in post-9/11 America. The other, The Jihad Next Door (Public Affairs), is about the Lackawanna Six, America's first so-called "sleeper cell" and the issues that face Muslims in America.

Temple-Raston holds a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a Master's degree from the Columbia University's School of Journalism. She was born in Belgium and French was her first language.

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6:02pm

Wed May 27, 2015
It's All Politics

For Next President, The Fight Against Extremism Will Hit Closer To Home

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:12 pm

A member of Iraq's government forces battling Islamic State fighters in Anbar province earlier this month.
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As candidates hit the campaign trail, NPR looks at four major issues the next president will face from Day 1 in office.

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4:30pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Parallels

'Haqqathon' Takes Anti-ISIS Fight To Cyberspace

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 9:24 am

Haqqathon-ers from the winning team, which developed the social media site Champions of Islam, at the event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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In Arabic, haqq is the word for truth.

Last week in the United Arab Emirates, group of Muslim scholars held what they called a "haqqathon" – a hackathon meant to create new ways for Islamic scholars to connect with young Muslims and, by doing so, defuse violent extremists like the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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1:03pm

Thu April 23, 2015
National Security

U.S. Counterterrorism Operations Kill 2 Hostages Of Al-Qaida

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And al-Qaida is at the center of a pretty stunning announcement from the White House this morning. President Obama said two hostages of al-Qaida, including an American, were killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation.

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6:00pm

Thu April 2, 2015
National Security

Two Women Arrested In Bomb Plot, American Al-Qaeda Member To Face Charges

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 7:27 pm

Two women who were roommates in Brooklyn, N.Y., have been arrested in a homegrown terrorism plot. Separately, a man thought to be one of the highest-ranking Americans in al-Qaeda will face charges in the U.S.

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6:28pm

Thu March 26, 2015
National Security

National Guardsman, Cousin Arrested For Trying To Join Islamic State

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

An Illinois National Guardsman and his cousin were arrested for allegedly conspiring to provide support to the self-proclaimed Islamic State. One of the men wanted to go to Syria to martyr himself, and the other planned to carry out an attack on a nearby military base in northern Illinois.

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6:28pm

Fri March 13, 2015
The Two-Way

CIA Chief Says Governing Is Too Big A Job For ISIS

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 3:38 pm

CIA Director John Brennan told an audience in New York on Friday that ISIS is facing internal divisions.
Richard Drew AP

CIA Director John Brennan told an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York today that the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, is facing dissension in its ranks and is finding it hard to govern the territory it controls. These are the same problems terrorist groups that try to govern have faced in the past.

The director was cautiously optimistic that the group, which stormed across Syria and Iraq last summer and has held much of the territory it captured since then, is stumbling.

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4:36pm

Thu February 26, 2015
National Security

Why A Young Minneapolis Man Wanted To Join ISIS

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 9:42 pm

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5:20pm

Thu January 29, 2015
Middle East

Woman Held By Jordan Has Close Ties To Islamic State

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 10:07 am

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5:24pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Europe

Paris Attacks Refocus Attention On Homegrown Terrorist Threats

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 6:38 pm

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6:03pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Parallels

French Prisons Prove To Be Effective Incubators For Islamic Extremism

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 7:57 pm

Cherif Kouachi, one of the brothers responsible for the Charlie Hebdo attacks, spent 20 months in Fleury-Merogis prison just outside Paris, where he crossed paths with a radical imam with ties to Osama bin Laden.This photo shows the men's building in May 2014.
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Among the sweeping changes France is proposing in the aftermath of this month's terrorist attacks in Paris are new measures to fight Islamic radicalization in its prisons. It is an enormous problem brought into starker relief because two of the suspects in the attacks earlier this month were products of the French penal system.

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4:59am

Thu January 22, 2015
Europe

'Charlie Hebdo' Gunmen Are Textbook Case Of Radicalization

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 7:57 pm

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11:28am

Fri January 9, 2015
News

What U.S. Officials Know Now About The Standoffs In France

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5:11pm

Wed January 7, 2015
Technology

FBI Offers New Evidence Connecting North Korea To Sony Hack

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 6:17 pm

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3:49am

Fri December 12, 2014
National Security

When Americans Head To Syria, How Much Of A Threat Do They Pose?

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 6:34 pm

Ana and John Conley, parents of defendant Shannon Conley, exit the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Denver following their daughter's plea hearing on Sept. 10. Shannon Conley, 19, pleaded guilty on a charge that she intended to wage jihad.
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Shannon Maureen Conley was just 19, barely out of high school and a convert to Islam, when she fell in love with a Tunisian man who said he was an Islamic State fighter in Syria. And, according to a criminal complaint, she wanted to leave her Denver suburb and join him.

Over the course of five months, the FBI talked to Conley nine times, trying to persuade her not to go to Syria.

But it didn't work. According to a local news report, her father tipped off the FBI after he found her one-way ticket from Denver to Turkey.

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5:15am

Thu December 11, 2014
National Security

ISIS Used Predatory Tools And Tactics To Convince U.S. Teens To Join

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 4:25 pm

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4:54am

Wed December 10, 2014
National Security

Report Reveals Deeply Misguided Interrogation Tactics, Feinstein Says

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 2:16 pm

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What has come to be known as the "Torture Report" by Senate investigators broke more new ground than expected. Lawmakers examined interrogations of terror suspects after 9/11.

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1:04pm

Fri October 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Al-Qaida Reasserts Itself With Khorasan Group

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 6:17 pm

Supporters of the al-Nusra Front protest in Aleppo, Syria, on Sept. 26, days after airstrikes there targeted the al-Qaida unit called Khorasan. U.S. officials say some top Khorasan leaders were embedded with the Nusra Front, al-Qaida's arm in Syria.
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One of the first targets of U.S. airstrikes in Syria was an al-Qaida unit that American officials call the Khorasan Group. Because few outside the intelligence community had ever heard of it, some critics have said Khorasan was created out of whole cloth to give the U.S. an excuse to bomb Syria.

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5:24am

Thu September 25, 2014
Middle East

Prominent Muslim Sheik Issues Fatwa Against ISIS Violence

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 9:55 am

Sheik Abdullah bin Bayyah is interviewed about his fatwa explaining why ISIS is wrong to claim that Islam supports violence and the establishment of a caliphate by force.
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In a speech before the U.N. General Assembly laying out a blueprint for the global battle against the group that calls itself the Islamic State, President Obama called on the world to take a stand against religious extremism. "The ideology of ISIL or al-Qaida or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed and confronted and refuted in the light of day," Obama said.

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2:45pm

Tue September 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Al-Qaida's Khorasan Group Led By Hard-Core Fighters

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 7:28 am

Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr., Joint Staff Director of Operations, speaks about airstrikes in Syria during a briefing at the Pentagon yesterday.
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While the al-Qaida offshoot known as the Khorasan Group only burst into the public consciousness in the past week, the group has been on the radar of counterterrorism officials for a while, and intelligence officials say they have tracked the individual members of the group for years.

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3:29am

Fri August 29, 2014
Parallels

For Islamic State, Hitting The U.S. May Not Be A Top Priority

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 12:04 pm

This image, posted on a militant website, shows an Islamic State fighter waving a flag from a captured government fighter jet in Raqqa, Syria. The group is well-funded and has gained territory over the past few months; that's raised some concerns in America, although experts say the organization is largely focused on regional goals.
AP

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently talked about the militants associated with the Islamic State, the group also known as ISIL or ISIS. He made them sound 10 feet tall.

"ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen," he said. "They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology [and] a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess; they are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we've seen."

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3:42am

Thu August 28, 2014
Parallels

Brooklyn Man Fights In Syria. Is He A Threat To The U.S.?

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 10:59 am

This image obtained by NPR shows Ahmed al-Moflihi, a Yemeni-American who is believed to have fought in the Syrian civil war.
NPR

Mocha Hookah is a little Middle Eastern restaurant and cafe on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn where you can pick up a shawarma gyro sandwich and a falafel platter and still get change back from your $20 bill. Walk inside and there's Arabic music, soccer games on flat screen televisions, and a hookah, or water pipe, set up at every table.

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3:39am

Wed August 27, 2014
Parallels

U.S. Officials Try To Gauge Threat From American Fighters In Syria

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 1:38 pm

American Eric Harroun threatened Bashar Assad on Facebook and YouTube. He spent six weeks fighting with a rebel army, a journey that did not end well for him.
ABC News YouTube

The heyday of "war tourism" was probably the 1930s, when a host of intellectuals and artists left the U.S. to bear witness to the Spanish Civil War. Ernest Hemingway wrote about it. George Orwell, just to name another, actually fought in it.

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4:10pm

Thu August 21, 2014
National Security

Failed Foley Rescue Reveals Challenges Faced By U.S. Intelligence

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 6:24 pm

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4:13pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Middle East

Militants Behead American Journalist, Leveling New Threats At U.S.

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 8:30 pm

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Today, American foreign policy intersected with personal tragedy. The parents of James Foley spoke about their son. He's the American journalist killed by the extremist group known as the Islamic State.

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6:15am

Fri August 1, 2014
The Two-Way

Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data To Changed Terrorist Behavior

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 5:28 am

This photo provided by The Guardian in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, in Hong Kong last year.
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Editor's note on Aug. 17 at 11:25 a.m. ET: A clarification and links to the ombudsman's critique of this post have been added.

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4:19pm

Fri July 18, 2014
News

Obama: U.S. Confident That Missile Came From Rebel-Held Region

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 7:54 pm

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5:14pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Parallels

Against 'Islamic State' Militants, Treasury May Need To Try New Tools

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:24 pm

In the fight against terrorist organizations, one weapon has been effective in the past: cutting off their funding.

Terrorist groups tend to get their money from outside donors or charities. But the Islamic State, the group that now controls huge areas of Syria and Iraq, doesn't get its money that way. So the methods the U.S. Treasury has used to fight terrorist groups in the past won't work as well.

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4:09pm

Thu July 3, 2014
Iraq

For Militants, Founding Of Caliphate Is Win In Rhetoric, Not Reality

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 6:26 pm

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12:43pm

Sat June 28, 2014
Iraq

Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 6:06 pm

This image posted on a militant website shows ISIS fighters marching in Raqqa, Syria, where the extremist group trains recruits, including Westerners.
AP

This week a young man in Texas became the first American to plead guilty to terrorism charges related to the recent fighting in Iraq.

Michael Wolfe, 23, was arrested just before he boarded a plane. He was on his way to join ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Sunni extremist group that has been storming its way across Iraq for the past two weeks.

ISIS and hundreds of other rebel groups in Syria have inspired thousands of young men around the world to leave their homes and join the fight.

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4:07pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Iraq

Insurgents Draw Westerners To Battle In Iraq And Syria

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 4:26 pm

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