U.S. Should Better Define Radical Islamist Threat

(AP) Lolita C. Baldor - The Obama administration's recent move to drop rhetorical references to Islamic radicalism is drawing fire in a new report by counter-terror experts at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The experts argue that the U.S. could clearly articulate the threat from radical Islamic extremists "without denigrating the Islamic religion in any way." The critics argue the need for an ideological counterattack, with policies and programs that empower moderate Islamic voices and contest extremist narratives. "There is an ideology that is driving al-Qaeda and its affiliates," said Matt Levitt, one of the authors of the study.

2010-07-13 10:29:15

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