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Al Qaeda most lethal terrorist ‘franchise’ in recent history: report

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Al Qaeda has been one of the most lethal terrorist organization in the world under the leadership of Osama bin Laden, according to an analysis by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland.

More than 600 groups have committed terrorist acts since 1998, with al Qaeda being responsible for less than 1 percent of all terrorist attacks. Although al Qaeda is responsible for a relatively low proportion of worldwide terrorist attacks, the group has been responsible for more than 20 percent of terrorism fatalities.

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“The terrorist organization Osama bin Laden founded, was responsible for fomenting more mass casualty attacks than any other group in recent history,” said START Director Gary LaFree, a University of Maryland professor responsible for assembling the world’s most comprehensive unclassified terrorism database.

LaFree told Raw Story that although bin Laden’s death has important symbolic value, he leaves behind “a whole set of groups that subscribe to many of the same values and beliefs.” Structurally, al Qaeda has “operated more like a franchise than a typical terrorist organization,” he noted, with groups like al Qaeda in Iraq, the Islamic Jihad of Yemen, and the Taliban replicating bin Laden’s organization.

START researchers Victor Asal and R. Karl Rethemeyer at the University of Albany have identified 33 separate terrorist groups with direct links and alliances to al Qaeda.


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‘Why do we need camo in space’: Trump’s Space Force ridiculed for woodland camouflage uniforms

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On Friday, the United States Space Force released an image of their new uniforms on Twitter.

The image shows a Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) for a four-star general in a woodland camouflage pattern, with a matching camo nametape.

https://twitter.com/SpaceForceDoD/status/1218335200964464650

However, many people were confused as to why the Space Force would use uniforms designed to blend in on earth.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/PostCultRev/status/1218351691021484032

Sorry for the question but why do we need camo in space?

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BUSTED: National Archives caught doctoring exhibit to remove criticism of President Trump from women

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The National Archives were caught editing an artifact from the Trump administration to remove criticism of the president, according to a bombshell new report in The Washington Post.

The newspaper reported on a "large color photograph" at the National Archives exhibit marking the centennial of women's suffrage.

"The 49-by-69-inch photograph is a powerful display. Viewed from one perspective, it shows the 2017 march. Viewed from another angle, it shifts to show a 1913 black-and-white image of a women’s suffrage march also on Pennsylvania Avenue. The display links momentous demonstrations for women’s rights more than a century apart on the same stretch of pavement. But a closer look reveals a different story," the newspaper noted.

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Dershowitz is running a ‘bizarro defense’ of Trump: Harvard Law colleague says ‘Alan is just completely wacko’

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Two of the most famous names associated with Harvard Law School had competing appearances on MSNBC on Friday.

It began when Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus, was interviewed MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber about his new role officially representing President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.

Dershowitz claimed that neither abuse of power nor obstruction of Congress count as "high crimes" under the constitution.

Professor Alan Dershowitz, who has also been associated with Harvard Law for five decades, was asked about Dershowitz's argument during an interview with Chris Hayes.

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