Joseph Ax, Reuters: Wolf dens, not lone wolves, the norm in U.S. Islamic State plots
If Omar Mateen acted alone in plotting the massacre of 49 people at Orlando's Pulse gay nightclub, he would be the exception rather than the rule in U.S. cases involving suspected Islamic State supporters.
Sunday's worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history prompted renewed warnings from officials of "lone wolf" attackers, a term that commonly invokes images of isolated individuals, radicalized online by violent propaganda and plotting alone.
But a Reuters review of the approximately 90 Islamic State court cases brought by the Department of Justice since 2014 found that three-quarters of those charged were alleged to be part of a group of anywhere from two to more than 10 co-conspirators who met in person to discuss their plans.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 16, 2016
What Obama Actually Thinks About Radical Islam -- Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic
CIA: Islamic State now bigger than al Qaeda at its height -- Washington Examiner
At the Gates of Fallujah -- Ambassador Ryan Crocker, The Cipher Brief
The Danger of Killing Islamic State's Caliph -- Tobin Harshaw, Bloomberg
What America Keeps Getting Wrong in the Middle East -- Chas Freeman, National Interest
Has the West Forgotten Ukraine? -- Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe
The world is on hold over the EU referendum. Why have we failed to notice? -- Mary Dejevsky, The Independent
In febrile UK referendum, a brutal murder -- Peter Apps, Reuters
NATO's Next Act: How to Handle Russia and Other Threats -- Philip M. Breedlove, Foreign Affairs
NATO Summit 2016: Alliance Members Must Commit to Increased Defense Spending -- Daniel Kochis and Luke Coffey, Heritage Foundation
Is Paris burning? Recurring violence dogs France's image -- Gina Doggett, AFP
Can Venezuela Be Helped Off the Ledge? -- david Ignatius, Washington Post
The Coming Constitutional Crisis Over Hillary Clinton’s EmailGate -- John R. Schindler, Observer
Facing Some Truths Behind the Florida Massacre -- George Friedman, Geopoltiical Futures
Where Do Flags Come From? -- Ben Nadler, The Atlantic