Walid Phares

Director of the Future of Terrorism Project, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies'

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Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and Director of its Future of Terrorism project; instructor in Global Strategies at National Defense University in Washington DC; author of Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against the West, The War of Ideas: Jihadism against Democracies, and The Confrontation: Winning the war against Future Jihad

Walid Phares on KCRW

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In 2001, Scottish judges  convicted Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi  and sentenced him to a minimum of 27 years for planting the bomb on Pan Am Flight 103 that killed 270 people in…

Convicted Bomber Released but Lockerbie Case Far from Over

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