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Indiana’s U.S. Senators say they want to dig more into the details of President Donald Trump’s strategy for the war in Afghanistan.

Trump addressed the nation Monday on America’s 16-year presence in the east Asian nation. He promised a focus on eliminating terrorists, not “nation-building.” The president also declined to set a timetable for the conflict’s de-escalation and announced an increase in troop numbers.

Joe Donnelly

Not long after the arrest last week of a Brownsburg teen accused of trying to join the Islamic State, U-S Senator Joe Donnelly met with FBI officials in Indianapolis Monday.

Donnelly says the FBI is working hard to protect Hoosiers but didn’t give any specifics, saying his meeting with the FBI centered on the bureau’s counterterrorism efforts, coordination with local law enforcement and what it needs from Congress.

But Donnelly provided few details about those efforts or an estimate of the number of homegrown terrorism investigations in Indiana.

FBI Arrests Brownsburg Man They Say Wanted To Join ISIL

Jun 21, 2016
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

The FBI arrested a Brownsburg, Indiana, man on Tuesday for attempting to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Agents took Akram Musleh, 18, into custody while he was attempting to board a bus from Indianapolis to New York.

The FBI believes Musleh planned to fly to Morocco en route to ISIL-controlled territory where he planned to support the U.S. designated terrorist group and fight for the organization.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is challenging Donald Trump's foreign-policy credentials as the Indiana primary draws closer.

Both Cruz and Trump have touted a bombs-away approach to ISIS, with Cruz saying he'd like to find out "whether sand glows in the dark" and Trump saying he'd "bomb the ---- out of them."

Cruz says Trump’s answer to a foreign policy question only makes matters worse.

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) / Facebook

Hoosier Islamic leaders are reacting to President Obama's call for American Muslims to help stop the spread of terrorism.

The President says that in the war on ISIS, American Muslim leaders must confront extremist ideology without excuse.

Islamic Society of North America spokesman Edgar Hopida agrees American Muslims must denounce the messages of groups like the so-called Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

“One of the things that we should do is continue to legitimize what mainstream Islam is all about and delegitimize what extremist rhetoric is going on,” Hopida says.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA News

Amid concerns about cost and effectiveness, the State Budget Committee tabled a vote Friday on adding new security measures to Indiana Statehouse entrances.

Some of the concern from Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) comes from the definition of the “turnstiles” the state proposes adding at a cost of nearly $900,000.

Kenley wondered how such equipment would stop people from entering the statehouse unmonitored, as happens with the current keycard system.

Kassig Family Praises Changes To U.S. Hostage Policy

Jun 25, 2015
the Kassig family

The families of hostages who have been killed by ISIS, including the family of Indianapolis-native Peter Kassig, say they are grateful the U.S. is making changes to its hostage policy, giving families of hostages more freedom to negotiate for their loved ones’ release.

Syrian Refugees Find New Homes In Indiana

May 6, 2015
Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The U.S. government estimates it will allow 2,000 Syrian refugees into the country this fiscal year and about the same number next year.

So far, three of those families have moved to Indianapolis.

While resettling refugees is never easy, Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Gretchen Frazee reports the ongoing civil war in Syria combined with the threat of ISIS is creating a particularly difficult situation.

Read more here.

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If you think all the news stories about the so-called Islamic State haven’t pervaded the culture in Indiana, both researchers and Muslim leaders say: think again.

Do a quick search on the NPR website for the term ISIS and you get just more than 1,100 results.  Check for the White House’s preferred term ISIL and it’s a scant 200. But search instead for that group’s go-to name, The Islamic State, and the number balloons to more than 8,000 hits – the majority of them in the last 12 months.

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The beheading of an Indiana native by the terrorist group known as ISIS, or the Islamic State, is again putting American Muslims on the defensive.

As they mourn the death of Peter Kassig, who’d converted to Islam and changed his first name to Abdul-Rahman, a Muslim name meaning “servant of the gracious,” Indiana Muslims find themselves again trying to convince those of other backgrounds that Islam doesn’t promote violence – only radical offshoots purporting to act in the name of Allah do.

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