Ohio State Attack 'Has Its Roots in the United States'

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Media Outlet: CNN

Peter Bergen and David Sterman wrote for CNN about the Ohio State attack:

The violence this week on the campus of Ohio State University has, like previous attacks before it, provoked an outcry of fear and calls for greater security measures to protect Americans against terrorism. And yet, like other incidents before it, this attack was carried out by a terrorist whose inspiration to act reportedly came from within, not beyond, America's national borders.
On Monday, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an 18-year-old legal resident of the United States whose family had fled Somalia, rammed a car into a group of people at Ohio State University whom he then attacked with a knife, injuring 11 before being killed by a police officer.
In a message that Artan is believed to have posted on Facebook minutes before the attack, he urged readers to "listen ... to our hero Imam Anwar al-Awlaki."


David Sterman is a senior policy analyst in New America's International Security program. He holds a master's degree from Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies.

Peter Bergen is a journalist, documentary producer, vice president at New America, CNN national security analyst, professor of practice at Arizona State University, and the author or editor of seven books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers and four of which were named among the best non-fiction books of the year by The Washington Post.