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Fox PoliticsApr 21, 2019
BuzzFeed News editor takes heat for suggesting Trump would be more outraged if Sri Lanka victims were white
A BuzzFeed News world editor faced backlash Sunday for taking a swipe at President Trump while tweeting an article about the attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter.

Foreign PolicyApr 21, 2019
What's Behind the Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka?
Coordinated blasts recall the island country's violent past.

The Daily BeastApr 21, 2019
Is Sri Lanka Easter Massacre a Bid to Revive Global Holy War?
STR/GettyNEW YORK—"It's really a shame it had to come to this," said an NYPD counterterrorism officer who was posted Sunday morning outside a Catholic church on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Inside, the pews were filled with the faithful at Easter mass.

I asked her if she and her colleague were there because hundreds of people were killed hours earlier, halfway around the world, at Easter services in Sri Lanka. No, she said, this deployment in New York was scheduled months ago, but she understood the question perfectly well.

Christian churches, along with Jewish synagogues, Buddhist shrines, and Shiite Muslim mosques have been prime targets for violent jihadists, whether from the so-called Islamic State, Al Qaeda, or groups or individuals most of the world has never heard of.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Easter Sunday Bombs in Sri Lanka Target Christians and Tourists, Kill Hundreds (The Daily Beast)

Department of Homeland Security NewsApr 21, 2019
Acting Secretary McAleenan Statement on Sri Lanka Attacks
On April 21, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan released the following statement in response to the reported terror attacks in Sri Lanka:

"On behalf of the men and women of DHS, I want to express condolences and sympathies for those affected by the Easter Sunday attack on multiple hotels and places of worship in Sri Lanka.  

"DHS stands resolutely with persons of every faith who look to worship in safety and peace. We will continue our work with partners around the world to ensure that all are able to worship without fear.

"As the Department has made clear regarding attacks on members of multiple faiths: religious liberty for all is a hallmark of this country and attacks on peaceful people in their places of worship are abhorrent and must not be allowed.

"At this time we are not aware of any current, credible or active threat domestically. Regardless, the Department is doing all it can to protect the homeland from potential violent extremists.

"We will continue to monitor the situation as the response to this tragedy unfolds and investigations continue."

Keywords: countering terrorism, countering violent extremism

Trump offers condolences on lethal Sri Lanka Easter attacks (Politico)
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