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Scores killed in Mubi bomb blast

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The Nation By: Agency Reporter Scores of people are feared dead following a bomb blast at a mosque in Dazala area of Mubi town in Adamawa on Tuesday. According to eyewitnesses, suspected suicide bomber around 5 am during the Muslim early morning prayers carried out the attack. “I counted 27 dead and 49 injured people as they are being evacuated to the hospital,” said one Mubi resident, who simply identified himself as Danladi. The Chairman of Mubi North, Alhaji Musa Bello who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said he would give details of the incidence later. “There are many casualties including dead but I cannot give you the exact figure now as we are trying to ascertain the damage”. Also confirming the incident, the Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, Mr Haruna Furo said his team are on their way to Mubi to assess the...
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by Anna Giaritelli - Washington Examiner The Transportation Security Administration is likely to screen 2.4 million air passengers each day during this coming Thanksgiving week, and could break the record of 2.71 million people screened in a single day in 2004.That record was set on Nov. 28, 2004, the Sunday after Thanksgiving.Record numbers are likely again this Thanksgiving, as TSA processed more travelers this last summer than any previous one. Officers screened an average of 2.28 million travelers per day, nearly 15 percent more than the average 2 million passengers processed at airports on a standard day.Of the agency's 10 busiest days in history, four were recorded this summer. Just under 240 million people took commercial flights between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend. The summer trends are likely to continue this week, and that Thanksgiving week has historically been one of the busiest times of the year for air...
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Deployment of missile defenses comes 2 weeks after military destroyed an Islamic Jihad attack tunnel, leading to death of at least 12 of the group's operatives By Judah Ari Gross A number of Iron Dome missile defense batteries were deployed in central Israel on Monday, the military said, amid heightened tensions with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad since the army demolished the terrorist group’s border-crossing attack tunnel last month.The IDF confirmed on Monday the anti-missile systems were installed in “central Israel,” but would not elaborate on their exact location, citing army policy. The Iron Dome system, which is designed to shoot down short-range rockets and, in some cases, mortars, was deployed to counter the threats made by Islamic Jihad, which has vowed to avenge its members killed in the tunnel blast and its aftermath.Israeli officials have tried to dissuade the terror group, warning of a harsh retaliation by the IDF.On Saturday,...

Developing a new Prevent strategy

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Counterterrorbusiness.com Developing a new Prevent strategyIn recent months both Prime Minister Theresa May and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham have made significant interventions in the debate on counter extremism. In this article, Bob Hindle of Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, explains why a new Prevent strategy is needed, and how that might developThe UK government’s Prevent duty forms part of its wider CONTEST counter-terrorism strategy. The duty came into force in 2015 and covers schools, colleges, training providers and universities. It requires that staff be trained in preventing young people from being ‘drawn in to terrorism’ and in ‘understanding radicalisation’, developing institutional ‘capabilities’ to challenge this, being ‘aware of what action to take’. Referrals are made to Prevent Co-Ordinators. In schools and colleges, Safeguarding Leads are responsible for aligning procedures to the duty within school systems and collect referrals from staff, making a decision as to whether a...
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InHomelandSecurity.com By Sylvia LongmireContributor, In Homeland SecurityOne Border Patrol agent was killed and another seriously injured while they were on patrol Sunday in the Big Bend area, a remote and rugged part of southwest Texas filled with mountainous terrain and canyons.According to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) news release, Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez “died as a result of serious injuries.” The report said Martinez was responding to activity while on patrol with another agent, who was also seriously injured.While the report did not indicate the cause of Martinez’s death or the other agent’s injuries, Jeannette Harper of the FBI’s El Paso field office told the San Antonio Express-News that reports claiming the agents were shot were not true. She also said the agents were not fired upon nor were they stabbed. Harper added that a full account of what happened wouldn’t be released until later Monday.Rocks May Have...

Bomb scares on the rise in New Jersey's schools

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Deena Yellin, Staff Writer - NorthJersey.com The phone call came in on a Monday morning from a man who identified himself as Mohammed. His message was chilling: Four bombs had been planted around Tenafly High School. Tenafly Schools Superintendent Geoffrey Gordon sprang into action. "The secretary who answered the phone engaged the caller and police were able to determine the credibility of the threat," Gordon said about the September incident. "The high school immediately activated its emergency action plan."  Gordon ordered students and staff to evacuate, and the Bergen County Sheriff's Department bomb squad arrived with bomb-sniffing dogs.Students were only allowed back into the building about an hour and a half later, after threat was found to be bogus.  Such disruptions have grown more common in New Jersey, according to a recent study by the Educator's School Safety Network. Amy Klinger, director of the non-profit center and an associate professor...
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DW State responses to terrorism have eroded the very human rights of citizens that states attempt to protect, said Antonio Guterres. With terror attacks on the rise in Europe, the UN chief called for a balanced approach.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday described modern-day terrorism as an "unprecedented threat to international peace, security and development" during a speech at London's School of Oriental and African Studies.However, Guterres, a former prime minister of Portugal who headed the UN's refugee agency for 10 years, told students that governments' responses have failed to tackle the root causes of radicalization, and in some instances contributed to its growth."They can actually make us less safe by undermining good governance and the rule of law," Guterres said, referring to state policies that have eroded human rights to bolster counterterrorism efforts."Counter-terrorist policies may be used, and are being used, to suppress peaceful protests and legitimate opposition movements;...
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US citizens travelling to the UK and Europe are put on high alert for threat of terrorist attacks over Christmas US State Department has updated advice citizens over travel at Christmas Said travellers should be 'alert' to threats after series of attacks in festive season  Police have been in evidence at Christmas markets in UK but no specific threat   By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline The United States has put its citizens on high alert about the threat of terror attacks in Europe over Christmas. Washington has stepped up advice to travellers after a series of atrocities this year - with fears extremists could strike again during the festive season. The announcement today comes with security services in the UK in a state of high vigilance.  Police have been in evidence at Christmas markets this week, although there is not thought to be any specific intelligence. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5091179/US-warns-Christmas-terror-threat-Europe.html...
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By Nicole Chavez and Alaa Elassar, CNN (CNN) School fire drills became popular decades ago after several deadly fires triggered changes in safety codes. Today, teachers and children are preparing for something entirely different: mass shootings.A gunman tried to break into a remote Northern California elementary school on Tuesday but officials say, the quick action of school officials "saved countless lives and children."The building went on lockdown, a teacher rushed to block a classroom's door with a computer and students ducked under their desks. Those responses have become the new normal as more schools are being forced to adapt to more elaborate safety measures. Two thirds of schools in the US conduct active-shooter exercises and nearly all of them have a plan if a shooter comes into the school, the Government Accountability Office found in a recent survey of schools."I think everybody, no matter where you are, needs to think...

Israel Sees Rising Threat From Iran After ISIS

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Like Islamic State, Iran and Hezbollah call for Israel’s destruction—but they have greater military capability By Yaroslav Trofimov - The Wall Street JournalJERUSALEM—While much of the world celebrates the impending defeat of Islamic State, Israeli officials look at Syria and see little reason for joy. To them, a lesser enemy is being supplanted by a far more dangerous one—Iran and its allies.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is consolidating control, and his forces—aided by Iran and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah—are eliminating Islamic State’s final pockets in the country while inching closer to the Israeli-held Golan Heights.“Every place we see ISIS evacuating, we see Iran taking hold,” warned Sharren Haskel, an Israeli lawmaker from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party. “We have been dealing with this threat of Iran through Hezbollah on our northern border [with Lebanon], and we would not want to see the same setup on our Syrian border.” Like Islamic...
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by Bart Jansen, USA TODAY Technology used in the medical field for years may soon revolutionize screening of carry-on bags at airports — bolstering security while dramatically cutting bottlenecks at checkpoints — with an expansion of testing planned for New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in January.Computed-tomography (CT) machines being tested at airports in Phoenix and Boston allow Transportation Security Administration screeners to rotate a three-dimensional image of a suspicious object without opening up a bag, meaning travelers can whisk through faster without removing items such as laptops and small containers of liquids.CT machines produce crisper images than standard X-rays and can automatically detect explosives by their density, which ease concerns about screeners missing suspicious items.The country's largest carrier, American Airlines, has been a pioneer in testing the machines and plans to install one after the holidays in coordination with TSA at JFK, the country's fifth-busiest airport with an...
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By Kris Van Cleave CBS News Experts working with Homeland Security hacked into Boeing 757There's some unsettling news about one of America's most widely-used jetliners.In a test, experts working with Homeland Security hacked into a Boeing 757. The team of researchers needed only two days in September 2016 to remotely hack into a 757 parked at the airport in Atlantic City, New Jersey.Speaking at a conference this week, Robert Hickey of the Department of Homeland Security said his team used "typical stuff that could get through security" and hacked into the aircraft systems using "radio frequency communications.""The 757 hasn't been in production since 2004, but the aging workhorse is still flown by major airlines like United, Delta and American," said Mark Rosenker, the former chair of the National Transportation Safety Board.President Trump's personal jet is a 757. So is the plane Vice President Pence often uses -- including on his...
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The updated summary suggests drones could be used against the U.S. “outside the conflict zones.” By Ashley Burns - Flying On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a six-month extension of the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin, marking the third time it has been reissued since its release in December 2015. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said she made the decision “with input from intelligence and law enforcement partners,” echoing the Bulletin’s summary in her official statement.“Our enemies remain focused on attacking the United States, and they are constantly adapting,” she explained. “DHS and its partners are stepping up efforts to keep terrorists out of America and to prevent terrorist recruitment and radicalization here at home, and we urge the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity.”The Bulletin focuses on the use of technology in attacks on the U.S., including unmanned aerial systems (UAS),...
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DW Even as terrorism-related deaths drop dramatically in some parts of the world, fatalities in OECD countries have reached a 16-year high. Research Director of the Global Terrorism Index Daniel Hyslop tells DW why.   The study by the Institute for Economics and Peace shows terrorism fell significantly in the worst-affected countries — Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria — bringing down global casualty figures. The report went on to call 2016 a "turning point" in the fight against radical Islamist extremism. The "Islamic State" (IS) was the "main driver" for a rise in deaths in Europe and other developed countries. The group was linked to 75 percent of deaths from terrorism in OECD nations since 2014. The rise in European deaths coincides with a tactical shift towards simpler and cheaper methods of attack.   Daniel Hyslop, Research Director at the Institute for Economics and Peace, talks to DW about global changes in terrorism-related deaths.  ...

Timeline of recent terror attacks against the West

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Brooke Singman | Fox News The New York City attack is the latest in a series of recent terror strikes aimed at the West. Here is a timeline of recent terror attacks in Europe and the United States: Oct. 31, 2017: Truck rams into cyclists, pedestrians in New York City Sayfullo Saipov, 29, from Uzbekistan, allegedly drove a rented truck into a crowd of pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path near the World Trade Center in Manhattan. The attack killed 8 people and injured at least 12 others. New York City officials later confirmed the attack was carried out in the name of ISIS. Sept. 15, 2017: Terror on the tube At least 22 people were injured when an apparent bucket bomb exploded on a London subway, causing mass panic and flash burns. Aug. 17, 2017: Van ramming in Barcelona A van attack killed 14 people in Barcelona, while another...

Lebanon's Fall Would Be Iran's Gain

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Gatestone Institute by John R. Bolton Almost unnoticed in the coverage of President Trump's Asia trip, Lebanon is slipping under Iran's control. On November 3, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, resigned, citing fears of assassination by Hezbollah, the Shia Muslim terrorist group funded and controlled by Iran. No one can say Hariri's fears are unjustified since his father, former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, was murdered in 2005 — almost certainly at Syrian or Iranian direction.While the full ramifications of Saad Hariri's resignation remain to be seen, Tehran's ayatollahs have now significantly extended their malign reach in the Middle East. This is bad for the people of Lebanon; bad for Israel, with which Lebanon shares a common border and a contentious history; bad for Arab states like Jordan and the oil-producing Arabian Peninsula monarchies; and bad for America and its vital national interests in this critical region. In...

Dutch woman convicted of terrorism for joining IS

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22-year-old convert to Islam receives 2-year prison sentence for traveling to Syria to join terror group with her partner, children by AFP    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch court sentenced a young woman to two years in prison Monday for traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State terror group in one of the first such cases in the Netherlands.“The court considers it proven that she planned to prepare and promote terrorist activities,” the Rotterdam District Court said.“Therefore she is sentenced to two years in jail of which 13 months are suspended for three years,” the court said in a statement.Because the woman, Laura Hansen, already spent another year in detention, she will effectively not go back to jail, the judges added.She was also acquitted of belonging to the IS terror group, the Dutch news agency ANP said.The 22-year-old convert to Islam was arrested when she flew back to Amsterdam’s...

The Afghan Taliban is promoting its 'Special Forces Unit'

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Business Insider UK by Bill Roggio, The Long War Journal The Afghan Taliban recently promoted its “Special Forces Unit” that purportedly is operating in the eastern Afghan province of Laghman. Since 2015, the Taliban has advertised its so-called “Special Forces Unit” which is known to have operated in southern Afghan provinces.These six photos of the “Special Forces Unit” operating in Laghman province were released by the Taliban on its official Telegram account on Nov. 1. The Taliban special forces are seen wearing new uniforms and chest rigs, and are photographed with a captured Afghan Army HUMVEE. The images were captured during the daylight.In 2015, Taliban supporters began circulating photographs online purporting to show a Taliban “Special Forces Unit” training camp somewhere in Afghanistan. The pictures showed dozens of Taliban recruits partaking in physical exercises and weapons training. The recruits were seen training with handguns, heavy machine guns, and what looks...
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New Orleans Mayor Seeking More Federal Counter-Terrorism, Crime Funding Occupational Health & Safety "Local police departments don't have the funding, training, or equipment to fully protect our country from terrorists," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. "We need more police officers on the streets with the tools to do both community policing and homeland security support."Citing terrorist attacks and mass shootings in New York City and Sutherland Springs, Texas, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu sent a letter this week to the two U.S. senators from Louisiana, Republicans John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, calling for increased funding for counter-terrorism efforts and crime fighting."Whether a terrorist attack comes from a radicalized lone wolf or a coordinated cell, local and state police officers are now the tip of the spear in the domestic fight against both terrorism and violence. The ever-changing threat from terrorism and violence inside our country threatens cities of all sizes, with...
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SBS Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte hold their first ever bilateral meeting at the East Asia Summit in Manila. Reuters - SBS WiresMalcolm Turnbull intends to rally world leaders to turn the tap off for money laundering schemes flowing to North Korea's weapons program and Islamic State militants.The prime minister touched down in Manila, the Philippines capital, on Sunday afternoon for the East Asia Summit, which coincides with the larger Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting, to be greeted by a ceremonial dance party welcome on the tarmac.The region's premier strategic forum is convened at a time of great global insecurity and uncertainty, Mr Turnbull said. "I will urge world leaders to implement meaningful, practical measures to bring North Korea to its senses and prevent the spread of terrorism," he said.Stamping out illegal financing underpinning Pyongyang's weapons program and IS militants is crucial."We must tighten the...