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BBC The public must do more to tackle terrorism by standing up to hate, a group of terror attack survivors and relatives has said.In an open letter released ahead of the Manchester bombing anniversary on Tuesday, they set out a five-point plan to help stop future plots.Among the 41 signatories is the widow of murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby.Others are survivors and relatives of those killed in attacks in London, Manchester, Paris, Tunisia and Bali.Brendan Cox, whose wife Jo Cox was murdered in 2016, helped co-ordinate the letter, while Bethany Haines, the daughter of the British aid worker David Haines who was killed by the Islamic State group, has also signed it.Dan Hett, whose brother Martyn was one of 22 victims to die in the Manchester Arena attack on 22 May last year, said terrorists hoped to "turn our communities against each other" by spreading fear."That's why we're asking people to...
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By Mohammad Zafar - The Express Tribune QUETTA - The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) recovered a large cache of weapons and explosives during a raid in Quetta’s Kili Barat area late Sunday night.Security forces conducted a raid at a hide-out used as a weapon factory by Balochistan Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) commander Salman Badeni and other militants – who were killed in an intelligence-based operation last week. Over 200kg of explosives, three suicide jackets, three pistols, two Kalashnikov assault rifles, four home-made bombs and two improvised explosive devices were recovered. Detonation cords, detonators were also found.DIG Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema said the militants had set up an arms factory inside the house. “The evidence collected during the Kalli Almas operation and the Frontier Corps Madadgar Centre crime scene helped in narrowing down the hideout,” said Cheema.Quetta witnessed a major terrorist bid where five suicide bombers, attempting to storm the FC Madadgar Centre, were...
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Washington Post  by Ken Kusmer | AP INDIANAPOLIS — A suburban Indianapolis man accused of trying to join the Islamic State group overseas pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge Wednesday.Akram Musleh of Brownsburg entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis to a charge of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He was 18 when he was arrested nearly two years ago at a Greyhound bus terminal in Indianapolis while he tried to board a bus to New York, where prosecutors alleged he was to fly to Morocco and on to territory controlled by the Islamic State.The charge is punishable by a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. Musleh’s attorneys and prosecutors have not agreed on a specific sentence, a court document said. A sentencing date has not been set.Musleh was remanded to the custody of U.S. marshals.At...
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Center For Strategic & International Studies by Sarah Bast The IssueWith the National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy lowering the prioritization of terrorism, the U.S. government will need cost-effective options to continue to diminish the terrorist threat. Nonkinetic efforts can be a cost-effective way to reduce terrorist groups’ ability to radicalize, disseminate messages, use the internet, facilitate foreign fighters, fundraise, and exploit poor governance. Undercutting these intertwined terrorist enablers weakens the groups writ large.Over the past 17 years, the U.S. government and its allies have made tremendous progress detecting and preventing catastrophic terrorist attacks like 9/11. The intelligence community improved collection, analysis, and information sharing; law enforcement got better at arresting terrorist supporters and potential attackers; and the U.S. military mastered finding, fixing, and finishing terrorists. Unfortunately, even with all those improvements and resources, terrorism has gotten more pervasive and terrorist groups have gotten more resilient. Even removing key...
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Fox News By Travis Fedschun, Benjamin Brown An intense manhunt involving aircraft and trained dogs came to an end Tuesday after a female officer was killed in a Baltimore suburb and four teenage suspects who were involved in burglaries in the area were arrested in connection with the slaying, officials said.The nearly four-year veteran of the force, identified by authorities  as Amy Caprio, was responding to a suspicious vehicle call Monday in the community of Perry Hall when Baltimore County Police Cpl. Shawn Vinson said she encountered suspects and was “critically injured.” Baltimore County Police and Fire announced on Twitter that all four of the suspects were teenage males. "Detective(s) have verified that the group were involved in burglaries in the area," the agency said. "Officers will be in the area today to canvass for property stolen during these burglaries." One of the teenagers involved in the killing was identified...
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OrlandoWeekly.com By Larissa Hamblin Orlando Police Department became one of the first American police stations to test Amazon's facial recognition technologies, which can be used to identify pedestrians on their streets.By using Amazon Rekognition, OPD can spot people in real time, in contrast to the former method of comparing still photos to a person's mug shot.Orlando Police Department said in a statement that the system is still in the "pilot program" phase and is not being used as an investigative tool quite yet. The technology also has not been set up in public spaces and there is still no word on when it will be implemented.To use Amazon Rekognition, a photo must be uploaded as a comparative device for the system to base its search on. According to Amazon, it can "detect, analyze, and compare faces for a wide variety of user verification, cataloging, people counting, and public safety use...
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By Voice of Europe The project, which is named “The drive into your new future” intends to make it easier for asylum seekers to become truck drivers.In this way, the German Red Cross (DRK) and the Logistics Organization (UVL) want to alleviate the shortage of truck drivers. The concept was developed together with the SVG Driving School North, reports newspaper DVZ.During the training the candidates have to pass through two exams. In addition to its general suitability, the DRK also wants to check the language skills and the status of residence. In addition, a separate “refugee representative” should look after the participants during the three-year training.The initiative is extremely popular: “Within a few days, 90 interested parties from all over Schleswig-Holstein and even from Hamburg have reported that 50 more refugees have been placed on a waiting list,” says Ilka Hübner, the head of the Red Cross in Kiel.But not...
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The son of a Boston police captain pleaded guilty Monday to plotting to use guns and homemade bombs to attack a college campus to support the Islamic State group, three years after his arrest after his father alerted the FBI.Alexander Ciccolo’s guilty plea comes a month before he was scheduled to go to trial. He faces 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in September.Ciccolo was arrested in July 2015 after he received four guns he ordered from a person who was cooperating with the FBI. Boston police Capt. Robert Ciccolo tipped off authorities after his son said he wanted to join the Islamic State group. Federal authorities said Ciccolo’s case is a reminder that ‘homegrown’ radicalization remains a threat and that citizens must speak up when they become aware of a potential threat.“Any material support of a terrorist organization threatens our national security, and...
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WPXI 11 News By: JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six more months, reversing an administration plan for the unit's imminent downgrade even as President Donald Trump presses ahead with a speedy U.S. exit from Syria.A plan initiated by Rex Tillerson before he was fired as secretary of state in March would have folded the office of the special envoy to the global coalition into the department's counterterrorism bureau as early as this spring, officials said. Tillerson's successor, Mike Pompeo, canceled the plan this month, and the office will stay an independent entity until at least December, when there will be a new review, said the officials, who weren't authorized to discuss the plan publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.The office reports directly to the secretary...
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Security Intelligence By David Bisson The Department of Homeland security (DHS) has a new plan to reduce software vulnerabilities, counter malicious actors, respond to incidents and build resiliency. The DHS released a national cybersecurity strategy on May 15, which focused on addressing the evolving digital threat landscape. The unveiled plan is part of the organization’s commitment to implement these cybersecurity responsibilities over the next five years. DHS Cybersecurity: ‘A Historic Turning Point’Kirstjen Michele Nielsen, the DHS secretary, explained that the new national cybersecurity strategy responds to changes in the threat landscape. She found the convergence of digital security with personal and private security particularly remarkable — calling this a “historic turning point” that necessitates a reevaluation of her department’s approach to cybersecurity.“In an age of brand-name breaches, we must think beyond the defense of specific assets — and confront systemic risks that affect everyone from tech giants to homeowners,” Nielsen...
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Stars and StripesBy JOBY WARRICK AND SOUAD MEKHENNET His self-declared caliphate was in ruins when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi summoned some of his top aides to a meeting in eastern Syria last year. The Islamic State's capital in Iraq had already fallen, and its Syrian headquarters was under siege.Yet the terrorist leader had something else on his mind: schoolchildren.The gathering near the city of Deir al-Zour was called by Baghdadi personally to discuss rewriting the terrorist group's educational curriculum, according to an Islamic State official who was arrested in a joint operation by Turkish and Iraqi officials earlier this year. Despite the group's dire circumstances, Baghdadi wanted to examine a subject that had less to do with immediate survival than with preserving the organization's ideological core."Several top leaders were present, as well as the curricula committee, which I headed," the captured officer, known as Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, said in a videotaped...
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The Local se The man was involved in a people-smuggling ring and sent profits to fund terrorism in Syria, according to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.  The suspect, who is reportedly in his mid-forties, has lived in Sweden with his family since 2012 and was arrested in Denmark at the Kastrup airport.  He worked for the network from his apartment in Finspång, to the south east of Sweden. The network, which was based in Italy and busted by an undercover Italian policeman, is said to have sent 20 million kronor to a Syrian jihadist group, the Al-Nusra Front.  The group is fighting the Syrian government and attempting to establish an Islamic state in the country.  The suspect denies the charges.   DN reports that the man had been under investigation by Swedish police in the past. In 2017, police found 700,000 kronor in cash on him and his brother during a...

Jihadi Cult Member Files to Run for Congress

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Clarion Project A member of Muslims of the Americas (MOA), an Islamist hate group that cultishly follows a jihadist cleric in Pakistan, is running for Congress in Alaska. He is the second member of MOA to announce a congressional run this year, following Tahirah Amatul-Wadud in Massachusetts.   In 2016, Gregory “Shoaib” Jones was a delegate for Senator Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention and ran for the Alaska state House in District 8. His deep involvement with MOA was exposed by the Clarion Project at the time, triggering a statewide controversy.   Now, Jones is running for Congress and styling himself as a progressive interfaith leader. If Jones wins the Democratic primary for the at-large congressional district, he will face Republican Rep. Don Young in the general election.   The group that Greg Jones belongs to is led by a terror-linked cleric in Pakistan named Sheikh Mubarak Ali...
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Jihad Watch By Christine Douglass-Williams Despite Sweden’s harebrained open-door immigration policy, just yesterday, Jihad Watch reported that the United Nations criticized Sweden as a “racist inferno where immigrants face painful racism.”Now comes word that:    Police in the Swedish municipality of Karlskrona are expected to grant the local Islamic association the right to broadcast the call to prayer in public and are refusing to consult local residents on the decision because it would be too much hard work.The mainstream Islamic Cultural Association in Karlskrona is pushing for the loud broadcast.“Local Church of Sweden Archbishop Fredrik Modeus who called it a ‘well thought-out decision’ and once compared the Muslim call to prayer to church bells.” This misguided man, like so many, does not know that in Islamic law:    dhimmis are “forbidden to openly display wine or pork…to ring church bells or display crosses…recite the Torah or Evangel aloud, or make public display...
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The Jerusalem Post A video, which blurs the operative's face, is taken in front of what appears to be one of the incendiary kites often launched toward Israeli territory during the protests. By Avraham Gold A Hamas terrorist who reached the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel explained how Hamas incites residents of the costal enclave into violent protests, in a video posted by the IDF on Wednesday.The video, which blurs the operative's face, is taken in front of what appears to be one of the incendiary kites often launched toward Israeli territory during the protests and can be seen with swastikas drawn on it. In the video the terrorist, who was captured by security forces on May 15th, explained, "Hamas is the one that sends us Facebook and text messages telling us to go and in the mosques they call and send fliers that tell us to...
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Forbes by  Kalev Leetaru , Contributor Social media has a terrorism problem. From Twitter’s famous 2015 letter to Congress that it would never restrict the right of terrorists to use its platform, to its rapid about-face in the face of public and governmental outcry, Silicon Valley has had a change of heart in how it sees its role in curbing the use of its tools by those who wish to commit violence across the world. Today Facebook released a new transparency report that emphasizes its efforts to combat terroristic use of its platform and the role AI is playing in what it claims are significant successes. Yet, that narrative of AI success has been increasingly challenged, from academic studies suggesting that not only is content not being deleted, but that other Facebook tools may actually be assisting terrorists, to a Bloomberg piece last week that demonstrates just how readily terrorist...
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by Paula McMahonContact Reporter Sun Sentinel Updates Former U.S. Marine and sculptor, Gregory Hubbard, 54, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on Wednesday.Hubbard pleaded guilty earlier this year to being part of a conspiracy to help the terrorist group ISIS.Investigators said Hubbard was the ringleader. He was arrested in 2016 at Miami’s airport as he planned to travel to Syria to fight with the terrorist organization.Dayne Antani Christian, 33, of Lake Park, who pleaded guilty to related charges was sentenced to eight years in federal prison.Christian cooperated with investigators after his arrest and U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg sentenced him to two years less than prosecutors recommended.This story will be updatedEarlier storyThree Palm Beach County men are facing federal prison when they are sentenced today for their roles in a controversial FBI terrorism sting.The case developed a “wobbly wheel,” one of the defense attorneys said, when it became...

Suicide Bombers Attack Indonesia Police Headquarters

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BBC It came after another family carried out bomb attacks on three churches on Sunday. Police blamed an Islamic State-inspired network.An eight-year-old daughter survived the latest attack, police say.Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.The archipelago, home to 260 million people, has seen a resurgence of Islamist militancy in recent years but the scale of the attacks in Surabaya has raised fresh concerns about the potency of jihadist networks.Video footage of the latest attack on the police headquarters shows two motorbikes approaching a checkpoint just before the blast. Six civilians and four police officers were injured, the authorities say.The young girl who survived had been wedged between her mother and father on the motorbike as they carried out the attack. CCTV footage shows her stumbling around after the blast. Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44105279...
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by Robin Simcox - The Heritage Foundation How Western democracies should respond to terrorist attacks is an ongoing concern. One such dilemma is whether the state should just focus on preventing attacks or whether it has an obligation to challenge the ideology that spurs those attacks in the first place. Two countries currently grappling with that are Sweden and Finland. Individuals inspired by ISIS, the Islamic State terrorist group, attacked both countries last year. In April 2017, Rakhmat Akilov committed a vehicular attack in the center of Stockholm, using a truck to kill five and injure 10. Four months later, in August, Abderrahman Bouanane killed two people and injured eight in a series of stabbings in the southwestern Finnish city of Turku. Bouanane, currently on trial in Helsinki, told the court, “I honestly felt like I was controlled remotely … The idea was to keep attacking as long as a...
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By Hollie McKay | Fox NewsREYHANLI, Turkey –  U.S. military equipment and ammunition, sent to Syria as part of a failed Obama administration plan to find and arm moderate forces to defeat ISIS, were instead simply handed over to an Al Qaeda group, according to the man who said he himself brokered the deal.“I communicated with Al Qaeda’s branch, Al Nusra, to protect and safely escort me and my soldiers for two hours from North Aleppo to West Aleppo,” Maj. Anas Ibrahim Obaid, better known on the battlefield as Abu Zayd, told Fox News from his home in the western Aleppo area. “In exchange, I gave them five pickup trucks and ammunition.”Those trucks and ammo were issued to him by the United States in 2015, part of a $500 million Department of Defense effort to "train and equip" a new "ideologically moderate" force to battle ISIS. The program, one of at...