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American Military News by Laura Widener As the migrant caravan from Honduras closes in on the Mexico-Guatemalan border on their trek to the United States, they will face their next big barrier – the Mexican federal police.Mexico heeded President Trump’s call for blocking the caravan by sending their own federal forces to the border on Wednesday and Thursday ahead of the caravan’s arrival, USA Today reported. Two Boeing 727 planes carrying Mexico’s federal police officers landed in the border city of Tapachula, as visible in the video below. Video and reports revealed hundreds of officers unloading from the planes, some of which were equipped with riot gear.President Trump tweeted a response saying, “Thank you Mexico, we look forward to working with you!” Watch video at https://americanmilitarynews.com/2018/10/video-two-planes-filled-with-mexican-anti-riot-police-land-to-stop-4000-migrant-caravan-headed-for-us/...
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by JJ Green WASHINGTON — Where does the U.S. fight against terrorists stand?On this week’s edition of The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green, Dan Chirot, University of Washington professor of international relations, says the U.S. is relatively safe and needs to get out of Afghanistan. 'We can't fix these societies'Ed Chirot, University of Washington professor Listen Here: https://wtop.com/j-j-green-national/2018/10/the-hunt-the-state-of-terrorism-in-the-us-and-beyond/...
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  Top US commander in Afghanistan unharmed after attack leaves key Afghan general dead, 3 Americans wounded MilitaryTimes By: Kyle Rempfer and Tara Copp The four-star U.S. general who leads the NATO mission to Afghanistan was present during an attack Thursday that wounded three U.S. troops and killed an Afghan general who was key to holding together the many disparate political groups and security forces in southern Afghanistan.Army Gen. Scott Miller, Resolute Support commander, was reportedly present at a meeting in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when what appears to be an insider attack occurred.“There was a situation at the Kandahar palace today. Initial reports indicate this was an Afghan-on-Afghan incident. Two Americans were wounded in the cross-fire and they have been medically evacuated,” Col. Knut Peters, a Resolute Support spokesman, said in an email to Military Times.Resolute Support later reported that the number of U.S. troops wounded was three, not two.“General Miller...
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RT  An unidentified explosive device caused the blast at a college in the Crimean city of Kerch, Russia’s anti-terrorist authorities have confirmed. The site is being swept by FSB explosive ordnance teams.“There was a detonation of an unidentified explosive device in Kerch,” Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAC) said. The agency confirmed that 18 people were killed in the blast and at least 50 were injured. Casualties have been rushed to hospitals. Medics confirmed that 34 people have been hospitalized so far. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said investigators are considering terrorism as the possible cause of the incident. Witnesses told RT that, apart from the blast, they heard gunfire inside the college. Some saw men with their faces covered burst into the building and open fire at students and teachers. The unknown gunmen were apparently armed with assault rifles and were throwing firecrackers.Crimea’s ombudsman said most of the victims of the...

Suspect in fatal shooting of NC state trooper identified

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By WECT Staff COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Prosecutors have identified the man accused of fatally shooting a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper during a traffic stop in Columbus County early Wednesday morning.According to officials, Raheem Davis, 20, of Chadbourn has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Trooper Kevin Conner. First Sgt. Michael Baker with the State Highway Patrol said Conner was shot at approximately 12:15 a.m. while conducting a traffic stop for a speeding violation on U.S. 701 near Sellers Town Road in Columbus County. As Conner approached the vehicle, the suspect fired several shots, striking the trooper.Conner died after being taken to a local hospital.“At that time, the driver fled the scene and drove into Fair Bluff," Baker said in a media briefing. "The Fair Bluff Police Department attempted to stop the vehicle and a chase ensued. The driver of that white GMC...

Pentagon: US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants

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France 24 WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States conducted its largest air strike in nearly two years against militants in Somalia, killing about 60 Al-Shabaab fighters, the US military said Tuesday."This precision air strike was the largest air strike against Al-Shabaab since November 21, 2017," when air-dropped US munitions targeted one of the group's training camps, killing about 100 extremists, US Africa Command said in a statement.The strike took place Friday in the Harardhere area along the central coast of the Horn of Africa country, where US forces train Somali troops and also partner with the United Nations-backed African Union Mission in Somalia. Air assaults and missile strikes have increased in recent months against the Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate fighting to overthrow the internationally backed Somali government in Mogadishu.Friday's air strike came the day before suicide bombers killed at least 16 people at a restaurant and coffee shop in the...
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Melbourne terrorism plot: defence argues accused an ‘idiot’ rather than a jihadiHamza Abbas is on trial charged with conspiring to plan Christmas Day terrorism attacks on Melbourne The Guardian Australian Associated Press Hamza Abbas could not be trusted to know the details of an alleged Christmas Day Melbourne terror plot, and jurors deciding his involvement might judge him the “idiot brother” rather than complicit, his lawyer says.The 23-year-old is on trial in the supreme court with his cousin Abdullah Chaarani, 27, and Ahmed Mohamed, 25, charged with conspiring to prepare and plan an attack on Federation Square, Flinders Street station and St Paul’s cathedral two years ago.His older brother, 24-year-old Ibrahim Abbas, has already pleaded guilty to the same charge.But Felicity Gerry QC says common sense dictates that siblings do not always agree and, while Ibrahim was radicalised after years of jihad research, there was no evidence Hamza had similar...
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The Hill by By Michael Hayden, opinion contributor Just how safe are we? The question has not left the minds of most of us for very long, at least not since 2001. With today’s breathless coverage of often vile news, I think many Americans viewed last month’s anniversary of the 9/11 attacks as an opportunity to commemorate and to reflect. For me, there were memories of putting the National Security Agency on a war footing as reports trickled in of a plane hitting the second tower in New York. I thought of Tim Maude with whom I had served in Germany, who was later head of Army personnel and was killed as American Airlines flight 77 plunged into the southwestern wedge of the Pentagon. That basic question — are we safer now than we were then? — was never far from mind. FBI Director Christopher Wray gave a rather somber...

Just How Much Terrorism Does Iran Finance? [VIDEO]

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Clarion Project Read more: https://clarionproject.org/just-how-much-terrorism-does-iran-finance/...
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Bay Today 'So often first responders find themselves in harrowing situations and they should be aware of certain trends that are happening' Bay Today Staff Terrorism is something people in the North Bay area shouldn't be concerned with, but these days you never know.That's why terrorism awareness was the focus of a talk to first responders at a conference in North Bay Wednesday at the Best Western.OPP Detective Sergeant Andrew Kraemer told CKAT News that, like the public, they need to be aware of current trends. “If they see something, say something and let the authorities know. First responders are attending a variety of scenes and it’s better they have the awareness of things that are going on internationally and domestically,” he says.Kraemer points specifically to organizations linked to terrorism and cases of extremism in Canada and around the world. Read more: https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/look-for-signs-of-terrorism-local-first-responders-told-1082607...

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The Daily Caller News Foundation Revealed: Secret Service Foiled ISIS Assassination Attempt On President TrumpVirginia Kruta | Associate EditorJust one year into his term, President Donald Trump was the target of a credible assassination plot attributed to ISIS — but the U.S. Secret Service managed to foil the attempt, according to a report that will air on National Geographic channel on Sunday. Read more: https://www.dailycaller.com/2018/10/14/foiled-isis-assassination-attempt-trump/...
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KTLA 5 Almost 30 million Facebook users' phone numbers and email addresses were accessed by hackers in the biggest security breach in the company's history, Facebook said Friday. The attackers accessed even more details on 14 million of those users, including the area where they live, their relationship status, their religion, and part of their search history.The FBI is "actively investigating" the breach, Guy Rosen, a Facebook vice-president, told reporters on a call Friday. He said the FBI has asked the company"not to discuss who may be behind this attack" or to share other details that could compromise its investigation.The company said that it may still not know the full extent of the attack and wasn't ruling out the possibility of other "smaller-scale attacks" linked to the breach. The company said it will continue to investigate "other ways the people behind this attack used Facebook."The new details come two weeks...
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News 12 Westchester YONKERS - A counterterrorism expert talked to News 12 about lone wolf attackers following the arrest of a Hudson Valley man for allegedly planning to blow himself up on the National Mall in Washington.Thanks to a heads up from a citizen and quick thinking from the FBI, Paul Rosenfeld’s plan was foiled."If that particular person, that lone wolf, that person keeping to themselves, if they don't talk, there's a very good chance they can become successful,” says Sal Lifrieri.Lifrieri says if you see something, say something because in the case of Paul Rosenfeld, of Tappan, someone alerting authorities was a case breaker.The counterterrorism expert says that lone wolf attacks are just getting easier and the public may be seeing more of them in the future."You can actually go online and learn how to make these devices and how to conduct these attacks,” he says. Read more: http://westchester.news12.com/story/39273074/counterterrorism-expert-traditional-methods-cant-be-used-to-track-a-lone-wolf...
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The Yeshiva World A Rockland County man was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday morning, and charged with building a bomb.Paul Rosenfeld, 56, of Tappan NY, had planned to carry out a suicide bombing with a 200 pound bomb in Washington DC on Election Day.According to ABC News NY, Rosenfeld adheres to an ideology called Sortition, the belief that the government should be selected by lottery rather than popular vote.According to officials, in August and September 2018, Rosenfeld sent letters and text messages to an individual in Pennsylvania (“Individual-1”). These letters and text messages stated that Rosenfeld planned to build an explosive device and detonate it on November 6, 2018, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Rosenfeld’s stated reason for these acts was to draw attention to his political belief in “sortition,” a political theory that advocates the random selection of government officials.On October 9, 2018, law enforcement agent...
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FOX NEWS Senate Dem hopeful Kyrsten Sinema promoted events featuring convicted terror lawyer Lukas Mikelionis U.S. Democratic Senate hopeful Kyrsten Sinema promoted events at Arizona State University featuring a lawyer convicted for aiding an Islamist terror organization and its leader. Sinema, a co-founder of the activist group Local to Global Justice, invited people in a now-closed Yahoo group to attend two events with Lynn Stewart, both in 2003. At the time of the invite, Stewart had been charged with helping her former client Omar Abdel Rahman, a radical Egyptian spiritual leader of a terror group, to pass on secret messages to his followers to commit terror attacks. Rahman was a former client of Stewart’s who was charged and sentenced to life in the 1990s for plotting to blow up the United Nations, an FBI building, two tunnels, and a bridge in New York City. HEIDI HEITKAMP DIDN'T PUSH TO PROSECUTE SEXUAL,...
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Chinese Intelligence Officer Charged with Economic Espionage Involving Theft of Trade Secrets from Leading U.S. Aviation CompaniesDepartment of JusticeOffice of Public AffairsA Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) operative, Yanjun Xu, aka Qu Hui, aka Zhang Hui, has been arrested and charged with conspiring and attempting to commit economic espionage and steal trade secrets from multiple U.S. aviation and aerospace companies.  Xu was extradited to the United States yesterday.The charges were announced today by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Benjamin C. Glassman, Assistant Director Bill Priestap of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, and Special Agent in Charge Angela L. Byers of the FBI’s Cincinnati Division.“This indictment alleges that a Chinese intelligence officer sought to steal trade secrets and other sensitive information from an American company that leads the way in aerospace,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers.  “This case is...

FBI Director: Terrorists likely to attack U.S. with drones

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NBC News Christopher Wray said the risk of a drone attack is "steadily increasing" due to their widespread availability and ease of use. by Rich Schapiro and Tony Capra The FBI is convinced that terror groups will use drones to carry out attacks on American soil, director Christopher Wray said Wednesday.Wray told a Senate committee hearing the threat of drones and other unmanned aircrafts is "steadily escalating" due to their widespread availability and ease of use."The FBI assesses that, given their retail availability, lack of verified identification requirement to procure, general ease of use, and prior use overseas, UAS will be used to facilitate an attack in the United States against a vulnerable target, such as a mass gathering," Wray said in written testimony to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, using an acronym for unmanned aircraft systems. Wray noted that the U.S. has yet to face a...
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ABC News By John Leicester, Associated Press European security chiefs struggled over solutions to the migrant crisis and oversaw a simulated terrorist attack on a stadium Tuesday, with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions looking on.Elite police forces staged the anti-terrorism exercise in the French city of Lyon as part of meetings of interior ministers of six European countries plus Morocco. Sessions didn't speak publicly at the event.Countering terrorism, including dealing with the return of foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq, was a main topic at the closed-door meetings. The touchy subject of migration, another focus, had officials differing sharply over how best to tackle mass migration given the open internal borders within the European Union.Poland's interior minister, Joachim Brudzinski, said European countries are coming around to his nation's view that "migration today, whether it's legal or illegal, can be a threat to Europe." He said Italy's new populist government was...
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Center for Immigration Studies Inspector General Must Investigate Somali Terror Suspect Bensman reporting suggests vulnerabilities only the DHS OIG can confirmBy Andrew R. Arthur In an October 3, 2018, post, my colleague Todd Bensman detailed the method by which Somali national Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, who has been charged in Canada in connection with a September 2017 attack in which he allegedly conducted vehicle-ramming attacks while carrying an ISIS flag in Edmonton, Alberta, was able to transit the United States to that country. Some key facts concerning Sharif are still unknown, and merit an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to identify any vulnerabilities that Sharif exploited in our border inspection system.As Bensman wrote:    The quick bottom line: There is new information [in an Edmonton Journal/Edmonton Sun article] about how Sharif was able to journey to the Mexico-California border and then,...
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BloombergDiscovery shows China continues to sabotage critical technology components bound for America By Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley A major U.S. telecommunications company discovered manipulated hardware from Super Micro Computer Inc. in its network and removed it in August, fresh evidence of tampering in China of critical technology components bound for the U.S., according to a security expert working for the telecom company.The security expert, Yossi Appleboum, provided documents, analysis and other evidence of the discovery following the publication of an investigative report in Bloomberg Businessweek that detailed how China’s intelligence services had ordered subcontractors to plant malicious chips in Supermicro server motherboards over a two-year period ending in 2015.Appleboum previously worked in the technology unit of the Israeli Army Intelligence Corps and is now co-chief executive officer of Sepio Systems in Gaithersburg, Maryland. His firm specializes in hardware security and was hired to scan several large data centers belonging...