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France approves tough new anti-terror laws

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BBC News France's lower house of parliament has approved a new anti-terrorism law intended to bring an end to a nearly two-year-long state of emergency.The law will incorporate several measures first authorized under the emergency arrangement.They include easier searches of homes and confining individuals to their home towns, without judicial approval.Most people in France approve of the move, but it has been criticized by rights groups.A state of emergency was first introduced after the attacks of 13 November 2015, when militants from so-called Islamic State (IS) killed 130 people in gun and bomb attacks in Paris.It has since been extended six times, but there was a consensus that to continue with the state of emergency indefinitely would be undemocratic, the BBC's Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.The bill was approved by by 415 votes to 127, with 19 abstentions, and is expected to become law before the latest state of emergency...

Extremist refugees need to be deported

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Toronto Sun Canadians were saddened to learn about the cowardly ISIS-style vehicular ramming that unfolded over the weekend in Edmonton. We’re used to seeing scenes like this in Europe. Obviously, they’re just as reprehensible when they happen across the Atlantic. But it’s still not a sight we’re used to seeing here. The scene that unfolded bore eerie resemblances to the 2014 attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu that left one Canadian Forces member dead and another injured. Thankfully, no one was killed this past weekend, but one brave police officer and several bystanders were injured. On Monday, police announced Abdulahi Hasan Sharif has been charged with five counts of attempted murder, four counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and one weapons-related charge. It’s expected terrorism charges will be added to this list later. Canadians should be relieved injuries are minimal, particularly as we watch our American...
Toledo Blade By Allison Reamer  | BLADE STAFF WRITEROfficials from the Toledo Police Department and Lucas County Sheriff’s Office will review policies and emergency preparedness following a Las Vegas mass shooting at a country concert.Police will also receive and review an after-action report once the Las Vegas Police Department has completed its work, Chief George Kral said during a news conference Monday. Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp said his agency also intends to review the case to “think about what we can do in the future.” “We learn from other jurisdictions and we’re going to make sure we incorporate our policies and procedures in our standard operating guidelines [and we’re making sure] that we’re taking into account any possible contingencies,” Chief Kral said.Deputies from the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office discussed the incident at Monday briefings, said Sheriff Tharp.“Officers are always on guard and thinking about what they can do to...
SoCal Law Enforcement, Firefighters Among Las Vegas Shooting Victims Several off-duty law enforcement officers from Los Angeles were at the concert when a gunman opened fire from a hotel room window NBC Los Angeles By Staff and Wire Services A civilian employee of the Manhattan Beach Police Department was killed and more than a half-dozen Southern California law enforcement and fire department personnel were among those injured in the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip, the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The Manhattan Beach Police Department says one of its employees, records technician Rachael Parker, was killed. Details were not immediately available. A gunman perched on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino unleashed hails of bullets on fans watching the festival as headliner Jason Aldean performed. Law enforcement officials in Las Vegas said Monday morning at...

LVMPD Sheriff Joe Lombardo updates media on new information regarding the active shooter incident in Las Vegas.   ...

Islamic State claims deadly Marseille knife attack

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Times of India MARSEILLE: A knifeman killed two women at the main train station in the French Mediterranean city of Marseille on Sunday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, before being shot dead by soldiers on patrol.One of the victims had her throat slit by the assailant, a man with a criminal record believed to be in his 30s who witnesses said shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) at the start of his rampage.Troops serving in a special 7,000-strong force known as Sentinelle set up to guard vulnerable areas in terror-hit France responded to the stabbings and shot dead the attacker, whose identity remains unknown.French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said about a dozen witnesses were being questioned."This act could be terrorist in nature but at this time we cannot confirm that," he added."I was on the esplanade just in front of the station," Melanie Petit, an 18-year-old...
  Fox News The suspect accused of stabbing a police officer before crashing a speeding U-Haul van into a crowd of people in Edmonton, Canada, had come to the country from Somalia trying to claim refugee status, police revealed.Officers took the 30-year-old suspect into custody and he apparently acted alone, Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said. Officers said pending charges included terrorism and five counts of attempted murder, but they did not reveal his name.An Islamic State flag was found in the car that hit the officer, according to Knecht. The suspect was known to both Edmonton police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Marlin Degrand, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said the man was flagged in 2015 for extremist ideologies and police interviewed him at the time, but he said charges were not warranted after an "exhaustive investigation." It was not clear when he first traveled...

DHS Report: Border security is tougher than ever

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By Nick Miroff Sneaking across the U.S. border from Mexico is tougher than ever before, and U.S. agents are catching or stopping the majority of those who attempt to do so, according to a new report by the Department of Homeland Security.The report, published last week by the agency’s Office of Immigration Statistics, estimates that 55 to 85 percent of attempted illegal border crossings are unsuccessful, up from 35 to 70 percent a decade ago. In one telling sign of the difficulty, the number of illegal migrants and deportees who make repeated attempts to get in has also fallen dramatically, because so many would-be migrants are giving up.The report’s findings challenge depictions of the U.S. border as a place where American law enforcement is overwhelmed and ineffective. President Trump has ordered DHS to make preparations for the construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico, and last week...

Why Italy has not yet suffered Islamist terrorism

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The Economist The image is of a young man with his back turned, grasping a large knife. Beside him in stark white capitals are the Italian words “Devi combatterli” (“You must fight them”). The photo-montage, circulated in late August on Telegram, the favoured communications app of Islamic State (IS), is a blatant incitement to “lone wolves” to kill Italians. It was reproduced on the website of Site Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist communications, days after a video circulated of masked, IS-affiliated guerrillas in the Philippines sacking a Roman Catholic church and ripping up a picture of Pope Francis.“You. Kafir [Infidel]. Remember this,” says a masked figure, wagging his finger at the camera. “We will be in Rome, inshallah.” His threat, from 10,000km away, may be far-fetched. The attraction for jihadists of an attack on the seat of Western Christendom is certainly not. So it is remarkable that Italy should not...
Terror-Alert.com The migration crisis and associated threat of terrorism are the greatest threats ever faced by the European Union, Péter Szijjártó, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Hungary, told the United Nations today, denouncing those that encourage ‘waves’ of migrants, which were only putting thousands of people in danger.“Western Europe used to be the most secure and safest region globally,” he said in his address to the General Assembly’s annual general debate. Indeed, only a few years ago, events in the Middle East would not have happened in Europe.But the current fear of terrorist attacks was now a part of daily life – as beaches, concert halls and shopping malls have become “venues of execution” – a direct consequence of the massive influx of illegal migrants over the last two and half years.Some 1.5 million illegal migrants had entered the European Union without any control, Mr. Szijjártó continued,...

Settlement attack reignites counter-terror debate in Israel

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Al-Monitor by Shlomi Eldar Nimr Mahmoud al-Jamal of the West Bank village of Beit Surik opened fire at the gate to the nearby Israeli settlement of Har Adar on Sept. 26, killing a policeman and two security guards. The terror attack reignited the ongoing argument between the Israeli political echelon and defense officials — Ministry of Defense, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Shin Bet — regarding the profile of would-be terrorists.Jamal, married and a father of four, does not fit the composite of potential terrorists drawn up by the security establishment during the second Palestinian intifada (2000-2005), and amended to reflect the renewed wave of terror attacks against Israelis that began in September 2015.The Shin Bet screens every Palestinian who wants to work in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank or in Israel proper. The basic age requirement is 35. In the past, the required age was at...
Business Insider UK by Richard Maher, The Conversation The Sept. 15 terrorist bombing in a crowded London subway station – which injured at least 30 passengers but caused no deaths – was the latest in a string of terrorist attacks in Western Europe in recent years.In mid-August, attacks in Barcelona and the nearby city of Cambrils killed 16 people and injured more than 130 just a few days before an attacker with a knife in Finland killed two and wounded eight others. Earlier assaults this year in London and Manchester, England, left dozens dead and hundreds more wounded.Since 2015, there has been a sharp increase in both the number of attacks and deaths caused by terrorism in Europe. As someone who studies European security issues, I see three key factors contributing to this development: Europe’s large and often poorly integrated Muslim population, proximity to unstable regions like the Middle East...
Retro ReportBy CLYDE HABERMAN When it comes to just about every policy set by Barack Obama, President Trump has proved to be a dedicated Marxist. As in Groucho Marx. In the 1932 film “Horse Feathers,” Marx sang, “Whatever it is, I’m against it.” The same holds for Mr. Trump, who has made dismantling the Obama legacy his goal, one program at a time.There is a notable exception. Like his predecessor, this president has favored, and even augmented, military actions that rely heavily on Special Operations forces. But skeptical experts say this is one holdover policy that Mr. Trump really should rethink. Their concern is that these elite forces — Navy SEALs, Green Berets, Rangers and Delta Force among them — are stretched thin, with about 8,000 of them active on any given day in more than 80 countries.“The force has been stretched to the max,” said Wade Ishimoto, a former...
Evening Standard by Hatty Collier Police have foiled seven terror attacks in London since the Westminster atrocity in March, Sadiq Khan has revealed.The London Mayor said counter-terror experts have told him there has been a shift in the threat, rather than a spike in attacks, this year.Mr Khan told a Guardian live fringe event at Labour's party conference in Brighton: "The phrase used by police experts, counter-terror experts, in relation to terrorism is what we're seeing is not a spike but a shift."And the reason why they say that is because if you look at the time when Fusilier Lee Rigby was murdered in 2013 up until the Westminster Bridge attack this year, there were 13 terrorist attacks thwarted because of the excellent work of the police and security services. "If you look at the time between March of this year and now, yes there have been four terrorist attacks...
New York bomber was not operating as a 'lone wolf’, warns counter-terrorism expert THE Afghan-born man accused of the Manhattan and New Jersey terror attacks was not working as a “lone wolf” according to a counter-terrorism expert. By Joe Barnes - Express UK Ahmad Rahami, who has been charged with using weapons of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, was arrested following a dramatic shootout with police.The terror suspect told police he planted the deadly pipe bombs because he was following orders from “terrorist leaders… to attack non-believers where they live.” Investigators believe Rahami planted two bombs in Chelsea, Manhattan, but one failed to detonate.He is also believed to have placed a rucksack containing five IEDs in a bin at a New Jersey train station. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, called the bombings the actions of a lone wolf.Speaking on talkRADIO, a counter-terrorism expert has...

Palestinian 'Reconciliation': Jihad is Calling

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  by Bassam Tawil  •  Gatestone Institute Leaders of Hamas maintain that under no circumstances will they agree to lay down their weapons. Hamas is, in fact, continuing full-speed-ahead digging tunnels under the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. Hamas is planning to use the tunnels to smuggle armed terrorists into Israel. The accord with Hamas requires Mahmoud Abbas to lift the sanctions he recently imposed on the Gaza Strip, such as refusing to pay Israel for the electricity it supplies to Gaza. It also requires Abbas to resume payment of salaries to thousands of Palestinians who served time in Israeli prison for terror-related offenses. Above all, Hamas wants to use the agreement to be removed from the U.S. State Department List of Foreign Terror Organizations. The Russians are closing their ears to what Hamas itself declares day after day: that its true goal is to eliminate Israel and...

UK's terror fight 'puts unsustainable strain on police'

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BBC The UK's counter-terrorism effort is putting an unsustainable strain on policing, the head of the National Police Chiefs' Council has said.Chief Constable Sara Thornton said resources were being diverted from mainstream policing in England and Wales, leading to backlogs in control rooms and slower response times.She said the strain was "causing real problems" and "frankly unsustainable".The Home Office said it was working with police on the demands they faced.So far in 2017 there have been five terror attacks in the UK, killing 36 people.Four people remain in police custody, including a 17-year-old boy, following last week's explosion at Parsons Green Tube station in which 30 people were injured. Earlier this year, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley wrote to the home secretary warning that the counter-terrorism policing network was not able to operate at "full strength".He added that other areas of policing would be at "significant" risk if resources...
Fox News One woman was killed and seven other people were hurt after a suspect identified as a Sudanese immigrant opened fire at a Tennessee church Sunday, police said, as the FBI confirmed it's launched a civil rights investigation into the shooting.The suspect, 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, immigrated from Sudan two decades ago, police said. He's suspected of bringing at least two pistols and a mask to the predominantly white Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, southeast of Nashville, before Metropolitan Nashville Police Department tweeted that Samson had been released from the hospital and will be charged with murder and attempted murder.Photos from a Facebook page under Samson's name seemed to show him lifting weights and showing off his physique. A post earlier Sunday read: "Everything you've ever doubted or made to be believe as false, is real. & vice versa, B." Another post read, "Become the creator instead...

Morocco Remains at the Core of Global Counterterrorism

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The North African Post Morocco, which puts counterterrorism at the top of its priorities, has been re-elected along with the Netherlands to the co-Chairmanship of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) for another two-year mandate.The decision was made during the 8th GCTF ministerial plenary meeting convened Wednesday in New York.Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita said the extension of the co-chairmanship is an international recognition of the efforts made by the Kingdom in the fight against terrorism.After their re-election, Morocco and The Netherlands said they look forward to continue to lead the efforts of the GCTF in countering terrorism and violent extremism during their second mandate.During this meeting, the ministers of the GCTF member countries reaffirmed their commitment to the joint international fight against terrorism and violent extremism.In their joint statement released following their gathering, the GCTF members recognized the need for enhanced capacity-building and expressed their support to the GCTF-Inspired institutions.This...
by Jeremy Gorner - Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune Beginning next year, every Chicago cop will undergo hours of training each year, the first regular training for many since graduating from the police academy as new recruits.The ambitious plan laid out by the Police Department on Thursday calls for the training to expand to 40 hours a year for every officer beginning in 2021, up from 16 hours next year. It comes as the department also attempts to add nearly 1,000 officers to its force by the end of next year — recruits who all must undergo months of training before hitting the street.Meanwhile, the department said it expects the vast majority of officers to have completed a four-hour course on its revised use-of-force policy by Oct. 15, when those changes are scheduled to take effect.The department has moved to beef up its training efforts in the aftermath of the court-ordered...