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CBS News In the wake of recent terror attacks, officials are ramping up security at New Year's Eve celebrations. In New York, a test run took place Saturday of the glittering ball in Times Square to make sure it drops right at the stroke of midnight. The more than 1 million revelers will have to go through metal detectors. There will also be bomb-sniffing dogs and police snipers.CBS News' Barry Peterson reports on security across the world. The street music was lively and the crowds thick on Westminster Bridge, but this an era when even an 11-year-old like Jemma knows about terrorism.  She says despite her age, she knows about terrorism because "it's all over the news and it's like, yeah ... you hear about it a lot." In March, Westminster Bridge was the scene of a terrorist attack using a van, then a stabbing. The terrorist and five others...
PressTV.com At least 18 people have lost their lives after a terror blast hit funeral mourners in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, local officials say.The deadly explosion occurred when a terrorist detonated an explosive vest amid mourners, who had attended a funeral in Behsud district of the provincial capital of Jalalabad on Sunday, said Nangarhar governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani, adding that the blast also wounded at least 14 others.All the casualties have been announced to be civilians, who had gathered for the funeral of a former district governor at a cemetery in the city.There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the Taliban militant group and the Daesh Takfiri terrorist outfit have increased attacks in recent months, with ordinary Afghans bearing the brunt of the violence. An earlier statement from the governor's office said a dozen people had lost their lives in the terror attack in the restive province bordering...
KHOU.com Staff , KHOU HOUSTON - Police on Sunday arrested a man they say was found with several guns and ammunition in his Hyatt Regency hotel room downtown.Around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, employees at the Hyatt Regency downtown alerted an off-duty Houston police officer working security at the hotel to a man they described as "belligerent." Employees said he was harassing other guests in the lobby.Management and the officer asked the man to return to his room on the 28th floor. Officials say the man returned to his room, but headed to the lobby again and continued harassing guests. Hotel management asked the man to leave the hotel.Authorities say the man refused to leave but was gathering his belongings. That's when the officer noticed ammunition and several weapons. It's unclear at this time if the weapons were discovered while the man was packing or if they were in plain sight.After several...
Washington Examiner by Kelly Cohen Department of Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton labeled a shooting spree in Harrisburg, Pa., as a “terror attack,” using the incident to slam chain migration.Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty shot at several police officers at numerous different locations on Friday, injuring a state trooper. The FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Pennsylvania State Police, and Harrisburg Police Department are all investigating the 51-year-old, who was killed by police during the incident."Department of Homeland Security can confirm the suspect involved in a terror attack in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and another suspect arrested on terror-related money laundering charges were both beneficiaries of extended family chain migration,” Holton said on Twitter late Saturday.The statement continued: “Ahmed Amin El-Mofty was a naturalized U.S. citizen who was admitted to the United States from Egypt on a family-based immigrant visa. El-Mofty was killed yesterday in a shootout after allegedly opening fire and...
ABC News AP Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni is proposing deploying an Italian military force in Niger over the next few months to combat human trafficking and terrorism.He says the Italian Parliament will be asked to approve transferring some of the troops now in Iraq to the African nation, a major route for migrant traffickers. He cited no numbers as he spoke Sunday aboard the Italian naval vessel Etna, which has rescued migrants from traffickers' foundering boats in the Mediterranean.Gentiloni advised "concentrating our attention and energies on that mix of threats stemming from human trafficking and terrorism that has been consolidating in the last few years in the Sahel, in Africa."Italy has recommended focusing on Africa as a strategy to combat trafficking of migrants to Libya and then northward toward Europe. Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/italy-plans-deploy-antiterrorism-military-forces-niger-51977512...

Afghanistan suicide bomb attack: Dozens killed in Kabul

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BBC News At least 41 people have been killed and more than 80 wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul.A Shia cultural organisation was the target but the Afghan Voice news agency was also hit. So-called Islamic State said it was behind the attack.The interior ministry told the BBC an explosion at the Shia centre was followed by at least two more blasts.IS has been behind a number of attacks on Shia targets across the country in recent months. What do we know about the attack?The main blast went off inside the Tabayan cultural centre, but offices of Afghan Voice are also at the location of the attack. Students were among those who had gathered at the Shia centre for a discussion forum.The interior ministry said the event was to mark the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.The initial explosion was followed by at...
Fox News By Lucas Tomlinson ISIS has lost 98 percent of the territory it once held -- with half of that terror group's so-called "caliphate" having been recaptured since President Trump took office less than a year ago, U.S. military officials said Tuesday.The massive gains come after years of "onerous" rules, when critics say the Obama administration “micromanaged” the war and shunned a more intensive air strategy that could have ended the conflict much sooner.“The rules of engagement under the Obama administration were onerous. I mean what are we doing having individual target determination being conducted in the White House, which in some cases adds weeks and weeks,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the former head of U.S. Air Force intelligence. “The limitations that were put on actually resulted in greater civilian casualties.”But the senior director for counterterrorism in former President Barack Obama’s National Security Council pushed...
AllAfrica At least 54 university students have abandoned their studies to join terrorist groups in the past two years. The majority of them - 44 - joined the groups last year but this year only 14 have fled, a police report reveals.The decline in the number of terror recruits has been attributed to various counter-terrorism strategies by the Government."Most of the successes from current counter-terrorism efforts are largely due to close working relations between security agencies and members of the public who voluntarily share information with security personnel," says the report. Terror groups The students were among dozens of youths who left the country to join terror groups in countries such as Libya, Somalia, and Syria. But this trend has declined due to, among others, enhanced security patrols along the Kenya-Somali border and other Kenyan border points.Additionally, many Kenyan youths are increasingly becoming aware of the futility of joining militant...
by EuroNews An explosion has been reported in a supermarket in the Russian city of St Petersburg, injuring at least 10 people.The explosion was caused by a homemade bomb packed with pieces of metal, according to investigators. A criminal case has been opened on grounds of attempted murder.Nobody was killed and the motive remains unknown. Russian media reports said the bomb had been hidden in a locker where shoppers leave their belongings in a branch of the Perekrestok supermarket chain. Investigators say the device had a force equivalent to 200g of TNT.The state-controlled RT channel reported that nine people had been taken to, adding that more than 50 people have been evacuated from the building in the northeast of the city.The explosion happened at the busiest time of the year in the run-up to the New Year celebrations. Thousands of people are said to have been in the shopping complex...

FBI’s top domestic terrorism concerns for 2018

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By Kate Irby Fresno BeeRadicalized individuals — not teams of trained operatives — are the terror threats that most worry federal law enforcement agencies as the calendar turns to 2018.Combating them is challenging, since many give little indication they’re planning an attack in the first place.FBI Director Christopher Wray has indicated the FBI considers the most pressing domestic terrorism threats to be homegrown violent extremists radicalized by ISIS and other radical Islamist groups, as well as lone wolf attackers who aren’t connected to any other actors or groups. Cultists, “sovereign citizens” who don’t believe government constraints apply to them and those motivated by racial animus are a lesser but persistent concern, according to the bureau.Matthew Heiman, a former lawyer with the National Security Division at the Department of Justice, agrees with Wray that homegrown Islamist extremists are the top threat.“If you look at the numbers, the repetition and the consistency,...

Netherlands: Dutch arrest four for 'terrorism'

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AFP Dutch police have arrested four men including a Swedish citizen suspected of being involved in terror-related activities, prosecutors said on Tuesday."Rotterdam police detained four men early on Sunday evening on suspicion of being involved in terrorism," the public prosecution's office said in a statement.One of the men, aged 29, arrived on a flight from Stockholm earlier Sunday while the other three aged 21, 23 and 30 come from the cities of Vlaardingen, Delft and Gouda in southwest Netherlands.Dutch police raided three homes in the three cities and seized data but found no weapons or explosives, the statement said.Although "there is no concrete information to indicate a terror attack, police and the public prosecution's office are not taking any chances," prosecutors said without giving further information.The suspects remain in custody pending a court appearance.A Dutch citizen was sentenced to four years in November for preparing a terror attack following his...

UK: Going about Our "Normal" Lives?

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by Douglas Murray  •  Gatestone Institute    * One of the most striking images from the night of the London Borough Market terror attack was of drinkers being marched out of the Market under police escort with their hands on their heads. The British public at that point looked not like stoical, pugnacious heroes, but like a defeated army being marched into captivity.    * Contrary to all our public statements, we have become terrorised, just as the terrorists want.    * It is a glimpse into the soul of a city; and like all such ugly glimpses, we will turn away from looking at it, rather than considering it and wondering what it truly suggests.One of the most striking images from the June 3, 2017 Borough Market terror attack was of drinkers being marched out of the Market under police escort with their hands on their heads. The British public at that point...

Judge: American ISIS Fighter Must Have Lawyer

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By Clarion Project An American ISIS fighter currently being detained by the U.S. in Iraq must be given access to a lawyer, a federal judge has ruled.The suspect has been held since September 12 when he surrendered to U.S.-backed fighters in Syria. He is being detained as an unlawful enemy combatant and has not been charged.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a non-profit which works to ensure all Americans are afforded their constitutionally guaranteed rights, filed a motion challenging the detention and requesting permission to provide an attorney for the detainee. The Department of Defense filed a counter-motion. The government told the court they captured the unnamed detainee last month, and while he was willing to talk to the FBI, he “felt he should have an attorney present.”U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan sided with the ACLU. She ruled the military had to give the ACLU “immediate and unmonitored access to...
The Hill By Olivia Beavers Federal prosecutors argue that the man convicted of planting and detonating a bomb in Manhattan last year, injuring dozens of people, has been attempting to radicalize other inmates while in prison, CNN reported Sunday. Ahmad Khan Rahimi "has been attempting to radicalize fellow inmates in the Metropolitan Correction Center by, among other things, distributing propaganda and publications issued by terrorist organizations," acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim reportedly wrote in a letter to New York-based District Judge Richard Berman, according to CNN. Rahimi began passing out a range of extremist materials as late as October including terrorist propaganda, bomb-making instructions and other speeches by well-known terrorist leaders like Osama Bin Laden and late militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, according to the report.  Kim said two inmates were found with electronic discs containing the jihadist materials in their possession, which Rahimi shared with them. The prosecutor also claimed that...
By Elizabeth Zwirz | Fox News The Department of Homeland Security said chain migration is the common element in two cases allegedly tied to terrorism activities, according to a statement released Saturday.In the statement on Twitter, Acting Press Secretary Tyler Houlton said DHS “can confirm the suspect involved in a terror attack in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and another suspect arrested on terror-related money laundering charges were both beneficiaries of extended family chain migration.” Chain migration is when an immigrant gains legal entry into the U.S. via sponsorship by a family member who’s already a legal resident or citizen. The Trump administration launched a campaign against the immigration system, in favor of a more merit-based structure, favoring education and job potential as factors.The memo referred to Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, 51, who it said was a naturalized U.S. citizen admitted to the U.S. from Egypt on a family-based visa. El-Mofty went on a...

FBI thwarts Christmas terror plot in San Francisco

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   By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it has thwarted a Christmas terror attack in San Francisco by a suspect inspired by ISIS.U.S. officials say the City by the Bay narrowly avoided a massacre inspired by 2015’s terror attack in San Bernardino and October’s rental-truck attack in Manhattan, which killed eight. Court documents say Everitt Aaron Jameson was arrested this week while prepping for a rampage at the city’s Pier 39.The suspect was charged with attempting to supply support to a foreign terrorist organization.A local ABC affiliate reported Friday that Mr. Jameson, a convert to Islam who referred to himself as Abdallah adu Everitt ibn Gordon, eyed the location because he “knew it was a heavily crowded area,” and that Christmas would be “the perfect day.”The suspect had some weapons training due to a brief stint — a few months — in the...

ISIS Threatens Christmas Attack

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Fryeburg drivers get Christmas surprise from police

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The Conway Daily Sun by Daymond Steer FRYEBURG, Maine — Conway Daily Sun advertising representative Betsy Hopler-Ayres said when Fryeburg police pulled her vehicle over her on Tuesday, she was afraid she was going to be cited for speeding. Instead, she, like other motorists going through the Maine town, received a gift certificate to a local business.Hopler-Ayers of Fryeburg said the officer took her license and registration, and at one point, the officer asked her to get out of her truck.Two officers were involved in the stop. “I thought I was going to get a ticket,” said Hopler-Ayres, adding that instead she got a Christmas card signed by members of the Fryeburg police force and certificates from the Fryeburg House of Pizza and the Subway sandwich shop. One message on the card signed by the officers said “Merry Christmas and very happy healthy new year.”Hopler-Ayres thought the certificates and Christmas...

Angela Merkel: 'Urgent' need for Sahel anti-terror force

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DW Chancellor Merkel has called for the deployment of anti-terror troops in Africa’s troubled Sahel region. European and African leaders met for talks outside Paris to discuss plans to battle the growing jihadi threat. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the summit of leaders on Wednesday that making a counter-terrorism force operational on the ground in the Sahel was a matter of "urgency.""Islamic terrorism is spreading. We cannot wait. We need to start leading the fight as soon as possible," Merkel said. "This is an urgent task."She said Germany was ready to provide about €1 billion ($1.18 billion) between 2017 and 2021 to support the Sahel mission. The conference in La-Celle-Saint-Cloud, west of Paris, was hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and attended by leaders of five West African countries known as the G5 — Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad. Senior officials from the European Union, United Nations, African...
The Epoch Times By James Burke Sydneysiders will soon see elite police armed with powerful assault rifles on the streets in a move that officials say is to deal with the threat of terrorism.Nearly 50 specialist police officers in the state of New South Wales (NSW) are now armed with Colt M4 semi-automatic rifles, said the NSW police in a statement. NSW is Australia’s most populous state.NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said officers from the Public Order and Riot Squad (PORS) have undergone rigorous training in order to be armed with the rifles on the streets of Sydney.“This is an additional capability that will provide greater support for officers responding to high-risk incidents and ensure increased community safety,” Fuller said. “The community can expect to see officers carrying these weapons in public on occasion, whilst other times, the weapons will be close at hand,” he said.“In the current environment, we...