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WSVN 7 BALTIMORE (AP) — The suspect in a deadly shooting at a Florida video game tournament had previously been hospitalized for mental illness, according to court records in his home state of Maryland reviewed by The Associated Press. Divorce filings from the parents of 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore say that as an adolescent he was twice hospitalized in psychiatric facilities and was prescribed antipsychotic and antidepressant medications. The records show Katz’s parents disagreed on how to care for their troubled son, with his father claiming his estranged wife was exaggerating symptoms of mental illness as part of their long and bitter custody battle. The couple divorced in 2007. Katz opened fire Sunday at a gaming bar inside a collection of restaurants and shops in Jacksonville. He killed two people and wounded 10 others before fatally shooting himself during the “Madden NFL 19” tournament, authorities said. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike...
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By Ray Sanchez, CNN (CNN)A handwritten document titled "Phases of a Terrorist Attack." Talk of confronting and attacking "corrupt" institutions, including Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital. Jokes about dying in jihad. An underground stash of weapons and ammunition. New court documents revealed these and other details in the case against five adults who lived in squalor with 11 starving children in a ramshackle New Mexico compound.In a case infused with allegations of abuse and terrorism, prosecutors this week asked a judge to reconsider an order granting bond to all five adults arrested at the compound.As part of the request, prosecutors on Friday cited not only the death of three-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj at the remote site but also plans by the defendants to attack law enforcement and "specific targets such as teachers, schools, banks and other 'corrupt' institutions." The dead boy's father, Siraj Wahhaj, 40, and his partner, Jany Leveille, 35, have...
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By Lucas Tomlinson | Fox News The leader of an ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan, who was responsible for a spate of recent bombings that left hundreds of civilians dead, was killed in an American drone strike, U.S. officials told Fox News on Sunday. The deputy spokesperson for Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani announced the death of ISIS-K leader, Abu Sayeed Orakzai, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell said.  “I would also add that the United States unrelentingly continues its counterterrorism efforts against ISIS-K, Al-Qaeda, and other regional and international terrorist groups,” O'Donnell said in a statement. The airstrikes were launched in the Nangarhar province, near the border with Pakistan, according to Agence France-Presse. Ten other ISIS fighters were also killed.  Orakzai is at least the 3rd ISIS-K leader in Afghanistan killed in the past 2 years. The Islamic State has lost around 90 percent of the lands bordering Iraq and Syria...
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KTLA 5 Authorities in Arizona discovered $1 million in drugs during a traffic stop — and officials say that led them to a nearly 600-foot drug tunnel that runs between a former fast food restaurant and a private home in Mexico.It all began August 13, when police in the border city of San Luis, Arizona, say they saw the owner of a now-abandoned business bringing several plastic containers outside and loading them onto a trailer, according to court documents obtained by CNN affiliate KGUN.Officers pulled the man over for an unspecified equipment violation. During the traffic stop, a narcotics dog alerted authorities to the presence of drugs in the two containers.Inside the containers, police found 239 packages of various drugs, including over 261 pounds of methamphetamine, 14 pounds of cocaine, 30 pounds of white heroin, 13.7 pounds of brown heroin and 6.8 pounds of fentanyl. The fentanyl alone “translates to...
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Euro News By Chris Harris  with AFP Israel has changed its gun laws and opened the door to thousands more of its citizens applying for licences.Gilad Erdan, Israeli’s public security minister, said the move could help counter “lone-wolf attacks” by Palestinians.The change, announced late on Monday, could see up to 600,000 Israelis apply for gun licences.But a source in the public security ministry told AFP news agency that only an estimated 35,000 people would be interested in applying.Erdan was also keen to play down the law change and rejected comparisons with the US, where 15,549 were killed by guns last year, excluding suicides."There's no intention to reach a situation like in the United States," he told public radio on Tuesday."Here we conduct background checks on people's past, their health, including mental health -- you need permits from the health ministry and police."Under the new regulations, any Israeli who had extensive...
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Paris knife attacker kills his mum and sister shouting 'Allahu Akbar' as ISIS claims responsibility Mirror Online A knifeman armed with several blades killed his mum and sister and seriously injured another person in Paris in an attack claimed by ISIS.The attacker, who was known to intelligence services, was shot dead in the suburb of Trappes after charging at police.ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bloodbath, describing the killer as an "Islamic state fighter", but has offered no further evidence.However sources in Paris suggest that the slaughter was the result of a domestic argument.The 36-year-old taxi driver, named as Kamel Salhi in local media, is said to have attacked his sister in the street before killing his mother inside a home.Police sources told Le Parisien that the man told police while he was inside the home: "Allahu akbar, if you enter I smoke you all." Read more: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/breaking-paris-knife-attack-one-13125150.amp...
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Chicago Tribune by Becky Jacobs A Crown Point man who shared information about how to create explosives and poisons in hopes of carrying out an attack in the United States was sentenced to 15 years in prison.Marlonn Hicks, 31, wore an orange jail uniform Monday in Hammond’s federal court as his parents watched him be sentenced.“I’m not a menace to society, your honor,” Hicks said in a statement read by his attorney. “I’m not a terrorist. I’m a big teddy bear that got emotional.”Hicks pleaded guilty in October 2016 to distributing information regarding the manufacture and use of explosives, with the intent that the information be used for and in furtherance of a crime of violence.Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen sentenced Hicks Monday to 180 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.“This exemplifies the government’s commitment to prevent terrorism,” U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch said in a statement. “Rather...

Two Arrested For Allegedly Spying For Iran In U.S.

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Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Iranian men were indicted on Monday for allegedly spying for Tehran in the United States, including conducting surveillance at a Jewish facility and gathering information on backers of the militant Iranian opposition Mujahideen-e Khalq, the Justice Department said. Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, 38, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, and Majid Ghorbani, 59, an Iranian citizen and resident of California, were charged in the indictment with acting on behalf of Iran by conducting the surveillance, the Justice Department said in a statement. Both were arrested on Aug. 9. The indictment alleges Doostdar traveled from Iran to the United States in July 2017 to collect intelligence about entities considered to be enemies of the Iranian government, including Israeli and Jewish interests as well as people associated with MEK, it said.The Justice Department said Doostdar conducted surveillance in July 2017 of an ultraorthodox Jewish facility in Chicago, the Rohr Chabad House,...

Taxpayers Sue Over Islamist Propaganda in Public School

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The Clarion Project A local group of citizens is suing the school committee in Newton, Massachusetts for using Islamist propaganda as teaching materials in a public school. The group says the school’s curriculum is  based on  “unvetted educational matierals” produced by Saudi Arabian oil company ARAMCO and the Qatari government, reported The Washington Free Beacon.“Newton public school students are propagandized with materials that slander Israel and the Jewish people, and that falsify history to promote the Islamic religion in public schools,” said the group in a press release.The citizen’s group, called Educations Without Indoctrination, further claims that the issue is being deliberately suppressed by the school committee, as the committee has repeatedly stonewalled parents.“All that secrecy has now crossed into illegality,” said Karen Hurvitz, the lawyer for the group, in the lawsuit. “For months now, dozens of Newton citizens have come before the school committee to complain about the non-objective,...
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Army Times By: Kyle Rempfer The Defense Department has released the identity of the soldier killed early Monday morning in an overseas helicopter crash.Chief Warrant Officer 3 Taylor Galvin died Monday in Baghdad, Iraq, as a result of injuries sustained when his helicopter crashed in Sinjar, in Iraq’s Ninevah Province, according to a Pentagon statement Tuesday morning.Galvin’s helicopter crashed late Sunday night while conducting a partnered counterterrorism mission in support of the Operation Inherent Resolve coalition to defeat the Islamic State, according to a U.S. Central Command statement.The 34-year-old from Spokane, Washington, was assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment — known as the Night Stalkers — out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.The incident is under investigation. However, it was last reported that enemy fire was not suspected to have caused the helicopter crash.Galvin first entered the Army as a CH-47 aircraft mechanic in 2003. In 2007,...
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Daily Caller News FoundationVandana Rambaran | Foreign Policy ReporterU.S. officials confirmed that the man considered the most dangerous terrorist in the world after Osama bin Laden and a top al-Qaeda bomb-maker was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2017.Ibrahim al-Asiri, a 37-year-old from Saudi Arabia who is responsible for creating a host of bombs — including the underwear bomb intended to take down a flight from Detroit to Amsterdam on Christmas in 2009 — escaped U.S. strikes in the past, despite a $5 million bounty for his capture since 2014, according to reports by Fox News.Al-Asiri and several associates were standing beside his car when a drone struck and killed him, a tribal leader and a source linked to the deadliest affiliate of al-Qaeda in Yemen told The Associated Press on Friday. Al-Qaeda did not memorialize al-Asiri’s death as they normally would on militant sites, and instead...

German Court: Bring Back Deported Jihadist

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Gatestone Institute   by Soeren Kern  •  August 19, 2018 at 5:00 am   Aidoudi's asylum request was rejected in 2007 after allegations surfaced that he had undergone military training at an al-Qaeda jihadi camp in Afghanistan between 1999 and 2000. During his training, he had allegedly worked as a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden. "What we are currently experiencing is not a struggle for the rule of law, but a power struggle between an obviously ideologically oriented judiciary and unpopular political representatives." — Tomas Spahn, writing for Tichys Einblick. "Confidence in the rule of law is not undermined by a ruling such as that of the Gelsenkirchen Administrative Court, but by the fact that it took almost twelve years for Osama bin Laden's 'alleged' bodyguard finally to be deported." — Henryk Broder, columnist, Die Welt. Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12882/germany-deported-jihadist...
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EU to fine social media platforms that take more than 1 hour to remove extremist content The Next Web by Vishwam SankaranThe Financial Times reported on Sunday that according to new draft regulations to be published next month, the EU plans to impose fines on companies if terrorist content is not deleted within an hour of posting, abandoning its earlier approach of getting internet platforms to remove such content voluntarily.The upcoming legislation builds on guidelines first prescribed by the EU in March for removal of radicalizing online content within one hour. Following this, the European Parliament located in Brussels promised to review the progress made by companies and come up with new legislation.Julian King, the EU’s commissioner for security, told FT that the regulations would help to create legal certainty for platforms and would apply to websites of all sizes.Last year, the UK policy think tank Policy Exchange published a...
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TalkRadio 790 KABC by James Rojas - Field ReporterL.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti wanted the federal grant however a spokesman says a significant amount of misinformation led to delays and the city is will no longer accept it.   Groups like the Brennan Center for Justice say the program almost exclusively targets Muslims. The $425-thousand dollar federal grant was intended to develop programs to curb violence through youth mentorship, education, family support and social services. Read more: http://www.kabc.com/2018/08/20/city-of-l-a-turns-down-grant-for-counter-terrorism-programs/...
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Man armed with knife is shot dead in attempted assault in Spanish police station Irish TimesA man, wielding a knife and shouting “Allah is great”, lunged at an officer in a police station in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday in what police said was a terrorist act, before he was shot dead.Police said the man entered the station in Cornella, in the northeastern region of Catalonia, shortly before 4am GMT, seeking information.He then reportedly leapt towards an officer, brandishing a large knife. The attacker, identified only as living in Cornella, was then shot dead.“However you look at it, it was a knife attack against an officer [by a man who] shouted ‘Allah is great’ and other things that were impossible to make out,” regional investigating police chief Rafel Comas told a news conference. “For now, we are treating it as a terrorist attack,” he added.The attacker “wanted to die himself”, police...

Iraq Bombs Islamic State 'Operations Room' In Syria

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Reuters Staff BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq launched an air strike on a gathering of Islamic State fighters in neighboring Syria, killing members of the hardline militant group who planned cross-border attacks, its military said on Thursday.F-16 fighter jets bombed and destroyed an “operations room” where the militants were meeting. Islamic State, which once occupied a third of Iraq’s territory, has been largely defeated in the country but still poses a threat along its border with Syria.“According to intelligence, those terrorists who were killed were planning criminal operations using suicide vests and intended to target innocents in the next few days inside Iraq,” the military said in a statement.The Iraqi military has carried out several air strikes against Islamic State in Syria since last year, with the approval of President Bashar al-Assad and the U.S.-led coalition fighting the militants.Iraq has good relations with Iran and Russia, Assad’s main backers in the...
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By ADI News Services A federal grand jury on August 8, 2018, returned an eleven-count indictment against Mohamed Abdirahman Osman, and Zeinab Abdirahman Mohamed, for violations of false swearing in an immigration matter and false statements to a government agency.According to the indictment, Osman, age 28, and Mohamed, age 25, while living in China, applied for and were granted refugee status in 2014. The husband and wife entered the United States and have been living in Tucson since the time of their entry. In June 2015, Osman and Mohamed submitted applications for Legal Permanent Residence Status to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.The indictment further alleges that material submitted in support of their refugee applications and their applications for Legal Permanent Residence Status contained false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements. The alleged fraudulent statements included Osman’s true name and nationality and denial of his association with members of al-Shabab, a designated terrorist...

Suicide bomber targets students in Kabul, killing 48

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The Philadelphia Tribune by Rahim Faiez Amir Shah KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams, killing 48 young men and women and leaving behind a scene of devastation and tragedy.The bombing, blamed on the Islamic State group, was the latest assault on Afghanistan’s Shiite community, which has increasingly been targeted by Sunni extremists who consider Shiites to be heretics.It also showed how militants are still able to stage large-scale attacks, even in the heart of Kabul, and underscored the struggles of the Afghan forces to provide security and stability on their own.The attack comes amid a particularly bloody week in Afghanistan that has seen Taliban attacks kill scores of Afghan troops and civilians.It was not immediately clear how the bomber managed to sneak into the building, used by...
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Americans Killed by ISIS on World ‘Kindness’ Tour Clarion Project The Americans killed by ISIS in Tajikstan in an attack by ISIS at the end of last month were on a world tour to prove that “humans are kind.”“You read the papers and you’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary place,” Austin wrote on his blog. “People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil.“I don’t buy it,” he continued. “Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own… By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind.”Following a movement among fellow millennials, Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, both in their late 20s, quit their jobs after coming to the conclusion that they were wasting their...
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Press release from the DOJ:     Iraqi National Wanted for Murder in Iraq Arrested In California Had Previously Attempted To Gain Lawful Permanent Resident Status Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs Omar Ameen, 45, an Iraqi national, wanted on a murder charge in Iraq, appeared before a federal magistrate judge in Sacramento, California today in connection with proceedings to extradite him to face trial in Iraq.  Ameen settled in Sacramento as a purported refugee and attempted to gain legal status in the United States. The arrest was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott for the Eastern District of California, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Criminal Division, Assistant Director Michael McGarrity of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, and Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan of the FBI’s Sacramento Field Office. An arrest warrant charging Ameen with the 2014 murder...