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Online terrorism debate heads to Silicon Valley

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by Katie Collins - CNET.com British Home Secretary Amber Rudd will pile pressure on US tech companies to remove more online terrorist content during a meeting in Silicon Valley on Tuesday.Rudd is travelling to the US to take part in the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which was set up by tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google. She will call on the companies to take collective action to tackle online extremism.The UK has weathered multiple terrorist attacks this year, and Rudd has been vocal about tech companies taking firmer action to chase terrorists off social networks and other online platforms. WhatsApp in particular came under fire after it came to light that Khalid Masood, the perpetrator of the Westminster attack who killed four people outside parliament, had used the service in the moments before his death. "Terrorists and extremists have sought to misuse your platforms to spread...
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BY OLIVIA BEAVERS - The Hill The Department of Homeland Security said Sunday it is closely monitoring the foiled Australia terrorist plot in which extremists planned an attack targeting an airplane.“We are closely following the terrorism investigation in Australia and assisting our partners," DHS said in a statement."The Department of Homeland Security remains focused on the persistent and emerging threats to aviation, and we have taken extraordinary steps in recent weeks to raise the baseline of aviation security worldwide, especially to protect flights bound for the United States," the statement said. "We will continue to work with authorities in Australia and elsewhere to confront these threats.”Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Saturday that Australian authorities had thwarted a terrorist plan to "bring down" an airplane through counterterrorism raids.Authorities arrested four men in connection with the plot, The Australian reported.While those arrested have not been charged, authorities believe the attack was...
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Jakarta Globe Jakarta - Government officials from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and Brunei held a sub-regional meeting on Saturday (29/07) in Manado, North Sulawesi, where they agreed to increase domestic and regional cooperation as part of deradicalization efforts to counter violent extremism.According to a press release issued by the Coordinating Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs, the meeting highlighted the importance of cooperation with civil society institutions to strengthen the role of women in potential extremist communities and to develop education and economic means for citizens as ways to combat increasing radicalism.The Sub-Regional Meeting on Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Cross Border Terrorism, co-chaired by Chief Security Minister Wiranto and Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis, was a follow-up from last year’s international conference on counterterrorism in Bali.Ministers from the six countries agreed to establish a Foreign Terrorist Fighters Strategic Forum, which aims to synchronize efforts and share information...
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By: Amir Shah, The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — The Islamic State group targeted the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul on Monday, with a suicide bomber blowing himself up outside the gates, followed by three gunmen who stormed into the building. The assault set off a four-hour firefight that ended only after Afghan security forces said they had killed all the attackers. There were conflicting reports of casualties as the attack unfolded, with a witness saying he saw bodies of at least two policemen lying on the road outside the embassy soon after the attack began. In its claim of responsibility, the Islamic State group said its fighters had killed seven guards but the militant group often exaggerates its claims on the number of casualties inflicted. The IS attack likely meant to distract attention from the militants’ massive losses in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks. Also, IS said only two...
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By Hollie McKay - Fox NewsAs the Islamic State terror network loses territory across Iraq and Syria, analysts and experts assert that the terrorist outfit is increasingly capitalizing on the chaos of Libya, positioning the country as its point of resurgence.The black-clad jihadist outfit is believed to be regrouping and recruiting in the rural regions south of the main east-to-west coastal highway and in the far-west town of Sabratha, which is poised just 60 miles from the Tunisian border, since being run out of its Libyan “caliphate” capital of Sirte late last year.“The majority of their fighting force comes from Tunisia, so Sabratha is also a growing center,” prominent terrorism analyst Robert Young Pelton told Fox News. “ISIS in Libya can regenerate quickly.” Col. Ahmed Almesmari, spokesperson for the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), told Fox News that ISIS first appeared in Libya at the end of 2013, even before...
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by Kristine Phillips - Washington PostAustralian authorities said they thwarted an elaborate "Islamic-inspired" terrorist plot to bring down an airplane and arrested four men during raids in four suburbs outside Sydney.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the developments in what he called "a major joint counterterrorism operation" during a news conference Saturday.Investigators have released little information about the suspects or the alleged plot. Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin told reporters that investigators believe it was "Islamic-inspired terrorism" and involved the use of an improvised explosive device."At this time we don't have a great deal of information on the specific attack, the location, date or time," Colvin said, according to Reuters. "However, we are investigating information indicating that the aviation industry was potentially a target."Police said investigators searched homes in the suburbs of Lakemba, Surry Hills, Wiley Park and Punchbowl late Saturday. Reuters reported that the four men, whose names have...
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InHomelandSecurity.com BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court ruled Wednesday that Islamic militant group Hamas should stay on the EU terror list, saying a lower court should not have ordered the group removed from the EU’s terror list and sending the case back to the lower court for reconsideration.The EU originally listed Hamas as a terror group in 2001, a move that froze assets of the organization in the European Union. However the decision was annulled on procedural grounds by an EU court in 2014.The EU appealed and Wednesday’s ruling by the European Union Court of Justice said that the 2014 annulment was wrong and must now be reconsidered taking into account arguments not ruled upon in the original decision. However, it added that Hamas funds will continue to be frozen pending the outcome of the reconsideration.Neither Hamas nor Israel had an immediate reaction.In May, Hamas issued a new...
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Patch Eventually, the only way to avoid the scans will be to stay home, a Department of Homeland Security report says. By Shannon Antinori - Patch National Staff CHICAGO, IL — Passengers at O'Hare now have to submit to face scans before boarding certain international flights as part of a Department of Homeland security program run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Chicago airport joins locations including Washington Dulles International Airport and Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport as test sites for a program exploring the use of facial recognition technology. The program's goal is to make sure that people boarding international flights are who they say they are and to track the departures of non-immigrant foreigners as part of counter-terrorism measures.A spokeswoman for Customs and Border Protection told the Chicago Tribune that the scans are an easy way to confirm that a foreign national is leaving the country and...

Philippine Forces Hunt Terrorists at Sea

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The Maritime Executive By Noel Tarrazona As fighting between terrorists and government forces in Mindanao continues, the Philippine government has rolled out countermeasures to prevent the escape of members of the ISIS-inspired Maute group via maritime routes. Manila has announced two major maritime security initiatives to prevent ISIS-inspired militants from fleeing to neighboring islands near the Malaysian and Indonesian borders.  Making its first move, the Philippine government signed a maritime security agreement with Indonesia and Malaysia to hold joint trilateral naval patrols in the Philippine-Malaysia-Indonesia maritime border area.  Under the joint naval collaborative program, called Indomaphil, the three nations agreed that their naval assets will be allowed to enter any of the three countries’ maritime territory when pursuing terrorist suspects. In a joint statement, the three nations said that “the collaboration is to prevent extremists from making Southeast Asia or any country a base for their operations.” The Philippine military says that the terrorists in Marawi are...
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BY Mian Abrar ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan reels from yet another terrorist attack in Lahore – where a suicide bomber struck Police officials on Monday – the year’s summer has proved to be fatal for the armed forces as well as minority groups. Especially, The Shia Muslims have been a major target of the bloodthirsty terrorists.Of the terrorist attacks, ten have been gun attacks, six have been suicide bombings, while two attacks have been achieved by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).As per data collected by Jinnah Institute, a copy of which is available with Pakistan Today, a total of 18 terrorist attacks were reported between May 5 and July 24 of the year 2017, which claimed 205 innocent lives with the worst of attacks targeting Pakistan’s Shia community in Parachinar which left 72 people martyred, and over 200 injured.Patterns suggest that terrorists attack Pakistan and Afghan bordering areas.This provides credence to Islamabad’s...

ASU hosts terrorism training for law enforcement

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By Amanda Hoskins, WALB Reporter ALBANY, GA (WALB) Law enforcement officials from across South Georgia are learning how to keep our streets safer. Albany State University hosted the United States Secret Service for an anti-terrorism conference on Tuesday. Members of the secret service spoke with officers about several terrorism related topics. That includes terrorism trends and behavior-based approaches officers should follow. Members of the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office attended the training. Captain Craig Dodd said he thinks with all of the violence nationwide, the training is more important now more than ever. "There's a lot of things you can pick up just from talking to someone in an interview," explained Dodd. "They may not be someone you are actually going to arrest, but a person of interest. And this helps you know what to look for."Members of the Albany and Dougherty county police departments, as well as Lee county law...
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by Klisman Murati - Global Risk InsightsFollowing a string of deadly terrorist attacks, Prime Minister Theresa May is pressed to formulate a coherent counter-terrorist policy aimed at preventing future violent acts while preserving civil liberties.An independent watchdog slammed Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest move on counterterrorism in early July, comparing her plans to fine tech companies for failing to delete extremist content to those of a Chinese dictator. Max Hill, QC, warned such a move could force companies like Google and Facebook “offside” rather than encouraging more collaboration – making it even more difficult to track down dangerous material online.Tensions regarding counter-terrorism policiesThis is only the most recent counterterrorism proposal that has come under fire. Critics have slammed May’s latest four-part counter-extremism plan, announced after the London Bridge attacks, for doubling down on the same failed policies of surveillance, distrust, and infringements on basic rights. The package included measures to...
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by Terror-Alert.com Interpol has revealed a list of 173 ISIS jihadists suspected of being a part of a specially trained branch whose exclusive role is to launch terrorist attacks all across Europe, writes France 24According to Interpol, the terrorist organization is currently trying to reach Europe as part of a counter-offensive plan set up by ISIS shortly after they lost Mosul, the Iraqi metropolis where the jihadists proclaimed the Caliphate in 2014.The controversial list was created by consulting the basis of information gathered by the US secret services during the Iraqi theater operations and the ones performed on the Syrian front.The European counter-terrorism officials are very worried about this potential “revenge” plan, even if there is still no clear information that any of the fighters mentioned in the Interpol list would have arrived in Europe.Interpol argues that ISIS combatants may have been “trained to create and place improvised explosive devices...
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KQED By Alex Emslie An Oakland man facing federal criminal charges, including attempting to support a terrorism organization, described plans to attack several targets in San Francisco and the East Bay, according to recently unsealed audio of a detention hearing late last year.At the time, then 21-year-old Amer Sinan Alhaggagi was facing a single charge of aggravated identity theft, and the judge said that defendants with similar charges would normally be considered for pre-trial release.But prosecutors were still building a case against Alhagaggi based on electronic communication and a face-to-face meeting with an undercover FBI agent in which he relayed plans for multiple attacks.The communication started in late July, 2016, Assistant U.S. Attorney Waqar Hasib said at the hearing in December, when Alhagaggi was trading messages with an unidentified FBI source about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — known as ISIS or ISIL. Read more: https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/07/24/man-charged-with-attempting-to-support-terrorism-talked-about-attacking-s-f-east-bay-targets/...
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Daily Mail Queensland police 'swamped' with monitoring up to 150 terror suspects - and warn they need more money to prevent an attack Queensland police are claimed to be monitoring 100-150 terror suspects The list of potential suspects ranges in age, sex and employment status  Police Union President has called for extra resources to help monitor suspects  By Riley Morgan For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press Queensland counter terrorism police have revealed it is 'swamped' over monitoring more than 100 suspects across the state and have demanded more money for resources.The list of potential terrorism suspects range in age, sex and employment status, but the Queensland police claim the physical and digital surveillance needed to prevent an incident demands more money into high-tech resources.Suspects are on the list because of intelligence, behaviour or their associates and family and police are believed to fear they could become attackers or financiers...
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Explosion strikes bus carrying mining industry employees near home of deputy government Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiqby Hamid Shalizi, James Mackenzie - Independent UK A suicide attacker has detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul, killing at least 24 people and wounding 40, and the death toll could rise, an Interior Ministry spokesman in the Afghan capital said.Police cordoned off the area, located near the house of the deputy government Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq in a part of the city where many of the mainly Shi'ite Hazara community live, but they said the target of the attack was so far unclear.A small bus owned by the Ministry of Mines had been destroyed, government security sources said.Acting Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said at least 24 people had been killed and 40 wounded but the casualty toll could rise further.​Salim Rasouli, director of the city's hospitals, said at least 13...
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by Soeren Kern  •  Gatestone Institute    "I am in fundamental disagreement with these left-wing people who do everything to dissociate fundamentalism from Islam. Islam has been radicalized for fifty years. On the Shiite side, there was Imam Khomeini and his Islamic revolution. In the Sunni world, there was Saudi Arabia, which used its immense resources to finance the spread of this fanaticism of Wahhabism. But this historical evolution took place within Islam and not outside. When the people of the Islamic State attack, they do it by saying 'Allahu Akbar.' So how can we then say that this has nothing to do with Islam? It must be stopped." — Sir Salman Rushdie, author of the novel The Satanic Verses, who has been hunted to be killed by Muslim extremists for nearly 30 years.    Residents of the Paris suburb of Mée-sur-Seine complained that a mosque was blasting prayers on outdoor loudspeakers well...
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OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)-- A 22-year-old Oakland man has been indicted for allegedly attempting to provide material support to the terrorist organization the Islamic State group, U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch and other federal officials said today.The indictment against Amer Sinan Alhaggagi that was issued by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on Thursday alleges that he knowingly attempted to provide services and personnel to ISIS between July and November of 2016 and notes that ISIS was designated a foreign terrorist organization by former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in 2014.The indictment alleges that the services Alhaggagi attempted to provide included opening social media accounts for the use, benefit, and promotion of ISIS. It also alleges three identity theft offenses, two counts of identity theft and one count of aggravated identity theft.Those counts alleged that Alhaggagi used a stolen credit card to make $4,932 in fraudulent...

Is Turkey Becoming Another Iran?

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Is Turkey Becoming Another Iran?by Uzay Bulut  •  July 20, 2017 at 4:00 am* Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish secondary schools, after being described as a "controversial subject" by the government.* So, the question naturally arises what exactly will Turkish schoolchildren be taught instead. The answer is "jihad." Turkey is in the process of including the concept of jihad in compulsory school curricula. In eighth grade, jihad will also be taught under the title "Struggling on the Path to Allah: Jihad," under a chapter called "Worshipping Allah."* The Ministry of National Education has also increased class hours for the mandatory course in "religion, culture and morality," and decreased art and philosophy classes to one hour per week. Turkey has recently been in the news for various developments that include, among other matters, its record number of jailed journalists, the destruction of Kurdish towns and forced displacement of...
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by Michael Balsamo Associated Press LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says security at the nation's ports is a top priority to preventing terrorism.Kelly boarded a Coast Guard cutter in Long Beach on Thursday and watched a new unit conduct a demonstration responding to a mock radiological threat.Members of the Coast Guard descended from helicopters with their rifles drawn and stormed the vessel as part of the exercise. Kelly watched from a deck above as they charged stairwells to search the ship.Kelly says the threat to the nation's ports is "always changing" and the U.S. will continue to train for evolving threats. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Homeland-security-secretary-says-ports-a-11303928.php...