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Arizona governor: National Guard needed at border

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USA Today by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey The most fundamental responsibility of government is to protect its citizens. This is an issue for all governors, but it has added meaning and complexity for border governors.For those living with the consequences of Washington’s failures, border security isn’t a political issue, it’s a personal one. I’ve grieved with the widow of a rancher slain by an illegal immigrant and with the family members of agent Brian Terry, who was gunned down by cartel members 10 miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border. I’ve spent time with parents whose children’s lives were ruined by the drugs smuggled across our border.The majority of illegal drugs in this country come through our southern border. If you know someone impacted by drug addiction, there’s a good chance their last “hit” came from drugs that flowed through Arizona.For years, Americans, particularly in border states such as Arizona, have...
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Express UK Syria MISSILE STRIKE 'within hours': RAF on ALERT for possible launch BRITISH and French forces could launch an imminent missile strike on Syria within a matter of hours, aviation monitors have revealed. By Joey MillarA coalition force could fire “air-to-ground or cruise missiles” in the wake of a horrifying chemical attack on innocent civilians in Syria last week.Aviation experts AirLive have reported a “rapid alert notification” warning aircraft in the eastern Mediterranean to be wary of a sudden missile strike.AirLive said the alert was issued by Eurocontrol for a “possible launch … within the next 72 hours”.AirLive said: “According to reports, British forces are mobilising at their bases in Cyprus and Rafale fighter jets could takeoff from St Dizier airbase in France for possible strikes against Syria.” The Eurocontrol alert said: “Due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles within the...

Soldiers thwart suicide bombers in northeast Nigeria

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Fox News Associated Press BAUCHI, Nigeria –  A police official says Nigerian soldiers have foiled an attack by three female suicide bombers targeting the largest city in the country's northeast region.Victor Isuku, deputy superintendent of police in Borno state, said the assailants were spotted heading toward Maiduguri early Friday morning with bombs strapped to their bodies. He said soldiers shot at them and that two of their bombs exploded, killing all three.He said a police bomb disposal unit then detonated the unexploded bomb.Boko Haram frequently uses female suicide bombers. Its uprising has killed more than 20,000 people over seven years.The Nigeria-based militant group has recently stepped up attacks after a months-long lull. On Nov. 1, a car bomb targeted a military checkpoint on a road leading to Maiduguri, killing nine people. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/11/11/soldiers-thwart-suicide-bombers-in-northeast-nigeria.html...

An agenda for John Bolton

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The Washington Times  By Jed Babbin ANALYSIS/OPINION:When former U.N. ambassador John Bolton steps into the national security adviser’s job next week, the hyperventilating media would have you believe that the first thing on his “to-do” list is to start a nuclear war with North Korea and probably launch an attack on Iran just because we can. That’s nonsense.The media are terrified of Mr. Bolton because he is a conservative hawk and has made some very aggressive statements about the North Korean and Iranian regimes. He may be aggressive, but he’s neither crazy nor stupid.Mr. Bolton will be the president’s third national security adviser, after retired generals Mike Flynn and H. R. McMaster. Mr. Flynn’s tenure was so brief he couldn’t accomplish much, which can’t be said of Mr. McMaster. He and departing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson dissuaded the president from taking some of the most important actions necessary to...
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Evening Standard by Patrick Grafton-Green Counter-terror officers have arrested a 55-year-old man who flew into Gatwick Airport from Morocco today.The suspect is being held on suspicion of encouraging terrorism and dissemination of terrorist publications, police said.Scotland Yard said he was arrested shortly after 11am on Saturday and is in custody at a police station in south London.The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: "On Saturday April 7, detectives from the Met's counter-terrorism command arrested a 55-year-old man on suspicion of encouragement of terrorism and dissemination of terrorist publications, contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006."The man was later released on bail. Read more: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/counterterror-cops-arrest-man-55-on-suspicion-of-encouraging-terrorism-at-gatwick-airport-a3808221.html...
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Haley also wants the council to vote Tuesday on a draft resolution to establish a new inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons use in Syria Reuters and DPA El Haaretz The United States "will respond" to a deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria regardless of whether the United Nations Security Council acts or not, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Monday. Haley also wants the council to vote Tuesday on a U.S. draft resolution to establish a new inquiry into who is to blame for using chemical weapons in Syria, diplomats said. "We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done," Haley told the council. The United States circulated a revised draft resolution to the 15-member council, which it first put forward on March 1, amid a warning from President Donald Trump that there would be a "big price to...

Marine Commando: Failure Was Never an Option

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The Clarion Project The senior leader of an elite Marine commando unit was awarded the Silver Star for his heroic actions that led to the rescue of dozens of hostages during the November 2015 Islamist terrorist attack on the Raddison Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, the Marine Corps Times reported.Upon hearing of the attack, in which 170 were being held hostage, the commando devised a plan while en route to the hotel.    “There was very little time to respond. We fell back on what we had prepared for. There were points in which the situation became more intense, ambiguous and scary. At times, the situation we faced was confusing and difficult. However, our purpose was clear. That clarity and unity of purpose allowed us to navigate the ambiguity and manage our emotions to accomplish the mission at hand,” said the commando (who cannot be named) in a statement.On November 20,...
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Afghan-Pakistani Cross-Border Terrorism Cuts Both WaysExploring on-the-ground reports of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan presence in Afghanistan. The Diplomat By Franz J. Marty KABUL — Reports about Afghan Taliban safe havens on Pakistani soil are abundant and such refuges are seen as crucial for the militants’ ability to sustain their insurgency inside Afghanistan. What is often overlooked is that some extremist groups, like the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), do the same, but in reverse – seeking shelter on the Afghan side of the border (which Kabul does not officially recognize) to launch assaults on the Pakistani side.While Pakistani officials have been making such accusations for years, they – unlike the allegations from Afghan and U.S. officials regarding Afghan insurgents hiding out on Pakistani soil – never really gained much traction or attention.That these Pakistani assertions are not smoke and mirrors was recently confirmed though. On March 7 a U.S. drone struck a TTP...
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Los Angeles Times By Tracy Wilkinson The Trump administration on Monday urged the United Nations to open an investigation into an alleged chemical attack by Syrian government forces that killed scores of civilians outside Damascus.The United States also joined eight other countries to call for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council for later Monday to consider the attack. Yet that body is unlikely to go beyond words of condemnation because Russia, which backs Syria’s President Bashar Assad, is expected to veto any Security Council resolution for bolder action.U.S. officials circulated a draft U.N. resolution on Monday to create an independent commission to investigate the attack on Saturday. More than 40  people were killed in Douma, the last rebel-held town in the eastern Ghouta enclave outside Damascus.First responders and pro-opposition rescuers said many of the dead appeared to have suffocated from poison gas. President Trump suggested that Syria, Iran...
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Khaama Press A prominent local leader of the Taliban group was killed in an airstrike in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, the Afghan military officials said Monday. The Taliban leader, Mullah Lal Mohammad, was killed late on Sunday night in the vicinity of Nish district. The 205th Ata Corps officials in the South said at least eleven militants were also wounded during the airstrike conducted by the Afghan Air Force late on Sunday night. The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not commented regarding the report so far. This comes as counter-terrorism operations are underway against the militants in certain districts of Kandahar province. The Afghan Special Operations Forces stormed the hideouts of the Taliban group in this province late on Friday night heavy casualties on group’s militants. Provincial Police Chief General Abdul Raziq said Saturday that the raid was conducted in the vicinity of Maiwand district. Red...
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VOA News Voice of America German authorities said six people have been detained Sunday allegedly in connection with a plan to carry out an extremist attack on Berlin's half-marathon.In a joint statement, prosecutors and police said, “There were isolated indications that those arrested, aged between 18 and 21 years, were participating in the preparation of a crime in connection with this event.”Berlin police tweeted that six people were arrested after a joint operation with the Berlin's prosecutor's office.The German daily Die Welt first reported that police was able to stop a plan to attack race spectators and participants with knives.The paper also reported the main suspect apparently knew Anis Amri, a Tunisian asylum seeker who killed 12 people when he hijacked a truck and drove it into a crowded Berlin Christmas market in December 2016.The arrests came after Germany special force police raided the homes of suspected members of a...

History: Terrorism in 1969 Verona?

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The News Leader Dale M. Brumfield, Special to The News Leader The social and political turmoil of America in the late 1960s saw the rise of domestic terrorist bombings by groups such as the Weather Underground, the New World Liberation Front and the Symbionese Liberation Army, who were famous for kidnapping heiress Patricia Hearst. But two specific incidents that destroyed three businesses within days may have made county residents and the Verona Fire Chief wonder if domestic terrorism had also come to Verona.Just after 3:00 a.m. on January 23, 1969 an explosion and fire destroyed Moore’s Archery and Sports Center and Glenna’s Beauty Salon just east of Route 11 on Route 612 across the railroad tracks. A nearby neighbor, R. L. Ritchie, reported he heard a blast and saw flames burst from the building just before calling the Verona Fire Department. Although the blaze was fed from thousands of rounds...
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Bloomberg Inside the Google of Counter-Terrorism Once snubbed by the FBI, Europol emerges as a force By Suzi Ring and Franz Wild Shortly after taking over Europol a decade ago, former British MI5 officer Rob Wainwright met with then-FBI Director Robert Mueller to pitch the idea of sharing data, figuring he couldn’t turn the European Union’s budding criminal-intelligence service into a global force without America’s help.Mueller wasn’t interested, so the Welshman says he winged it.“If the FBI doesn’t engage here with their equivalents, the leading lights of the police world in Europe, then you’re a second-rater basically,” Wainwright said in his corner office at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, a state-of-the-art complex with bulletproof windows. “I had to do something about that.”Milking cooperation accords with hundreds of other agencies across Europe and abroad, Wainwright, who’s stepping down in May, has turned Europol into a transnational clearing house for information on...

Twitter bans 270000 accounts for 'promoting terrorism'

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The Guardian Twitter removed more than 270,000 accounts around the world for promoting terrorism in the second half of 2017, according to the company’s latest transparency report.The number of accounts permanently suspended for sharing what the firm called extremist content between July and December represents a drop for the second period in a row.The social network puts this down to “years of hard work making our site an undesirable place for those seeking to promote terrorism”.Nick Pickles, Twitter UK’s head of public policy, said: “The overwhelming majority of these accounts were detected by our own technology, with just 0.2% of the accounts we suspended in 2017 being flagged by the police.”Almost 75% of accounts were suspended before they sent their first tweet, according to the report, and 93% were discovered by tools that Twitter engineers had built.Twitter is understood to also use a combination of US and EU lists of...
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Bloomberg By Jennifer Epstein President Donald Trump is directing the National Guard to assist border patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexico boundary, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday.Nielsen declined to say how many troops would be sent to the border or how long they would stay there but said the deployment “will be strong.”“It’s time to act,” Nielsen said. She added that, while details will be worked out with governors, “we do hope that the deployment begins immediately.”The move follows Trump’s warning Tuesday to Mexican leaders that he would abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement without assurances of help on securing the border.Nielsen said that her department sees dangerous levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking across the border. Trump plans to sign a proclamation Wednesday directing the Defense Department and Homeland Security Department to work with governors to deploy National Guard units to the border, Nielsen said.She said...
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ABC News By James Gordon Meek, Mike Levine, and Luis Martinez The FBI is conducting painstaking DNA tests on a batch of human remains which could be those of American hostages killed in ISIS captivity, after agents and U.S. commandos recently unearthed them from liberated areas in Syria, ABC News has learned.It may be months before testing at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va., determines whether any are those of Americans or other westerners executed by ISIS or killed while held hostage, officials and family members said.The successful recovery of human remains gives hope to American families eager to lay their loved ones to rest at home -- even as they are urging the U.S. government to bring to justice two captured ISIS guards who helped U.S. authorities pinpoint the Syrian grave sites where remains were recovered.Several officials told ABC News that a decision still has not been made on...

YouTube shooter's father warned police

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  By Mary Kekatos and Emily Crane and Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com Cops found YouTube shooter asleep in her car hours BEFORE rampage, after her worried father alerted police that she was missing and angry and was heading for the site's HQ Nasim Agdham, 39, shot three people and took her own life at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno on Tuesday Her family called police on Monday to report her missing after she failed to answer her cellphone for two days Ismail Agdham, her father, said he warned police that she might be heading to YouTube's headquarters because she 'hated' the company Police called her family on Tuesday at 2am to report they found her sleeping in her car Nasim Aghdam had a significant online presence with multiple YouTube channels and social media pages Her channels included workout clips, animal abuse videos and vegan cooking tutorials One video from January...
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South China Morning Post by Wendy Wu China is facing a growing threat from trained jihadists re-entering the country, security and diplomatic analysts warned, after it was revealed that the number of such people intercepted by the authorities in 2017 was 16 times as high as the year before.The size of the increase was revealed by Ji Zhiye, head of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, though he did not provide absolute figures.The steep rise in the number of people apprehended might have been a result of China tightening its border controls, but the complicated geopolitical situation in neighbouring countries had heightened the risk, he said.Jihadists could return to China via Russia or central Asia, and their options had been increased as a result of Beijing’s growing ties with the latter through its “Belt and Road Initiative”, Ji said. Li Shaoxian, director of the China-Arab Research Institute at Ningxia...
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The New Arab A US airstrike last weekend in southwestern Libya killed two al-Qaeda militants, including a top recruiter, the military's Africa Command said.Musa Abu Dawud was a high ranking official of the terror network's North Africa branch, known as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.His death was confirmed after "operational reporting" and "damage battle assessment" was completed, AFRICOM said in a statement on Wednesday."He provided critical logistics support, funding and weapons to AQIM, enabling the terrorist group to threaten and attack US and Western interests in the region," AFRICOM said.The statement did not identify the other militant killed in the March 24 strike near the Libyan town of Ubari.The US military said no civilians were killed.Videos and photos circulated online purporting to show the aftermath of the strike show a body on the ground and shrapnel-riddled cars outside a severely damaged house.The footage could not be independently authenticated but appeared...
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ABC News by Erin Dooley More and more schools are using armed security personnel, according to a report released Thursday by the National Center for Education Statistics.Roughly 72 percent of secondary and 45 percent of primary schools report having security staff present last year, up from 63 percent and 26 percent, respectively, a decade ago. The vast majority of security personnel carry a firearm, data show.During the 2014-2015 school year, 20 children were murdered at school, the report said. Two people were killed by law enforcement officers intervening in a disturbance.The report comes amid fierce debate over whether public schools should arm teachers — a controversial proposition that Trump floated during the White House's school safety listening session after the Parkland, Fla. school shooting last month.But critics argue that there's a "stark contrast" between deploying armed law enforcement in schools and equipping teachers with firearms they may not feel comfortable...