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In Homeland Security By Nikita MalikForbesThere is no doubt that those who went to join Islamic State were attracted by a deeply regressive and dangerous Islamist ideology. Yet, the decision to strip fighters of their British citizenship (including the recent decision by Home Secretary Sajid Javid to do this to returnee hopeful Shamima Begum) has unleashed a chorus of condemnation from almost every progressive commentator in the land.Javid’s decision makes many – including me – uncomfortable. For all intents and purposes, Shamima Begum is British – Bethnal Green was the only home that she had ever known – and we must be cautious about playing fast and loose with laws on citizenship stripping.  Moreover, preventing Begum’s entry to the UK (even if it is legally possible) is unlikely to solve the problem of what to do with her. Bangladesh, the proposed option, is disowning her.  It is quite possible that,...
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Dearborn Islamic School Linked to Iran, Hezbollah Propagandists Clarion Project By Ryan Mauro with Justen Charters and Alex VanNess Clarion Project has discovered that a private Islamic school in Dearborn, Michigan is linked to diehard supporters of Hezbollah and the Iranian regime. The school teaches students from kindergarten through 9th grade.Great Revelations Academy was founded in 2015 by open supporters of Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah. By their own admission, the school’s founders are dedicated to spreading his message.Fadlallah was a supporter of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran and is considered to be a key inspirer of Hezbollah. Some go so far as to describe him as the terrorist group’s “spiritual leader.”Fadlallah supported the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut that killed 241 U.S. Marines (who were serving as peacekeepers) as well as 58 French troops and six civilians.In 2005, he reiterated his support for suicide...
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Daily Caller News Foundation Who Is Kevin McAleenan, The Upcoming Leader Of Homeland Security?by Jason Hopkins Kirstjen Nielsen will officially vacate her position atop the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, leaving Kevin McAleenan as the acting head.President Donald Trump, frustrated over the growing immigration crisis on the U.S. southern border, accepted Nielsen’s resignation after meeting with her at the White House on Sunday. The president went on to announce that McAleenan, the current commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will be taking over her position in an acting capacity. Who is McAleenan and how will he likely manage the illegal migrant crisis?The soon-to-be DHS secretary touts nearly two decades of experience working in immigration enforcement. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, McAleenan worked for some time as an attorney in California. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, however, prompted him to apply for the FBI, but...

Russia's Military Must Leave Venezuela Immediately

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Russia's Military Must Leave Venezuela Immediately   by Jiri Valenta  •  Gatestone Institute   Russia was considering deploying strategic bombers full-time in Venezuela, according to the Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta, as reported by Moscow Times. The Russian media outlet also reported that an agreement had been reached between Moscow and Caracas to allow the deployment of Russian aircraft at a military base Venezuela's Caribbean island of La Orchila, where Russian advisers were dispatched in December. It is urgent for Washington to act before Russia and Venezuela reach their imminent formal military agreement. At the same time, NATO membership should be offered to Brazil, a major ally, and economic aid should be provided to Columbia. "[China and Russia] back Maduro to the hilt because they have much to lose if his leftist government falls. Both maintain crucial military facilities in the country... In recent months, China, the regime's largest creditor, has...
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NBC New York Suspect Charged With Terrorism in FIT Gun Scare: NYPD By Marc Santia, Wale Aliyu and Jonathan Dienst A Fashion Institute of Technology student was arrested in connection with a gun scare that sent the school in Manhattan into lockdown Friday, law enforcement sources said.Noah Lee, 22, of Manhattan, was charged with terrorism and weapons charges, the NYPD said early Saturday. It wasn't immediately clear whether Lee had an attorney. The school issued a "shelter in place" after students reported a video circulating on social media that showed the student in a school stairwell with what appeared to be a gun, FIT said in a statement. The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun, law enforcement sources said. The student was taken into custody at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square, according to FIT. Read more: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Suspect-Arrested-After-Sparking-Gun-Scare-at-FIT-Sources-508186971.html...

ISIS militants blew themselves up in Syria’s Raqqa

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Washington Post Monitor: IS militants blew themselves up in Syria’s Raqqa By Associated PressBEIRUT — Islamic State militants blew themselves up following clashes with the U.S.-backed Syrian forces in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which was liberated from the extremists nearly two years ago, a war monitor said Wednesday.The U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces first confirmed then denied the report.The conflicting reports could not be immediately reconciled, and reflected the precarious security situation in the city, which the militants once called their capital, and which remains plagued with lawlessness despite efforts to rebuild.SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali called the initial news a “misunderstanding.” Bali said the explosion was caused by a land mine that wounded people. Another activist group, Raqqa Being Slaughtered Silently, said a land mine that went off in the western part of Raqqa killed two people.But Rami Abdurrahman, head of Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said militants attacked...
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USA Today New Zealand mosque shooting suspect faces 50 murder charges, 39 attempted murder charges Nick Perry, Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand – The man accused of carrying out the Christchurch mosque attacks will face 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges when he makes his second court appearance, New Zealand police said Thursday.Police had earlier filed a single, representative murder charge against 28-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant. He is due to appear via video link during a brief hearing on Friday, and won’t be required to enter a plea.Fifty people died in the March 15 attacks on two mosques and another 50 were injured.Police said in a brief statement that they were considering filing more charges against the alleged shooter but couldn’t comment further as the case was before the court.Tarrant’s first appearance was on the day after the attacks in the Christchurch District Court. His case has...
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Jihad Watch by Robert Spencer “If I did not harm to anyone, if I committed no harm in Syria for four years, what kind of threat can I be to Britain?”That she committed no harm in Syria for four years remains unproven, and even if it is true, she was in the Islamic State, and she was a true believer; to whom could she do harm there other than the occasional Infidel sex slave? But in Britain, she could aid in jihad recruitment, in which she has engaged before, raise jihadi children, and more.“I know the British public, they are scared, they don’t want to deal with us, but they must deal with us.”Why must they? And the answer is likely this: because Theresa May and/or Jeremy Corbyn will force them to do so.“I feel British, but Britain refuses to take us.” Read more: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/04/isis-recruiter-demands-to-return-to-uk-the-british-are-scared-they-dont-want-to-deal-with-us-but-they-must...
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Department of Justice Office of Public AffairsMissouri Man Pleads Guilty to Providing Material Support to TerroristsRamiz Zijad Hodzic, 44, of St. Louis County, Missouri, pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and one count of providing material support to terrorists.  Hodzic appeared today before Judge Catherine D. Perry who accepted his plea and set his sentencing for June 18, 2019.  Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey B. Jensen for the Eastern District of Missouri and Special Agent in Charge Richard Quinn of the FBI’s St. Louis Division made the announcement.Charged in the indictment are: Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, his wife Sedina Unkic Hodzic, and Armin Harcevic, all of St. Louis County, Missouri, Nihad Rosic, of Utica, New York, and Mediha Medy Salkicevic, of Schiller Park, Illinois.  All defendants are charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources...
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Forbes Why We Must Use The Rome Statute To Prosecute Terrorists For Human Traffickingby Nikita Malik, Cybersecurity Previously, I have written about how terrorist groups are increasingly involved in human trafficking, whereby women and girls of ideologically opposed groups or religions are targeted. This phenomenon involves the perpetration of various forms of sexual violence against the victims of trafficking.The commission of the interlinked crimes of human trafficking, sexual violence, and terrorism is relatively new, encompassing a vicious cycle in which each crime effectively flows from the commission of the others: sexual violence is facilitated by human trafficking, human trafficking is motivated, in part, by sexual violence, and both crimes spread terror among civilian populations.In light of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) signaling the possibility of investigating crimes of human trafficking committed in Libya, I co-wrote an academic article last month arguing that the link between human trafficking,...
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The Jerusalem Post Israeli intelligence allegedly shared the new information with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who warned Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri of the secret facility on his state visit in March. By Uri Bollag Hezbollah has built a new missile factory in Beirut with the help of Iran, a Channel 13 report revealed on Monday night.Israeli intelligence reportedly shared the new information with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who warned Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri of the secret facility on his state visit to Lebanon in March and expressed his concern about the threat the terrorist organization poses to the country. Read more: https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Hezbollah-established-new-missile-factory-in-Beirut-report-585459...
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India, Chile agree to work together to defeat terrorism NewsOnAir.com India and Chile have agreed to work together to strengthen the global response to defeat and destroy terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. President Ram Nath Kovind who was on an official visit to Chile said this after a brief Tete-a-Tete with his Chilean counterpart. President said that both countries committed themselves to further strengthen the economic partnership. India and Chile signed three MOUs for cooperation in the fields of mining, culture and Empowerment of persons with disabilities. The agreements would further enhance engagement in economic, social and cultural fields between the two countries. Chile is the sixth largest trading partner of India in the Latin American region. Read more: http://www.newsonair.com/News?title=India%2c-Chile-agree-to-work-together-to-defeat-terrorism&id=361711...

U.S. Counterterrorism’s Big Blindspot: Women

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The New Republic U.S. Counterterrorism’s Big Blindspot: Women The United States doesn't think of women as active participants in terrorist groups. It also doesn't think of women as potential counterterrorist allies. By Jamille Bigio and Rebecca Turkington When the Trump administration, in late February, decided to block Hoda Muthana’s return to the United States, many saw it as an unfair and questionably legal denial of citizenship: Muthana, who traveled to Syria in 2014 to join the Islamic State, was born in the United States and previously possessed a U.S. passport. But in the midst of the furor over the particulars of the case, the announcement also signaled a growing recognition that women in violent extremist movements are not merely naïve “jihadi brides.” It’s one of a string of incidents in recent months that suggest the U.S. may finally be ready to address a longstanding blindspot when it comes to gender...
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DW Germany: Police conduct major anti-terrorism operationPolice are investigating six terror suspects who were allegedly planning an attack. The suspects, who were arrested and later released, are accused of being affiliated with the "Islamic State" extremist group. German police conducted a series of raids throughout western Germany on Friday and Saturday as part of an anti-terrorism operation, prosecutors said on Saturday. A total of 11 male suspects were arrested as part of the operation. All have since been released after no weapons or explosives were found. What we know so far Raids were carried out on Friday and Saturday in 10 cities across the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and one was conducted in Ulm in Baden-Württemberg. Eleven male suspects aged between 22 and 35, mostly Tajikistan nationals, were detained as part of the operation. At least six of the suspects are being investigated on suspicion of planning a "threatening act of violence against...
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  Sydney jihadist gives an ISIS salute as he's sentenced to 18 years behind bars for plotting to kill 'five, six, seven' people in Australia a monthBy Karen Ruiz For Daily Mail Australia Omarjan Azari had planned to kill seven Australians a month for ISIS in 2014 The Australian jihadist was sentenced to 18 years at NSW Supreme Court Friday  Azari was seen giving a one-finger ISIS salute during his sentencing He was found guilty of plotting the attack on the phone with an ISIS commander A Sydney man who plotted to kill 'five to seven' Australians a month under the orders of Islamic State has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.  Omarjan Azari, 24, was seen giving a one-finger ISIS salute and shouting 'Allahu Akbar' at NSW Supreme Court during his sentencing on Friday, The Australian reported. Justice Natalie Adams sentenced him to 12 years behind bars for planning the...

US Kids Indoctrinated With Iranian Propaganda

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US Kids Indoctrinated With Iranian Propaganda Clarion Project Read more: https://clarionproject.org/us-kids-indoctrinated-with-iranian-propaganda/...
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Lawmakers Press Tech Companies On Efforts To Combat Extremism Online The Hill By Emily Birnbaum Lawmakers said Wednesday that they continue to have questions after Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft briefed a House panel on their efforts to take down extremist content online.Members of the House Homeland Security Committee questioned representatives from some of Silicon Valley's largest companies in a closed-door briefing about how they deal with white supremacist and bigoted content online. "While I'm encouraged by their answers, we still have a long way to go," Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), who sits on the committee, told The Hill after the briefing. Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) invited the tech companies to come to Capitol Hill and discuss their efforts to crack down on violent extremists following the mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques earlier this month, an attack that was live-streamed online. Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/technology/436145-lawmakers-press-tech-companies-on-efforts-to-combat-extremism-online...
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Chicago Tribune by John Kass, Contact ReporterI’d hate it when some old-time police sergeant, usually an old white guy but sometimes black, would stand, hand on hip and sigh.And in the laconic and bitterly ironic tone of Chicago police, he’d make the big speech of five words:“Gonna be a bad summer.”I’d cringe, because, well, who the hell doesn’t know this?People are outside in summer. Rich people go places. But poor people go outside. And in Chicago, guns go outside with them.Calling it “gun violence” lets local politicians off the hook, because they want to shift the blame away from the lousy schools they’ve provided and taxes that cripple or drive away businesses so there are no jobs.The proper name is “gang violence,” and the gangs kill people over drugs, money, over revenge, over nothing, over they just felt like it.It was always going to be a bad summer. But something...
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The National Yemen - Elite troops supported by Emirati forces have begun a campaign to track down Al Qaeda militants in mountain hideouts in the Shabwa province of southern Yemen.The campaign, called White Mountains, complements a mission in which troops were sent to the three Shabwa districts of Nesab, Markha and Khourah in April 2018.“Fierce clashes flared between our forces and Al Qaeda militants in the district of Khoura, lasting for about three hours," Col Mohammed Al Bouhar, commander of the Shabwa force, told The National."It ended as our forces took control over their main base in the area that was used as training base."There were no casualties reported but the extremists from the base fled towards the province of Al Bayda, Col Al Bouhar said. Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/yemen-uae-backed-forces-launch-military-operation-to-track-down-al-qaeda-1.841734...
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Asharq Al-Awsat Fighters recall the last moments of the battle that lasted for weeks after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced last Saturday seizing ISIS' last bastion in Baghouz following six months of a wide attack that started in Sep. in 2018 in Deir Ezzor.Judy Kubani, a Kurdish fighter from Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) along the border with Turkey, said that the battle in Baghouz was different than the rest because those who remained were foreigners having a wide experience in fighting, and they took shelter in tunnels.Kubani added that SDF, backed by the US-led international coalition, was continuously slowing down the battle to avoid the loss of civilians used as human shield by ISIS. He stressed that they had to be cautious because hundreds of civilians were obliged to stay with the group.Raha, from Women's Protection Units, recounted how she and her fellows were involved in a six-hour battle. Read...