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By Brian Michael Jenkins - Fox News The National Safety Council estimates that more than 400 people may be killed in car crashes over this Labor Day holiday weekend. And it says traffic fatalities claimed the lives of an estimated 40,200 people on U.S. roads in all of 2016. Yet traffic deaths often don’t make national news, unless someone famous is involved or a large number of people are killed in a single accident.My own search of public databases shows that since the year 2000, 170 people have been killed in the entire world in about 40 attacks by cars, trucks and vans driven by terrorists and people deemed mentally unstable. That works out to an average of about four people killed per attack, although loss of life is greater in some incidents and less in others. These attacks frequently draw heavy worldwide media coverage.Why? Because psychologists tell us that...

Certain terror offences should carry longer jail terms

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by Owen Bowcott - The Guardian Maximum sentences for certain terror offences should be longer, according to the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.Max Hill QC, who took up the role three weeks before the Westminster Bridge attack, suggested the crime of failing to alert authorities to possible attacks ought to be punishable, in serious cases, by jail terms of more than five years.There is no need for fresh anti-terror laws in the aftermath of jihadist attacks in Manchester and London this year, he said, but aspects of existing laws could be amended and improved.“With the benefit of experience and hindsight it may be the case that some offences have insufficient discretionary maximum sentences, which should be reviewed,” Hill said.Section 38B of the Terrorism Act 2000, under which an individual commits an offence if they do not inform police when they believe someone is preparing acts of terrorism, is one that...
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CBS NewYorkWASHINGTON  — A new warning has been issued for Americans traveling overseas to Europe.The State Department announced Thursday night that a travel alert for Europe is now extended until Nov. 30.The department said attacks in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain and Finland show that ISIS, al-Qaeda and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute attacks in European cities.“While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the Department remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks,” the State Department said. “U.S. citizens should always be alert to the possibility that terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning.”Terrorists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets and shopping malls, and local government facilities as targets. Also vulnerable are hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, and airports, the State Department reported.The State Department advises anyone traveling between...
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FirstPost.com Madrid: US security agencies warned Spain in May that the Islamic State group was planning an attack in Barcelona, where the jihadists claimed a deadly van rampage earlier in August, local media said on Thursday. The daily El Periodico de Cataluna reported that the US National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) alerted Spanish intelligence officers to the threat weeks before a man ploughed his vehicle into crowds of tourists along Barcelona's Las Ramblas boulevard on 17 August, killing 14 people."Unsubstantiated information of unknown veracity from late May 2017 indicted that the Islamic State of Irak and ash-Sham (IS) was planning to conduct unspecified terrorist attacks during the summer against crowded tourist sites in Barcelona, Spain, specifically (Las Ramblas) street," according to an NCTC briefing note published by the paper.A spokesman for Spain's CNI intelligence agency, contacted by AFP, refused to "confirm or deny anything on communication with other intelligence services". Read...
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DW The day North Korea fired a missile over Japan, the French president used a key speech to describe the battle against Islamist terrorism as his "top priority."French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a speech during the annual gathering of French AmbassadorsFighting "Islamist terrorism" at home and abroad is France's top priority said President Emmanuel Macron in his first major foreign policy speech on Tuesday."Providing security for our citizens means that the fight against Islamist terrorism is our first priority," he told a crowd of some 200 French ambassadors gathered in Paris.France has suffered a number of terror attacks in recent years, which have claimed more than 230 lives. Read more: http://www.dw.com/en/emmanuel-macron-fighting-islamist-terror-is-frances-top-priority/a-40281443...
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By: Kim Tong-Hyung, The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — The United States flew some of its most advanced warplanes in bombing drills with ally South Korea on Thursday, a clear warning after North Korea launched a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear bombs over Japan earlier this week, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said. North Korea hates such displays of U.S. military might at close range and will likely respond with fury.Two U.S. B-1B supersonic bombers and four F-35B stealth fighter jets joined four South Korean F-15 fighters in live-fire exercises at a military field in eastern South Korea that simulated precision strikes against the North’s “core facilities,” according to the U.S. Pacific Command and South Korea’s Defense Ministry. The B-1Bs were flown in from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam while the F-35Bs came from a U.S. base in Iwakuni, Japan.North Korea, which claims Washington has...
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Express THE EUROPEAN law enforcement agency Europol called for further collaboration between intelligence agencies to tackle terrorism as the threat levels grow after the Barcelona attacks. By Aurora Bosotti Europol chief Rob Wainwright urged European intelligence agencies and police to work together to stop terrorism as prevention becomes even more difficult.Speaking to the Today Programme, Mr Wainwright said: "I’ve seen a significant increase in information sharing between countries and agencies but we need to go further."The threat has been at the highest level for some time and it’s highly complex in nature. "We’re dealing with a very diffused community of thousands of radicalised individuals out of which anyone can become a potential terrorist at short notice." Mr Wainwright explained the EU is currently promoting a new project which would bring together international criminal databases to help both the police force and the intelligence community.The civil servant said that such project...

Afghanistan: How We See It vs. How They See It

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Gatestone Institute by Nonie Darwish CNN International, which is widely watched in the Muslim world, has not been fair to the American position in the current clash between Islam and the West and Israel. Western media have a strong presence in the Middle East but refuse to bring much needed enlightenment to the Muslim public, and explain that the West has a legitimate right to self-defense against Islamic jihadist terrorism. As a result, the majority of Muslims in the Middle East, and many in the West, have no clue why America is in Afghanistan and why Syria is a huge security threat to Western nations. After the invasion of Afghanistan, Islamic propaganda told Muslims that the US was intentionally poisoning its humanitarian food supplies in order to hurt the Afghani people. My own cousin, who received a good education in Cairo, called during the Afghan war to ask, "Why is...

Queens Man Accused of Going to Syria to Help ISIS

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by American Security Today Parveg Ahmed, 22, a U.S. citizen of Queens, New York, was arrested Monday on charges of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a foreign terrorist organization.The defendant is scheduled to make his initial appearance at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York before U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein.The charges were announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente, Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Rohde for the Eastern District of New York, Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney, Jr. of the FBI’s  New York Field Office and Commissioner James P. O’Neill of the NYPD.As alleged in the complaint, the defendant traveled to Saudi Arabia in June 2017, purportedly to celebrate an Islamic religious holiday. Upon his arrival in Saudi Arabia, the defendant attempted to travel to Syria to enter ISIS-controlled territory.The...
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Reuters by Sarah White and Rodrigo De Miguel MADRID (Reuters) - Spain will ask the leaders of France, Italy and Germany to discuss cross-border counter-terrorism at a summit in Paris on Monday, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Friday after dual attacks in Catalonia.Rajoy praised the police response despite mounting questions over poor communication between different investigators and an informal tip-off from Belgium which failed to prevent Spain’s deadliest attacks in over a decade.He told a news conference he wanted European Union partners to “analyze the current cooperation mechanisms ... and look at options to boost them and improve them.”A van plowed into a crowd in Barcelona last week, killing 13 people. Two others were killed during the driver’s getaway and in a separate car and knife attack in the Catalan coastal resort of Cambrils.The assaults have drawn scrutiny over how intelligence is shared within Europe as well as within...
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by Lizzie Dearden  - The Independent A man who attacked soldiers in Brussels with a knife was shouting “Allahu Akbar”, prosecutors have confirmed. A spokesperson for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said the suspected terrorist was a Belgian citizen of Somali origin born in 1987. He attacked three soldiers patrolling in the central Boulevard Emile Jacqmain shortly before 8.30pm local time (7.30pm BST) on Friday. “The man rushed towards the soldiers and attacks them from behind with a knife, whilst shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’,” a spokesperson said. “One of the soldiers opened fire and hit the man twice. The man later died in the hospital as a result of his injuries.  “The man was in the possession of a firearm replica and two Quran books. Two of the soldiers where lightly injured.” The federal prosecutor’s office has handed the investigation to a specialist anti-terrorist judge and the case has been classed...
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USA TODAY An Islamic cleric once convicted in the United Kingdom for stirring up racial hatred was indicted for using his public persona and his network to recruit and help the Islamic State terror group, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said in a joint statement Friday.Sheikh Abdullah Faisal, 53, also known as Trevor William Forrest, was charged in New York State Supreme Court with soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the first degree as a crime of terrorism, and other charges.Faisal was earlier arrested in Kingston, Jamaica, on an extradition warrant by the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Jamaica Gleaner reported.It was not immediately clear where Faisal was being held Friday or when the indictment happened.Faisal’s indictment comes after a year-long investigation by the police department Intelligence Bureau and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Counter...

North Korea fires missile towards Japan

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By Chris Perez North Korea launched a ballistic missile towards Japan early Tuesday — sparking fears of an incoming nuclear strike.The projectile overshot the country and eventually landed in the Pacific Ocean, but the threat was enough to cause people to take cover and seek shelter, with authorities warning of a possible attack on cities within Hokkaido and other parts of northern Japan.Local broadcasters had been instructing people to “evacuate to a sturdy building or basement” amid the drama, according to social media users.The South Korean news agency, Yonhap, first reported that Pyongyang had fired the missile from the Hermit Kingdom’s eastern coast at around 6 a.m. local time.Military officials said the “unidentified” projectile traveled 1,678 miles before breaking up into three pieces and falling into the waters off Hokkaido.The Japanese military did not attempt to shoot it down.“North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North...
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By Katie Bo Williams The Trump administration is lifting a controversial ban on the transfer of surplus military equipment to state and local police departments, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday.President Trump will sign an executive order Monday reinstating the Pentagon program, Sessions said.Former President Obama put a halt to the so-called 1033 program in 2015 after images of heavily armed police responding to protests in Ferguson, Mo., shocked the nation.Obama's initiatives blocked the transfer of armored vehicles, grenade launchers, armed aircraft, bayonets and guns and ammunition of .50 caliber or higher.“Those restrictions went too far,” Sessions said Monday. “We will not put superficial concerns above public safety. All you need to do is turn on a TV right now to see that for Houstonians this isn’t about appearances, it's about getting the job done and getting everyone to safety.”The ban was part of the previous administration’s efforts to re-establish...

Marshall’s plan to fight terror

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Adelaide Advertiser Opposition Leader Steven Marshall says he would empower police to audit public spaces and ensure they are protected against terror attacks by Daniel Wills, State Political Editor, The Advertiser SA POLICE would be charged with auditing all major public spaces to check their ability to prevent terror attacks and recommend changes under a new policy announced by the Liberals.Opposition Leader Steven Marshall said the plan was the “first plank” in a counter-terrorism action plan that the Liberals will roll out heading towards the state election in March.It follows announcement of the Federal Government’s strategy for protecting crowded places from terrorism.That plan offered guidelines on installing bollards and planters and other methods to stop car ramming attacks for use by businesses, councils and private operators. Mr Marshall said local sites including Rundle Mall, Adelaide Oval, Jetty Rd in Glenelg, Henley Square, the Entertainment Centre and Hindmarsh soccer stadium were...
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Express TERRORISTS attempting to launch an attack on Parliament could enter the building in minutes and kill more than 100 MPs, a shocking security drill has revealed. By Vincent Wood In the simulated attack officers posing as extremists managed to enter the historic building from the River Thames in less than five minutes.They went on to navigate the corridors of Parliament before storming the House of Commons.The operation laid bare flaws in the government’s security which could have allowed a massacre to be staged in the heart of British politics.Officials have confirmed the security failures have been corrected, with an armed guard now put in place to protect entrances from the river. And security officials have called for a barrier to be placed along the river to stop a potential attack.It comes just five months after Khalid Masood’s vile terror strike on the home of British democracy.The Westminster Bridge terrorist...
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By Russel Read - Circa.comThe Islamic State's latest propaganda video, released on Wednesday, features a 10-year-old boy who is allegedly the son of an Iraq war veteran.The boy, who goes by the name Yusuf, claimed to have immigrated to ISIS's so-called caliphate two years ago, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute. Yusuf describes his experience living in ISIS territory, and threatens the U.S."My message to Trump, the puppet of the Jews, Allah has promised us victory and promised you defeat," said Yusuf. "This battle is not going to end in Raqqa or Mosul, it's going to end in your lands. By the will of Allah, we will have victory, so get ready for the fighting has just begun." Unlike previous propaganda, the latest video featured little violence. Instead, Yusuf and his friend, Abdallah, are featured in scenes around Raqqa, Syria, the terrorist group's de facto capital.Yusuf...
JihadWatch.org By Robert Spencer Yesterday a planned Allah-Las concert in Rotterdam was canceled and the venue was evacuated after a jihad plot was discovered there — and a truck full of gas canisters near the venue. And now this today in Warsaw. It appears that Muslims dislike the name of this band. “Warsaw TERROR: Policeman injured by knifeman near venue where Allah-Las are set to perform,” by Will Kirby, Express, August 24, 2017: A POLICEMAN has been left injured by a man armed with a knife in central Warsaw in an incident believed to be linked to yesterday’s foiled terror plot in Rotterdam. Polish media have reported that the policeman sustained facial injuries when he tried to intervene in an area close to where US rock band Allah-Las, whose concert in Rotterdam was cancelled yesterday following a tip-off from Spanish police over a terror threat, are due to perform tonight. The...
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Terror-Alert.com The Islamic State terrorist group has released a new video calling on Muslim extremists in Southeast Asia to wage holy war in the besieged Philippine city of Marawi, while denouncing America and Australia for aiding the country’s military.Its release comes as the battle between Isil-linked militants and government forces in the southern Muslim city of Marawi enters its fourth month, fuelling fears that the terrorist group is trying to set up a regional base in Southeast Asia after crushing defeats in the Middle East.In the seven-minute long video, produced by Isil’s Al Hayat media centre, a fighter identified as Abul-Yaman from Marawi, appeals to Muslim brothers in East Asia, particularly those in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand and Singapore to migrate to the city “to perform jihad.”The graphic and chilling footage, which depicts dead Philippine soldiers and militant “martyrs” dying in battle, is accompanied by an American-accented narrator who rails...
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Fox News At least 11 people were beheaded in an attack Wednesday on a checkpoint run by Libya's self-styled national army by Islamic State militants, a spokesman said.Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Mosmari said in a Facebook post that two of those killed were civilians, while the rest were soldiers.The attack took place in the central district of al-Jufra, some 300 185 miles south of the coastal city of Sirte, which ISIS held until it was expelled late last year by Libyan forces.Libya sank into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed dictator Moammar Gadhafi.The country is now split between rival parliaments and governments in the east and west, each backed by a set of militias, tribes and political factions.There are now believed to be almost 1,000 members across the country, the majority of which located osuth of Sirt, the Times of London reported recently.   Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/08/23/isis-beheads-11-in-checkpoint-attack-libyan-official-says.html...