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Daily Pakistan by Sarfraz Ali LAHORE – Counter Terrorism Department (CDT) arrested six terrorists and recovered suicide jackets, hand grenades, and ammunition from them, a CTD official said on Friday.Those arrested were identified as Islam-Ul-Haq, Jahangir Shah, Imran, Waqar-Ul-Ameen, and Luqman who suspected to be a suicide bomber.The terrorists were arrested during a raid in a seminary located in Gajju Matta and they belonged to banned outfit. “They wanted to target Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches at large scale but they got no success due to high security in the city”, he added.The suspected terrorists are involved in attacks at Baidian and Ferozpur Road. They also killed an intelligence agency official in Sargodha some time ago.The suspects have been shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigation. Last month CTD Sindh Police and Rangers paramilitary force claim to have arrested 16 suspected militants, belonging to banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), during...
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The Times of Israel Mohammed bin Salman tells Atlantic the Iranian ayatollah is 'worse than Hitler' because he is 'trying to conquer the world' By TOI staff    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in an interview published Monday, recognized Israel’s right to exist and extolled the prospect of future diplomatic relations between his kingdom and the Jewish state. In an extensive interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Prince Mohammed laid out his vision for the future of the Middle East, including the possibility of cooperation with Israel. Asked whether he believes “the Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland,” he replied: “I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation. I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land.” However, in keeping with the terms of his kingdom’s regional peace...
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Eurocrats presented £105million plan to mayors of major EU cities in response to deadly terror attacks across the continent by Nick Gutteridge in Brussels PARKS and city centres across Europe need to be fortified to stop terror attacks, Brussels has warned.Suggested measures include installing X-ray machines and concrete barriers. More frequent use of “explosives detection dogs” is also being explored.Eurocrats said public squares, museums and football grounds, should have panic shelters, walk-through metal detectors and anti-drone systems.The proposals were presented by the EU Commission to mayors of major EU cities in Brussels.They were drawn up in response to deadly terror attacks in Manchester, London, Paris, Barcelona, Nice and Stockholm. Atrocities killed 61 people in Europe last year. The single largest loss came when 22 died in the Manchester arena bombing.Eurocrats have pledged £105million over the next two years to help boost security measures, on top of £173million already spent on...
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By Omar Said - madamasr.com As President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stepped into his first term in office, significant developments unfolded within a number of militant groups across the country. Among them, the Sinai-based armed militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdes, which pledged allegiance to the Islamic state and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and rebranded itself as Province of Sinai.The same group bookended the close of Sisi’s first term, but on a less ascendant note. A few months ahead of Egypt’s March presidential election, which unofficial polling numbers state that Sisi handily won, the Armed Forces launched Operation Sinai 2018. The comprehensive military campaign against armed militants in North Sinai, of which the Islamic State-affiliated Province of Sinai is the most prominent, has allowed the state to make headway in its counterinsurgency efforts, where security forces’ approach had previously been mostly reactionary.The differences in two of the major military campaigns carried out during...
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  Hamas using civilian protest as cover for mass military operation against Israel BY: Adam Kredo  - Washington Free Beacon The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas is planning a mass demonstration along Israel's border on Friday, prompting fears of a new war with the Jewish state ahead of the Passover holiday, according to regional experts and U.S. officials who say they are closely monitoring the situation.On the heels of a recent military exercise that observers described as "unprecedented," Hamas leaders have called for some 100,000 Gaza Strip resident to engage in six weeks of mass demonstrations along the Israeli border as Jewish families gear up for the Passover holiday, which begins Friday evening.Regional experts closely tracking the situation say the demonstrations are meant as cover for a mass military campaign to swarm Israel's border and stoke violence against the Jewish state.The situation is being closely monitored by Trump administration officials, who outlined...
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  DW Five Tunisians suspected of belonging to a terror network have been arrested. Italy has been swooping in on suspected terror networks in recent weeks amid heightened concern of an attack.     Italian police on Thursday arrested five Tunisians suspected of being part of a terror network tied to Anis Amri, who killed 12 people in a truck ramming attack at a Berlin Christmas market in December 2016.   Amri, a rejected asylum seeker from Tunisia, was shot and killed by police in Milan four days after the Berlin attack claimed by the "Islamic State."   One of the five Tunisian nationals arrested in the city of Latina, south of Rome, is suspected of having planned to provide false documents to get Amri out of Italy, police said.   In the wake of the Berlin attack, German authorities came faced intense criticism after it emerged Amri used multiple fake...
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7News By Domenico Lusi ROME (Reuters) - Italy on Thursday arrested five men in an operation against suspected supporters of Islamist terrorism, police said, after tracing the phone contacts of the Berlin truck attacker shot in Milan in late 2016. Four of the men, all Tunisians, were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to aid illegal immigration, while a fifth man, who is also believed to be Tunisian, was picked up for allegedly plotting militant attacks, prosecutor Sergio Colaiocco said. While the suspects played no part in the December 2016 truck attack in Berlin that killed 12 people, police discovered them by following the telephone records of Anis Amri, the Tunisian man shot dead near Milan four days after the assault on the Christmas market. "No link at all has been found" between the men and the Berlin attack, said Walter Dian, an anti-terrorism police official from Latina, a city south...
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WJBD Radio (SAN FRANCISCO) -- A man in San Francisco allegedly brandished an ax at a group of people he was fighting with, then got into his car and charged them, officials said.At least one person has died, according to the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. One person remains in critical condition, two victims are in serious condition, and one person is in fair condition, the hospital said.The driver initially fled the scene, according to the San Francisco Police Department.Witnesses told ABC San Francisco station KGO that the driver had an ax and was swinging it at the group he was fighting with. He then got into his van and drove into the people, witnesses said.Police have stopped a vehicle and taken one person into custody, KGO reported. It is unclear if the person detained was the driver. Read more: http://www.wjbdradio.com/national-news/2018/03/28/man-with-ax-kills-1-after-driving-into-people-in-san-francisco-officials...
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InHomelandSecurity.com SALE, Morocco (AP) — The head of Morocco’s counterterrorism agency said Tuesday that France should have alerted his country about the extremist behavior of the French-Moroccan gunman who carried out a deadly supermarket attack in southern France.While French authorities had monitored Radouane Lakdim before his rampage Friday and normally share information about radicalized dual nationals, “We were not notified about Lakdim’s radical background,” Abdelhak Khiame, director of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations, told The Associated Press.Get started on your Homeland Security Degree at American Military University.He spoke as French authorities filed preliminary terrorism charges against the attacker’s girlfriend — an 18-year-old convert to Islam who was also on a French watch list for radicalism.Khiame is not the only one asking what went wrong ahead of Friday’s attack, which killed four people. French media and opposition politicians have questioned how authorities let Lakdim slip through their net, after a...

Terrorism in Africa

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Owlcation.comby FRANCIS CHUKWUEBUKA OKOYE Since the end of the Cold War, the global space in general and Africa in particular has become increasingly confronted by the scourge of terrorism. In fact, virtually every continent have played host to such incidences. Like other security challenges, terrorism has engaged policy makers and academics across national and international arena in debates focusing on the causes, consequences, facilitators and measures to be adopted to address the scourge. [1] Associated with this challenge is the need to develop and implement a counterterrorism strategy conducive to human security perspective. [2] In view of the increasing lethality and casualty figures associated with the activities of terrorists, it is not an overstatement to assert that the scourge of terrorism has emerged as one of the fundamental security challenges confronting the international community since the advent of the 21st Century [3] and Africa in particular cannot be overlooked because...

The Counterterrorism Yearbook 2018

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Real Clear Defense By Sofia PatelThree key factors defined the terrorist threat landscape in 2017: the international coalition’s military dismantling of Islamic State’s (IS) caliphate, and their return to a nebulous insurgency structure; increased IS activity in South East Asia catalysed by the battle for Marawi; and the potential resurgence of al-Qaeda.These developments have in turn shaped the evolution of international counterterrorism (CT) agendas at local, regional and international levels. The challenges include the prospect of returning foreign fighters, the sustained threat of lone actor attacks, and the capacity of ‘virtual attack planners’. There’s no single way to address these issues and different regions/countries have developed their own policy and operational responses that reflect local socio-political developments. In addition, factors such as proximity to conflict, porous borders, low-levels of governance and corrupt state regimes have a tangible impact on how CT policy and practice is implemented. CT in 2017–2018 has...
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Clarion ProjectBy Meira Svirsky Less than a month ago and ahead of the international meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a news outlet considered to be a mouthpiece for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist AK party published an article titled, “What if an Army of Islam was Formed Against Israel?”The article called for the 57 member states of the OIC to come together and form a joint army to simultaneously attack Israel from every direction and finish off the Jewish state once and for all.The authors supported their proposal with impressive statistics as well as an interactive map of how this military force would proceed:    “If the member states of the OIC unite militarily, they will form the world’s largest and most comprehensive army. The number of active soldiers would be at least 5,206,100, while the defense budget would reach approximately $175 billion.”The article continued...

Surprise trip to Mexico by Homeland, Border chiefs

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Washington Examiner by Paul Bedard With little fanfare, President Trump’s Homeland and Border chiefs have flown to Mexico to ink significant trade and security deals that are already leading to a better, more professional relationship between Washington and Mexico City.Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen and newly-minted Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan arrived in Mexico City for bilateral meetings with top Mexican officials and tomorrow with President Enrique Pena Nieto at Los Pinos, his official residence.Nielsen discussed security and trade issues with Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete Prida and Foreign Affairs Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso. Theirs is the second high-level trip by Trump officials to Mexico since a planned trip by Pena Nieto to Washington was nixed over tense border talks. Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner visited earlier this month. Read more: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/surprise-trip-to-mexico-by-homeland-border-chiefs...
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Express ROME is on a high alert after a bomb threat sparked the evacuation of a popular shopping centre in the Italian capital this afternoon. By Tom Parfitt The security alert came after journalists at the newspaper Il Messaggero received a call claiming a bomb had been planted in a nearby car.A shocked eyewitness told local news site Roma Today: "We received the order to leave the building at around 2pm."When we saw the dogs and the police squad cars we realised that it was a bomb alert."Bomb disposal experts reportedly entered the building to carry out a sweep for any explosive devices.However, the phone call has since been confirmed as a hoax by police.Counter-terror officers have ramped up patrols in the Italian capital this weekend over fears a suspected Islamist extremist is on the loose.Italy's military police force, known as the carabinieri, are reportedly hunting for Mathlouthi Atef, 42,...
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by Gary Detman ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS12) — The father of Pulse gunman Omar Mateen worked for more than 10 years as an FBI informant and faced an FBI investigation for money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan last year, according to a court filing by attorneys for Mateen's widow, Noor Salman.Her attorneys filed the paperwork Sunday to dismiss the charges against her or grant a mistrial based on the new information.Salman's attorneys say the government violated her Fifth Amendment right to due process and Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial.The motion contained text of an email from Asst. US attorney Sara Sweeney to Salman's defense team, on Saturday.It stated:     I have just received authorization to disclose the following information about Seddique Mateen. If you should call S. Mateen to the stand, the government will not seek to elicit any of this information from him.    Seddique Mateen was a FBI...
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By Hilary Clarke and Nicole Chavez, CNN (CNN) A police officer who swapped places with a female hostage during an attack by an ISIS supporter on a supermarket in southern France has died of his wounds, French authorities said. Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, 45, was shot in the neck Friday after offering to take the place of a woman during a gunman's assault on the Super U supermarket in Trèbes. Police found two unexploded homemade bombs, a 7.65 mm pistol and a hunting knife when they searched the market after the attack, a French judicial source told CNN. The attacker, Radouane Lakdim, 26, a Moroccan-born French national, was a petty criminal already on the radar of French police for his links to radical Salafist networks, authorities said.When he burst into the supermarket Friday, he shouted he was a soldier from ISIS, witnesses said, before opening fire and killing a worker...
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American Military News An unauthorized vehicle crashed at Travis Air Force Base in California on Wednesday. by Peter Reid An unauthorized vehicle crashed into a ditch at the main gate of the Air Force base after breaching the security gates on Wednesday.The vehicle, loaded with propane tanks, erupted into flames and killed the driver while military personnel were making their way to the vehicle, according to CBS.Authorities said the driver ignited himself, which is why investigators initially treated the incident as an act of terrorism, CBS reported.The FBI joined the investigation, and Task & Purpose reported that a spokeswoman would not confirm the CBS report that the incident is being treated as terrorism.The driver of the vehicle has been identified, but their name has yet to be released by law enforcement.Read more: https://americanmilitarynews.com/2018/03/car-bomb-explosion-at-travis-air-force-base-ruled-terrorism/...
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By Kathleen Joyce, Lucia I. Suarez Sang | Fox News The gunman who killed at least 2 people before barricading himself inside a supermarket in southern France, has been fatally shot by police. The announcement came just minutes after French President Emmanuel Macron said the incident appears to be a terrorist attack. The unidentified gunman took shelter inside a supermarket in Trebes around 11 a.m. local time after reportedly shooting at a group of police officers who were returning from a job in nearby Carcassonne. One police officer was shot in the shoulder and his injury was considered non-life-threatening. The man then entered the Super U market in Trebes, opening fire and killing at least two other people, and injuring about a dozen.Local media reported that another body was found with a gunshot wound to the head behind the police barracks in Carcassonne. Sources said the gunman is believed to...
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By mohamed sharuhaan, associated press  Authorities charged the Maldives longtime former dictator and top judges and police officials with terrorism Tuesday as the government deals with political turmoil that prompted a weeks-long state of emergency.The nine people charged at the criminal court included Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the 30-year ruler of the Indian Ocean archipelago state; Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed; four lawmakers including Gayoom's son; and a former police commissioner.Prosecutors did not specify the grounds on which they are charged with terrorism. If convicted, they could be jailed for 10 to 15 years. All three also were charged with obstruction of justice on suspicion of refusing to hand over their phones to investigators.Saeed, Hameed and another judicial officer were charged with receiving bribes to help overthrow the government.Gayoom and the judges were arrested last month following a Supreme Court order to release several of President...

US, Jordan launch new counterterrorism training center

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AFP Jordan and the United States unveiled a counterterrorism training centre south of Amman on Thursday aimed at boosting the capacity of local forces in a region beset by conflict.The centre connected to the Jordanian Police Academy was opened in Suwaqah, 70 kilometres (43 miles) from the Jordanian capital.It aims to prepare security forces to cope with crisis management, hostage-taking, cyberterrorism and the detection of explosives."The anti-terrorism assistance programme for Jordan is ongoing and very important to us," Michael T. Evanoff, the US deputy secretary of state for diplomatic security, told reporters at the opening ceremony."The training saves lives and helps build the capacity of the host country. I am very happy to open this centre, and I look forward to its expansion and use as a central hub," he said.It is the second centre of its kind to be launched by the US and Jordan, one of the strongest...