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Terror threat to US rail puts law enforcement on alert

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ABC NewsBy Erin Dooley and David KerleyWith terrorist groups renewing calls for would-be attackers to target American rail lines, at least one local law enforcement agency in the U.S. is using drones to help guard against such a threat.The police chief for the Philadelphia-area's mass-transit system said he has known for some time that more than 140,000 miles of rail lines crisscrossing America are "porous" and had thought for a while of using drones to monitor the agency's tracks.He initiated the drone program after an article in the latest issue of al Qaeda's English-language publication gave step-by-step instructions for fashioning a "homemade derail tool" and claimed that railroads are among America's "easiest targets.""It is time that we instill fear and make them impose strict security measures to trains as they did with their air transportation," the publication said.The al Qaeda article prompted the federal Transportation Security Administration to send a...

Trump calls for crushing terrorists with military means

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Military Times By: Jill Colvin, The Associated Press JUPITER, Fla. — President Donald Trump denounced the deadly mosque attack in Egypt and reached out to its president, asserting the world must crush terrorists by military means — and insisting the U.S. needs a southern border wall and the travel ban tied up in courts.“Need the WALL, need the BAN!” Trump tweeted Friday before calling Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. “God bless the people of Egypt.”The attack’s aftermath played out as Trump mixed work and play in sunny Florida, golfing — quickly, he claimed — with pros Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson, speaking with foreign leaders and tweeting briskly.Trump spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before his attention turned to the attack in Egypt, where at least 235 people were killed when Islamic militants attacked a crowded mosque during prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives and spraying worshippers with...
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Express GERMANY’S Christmas markets are to be protected by a “ring of steel” amid fears they could once again be the target of terrorist attacks. By Rebecca PinningtonA terrorist sworn to the so-called Islamic State killed 12 people when he drove a lorry into a Christmas market in central Berlin in December 2016.Tight security measures are designed to prevent a repeat of the devastating attack in the German capital this year. In Bochum, western Germany, organisers decorated concrete bollards blocking out pedestrianised areas, wrapping them up as Christmas presents with bows to make them look more festive.Meanwhile at other markets, there were security staff patrolling the market, and concrete barriers to protect shoppers from a copycat attack after the tragedy in Berlin last year.Germany boasts some 2,600 Christmas markets, which are famous around the world for their stalls selling candied nuts, sausages, mulled wine and local handicrafts.They are beloved by...

New Year’s Eve terror plot thwarted

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news.com.au COUNTER-TERROR police have arrested a 20-year-old man at a home in Victoria over an alleged plot to carry out a terrorist mass shooting attack on News Year’s Eve. Ben Graham and AAP POLICE believe they have thwarted a New Year’s Eve attack in Melbourne’s Federation Square after a dramatic arrest yesterdayA 20-year-old was arrested by at a house in Werribee about 3pm on Monday by Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police and ASIO officers.He is currently being interviewed in relation to the offences of preparing to commit a terrorist attack and collecting documents to facilitate a terrorist act.In a press conference this morning, Victoria Police say the man allegedly plotted to obtain a firearm to “shoot and kill as many people as he could” at Melbourne’s Federation Square on New Year’s Eve.“The allegations are that he was planning to commit a terrorist act and that he attempted to obtain a...

War On Terror Shifts to Attacks on Finances

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The Epoch Times By Joshua Philipp The war on terrorism is changing form, moving from battlefields to courtrooms, and from bullets to the finances that make terror attacks possible.In Afghanistan, on Nov. 19, the U.S. military bombed 10 of the Taliban’s opium production factories. According to Stars and Stripes it was “the first major use of new White House-approved authorities to target the insurgents’ revenue stream.”The actions pull from a tried and true method of combating terrorism, which aims to collapse the organizations at their foundations, by disabling the complex web of front money-movers, organized crime, and “charity” front operations.“You see that the current organizations are evolving, thinking of new strategies, new ways to fight the West; and we have to fight back in similar ways—we have to think out of the box,” said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of Shurat HaDin, a Tel Aviv-based law center that represents the families of...
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RT.com Distressing images allegedly intercepted from messaging apps used by extremists have been shared by media. Festive scenes in European locations are depicted darkened by themes relating to blood-spilling attacks.According to at least two propaganda posters, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is planning attacks on cities in the UK and France. One of the images given exclusively to the Epoch Times multi-language newspaper by a darknet intelligence company, BlackOps Cyber, earlier this week shows a hooded figure standing over a kneeling Santa in what appears to be London's popular Regent Street.RT has blurred the captions on the pictures as they contain calls for extremism by IS. The terrorist group is banned in Russia. Online activists claimed they had obtained the picture from a terrorist instant messaging chat, adding that it's the first time they have seen this particular poster. The image also features a message in three languages (English, French...
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Maggie Michael and Hamza Hendawi - The Globe and Mail CAIRO The Associated PressEgypt was reeling Sunday from the horrific militant attack on a mosque in northern Sinai that killed 305 people two days earlier — the deadliest assault by Islamic extremists in its modern history and a grim milestone in a long-running fight against the insurgency led by an Islamic State affiliate.Survivors and Egypt's top prosecutor have given accounts of the massacre that unfolded as more than two dozen assailants, carrying a black IS banner, unleashed gunfire and explosions during Friday prayers at the Al-Rawdah Mosque in a sleepy village by the same name near the small town of Bir al-Abd.The attackers arrived in five SUVs, took positions across from the mosque's door and windows, and just as the imam was about to deliver his sermon from the pulpit, they opened fire and tossed grenades at the estimated 500...
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NBC Newsby Ali ArouziLONDON — Iran's new naval commander has vowed to send warships to America's backyard.Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi said plans were being drawn up for vessels to be deployed to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean "in the near future." They would also visit South American countries, he added. Tehran has long complained about U.S. ships being based in the Persian Gulf.Speaking at his first press conference since being appointed, Khanzadi promised his navy would "wave the flag of our country in the Gulf of Mexico."He pointed out that "the appearance of our vessels in the Mediterranean and Suez Canal shocked the world and the U.S. also made comments on it."It isn't the first time Iran's military has pledged its ships would enter the Gulf of Mexico.Khanzadi’s predecessor Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari said in 2014 that Iran planned to send vessels close to American maritime borders as...
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Bloomberg by Eric Newcomer Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies, a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing company ousted Joe Sullivan, chief security officer, and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps.Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world, the company told Bloomberg on Tuesday. The personal information of about 7 million drivers were accessed as well, including some 600,000 U.S. driver’s license numbers. No Social Security numbers, credit card details, trip location info or other data were taken, Uber said.At the time of the incident, Uber was negotiating with U.S. regulators investigating separate claims of privacy violations. Uber now says it had a legal obligation to report the hack to regulators and...
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"Influence and capacity of Boko Haram and Shabaab will increase tremendously in 2018," says analyst. By Ludovica Iaccino - ibtimes.co.uk For the past three years, the Islamic State (Isis') terror group has been synonymous with brutal executions, persecution of minorities, chilling videos of child soldiers beheading hostages, deadly suicide bombings, knife and vehicle attacks.When the group emerged in 2014, it swept across Iraq and Syria and seized numerous territories and key cities. Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria became the capitals of its self-declared caliphate. 'I saw Isis barbarity as I fought them in Syria – This is why returning jihadists must be punished'Hundreds of thousands of people became subjected to the group's cruel regime that limited freedoms to the very minimum. Many more fled their homes and the group's brutal grip on what became a de-facto state ruled by extremists.The Isis propaganda machine reached every corner of the...

The Hague Aims for U.S. Soldiers

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by John R. Bolton  - Gatestone Institute For the first time since it began operating in 2002, the International Criminal Court has put the U.S. in its sights. On Nov. 3, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda initiated an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan since mid-2003. This raises the alarming possibility that the court will seek to assert jurisdiction over American citizens.Located in The Hague (alongside such dinosaurs as the International Court of Justice, which decides state-versus-state disputes), the ICC constitutes a direct assault on the concept of national sovereignty, especially that of constitutional, representative governments like the United States. The Trump administration should not respond to Ms. Bensouda in any way that acknowledges the ICC's legitimacy. Even merely contesting its jurisdiction risks drawing the U.S. deeper into the quicksand. The left will try to intimidate the White House by insisting that any resistance to...
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Camp known as Security Belt targeted in al-Mansoura district      by Mohammed Mokhashaf Two suicide bombers detonated a car packed with explosives in Yemen's southern city of Aden on Tuesday, killing at least six people, witnesses said.Dozens of other people, including civilians, were wounded in the attack, which occurred outside a camp used by a local security force organised by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi rebels.Witnesses described a huge explosion that shook the al-Mansoura district in northern Aden, destroying at least one building and shattering windows in others. Ambulances rushed to the scene to evacuate the wounded. Pictures circulating on social media showed several young men in military uniform being carried away.No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes as a civil war between the Iran-aligned Houthis and the internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi drags on with no sign that it will end soon. Read...
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By Paul Cruickshank and Rudolph Birgelen, CNN (CNN)Six Syrian nationals detained in raids by German police were released without charge Wednesday after initial investigations found there wasn't "sufficient evidence of a terror plot," the Frankfurt prosecutor's office said. There was also "no concrete evidence" the suspects belonged to the ISIS terror group, the office said.   There are, however, indications the men have had contacts with ISIS and investigations are ongoing, the office's Christian Hartwig said.   A German intelligence officer previous told CNN that the arrest of the Syrians uncovered a possible terror plot on a Christmas market in Germany.   The men were detained following large-scale raids in four cities involving approximately 500 officers on Tuesday morning led by the Hessian State Criminal Police and the attorney general of Frankfurt, a joint statement by the two agencies said.   The men were targets of an investigation "into suspicion...

Scores killed in Mubi bomb blast

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The Nation By: Agency Reporter Scores of people are feared dead following a bomb blast at a mosque in Dazala area of Mubi town in Adamawa on Tuesday. According to eyewitnesses, suspected suicide bomber around 5 am during the Muslim early morning prayers carried out the attack. “I counted 27 dead and 49 injured people as they are being evacuated to the hospital,” said one Mubi resident, who simply identified himself as Danladi. The Chairman of Mubi North, Alhaji Musa Bello who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said he would give details of the incidence later. “There are many casualties including dead but I cannot give you the exact figure now as we are trying to ascertain the damage”. Also confirming the incident, the Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, Mr Haruna Furo said his team are on their way to Mubi to assess the...
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by Anna Giaritelli - Washington Examiner The Transportation Security Administration is likely to screen 2.4 million air passengers each day during this coming Thanksgiving week, and could break the record of 2.71 million people screened in a single day in 2004.That record was set on Nov. 28, 2004, the Sunday after Thanksgiving.Record numbers are likely again this Thanksgiving, as TSA processed more travelers this last summer than any previous one. Officers screened an average of 2.28 million travelers per day, nearly 15 percent more than the average 2 million passengers processed at airports on a standard day.Of the agency's 10 busiest days in history, four were recorded this summer. Just under 240 million people took commercial flights between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend. The summer trends are likely to continue this week, and that Thanksgiving week has historically been one of the busiest times of the year for air...
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Deployment of missile defenses comes 2 weeks after military destroyed an Islamic Jihad attack tunnel, leading to death of at least 12 of the group's operatives By Judah Ari Gross A number of Iron Dome missile defense batteries were deployed in central Israel on Monday, the military said, amid heightened tensions with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad since the army demolished the terrorist group’s border-crossing attack tunnel last month.The IDF confirmed on Monday the anti-missile systems were installed in “central Israel,” but would not elaborate on their exact location, citing army policy. The Iron Dome system, which is designed to shoot down short-range rockets and, in some cases, mortars, was deployed to counter the threats made by Islamic Jihad, which has vowed to avenge its members killed in the tunnel blast and its aftermath.Israeli officials have tried to dissuade the terror group, warning of a harsh retaliation by the IDF.On Saturday,...

Developing a new Prevent strategy

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Counterterrorbusiness.com Developing a new Prevent strategyIn recent months both Prime Minister Theresa May and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham have made significant interventions in the debate on counter extremism. In this article, Bob Hindle of Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, explains why a new Prevent strategy is needed, and how that might developThe UK government’s Prevent duty forms part of its wider CONTEST counter-terrorism strategy. The duty came into force in 2015 and covers schools, colleges, training providers and universities. It requires that staff be trained in preventing young people from being ‘drawn in to terrorism’ and in ‘understanding radicalisation’, developing institutional ‘capabilities’ to challenge this, being ‘aware of what action to take’. Referrals are made to Prevent Co-Ordinators. In schools and colleges, Safeguarding Leads are responsible for aligning procedures to the duty within school systems and collect referrals from staff, making a decision as to whether a...
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InHomelandSecurity.com By Sylvia LongmireContributor, In Homeland SecurityOne Border Patrol agent was killed and another seriously injured while they were on patrol Sunday in the Big Bend area, a remote and rugged part of southwest Texas filled with mountainous terrain and canyons.According to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) news release, Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez “died as a result of serious injuries.” The report said Martinez was responding to activity while on patrol with another agent, who was also seriously injured.While the report did not indicate the cause of Martinez’s death or the other agent’s injuries, Jeannette Harper of the FBI’s El Paso field office told the San Antonio Express-News that reports claiming the agents were shot were not true. She also said the agents were not fired upon nor were they stabbed. Harper added that a full account of what happened wouldn’t be released until later Monday.Rocks May Have...

Bomb scares on the rise in New Jersey's schools

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Deena Yellin, Staff Writer - NorthJersey.com The phone call came in on a Monday morning from a man who identified himself as Mohammed. His message was chilling: Four bombs had been planted around Tenafly High School. Tenafly Schools Superintendent Geoffrey Gordon sprang into action. "The secretary who answered the phone engaged the caller and police were able to determine the credibility of the threat," Gordon said about the September incident. "The high school immediately activated its emergency action plan."  Gordon ordered students and staff to evacuate, and the Bergen County Sheriff's Department bomb squad arrived with bomb-sniffing dogs.Students were only allowed back into the building about an hour and a half later, after threat was found to be bogus.  Such disruptions have grown more common in New Jersey, according to a recent study by the Educator's School Safety Network. Amy Klinger, director of the non-profit center and an associate professor...
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DW State responses to terrorism have eroded the very human rights of citizens that states attempt to protect, said Antonio Guterres. With terror attacks on the rise in Europe, the UN chief called for a balanced approach.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday described modern-day terrorism as an "unprecedented threat to international peace, security and development" during a speech at London's School of Oriental and African Studies.However, Guterres, a former prime minister of Portugal who headed the UN's refugee agency for 10 years, told students that governments' responses have failed to tackle the root causes of radicalization, and in some instances contributed to its growth."They can actually make us less safe by undermining good governance and the rule of law," Guterres said, referring to state policies that have eroded human rights to bolster counterterrorism efforts."Counter-terrorist policies may be used, and are being used, to suppress peaceful protests and legitimate opposition movements;...