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ABC News At least 3 dead in shooting on Netherlands tram, suspect arrested Police are asking the public to stay away from the area in Utrecht. By Alexandra Svokos At least three people are dead and five others are wounded after a suspect opened fire on a tram Monday morning, local authorities said.Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen confirmed the fatalities in a video posted to Twitter in Dutch.  The shooting occurred near the 24 Oktoberplein station in Utrecht, located about 30 miles southeast of Amsterdam in central Netherlands.The main suspect, a 37-year-old Turkish-born man, was apprehended, the mayor and Rob van Bree of the Utrecht police said in an early evening press conference. At this time, a motive remains unknown.A second person was also arrested they said, although that person's identity and connection to the incident is unclear.Earlier in the day, Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, the national coordinator for counterterrorism and security,...

Update: Christchurch terror attack

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News Hub Christchurch terror attack: Monday live updatesby Dan Satherley and Sophie Bateman What we know: Fifty people were killed at two Christchurch mosques on Friday, and 50 hurt The victims' ages range from three to 77 The terror suspect - Australian citizen Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28 - has been charged with murder, but police say other charges will follow He has reportedly sacked his duty lawyer, and plans to represent himself Jacinda Ardern says he will face justice in New Zealand The suspect's sister's home has been raided by Australian police A national day of mourning is planned, the date yet to be decided New Zealand's largest gun show in Kumeu has been cancelled Cabinet will meet on Monday to discuss gun control measures and why Tarrant wasn't on intelligence agencies' radar Four people have been arrested in the UK over "frankly disgusting" comments made about the attacks Read...

Iran Inches Closer to its Goal

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  Iran Inches Closer to its Goal: "Wipe Israel off the Map" by Majid Rafizadeh  •  Gatestone Institute As Iran's theocratic establishment believes that the Supreme Leader is Allah's representative on earth, whatever words or desires the Supreme Leader utters are considered Allah's wishes, which must be brought to life by Allah's true believers. Iran has built, or is in the process of building, more than 10 military bases in Syria, some of which are near the Israeli border. When will the international community begin to take the Iranian's government clear verbal threats and physical aggression seriously? Or would the international community secretly like to see Israel destroyed, under Europe's Orwellian inversion of the words: "the peace process"? Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/13893/iran-wipe-israel-off-map...
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At least 49 killed, 20 seriously wounded in New Zealand mosque shootings Reuters WELLINGTON, March 15 (Reuters) - At least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two New Zealand mosques in the country's worst ever mass shooting which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as terrorism.A gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, mirroring the carnage played out in video games, after publishing a "manifesto" in which he denounced immigrants.New Zealand was placed on its highest security threat level, Adern said, adding that four people in police custody, three men and one woman, held extremist views but had not been on any police watchlists. The visiting Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at one of the mosques when the shooting started but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters.Police Commissioner...

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The Times of Israel Two rockets fired at Tel Aviv from Gaza for first time since 2014 war After sirens blare in central Israel, army says rockets exploded in open areas causing no injuries; Hamas denies involvement, says it will act against those responsible By Michael Bachner and Jacob Magid        Read more: https://www.timesofisrael.com/two-rockets-fired-at-tel-aviv-from-gaza-for-first-time-since-2014-war/...
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Santa Fe New Mexican Federal grand jury indicts 5 on terrorism charges in Amalia caseBy John Miller | Taos News Five adults arrested in a raid of a compound in Taos County in August 2018 are now facing federal terrorism charges, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.A federal grand jury in Albuquerque on Wednesday returned an indictment for the new offenses, which also include kidnapping and firearms violations, against Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40; Jany Leveille, 36; Lucas Morton, 41; Hujrah Wahhaj, 38; and Subhannah Wahhaj, 36.The five were previously charged in an indictment Sept. 11 in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque for possession of firearms and ammunition by an alien illegally living in the United States.Investigators have said Leveille is an illegal immigrant from Haiti, and previously presented evidence to suggest she and the four other defendants were planning to train 11 children who were...
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The Times of Israel The Times of Israel is liveblogging Thursday’s events as they unfold. Rocket alert sirens wail in Tel Aviv and surrounding central townsBy Jacob MagidIDF investigating after two rockets said launched from Gaza, one intercepted by Iron Dome; no injuries reported. The IDF has confirmed two projectiles were launched from Gaza toward the Tel Aviv area.The Home Front Command has not given any special instructions to Israelis and says they can continue to carry on as normal. Read more: https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-march-14-2019/...

Thousands Surrender As IS Group Nears Defeat In Syria

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France 24 Around 3,000 Islamic State members have surrendered from the group's last holdout in Syria, Kurdish-led forces said Tuesday, as air raids and shelling resumed after a brief lull.A ragged tent encampment in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz is all that remains of a once-sprawling IS group's "caliphate" declared in 2014 across large swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq.The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been trying to crush holdout IS fighters for weeks but the mass outpouring of men, women and children from the riverside hamlet has bogged down its advance.Backed by the US-led coalition, the SDF renewed its assault Sunday after warning remaining IS fighters their time was up. Read more: https://www.france24.com/en/20190313-syria-thousands-surrender-islamic-state-group-nears-defeat-baghouz...
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American Military News The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Jeremy Redmon Authorities arrested a 20-year-old woman south of Augusta on Tuesday for allegedly supporting an Islamic State-linked group that has called for killing thousands of people in the New York City area, including U.S. troops.Three years ago, Kim Anh Vo — who also goes by “Zozo,” “Miss.Bones” and “Kitty Lee” — allegedly joined the United Cyber Caliphate, an online group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, the U.S. Justice Department announced in a news release. The organization, according to the federal agency, is “committed to carrying out online attacks and cyber intrusions against Americans.”Since Vo joined the group, Justice Department officials said, it and its subgroups have disseminated online “kill lists,” identifying U.S. soldiers and U.S. State Department workers. One such list from April 2016 identified about 3,600 people in the New York City area, declaring...
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Clarion Project The man said to be Hezbollah’s top financier Nader Mohamad Farhat faces extradition to the United States from Paraguay. Billions of dirty dollars flow through the South American country, according to American officials, and some of that ends up in the hands of the Iranian-backed terror organization.“Farhat is a known money launderer for narcotics organizations and other illicit organizations,” New York federal prosecutor Charles Kelly declared in a court filing.He was arrested in May of last year for his alleged money-laundering activities for Hezbollah, the Lebanese daily al-Akhbar reports (Arabic link).Clarion’s Shillman Fellow and Arab Affairs analyst Ran Meir offers this take on the story:    “One must understand the influence of the activities of a man like Farhat in Paraguay. It contributes directly to increasing Hezbollah’s budget by means of drugs and money laundering in amounts that can reach millions, and by using the back door, it contributes...

IDF soldiers shoot Hebron terrorist

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Jerusalem Post IDF soldiers shoot Hebron terrorist - video A terrorist from Hebron, Yaser Fawzi Shwaiki, attempted a stabbing attack earlier this week. The terrorist was shot dead by soldiers as he attempted to flee into a Jewish family’s home. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF A terrorist from Hebron, Yaser Fawzi Shwaiki, attempted a stabbing attack earlier this week. The terrorist was shot dead by soldiers as he attempted to flee into a Jewish family’s home, according to an IDF spokesperson. The terrorist was attempting to attack soldiers positioned at an IDF post in Kiryat Arba. Read more: https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/IDF-soldiers-shoot-Hebron-terrorist-video-583256...

Terrorism Country Briefing: Kenya January 2019

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Jane's Terrorism Country Briefing: Kenya January 2019 by Kemi Barca - Jane's Terrorism & Insurgency Centre In Kenya, JTIC recorded a total of three attacks in January at a daily average of 0.1 per day. No attacks were recorded in December. Compared to the preceding 12 months, this represented no change from the average 0.1 attacks per day recorded during this period.The attacks recorded in January resulted in a total of 21 non-militant fatalities at a daily average of 0.7 per day. No non-militant fatalities were recorded in December. Compared to the preceding 12 months, there was an increase from the daily average of 0.1.Attacks and Fatalities (IHS Markit)The significant increase in non-militant fatalities compared to the 12-month average was driven by a single attack that targeted the 14 Riverside Road hotel, DusitD2 hotel and office complex in the Westlands district in the capital Nairobi on 15 January. Read more:...

Syria: Suicide bomber attacks U.S. military vehicles

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112 UA Syria: Suicide bomber attacks U.S. military vehicles, eight victims Almost all the deceased people were common citizens A suicide bomber blew up a car near the tomb of Sheikh Aqeel in Syria’s Manbij, as the result of which eight people died, Rudaw reports this.According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitor, a jihadist targeted a convoy that included an armored US military vehicle.There were seven common citizens and one representative of the opposition alliance “The Forse of diplomatic Syria” among the victims,” the report said.The bomber attacked four U.S. military vehicles in a convoy on the road between Manbij and al-Bab. Col Sean Ryan, the representative of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition, reported that no US forces have been killed or injured on the explosion. Read more: https://112.international/society/syria-suicide-bomber-attakes-us-military-vehicles-eight-victims-37690.html...
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By Jeff Mordock - The Washington TimesProsecutors say Coast Guard Lt. Christopher P. Hasson was poised to become one of the worst mass murderers in U.S. history — yet all they have charged him with is possessing a synthetic opioid and owning an illegal gun-silencer.It’s a curious situation that has legal analysts questioning where the government should draw the line between a domestic terrorist and a man merely fantasizing about doomsday scenarios.“Lots of people have bad thoughts, but we don’t have thought crimes in the United States,” said Tung Yin, a professor at Lewis & Clark Law School.To hear investigators tell it, Lt. Hasson had worked up a target list that included top Democrats and liberal members of the news media, kept a well-stocked arsenal capable of mass mayhem and was weeks into a drug regimen timed to end with becoming a “superhuman one-man-army for 2 hours.” Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/10/christopher-hasson-case-shows-terror-prevention-ta/...
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Cincinnatti.com Man convicted of supporting terrorism says propaganda convinced him ISIS was good Cameron Knight, Cincinnati Enquirer Laith Alebbini admits he tried to travel to Syria to meet with the Islamic State group, also called ISIS, but he says he only did it because he wanted to fight Syria's Bashar al-Assad and help the Syrian people.Now, he is trying to avoid decades in prison.Alebbini, was arrested in April 2017 at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. He's been in jail ever since.In December, the Dayton, Ohio man pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support and resources to a terrorist group.Read more: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/crime/crime-and-courts/2019/03/11/man-convicted-supporting-terrorism-says-he-believed-isis-wasnt-evil/3130524002/...

US Says It Stands With India in Fighting Terrorism

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Voice of America U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale in Washington Monday and told him that the United States stands with India in fighting terrorism. Indians dance as they wait to welcome Indian fighter pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at India Pakistan border at Wagah, 28 kilometers (17.5 miles) from Amritsar, India, March 1, 2019.After their meeting, the State Department said the two discussed the importance of bringing to justice those responsible for a suicide attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy claimed by Pakistan-based militants.The State Department said the diplomats spoke of "the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil." Read more: https://www.voanews.com/a/us-says-it-stands-with-india-in-fighting-terrorism/4824324.html...

Attacking terrorism at its domestic roots

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Minneapolis Star Tribune Attacking terrorism at its domestic roots A promising yet small program in Minnesota is aimed at "disengagement." By Editorial Board Star TribuneThe commitment of Minnesota’s federal court system to root out the causes of homegrown terrorism and to deradicalize, or disengage, those who get caught up in it is both commendable and prudent. It’s a goal that should be considered by court officials in other parts of the U.S. as they deal with both domestic and foreign hate groups.The early success of a deradicalization program in Minnesota is detailed in a recently released report by Kevin Lowry, the onetime chief probation officer for the state’s federal court district. Lowry managed a pilot project at the urging of senior U.S. District Judge Michael Davis after an influx of cases involving young Somalis who were enlisted to serve terrorist groups such as al-Shabab and ISIS.Read more:  http://www.startribune.com/attacking-terrorism-at-its-domestic-roots/506905122/...
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NL Times Islamic school in Amsterdam in contact with terrorist group: Counterterrorism coordinator By Janene Pieters Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security, intelligence service AIVD and national coordinator for counterterrorism and security NCTV have major concerns about Islamic school Cornelius Haga Lyceum in Amsterdam. In a letter to parliament and Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema, they wrote that there are indications that the board of the school has been in contact with a terrorist group for years, RTL Nieus reports.The board of the school has been in a Salafist and radical environment since 2000, the NCTV said. According to the letter, it is known that the board had contact with terrorist group Caucasus Emirate for at least three years. This group is responsible for multiple attacks on the Moscow metro in 2010, among other things, according to the broadcaster.In addition to contact with the terrorist group, there are more "worrying...
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Just Security Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Are Not the Same Thingby Matthew Wein Counterterrorism and homeland security are not the same thing. It is not surprising though that the two get intertwined and conflated. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was, after-all, created in the wake of the horrible terrorist attacks on 9/11. The twenty-two agencies that were brought together into what became DHS were, in part, tasked to keep America safe. But the counterterrorism mission begins and is largely fought overseas by the men and women of the U.S. military and intelligence community agencies across Europe and in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen. While there is obviously overlap and connections between the two mission spaces, they are decidedly not the same. When they are unnecessarily fused together their missions can become muddled and their intended outcomes can miss the mark.Inherently Reactive v. Active PreparationAt the most basic level,...
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The Arizona Republic by Mike Cruz, Arizona Republic Border officers seized more than $1.3 million worth of cocaine during a smuggling attempt Wednesday at the Lukeville Port of Entry in southern Arizona.U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a Mexican national — a 44-year-old man — in a Chevrolet pickup truck for secondary inspection when a CBP dog alerted to an odor coming from the vehicle's doors, according to a CBP news release.Officers found 55 pounds of cocaine worth more than $1.3 million, the news release stated.Also Wednesday, officers at the Port of Nogales entry seized nearly $240,000 worth of methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl, according to a CBP news release. Read more: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-breaking/2019/03/08/border-officers-seize-more-than-1-3-million-worth-cocaine/3106497002/...