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The National by Mina Aldroubi A prominent ISIS leader was killed by the US-led coalition air strike on Wednesday night in Iraq’s western province of Anbar as Special Forces ramped up efforts to fight the insurgent’s remaining sleeper cells.Since the group’s territorial defeat in Iraq and Syria, the terrorists have gone underground, carrying out various attacks across the neighboring countries where it aims to expand.“Air strikes targeted the tunnels where the insurgents were hiding killing six terrorists including the Emir [Prince] of Wiliayat [State] Al Jazeera, Abu Musallam Al Iraqi and two of their vehicles,” commander of Al Baghdadi tribal forces that operate in Anbar, Qatary Al Samarmad, said in a statement.The attack were conducted in the Tharthar valley, located north west of Baghdad.The operation is part of a security program set between the Iraqi army and local tribes that aims to combat the terror group, Mr Al Samarmad said.Read...
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WTVR 6 Man arrested for plotting to throw explosives in Times Square by Tribune Media Wire NEW YORK -- A man has been arrested after he discussed purchasing explosives with the intention of detonating them in New York's Times Square, a law enforcement source told CNN.The suspect expressed interest in buying firearms and grenades, and had talked about killing police and government officials in Times Square, the source said, adding that the man had been under surveillance for some time.The man, whose name has not been released, was taken into custody Thursday, according to the New York Daily News, which cited law enforcement sources.The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Joint Terrorism Task Force along with the New York Police Department handled the operation to investigate and arrest the man.Details about how and where the arrest happened, and how authorities learned of his intentions, are scarce. CNN affiliate WCBS, citing police sources,...
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Euronews.com Spanish police arrest man accused of funding return of Islamic State fighters to EuropeBy Luke Hurst Spanish police have arrested a Syrian man accused of facilitating the return of Islamic State fighters to Europe.The National Police said the man is suspected of being a part of the terror group's financial structure, and he has been detained without bail.Police said the operation was part of the fight against so-called Islamic State's (ISIS) new strategy of returning its fighters to their home countries, following the loss of its territory in Iraq and Syria.The man, who was arrested in the Spanish capital Madrid, is accused of collecting money from sympathisers and delivering it to ISIS in Syria.The operation was conducted in collaboration with Europol, the EU law enforcement agency, the National Police said.According to the European Commission, more than 42,000 foreign fighters joined terrorist organisations between 2011 and 2016, around 5,000 of...
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  by Khaled Abu Toameh  •  Gatestone Institute Iran's support for Hamas and Islamic Jihad also needs to be seen in the context of Tehran's effort to undermine Arab states that have close relations with the Trump administration. By boycotting the US-led conference in Bahrain, Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority in the West Bank have placed themselves in the same league as Iran -- a country that despises them, deems them traitors and bankrolls their rivals, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, in the Gaza Strip. Even so, Abbas and Palestinian Authority officials match Iran's incendiary rhetoric of violence at the US administration and its "Deal of the Century" by denouncing it as a conspiracy against Arabs and Muslims. Iran's leaders have every reason to be satisfied with Abbas, whose every remark indirectly bolsters the Ayatollahs in their campaign to undermine any Arab and Muslim who wants to work with the...
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  D-Day: 17 stunning photos from 1944 show how hard the Normandy invasion really was Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in Nazi-occupied France during World War II, forever reshaping the progress of the war and history during the D-Day operation. Thousands of ships, planes and soldiers from the United States, Britain and Canada surprised Nazi forces.   Members of a landing party help injured US soldiers to safety on Utah Beach during the Allied Invasion of Europe, on D-Day in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. (Photo: US ARMY / HANDOUT, US ARMY via EPA-EFE)   This file photo taken on June 6, 1944, shows the Allied forces soldiers landing in Normandy. (Photo: -, AFP/Getty Images)   American soldiers land on the French coast of Normandy during the D-Day invasion in June 1944. (Photo: Associated Press)   Some of the first assault...
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No ‘Material Progress’ By Europe To Declare Hezbollah A Terror Group, Says Pompeo JNS The U.S. Secretary of State’s remarks came as German lawmakers consider outlawing the Lebanese terror group. Like the European Union, Germany only considers Hezbollah’s military wing as such. (June 4, 2019 / JNS) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he hasn’t seen “any material progress” by European countries to recognize Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization.“The American position is very clear,” Pompeo told American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris in a recorded video played at the AJC Global Forum on Tuesday. “It is a unitarian entity. It is a terrorist organization. It is underwritten by the Islamic Republic of Iran, and it, in its entirety, must be designated as a terrorist entity.” The United States designated Hezbollah as a terrorist entity in 1997.Pompeo’s remarks came as German lawmakers are considering outlawing the...

ISIS Claims Deadly Attack In East Congo's Ebola Zone

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Islamic State Claims Deadly Attack In East Congo's Ebola Zone Reuters GOMA, Congo (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a deadly overnight attack in an area of eastern Congo hit by an Ebola epidemic, although its account of the violence differed from local reports.The deputy mayor of Beni in the eastern Democratic of Congo said 13 civilians were killed late on Monday in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) - a group thought to be linked to Islamic State.“The victims were killed by bullets and others by bladed weapons,” Mayor Modeste Bakwanamaha told Reuters. In a statement on the messaging website Telegram, Islamic State said it was behind the attack. It said it had targeted the Congolese army in Beni, killing or wounding 25 people. Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-congo-security/islamic-state-claims-deadly-attack-in-east-congos-ebola-zone-idUSKCN1T52GW...
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The Algemeiner by Benjamin Kerstein The head of IDF military intelligence said on Wednesday that Hamas has been successfully deterred and was not interested in another war with Israel.According to Israeli news site Mako, IDF Intelligence Directorate chief Maj. Gen. Tamir Heyman shared this assessment at the Israel Defense and Homeland Expo in Tel Aviv.“Hamas is very deterred from war and expresses the desire to continue on the track of the [truce] arrangement,” he said.Although the Islamist terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip “has growing sovereign obligations,” Heyman added, “through the arrangement, they expect certain compensations.”He also stated that Hamas’ “obligations are causing tensions with Islamic Jihad.”“Even though it is still coordinated with Hamas, it has higher explosive potential,” Heyman said of Islamic Jihad.Heyman also addressed the issue of Iran’s presence in Syria, saying that the IDF’s actions against it have “led to a relative containment of its entrenchment...
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Former BSO Deputy Scot Peterson arrested FDLE commissioner says ex-Parkland school deputy's 'inaction cost lives' By Peter Burke - Local10.com  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Disgraced former Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Scot Peterson has been arrested for his failure to act during the Parkland school shooting that left 17 people dead and 17 others wounded.The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Peterson, 56, faces seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury.Tuesday's arrest comes after a 14-month investigation by the FDLE.Peterson resigned after being suspended by now-suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel shortly after the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen said Peterson "did absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17 children, teachers and staff and injured 17 others.""There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his...
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At least 4 killed and "multiple crime scenes" after shooting in AustraliaCBS/APMelbourne, Australia -- A man who was out on parole was arrested after fatally shooting four men and wounding a woman in an hour-long downtown rampage Tuesday in the northern Australian city of Darwin, police said. Police did not reveal a motive for the shotgun attack, but ruled out terrorism.It was Australia's third mass shooting since the country introduced tough gun laws in response to a 1996 massacre in which a lone gunman armed with two semi-automatic assault rifles killed 35 people in Tasmania state. Mass shootings are usually defined as those resulting in at least four deaths excluding the shooter.In Tuesday's rampage, four men were killed and a woman was wounded at five places around Darwin, said Northern Territory Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw.In a Facebook post, Northern Territory Police said "there is no known ongoing threat to the...
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ABC News AP - The Israeli military says it has finished sealing the last of a series of Hezbollah attack tunnels under the country's northern border with Lebanon, roughly six months after they were found. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told reporters Monday during a tour of the tunnel that it was "the longest and deepest attack tunnel that Hezbollah dug," plunging more than 80 meters (260 feet) below ground. Israel launched "Operation Northern Shield" in December to find and destroy what it said were six Hezbollah tunnels burrowed into Israeli territory for the purpose of attacking soldiers and civilians. Hezbollah has not commented. Conricus says the military has "now completed this operation" and that "it is safe to say that there are no more Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnels from Lebanon into Israel." Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israel-destroys-hezbollah-tunnel-lebanon-63453389...

Three men charged with terrorism

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New Straits Times Three men charged with terrorism Bernama SEPANG: A farmer and a burger seller were charged in the Sessions Court here today with terrorism-related offences, allegedly committed last year.They are Muhamad Nuurul Amin Azizan and Muhammad Syazani Mahzan, both aged 27, who were alleged to have gone to Indonesia to carry out the terrorist acts.Both of them nodded when the charges were read out to them before judge Mohd Sabri Othman, but no plea was recorded.The two men, from Sungai Petani, Kedah, were alleged to have entered Jogjakarta, through Jakarta, in Indonesia, to carry out terrorism-related acts.They were charged with committing the offence at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (Klia2) at 6.55am on April 26 last year.In another court, before judge Saifulakmal Mod Said, a restaurant worker, Hafiz Othman, 42, was also charged with a similar offence by going to Sinai, in Egypt. Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-my/news/national/three-men-charged-with-terrorism/ar-AAC9h8o?li=BBr8Hnu...
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The Guardian Umm Sayyaf, sentenced to death in Iraq, tells how she exposed fugitive’s secrets by Martin Chulov in ErbilThe most senior female Islamic State captive has played a central role in the hunt for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, helping identify safe houses used by the fugitive terrorist leader and in one case pinpointing his location in Mosul, the Guardian can reveal.The Isis woman, Nisrine Assad Ibrahim, better known by her nom de guerre, Umm Sayyaf, has helped the CIA and Kurdish intelligence officers build a detailed portrait of Baghdadi’s movements, hideouts and networks, investigators have disclosed. The claims have been confirmed by Umm Sayyaf in her first interview since being captured in a Delta Force raid in Syria four years ago that killed her husband, the then Isis oil minister.Umm Sayyaf, 29, is a highly controversial figure who has been accused of involvement in some of the terror group’s most...

Jeremy Corbyn, a Pro-Terrorist Prime Minister?

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  by Denis MacEoin  •  Gatestone Institute Sadly, ever since Corbyn's unexpected election as leader in 2015 and the rapid growth in the numbers of far-left members who adulate him, antisemitism has become the core identifying characteristic of the Labour Party. The evidence for massive antisemitism and anti-Zionism (in breach of some clauses in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Definition of Antisemitism, recognized after a long struggle by the Labour Party) within Labour ranks has been building for over two years. "The dossier details 100,000 emails, including tens of thousands showing how Labour ignored complaints that supporters promoted anti-Semitism, the former staffers told Private Eye.... The protection of anti-Semites was on a scale and at a level that the public does not begin to understand." – Claire Ellicott, Daily Mail, May 16, 2019. Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14299/corbyn-pro-terrorist-prime-minister...
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ABC News Gunman used security pass, two.45-caliber guns to access and kill 12 at Virginia Beach municipal building By Bill HutchinsonA longtime city employee entered a packed building of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center using his own security pass and wielding two .45-caliber guns as he went floor-to-floor "indiscriminately" killing 11 co-workers and a contractor before police shot him dead during a fierce gun battle, officials said on Saturday.Eleven of the five women and seven men shot to death at the Municipal Center on Friday afternoon were city employees and the gunman who allegedly committed the killing spree was also a city engineer, authorities said.The suspect, identified by police as DeWayne Craddock, 40, allegedly used two .45-caliber pistols in the rampage, Ashan Benedict, the special agent in charge of the Washington field division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said at a news conference Saturday afternoon. He...
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By FOX 5 NewsATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - More than 200 children who were missing or exploited are in safe hands.The rescue operation dubbed "Safe Summer II" was a joint effort with 27 different Georgia law enforcement agencies headed up by the FBI's Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking (MATCH) task force.Between the start of the month and May 24, 231 children were located across the metro Atlanta area."Thanks to the month-long efforts of our partners, 231 children are no longer vulnerable to predators who would seek to exploit them," said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. "Operation Safe Summer is another example of the FBI's commitment to protecting our children before they become victims."In 2018, more than 23,500 runaways were reported with one in seven believed to be part of child sex trafficking across the country. The FBI said 11 percent of endangered runaways turn...
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Sky News IS supporter admits beheading Scandinavian backpacker on Morocco camping trip One of the men, who faces the death penalty, tells the court he regrets the killing "and I am still trying to grasp it"An Islamic State supporter has admitted beheading one of two Scandinavian backpackers found murdered in their tent in Morocco's Atlas Mountains.One of the men involved also admitted recording a video of the killing, which was shared online with other sympathisers of the terror group. The bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway were found in December in the popular hiking area south of Marrakesh.They were on an unguided trip and camping close to North Africa's highest mountain, Mount Toubkal. Read more: https://news.sky.com/story/is-supporters-admit-beheading-scandinavian-backpackers-on-morocco-camping-trip-11732214...
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The Jerusalem Post IDF destroying Hezbollah's last, largest cross-border attack tunnel The tunnel, which began in the southern Lebanese village of Ramiya and stretched one kilometer infiltrated several dozen meters into northern Israel, close to the communities of Zarit and Shetula. By Anna Ahronheim Six months after the Israeli military declared an end to Operation Northern Shield, the IDF has begun destroying the final and largest cross-border tunnel dug by Hezbollah into Israeli territory.The tunnel began in the Lebanese village of Ramiyeh and stretched one kilometer before infiltrating several meters into northern Israel, close to the communities of Zarit and Shtula.It was the last one discovered by the IDF in early January, the largest and most strategic of the six cross-border tunnels dug by the Lebanese Shi’ite group. Hezbollah had planned to have dozens of armed terrorists attack the nearby communities in the next war with Israel. Read more: https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/IDF-destroys-Hezbollahs-last-largest-cross-border-attack-tunnel-591019...
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The Wall Street Journal As Diplomacy Shifts, U.S. Expands Military-Style Counterterrorism Training Sites are added to aid governments in Africa, Southeast Asia as diplomacy faces potential cuts By Jessica DonatiDAKAR, Senegal—The U.S. State Department is opening new, military-style training facilities around the world, expanding plans to prop up local forces battling terrorism as the Trump administration seeks cutbacks in conventional diplomacy and development programs.Three new State Department training centers—in Africa and Southeast Asia—are joining two centers in the Middle East that train and equip forces responding to terrorist attacks in their home countries. Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/state-department-expands-military-style-counterterrorism-training-overseas-11557141192...
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US Army DOD Centers share best practices on 'Securing Borders against Traveling Terrorists'By Christine June, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- The U.S. Department of Defense Regional Centers in the Indo-Pacific and Europe teamed up to host the first collaborative global counterterrorism alumni workshop here from May 13 to 17.Professors of the counterterrorism courses at Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii, and George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies based here, organized this workshop for their alumni to discuss and exchange ideas, best practices and recommendations regarding the issues of how to deal with "Securing Borders against Traveling Terrorists."Attending this week-long workshop were 24 security professionals, 10 alumni from DKI APCSS and 14 from the Marshall Center, representing 19 countries.'PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH'Retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. James Howcroft, Marshall Center's course director of the Program on Terrorism and Security...