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France charges 8 suspects after counterterrorism sweep

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ABC News   By Thomas Adamson, Associated Press   PARIS — The Paris prosecutor's office says preliminary terrorism charges have been handed to eight suspects in a French-Swiss counterterrorism sweep earlier this week.   A judicial official, who spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity as he was not allowed to comment publicly on the arrests, said the eight were charged for association with a terrorist network. Seven are in custody and one is under judicial supervision.   Ten people suspected of using encrypted social networks to prepare a possible attack were arrested Tuesday during operations in France and Switzerland aimed at clarifying details of an alleged plot.   The suspects are being questioned following searches of properties in the Paris suburbs and in southeastern France. Officials say some of the suspects previously had been flagged for alleged Islamic radicalization.   Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/france-charges-suspects-counterterrorism-sweep-51082060...
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AXIOS by Shannon Vavra UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that even as ISIS and its terror cells suffer military and territorial defeats in the Middle East, "their ability to upload and re-upload" propaganda "has remained consistent." Why it matters: Rudd, who has criticized tech companies in the past for not doing enough to collaborate with governments to access encrypted material in the wake of terrorism events, said tech companies can and should play a role in helping governments around the world to police terrorist content. That includes helping to identify that content and take it down in time to help thwart attacks on our soil. "What we have now is an online arms race. And we need our best technical experts to step up to the challenge." Keep reading 136 words The future of terrorism online, according to Rudd, who was speaking at a New America event Thursday evening,...

ISIS Hacks 800 School Websites Across the US

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By Clarion Project Eight hundred school websites across the U.S. were hacked by ISIS on Monday, November 7.The hack lasted close to two hours, during which time visitors to the sites were redirected to a YouTube video with Arabic audio and pictures of Saddam Hussein. Text also appeared which read, “I love Islamic State (ISIS).”The websites are all hosted by a company called School Desk (schooldesk.net) and are all connected to a server in Georgia.School Desk has given a copy of the server to the FBI. Some schools have also hired outside security firms to help track down the hackers.All the affected websites have been shut down to aid the FBI in its investigation.“You always think it happens somewhere else, and now it’s hitting home,” said Nicole Tierney, who is connected to a school in New Jersey whose site was hacked.Read more: https://clarionproject.org/isis-hacks-800-school-websites-across-us/...
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By Robert Spencer - Jihad WatchThis is more of the idiocy that results from believing that “Islamophobia” is more of a threat than jihad terror. Find out just how corrosive and dangerous this false view is in my new book Confessions of an Islamophobe — preorder your copy here.CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. CAIR officials have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements about how Islamic law should be imposed in the U.S. (Ahmad denies this, but the original reporter stands by her story.) CAIR chapters frequently distribute pamphlets telling Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement. CAIR has...

"Allahu Akbar": Islamic Battle Cry

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  by A. Z. Mohamed  •  Gatestone Institute What the phrase "Allahu Akbar" actually means is that "Allah is greater" than any other god. When recited, it empowers Muslims, making them feel superior to the rest of mankind. "Allahu Akbar" has, in fact, been a jihadist tool since the early years of Islam. Muslims do use it in various benign situations, as well. When it is shouted publicly as an expression of rage, however, particularly during an attack on others, it is intended to intimidate or threaten; its purpose is to emphasize that the assault is being committed on behalf of Allah -- submitting to his command to kill enemies -- and in the expectation of the reward of eternal paradise. When mainstream media outlets in the West whitewash a key tenet of Islam -- jihad in the name of Allah -- these "fellow travelers" are both enabling the problem...
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The Independent Al-Qaeda figurehead calls on supporters to 'take revenge on the Americans'by Lizzie Dearden Osama bin Laden’s son has called for jihadis to avenge his father’s death with terror attacks targeting the US in a new speech.“I invite Muslims generally to take revenge on the Americans, the murderers of the Sheikh [Bin Laden], specifically from those who participated in this heinous crime,” he said in an audio recording released by al-Qaeda’s propaganda channels.Hamza’s brother Khalid was killed alongside his father and three others during Sea Team Six’s raid on Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in 2011. The operation, at the end of a decade-long hunt for the al-Qaeda leader behind the 9/11 terror attacks, was celebrated as a major blow to jihadi terrorism.But there are fears that extremists could find a new figurehead in Hamza as Isis continues to lose territory and fighters across Syria and Iraq.In his lengthy speech,...
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Parties forming a new government debate stricter immigration checks, tougher laws and citizen surveillance Wall Street Journal By William Wilkes BERLIN—Germany’s anti-terror posture is facing a shake-up as parties locked in talks about forming the country’s next government wrangle over how to balance a strong state and individual liberties. Last week’s arrest of a 19-year-old Syrian man suspected of building a remote-controlled bomb in northern Germany was a stark reminder of how acute a threat Germany still faces even though it hasn’t had a large-scale attack for almost a year. And last week’s atrocity in Manhattan, in which a suspected Islamist radical mowed down cyclists and pedestrians with a rented truck, underscored the near-impossible task authorities face in preventing crude yet devastating plots. Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/germany-struggles-to-balance-terror-defense-with-individual-rights-1509793200...
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Freight in the City by Christopher Walton    HGV operators and rental suppliers have been urged to be vigilant in order to mitigate the use of the ‘vehicle as a weapon’ in a terrorist attack.Following incidents in Nice and Berlin in 2016, where trucks were used as part of attacks in built-up and crowded areas, and incidents on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge in the capital – as well as in Manchester in May 2017 – Sergeant Wayne Watling, counter terrorism focus desk, Metropolitan Police took the opportunities to tell delegates at Freight in the City 2017 of the need to remain watchful.How many people have drivers that go out on the same routes? They know what is normal. They will know if there is something out of the ordinary,” Watling said. “We have been at severe [risk of terrorism] since August 2014 – that is an awfully long time.“If you...
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KWQC 6 - NBC PARIS (AP) - A French security official says several people suspected of preparing a possible attack have been arrested in a counterterrorism operation in the Paris suburbs and in southeastern France.The official says that the arrests Tuesday were prompted by suspicious activity on social networks that suggested an attack was in the works. The official, who was not authorized to be publicly named discussing security operations, would not provide further details.The operation is still underway in the Val-de-Marne region just southeast of Paris and in the Alpes-Maritimes region, which includes part of the French Riviera and the Alps.It comes days after a new counterterrorism law came into effect to replace a state of emergency that had been in place since deadly attacks in Paris two years ago. Read more:  http://www.kwqc.com/content/news/French-officials-several-suspected-of-preparing-attack-arrested-in-counter-terrorism-operation-455788843.html  ...
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NBC Newsby Daniel Arkin and Tracy ConnorThe gunman accused of the worst mass murder in Texas history escaped from a mental health hospital during his stint in the Air Force, according to a 2012 police report.Police took Devin Kelley into custody on June 7, 2012 at a bus terminal in downtown El Paso, Texas, where he had planned to flee by bus after breaking out of Peak Behavioral Health Services, some 10 miles away in New Mexico, according to NBC Houston affiliate KPRC. Kelley, who was 21 at the time of the escape, had been sent to the facility after he was accused of assaulting his wife and infant stepson.A witness told El Paso officers that Kelley "was a danger to himself and others as he had already been caught sneaking firearms onto Holloman Air Force Base," where he was stationed at the time, according to the police report obtained...
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BY: Bill Gertz - Wshington Free Beacon Israel's government waged financial warfare on terror groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, which became a model for most states battling terrorism today, according to members of a once secret Israeli task force called Harpoon.The operations ranged from financial operations that caused terrorist groups to lose tens of millions from bad investments, to commando raids on banks linked to the funding of suicide bombings, to targeted assassinations of terror group financiers."Harpoon showed the world that there must constantly be new angles to attack terrorist groups and infrastructure," said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, coauthor with Samuel M. Katz of a new book, Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism's Money Masters, to be published Tuesday. "The Israeli task force realized ahead of everyone else that money was the oxygen for the terrorist networks and you could badly damage them by choking it off," she said.Beginning in the...
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by Brennan Weiss - Business Insider The man who rammed a truck into bicyclists and pedestrians in lower Manhattan on Tuesday, killing eight and injuring 11 more, had been known to federal authorities, according to The New York Times.Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek national living in Paterson, New Jersey, was interviewed in 2015 by federal agents as part of an unrelated counterterrorism case after he was identified as an associate of two men under investigation.ABC News says, however, that Saipov was never the main focus of the investigation and law enforcement was never investigating him directly as a terror suspect.During a press conference on Wednesday, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said investigators are looking at "how [Saipov] has touched the subjects of other investigations.""It appears he will have some connectivity to individuals who were the subjects of investigation, though he himself was not," he said.In...
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Newsweek By Conor Gaffey The United States pledged $60 million towards a new counterterrorism force in West Africa on Monday, almost a month after four American soldiers were killed in an Islamist militant attack in Niger.U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the funding, which is subject to congressional approval, at a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on Monday. Haley said that violent extremism in Africa was a “growing problem” but that it was down to the countries themselves to respond to the threats, not the United Nations.The counterterrorism force will comprise almost 5,000 troops from the so-called Group of Five Sahel States (or G5): Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. It is aimed at countering the threat posed by extremist groups— including those with ties to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State militant group (ISIS)—in the Sahel region, an arid and impoverished part of West...

Texas Shooter: 5 Facts You Need to Know

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By Jessica McBride - Heavy.com Devin P. Kelley, who received a court martial from the U.S. Air Force, was identified as the black-clad gunman who walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday morning and slaughtered at least 26 people in the tiny, rural community near San Antonio.The shooter’s name was reported through sources by The New York Times and CBS News; the latter gave his name as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, Texas and said the Air Force court martial occurred only three years ago. Although the motive was not yet clear, the gunman’s background includes religious school work, but he also liked pages devoted to atheism. The shooter, who is dead, left behind disturbing social media posts, including a Facebook page that showed off a rifle, calling it a “bad b*tch.” (You can see the photo later in this story.) Authorities revealed...
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BBC News A Pentagon assessment has declared the only way to completely destroy all parts of North Korea's nuclear weapons programme is through a ground invasion.Rear Admiral Michael Dumont expressed the opinion on behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a letter to Congressman Ted Lieu.Mr Dumont said calculating "even the roughest" potential casualty figures would be extremely difficult.He also gave some detail on what the first hours of a war would involve."The only way to 'locate and destroy - with complete certainty - all components of North Korea's nuclear weapons programs' is through a ground invasion," he wrote in response to Congressman Lieu's questions about a potential conflict.The risks involved included a potential nuclear counter-attack by North Korea while US forces attempted to disable its "deeply buried, underground facilities", he said."A classified briefing is the best venue for a detailed discussion," he added.The Joint Chiefs of Staff directly...

Germany: Violence Spirals in Refugee Shelters

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by Soeren Kern - Gatestone Institute German authorities have justified their failure to inform the public about the scale of the problem by citing the privacy rights of the criminal offenders. Experts have long warned that the practice of housing migrants from different ethnic and religious backgrounds in tight accommodations is the ideal breeding ground for violence. "A maintenance man who worked in a refugee shelter reported 'mafia-like' conditions. Refugees were required to pay for access to the electrical sockets there." — Der Tagesspiegel. Migrant men exercise at the shelter where they live in Sarstedt, Germany, on November 17, 2015. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)Violent crime, including murder, rape and physical assault, is running rampant in German asylum shelters, according to a leaked intelligence report. German authorities, who appear powerless to stem the rising tide of violence, have justified their failure to inform the public about the scale of the...
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Terror-Alert.com The Chinese government-run Global Times newspaper responded to the jihadist attack in Manhattan this week by declaring that China’s military belligerence is not a threat to America, instead claiming that the threat comes from America’s “haphazard and scattershot” democracy, which has led to a state of “domestic chaos.”The Global Times column closely follows the unveiling of President Xi Jinping’s “socialism with Chinese characteristics” ideology to the Communist Party of China (CPC) last month. Xi presented a brutally authoritarian, ethnically homogeneous and religiously void vision for the future to China, and to the world a future in which China is the one global superpower above all other nations.While Xi abstained from mentioning the United States, his state-controlled propaganda vehicles have endeavored to contrast his quest for totalitarian rule with the allegedly dismal state of affairs in America’s free society.“The U.S. is faced with a spectrum of serious problems and its...
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Jihad Watch By Robert SpencerNot that this has anything to do with Islam, right, Mr. Miller? New York Deputy Police Commissioner John Miller says, “This isn’t about Islam, this isn’t about the mosque he attends.” He is ignoring the reality in front of his face, and depriving himself of the ability to understand Saipov’s motives and goals. “Feds reveal what they found in NYC terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov’s truck,” by Stefan Becket, CBS News, November 2, 2017:    NEW YORK — The suspect charged in Tuesday’s terrorist attack in lower Manhattan had two cell phones with 90 videos of propaganda about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and 3,800 images related to the terrorist group, prosecutors said.    In an affidavit filed in federal court on Wednesday, FBI agent Amber Tyree revealed what investigators discovered in the rental truck used to mow down 20 people along a bike lane in...

Confronting the Terror Threat

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National Review by The Editors Yesterday’s terror attack in Manhattan serves as a reminder that if a man is truly determined to kill innocent people, there is no truly effective countermeasure. In the aftermath of mass murders, it’s common to focus on the means of the attacks. If it’s a gun, then we immediately debate gun control. If it’s an airplane, we focus on improved security at airports. But what if the attacker uses something so common — and so deadly — as a truck? There is no such thing as “truck control,” and there’s simply no way to prevent a homicidal monster from getting behind the wheel. Moreover, the success of this attack raises a disturbing possibility. Will our terrorist enemies exploit our vulnerability in the United States to the same extent that they have in Europe — where deadly vehicular attacks are depressingly common? After all, a series...

FBI Bombshell: Far-Left U.S. Radicals Colluding With ISIS

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Clarion Project A new book by a former editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine and best-selling author reveals for the first time an FBI field report about the collusion between American anti-Trump radicals and foreign ISIS/al-Qaeda operatives. In his latest book, All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump, set to be released today, Edward Klein reveals to the public findings from an FBI investigation into the shocking ties between far-left radicals in America and Islamist extremists. The FBI report was delivered to Acting Director Andrew McCabe on July 11, 2017. While certain names have been redacted, Klein reveals how the FBI followed a group of Americans anarchists/radicals who traveled to Germany to join their German counterpart Antifaschistische Aktion to protest Trump’s attendance at a meeting of G20 leaders and central bank governors. Evidence gathered from a variety of intelligence sources showed the Americans took part in the violence...