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Fox News By Travis Fedschun The alleged ISIS fanatic authorities say was behind Tuesday’s deadly New York City slaughter came to the United States seven years ago from Uzbekistan under the Diversity Visa Program, details of Sayfullo Saipov’s travel to America that could become all the more important as President Trump proposes revisions to his “extreme vetting” program.The Diversity Visa Program, a State Department program which offers a lottery for people from countries with few immigrants in America, drew the ire of Trump early Wednesday morning. "The terrorist came into our country through what is called the 'Diversity Visa Lottery Program,' a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based," Trump tweeted. "We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter)." The DV program makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually, "drawn from random selection among all entries to...
by John Binder - Breitbart The suspected foreign national terrorist behind the New York City attack that has left at least eight individuals dead came to the United States years ago through the Diversity Visa Lottery, a program that President Trump and pro-American immigration reformers have demanded an end to.According to ABC New York, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov — the man who allegedly mowed down pedestrians in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City — entered the U.S. in 2010 from Uzbekistan under the Diversity Visa Lottery before obtaining a Green Card.The Diversity Visa Lottery gives out 50,000 visas every year to foreign nationals from a multitude of countries, including those with known terrorist problems – such as Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Yemen, and Uzbekistan.Trump, though, along with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), has been calling...
The Hill By J. Peter Pham, opinion contributor The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill . Since October 4, when militants ambushed a U.S. Special Operations Forces unit accompanying soldiers from Niger on a reconnaissance mission, an attack that left four Special Forces members dead and two others wounded (in addition to five Nigerien personnel killed), the drip-drip of often-conflicting bits of information about the incident sparked numerous questions on Capitol Hill and beyond.While it may be some time before the thorough inquiry into the incident can be completed, what is clearer is why the about 800 U.S. service members are currently engaged on a mission many Americans were largely unaware of (notwithstanding the deployment notifications by both President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump) and why the West African country where these men and women serve matters to the United States....

Rising Islamic terror in Africa draws American concern

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The Borderless War The Washington Times ANALYSIS/OPINION: Thanks to a cowboy hat and a sharp tongue, a moment of fame has stretched into two moments for a Florida congresswoman. The uproar over who said what to whom when President Trump called the widow of an American soldier killed in the defense of his country becomes travesty through the dark arts of politics. Just as the United States and its allies were mopping up the ragtag remnants of the Islamic State and crushed ISIS dreams of an aggressive dominant caliphate in the Middle East, there was grim news of an ambush of that killed four American soldiers in Niger. Rep. Frederica Wilson said she eavesdropped on the call when President Trump telephoned the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson to convey the nation’s condolences. She described the president’s sentiments to Myeshia Johnson, that her husband “knew what he signed up for,”...

Terror Strikes Somalia: Car Bombs Kill At Least 25

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Terror Strikes Somalia Again: Car Bombs Kill At Least 25 Carbonated.TV An Islamist attack on a hotel in the Somali capital ended on Sunday after 25 people had been killed in a near 12-hour siege, police said, underlining the insurgents' ability to carry out deadly attacks in the heart of the city. "The death toll rises to 25 people including police, hotel guards and residents. The death toll may rise. We suspect some other militants disguised themselves and escaped with the residents who were rescued," police officer Major Mohamed Hussein told Reuters. "Three militants were captured alive and two others blew up themselves after they were shot," he added. The attack began around at 5 p.m. on Saturday with a car bomb. Gunmen then stormed the building after the bomb had destroyed its defences. The siege ended on Sunday morning. A Reuters witness saw seven bodies lying inside the hotel....

On counterterrorism, we're still fighting the last war

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by Washington Examiner Staff Ryan Greer for New America: One overarching challenge to improving counterterrorism tactics is that much of the policy revolution in the last few years has been a revolution in speech or in structure, but only rarely in funding or action, let alone in evaluation to assess what even works.For example, consider the challenge of sharing information on foreign fighters. Providing this information to Interpol may involve reducing sensitive data (e.g., intelligence derived from a war zone) to only what is appropriate for law enforcement and also may reasonably be assumed to fall into the hands of any Interpol member, including Russia, who could misuse information provided by the U.S. or other sources. ... These challenges highlight that encouraging trust among global partners is paramount, that bilateral exchanges of information are still critical for sensitive issues, and that both civil liberties and intelligence concerns must be represented...
Keep a 'wary eye' on U.S. travel visas, Goodale tells American counterpart Ralph Goodale says some migrants are obtaining U.S. travel visas for the sole purpose of coming to CanadaBy Alison Crawford, CBC News Canada's Public Safety Minister has told his American counterpart to keep a "wary eye" on the travel visas it issues to the United States.In an interview Sunday with CBC News, Goodale said Canadian officials have identified trends where documents issued from certain U.S. embassies and consulates are being misused."We have asked them to go back upstream and examine the pattern of these travel documents being issued and how come the people to whom they were issued appear to have had no intention of staying in the United States, but were simply using the documents as vehicles to get into the United States and then make a beeline for the Canadian border," Goodale explained. While the minister...

Western Desert: New Terrorist Theater in Egypt

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Asharq Al-Awsat - English Cairo – Mohammed Abdo HassaneinThe recent Wahat terrorist incident in Egypt’s Western Desert is the latest chapter in the series of attacks that have plagued the country and which had taken place through its western front. The attack left 16 policemen dead and observers associated with security authorities told Asharq Al-Awsat that this region has become “a new theater for terrorism in Egypt.”This front can be added to the traditional hub of northern Sinai where the Egyptian army has been waging a fierce war against armed groups that are affiliated with the ISIS terrorist organization.In the past three years alone, the uninhabited Western Desert, which represents two thirds of Egypt’s size, has witnessed no less than eight major terrorist attacks that have left more than 60 soldiers and officers and dozens of citizens dead.The harsh terrain that makes up the majority of the desert has made...

Terrorism is booming in Europe

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Gatestone Institute Terrorism in Europeby Drieu Godefridi* The problem, of course, resides in the European definition of terrorism. The EU definition of terrorism, wittingly or unwittingly, confuses the issue. It needs to be revised.* Under the definition of terrorism in American law (18 U.S. Code § 2331), no act can be qualified as terrorist if there is no terror intended.Terrorism is booming in Europe — even though the European Union statistics say it is not. The EU's statistics on terrorism, simply put, confuse the issue. They are a fairy-tale.Since 9/11, in report after report, experts, ministers and public authorities have been saying the same thing: that in Europe (meaning the EU), Islamic terrorism is merely a marginal aberration. Nothing to be afraid of, and if you show too much interest in the matter you are probably on the far-right, aren't you! Do you want to persecute the Muslims and make...
FRANCE 24 - English by NEWS WIRESLatest update : 2017-10-25France’s efforts to combat terrorism and prevent further attacks on its soil are generating so much work for investigators and law courts that further staffing will be needed to keep up, intelligence and justice officials say.The warning comes at a time when President Emmanuel Macron is trying to curb public spending while ensuring security is not compromised, a balancing act that has already prompted an army commander to resign over budget cuts.The workload of the anti-terrorism justice system has risen ten-fold in the past five years, ministry figures show, with a sharp increase since 2014, when followers of the Islamic State group specifically called for attacks targeting the French.More than 240 people have been killed in the past three years in France, including 130 by a group of IS-inspired gunmen and suicide bombers in Paris in November 2015.Statistics collected by the...
Express Islamic State terror: Nine arrested planning a series of attacks on police stations INDONESIAN authorities arrested nine men suspected of having links to a militant network loyal to Islamic State and planning a series of attacks on police posts, said a police spokesman. Counter-terrorism police have grappled with a recent resurgence in homegrown radicalism in the world's largest Muslim-majority country, inspired by extremist group Islamic State. Police said eight men were arrested on Tuesday in Riau province and one man in South Sulawesi province.They were alleged to have links to Indonesia's most high-profile militant network Jemaah Asharut Daulah (JAD) which is loyal to Islamic State. “They were planning attacks on police stations from the district level all the way to the provincial level,” national police spokesman Rikwanto said of the men arrested in Riau. He added that the men were suspected of joining a training camp in a neighbouring...
Southern Daily Echo by Richard Percival - Reporter CIVIC CHIEFS are preparing anti-terrorism measures in Southampton ahead of three major city events.The move, which is for a trial until after the festive period, is an attempt to prevent a potential terror attack by someone driving a car or van into a crowded area.It comes ahead of Oktoberfest this weekend, the Remembrance Day parade on November 12 and the Southampton Christmas markets between Saturday, November 11 and Saturday, December 23.Southampton City Council is installing new concrete bollards in Guildhall Square and Above Bar Street.  Under the plans, the concrete bollards will be positioned at strategic points in the city centre which will provide additional protection to people from vehicles travelling on West Marlands Road and Above Bar Street.Councillor Simon Letts, the leader of Southampton City Council said: “There is no direct threat to Southampton.“We are only undertaking this as a precautionary...

U.S., Gulf nations target Yemen terrorism financing

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Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and six Gulf nations have targeted 13 individuals they say are al Qaeda and Islamic State militants, in an action intended to disrupt terrorism financing in Yemen, U.S. administration officials said on Wednesday.Among those targeted are the militant group’s chief financial officer in Yemen and head of assassinations in that country. The action puts those named on a business blacklist, which prohibits any financial actions and freezes their bank accounts.The nations joining the United States in the sanctions were Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar.“This is the largest ever multilateral designation in the Middle East,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in Riyadh on Wednesday.U.S. administration officials said this is the first joint sanctions action by Washington and Gulf states. The coordination was particularly significant because of a months-long diplomatic crisis between Qatar and several Gulf states.Saudi...
Bloomberg By Nafeesa Syeed Afghan troops traveling to the U.S. for training are going absent without leave at double the previous rate, raising security concerns in their homeland as well as in the U.S., according to a Pentagon watchdog.The percentage of Afghan trainees in the U.S. going AWOL doubled last year to 13 percent from the historical average of 6 to 7 percent, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a report Friday. AWOL means the trainee is absent from scheduled activities for more than 24 hours without proper authority.Some of the missing trainees have never been tracked down and could pose a risk to the U.S., according to the report.“Given the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and the fact that Afghan trainees who violate the terms of their visas suffer virtually no consequences for going AWOL,” the Defense Department believes that the AWOL rate is “is...
Africa: the next frontier? An in-depth rundown of prominent terrorist organizations in Africa SOFREP.comBy Jay In light of recent events in Niger where four US Special Forces soldiers were killed, many people are wondering: who are these terror groups operating in Africa? How many terrorist groups are in Africa? There is no short story to the history of terrorism in Africa, and there have long been Islamic terror groups operating in the region. I will do my best in this article to give a look at the main groups and their area of operations.Africa is one of the largest continents on the planet with many poor countries and vast stretches of land.  On top of that, many of the countries have poorly trained security forces. All of this culminates into a perfect breeding ground for extremist groups to gather pace. While there are a number of rich countries in Africa,...
The Maritime Executive  By MarEx 2017-10-24 19:09:20The ASEAN Defence Ministers held their 11th Meeting in the Philippines this week and agreed to act together with partners to counter terrorism and violent extremism in the region. The Ministers met with their counterparts from Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States to strengthen their cooperation on defense matters.Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein warned that setbacks the Islamic State has suffered in the Middle East could mean that the terrorists increasingly focus on Southeast Asia.Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana officially announced the end of fighting in Marawi City, saying that the Philippines had defeated terrorism. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, participating on behalf of the U.S., praised the Philippines for liberating Marawi saying the very tough fight had sent a very strong message to terrorists.Mattis ‎reaffirmed his commitment to allies across the region. To improve counter-terrorism...

Italy investigates 'jihadist hub' south of Rome

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FRANCE 24 by Natalia MENDOZA Recent jihadist terrorist attacks in France and Germany have cast a spotlight on the town of Aprilia, south of Rome, where three of the perpetrators spent some time prior to the attacks.Tunisian Ahmed Hanachi, who killed two women at Marseille's Saint-Charles train station on October 1 before being shot dead by soldiers, spent several years in the small town located 40km from Rome, where he married an Italian woman.The 29-year-old was not known to attend any mosque, but was known to the police for minor theft and drug problems.“We were astounded when we heard what he’d done,” his former father-in-law told FRANCE 24, speaking on condition of anonymity. Recent jihadist terrorist attacks in France and Germany have cast a spotlight on the town of Aprilia, south of Rome, where three of the perpetrators spent some time prior to the attacks.Tunisian Ahmed Hanachi, who killed two...

Indonesian police arrest 9 suspected Islamic militants

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ABC News by The Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia  Indonesian counterterrorism police said they arrested nine suspected Islamic militants Tuesday, including an alleged bomb maker who eluded capture for five years.Police spokesman Rikwanto said that Bakri Baroncong was believed to have made the explosives for a failed attempt to kill the governor of South Sulawesi province in 2012. Bakri had avoided capture for more than five years and was tracked down at an Islamic boarding school in the province.Five suspected militants were arrested in Pekanbaru city in Sumatra and two others in Central Java province.The ninth suspect, Hendrasti Wijanarko, was captured in East Java province. He was linked to four militants convicted over a plot to bomb a guard-changing ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta.They were part of a small extremist cell in Central Java's Solo city who took orders from Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian with the Islamic State group...

Everything You Need to Know About Niger

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Weekly Standard Why we're there, why it's dangerous, and what the Trump administration needs to do now.By James Barnett An attack on October 4 by suspected Islamic State-affiliated militants that left four American soldiers dead has unexpectedly pushed the landlocked, sparsely inhabited African nation of Niger into the limelight. While most Americans seem less interested in the attack itself than in the ensuing Twitter broadsides, the situation in Africa’s Sahel region is one that ought to be of national concern given the growing scope of U.S. counterterrorism operations there. This month’s deadly attack underscores the troubling reality that American special operations forces are operating in the Sahel lacking both the resources for the complex threat environment and a coherent regional strategy.While key details of the attack are still emerging, we know that the 12-man Special Forces team and their Nigerien army counterparts were leaving a meeting with local community leaders...
Small Worlds Journal Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #35:  Weaponized Drone/UAV/UAS Seized in Valtierrilla, Guanajuato with Remote Detonation IED (‘Papa Bomba’) Payload Robert J. Bunker and John P. Sullivan An improvised explosive drone (‘dron bomba’) was interdicted by Mexican Federal Police/Policía Federal (PF) in Guanajunto in Central Mexico at daybreak of Friday, 20 October 2017. Four men were arrested following a ‘high-risk’ vehicle stop on the Salamanca-Morelia highway.  The discovery of an improvised Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)—also known as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)—is the latest example of cartel weapons evolution. The IED is consistent with recent papas bombas (potato bombs) employment by the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).  Guanajunto is currently contested by several cartels including the CJNG, Los Zetas, and the Sinaloa cartel. Key Information: “‘Dron bomba’ listo para detonar a distancia.” AM. 20 October 2017, https://www.am.com.mx/2017/10/20/sucesos/dron-bomba-listo-para-detonar-a-distancia-385808: (REDACCIÓN. SALAMANCA, GUANAJUATO.) Los cargos que podrían tener los detenidos pueden llegar a ser por terrorismo....