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Counter IED Report Department of Justice: ISIS Sympathizer Arrested in Cranford, Plotting the “Next 9/11” with Two Accomplices The Department of Justice released details of a thwarted terror plot to attack New York City during the summer of 2016 on Friday. Three men, who were arrested in 2016 and 2017, planned to detonate bombs in Times Square and the New York City subway system and shoot civilians at concert venues in support of ISIS, according to the Department of Justice. The three arrested are Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a 19-year-old Canadian citizen; Talha Haroon, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen residing in Pakistan; and Russell Salic, a 37-year-old Philippine citizen, the DOJ said. El Bahnasawy purchased bomb-making materials and helped secure a cabin within driving distance of the city where he planned to build the explosives, according to the DOJ.  Haroon allegedly made plans to travel from Pakistan to New York City to join El Bahnasawy in carrying...
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by Peter Huessy  •  Gatestone Institute Experience has shown that soft rhetoric and so-called "smart diplomacy" have served only to enable North Korea and Iran to produce more nuclear weapons and better ballistic missiles. Not only has the International Atomic Energy Agency (IEAE) been prevented from monitoring Iranian compliance, but it is not pushing the issue for fear that "Washington would use an Iranian refusal as an excuse to abandon the JCPOA." During his first press conference after taking office in January 1981, US President Ronald Reagan called détente a "one-way street that the Soviet Union has used to pursue its own aims." Echoing this remark while addressing reporters later the same day, Secretary of State Alexander Haig said that the Soviets were the source of much support for international terrorism, especially in Latin and Central America. The following day, both Reagan and Haig were criticized for their remarks, with...
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British ISIS recruiter Sally Jones is killed in Syria: 'White Widow' dies in US Predator drone strike while trying to flee jihadi capital Raqqa  * The onetime punk rocker from Kent fled to Syria to join ISIS with her son in 2013   * Considered Britain's most-wanted woman, she was reportedly killed by a drone   * Americans told British government they killed her in June - but it was kept quiet  * It is not known whether her 12-year-old son, JoJo, was killed in the targeted hitBy Iain Burns For MailonlineBritish jihadist Sally Jones has been killed by a US drone strike, according to a report.The onetime punk rocker from Kent went to Syria with her son in 2013. But now - according to The Sun - she has been killed close to the Iraq-Syria border by an American aircraft.           Considered Britain's most-wanted woman, Jones - known as the...
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THE ULTRA-MARATHONERS OF HUMAN SMUGGLING: DEFENDING FORWARD AGAINST DARK NETWORKS THAT CAN TRANSPORT TERRORISTS ACROSS AMERICAN LAND BORDERS Naval Postgraduate School Thesis by Todd Bensman - September 2015 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Because  of  the  9/11  attacks,  national  legislation  required  America’s  homeland security  agencies  to  dismantle  transnational  human  smuggling  organizations  capable  of transporting terrorist travelers to U.S. borders. Federal agencies responded with programs targeting   extreme-distance   human   smuggling   networks   that   transport   higher   risk immigrants  known  as  special  interest  aliens  (SIAs)  to  the  country’s  land  borders.  SIAs are  identified  based  on  their  citizenship  in  some  35  countries  in  the  Middle  East,  North Africa,  and  Asia  where  terrorist  organizations  operate.  SIA  smuggling  networks  are substantially   different   than   other   human  smuggling   networks   because   they   span  continents and oceans, as well as dozens of nations’ borders over many months.  Some  American  enforcement  efforts  to  dismantle  SIA  networks  since  9/11  have occurred  in  countries  along  established  smuggling  passages ...
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Free Radio Asia Authorities in Beijing have shut down a well-known Islamic bookstore and publishing house and detained its founder on "terrorism" charges amid a nationwide security operation ahead of the ruling Chinese Communist Party's five-yearly congress this month.An employee who answered the phone at the Qingzhen Bookstore in Beijing's Haidian district on Tuesday confirmed the move."We, the bookstore, have closed," the former employee said. "We are no longer in operation and I am no longer an employee here.""I don't know the details of the situation, though."Store owner Ma Yinglong, a member of the Dongxiang ethnic group from the northwestern region of Xinjiang, is currently being detained on suspicion of "terrorist activities," U.S.-based rights activist Suleiman Gu told RFA.And a Hui Muslim who asked to remain anonymous said Ma had already been detained for more than a year, before being released under a suspended sentence handed down by the Haidian...
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By Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News The 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., has spawned a violent domestic threat from “black identity extremists” who have stepped up attacks on police, according to an explosive new report by the FBI’s counterterrorism division.The warning, first reported by Foreign Policy magazine, says that “it is very likely BIEs proactively target police and openly identify and justify their actions with social-political agendas commensurate with their perceived injustices against African Americans ...”Brown, an African-American 18-year-old, was shot in August 2014 after struggling with white police officer Darren Wilson. Although Brown's supporters claimed it was a deadly case of police brutality, Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing and resigned in November 2014. Police officials said that Wilson stopped Brown after getting a call about a robbery at a convenience store in which the clerk was strong-armed after the suspect – with whom Brown was a match...
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Detailed report from investigator finds Hodgkinson was determined to kill as many civilians as possibleby Margaret Menge - Lifezette The prosecutor for the city of Alexandria released a 39-page report Friday on an investigation into the June 14 congressional baseball shooting, calling the attack by Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson an “act of terrorism” that was fueled by rage against Republicans.Hodgkinson, wrote the commonwealth’s attorney for Alexandria, Bryan L. Sanders, “held strong political opinions and was very unhappy about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.” Having recently stopped working, he was spending a great deal of time on social media, the report says, and “using it to express his political views, such as his strong support for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.” The investigation was done jointly with the FBI, the City of Alexandria Police Department, and the United States Capitol Police to determine whether or not the law...
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Independent UKMPs call on authorities to explore links between sexual violence, domestic abuse, modern slavery, trafficking and terrorismby Lizzie Dearden Terrorists are using slaves to generate funding and attract recruits including domestic abusers and rapists, research has found.A report published by think-tank the Henry Jackson Society (HJS) warned that modern slavery and sexual violence was fuelling Isis and other groups operating across Africa and the Middle East.Nikita Malik, the report’s author and a senior research fellow, said the sectors are routinely treated separately by different global agencies but are increasingly interlinked. “Terrorists are traffickers and traffickers are criminals, so it’s only natural that these groups will work together,” she added.“Terrorists have an additional ideological motivation, releasing propaganda to justify the enslavement and rape of kuffar [disbelievers]. “As the groups begin to lose territory, they are gaining strongholds on trafficking routes that are being exploited.”The findings come during a campaign by...
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Lubbock Police Department *UPDATED STATEMENT FROM TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY*Earlier this evening, a Texas Tech Police Department officer was shot and killed.The suspect, Hollis Daniels, has been apprehended and taken into custody.Texas Tech Police made a student welfare check late this afternoon. Upon entering the suspect’s room, officers found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers brought the suspect to the police station for standard debriefing.“During this time, the suspect pulled a gun and mortally shot an officer,” Texas Tech Police Department Chief Kyle Bonath said. “The suspect fled on foot and later apprehended by TTPD near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.”“The family of the officer is in the thoughts and prayers of the Texas Tech community,” Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said. “I want to express my deep appreciation to the Texas Tech Police Department, Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock Sherriff’s Office, and other state and federal law enforcement officials for their...

Final Assault Launched on ISIS; What Next?

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Clarion Project By David Harris Amid a limited degree of pomp, it was announced this weekend the final battle to defeat ISIS in Syria would begin on October 9. That’s great news after some five years of uncontrolled tyranny. The end of sex slavery, child soldiers and the cruelest of executions will be welcomed by all moral human beings.However, the next issues – already under consideration by intelligence services for some time – are what happens to the hundreds of ISIS fighters who successfully flee justice and, of course, that burning question: Does the ideology die with Islamic State?Let’s go with the easy one first: The ideology is very much alive, and while it was successfully fueled by ISIS’ brilliant propaganda machine, it is not dependent on the fate of Islamic State. For starters, many of the so-called non-violent Islamist organizations around the globe are a breeding-ground network for terrorists....
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The Sydney Morning Herald by Julie Szego Alas, there's no gentle way into this discussion: a mass murderer with an enhanced semi-automatic weapon does not automatically equal a "terrorist".No matter how much partisan warriors and even governments try to squeeze the Las Vegas tragedy into the post-9/11 template, the facts simply don't fit. At the time of writing, everything we know — as in, don't know — about the shooter, Stephen Paddock, suggests that noun has no place in this atrocity, even if the verb is horrifically apt, as the 64-year-old professional gambler terrorised, with chilling method, 22,000 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Paddock was not a terrorist, even if we acknowledge that to those left injured and grieving after the worst mass shooting in modern US history this parsing of definitions might seem an insensitive parlour...

FBI and NYPD foil terrorism plot targeting New York

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New Hampshire Union Leader NEW YORK - A trio of maniacal terrorists targeted women and children - hoping to make "an ocean out of their blood" - in a failed attack they dreamed would be on par with 9/11, federal officials said Friday.The Islamic State-inspired plot to set off bombs in Times Square, the New York City subway system and at concerts in the Big Apple was thwarted by the FBI and NYPD before it ever got off the ground.A federal court unsealed indictments against the three men in connection with the foiled attack, set to be carried out last summer, according to acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim.The would-be jihadists were identified as 19-year-old Canadian Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, 19-year-old Tala Haroon, a U.S. citizen who lives in Pakistan, and Russel Salic, 37, of the Philippines.El Bahnasawy and Haroon began sharing their fantasies of death and destruction last spring via web...

Bodyguard Gives Harrowing Account Of Benghazi Attack

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InHomelandSecurity.com WASHINGTON (AP) — A diplomatic security agent testified Monday that after militants stormed the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, he turned to U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was hiding in a safe room, and said, “When I die, you need to pick up my gun and keep fighting.”Agent Scott Wickland was the government’s first witness in a trial of Ahmed Abu Khattala, a Libyan suspected of orchestrating the attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans. Wickland took the stand and gave a harrowing account of how he tried without success to save the ambassador and Sean Patrick Smith, a State Department information management officer.The smoke from weapons’ fire and explosions was so thick and black that it blinded the three. They dropped to the floor and crawled on their bellies, gasping for air. Wickland said he was trying to lead them to a bathroom where he...

The Real Roots of Islamic Terrorism

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by Khadija Khan Last month, an Islamic preacher was caught red-handed in Britain preaching for ISIS and jihad, and inciting youths to commit violence against non-Muslims. To everyone's purported astonishment, he was not delivering his lectures on websites. He was delivering sermons live in a public-charity mosque -- funded by taxpayers -- in Stoke-on-Trent. France and Britain remain in the constant grip of Islamist terror, yet their governments, despite having laws prohibiting "hate speech", have so far failed to address the influence that preachers of violence and hatred have with local Muslims. Blaming terror recruitment only on the internet is just an invented story, like the one that every suicide bomber or those who committed acts of terror in the name of Islam were lone wolves who merely took "inspiration" from terror outfits such as al-Qaeda or ISIS. Governments in Britain and other countries in the grip of terror posed...
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By Clarion Project The Muslim Brotherhood has at least $100 billion at its disposal for work outside of its Egyptian base, according to Islamist Groups expert Sameh Eid.The cash is designated for dawa – the spreading of Islamic ideology both among Muslims and non-Muslims, Eid told the An Hour From Egypt TV show on August 25.Eid claims the Brotherhood is diverting donor money that is pledged for use in places like Afghanistan and Bosnia Herzegovina. These donations end up in the coffers of the Muslim Brotherhood instead.Individual members give the organization eight percent of their salaries.The Brotherhood uses its $100b. in projects in some 80 countries.The Muslim Brotherhood (Al-Ihkwan al-Muslimun) is a Sunni, pan-Islamic organization based in Cairo, Egypt whose ultimate aim is the re-establishment of the global Islamic caliphate and the implementation of sharia as state law. Founded in Egypt in 1928 it is the oldest Islamist group in...
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Stars and Stripes By ROB GILLIES | Associated Press TORONTO -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday that a Somali refugee charged with ramming his car into a Canadian policeman, stabbing him and then injuring four people while leading officers on a high-speed chase over the weekend was ordered deported from the U.S. in 2011.Jennifer Elzea, an ICE spokeswoman, said Hasan Sharif Abdulahi was taken into ICE's custody in San Diego in July of that year and in September an immigration judge ordered him sent back to Somalia.Elzea said Sharif was released from custody two months later then failed to report as ordered for his removal on Jan. 24, 2012. She said efforts to locate him were unsuccessful. She also said Sharif had no known criminal history at the time of his encounters with ICE.Sharif now faces 11 charges in Canada, including five of attempted murder in the Saturday...

Three Green Berets killed, two wounded in Niger ambush

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Fox News By Lucas Tomlinson Three U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers were killed and two others were wounded Wednesday in an ambush in the west African country of Niger.U.S. Africa Command confirmed that a joint patrol of Green Berets and Nigerien soldiers was attacked in the southwestern part of Niger, near the border with Mali. Officials told Fox News that between eight and 10 troops were part of the patrol.Officials told the Associated Press that the commandos were likely attacked by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.The officials added that the two wounded U.S. soldiers were taken to Niamey, the capital, and are in stable condition.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that President Trump had been briefed on the ambush by Chief of Staff John Kelly.Africa Command says the U.S. forces are in Niger to provide training and security assistance to the Nigerien Armed Forces in their efforts against...
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9news.com.au By Mark Saunokonoko   However unlikely it may seem, the idea that 64-year-old white shooter Stephen Craig Paddock was acting on behalf of ISIS when shooting dead 59 victims cannot be ruled out.That is the considered view of Michael S. Smith II, a US counter-terror analyst who closely monitors Islamic State and the group's claims of responsibility for acts of terror around the globe.US investigators are now sifting through evidence in a fast-moving operation that could reveal the as-yet unclear motives of Paddock.Paddock, a retiree from Mesquite, Nevada, mercilessly killed 59 people and injured more than 500 others from a sniping position inside his 32nd floor Las Vegas hotel room.Police on Tuesday recovered 19 firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammo at Paddock's home in Mesquite.    A police SWAT team earlier found 23 high-powered weapons inside Paddock's Mandalay Bay hotel room.In the hours after Paddock turned his...
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Sky News By James Matthews, Scotland CorrespondentA joint counter-terrorism exercise to enhance cross-border co-operation in the fight against terror has been launched by police forces in Scotland and England.A mock attack has been staged at the Royal Bank Headquarters in Edinburgh, in which "terrorists" drove a truck into a building.They then used knives and automatic weapons to "inflict" mass casualties.The three-day training exercise, codenamed Operation Border Reiver, is designed to test the response of the police and emergency services.It will last until 5 October, extending to other sites and properties in Scotland and the North East of England. About 100 volunteers, posing as casualties, lay sprawled around the grounds of RBS near Edinburgh Airport following the mock attack. They were treated by ambulance crews carrying shields and wearing body armour.The scenario involved a truck being driven into a building (represented by a tent) and the "terrorists" then shooting and stabbing...
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WMUR Channel 9 MANCHESTER, N.H. — A counter-terrorism expert from New Hampshire spoke to News 9 about the Las Vegas mass shooting and broke down how the shooter may have planned the attack.Former Army Ranger and Green Beret Jim Steiner said one of his first impressions from watching some of the video taken at the scene was that it is clear that 64 year-old Stephen Paddock used an automatic weapon during the attackAdvertisementSteiner said that to have killed and injured so many people, Paddock likely fired around 600 rounds -- all of which could fit in a gym bag.He also said the shooter was probably using 30-round magazines and firing randomly at the crowd.Steiner said Paddock, who was from Nevada, will likely be found to have his own reasoning for doing what he did and not be affiliated with any international terrorist organization or agenda.“He probably went through what I...