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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Wednesday designated an al Qaeda affiliate in Mali, Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen, as a foreign terrorist organization, cutting off its funding and blocking U.S. citizens from doing business with it.The group has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks and kidnappings since it was formed in March 2017, the department said in a statement. It said Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM) was responsible for an attack in June 2017 at a resort popular with Western expatriates outside Mali’s capital, Bamako, as well as attacks on Malian troops, and coordinated attacks in Ouagadougou, the capital of neighboring Burkina Faso, in March this year. “Al-Qaeda and its affiliates like JNIM remain deadly threats to the United States and our allies. These designations are part of our continuing efforts to squeeze al-Qaeda’s finances, denying it the resources it needs to carry out attacks,” said Nathan Sales, the...

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Dutch police say they are looking 'at all scenarios, also terrorism' after a man stabbed two people inside Amsterdam's central station before being shot and injured by police.   ...

Pompeo Heads to Pakistan to Take on Terrorism, Seek 'Reset'

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The Diplomat The U.S. secretary of state’s arrival in Pakistan comes after a challenging eight months for the bilateral relationship. By Ankit Panda U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Pakistan on Wednesday for talks with the country’s new government, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party. Khan, a populist with an anti-American streak, become prime minister after the controversial July 25 elections in Pakistan.Days before Pompeo’s scheduled trip, the U.S. Department of Defense announced a final decision on the suspension of a $300 million tranche of Coalition Support Fund (CSF) reimbursements for Pakistan, which had been announced earlier this year by the Trump administration.“Due to a lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy the remaining $300 million was reprogrammed,” a Pentagon spokesperson told Reuters. CSF payments reimburse Pakistan for expenses incurred combating terrorism on its own soil.“We certainly haven’t...
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by Gina Cherelus(Reuters) - A U.S. Army sergeant stationed in Hawaii will serve 25 years in prison after admitting he attempted to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group, federal prosecutors said.Ikaika Erik Kang, 35, was working as a military air traffic controller based at Schofield Barracks in Oahu when he was arrested last year after an investigation that involved undercover agents and sources who posed as Islamic State operatives and sympathizers, the FBI has said.Kang, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to four counts of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the U.S. Justice Department said. Under a plea deal with federal prosecutors, he agreed to serve 25 years in prison and then at least 20 years of supervised release. “Kang swore to defend the United States as a member of our military but betrayed his country by...

US Tracks Elaborate Terror Scheme by Iran

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By Clarion Project The U.S. has tracked an elaborate terror scheme by Iran to manufacture sophisticated weapons for Hezbollah in Lebanon.Rare flight patterns by the civil aviation company Qeshem Fars Air were picked up by American, Israeli and other Western intelligence sources. The planes contained components for manufacturing precise weapons in Iranian factories in Lebanon, the sources said.Evidence has long existed that Iran operates weapons factories in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen.While officially a civilian company, Qeshem Fars Air  is known to Western sources as a weapons-smuggling arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its Al-Quds force. Both were sanctioned by the U.S. in October 2017. Three IRGC members sit on Qeshem’s board of directors.This latest scheme by Iran involved two flights which originated from Tehran. One made a short stopover in Damascus, Syria before taking off and flying north in an unusual arc-shaped path to Beirut. The second...
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WSB-TV COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington police say one of their officers is fighting for his life after being shot by a shoplifting suspect near a Walmart.Investigators said they were called out to the store along Industrial Boulevard just before 12:30 p.m. Monday for a shoplifting call. The GBI says three men were attempting to steal bandanas. Officers arrested two suspects, described as young men, but a third, identified as Aaron Fleming, 21, ran. A Covington police sergeant and Officer Matt Cooper chased Fleming across the street and behind another shopping center.As the sergeant turned the corner, he said he saw Fleming shoot Cooper and then take off into the woods behind the store. Police said that sergeant later heard a single gunshot inside the woods, went to investigate and found Fleming dead from a gunshot wound. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the gunshot was likely self-inflicted. Read more: https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/newton-county/breaking-police-confirm-officer-has-been-shot-at-covington-walmart-store/826476980...

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  ** (WARNING: Graphic Content) ** "New video shows a bird's eye view of a chase that ended in a deadly shootout between a suspect and a DPS trooper in east Bexar County. The Texas Department of Public Safety released the video in a commissioner’s meeting on Friday"  ...
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Source: Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security CHICAGO — Federal officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 364 criminal aliens and immigration violators in six Midwest states during a 30-day enforcement action, which ended Friday.During this operation, ERO deportation officers made arrests in the following states: Illinois (134), Indiana (52), Kansas (43), Kentucky (60), Missouri (42) and Wisconsin (33). Of the 364 arrested, 187 had criminal convictions. Eighteen women and 346 men were arrested.Aliens arrested during this operation are from the following 25 countries: Belarus (1), Bosnia-Herzegovina (1), Burma (1), Colombia (1), Czech Republic (2), Dominican Republic (1), Ecuador (2), El Salvador (2), Germany (1), Guatemala (54), Guinea (1), Haiti (1), Honduras (40), India (6), Jordan (1), Lithuania (1), Mexico (236), Moldova (1), Nicaragua (1), Nigeria (3), Peru (2), Poland (1), Romania (1), Saudi Arabia (1) and Ukraine (2).More than half...
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Fox News by Matt Richardson The FBI on Friday announced that it has arrested all five of the New Mexico compound suspects, just days after multiple charges were dropped against those involved. The suspects were charged with violating federal firearms and conspiracy laws.The announcement comes as local prosecutors dropped charges in the death of a 3-year-old boy at the property. Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos said Friday his office will now seek grand jury indictments involving the death. Gallegos said seeking indictments will allow more time to gather evidence."The defendants, Jany Leveille, 35, a Haitian national illegally present in the United States, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Hujrah Wahhaj, 37, Subhanah Wahhaj, 35, and Lucas Morton, 40, are charged in a criminal complaint that was filed earlier today in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico," the bureau said in a statement. "The criminal complaint charges Jany...
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Maylay Mail BEIJING, Aug 30 — China’s defence ministry said today that it was supporting Afghanistan’s defence and counterterrorism efforts, a day after Beijing denied a plan to build a base in Afghanistan and to send Chinese forces to the war-torn country.China’s foreign ministry yesterday dismissed a report by the South China Morning Post that cited sources with ties to the military as saying it was funding construction of a camp in Afghanistan’s narrow Wakhan Corridor linking the two countries, and could send hundreds of troops there.The Hong Kong newspaper later updated its report to quote Afghanistan’s embassy in Beijing as saying China was helping the country set up a “mountain brigade” to boost counterterrorism efforts, but that there would be “no Chinese military personnel of any kind on Afghan soil at any time”.Chinese defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian, asked about the mountain brigade at a regular monthly news briefing,...
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  by A. Z. Mohamed  •  Gatestone Institute Canada's intelligence service stated that some 60 "returnees" -- fighters who had returned to Canada -- "have the potential to pose a significant threat to our national security." In other words, there are dozens of jihadis roaming free in Canada, without being apprehended or charged by authorities. The noise surrounding the debate over jihadist returnees has been drowning out the country's intelligence service assessment about the threat they pose to Canada's national security -- a threat that the Trudeau government is ill-prepared, ill-equipped and ideologically ill-suited to confront. Prevention, investigation and prosecution of terrorists should be the top priority, ahead of rehabilitation and reintegration. According to the website of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), under the section "National Security Threats - Terrorism":    "Terrorism, including terrorist travel and the radicalization of Canadians, is the most prominent threat to Canadian interests and our...
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KSL.com By Pat Reavy, KSL SALT LAKE CITY — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is still keeping a close eye on groups like al-Qaida and ISIS.But when it comes to the biggest danger on U.S. soil, "the primary terrorist threat to the homeland here today, without question, is homegrown violent extremists. That’s what keeps us awake at night,” FBI Director Christopher A. Wray said.On Wednesday, the head of the FBI delivered a keynote address to a room full of law enforcers from across the state during the 11th annual Utah National Security and Anti-Terrorism Conference at the downtown Salt Lake Sheraton Hotel.Wray was appointed FBI director a year ago, replacing James Comey. Before that, he served as assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division under the George W. Bush administration. Read more: https://www.ksl.com/article/46382984/fbi-director-says-homegrown-extremists-are-primary-terrorist-threat-to-us...
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Business Insider by Ryan Pickrell   * A French airstrike on a terrorist camp in Mali killed a senior leader of the Islamic State affiliate in West Africa that killed four Green Berets in a deadly ambush in Niger last year, according to reports from the French military.    * Mohamed Ag Almouner, a top official for the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, was found dead by a French-led unit after an airstrike by two Mirage fighters.    * The strike also killed another member of the group, as well as two civilians.A senior official with the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara was killed in a strike on a terrorist camp in Mali involving French warplanes and commandos, the French defense ministry confirmed Monday.The lifeless body of Mohamed Ag Almouner, a senior leader for the ISIS affiliate that claimed responsibility for a deadly ambush that left four American Green...
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NBC News by Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. — A hand-written document called "Phases of a Terrorist Attack," was seized from a remote New Mexico desert compound where authorities found 11 children living in wretched conditions, and later a dead 3-year-old boy, prosecutors said.The document, cited in a court filing Friday by state prosecutors, included vague instructions for "the one-time terrorist" and mentioned an unnamed place called "the ideal attack site."Prosecutors wrote that new interviews with some of the children taken from the site revealed that one of the adults, Lucas Morton, stated he wished to die in jihad as a martyr, and that defendants Jany Leveille and defendant Subhannah Wahhaj joked about dying in jihad.Morton's attorney did not respond immediately to requests for comment. Megan Mitsunaga, who represents Subhannah Wahhaj, said the she has not seen any evidence to support the accusation against her client. Leveille's attorney could not...

New Mexico Child-Terrorist Training Camp Leaders Go Free

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Frontpage MAG Democrat judge sends dangerous jihadists back into our midst. by Lloyd Billingsley  New Mexico state judge Sarah Backus on Monday released five Islamic radicals on a $20,000 “signature bond,” which requires no payment.  The decision came as a shock, given what local law enforcement had discovered. At a ramshackle compound near the Colorado state line, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, Lucas Morton, 40, Jany Leveille, 35, Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, and Subhanah Wahhaj, 35, trained 11 children to use firearms and attack schools. The compound had been under surveillance but police only launched a raid when one of the children texted that they were all in need of food and water.Police found rifles, handguns and ammunition and a shooting range. In a tunnel leading outside the compound they found the remains of a boy later identified as Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj. According to his mother, he took medicine for seizures but the...

Fostering A Culture Of Cybersecurity

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Forbes by Boris Chen Cybersecurity is important. In talking to executives, it would be hard to imagine someone disputing that statement based on today’s climate. Experts estimate that the 2017 Equifax breach cost the company $439 million. It's believed that Target lost $292 million as a result of its 2015 breach. CISOs and CEOs have their jobs threatened by failures to have adequate security.While cybersecurity may be every executive’s job, there is frustration at every level of the corporation while trying to make progress. Ask any gathering of executives on the topic of security and there will be plenty of stories shared about having too much security or not enough.Everyone agrees that security is important. The majority of the friction among the C-suite is about how to translate that sentiment into what a company should do about it.Whether you are a CISO, CEO, another team member or someone interested in...
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By Travis Fedschun | Fox News A major shipping route located between Oman and Iran where nearly one-third of the world's sea-traded oil passes through daily may become a new flashpoint after a top Iranian Navy general said Monday that the country has taken full control of the Strait of Hormuz.The head of the navy of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Alireza Tangsiri, said that Iran had full control of both the Persian Gulf itself and the Strait of Hormuz that leads into it, Reuters reported.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded Monday night: "The Islamic Republic of Iran does not control the Strait of Hormuz. The Strait is an international waterway. The United States will continue to work with our partners to ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce in international waterways." The strait, which at its narrowest point is 21 miles wide, has shipping lanes that are 2...
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Dunya News (World Economic Forum) - When two drones, each equipped with a kilogram of powerful plastic explosives, were used on August 4 to attempt to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, it may have ushered in a foreboding new era—terrorism by unmanned aircraft.The use of weaponized drones by lone individuals and small groups—some acting as proxies of nation-states—is no longer just a concern for the future, but very much for the present. The proliferation of certain emerging technologies has effectively diffused power and made it available at the lowest levels.The barriers to entry have never been lower for individuals to gain access to commercial off-the-shelf technology that can be used to lethally target individuals. Lone actors or small cells of terrorists, criminals, or insurgents can effectively harness the tactical flexibility of a small drone to wreak havoc, including potentially using a drone to take down an airliner. State sponsorship of...
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MAREEG The Islamist group of Al Shabaab carried out an attack on military base near Baidoa town, some 250km southwest of Somali capital Mogadishu.In a statement aired by Radio Andulus, an Al Shabaab mouthpiece, said that the group’s fighters launched an attack on military base in Daynunay area, some 18km away from Baidoa town.The group says its fighters had seized the military camp, killing at least 5 government soldiers during hours of fighting.“We have captured military base in Daynunay area. Our fighters killed 5 soldiers during the clash”, the group said.Meanwhile, Somali military denied claims by Al Shabaab, saying its forces had repulsed the attack.Major Hussein Mohamed, military commander said that 9 Al Shabaab militants had been killed in the fighting.He confirmed four soldiers had lost their lives during fighting against Al Shabaab. Read more: https://mareeg.com/somalias-al-shabaab-attacks-on-army-camp-near-baidoa/...
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CBS Chicago 2 (CBS) — A mother of four from Indiana has been charged with providing money and tactical gear to two ISIS fighters, but she has said her husband tricked her into traveling with their children to Syria, where he died fighting for the Islamic State.Samantha Elhassani, 32, has been indicted on one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, and one count of false statements.Elhassani, of Elkhart, allegedly provided tactical gear and funds to two unidentified ISIS fighters.Her attorney, Thomas Durkin, called the charges “wrong-headed and cruel.” He said Elhassani is “a victim of her jihadist husband (who) should be receiving treatment rather than incarceration” and that she should not be separated from her children.Earlier this year, Elhassani told CNN she left the U.S. with her husband in 2014, after he promised them a new life in his native Morocco. Instead, they traveled to Syria, where...