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Terrorism

Finnish police: Knife attacker identified with ISIS

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Washington Post By Jari Tanner | AP HELSINKI — Finnish police say the Moroccan asylum-seeker who killed two people and wounded eight others in last year’s stabbing attack in southwestern Finland identified strongly with the Islamic State group and was motivated largely by hatred after heavy bombardments by the Western-led coalition in the Syrian city of Raqqa. Olli Toyras of the National Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday that Abderrahman Bouanane became radicalized some three months before the Aug. 18 attack in the western city of Turku, and although he acted alone, he thought of himself as an IS fighter. “We don’t think any group is being involved in this,” Toyras said, although adding that the suspect’s phone and computer contained IS-related photos and material. “He has seen himself as a fighter, a soldier, a man of IS. He would have liked IS to have taken credit for the attack.” On the day...

Treasury Sanctions South Asian Terrorist Facilitators

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U.S. Department of Treasury Designations Continue to Pressure and Expose Operatives in Radical Terrorist Organizations Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today to disrupt South Asian terrorist support networks by designating three individuals, Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan, and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.  As a result of today’s designation, all property and interests in property of these persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. “Treasury continues to aggressively pursue and expose radicals who support terrorist organizations and run illicit financial networks across South Asia.  We are targeting operatives who have provided logistical support, improvised explosive devices, and other technological assistance to...

History Lessons from Years Under Islamism

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Gatestone Institute by Majid Rafizadeh My father's generation in Iran lived in an environment in which the Islamist party of the country's clergy cunningly depicted themselves as intending no harm, supportive of the people, and not interested in power. So, before the revolution, many Iranians did not think that Khomeini's party would be committing the atrocities that they are committing now or that they would have such an unrelenting hunger for power. Instead, during this time, the country thought it was on a smooth path towards democracy, with no expectation of ever returning to a barbaric era. Even the then-US President Jimmy Carter viewed Khomeini as a good religious holy man. Iranians did not just submit to these new laws; they rose up in protest. This uprising was met with torture, rape, and death. With the regime eager to wipe any who dared to resist, the people had no choice...
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Dallas NewsWritten by Valerie Wigglesworth, Staff Writer PLANO — A Plano couple whose adult sons traveled to Syria to fight with ISIS are headed to federal prison after lying to the FBI about the activities of their children. Sumaiya Ali was sentenced to 30 months in prison, while her husband, Mohommad Hasnain Ali, was sentenced to 12 months plus one day. Both paid a $5,000 fine and will serve three years of supervised release after prison.The couple were sentenced during back-to-back hearings in U.S. District Court in Plano on Tuesday. They had pleaded guilty last year to making false statements regarding international terrorism. "I apologize for my actions and thank the court for considering the plea deal," Sumaiya Ali, 49, said before District Judge Marcia A. Crone pronounced her sentence.Mohommad Hasnain Ali, 58, issued a similar apology moments later.  Their defense attorneys declined to comment after the hearing. Sumaiya Ali must...

33 Dead, 130 Injured in China Knife-Wielding Spree

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NBC NewsA group of knife-wielding men attacked a train station in southwestern China on Saturday, killing at least 29 people and injuring more than 130 others in what Chinese officials called a terrorist strike, the official Xinhua News Agency said.Four of the attackers were also shot dead and only one was captured alive after the mayhem, which broke out about 9 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) at the Kunming Railway Station in the capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province.The Kunming government said the "serious violent terrorist attack was planned and organized by Xinjiang separatist forces," Xinhua reported.Ethnic Turkish Uighur separatists have been sporadically fighting for an independent state in Xinjiang, in northwestern China, home to about 10 million Uighur, who are predominantly Muslim. More than 100 people have been killed in protests in Xinjiang in the past year.Yang Haifei, a resident of Yunnan, told Xinhua that he was attacked and sustained...