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Terrorism

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BBC The public must do more to tackle terrorism by standing up to hate, a group of terror attack survivors and relatives has said.In an open letter released ahead of the Manchester bombing anniversary on Tuesday, they set out a five-point plan to help stop future plots.Among the 41 signatories is the widow of murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby.Others are survivors and relatives of those killed in attacks in London, Manchester, Paris, Tunisia and Bali.Brendan Cox, whose wife Jo Cox was murdered in 2016, helped co-ordinate the letter, while Bethany Haines, the daughter of the British aid worker David Haines who was killed by the Islamic State group, has also signed it.Dan Hett, whose brother Martyn was one of 22 victims to die in the Manchester Arena attack on 22 May last year, said terrorists hoped to "turn our communities against each other" by spreading fear."That's why we're asking people to...
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By Mohammad Zafar - The Express Tribune QUETTA - The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) recovered a large cache of weapons and explosives during a raid in Quetta’s Kili Barat area late Sunday night.Security forces conducted a raid at a hide-out used as a weapon factory by Balochistan Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) commander Salman Badeni and other militants – who were killed in an intelligence-based operation last week. Over 200kg of explosives, three suicide jackets, three pistols, two Kalashnikov assault rifles, four home-made bombs and two improvised explosive devices were recovered. Detonation cords, detonators were also found.DIG Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema said the militants had set up an arms factory inside the house. “The evidence collected during the Kalli Almas operation and the Frontier Corps Madadgar Centre crime scene helped in narrowing down the hideout,” said Cheema.Quetta witnessed a major terrorist bid where five suicide bombers, attempting to storm the FC Madadgar Centre, were...
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Washington Post  by Ken Kusmer | AP INDIANAPOLIS — A suburban Indianapolis man accused of trying to join the Islamic State group overseas pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge Wednesday.Akram Musleh of Brownsburg entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis to a charge of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He was 18 when he was arrested nearly two years ago at a Greyhound bus terminal in Indianapolis while he tried to board a bus to New York, where prosecutors alleged he was to fly to Morocco and on to territory controlled by the Islamic State.The charge is punishable by a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. Musleh’s attorneys and prosecutors have not agreed on a specific sentence, a court document said. A sentencing date has not been set.Musleh was remanded to the custody of U.S. marshals.At...
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Center For Strategic & International Studies by Sarah Bast The IssueWith the National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy lowering the prioritization of terrorism, the U.S. government will need cost-effective options to continue to diminish the terrorist threat. Nonkinetic efforts can be a cost-effective way to reduce terrorist groups’ ability to radicalize, disseminate messages, use the internet, facilitate foreign fighters, fundraise, and exploit poor governance. Undercutting these intertwined terrorist enablers weakens the groups writ large.Over the past 17 years, the U.S. government and its allies have made tremendous progress detecting and preventing catastrophic terrorist attacks like 9/11. The intelligence community improved collection, analysis, and information sharing; law enforcement got better at arresting terrorist supporters and potential attackers; and the U.S. military mastered finding, fixing, and finishing terrorists. Unfortunately, even with all those improvements and resources, terrorism has gotten more pervasive and terrorist groups have gotten more resilient. Even removing key...
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Fox News By Travis Fedschun, Benjamin Brown An intense manhunt involving aircraft and trained dogs came to an end Tuesday after a female officer was killed in a Baltimore suburb and four teenage suspects who were involved in burglaries in the area were arrested in connection with the slaying, officials said.The nearly four-year veteran of the force, identified by authorities  as Amy Caprio, was responding to a suspicious vehicle call Monday in the community of Perry Hall when Baltimore County Police Cpl. Shawn Vinson said she encountered suspects and was “critically injured.” Baltimore County Police and Fire announced on Twitter that all four of the suspects were teenage males. "Detective(s) have verified that the group were involved in burglaries in the area," the agency said. "Officers will be in the area today to canvass for property stolen during these burglaries." One of the teenagers involved in the killing was identified...