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Somali, Iraqi, Syrian and Afghani Refugee Resettlement in the United States

"The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, under the influence of a powerful Muslim group the Organization of the Islamic Conference, is behind influx of refugees from Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and soon to be from Syria, just to name a few..." Ann Corcoran on Refugee Resettlement

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ISIS will 'Inevitably' Gain and Use Weapons of Mass Destruction


By The Clarion Project The former commander of Britain's chemical, biological and nuclear weapons regiment said ISIS will eventually launch such an attack. It is inevitable the Islamic State will acquire and use weapons of mass destruction, according to the former head of the British Army’s nuclear team. Dr. Hamish de Bretton-Gordon was formerly commander of Britain’s Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) regiment. He told the Global Resilience Conference in London it is “only a matter of time” before ISIS launches an attack on a major city with weapons of mass destruction. “ISIS have made it known they want to acquire weapons of mass destruction,” he said. “They run a sophisticated and successful psychological warfare campaign and are now basing that on CBRN weaponry – the ultimate weapon in the terrorist arsenal.” According to Bretton-Gordon, the Islamic State already possesses chemical weapons such as mustard gas. They also have limited amounts...

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Missile Test Just the Latest Iranian Provocation

By Teresa Welsh Recent moves suggest Iran is determined to show the world that cooperation with the U.S. was limited to the nuclear deal. Last weekend, Iran successfully tested a long-range ballistic missile that it says is capable of striking Israel. On Sunday, the country's judicial court announced the conviction of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian on espionage charges. This week, Iran sent additional ground troops into Syria, further muddling an already complicated situation. The events suggest Iran is sending a message to the world that, even though it agreed to a landmark international agreement three months ago curbing its nuclear program, the Islamic Republic has not abandoned its tendency to act outside the international system and assert itself on the world stage. Kelsey Davenport, director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association, calls the missile test reported Sunday by state television in Iran "an unhelpful development" but says it...

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10th Annual Homeland Security Professionals Conference & Expo

There are less than 10 spots left for this year's 10th Annual Homeland Security Professionals Conference and Expo in Orlando, FL. Conference Agenda: CLICK HERE See highlights from last year's conference:      

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Why Domestic Terrorist go Soft?

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Why Domestic Terrorist Go Soft? By: Karen Bunso Read Article: http://issuu.com/sbradman/docs/ct_oct_nov_2015 

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Why US fears Putin success in Syria

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The US and its allies would like to see Russia’s military operations in Syria go horribly wrong as Russia’s success heralds a crushing defeat for Western regime-change machinations. It would also signal the balance of power shifting away from US hegemony. Last week, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter darkly predicted that Russia would suffer blowback from its intervention in Syria with acts of terrorism being committed on “Russian soil.” Within days for Carter’s pointed warning, Russian authorities arrested a jihadist cell in Moscow plotting terror attacks. This week, the Russian embassy in Damascus came under fire from two mortar shells – an attack which Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov quickly condemned as an act of terrorism. It might be assumed that Washington has taken some nefarious satisfaction over what appears to be a harbinger of the terror blowback Carter warned of. From the outset of Russia’s aerial bombing campaign against terror...

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How Isis uses oil to fuel its jihad


On the outskirts of al-Omar oilfield in eastern Syria, with warplanes flying overhead, a line of trucks stretches for six kilometres. Some drivers wait for a month to fill up with crude. Falafel stalls and tea shops have sprung up to cater to the drivers, such is the demand for oil. Traders sometimes leave their trucks unguarded for weeks, waiting for their turn. This is the land of Isis, the jihadi organisation in control of swaths of Syrian and Iraqi territory. The trade in oil has been declared a prime target by the international military coalition fighting the group. And yet it goes on, undisturbed. Oil is the black gold that funds Isis’ black flag - it fuels its war machine, provides electricity and gives the fanatical jihadis critical leverage against their neighbours. But more than a year after US President Barack Obama launched an international coalition to fight Isis, the...

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Multiple Terror Attacks in Jerusalem and Central Israel Leave 3 Dead

By:Haaretz, Barak Ravid, Nir Hasson, Yaniv Kubovich and Ido Efrati Twenty wounded in four shooting, car ramming and stabbing attacks in Jerusalem and central Israel • Netanyahu convenes security cabinet • dozens of Palestinians breach Gaza border fence. Violent tensions between Israel and the Palestinians peaked Tuesday with multiple terror attacks reported in Jerusalem and the central city of Ra'anana, leaving at least three Israelis dead and over 20 wounded. In the morning, a stabbing was reported in Ra’anana, followed by two separate attacks Jerusalem, followed by yet another attack in Ra'anana. Later a stabbing in took place in the north, with a Jewish Israeli man stabbing another Jewish Israeli, apparently misidentifying him as an Israeli Arab. Read More: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.680124

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Global Research Centre: Exponentially Rising Global Terrorism


 By Stephen Lendman Washington’s war on terror is a war OF terror on humanity, largely responsible for exponentially rising incidents worldwide. The Global Terrorism Index (GTI) recorded around 18,000 in 2013, up 60% over the previous year – holding ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Taliban most responsible. All are US creations. Washington’s so-called war to defeat terrorism increased it exponentially, what lunatics in Washington intended. GTI reported 3,361 incidents in 2000, up dramatically to 11,133 in 2012 and 17,958 in 2013, likely 20,000 or more when final 2015 figures are published. US imperialism bears full responsibility for the exponentially rising numbers. As long as US direct and proxy wars rage, expect terrorist incidents to keep rising annually. In 2013, 80% of terrorist fatalities occurred in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Nigeria, said GTI. The Homeland Security-funded University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and...

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In Chattanooga’s Wake, DHS Wants to Revive Terrorism Alert System


By Kevin Baron President Barack Obama’s top homeland security official has ordered a review of the nation’s terrorism alert system to reflect what he called the growing threat of attacks originating within the United States. The U.S. has never used the National Terrorism Alert System, a two-level system that replaced the oft-derided color-coded terrorism alerts installed after 9/11 to spread the word about potential attacks from abroad. But after a “homegrown violent extremist” killed five service members in Chattanooga, Tenn. — and amid the expectation of more terrorist-inspired attacks — the Department of Homeland Security wants to revise and jumpstart the system. “I’ve asked our folks to consider whether we should revise that system to accommodate how the terrorism threat has evolved,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C.“That review is underway now.” Instead of the post-9/11 green-to-red progression, the NTAS...

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Nuclear smugglers sought extremist buyers



By Desmond Butler and Vadim Ghirda CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Over the pulsating beat at an exclusive nightclub, the arms smuggler made his pitch to a client: 2.5 million euros for enough radioactive cesium to contaminate several city blocks. It was earlier this year, and the two men were plotting their deal at an unlikely spot: the terrace of Cocos Prive, a dance club and sushi bar in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. "You can make a dirty bomb, which would be perfect for the Islamic State," the smuggler said. "If you have a connection with them, the business will go smoothly." But the smuggler, Valentin Grossu, wasn't sure the client was for real — and he was right to worry. The client was an informant, and it took some 20 meetings to persuade Grossu that he was an authentic Islamic State representative. Eventually, the two men exchanged cash for a...

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Henry Morgenstern briefs the permanent mission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at their Beyond the Millenium Development Goals

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Henry Morgenstern briefs the permanent mission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at their Beyond the Millenium Development Goals: The Sustainable Development Agenda and the Challenges of Combating Persistent and Emerging Threats to Peace and Security in Africa. A high level event of the 70th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in NYC. Morgenstern, the CEO of the Homeland Security Network and President of SSI, spoke about the threat of Boko Haram in terms of multiple assaults on Nigerian cities and what might be done about this.                 

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Iraq and Nigeria Plead for More Counter-Terror Help at United Nations

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By: NBC News The leaders of Iraq and Nigeria on Tuesday asked for more international support of their efforts to stem the spread of Islamic extremism that is feeding ISIS and its African affiliate, Boko Haram. Their pleas came during a United Nations summit led by President Obama in which representatives of dozens of countries shared ideas on how to counter the recruitment of would-be terrorists around the world, stanch the flow of those radicalized young people into Syria and Iraq, and block supporters from sending money to the extremist groups. Top billing went to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, both of whom are on the battle's front lines. There was no representative from the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom Obama blames for a long and bloody civil war that helped give rise to ISIS. Abadi said his country is working to reform its...

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New Police Chief Ronny Alsheikh may bring innovative technology to war on crime

By: DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis  Outgoing Deputy Director of the Shin Bet internal security service, Ronny Alsheikh, 52, leaves a job which emowered him to pick up a phone and order an undercover unit to go after a high-profile terrorist. But as new Commissioner of Police, he will function, like in most democracies, in the toils of a labyrinthine system of rules, restrictions, civilian and media oversight and politics.  The Shin Bet is like fellow security, espionage and intelligence agencies, in that it enjoys untrammeled access to the Interior Ministry’s files containing the personal data of every Israeli citizen, resident and visitor, such as addresses, dates of birth and death, marital status, criminal and other police records, travel movements and also their communications by cell phone and e-mail. This access is allowed under the law defining the agency’s top missions as being to catch spies and combat homeland terrorism. But as police...

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ISIS planning ‘nuclear tsunami’


By L. Todd Wood - Washington Times Nuclear annihilation across the globe. This is what a German reporter who successfully embedded with the Islamic State says the terror group is planning. Jurgen Todenhofer released his findings in a book titled “Inside IS - Ten Days in the Islamic State,” reports the UK’s Daily Express. “The terrorists plan on killing several hundred million people. The west is drastically underestimating the power of ISIS. ISIS intends to get its hands on nuclear weapons,” says Todenhofer, calling the group a “nuclear tsunami preparing the largest religious cleansing in history. “They now control land greater in size than the United Kingdom and are supported by an almost ecstatic enthusiasm the like of which I’ve never encountered before in a war zone. Every day hundreds of willing fighters from all over the world come. They are the most brutal and most dangerous enemy I have ever...

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Coalition's effort to fight Islamic State terrorism falling short


By Zeina Karam The Associated Press BEIRUT — When world leaders convene for the U.N. General Assembly this week, it will be a year since the U.S. president declared the formation of an international coalition to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State terrorist group. Despite billions of dollars spent and thousands of airstrikes, the campaign appears to have made little impact. The terrorist group may control slightly less territory than a year ago, but it continues to launch attacks and maintains key strongholds in Syria and Iraq. The terrorists' reach has expanded to other countries, including Libya, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and Afghanistan. U.S.-led airstrikes helped Syrian Kurds hold the strategic border town of Kobani in January, and seize another key border town, Tal Abyad, this summer. But a much-touted offensive to oust Islamic State terrorists from the Iraqi city of Ramadi remains stalled; there have been grave losses among the...

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