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U.S. Kills Two Top Iranian Military Leaders, Bigger Than Bin Laden, Al-Baghdadi, Reports Say By  Ryan Saavedra - DailyWire.com U.S. military forces have reportedly killed two top Iranian military commanders involved in terrorism on Thursday night in Iraq in an airstrike in what analysts said was a significantly bigger deal than the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Qods Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were the two Iranian military leaders who were killed. Al-Muhandis was in charge of the Iranian-linked Popular Mobilization Forces.BBC reporter Ali Hashem reported: “My sources suggesting that commander of IRGC Quds force Qassem Suleimani and Deputy chief of PMU Abu Mahdi AlMuhandes were in the convoy hit by the U.S. airstrike near Baghdad airport Iraq.” Read more: https://www.dailywire.com/news/breaking-u-s-kills-two-top-iranian-military-leaders-bigger-than-bin-laden-al-baghdadi-reports-say...
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The Wall Street Journal Iran-Backed Kataib Hezbollah Has Long Targeted U.S. Forces By Sune Engel Rasmussen and Isabel Coles The Iranian-backed Iraqi militia targeted by U.S. airstrikes on Sunday was among the Shiite groups that joined in the fight against Islamic State. But for nearly two decades it has also attacked American forces and helped stoke sectarian strife in the Middle East. One of the most secretive and influential Shiite militias in Iraq, Kataib Hezbollah has close ties with the Quds Force, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard unit for international operations. The group was formed following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and gained a reputation from the outset for targeting U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq with roadside bombs and mortars. Kataib Hezbollah has said its main goal is to thwart the American project in the region and expel U.S. soldiers from Iraq. Little is known about the Kataib Hezbollah...
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Reuters Al Qaeda Ally Claims Responsibility For Somalia Blast That Killed 90 People MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist group al Shabaab on Monday claimed responsibility for a bomb blast in Mogadishu that killed at least 90 people over the weekend while Somalia said a foreign government that it did not identify helped plan the attack. The bombing was the deadliest in more than two years in a country wrecked by nearly three decades of Islamist violence and clan warfare.In an audio message, al Qaeda-allied al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the bombing at the busy Ex-Control checkpoint northwest of Mogadishu.“The blast targeted a convoy of Turkish and Somali forces and they suffered great loss,” Ali Mohamud Rage, al Shabaab’s spokesman said in the message.The National Intelligence and Security Agency did not name the country that it said was involved in the blast. “A foreign country planned the massacre of the Somalis in...
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Turkey rounds up at least 124 suspected of links to ISIS ahead of New Year's Eve celebrationsBy Travis Fedschun | Fox News Over 100 people suspected of having links to the Islamic State terror group were rounded up in raids across Turkey on Monday, in an apparent attempt to prevent any attacks on New Year's Eve.Of the 124 people who were detained, 33 were foreign nationals arrested in the capital Ankara in a joint operation conducted by anti-terrorism police and the national intelligence agency, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported.In the country's biggest city of Istanbul, 24 suspects were detained by officials, including four foreign nationals.Dawn raids were also conducted in the cities of Adana, Kayseri, Samsun and Bursa, while an operation in Batman led to the seizures of weapons and ammunition, along with 22 people taken into custody, according to Anadolu.Authorities have conducted raids of suspected terrorists in the...
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Real Clear Politics U.S. Special Representative For Iran: Baghdad Embassy Protesters Are "Terrorists" Being "Orchestrated By The Iranian Regime" Posted By Tim Hains President Trump's "special representative for Iran" Brian Hook appeared Wednesday morning on CNN's "New Day" to discuss the confrontation between Iraqis protesting recent American airstrikes at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and U.S. security forces which took place earlier this week.Hook, also a senior policy advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, placed blame for the protests on Iran, saying the militia group involved, Kata'ib Hezbollah, were "terrorists" being "orchestrated by the Iranian regime.""We have seen recent protests in Iraq against the Iranian domination in Baghdad. So we have seen thousands of Iraqis rise up against Iranian domination," Hook said."Iran has been running an expansionist foreign policy for some time. President Trump is standing up to that. And the regime is not used to being told no,...
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USA TODAY by John Bacon An uneasy calm enveloped the U.S. Embassy in Iraq on Thursday as new images from the scene revealed extensive damage following days of sometimes violent protests by Iranian-backed militia members and their supporters.The Pentagon said it was sending hundreds of troops to the region, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would delay a trip to Central Asia to focus on the situation in Baghdad."Secretary Pompeo must postpone his visit to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus due to the need for the Secretary to be in Washington, D.C., to continue monitoring the ongoing situation in Iraq and ensure the safety and security of Americans in the Middle East," spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement. "Secretary Pompeo’s trip will be rescheduled in the near future and he looks forward to the visit at that time." © Qassim Abdul-Zahra, AP Fire damage can be seen in...

Trump deploys more troops to Mideast after embassy attack

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Fox 10 Phoenix Trump deploys more troops to Mideast after embassy attack By Robert Burns and Ellen KnickmeyerAssociated Press WASHINGTON - Charging that Iran was "fully responsible" for an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, President Donald Trump ordered about 750 U.S. soldiers deployed to the Middle East as about 3,000 more prepared for possible deployment in the next several days.No U.S. casualties or evacuations were reported after the attack Tuesday by dozens of Iran-supported militiamen. U.S. Marines were sent from Kuwait to reinforce the compound.  Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday night that "in response to recent events" in Iraq, and at Trump's direction, he authorized the immediate deployment of the infantry battalion from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He did not specify the soldiers' destination, but a U.S. official familiar with the decision said they will go to Kuwait."This deployment is an...
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ISIS beheads 10 Christian captives in Nigeria as retaliation for Baghdadi deathBy Barnini Chakraborty | Fox News ISIS released a video Thursday that purportedly shows militants in black masks beheading 10 blindfolded Christian men and shooting an 11th in Nigeria, as part of a grisly campaign to avenge the deaths of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the group's spokesman.The militant group's video was produced by its own so-called news agency, Amaq, and was released the day after Christmas.The 56-second video has Arabic captions but does not have audio.In the video, ISIS soldiers wearing beige uniforms and black masks are lined up behind the Christian men. One captive in the middle is shot while the other 10 are pushed to the ground and beheaded. Not a lot of details were given about the victims other than they were male, Christian and "captured in the past weeks" in Nigeria's north-eastern Borno...
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100 Marines from Crisis Response Unit Sent to Secure US Embassy in Iraq Military.com | By Gina Harkins and Richard SiskAt least 100 infantry Marines from a crisis response unit designed to respond to emergencies at U.S. embassies have been dispatched to Iraq, where supporters of an Iran-backed militia smashed into an American diplomatic facility on Tuesday.The Marines are assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, a ground-based unit spread across the Middle East, U.S. officials confirmed to Military.com. Video footage taken near the embassy shows some of the Marines arriving in Baghdad by helicopter.The California-based 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, is the infantry unit currently assigned to the crisis response task force. The unit -- one of several the Marine Corps created following the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. post in Benghazi, Libya -- not only includes ground forces, but also air and logistics capabilities. Read...
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Voice of America Al-Shabab Claims Responsibility for Deadly Truck Bombing in Somali Capital By Harun Maruf The al-Shabab militant group claimed responsibility for Saturday's truck bomb attack in Mogadishu, which killed at least 80 people and wounded 78 others.The official spokesman for the group, Ali Mohamud Rageh, known as Ali Dhere, made the statement via the group's official station, Radio Andalus.Ali Dhere said the group's target was a Turkish convoy and security forces at the city's busy Ex-Control junction.  "On Saturday, the Mujahedeen executed an attack at Ex-Control, targeting an enemy Turkish convoy and the militias who were guarding them," he said. "It hit the convoy and inflicted heavy losses on the Turks and the apostate militias who were protecting them."The al-Shabab spokesman admitted civilians were killed in the explosion. While he said he regretted the loss of civilian lives, he also justified it, saying, "Protecting religion comes before saving...
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Somalia strikes at al-Shabaab 'with US drones' after deadly truck bomb The Sydney Morning Herald By Abdirahman Mohamed and Mirjam Schmitt Mogadishu: Several members of the Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab have been killed in drone attacks in Somalia.The strikes were in retaliation against a bombing in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday that killed nearly 100 people, Somali state media reported. There has been no claim of responsibility although many suspect that al-Shabaab may be behind the attack.The strikes occurred near the town of Kunya-Barow, reports said, adding that elite Somali forces were involved, but without giving more details. Media reports said at least one high-ranking commander was killed.Somalia itself has no powerful armed drones, but relies on the help of its allies. "We have international partners who help us in the fight against the terrorists," the intelligence sources said on Sunday. Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/world/africa/somalia-stikes-at-al-shabaab-with-us-drones-after-deadly-truck-bomb-20191230-p53nhv.html...
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US Embassy compound in Baghdad under siege as crowds protesting airstrikes break through gateBy Greg Norman, Edmund DeMarche | Fox News Crowds of angry Iraqis protesting America’s recent airstrikes against an Iran-backed militia laid siege to the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad Tuesday, chanting “Down, Down USA!” as they stormed through a main gate and prompting U.S. troops to fire back tear gas in response.On Tuesday afternoon the chaotic scene was still unfolding in the Iraqi capital. At least six U.S. soldiers were seen standing on the roof of the main building pointing their firearms at the demonstrators and sounds of gunfire could be heard.Two Iraqi foreign ministry officials initially told Reuters the U.S. ambassador and staff were evacuated, but U.S. officials pushed back, telling Fox News that the embassy has not been evacuated. Further, an official said Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller was not evacuated but has been out of...
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  Shooting Reinforces Need for Armed Security at Houses of Worship, Former FBI Agent Says NBC DWF 5 Two parishioners killed in a shooting Sunday at West Freeway Church of Christ By Katy Blakey    Former FBI agent and security expert Greg Shaffer said what happened Sunday inside the West Freeway Church of Christ is proof all houses of worship need armed security. He pointed to the quick actions of the church’s armed security team in shooting and killing the gunman. “This incident certainly drives home the critical need of having an armed response,” Shaffer said. “Had they not been there, there would have been dozens upon dozens of casualties in that church.” Video from the church’s livestream on YouTube shows armed members of the congregation taking action within seconds. One church member can be seen shooting the suspect.Shaffer spent 20 years with the FBI and now teaches companies how to...
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WLNY CBS New York New York Synagogue Attack: Machete-Wielding Suspect Captured In NYC After At Least 5 People Wounded In Monsey MONSEY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – At least five people have been stabbed in an attack at a synagogue in New York’s Rockland County. That attacker is now reportedly in custody after fleeing the scene.CBS2’s Tony Aiello has confirmed a man entered Rabbi Rottenburg’s synagogue on Forshay Road in Monsey and stabbed several people just before 10 p.m. Saturday.The suspect has been identified as 37-year-old Grafton Thomas, of Greenwood Lake, New York, in Orange County.Thomas, covering his face with a scarf, reportedly entered the building and pulled out a machete to attack the victims during a Chanukah celebration. Thomas reportedly chased after and stabbed victims as they fled the synagogue before running off and escaping in a gray Nissan Sentra. “He took out his knife, sword from a holder and started...
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  Texas church shooting gunman had 'something not right' about him, witness says; ex-FBI agent reportedly shot suspect By Travis Fedschun | Fox News The gunman who pulled out a shotgun during a church service in Texas on Sunday and opened fire on worshipers appeared to be in disguise when he entered the sanctuary, according to a woman who said he made her feel uncomfortable when he sat feet away from her.Two men were killed when the gunman opened fire at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, as more than 240 parishioners were inside. Within seconds, he was shot to death by two congregants who fired back.At a news conference Sunday night, White Settlement Police Department Chief J.P. Bevering told reporters the gunman – who has yet to be identified – had sat down in a pew before getting up, taking out a shotgun and firing at a...
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Clarion Project by By Alex VanNess Michigan Terror Supporters Seek to Influence Gov’t Policy Michigan terror supporters – which include professionals such as a law professor, an attorney and a publisher – are seeking to dictate Michigan state policies, specifically who the state can engage with and learn from.These individuals are ticked that, over the past few months, several of Michigan’s senior government officials have visited Israel to engage with the country’s tech industry and to learn about cyber security to protect Michigan’s elections, businesses and more.They weren’t satisfied that the trip that Michigan’s Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, joined was a bipartisan delegation from the National Association of Secretaries of State and that the delegation also met with Palestinian civic and business leaders in Ramallah.Read more: https://clarionproject.org/michigan-terror-supporters-seek-to-influence-govt-policy/...
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Foreign Policy U.S. To Ramp Up Counterterrorism Efforts In Sahel Region Despite years of U.S. and international efforts to fight terrorism in the area, extremist groups are gaining ground. By Robbie Gramer The Trump administration is preparing to create a new special envoy position and task force to deal with security threats in the Sahel region of Africa, reflecting a growing alarm in Washington about the rise of extremist groups in West Africa, including ones affiliated with the Islamic State.The measure comes as extremist groups carry out increasingly deadly attacks in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso and spread their reach further south. Officials and experts warn that the extremist groups are gaining strength despite U.S.-led special operations raids and drone strikes, and yearslong efforts by Western countries and West African governments to root out the groups. The administration is preparing to appoint a special envoy who would head an interagency...
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Stars And Stripes Afghan Official: Hundreds Of ISIS Members Surrounded, Detained By ASSOCIATED PRESS KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government said Saturday it has detained about 700 Islamic State group fighters and family members in eastern Afghanistan over the past six months.The Afghan intelligence service, the National Directorate for Security, said among the 700 are at least 75 women and 159 children. Many of the group are from foreign countries. Many were arrested, but some turned themselves in.The NDS said all of the fighters and family members were transported to the NDS compound in Kabul. Earlier, security forces had surrounded dozens of remaining fighters in their homes in various districts in the region. The NDS said the operation was ongoing. There was no way to independently confirm that the prisoners the government presented to reporters and photographers at the NDS compound Saturday are affiliated with the Islamic State group. Read...

ISIS Used Drones To Attack Three Refineries In Syria

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  The Jerusalem Post ISIS Used Drones To Attack Three Refineries In Syria The oil and gas markets have been suffering significant losses, estimated to be as high as 74 billion dollars due to the civil war which began in 2011. By YASSER OKBI/MAARIV Three refineries were attacked simultaneously in the city of Homs north of Damascus, using drones, in what was called by the mineral resources and oil ministry in Syria as “terrorist activities” The refineries’ manager in Homs, Haythem Massucar, has said that two refineries and two gas facilities in the area were attacked early Saturday morning. Fire fighters managed to quickly douse the fire which broke out at the facilities. The Syrian Oil Ministry reported on its Facebook  regarding the occurence of “systematic terror attacks on three of [its] oil facilities” which includes refineries in the Homs area, and gas stations located central Homs and the “Rian”...
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  U.S. News By Keith CoffmanDENVER (Reuters) - While the North American Aerospace Defense Command stays alert for any signs of a North Korea missile launch – what officials in Pyongyang have described as a "Christmas gift" – it is also tracking the legendary figure who delivers presents to children across the world, the command said on Monday.Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, NORAD is a combined U.S. and Canadian military command whose mission is to issue aerospace and maritime warnings and controls across North America.For more than six decades, it has also offered real-time animated tracking of Santa Claus, also known as Kris Kringle, as his reindeer-powered sleigh traverses the globe delivering Yuletide gifts to children.“As NORAD conducts its primary mission of defending North America from threats, we’re proud to continue our tradition of tracking Santa’s journey around the world,” NORAD said in a statement. NORAD’s Santa tracking website www.noradsanta.org...