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Jordan Charges Stabbing Attack Suspect With Terrorism

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Asharq Al-Awsat Jordan Charges Stabbing Attack Suspect With Terrorism A Jordanian court on Sunday leveled terrorism charges against a man suspected of wounding eight people in a November knife attack at the popular Jerash tourist site.The suspect, Moustafa Abourouis, 22, faces up to 20 years in prison after the stabbing of three Mexicans, a Swiss woman, a Jordanian tour guide and a security officer.At a hearing open to the press, prosecutors accused Abourouis of committing a "terrorist act" and "promoting the ideas of a terrorist group" -- a reference to the ISIS group.Abourouis, who is of Palestinian origins and grew up in the refugee camp of Souf, was arrested immediately after the attack at Jerash, close to the camp and around 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Amman.The Jordanian prosecutor accused Abourouis of trying to join ISIS, an operative of which in Syria had "ordered him to commit attacks against...
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Foreign Policy In Afghanistan, Religious Schools Are A Breeding Ground For Islamic State Influence Countless madrassas are said to be funded by Gulf sources associated with the spread of extremist Salafist views. By Stefanie Glinski KUNAR, Afghanistan—A small group of boys sits cross-legged on the floor, reciting the Quran under their breath, their bodies moving rhythmically to the Arabic words, in the light-flooded rooms of the religious school connected to the mosque in the village of Lamatak. “At first I’d read the Arabic text without understanding, but our teachers are always here to answer our questions,” Fazil Haq, a green-eyed 14-year-old student, said excitedly. “God will be happy when I study the Quran.”All of the children here in the madrassa in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province are getting their education free of charge. But Afghan security officials are increasingly concerned that too much of the money going to newly mushrooming madrassas...
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The Washington Times ISIS Leader's Confession Gives Gruesome Look Into Atrocities Arrested mufti details fatwas, secret network of terror funding By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times The arrest of an obese Islamic State leader — his girth loaded by Iraqi forces onto a pickup truck — produced a number of confessions on how the captive unleashed a wave of terrorism in occupied Mosul from 2014 to 2017.Shifa al-Nima, a Muslim “mufti” or religious scholar, also provided details on how radical Sunnis obtain cash to finance terrorism. In his case, as a networking young terrorist, he had a financial benefactor in Saudi Arabia and two terrorist funders who resided in London. Iraqi security forces released photos of al-Nima on Jan. 16 sprawled on the floor of his Baghdad hiding place and of him being hoisted onto the flatbed. Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/26/shifa-al-nima-isis-leader-confessions-provide-look/...
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Taliban says has brought down U.S. military plane in Afghanistan KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban said it had shot down a U.S. military plane in the central Afghan province of Ghazni on Monday, killing all personnel on board.“The plane, which was on an intelligence mission, was brought down in Sado Khel area of Deh Yak district of Ghazni province,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said in a statement, adding that everyone on board, including high ranking officers, had been killed.A senior defense official investigating the crash said no senior U.S. official was killed and added that they were still investigating the cause of the crash. No one from the U.S. military was immediately available for comment. Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-airplane-crash-taliban/taliban-says-has-brought-down-us-military-plane-in-afghanistan-idUSKBN1ZQ1NK...

30 Marines, 1 Sailor Die in Helicopter Crash

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30 Marines, 1 Sailor Die in Helicopter Crash From Multinational Force Iraq Public AffairsCAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (NNS) -- Thirty Marines and one Sailor from the 1st Marine Division and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing of the I Marine Expeditionary Force died Jan. 26 when their CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed near Ar Rutbah in the Al Anbar Province while conducting security and stabilization operations.All Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen of the I Marine Expeditionary Force mourn the tragic loss of our brothers in arms.A recovery team is at the crash site, and the cause of the crash is currently under investigation.The names of the deceased are being withheld pending next of kin notification."While we mourn the loss of these heroes, we will honor their sacrifice by continuing our mission to bring democracy to the people of Iraq," said Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force....
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NBC 4 New York Convicted Chelsea Bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi Gets 2nd Life Sentence in Attempted Cop Killings The shooting occurred in Linden, New Jersey, two days after a bomb had exploded in New York's Chelsea neighborhood An Afghan-born U.S. citizen already serving a life prison term for a bombing in New York City was sentenced Friday to another life sentence for the attempted murder of five cops stemming from a shootout with police in New Jersey in 2016.Ahmad Khan Rahimi appeared briefly in state court in Elizabeth.The shooting occurred in Linden, New Jersey, two days after a bomb had exploded in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. In October, a jury convicted Rahimi on all 30 counts, involving attempted murder and multiple aggravated assault counts involving five officers, plus several weapons charges.Rahimi is a U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan but grew up in New Jersey. He was previously convicted...
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Jerusalem Post 2 east Jerusalem residents rearrested for ramming attack after release The two suspects were arrested soon after the ramming at an intersection near the Jaffa Gate, but were released after the incident was determined to be an accident. They were rearrested recently. By TZVI JOFFRE   JANUARY 5, 2020 Two residents of east Jerusalem were rearrested on Sunday for allegedly carrying out a terrorist ramming attack in Jerusalem in March, after they were released earlier in the investigation, according to Walla! news. The two suspects, aged 19 and 26, were arrested soon after the ramming at an intersection near the Jaffa Gate to the Old City, but were released after the incident was determined to be an accident by the Israel Police's Traffic Department.A Shin Bet investigation found that the two were suspected of conducting a ramming attack, and they were arrested again.In March, two yeshiva students who were...
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  CBS Boston Northeastern Student Was Deported Back To Iran Over Family’s Ties To Terroristic Groups BOSTON (CBS) – Shabab Dehghani, a Northeastern University college student who was detained at Logan Airport and sent back to Iran before an immigration hearing was held, was deported because of his family’s ties to terroristic groups, CBS News reports.A U.S. official familiar with information reviewed by authorities told CBS News that Dehghani himself does not have ties to terroristic groups, but “some very close to him” do.Dehghani is studying economics at Northeastern. He’s been studying in Boston for two years, but was stuck at home in Iran in December 2018 after visiting his family as he waited for his student visa to be renewed. Dehghani’s attorney, Susan Church, told WBZ-TV he was detained starting Sunday night despite having a legal F1 Student Visa, as he tried to get back to school – and...
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The Jerusalem Post Voices from the Arab Press: Libya, Shiite Terrorism and Iran Arab press discusses important events in the past week in the Middle East. By MEDIA LINE  THE ROLE OF SHI’ITE TERRORISM RETURNSAl-Jazirah, Saudi Arabia, January 18 For the past 20 years, the international community has been directing its arrows against Sunni terrorism while excluding and turning a blind eye toward Shi’ite terrorism. According to Western eyes, Sunni terrorism – led by groups like al-Qaida, Islamic State and Boko Haram – represented a greater danger to the West than any other source of terrorism. The truth is that the Sunni world simply happens to be more divided than the Shi’ite world. While Shi’ites speak in one voice and create the impression that their extremists can be dealt with through negotiations, the Sunni world has been dominated by internal rifts, with each group expressing loyalty to its exclusive leader....
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  Bloomberg German Defense Chief Warns Islamic State Could Resume ‘Terror’ By Patrick Donahue and Chad Thomas Germany’s defense minister warned that Islamic State fighters could return in force in the Middle East if an international coalition is unable to continue its work against the militant organization.Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, speaking in an interview at the World Economic Forum on Thursday, said that Germany aims to keep its forces in Iraq, but can only do so at the behest of the government in Baghdad.“We need to keep in mind that in Iraq, IS is not yet defeated,“ Kramp-Karrenbauer told Bloomberg Television in Davos, Switzerland. “If the pressure is reduced, then the danger is great that it resumes its regime of terror.” Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-23/german-defense-chief-warns-islamic-state-could-resume-terror...
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  The Chicago Times Fear and confusion as al-Shabab fighters overran a U.S. airfield in Kenya by Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Eric Schmitt, Charlie Savage and Helene Cooper Armed with rifles and explosives, about a dozen al-Shabab fighters destroyed an American surveillance plane as it was taking off and ignited an hourslong gunfight this month on a sprawling military base in Kenya that houses U.S. troops. By the time al-Shabab was done, portions of the airfield were burning and three Americans were dead.Surprised by the attack, U.S. commandos took around an hour to respond. Many of the local Kenyan forces, assigned to defend the base, hid in the grass, while other U.S. troops and support staff were corralled into tents, with little protection, to wait out the battle. It would require hours to evacuate one of the wounded to a military hospital in Djibouti, roughly 1,500 miles away. The brazen assault at...
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Military Times Joint Syria Raid Killed ISIS Oil Official Who Financed Sleeper Cells By Chad GarlandIRBIL, Iraq -- An Islamic State group official who oversaw oil and gas operations and helped finance sleeper cells was killed last week in a joint coalition special operations raid with Syrian partner forces, the military said.The ISIS official known by the pseudonym Abu al-Ward al-Iraqi was killed along with another militant who officials have not yet identified during the raid in Deir al-Zour province on Jan. 14, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement on Sunday.Al-Iraqi's death "disrupts and degrades" ISIS's ability to finance terrorist activities in the Middle Euphrates River Valley along the Iraq-Syria border, said U.S. Army Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a military spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, via email.It's among the latest takedowns of top ISIS leaders since the killing in late October of the group's leader, Abu...

Apple And The FBI At Odds Over Terrorist's Cellphones

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Yahoo News Apple And The FBI At Odds Over Terrorist's Cellphones Mike Bebernes Editor,Yahoo News 360 The U.S. government is pressuring Apple to unlock two phones belonging to a Saudi air force officer who went on a deadly shooting rampage at a Pensacola, Fla., naval base in December. Mohammed Alshamrani killed three people and injured eight others before dying in a shootout with sheriff’s deputies. Last week Attorney General William Barr — who called the shooting an act of terrorism — admonished Apple for refusing to unlock Alshamrani’s phones, which are protected by passwords. President Trump blasted the company on Twitter and called for Apple “to step up to the plate and help our great Country, NOW!"Apple has declined to open the phones but said it had helped the investigation by handing over “many gigabytes of information” from Alshamrani’s account stored on its servers. Read more: https://news.yahoo.com/apple-and-fbi-at-odds-over-terrorists-cellphone-221956762.html...
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The Washington Times Iran Expands Support For Taliban, Targets U.S. Troops In Afghanistan By Guy TaylorEscalating U.S.-Iran tensions mean Afghanistan, which shares a border with Iran, could be the next proxy battleground between Washington and Tehran, a clash that threatens to undermine the Trump administration’s pursuit of a peace deal with the Taliban and eventual drawdown of American troops.Administration officials have recently warned of the potential for expanding Iranian activity in Afghanistan, and sources say Tehran’s support for the Taliban is well known in intelligence circles, where analysts are examining the extent to which the insurgent group already outsources some of its attack planning operations to Iran.Communications intercepted between Taliban operatives based in Mashhad, Iran, and their counterparts working in Quetta, Pakistan, have exposed at least some level of such operational connectivity, one source told The Washington Times. Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/20/iran-expands-taliban-support-targets-us-troops-afg/...
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  BBC News Terrorism Laws To Get Tougher Within Weeks, Government Vows Terror offenders will face more time in jail and be monitored more closely as part of new laws being introduced within weeks, the government has said.Automatic early release from prison will be scrapped for terror offenders while a minimum jail term of 14 years for serious crimes will be introduced.The Home Office said a bill would be brought before Parliament by mid-March.Home Secretary Priti Patel said the government had faced "hard truths" since an attack in London in November.Convicted terror offender Usman Khan had been on license from prison when he fatally stabbed Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt at Fishmongers' Hall near London Bridge on 29 November last year.Khan had been released from jail on license in 2018, half-way through a 16-year sentence for terrorism offenses.Following the November attack, the government launched an urgent review into the license...

Yemen: Death Toll in Houthi Attack Rises to 111

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Asharq Al-Awsat Yemen: Death Toll in Houthi Attack Rises to 111, Legitimacy Steps up Jeddah - Asma al-Ghabri More than 100 people were killed in the war crime committed by the Houthi militias after launching a double attack with missiles and drones on a Yemeni National Army camp in the city of Marib, officials confirmed.“The death toll rose to 111 people along with 66 injured,” Undersecretary of the Yemeni Health Ministry Abdul Raqib Haidari said Sunday.Dr. Mohammed Issa, assistant in the army’s medical and military services department, told Asharq Al-Awsat that there have been contacts with Saudi Arabia to secure the transfer of critical cases for treatment at specialized hospitals in the Kingdom.“Doctors operating at all Marib’s hospitals were able to care for dozens of injured people despite their limited medical resources,” Issa said. Read more: https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2090916/yemen-death-toll-houthi-attack-rises-111-legitimacy-steps-combat-readiness...
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Fox News ISIS Panel In Syria Acts As 'Judge, Jury And Executioner,' Report Finds By Nick Givas A U.S.-based Syrian rights group said Thursday that it's assembled a 24-page report titled "Judge, Jury and Executioner," detailing the atrocities committed by the Islamic State and the total control with which they ruled over elements of daily life in the country.The 24-page report is based on dozens of documents collected by local Syrian activists from abandoned offices in the Raqqa province, which were then provided to The Syria Justice and Accountability Center (SJAC), according to The Associated Press.The Washington-based group claimed the evidence they've received can help identify militants who've committed horrific crimes and assist in their international prosecution.The Bureau of Justice and Grievances, which claimed to be a watchdog that held Islamic militants to account, was actually doing the bidding of the Islamic State and invading the lives of citizens at...
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In Homeland Security Facial-Recognition Scanners Are Coming To Philadelphia's Airport Starting Tuesday In Homeland Security Staff - January 16, 2020Starting Tuesday, travelers boarding certain international flights at Philadelphia International Airport will have their face scanned along with their boarding pass.Three gates at the airport will begin a 45-day pilot program for facial-recognition scanners that cross-check a live image of a person with their government photos. The scanners are meant to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection process passengers and speed up boarding, the airport said.Gates A15, A16, and A17 will each use a different biometric technology scanner for select outbound international flights on Qatar, British Airways, Lufthansa, and American Airlines. After the pilot program is complete, the airport will assess which brand performed best for permanent use.CBP will install the system for travelers entering the country through Philadelphia, too. There is no timeline yet for that installation, but it will...
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Fox News DOJ Charges Mali Man With Murdering American, Supporting 2 Terror Groups By Bradford Betz A Malian man was charged in U.S. federal court this week with playing a role in two 2016 terror attacks in West Africa that killed an American missionary and 29 other people.Mimi Ould Baba, 32, scouted attack locations for Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and arranged the transport of assault rifles and hand grenades used in the attack on a hotel and cafe in Burkina Faso's capital of Ouagadougou, authorities alleged in a criminal complaint.The shooting killed 45-year-old Michael J. Riddering, an American missionary who had been eating dinner with a local pastor at Café Cappuccino when the attackers opened fire with AK-47s. The attack lasted for nearly 12 hours and killed people from 18 different countries, including the wife and young daughter of the Italian cafe owner, two French citizens, two Swiss...
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  CNBC Terrorism Is Costing The Global Economy $34 Billion A Year, Research Says by Dan Murphy The total number of deaths from terrorism declined for the fourth consecutive year in 2018, falling by 15.2% on the year to 15,952 — a 53% reduction since its peak in 2014. The primary driver of the reduction in deaths has been a fall in the intensity of conflict in the Middle East, and military successes against terrorist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram. Afghanistan recorded the highest number of terror-related deaths and incidents, with more than 7,000 fatalities and 1,400 terrorist incidents in 2018. Global terrorism claimed less lives in 2018, but its economic and social impact remains widespread, according to the latest Global Terrorism Index (GTI) from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).“Although the intensity of terrorism has diminished, its breadth has not,” the Australian-based think tank warned. Read more:...

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