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Nine.Com.Au Islamic State oil minister 'killed' in Syrian hideout: report By Mark Saunokonoko A high-ranking Islamic State leader who allegedly masterminded the extremist group's half-billion-dollar oil smuggling enterprise has been killed in a firefight, according to reports. Thabit Sobhi Fahd Al-Ahmad, a self-styled minister of oil in the now dismantled so-called caliphate, was gunned down in his hideout by Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to a statement. The SDF statement said the attack in Deir Al-Zor province, east of Syria, was carried out in cooperation with the US-led Coalition forces. Ahmad was considered to have a close relationship with the elusive leader of IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who remains at large - despite several reports in the past claiming he had been killed. The smuggling of black market oil had been a lucrative cornerstone of the IS economy, which helped the group take over vast swathes of Iraq and...

'Sweden is at War' with 61 No-Go Zones

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"Sweden is at War"   by Judith Bergman  •  July 13, 2019 at 5:00 am   In 2017, a Swedish police report, "Utsatta områden 2017" ("Vulnerable Areas 2017") showed that there are 61 such areas -- also known as no-go zones -- in Sweden. They encompass 200 criminal networks, consisting of an estimated 5,000 criminals. Most of the inhabitants are non-Western immigrants and their descendants. In March, the Swedish National Forensic Centre estimated that since 2012, the number of shootings classified as murder or attempted murder had increased by almost 100 percent. "Sweden is at war and it is the politicians who are responsible. Five nights in a row, cars have been set on fire in the university town of Lund. Such insane acts have occurred on hundreds of occasions in various places in Sweden over the past fifteen years. From 1955 to 1985, not a single car was ignited...
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NBC News Decorated special forces soldier dies in combat in Afghanistan Sgt. Maj. James Sartor "was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet professional," a military official said. By Tim StellohA Special Forces company sergeant was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan, military officials said Sunday.Sgt. Maj. James Sartor, 40, died Saturday in the country’s northern Faryab Province, U.S. Army Special Operations spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer said in a statement.Additional details about Sartor’s death were not immediately available.Sartor, of Teague, Texas, was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group in Fort Carson, Colorado, Bymer said. He deployed to Iraq as an infantryman in 2002 and later as a Green Beret. Sartor had served in Afghanistan twice — once in 2017 and again this year.Sartor, who went by "Ryan," joined the Army in June, 2001, and was given more than 20 awards and decorations during his military career. He will...
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The Epoch Times Police Kill Antifa Extremist Attacking Immigrant Detention Facility By Ivan Pentchoukov Police in Tacoma, Washington, killed an armed Antifa extremist early on July 13 after the man threw firebombs at an immigrant detention building and cars in the parking lot and attempted to blow up a large propane tank.The man succeeded in setting one car on fire before officers responded at 4 a.m. and gunned him down, according to the Tacoma Police Department. The man was armed with a rifle and wore a satchel with flares, the police said. No officers were hurt in the encounter.“This morning’s attack at the ICE detention center in Tacoma was a horrific act of violence that has shaken us all,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wrote on Twitter.Inslee, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, quickly turned to politics, attacking President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, but added: “Violence is not acceptable. We must be...
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The Jerusalem Post By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL Terrorist group Hezbollah linked to 30 mosques/centers in GermanyReport states Hezbollah is working to "strengthen the bonds" between Lebanese living in Germany and the terror organization. The intelligence agency for the city of Hamburg has reported that 30 mosques and cultural centers in Germany have ties to the US-classified terrorist organization Hezbollah.“In Germany there are currently about 30 known cultural and mosque associations in which a clientele regularly meets that is close to Hezbollah or its ideology,” the agency wrote this past week.According to the 282-page document reviewed by The Jerusalem Post, “The collection of donations is one of the most important tasks of the associations” where Hezbollah operatives meet.“The associations are characterized by the effort to strengthen the bonds of the Lebanese living here [in Hamburg] with their homeland and to the organization.” Read more: https://www.jpost.com/International/Islamic-Terrorism/Terrorist-group-Hezbollah-linked-to-30-mosquescenters-in-Germany-595545...
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The Hill A former senior counterterrorism official in the Obama administration is calling on the U.S. to initiate a dialogue with allies about the potential threats of Chinese telecom giant Huawei.Nate Synder warned Monday that Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government pose security concerns to the international intelligence community as the telecom giant looks to help build 5G wireless networks in the U.S. and abroad.“Huawei’s not just interested in the U.S. — they’re looking at a global scale,” Synder told Hill.TV during an interview.“This goes into not only our national security but theirs in also the way we share intelligence and information with these partners as well,” Synder added. “We wouldn’t want to share critical sensitive information on a network that we somebody’s more than likely listening in on.”The Trump administration has already taken steps to crack down on use of the company’s equipment.The U.S. Commerce Department last Friday blacklisted...
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Warminster Officer Jumps Into Moving Pickup Truck After Driver Suffers Seizure The rescue was caught on video from Bunda's police cruiser dashcam camera By NBC10 Staff A Warminster, Pennsylvania, police officer jumped into a pickup truck that was rolling out-of-control along a busy Bucks County road after the driver suffered a seizure behind the wheel.Officer Ryan Bunda was able to apply the brakes of the white Ford truck with his hand as it rolled eastbound along County Line Road near Newtown Road on Tuesday. Watch video at https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/national-international/Warminster-Officer-Jumps-in-Moving-Pickup-After-Driver-Suffers-Seizure-512588471.html...
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US-made missiles found in Libya compound belonged to FrancePARIS — France’s Defense Ministry acknowledged Wednesday that U.S.-made missiles captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army belonged to the French military.A statement said the missiles were originally intended to protect French anti-terrorism forces in Libya and so did not violate an arms embargo. It said they were damaged and no longer operational, and were put into storage for destruction.The revelation risks being highly embarrassing for France, which has offered support for LNA leader Khalifa Hifter. Hifter controls much of eastern Libya and is fighting militias in Tripoli loosely allied to a weak, U.N.-backed government. Pro-government fighters seized the FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles, UAE-made Yabhon drones, and Russia-made Kornet anti-tank guided missiles in June.France denied transferring the missiles to Hifter’s forces and said the Americans had been informed. Read more: https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2019/07/11/us-made-missiles-found-in-libya-compound-belonged-to-france/...
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Fishers brothers charged with manufacturing automatic rifles for ISIS by FOX59 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Two Fishers brothers are facing charges for allegedly manufacturing automatic rifles for ISIS.Moyad Dannon, 21, and Mahde Dannon, 20, each face one count of attempting to provide material support and resources, including firearms, to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). They also face several firearms-related charges.Both men were arrested on May 15 and remain in custody.Court documents say in June 2018, Mahde came up with a “scheme” to deliver guns to a convicted felon who was actually cooperating with the FBI. He then got his brother involved and introduced him to the informant.Between July and December of 2018, the brothers allegedly sold illegally-obtained guns to the cooperating individual. The Department of Justice says the brothers also started manufacturing untraceable “ghost guns” by purchasing unserialized firearms parts online and assembling those parts into fully-functioning, .223 caliber,semi-automatic...
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Bloomberg U.K. Navy Intervenes After Iran Tries to Stop British Oil Tanker By Tim Ross and Anthony Dipaola The British Navy intervened to stop Iran from blocking a BP Plc oil tanker, the U.K. government said, in the latest evidence that merchant shipping is becoming increasingly embroiled in the wider confrontation with the Islamic Republic.The BP-operated British Heritage, which can carry as much as 1 million barrels of oil, was attempting to pass through the Strait of Hormuz, a shipping chokepoint at the mouth of the world’s largest oil-producing region, when “three Iranian vessels attempted to impede it,” according to a U.K. government statement.The HMS Montrose “was forced to position herself between the Iranian vessels and British Heritage and issue verbal warnings to the Iranian vessels, which then turned away,” the statement said. The frigate was escorting the tanker, which had remained inside the Persian Gulf to avoid being targeted...

Iraqi Forces Targets ISIS Sleeper Cells

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Asharq Al-Awsat Iraqi army units, backed by the international coalition and with the participation of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), continue to target ISIS terrorists in three governorates: Nineveh, Salaheddine, and al-Anbar on the Iraqi border with Syria.The Ministry of Defense issued a statement announcing that the military operation dubbed “Will of Victory” would continue under the supervision of the Joint Operations Command, indicating that the island’s operations command was able to destroy two terrorist sites and two explosive devices.Nineveh operations command added that the air force succeeded in killing three terrorists inside a vehicle, asserting the operation will continue until achieving all of its objectives.Meanwhile, the Popular Mobilization Forces confirmed the participation of about 13 brigades in “Will of Victory”, less than a week after Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced a plan to restructure the PMF within the Defense Ministry's military forces.Read more: https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1804941/iraqi-forces-target-isis-sleeper-cells...
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By Don Snyder | Fox NewsThe Islamic State caliphate may have fallen in the Middle East, but the terrorist group still strikes fear in Germany.A newly released German government intelligence report for 2018 finds a high level of danger from ISIS returnees. Of the more than 1,000 Germans who traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight for the terrorist group, 350 are back in Germany. Others have died, or remain in Kurdish prisons, mainly in Syria, with a small number in Iraq.Some of the returnees are in German jails, while others await trial. Some are in hiding after slipping through the European Union’s porous borders. The German government has admitted having completely lost track of more than 160 of the former ISIS militants, the DW reported.The report by Germany’s domestic security agency, Bundesamt fur Verfassungsschutz (BFV), warns that the returnees, who are glorified by domestic radical Islamic groups, may commit...
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South China Morning Post China hosts Taliban delegation to discuss Afghan peace process, counterterrorism issues    * Beijing has paid great attention to the evolving situation in Afghanistan in recent years, foreign ministry says * China supports Afghans resolving their problems themselves through talksReuters China recently played host to a Taliban delegation as part of efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, Beijing said on Thursday.Representatives of the fundamentalist movement, which has been fighting for years to expel foreign forces and defeat the US-backed government in Kabul, have been holding talks with US diplomats for months.The focus has been the Taliban’s demand for the withdrawal of US and other foreign forces in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan will not be used as a base for militant attacks.Taliban negotiators have also met senior Afghan politicians and civil society representatives, including in Moscow recently, as part of a so-called intra-Afghan dialogue to...
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  Federal Bureau of Investigation Early Terrorism Investigation Terror Comes to U.S. Soil - The Bomb ‘Outrages’ of 1919 Late one evening, a series of mysterious figures placed powerful bombs outside nine deliberately chosen residences stretching from Boston to Cleveland.A carefully coordinated campaign of terror had begun.The targets included three judges, a state representative, a silk manufacturer, an immigration official, a mayor, Catholic priests, and the U.S. attorney general.The first two bombs exploded at around 11:15 p.m. on June 2, 1919—a century ago this month. By 1:00 a.m. the next morning, all of the devices had detonated.The force of the explosions, each fueled by around 20 pounds of dynamite, was massive. Entire neighborhoods were shaken by the blasts. Homes were destroyed or badly damaged. Many windows were completely blown out. Flying glass and debris wounded several people, including a young girl. One night watchman was killed.In the nation’s capital, Attorney...
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Stars And Stripes By Phillip Walter Wellman | STARS AND STRIPESKABUL, Afghanistan — A lecturer at a partially U.S.-funded university in Afghanistan’s capital was arrested on suspicion of recruiting students to join Islamic State, the country’s top intelligence agency said Monday.Three of his suspected recruits, who were accused by authorities of organizing several deadly ISIS attacks in Kabul, also were arrested, the National Directorate of Security said in a statement.Two of the suspected recruits were students at the university. The third was related to one of the students.U.S. and Afghan forces have been unable to eliminate ISIS’s local affiliate, known as Islamic State-Khorasan Province, which first emerged in 2014 and says it aspires to carry out attacks on U.S. soil.Read more: https://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/lecturer-at-us-aided-afghan-university-arrested-accused-of-recruiting-for-isis-1.589387...

Is Facial Recognition the New Fingerprinting?

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Is Facial Recognition the New Fingerprinting—or Something Much Worse? State DMVs are building a vast national digital identification database for federal law enforcement. by Ronald BaileyYour face is your ID (Ekkasit Keatsirikul/Dreamstime)Federal law enforcement agencies have been using facial recognition technology to mine state driver's license databases for information, reports the Washington Post. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) simply email requests to state departments of motor vehicle registration, asking them to match suspects' faces with those collected and stored in their driver's license databases. Generally speaking, state bureaucrats have been happy to cooperate.The Government Accountability Office recently revealed that the FBI can scan about 640 million pictures, including not just mugshots but driver's licenses and passport photos. At a congressional oversight committee hearing last month, Rep. Jim Jordan (R–Ohio) observed that many state's DMVs "have just given access...
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Associated Press Iran breaches key uranium enrichment limit in nuclear deal By JON GAMBRELL TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday began enriching uranium to 4.5%, just breaking the limit set by its nuclear deal with world powers, while it is still seeking a way for Europe to help it bypass U.S. sanctions amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington.Full Coverage: Iran's nuclear programThe acknowledgement by the spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to The Associated Press shows that the Islamic Republic trying to increase pressure on those still in the 2015 nuclear deal. It also comes just days after Iran acknowledged breaking the 300-kilogram (661-pound) limit on its low-enriched uranium stockpile, another term of the accord.The International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, confirmed that Iran surpassed the enrichment threshold.Experts warn that higher enrichment and a growing stockpile could begin to narrow the one-year window Iran...
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The Hill A terrorist's bioweapon could kill millions — and there's little we can do to stop it By Dr. Marc Siegel, opinion contributor The nuclear weapons programs in Iran and North Korea have been a primary concern to world security for more than a decade. But there is another significant worldwide threat to consider — bioweapons. And with the advent of genetic editing — where the DNA or RNA of a virus or bacteria can be modified to form a deadly weapon — the terrorist arsenal of weapons could be about to change for the worse.Biological agents have long been a concern for national security. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to five news media outlets and two Senate offices, killing five people and infecting 17. That case led to a focus on anthrax as a weapon and, at first, to fears...

FBI: Airport Terrorist Sentenced

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Federal Bureau of Investigation Airport Terrorist SentencedCanadian Man Stabbed Michigan Airport Police Officer in 2017 When a Canadian man stabbed an airport police officer in the neck at the airport in Flint, Michigan, investigators worked quickly to find out all they could. Why did he do this? Why Flint? Was anyone helping him?The victim was saved by other officers and a Bishop International Airport employee on the scene. The attacker, later identified as Amor M. Ftouhi, a 51-year-old Tunisian native who had lived for years in Canada, was immediately arrested.Working closely with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the FBI’s Detroit Field Office and its Joint Terrorism Task Force pieced together information about Ftouhi’s life and the days leading up to the June 21, 2017 attack. Agents fanned out across the country and reviewed surveillance footage from locations Ftouhi had visited in the U.S. The RCMP searched Ftouhi’s home and...
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Barnabas FundJihadists massacre entire Christian village in Mali killing at least 100, many burnt to deathAt least 100 men, women and children were slaughtered in Sobame Da, a mainly-Christian village in the Mopti region of central Mali, by heavily-armed Islamist extremists on 10 June.A Barnabas Fund contact described it as the “worst massacre in Mali since 1946”. He said the jihadists encircled the isolated village of ethnic Dogon people at night and set fire to “everything that moved” in a “well-targeted attack”.Many of the victims’ bodies were burnt – some charred beyond recognition. There are difficulties identifying the remains and the death toll is currently estimated to be between 100 and 135 people.CaptionA church building interior in a mainly-Christian village that was fire damaged in a jihadi attack. Several ethnic Dogon villages in the Mopti region of central Mali are being targeted“They burned the entire village including all the people...

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