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Adapting And Upgrading Our Counterterrorism Tools

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The Hill Adapting And Upgrading Our Counterterrorism Tools By Nathan A. Sales and Marshall Billingslea, opinion contributor In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush signed a powerful executive order to deprive terrorists of the money they need to attack our country and our interests. Since that moment, the U.S. government has aggressively wielded this vital tool, using it to target more than 1,500 terrorists, terrorist groups and their financial supporters and facilitators. These sanctions have denied terrorists resources, and forced them to devote additional time and energy to seek out new financial channels. It also deterred would-be donors and facilitators. In an effort to avoid our financial tradecraft, the terror groups have continuously adapted so we need to evolve our capabilities as well. That’s why earlier this week, President Trump issued a revised and expanded executive order that is the most significant update of our...

New U.S. Sanctions Target Hamas, Islamic State, Other Groups

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Reuters New U.S. Sanctions Target Hamas, Islamic State, Other Groups WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions on a “wide range of terrorists and their supporters,” including the Palestinian group Hamas and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.The targets include 15 leaders, individuals and entities affiliated with groups such as Hamas, al Qaeda, Islamic State and Iran’s IRGC, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement.The sanctions were applied using new tools from an executive order recently updated by President Donald Trump.“Since the horrific attacks of 9/11, the U.S. government has refocused its counterterrorism efforts to constantly adapt to emerging threats,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the statement. Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-terrorism-sanctions/new-us-sanctions-target-hamas-islamic-state-other-groups-idUSKCN1VV2CH...
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ABC News US-Led Coalition Hits ISIS 'Infested' Island In Iraq With 80,000 Pounds Of Munitions By Elizabeth Mclaughlin The U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes against an Islamic State "infested" island in Iraq on Tuesday in order to deny what had become a safe haven for the terror group, according to Operation Inherent Resolve.U.S. F-15 and F-35 aircraft dropped 80,000 pounds of munitions on Qanus Island, located in the Salah ad Din Province, north of Baghdad, to disrupt ISIS fighters' "ability to hide in the thick vegetation," the coalition said in a statement.(MORE: Exclusive: Military leaders tell David Muir there is an 'ISIS insurgency' in Iraq, warn of breeding ground across Syria border)"Follow-on ground clearance operations are currently taking place by the 2nd Iraqi Special Operations Forces Battalion to destroy a major transit hub for [ISIS] members moving from Syria and the Jazeera desert into Mosul, Makhmour, and the Kirkuk region" of...
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  Fox News Al Qaeda leader marks 9/11 anniversary with new calls for jihadists to attack AmericaSep. 12, 2019 - Reaction from Whitefox Defense strategic adviser Brett Velicovich.     Click on the photo or watch here: https://video.foxnews.com/v/6085577082001/...
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Business Insider A rocket struck near the US Embassy in Afghanistan just after the clock struck midnight on the anniversary of 9/11 by Bill Bostock A rocket narrowly missed the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday in the first few minutes of the 18th anniversary of 9/11. Loudspeakers throughout the building broadcast the message "an explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on compound," The Associated Press reported. The rocket hit Afghanistan's defense ministry, but no one was injured, an official told Gulf News. Over the weekend, President Donald Trump scrapped negotiations between the US and the Taliban aiming to secure an end to the war in Afghanistan. A US service member was killed by a Taliban car bomb on Thursday, which Trump cited as the catalyst for the abrupt end to the talks. A rocket narrowly missed the US Embassy compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday during the...
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Chicago Sun-Times 9/11 is history for young people, but we who witnessed it will never forgetThey will never know what it felt like that morning to watch on TV as the Twin Towers came down. They will never understand the stunned silence that gripped the nation as we wondered, “What comes next?” By Phil Kadner Tears would come to my father’s eyes when he spoke of December 7. It was a special date to people of a certain age. One they would never forget. But as a young boy it didn’t mean much to me.Yes, I had seen film of Pearl Harbor following the Japanese surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941 and knew what it meant. Heck, I had seen dozens of World War II movies by the time I was 7 years old.But 18 years had passed since those 2,403 Americans were killed, launching our country’s entry into the...
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9/11 memorial teaches 'Never Forget' to students too young to remember By Christopher Vondracek - The Washington TimesBuses carrying schoolchildren still travel to a Pennsylvania field where a Boeing 757 crashed 18 years ago.But unlike the first groups of children who made the journey — many having watched the 9/11 attacks unfold on TV — today’s students had not yet been born when the U.S. pivoted into a war, color-coded terrorism warnings, and nationwide mourning and remembrance.“Certainly young children and those who were not yet born when the events of Sept. 11, 2001, took place will view this place differently,” said Beth Parnicza, acting public information officer for the Flight 93 National Memorial outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. “[But] schools are still visiting the memorial, and the park is committed to engaging students and visitors of all ages.”Nearly two decades since terrorist attacks rocked a nation and the words “never forget”...
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True horror of September 11 terror attacks revealed in 15 photos we should never forget NZ Herald On this day 18 years ago, unimaginable horror struck America when four commercial flights were hijacked by terrorists and crashed into sites including New York City's Twin Towers.The morning of Tuesday, September 11 was fine and sunny, with New Yorkers navigating the manic rush-hour commute to work or school under a cloudless blue sky.But at 8.46am the unthinkable happened: American Airlines Flight 11, bound for Los Angeles, was hijacked by members of Al-Qaeda at Boston airport and flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Centre.  People stared up in confusion and disbelief at the smoking building, wondering if perhaps it was an accident, until 17 minutes later a second plane, United Airlines Flight 175, hit the South Tower at 9.03am.By 10.30am the Twin Towers had collapsed, sending people running for their...
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Australia Deploys World’s First Law To Tackle Online Extremism The Financial Times Australian authorities have ordered five websites to remove extremist content or face prosecution, in the first application of a controversial new law introduced in the wake of March’s terror attack in Christchurch. The abhorrent material targeted by Canberra includes videos showing the beheading of a Scandinavian tourist in Morocco and an attack by a white supremacist on two mosques in Christchurch that killed 51 people and sparked a global debate over restricting access to extremist content online. The offending websites are all based outside Australia, according to the country’s eSafety commission, which in April was granted powers to investigate and order the removal of extremist content. “These are fringe websites that revel in gore and hatred. All of them are based overseas,” Julie Inman Grant, Australia’s eSafety commissioner, told the Financial Times. Read more: https://www.ft.com/content/3238d574-d2ab-11e9-8367-807ebd53ab77...

Fighting ISIS, Finding Iran

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Tablet Fighting ISIS, Finding Iran By Seth Frantzman “They are the exporter of instability across the region,” US Secretary of Defense Mattis, his voice gruff and no-nonsense as usual, said in late July 2018. He was talking about Iran. On Syria, he quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Keep your eye on the ball.” There were some nations, such as Russia and Iran, keeping Assad in power. “Our job is to try to find a way in the midst of this chaos to help the innocent people.” To do that the US wanted to “get stability in northeast Syria. This starts with destroying ISIS. They are not destroyed yet. It’s not over yet. It’s going to be a lot longer, tougher fight.” In the midst of the last days of the war on ISIS, global and regional powers were jockeying to see who would win the peace. Trump, Putin, Rouhani,...
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The Wire Pulwama Terror Attack Preceded by 'Massive Intelligence Failure' The CRPF inquiry showed though intelligence agencies had alerted the force about a general IED threat, it did not have any “input” regarding a “threat from a car-borne suicide bomber”. New Delhi: In what could deeply embarrass the Union government, a CRPF internal report, according to India Today, stated that the February 14 terrorist attack on its convoy that killed 40 jawans in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir was preceded by a “massive intelligence failure”. The findings of the report belie the claims of the Union home ministry, which, in June denied an intelligence failure. “All agencies are working in a coordinated manner and the intelligence inputs are shared among various agencies on real time basis. The investigation by NIA into the Pulwama terror attack so far has resulted in identifying the perpetrators,” minister of state for home G. Kishan Reddy...
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  Coast Guard makes contact with 4 missing crew members inside overturned cargo ship, rescue planned FOX 5 Atlanta ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - The Coast Guard says they have been able to make contact with crew members trapped inside a cargo ship after their vessel overturned and caught fire.Officials said that salvage crews have made contact with at least the four missing crew members inside the Golden Ray. An extraction is being planned, though officials say the crew members' conditions are unknown.According to South Korea's Foreign Ministry, the four crew members are in the engine room of their overturned cargo ship awaiting help from a U.S. Coast Guard rescue team.The foreign ministry's statement also says the fire that prevented a rescue attempt is now extinguished. Coast Guard Lt. Kit Pace said Monday that rescuers have been able to board the ship.The statement says 10 South Koreans, 13 Filipinos were...
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American Airlines Mechanic Accused of Sabotaging Flight With 150 on Board KTLA by Associated Press Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani appeared in federal court in Miami on Friday on a charge of willfully damaging or disabling a plane. Federal investigators say he admitted to tampering with a part that provides vital flight information to pilots.The pilots aborted the July 17 flight before takeoff in Miami. Alani, 60, was arrested Thursday. He had worked for American since 1988 but was suspended after his arrest.Court records from a lawsuit in California indicate that for some years, Alani worked both for American and Alaska Airlines until Alaska fired him in 2008 after several errors including failing to verify that repairs were working and installing the wrong battery on a plane. The Federal Aviation Administration suspended his mechanic’s certificate for 30 days, according to court documents.Alani, who was born in Iraq and became a U.S....

Homeland Security To Begin Testing New Drone

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Homeland Security To Begin Testing New Drone Fronteras: The Changing America Desk By Michel MarizcoThe federal Homeland Security Department will begin testing a small drone to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border.The department recently awarded a San Diego company Planck Aerosystems $200,000 to begin testing its small drone design along the border.The Border Patrol has flown the far larger MQ-9 Predator B drone since 2006 when Arizona topped the nation with illegal border crossings.Homeland Security predicts this new drone will be far more agile. Both the department and Planck claim the drone can land and take off from the bed of a moving vehicle. It will also be able to detect what the agency refers to as "targets." Read more: https://fronterasdesk.org/content/1155361/homeland-security-begin-testing-new-drone...
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newKerala.com Sanaa (Yemen) Sept 4 : Many evidences have emerged from the role of terrorist outfits in the recent escalation in conflicts in Southern Yemen, via social media, the sources have confirmed. The concerted propaganda effort is targeted against the country's counter-terrorism forces, particularly those which cooperated with the UAE in their fight against Al Qaeda and the Islamist State.Several Yemeni social media accounts reveal a rather open coming together of Al Qaeda and ISIS elements on the one hand and Al Islah (Muslim Brotherhood's Yemen arm) activists on the other.Most of the propaganda and modes of escalation over the past few weeks are aimed at weakening UAE built counter-terrorism capabilities in South Yemen.The Al Islah call for military escalation originated in Ma'rib and Ibar and was directed to their forces known to have close links to AQAP and ISIS.The Governor of the Ma'rib province is an Al Islah leader....

EU launches counter-terrorism judicial database

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EU launches counter-terrorism judicial database Business StandardAFP  |  Brussels  The European Union's judicial cooperation arm, Eurojust, launched a shared counter-terrorism database Thursday that officials said would be "crucial" for judicial action against terrorist suspects and organised crime.The Counter-Terrorism Register, operational from this month, will give investigators and prosecutors an overview of criminal proceedings made against suspects in other EU countries and in a few, data-compliant partner countries, Eurojust's chief, Ladislav Hamran, told a media conference."Now that terrorists operate more and more in cross-border networks, the EU must do the same," he said.The EU laid the groundwork for judicial data cooperation back in 2005 but the project stalled when some national law enforcement bodies in member states jealously guarded information.That changed in 2015, when jihadists staged attacks in Paris, killing 130 people in a concert hall, a national stadium and in several cafes, said Frederic Baab, a French former member at...

Taliban blast kills US soldier, several civilians in Kabul

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Taliban blast kills US soldier, several civilians in Kabul By Tameem Akhgar and Cara Anna KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban car bomb exploded and killed U.S. and Romanian service members and 10 civilians in a busy diplomatic area near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Thursday, the second major attack this week as the Afghan government warned that a U.S.-Taliban deal on ending America’s longest war was moving at dangerous speed.U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, under pressure after announcing earlier in the week that “on principle” he and the Taliban had reached an agreement, returned abruptly to Qatar, site of the talks, later Thursday, officials close to the negotiations said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.The NATO Resolute Support mission, whose offices were near the blast, said the two service members were “killed in action,” without providing details or releasing...

Turkey Bracing For New Jihadi Threat

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Voice Of America Turkey Bracing For New Jihadi Threat By Dorian Jones ISTANBUL - Thousands of jihadis are set to seek sanctuary in Turkey with Damascus' forces laying siege to Idlib, the last Syrian rebel enclave. With Damascus determined to take control of all of Syria, analysts warn it's only a matter of time before Turkey faces an exodus of not only refugees, but also the arrival of extremist fighters, posing a significant security threat to the country.Syrian government forces are steadily tightening their grip on Idlib province, the last pocket of the rebel resistance. It's estimated about 3 million Syrians are holed up in the enclave, of which half have fled fighting in other parts of Syria."It poses a huge threat, roughly half-a-million refugees are piled at the border in ramshackle refugee camps," said analyst Atilla Yesilada of Global Source Partners. "If [Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-] Assad moves...
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CBS Los Angeles ‘Terrorist’ Bomb Threat Forces Evacuations, Cancels Classes At Cerritos College NORWALK (CBSLA) – A suspect has been detained in connection with a bomb threat which forced evacuations at Cerritos College in Norwalk Tuesday, and later prompted the school to cancel classes for the day.Just before 2 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported that a suspect had been detained and all remaining classes for the day had been canceled. The all-clear was given around 2:10 p.m. and the campus was declared safe.The incident began nearly two hours earlier, when Cerritos College first reported that it had received a possible threat focused in the “drop-off area near theAdministrative Building” at the campus in the 11000 block of Alondra Boulevard.It all started when a suspect “walked into one of our classrooms and said that he was a terrorist and had a bomb with him,” college President Jose Fierro...

Federal prosecutors charge Brooklyn man with joining ISIS

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Washington Examiner Federal prosecutors charge New York man with joining ISIS by Tim Pearce Federal prosecutors have charged a New York man with aiding and joining the international terrorist group ISIS.The Department of Justice filed five charges against Ruslan Maratovich Asainov in a Brooklyn court on Tuesday. Asainov allegedly provided material support for ISIS while receiving training to become a sniper. He is also charged with obstruction of justice.Asainov was born in Kazakhstan but lived in Brooklyn from 1998 to 2013 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen before allegedly traveling overseas to join ISIS.The 43-year-old operated under two aliases, "Suleiman Al-Amriki" and "Suleiman Al-Kazakhi," according to the indictment.Asainov requested nearly $3,000 from a source to purchase a rifle scope in March 2015. He apparently received the money and later sent two photos to the source with him holding a rifle with a scope attached.Read more: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/federal-prosecutors-charge-new-york-man-with-joining-isis...

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