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Military Times US releases photos to bolster claim Iran attacked tankers as 1,000 additional troops to be sent to Middle East By Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press   WASHINGTON — In an effort to bolster its public case against Iran, the Pentagon on Monday released new photos that officials said show that members of Tehran’s Revolutionary Guard were responsible for attacks last week on two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf.The images, many taken from a Navy helicopter, show what the Pentagon said were Iranian forces removing an unexploded mine from the side of the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman. Officials last week said the move appeared to be an attempt to remove forensic evidence from the scene of the attack. But it's not clear if examination of the mine would have made it definitively clear that the device was planted by the IRGC....
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Las Cruces Police Department reported on Facebook: Officers Injured, Suspect Dead in Early-morning IncidentLas Cruces police and the Officer-involved Incident Task Force are investigating an incident that led to the injury of three law enforcement officers and the death of a man who is suspected of firing multiple rounds at officers.Shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Monday, June 17, a Las Cruces Police Department officer was checking out with a suspicious subject near Lohman Avenue and Nacho Drive. Preliminary information indicates the officer, in his marked police unit, shined a spotlight on the subject who was on foot. The subject, a man who remains unidentified at this time, fired multiple rounds at the officer’s police unit.At least two rounds penetrated the police unit’s windshield, one of which struck the officer. The officer drove himself to a nearby hospital. His injury is not life-threatening.Police believe the shooting suspect also tried to carjack...
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Female Jihadists Are Just As 'Motivated' To Build An Islamic State As Men, Report Concludes Fox News By Hollie McKay Female jihadists are just as dedicated as their male counterparts when it comes to bringing to life an “Islamic State,” the European Union’s police agency stated Friday.“Female jihadists are ideologically motivated as their male counterparts and their sense of empowerment lies in contributing to the building of an Islamic state,” Europol surmised in an extensive report titled “Women in Islamic State Propaganda,” adding that there are numerous examples of women who either executed or were intending to execute vicious attacks.“(This) proves that women are willing to use violence if the ideology allows them to do so,” the report concluded. “For now it is not yet their role, but this balance may easily shift according to the organization’s strategic needs and developments on the ground.”Europol figures show that around 15 percent...
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    by Majid Rafizadeh  •  Gatestone Institute   Iran recently produced a program on its state television channel demonstrating that the government is currently practicing missile attacks, with the purpose of carrying out actual attacks on Israel.... The video excerpt included in the television broadcast showed how the operations the Iranians are striving to put into action will bombard Tel Aviv. From the perspective of the Iranian leaders, if they continue to increase their threats against Israel, the United States will be pressured to change its strategy and lift pressure that has been placed on the clerical establishment, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and its elite branch, the Quds Force. It is an unacceptable double-standard that the United Nations and the international community have been, and continue to be, silent about Iran's threats against Israeli citizens. If the situation were reversed and if Israel threatened to annihilate Iran,...
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Texas Standard News Roundup: Homeland Security Says Change Needed After ‘Dangerous Overcrowding’ At El Paso CenterHere’s a look at headlines from around the state. By Becky Fogel Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan says the agency is taking steps to reduce overcrowding at federal immigration facilities.McAleenan appeared on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday. His interview came just days after the DHS Inspector General found “dangerous overcrowding” and unsanitary conditions at an El Paso, Border Patrol processing facility. These findings were made during an unannounced inspection last month. There were as many as 900 migrants detained at the site, which has a maximum capacity of 125 people.McAleenan told program host, Jake Tapper, current conditions are not appropriate.“I could not agree more with IG’s findings that we need a solution and changes, and we have a solution on the table with congress,” McAleenan said. “We asked for 4.5 billion dollars, 3.3...
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Homeland Security official describes widespread 'fraudulent' families at border The HillBy Alexander Bolton Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told Congress Tuesday that 15 percent of migrant families screened at the border were found to be misrepresenting minors as their own children in order to bolster their asylum claims.Families with minors are released from detention to shelters more quickly because minors are not allowed to be held in custody for more than 20 days under a 1997 court settlement.McAleenan told Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) that a DNA-testing pilot program found that 17 out of 109 people tested were found to be misrepresenting a minor they were detained with as a blood relation."Seventeen admitted or were tested out as fraudulent," McAleenan testified. "This is a 15 percent return." Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/447919-homeland-security-official-describes-widespread-fraudulent-families-at-border...
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In Homeland Security By Dr. Brian BlodgettMeanwhile, on the other side of the country, several helicopters land at petroleum refineries and plant improvised explosive devices (IEDs) before launching rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) at the distillation units. As the helicopters leave the refinery, they see cargo containers at a nearby port explode. At the same time in a Midwest city, terrorists release sarin gas into the ventilation systems of three large commercial office buildings.Many Fatalities and HospitalizationsThe chlorine attack results in 17,500 fatalities, 10,000 severe injuries and 100,000 hospitalizations. An estimated 100,000 other victims have to shelter in place; 50,000 are evacuated to nearby shelters; and 500,000 self-evacuate the area. The economic impact is in the millions of dollars and the recovery timeline takes weeks.The refinery and nearby port attacks result in 350 fatalities and thousands of hospitalizations. An estimated 25,000 people have to shelter in place, 10,000 others are evacuated and...
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Department of JusticeOffice of Public AffairsA Dayton, Ohio man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court to 180 months in prison and 25 years of supervised release for attempting, and conspiring, to join the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).  Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman for the Southern District of Ohio and Special Agent in Charge Todd A. Wickerham of the FBI’s Cincinnati Division made the announcement.“Alebbini was determined to travel overseas for the purpose of joining ISIS and engaging in violence in support of the foreign terrorist organization,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers.  “Notwithstanding pleas from others close to him, Alebbini declared that he is a terrorist and decided to move forward with his plan to join ISIS.  Thanks to the great work of the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are assigned to this case, Alebbini’s plans were thwarted...

Pompeo Says Iran Behind Oil Tanker Attacks

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The Epoch Times Pompeo Says Iran Behind Oil Tanker Attacks, Citing Intelligence Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran was responsible for the June 13 attacks against two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, as President Donald Trump responded that it was “too soon” to even consider sorting out a deal with the country.One of the tankers was set ablaze during the attack as the U.S. Navy rushed to assist the stricken vessels near the Strait of Hormuz. Each tanker was loaded with petroleum products with one vessel, named the Front Altair, burning for hours.“It is the assessment of the United States government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred,” Pompeo said at a department press briefing. “This is only the latest in a series of attacks instigated by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its surrogates against American and allied interests.”Pompeo said...

Memphis: Dozens of officers injured during protest

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NBC News Dozens of officers injured during protest in Memphis after task force kills man Most of the injuries to law enforcement officers were minor. Police said some in a crowd protesting the shooting turned violent. By Phil HelselSeveral law enforcement officers in Memphis were injured during a protest that began after federal authorities killed a man they were attempting to arrest Wednesday, officials said.A driver wanted on multiple felony warrants attempted to ram law enforcement vehicles when officers with a regional U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force attempted to arrest him in Memphis' Frayser community at about 7 p.m., Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Keli McAlister said.The man then got out of the vehicle with a weapon, according to McAlister."The officers fired, striking and killing the individual," she said. No officers were injured in the incident, she said.The man was later identified as Brandon Webber, 20, state law enforcement...
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WCBD News 2 By Georgiaree Godfrey COLUMBIA, SC - Federal law enforcement agencies were in Columbia Tuesday to talk school violence, specifically what law enforcement agencies and schools can do prevent it. The United States Secret Service has been expanding its threat assessment teams since Columbine. The shooting prompted the agency and the U.S. Department of Education to study school violence. The Secret Service has since been using that study to teach law enforcement and educators across the country how to prevent targeted violence in schools. At Tuesday's session held at the Koger Center, dozens of law enforcement departments across the state were in attendance, including deputies with the Pickens County Sheriff's Office. "We've been doing a lot with school safety. But this is kind of different in where we look at what happens maybe before an active shooter are a sign there or there signs there," explained Pickens Co....

Boko Haram Attack Kills At Least 26 In Cameroon

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  Yahoo News Yaoundé (AFP) - Jihadist fighters belonging to the Boko Haram group active in Nigeria killed at least 26 people in an attack in neighbouring Cameroon that was one of the bloodiest in recent months, according to a security official. "Seventeen soldiers and nine civilians" were killed in the attack early Monday on Darak, a Cameroonian island located near Lake Chad, the regional security official told AFP. A preliminary count, given on Monday, had three Cameroonian soldiers killed along with an unspecified number of civilians in an attack on a military post in the area. The official told AFP on Tuesday that the Boko Haram attack sparked fierce combat with Cameroonian troops. He said 40 of the jihadists were captured and seven soldiers remained missing. Before being repelled, the jihadists managed to hoist their flag over Darak, several security sources said. Boko Haram's decade-long uprising to establish a...
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EU's terrorism filter plans: The problems just keep coming ZDNet European authorities have discovered that creating rules to keep terrorist content off the internet is not easy.By Cathrin Schaer for The German View A few weeks ago, German internet users discovered that their country's authorities had been keeping closer tabs on them than they realized.david gewirtzIn late April, in reply to a parliamentary question, the federal police – Germany's version of the FBI – revealed that they had quietly established a database for online terrorism referrals last October.Almost immediately the database – with its lack of oversight and definition – was held up as yet another illustration of where the EU is going wrong in ongoing attempts to police the internet. The German federal police explained that if they found content that could be classified as terrorist, or encouraging terrorism, they would ask the website hosting it to remove it.Read...
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The Washington Free Beacon By Adam Kredo    Iran claimed Monday afternoon that it had handed an imprisoned American accused of spying to the country's chief terror proxy group, Hezbollah, according to reports in the country's state-controlled press that have caught the attention of the U.S. State Department.Iran's state-controlled press reported that Iran was making preparations to extradite Nizar Zakka, an imprisoned dual American and Lebanese national, whom Tehran accused of spying and sentenced to a prison term.An "informed source" told Iran's Fars News Agency Monday that Zakka would be transferred to Hezbollah later in the day."This will be done in the next few hours," Fars quoted the source as saying. "Extradition of the American-Lebanese spy has been made only at the request and mediation of Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyed Hassan Nasrallah."Tehran claims that no talks have been held with the U.S. or other parties regarding Zakka's imprisonment.Zakka "has been freed and...

Federal cybersecurity agency on the way?

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The Future of SecurityBy Sam Bocetta, Contributor, CSO As human activity migrates into the online space, keeping the bad guys from mucking it all up becomes paramount. Does that mean it’s time for a federal cybersecurity agency? The departments and agencies within the United States government have evolved over time to address modern-day problems and meet the changing needs of citizens. For example, the Department of Homeland Security was created in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks as a measure to improve domestic safety and handle threats of terrorism.Jumping forward to today, cybersecurity has become a center of focus across the globe for both governments, private companies, and individual citizens. When a hacker launches an attack and is able to create a data breach at a major company, it can affect millions of people.It's not even that far-fetched to imagine a future (or classic Star Trek episode) where nations...
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Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 South Carolina Man Sentenced for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISISZakaryia Abdin, 20, of Ladson, South Carolina, was sentenced yesterday to 20 years to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.  Abdin previously entered a guilty plea in August of 2018 and has remained in federal custody since his arrest by the FBI in March of 2017.Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon for the District of South Carolina and Special Agent in Charge Jody Norris of the FBI’s Columbia Division made the announcement.  Abdin appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Gergel.“The Department of Justice is committed to holding accountable U.S. citizens, like Abdin, and others who...

Spotlight on Global Jihad, May 30 – June 4, 2019

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The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center At the Israeli Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center Spotlight on Global Jihad, May 30 – June 4, 2019 The Syrian arena: The momentum of the Syrian army’s ground operation in the Idlib area resumed after a week of no progress. The Syrian army took over several villages east of the Al-Ghab Plain, where the main effort of the attack is taking place, and advanced northward. In the secondary effort, in the Kabanah area on the Kurd Mountains, the rebel organizations managed to halt the progress of the militias supporting the Syrian army. This week, ISIS carried out a wave of attacks accompanied by a media campaign entitled the Raids of Attrition. This wave of attacks, like its predecessor following the loss in Al-Baghouz[1], was intended to reinforce the message that ISIS was enhancing its presence and activity around the world, even after...
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Clarion Project Boy & Girl Scouts Trained to Support Terror in Michigan By Ryan Mauro with Justen Charters and Alex VanNess Boy & girl scouts are supposed to uphold American values. These scout branches in Michigan are being trained to think of the U.S. as terrorists are being indoctrinated in Iranian regime and Hezbollah ideology.Iranian regime and Hezbollah supporters have set up Boy & and Girl Scout branches in Michigan.In fact, the Boy Scouts of America website officially recognizes one Islamist-linked Boy Scout pack in the state, listing a Cub Scout branch, Pack 1139, at the Bint Jebail Cultural Center in Dearborn.Cub Scouts are for children from kindergarten through fifth grade.In 2017, the Muslim Scouts of Michigan held its Waiyullah Camp where the boys and girls were taught by a radical supporter of the Iranian theocracy and Hezbollah, Sheikh Usama Abdulghani.The sheikh preaches that Muslims must follow the commands of...
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  ISIS sleeper cells burn, blow up and slaughter hundreds in uptick of attacks across Iraq and SyriaBy Hollie McKay | Fox NewsIt has been months since the Islamic State was expelled from its territorial control in Iraq and Syria, but the brutal terrorist outfit continues to wreak havoc in the lands it once deemed its “caliphate.”Between May 5 and June 3, the U.S-led Combined Joint Taskforce’s Operation Inherent Resolve – the name given to the mission to defeat ISIS – conducted 11 strikes consisting of 34 engagements against ISIS targets in Iraq. More than 20 caves, two vehicles and a one-bedroom infrastructure were decimated. At least three ISIS terrorists were killed in tunnels 40 miles west of Ramadi, Iraqi defense officials reported.And across the war-ravaged nation, the ISIS bloodletting goes on.The Iraqi Civil Defense Directorate affirmed last week that more than 6,100 acres of agricultural crops were incinerated in...
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The Telegraph by Ben Riley-Smith Terrorists linked to Iran were caught stockpiling tonnes of explosive materials on the outskirts of London in a secret British bomb factory, The Telegraph can reveal.Radicals linked to Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group, stashed thousands of disposable ice packs containing ammonium nitrate - a common ingredient in homemade bombs.The plot was uncovered by MI5 and the Metropolitan Police in the autumn of 2015, just months after the UK signed up to the Iran nuclear deal. Three metric tonnes of ammonium nitrate was discovered - more than was used in the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and damaged hundreds of buildings.Police raided four properties in north-west London. Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/09/iran-linked-terrorists-caught-stockpiling-explosives-north-west/...