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Terrorism returns to Afghanistan

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Al Arabiya Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi The phenomenon of contemporary terrorism is one of the most dangerous phenomena in history as it contains hostility within a live ideology that’s protected by countries like Qatar and another regional country.This ideology is also fully sponsored by the guardian of the jurist’s regime in Iran. It justifies its presence through the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood and political Islam groups.Terror attacks have currently increased in Afghanistan which has been calm for years except for few incidents. Terrorist operations have dominated the scene again via explosions targeting the Afghani state and its stability.This has worried the entire world, and it raised many questions. Is it just a coincidence that terrorism went rampant in Afghanistan after ISIS was eliminated in Iraq and Syria?Will it be strange that the road which Zarqawi and his followers took to Iraq after 2003 will be the same road which Baghdadi and...

Tackling terrorism

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Daily Times Terrorism does not exist in areas burdened by poverty or illiteracy alone, but also prevails in highly educated societies and countriesby Dr Khalil-ur-Rahman Shaikh Terrorism is mankind’s hidden enemy. It can attack anywhere in any form. Terrorism has terrified people around the globe, leaving the international community with a sense of insecurity. It does not exist in areas burdened by poverty or illiteracy alone, but also prevails in highly educated societies and countries. Governments around the world are striving to combat it, but progress has been limited, at best. Pakistan has made big achievements in combating terrorism; however, if a proper approach is not adopted, this success may prove short lived.The word terrorism is combination of two words, terror and ism. Terror means fear, frighten, dread, shock or panic. ‘Ism’ means theory, system, doctrine, ideology or philosophy. Thus, the word terrorism may be defined as a philosophy or...

U.S. May Seek to Put Pakistan on Terrorism-Finance List

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  New York Times By MARIA ABI-HABIB NEW DELHI — The United States has indicated that it will seek to place Pakistan on a watch list of countries that are not doing enough to counter terrorism financing, threatening Islamabad with global isolation, according to a senior Pakistani official.The United States is likely to introduce the motion next week in Paris, where the Financial Action Task Force, a global body created to fight terrorism financing and money laundering, will vote on the matter, the official, Miftah Ismail, a financial adviser to Pakistan’s prime minister, said.Pakistan was on the list from 2012 to 2015, and officials worry that being added again could hinder the country’s access to international markets as it prepares to repay roughly $3 billion in debt this summer.In an effort to stave off returning to the list, Pakistan has quietly adopted sanctions against two groups that the United States...
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CBS NewsOn the afternoon of Wednesday, February 14, the deadliest US mass shooting of 2018 took place in Southern Florida.A gunman, whom authorities suspect was 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, returned to his old high school in the town of Parkland, on the edge of the Everglades, and started shooting.As of Thursday morning, 17 people had been confirmed dead, and others were in hospital.Here, moment by moment, is how the event unfolded. Wednesday February 14, 2018: Some time after 2 p.m. the gunman begins to make his approach to Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Here's an Instagram photo of suspect Nikolas Cruz posing with a toy gun. 2:35 p.m.: Some of the first signs to the outside world that a shooting was underway come from social media. One Twitter user noted that students texting the about the shooting.2:53 p.m.: Twenty minutes later the Broward County Sheriff's Office publicly acknowledges...

FBI: No terrorism link in NSA gate car crash

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MSN An investigation is underway at the NSA headquarters near Washington where a car crashed into the agency's gates on Wednesday, but officials say there's no link to terrorism. Nathan Frandino reports. Watch Video HERE ...
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NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man who set off small bombs in two states, including a pressure cooker device that blasted shrapnel across a New York City block, was sentenced Tuesday to multiple terms of life in prison by a judge who repeatedly called it a miracle nobody was killed.Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, was criticized by a prosecutor for failing to show remorse and was scolded by a victim for not apologizing to the 30 people he injured.U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman in Manhattan said it was hard to reconcile the “reasonable enough” man he saw in court with the terrorist who tried to kill as many people as he could when he left his home early the morning of Sept. 17, 2016, with two pressure-cooker explosives and a bag full of smaller bombs.“You sound like most people and yet your...
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Military Times By Tara Copp Despite increasing activity by the Islamic State and other terror organizations on the African continent, and an expanding mission for U.S. service members deployed there, AFRICOM is likely to remain under-resourced for the foreseeable future.In a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding the most worrisome worldwide threats, representatives of U.S. intelligence agencies agreed their top concerns are the ongoing cyber attacks from U.S. adversaries; a potential great powers conflict with Russia or China; and the need to counter North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.Those concerns align with the National Defense Strategy that Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis unveiled earlier this month, and the 2019 budget request released Monday at the Pentagon. And while that approach does not abandon Africa, it does push resources toward what the Pentagon and intelligence community view as the more existential threats. “We have entered a period that can best...

An inside look at Americans who joined ISIS

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Circa By Russel ReadSometime in 2014, a U.S. citizen named Abdullah Ramo Pazara was killed in Syria fighting Kurdish forces on behalf of the Islamic State. He was one of the first of many Americans to do so.The Islamic State and those it has inspired are responsible for the deaths of dozens of Americans, yet the group still has drawn hundreds of U.S. persons to its black banner in the past four years.But who are the people who would turn on their country to join one of the most vicious terrorist groups in history? And how did they do it?The answer, like terrorism itself, is complicated."We found there wasn't a single profile of a member of IS [Islamic State] or an American member of IS," Bennett Clifford, a research fellow at the George Washington University's Program on Extremism, told me in an interview. "What we found is there are some...
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Source: Chicago Tribune A high-ranking Chicago police officer was shot to death at the Thompson Center Tuesday afternoon while assisting a tactical team who were chasing a suspect, police said.Commander Paul Bauer of the Near North District was shot several times a little before 2 p.m., according to police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. He said a suspect was taken into custody and a gun recovered.“It’s a difficult day for us, but we’ll get through it,” Johnson told reporters outside Northwestern Hospital, where Bauer had been taken.Bauer, 53, joined the department in 1986 and worked all across the city over his career – from the South Side to the specialized mounted patrol unit to his current position as commander of the busy and high-profile Near North District.Bauer was shot after a suspect started running from tactical officers who had attempted to stop him for questioning, according to Johnson. They radioed a description...

ISIS threatens to invade Paris 'in the near future'

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Daily Mail ISIS threatens to invade Paris 'in the near future' in new video showing an attack on the Eiffel Tower    * Paris is described as the 'capital of degeneracy' by jihadists in chilling new video     * ISIS fanatics warn of a siege and a surprise raid launched from 'ground tunnels'     * Film shows an attack at the Eiffel Tower and the landmark falling to the groundBy Julian Robinson for MailOnlineISIS has threatened to invade Paris 'in the near future' in a new video showing an attack on the Eiffel Tower.The French city is described as the 'capital of degeneracy' by jihadists who warn of a siege by militants and a surprise raid launched from 'ground tunnels'.Terrorists are seen forming a cell in the countryside outside Paris 'where the infantry unit of the caliphate lie in wait for their enemies'.Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5366355/ISIS-threatens-Paris-invasion-near-future.html#ixzz56wpfDG00  ...

Report: Egypt foils ISIS plot to kill Haniyeh

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Israel National News Egyptian security forces reportedly uncover ISIS cell which plotted to kill Hamas leader.by Elad Benari Egyptian security forces recently uncovered an Islamic State (ISIS) cell which plotted to kill Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, the Egyptian Al-Dustour newspaper reported on Wednesday.According to the report, the cell which was made up of 18 terrorists, was arrested while trying to sneak into Gaza. The terrorists reportedly plotted to blow up the mosque in Gaza in which Haniyeh prays on Fridays.ISIS's Sinai affiliate, which is known as the Sinai Province, has claimed the majority of the attacks in the Sinai Peninsula in recent years.ISIS, which follows a Salafist interpretation of Islam, has also targeted Hamas. In August, a suicide bombing near Egypt's border with Gaza killed a Hamas guard. It was the first time a suicide attack has targeted Hamas forces in Gaza.The Salafists clash with Hamas, which rules Gaza, arguing...
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Independent Exclusive: Former Isis fighter tells The Independent that Turkey is using the name of the now defunct, Western-backed Free Syrian Army to conceal its use of jihadi mercenariesby Patrick Cockburn Turkey is recruiting and retraining Isis fighters to lead its invasion of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, according to an ex-Isis source.“Most of those who are fighting in Afrin against the YPG [People’s Protection Units] are Isis, though Turkey has trained them to change their assault tactics,” said Faraj, a former Isis fighter from north-east Syria who remains in close touch with the jihadi movement.In a phone interview with The Independent, he added: “Turkey at the beginning of its operation tried to delude people by saying that it is fighting Isis, but actually they are training Isis members and sending them to Afrin.”An estimated 6,000 Turkish troops and 10,000 Free Syrian Army (FSA) militia crossed into...
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WDJT - Wisconsin By: Stephanie Staudinger DODGE COUNTY, Wis. -- James Luke, 29, was sentenced in Dodge County Court today to spend 2 years in state prison for threatening the life of Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney.In addition, Judge Brian A Pfitzinger ordered that he serve an additional 2 years of extended supervision.Luke is currently incarcerated until at least the year 2036 on an unrelated charge. Today’s sentence was imposed consecutively, which delays Luke’s potential release date into 2038.Luke wrote Toney from Waupun Correctional Institution in March, 2016, saying in part: “I am going to personally decapitate you and mail your head in a box to the local news.” The threats were in retaliation for Toney’s prosecution of an unrelated homicide case. Luke claimed to be acting on behalf of the terrorist group ISIS. No actual connection to the terrorist group is believed to exist. Read more:...
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Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs Department of Justice Files Denaturalization Complaint Against Diversity Visa Recipient Who Transferred Non-Profit Funds to Specially Designated Global TerroristThe Department of Justice today filed a complaint to revoke the naturalization of a Sudan native—who entered the United States on an F-1 student visa and gained lawful permanent resident status through the diversity visa lottery program—for violating and conspiring to violate sanctions imposed against Iraq under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), as well as obstructing Internal Revenue laws.According to the complaint, Mubarak Ahmed Hamed violated and conspired to violate sanctions imposed against Iraq under the IEEPA from 1997 through July 21, 2000, the date of his naturalization. As the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA), Hamed regularly authorized and transferred tax-exempt funds from IARA accounts in the United States to an account in Jordan controlled by...
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Raytheon On its face, the hack was so bad you’d think no one would even want to acknowledge it.Criminals had slithered into computer networks across the energy industry, infiltrating some so deeply that experts believed they had the power to throw entire regions into darkness. The intrusion provided powerful evidence of the threat hackers pose to the industries that underpin modern life, including energy, finance, healthcare, manufacturing and transportation.But the breach, first reported by the cybersecurity company Symantec in September 2017, also revealed much about the way these attacks work. So much, in fact, that the U.S. government turned it into a cautionary tale. In a 16-page report, a team of cyber specialists from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation dissected the hackers’ tradecraft, hoping the information would help prevent similar attacks – and keep this one from getting any worse.Experts say that kind of communication...

France: Migrant Crisis Spirals Out of Control

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  by Soeren Kern French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb described the level of violence in Calais as "unprecedented." He attributed the fighting to an escalating turf war between Afghan and Kurdish gangs seeking to gain control over human trafficking between Calais and Britain, which many migrants view as "El Dorado" because of its massive underground economy. During his visit to Calais, Macron outlined his government's new immigration policy: food and shelter for those entitled to remain in France, and deportation of those in the country illegally. "Emmanuel Macron did it. Never before has a president of the Republic fallen into unpopularity so fast and then become popular again." — Paris Match. Hundreds of Africans and Asians armed with knives and iron rods fought running street battles in the northern port city of Calais on February 1, less than two weeks after French President Emmanuel Macron visited the area and pledged...
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TV 7 Israel The IDF reinforced its troops with three additional battalions, due to concern of an outbreak of a new wave of terrorism and violence across the Palestinian territories. The decision to bring in reinforcements was made at a situation assessment meeting held by IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot during a visit to the West Bank settlement of Ariel, where an Israeli man was murdered on Monday.The IDF believes that there is a growing trend of motivation to carry out attacks against Israelis, which was inspired by the murder in Ariel and the previous attack in which Rabbi Raziel Shevah was murdered last month by a Hamas cell from the area of the Palestinian city of Jenin.The IDF, in coordination with Israel’s security services, acted intensively in the last few days to “foil terror attacks” across the West Bank, as well as conducting a manhunt, seeking...

Fitness Tracking App Creates Military Security Nightmare

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by Clarion Project A fitness tracking app was used to reveal sensitive data from U.S. military bases around the world – some in war zones.The security gaff was discovered when a student in Australia, using Strava’s Global Heatmap, tweeted about the military images available through the app.The app uses a smartphone’s GPS and is meant to track where and when a user is exercising, creating a kind of global social network for athletes. It can also be synced with other fitness tracking devices such as Fitbits and smartphones.Strava came out with the heat map last November. The map covers 17 billion miles of routes around the world. Nathan Ruser, a founding member of the Institute for United Conflict Analysts and a student at the Australian National University, tweeted, “Strava released their global heatmap. 13 trillion GPS points from their users (turning off data sharing is an option). https://medium.com/strava-engineering/the-global-heatmap-now-6x-hotter-23fc01d301de … …...
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A spike in the number of youths jailed in New South Wales on terrorism offences has prompted the creation a "countering violent extremism unit" inside the juvenile justice system. SBS.com By Heba Kassoua There are currently five juveniles locked up for terror-related offences, but law enforcement agencies predict that number will rise. The New South Wales state government says it's also open to toughening laws so young prisoners can be kept locked up for longer if necessary. Inmates deemed a risk would have phone calls, mail and visitors restricted. Read more: https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/arabic/en/article/2018/02/08/nsw-launch-new-high-risk-terrorism-offenders-unit...

Minnesota Woman Now Facing Terrorism Charge

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by Matt Demczyk - KNSI (KNSI) - A Minnesota woman accused of setting fires at a Minnesota university campus is now facing a terrorism charge.Nineteen-year-old Tnuza Jamal Hassan was charged Wednesday in federal court with attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida, lying to the FBI and arson.She also faces a state arson charge.Hassan is a former student at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.A federal indictment says she wrote and delivered a letter in September encouraging two fellow students to join a jihad.She's accused of lying about it days later when interviewed by the FBI.Prosecutors say she set several fires on campus in January because she was angry about U.S. military actions overseas.No one was injured in the fires.One of her attorneys, Josh Johnson, had no comment Wednesday. Read more: http://knsiradio.com/news/local-news/suspect-now-facing-terrorism-charge...