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by Josie Ensor The father and younger brother of the Manchester Arena bomber have been arrested in Libya.The Telegraph understands Hashem Abedi, 20, the brother of suspected attacker Salman Abedi, was arrested last night in the capital Tripoli by counterterrorism forces on suspicion of links to the Islamic State group. Three armed vehicles arrived to take away their father, Ramadan Abedi, an administrative manager of the Central Security Force in Tripoli, late Wednesday afternoon. A third brother, Ismail, has also been arrested after police raids in the UK.  The family are believed to live between Manchester, where the children were born and grew up, and Libya.Earlier today the Abedi brothers’ father spoke from Libya, where he said his son was innocent.  “We don't believe in killing innocents. This is not us,” Abedia senior said. "My son was as religious as any child who opens his eyes in a religious family,"...
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Although many questions remain, bombing was the evil act of a coward. By Editorial Board Star Tribune Once again, the world mourns the deaths of innocents at the hands of a hate-filled attacker. And once again, we must regroup in the face of tragedy and double down on efforts to prevent such senseless acts. Monday’s attack in England was especially heartbreaking because it targeted a crowd of mostly teenage and preteen concertgoers and their families. A shrapnel-filled bomb blasted through an entrance hall of a 20,000-seat arena in Manchester, taking at least 22 lives and injuring 59. Among the dead was an 8-year-old girl. The suicide bomber targeted concertgoers leaving the venue where they had heard American pop star Ariana Grande perform.   The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility for the attack in Great Britain’s second-largest city, but that was not confirmed as of late Tuesday. It...
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Army and police react with gunfire after residents in Marawi City raise alarmby Gabriel Samuels  -  The Independent A group of heavily-armed militants from a group linked to Isis have reportedly stormed a city in the Philippines and engaged in firefights with the national army.Residents of Marawi City, in the south of the country, were urged to remain indoors as at least 15 gunmen from a Muslim rebel group called Maute stormed the streets brandishing assault rifles.The group, which is also known as the Islamic State of Lanao, have reportedly received support from Isis. Troops and a special police force were deployed to the city after residents in a nearby village raised the alarm and appealed for help.President Rodrigo Duterte then declared martial law and a state of emergency in the province of Mindano. General Eduardo Ano, the military chief of staff, said at least one police officer was killed and...
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BBC NEWS The UK terror threat level has been raised to its highest level of "critical", meaning further attacks may be imminent, Theresa May has said. The move came after investigators were unable to rule out whether Manchester bombing suspect Salman Abedi acted alone, the prime minister said. Military personnel will now be deployed to protect key sites. Twenty-two people were killed and 59 injured when a suicide bomber attacked Manchester Arena on Monday evening. Manchester attack: Latest updates What we know so far Eight-year-old and 'superfan' among victims Who was the suspect Salman Abedi? The prime minister also confirmed the government had triggered "Operation Temperer", a long-standing emergency plan to put soldiers into key public locations to support armed police in protecting the public. Military personnel may also be seen at other events over the coming weeks, such as concerts, Mrs May said, and would work under the command...
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CBS NEWS LONDON -- Police on Tuesday identified the man who blew himself up the previous night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. CBS News confirmed Abedi was known to British authorities prior to the attack.In a generic statement posted online, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for Abedi's suicide bomb attack, which left 22 people dead, including children, at one of the entrances to the Manchester Arena. Officials said one man was arrested Tuesday in southern Manchester in connection with the attack, and urged people to avoid the center of the city as raids continued at addresses around the city.Police and British Prime Minister Theresa May made it clear the focus of the investigation was to determine whether the bomber "was acting alone, or was part of a wider group."ISIS issued its claim of responsibility in a brief, generic...
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  By 9NEWS Police are treating the deaths of 19 people in a suspected explosion after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena as a terror attack until more is known.Fifty other victims are being treated at six hospitals after at least one explosion struck the arena's foyer about 10.30pm yesterday local time (7.30am today AEST), after Grande finished performed and as concertgoers were leaving.  Andy, who was waiting to pick up his daughter and wife from the concert, said he was blown "about 30 foot" by the blast. There was "carnage everywhere", he told the BBC.One video filmed in the arena's main area appears to show the moment the blast happened in the foyer.A loud bang can be heard, and concertgoers then look around and being to panic. Andy said he struggled to find his wife and daughter in the wake of the blast and looked at bodies on the...
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Asharq Al-Awsat Riyadh – King of Jordan Abdullah II called for coordinated and global action at every level to counter terrorism, reiterating that a fair solution for the Palestinian cause must be reached.During the Arab-Islamic-US summit held in Riyadh on Sunday, the monarch said the meeting is an effective response to the serious threats facing the world.He stated that the future will be shaped by actions, urging: “We all have to work in partnership in four key areas.”The King explained the four key areas include the grave challenge of terrorism and extremism.“Only a holistic approach can address the complex layers of the threat, from its evil ideas to its attack on prosperity and security. As you have mentioned, this demands coordinated and global action at every level,” King Abdullah told the summit.He reiterated that success requires mutual trust as well as strength, explaining that the fight will not be won...

We Must All Join Forces to Defeat Terror

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Newsweek by Gilad Erdan President's Trump visit to the Middle East has created an historic opportunity to form a new international alliance against terror. As Israel's Public Security Minister, I have been leading my country's response to the wave of radical terror washing over us. Similar attacks have been sweeping across the world, from San Bernardino to Orlando to Paris, Berlin, Istanbul and Cairo.World leaders are increasingly coming to realize that this global problem demands a global response. Now is the time to make that realization a reality, and to build a counter-terror alliance that includes Israel, Arab states, the West and all like-minded countries.The terrorism striking civilians around the world has several factors in common. It is inspired by a radical ideology that uses an extremist view of Islam to justify the murder of innocents, whether they be Christians, Jews or Muslims. The terrorists have most often been motivated...
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by TheWeek.com Federal agents are using a secret cell phone tracking device designed for counter-terrorism to catch undocumented immigrants as part of President Trump's crackdown, The Detroit News has learned. "The cell-site simulator device, known as a Hailstorm or Stingray, tricks nearby phones into providing location data and can interrupt cellular service of all devices within the targeted location," the paper writes. "Federal investigators are required to obtain a judge's approval to use the device."   FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents used the device in March, for example, to catch 23-year-old Salvadoran restaurant worker Rudy Carcamo-Carranza near Detroit. Carcamo-Carranza had been twice deported and faces drunken driving allegations and a hit-and-run crash. The federal agents were apparently able to use the device with a federal search warrant affidavit.   "While the warrant does ensure a modicum of judicial oversight, it is troubling to see the government using invasive...
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Jerusalem Post by Reuters DUBAI - Iran's ruling powers represent the "tip of the spear" of global terrorism, Saudi King Salman said in a speech on Sunday during a visit of US President Donald Trump to the kingdom."Our responsibility before God and our people and the whole world is to stand united to fight the forces of evil and extremism wherever they are ... The Iranian regime represents the tip of the spear of global terrorism."The king also said in a televised speech that Saudi Arabia would not be lenient in trying anyone who finances terrorism."We will never be lenient in trying anyone who finances terrorism, in any way or means, to the full force of the law." Read more: http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Saudi-king-says-Iran-at-forefront-of-global-terrorism-492434...
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9news.com.au by Emily McPherson One of Australia’s leading counter-terrorism experts has slammed the length of time taken to complete the Lindt Café inquest, saying the face of terrorism has changed in the two-and-a-half years since the siege.Australian National University Professor Clarke Jones, who has worked on national security for more than 17 years and also gave evidence at the inquest, said the government needed to respond more quickly to the terrorist threat.“Why has the inquest taken so long? I know there’s been a lot of court appearances and that takes time to get everyone together but I would have expected 12 months. The years have really dragged on, it’s just crazy,” Dr Jones told Nine.com.au.“Things need to move a lot faster. I will say that to anything around extremism or terrorism. What was terrorism, even three to five years ago, isn’t what it is today. Offshore the Islamic State were...

Muslim Brotherhood Lobbies Congress

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 By Cynthia Farahat - Clarion ProjectAn innocent-sounding New Jersey-based organization called Egyptian AmericansFor Freedom And Justice (EAFAJ) made the rounds on Capitol Hill May 4 to urge U.S. lawmakers not to support designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.The visit, which came hours after the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Hasm terrorist organization claimed responsibly for a deadly attack on a security convoy in Cairo, wasn’t the first time radical Islamists have masqueraded as human rights activists when seeking to sway American minds and won’t be the last.Although EAFAJ makes an effort to talk the talk of democracy and freedom, its unabashed support for armed jihadis wreaking havoc in Egypt is hard to miss. At a November 2016 EAFAJ event, radical imam Mohamed Elbar declared that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi “ought to be beheaded.”The EAFAJ delegation included several known New Jersey-based Islamic extremists. EAFAJ chairman Hani ElKadi, for example, helped...
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By: Gopi - Social NewsIndia-Sweden talk on cooperation in counter-terrorismNew Delhi, May 18 (IANS) India and Sweden on Thursday discussed bilateral issues, including threat from the Islamic State, radicalisation, and steps taken to counter global terror.The talks were held between a delegations led by Swedish Minister for European Union Affairs and Trade Ann Linde and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju here."Both appreciated the ongoing cooperation in counter-terrorism, cyber security and anti-radicalism being pursued by the two countries and emphasised the need for close collaboration both at bilateral and multilateral levels to counter this very serious threat," a Home Ministry statement said.Linde observed that terrorism and IS threat are big issues for Europe and urgent steps are being taken to check the same.She shared Swedish perceptions about Brexit and challenges of refugee influx faced by her country.While she reiterated the commitment on economic cooperation, the Swedish side offered transfer...
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Business Insider by Reuters BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe will face an exodus of Islamic State fighters defeated in Syria and Iraq this year, more dangerous and battle hardened than previous returnees, the head of the U.N. Security Council's counterterrorism agency said on Thursday.Speaking to reporters following meetings with EU officials, Jean-Paul Laborde said several European countries estimate that the rates of fighters returning from conflict zones has increased by one-third over the past year.Threat levels in Western Europe are high following a spate of deadly attacks that killed dozens over the past two years, with many nations concerned about their ability to guard their borders.Laborde said the foreign fighters seeking to return to Europe now are much "more dangerous" than previous waves of returnees, full of resentment after years on the battlefield including in recent confrontations.Islamic State has lost large swathes of territory during military campaigns, including by the Russian-backed...

Update: More US firms believed hit by cyberattack

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SF Gate NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the global extortion cyberattack that hit dozens of countries (all times local): 3:25 p.m. A law enforcement official says investigators believe additional companies in the United States have been affected by the global "ransomware" software cyberattack but have not yet come forward to report the attacks. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation. The official says that investigators have obtained some of the phishing emails and are analyzing them for "bread crumbs" that may lead them to the attackers. Authorities have been encouraging affected companies to contact law enforcement and not pay the ransom.While the attack that emerged Friday hitting companies and governments around the world ebbed in intensity Monday, experts warned that new versions of the virus could emerge.Investigators fear the ransomware can...

Jihad in Denmark

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by Judith Bergman Gatestone Institute Danish Minister of Justice Søren Pape hopes to solve the issue by prosecuting the imam. However, Danish politicians appear to miss the critical fact that there is clearly a thirsty audience for sermons like this.This sermon is a call to violence against Jews.As the Quran cannot be changed, it is crucial to make more broadly known what is in it, so at least people can see the facts confronting them, to help them determine what choices they might care to make for their own future and that of their children.In 2015, Omar El-Hussein listened to the imam Hajj Saeed, at the Hizb-ut-Tahrir- linked Al-Faruq-mosque in Copenhagen, decry interfaith dialogue as a "malignant" idea and explain that the right way, according to Mohammed, is to wage war on the Jews. The next day, El-Hussein went out and murdered Dan Uzan, the volunteer Jewish guard of the...

Mali organizes to stop terrorist cells

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by DefenceWeb.co.za Reducing violent extremism in Mali seems technically and tactically uncertain, owing to the complexity of regional politics. This is marked by an increasing number of players and stakeholders whose interests compete more often than they align.Since 2012, the number of armed groups in Mali has increased, and the spread of intercommunal violence is jeopardizing the Algiers’ Comprehensive Peace and Reconciliation Agreement (CPRA). Terrorist cells have proliferated throughout the country as the threat’s epicenter has moved from northern Mali to the center and the south, with sporadic attacks in the Mopti, Koulikoro and Sikasso regions.These attacks have targeted security posts and local administration facilities. The capital, Bamako, has not been spared. Terrorists move throughout the Sahel region, and Mali’s national boundaries are still porous despite an international presence since 2013, notably through the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Also deployed are personnel from the French...
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Sky News Terror police are searching five homes and a business in east London as part of an ongoing investigation with MI5. Four men have been arrested on suspicion of plotting a UK-linked terror attack, Scotland Yard has said. The men are being held on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. Metropolitan Police officers said the arrests were pre-planned as part of an ongoing investigation by the force's counter terrorism command and MI5, and that they were linked to activity in the UK. Three of the men, aged 18, 25 and 27, were arrested at their home addresses in east London, while a 24-year-old was arrested near to his home address, also in east London. They are in custody at a south London police station. Officers have been searching five homes and a business...
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OnTheNewsNow.com WASHINGTON, DC — The American homeland is facing “the most frequent and unpredictable” Islamic terrorist threat from Sunni “U.S.-based homegrown violent extremists (HVEs),” warns the most recent Worldwide Threat Assessment issued by the United States intelligence community (IC).The number of foreign fighters traveling to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria will probably continue to decline as potential recruits face increasing difficulties attempting to travel there,” states the assessment presented Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats during a hearing Thursday held by the Senate Intelligence Committee.In the past 12 months alone, the number of homegrown terrorism cases reached 36 in 18 U.S. states, revealed Kelly, noting, “Over the past few years, we’ve seen an unprecedented spike in homegrown terrorism.”In recent years, the Sunni Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) group has inspired many attacks inside and outside the United Sates, both successful and foiled.The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) continues to...

Weaponizing the internet for terrorism

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Science Magazine Terrorism is a fact of life as are the collectives and networks to which counter-terrorism organizations and the media have given various labels and names. These networks are well versed in exploiting modern information technology through social media awareness, marketing and recruitment campaigns. However, there is the more insidious use by terrorists groups of online networks and exploits in the creation of so-called bots (computers that have been compromised through the implementation of malware and control over which has been assumed by a third party, or more likely a third party control a lot array of such bots in a botnet.Writing in the International Journal of Collaborative Intelligence, Emmanuel Ogu of the Department of Computer Science, at Babcock University, in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria, and colleagues suggest that the problems caused by botnets in terms of interfering with infrastructure, healthcare services, transport, power supply and other critical parts...