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What Terror Group Is As Dangerous and Just as Close as ISIS?

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Clarion Project The State Department warned that Hezbollah, an international terror organization originating in Lebanon and a proxy of Iran, is as dangerous and just as close to countries in the Western Hemisphere as ISIS.The warning came from Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, who was speaking to delegates from 12 nations attending the Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial in Washington, D.C.As Clarion recently reported, Hezbollah is ramping up south of the U.S., as witnessed by the numerous arrests of the group’s operative in countries ranging from Bolivia to Peru, where large caches of military equipment and explosives belonging to Hezbollah terror cells have been discovered.Closer to home, here are three developments concerning the encroachment of Hezbollah in the West: Read more: https://clarionproject.org/hezbollah-as-dangerous-and-just-as-close-as-isis/...

Kids Building Long-Lasting Relationship At Shop With A Cop

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KVRR Local News by Jessie Cohen FARGO, N.D. — Having wrapped gifts to put under the tree isn’t possible for all families Cass County, but local law enforcement is trying to change that.KVRR’s Jessie Cohen tells us how they are bringing a Christmas miracle to some deserving children.They are swerving through Walmart.“They just run from one aisle to the next.”Searching for the most perfect gift.For these cops and kids, it really is a winter wonder-land.“It’s just an incredible day.”Just in time for the holidays, shop with a cop gives kids a chance to put some presents under the tree and make a new friend along the way.Read more: https://www.kvrr.com/2018/12/16/kids-building-long-lasting-relationship-at-shop-with-a-cop/...
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Clarion Ledger Hidden in Mississippi: A school that trains foreign military to fight terrorism Lauren Walck, Sun Herald Your average fisherman would likely be surprised to suddenly see a team of boats carrying fully armed, tactically dressed military silently cruising by in the pre-dawn light. But regulars near the mouth of the Pearl River are probably used to it by now.That’s where Stennis Space Center is on the east bank of the river, north of Interstate 10, on 200 square miles of land. Most of that land serves as a buffer zone for NASA, but there’s a lot more going on out there besides rocket testing.About 70 percent of the tenants at Stennis are under the U.S. Navy, including everything from meteorology to oceanography to the research lab where engineers and scientists try to create new military technology.But many of those 200 square miles are devoted to training ranges —...
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The Oklahoman by Josh DulaneyA Saudi Arabian man and former Weatherford resident pleaded guilty Friday to lying to authorities about his past al-Qaida terrorism training in Afghanistan.Shackled, and dressed in an orange inmate jumpsuit, Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, also known as Al-Muthana Al-Najdi, spoke through an interpreter and pleaded guilty in federal court in Oklahoma City to one count of making false statements involving international terrorism, as well as one count of lying to obtain a non-immigrant visa.Alfallaj, 35, faces up to 10 years in prison on the visa-fraud offense. He faces up to eight years in prison for making a false statement involving international terrorism.Alfallaj could also be fined up to $250,000 on each count. As part of his plea agreement, Alfallaj consented to his removal from the United States at the end of his prison term.The court will set a sentencing date in approximately 90 days. Read more:...
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EURACTIV.com By Georgi Gotev The level of terrorist threat remains “pretty serious” in several EU countries, Gilles de Kerchove, the EU’s counter-terrorism coordinator, told EURACTIV.com in an interview hours before the latest attack in Strasbourg on Tuesday night (12 December).In a wide-ranging interview, de Kerchove offered some insights on the EU’s accomplishments on counter-terrorism and sketches out future challenges.Gilles de Kerchove is the EU’s counter-terrorism coordinator, appointed in 2007 by Javier Solana.He spoke to EURACTIV’s Senior Editor Georgi Gotev.We are meeting ahead of Christmas, and unlike in previous years, there have been no terrorist attacks on EU soil [the interview was taken on 12 December in the morning]. Is this because anti-terrorism services have become better, or maybe terrorists have lost motivation?I would rather go for the former rather than the latter. The level of the threat remains in several member states, not in all of them, pretty serious, this...
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FARS News Agency Scores of ISIL Commanders Killed in Iraqi Air Force's Recent Raids in Eastern Syria Al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted Abu Ali al-Basri, the director general of Iraqi Interior Ministry's Counter-Terrorism Department, as saying that 16 senior aides to Baghdadi were killed in the attacks carried out by Iraqi F-16 fighter jets in al-Souseh region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.He was further quoted by the news website as reporting that a sum of 13 terrorists were also killed in the second round of the air raids on a base of ISIL's suicide attackers in Eastern Syria, adding that the terrorists were planning to stage attacks on Baghdad, Karbala, Samera and Kirkuk after crossing Syria's border into Iraq.Moshtaq Anad Haram al-Mohammadi Araghi nom de guerre Abu Omar, who was ISIL's war minister and had joined ISIL in 2005, was killed in the air raids.  In November, the Iraqi Air Force pounded...
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 by SaharaReporters, New York The Nigerian Military has announced the suspension of the operations of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) from the North-East.According to a statement released on Friday by Onyema Nwachukwu, a Colonel and Deputy Director of Public Relations, Theatre Command, this was because UNICEF had “abdicated its primary duty of catering for the wellbeing of children and the vulnerable through humanitarian activities and now engaged in training selected persons for clandestine activities to continue sabotaging the counter terrorism and Counter insurgency efforts of troops through spurious and unconfirmed allegations bothering on alleged violations of human rights by the military”.Mwachukwu said the Theatre command would not tolerate “this kind of sabotage from any individual, group of persons or organization”, and urged all NGOs and members of humanitarian agencies to keep to their legitimate norms in the discharge of their acclaimed humanitarian duties. “The Theatre Command Operation...

Terrorism in Chabahar

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  Lobe Log by Kaveh L. AfrasiabiOn December 6, Iran’s Chabahar port was the target of a terrorist attack when a vehicle laden with explosives was detonated in front of a police station, killing two and injuring more than 30 civilians. Although no one has so far claimed responsibility, Iranian officials strongly suspect the Pakistan-based Ansar al-Furqan. This Sunni Baloch militant group has carried out attacks before in Iran’s southeast province of Sistan and Beluchistan, which has a sizable Sunni minority in the predominantly Shiite Iran. Iran’s intelligence minister has pinned the ultimate blame on “regional sponsors of terrorism and spy services.”As expected, the terrorist attack has fueled an Iranian suspicion that it is part of a foreign-orchestrated plan to foment instability inside Iran. Some pundits have tried to connect the dots between the attack and the U.S. sanctions exemptions for India’s investment in Chabahar, the trilateral efforts of Iran-India-Afghanistan centered...
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IndependentThe fevered conspiracy theories that emerged after Tuesday's violence show how a generation of radicalised criminals has sown distrust in societyby Kevin McDonald The attack at the Strasbourg Christmas market has highlighted the changing face of radicalised violence in Europe.Early on Tuesday morning, a man wanted on a charge of attempted murder following a botched armed robbery, succeeded in evading French police after they raided his flat. Later that evening he launched a rampage attack on the Christmas market, armed with an automatic pistol and knife. Three people were killed, one left brain dead and 12 others wounded, some with life-threatening injuries.Last night the suspect, Cherif Chekatt, was killed in the Neudorf district of Strasbourg following what police described as a counter terror operation. Chekatt was on France’s S-list of potential security threats. He has 27 previous convictions, served two prison sentences in France, and most recently was released from...

Strasbourg shooting suspect killed by police

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News 4 Jax Strasbourg shooting suspect killed by police, Paris authorities say Man accused of killing at least 3 people By CNN'S BIANCA BRITTON, LAURA SMITH-SPARK AND HELEN REGAN CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT. (CNN) - The man responsible for the Strasbourg terror attack was killed by police Thursday after a two-day manhunt, a spokesman for the Paris prosecutor's office said.Cherif Chekatt, 29, is accused of killing three people and wounding 13 others in the terrorist attack near the Christmas market in Strasbourg. French prosecutors said the suspect shouted the Arabic phrase "Allahu Akbar," meaning "God is greatest," at the time of the attack.Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said police recognized a man who looked like Chekatt walking on the street in the Neudorf district in Strasbourg on Thursday night and approached him. He opened fire on officers when they tried to question him, he said.Police returned fire, killing the suspect, Castaner...
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Orlando Sentinel Lori Hinnant and Elaine Ganley - Associated Press Hundreds of security forces combed eastern France for a 29-year-old man with a long criminal record who shouted "God is great!" in Arabic and sprayed gunfire during a deadly rampage in Strasbourg's famous Christmas market, officials said. Tuesday night's attack at France's largest Christmas market, which killed two people, left a third brain-dead and injured 12, was a stark reminder to a nation wounded by previous assaults that terrorism remains a threat, even as anti-government protests roil the country. National police distributed a photo of the wounded fugitive, identified as Cherif Chekatt, with the warning: "Individual dangerous, above all do not intervene." Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told lawmakers that the French native had run-ins with police starting at age 10 and his first conviction at age 13. Chekatt had been convicted 27 times, mostly in France but also in Switzerland...
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Jonathon Gatehouse · CBC News France's terror problemLast night's attack on a busy Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg killed two people and wounded 12 others, including one victim who doctors say is clinically brain dead.Although the suspect is still at large, French prosecutors have characterized the shooting and stabbing spree, which lasted for minutes on end, as an act of terrorism, citing witnesses who heard the man shout "Allahu Akbar."The alleged attacker, identified by authorities as 29-year-old Chèrif Chekatt, was born and raised in Strasbourg, and has been on police radar since the age of 10.Christophe Castane, France's interior minister, told a news conference today that Chekatt's first criminal conviction came when he was 13. At least 26 more, mostly for robbery and assault, have since followed in France, Germany and Switzerland. Chekatt has been on France's security watch list, known as Fiche-S, since 2015.He shares that...
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Nehanda Radio The Strasbourg gunman yelled “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest” in Arabic) as he opened fire on people enjoying an evening out at a Christmas market, the Paris public prosecutor told reporters. Rémy Heitz said two people had been killed and one left brain-dead after the attack in the eastern French city on Tuesday.Twelve were wounded, six seriously.The man, named by local media as Chérif Chekatt, was known to authorities as having been radicalised in prison. The 29-year-old was armed with a gun and a knife and escaped the area in a taxi, Mr Heitz said.The attacker boasted to the driver – who has spoken to police – that he had killed 10 people, and said he had been injured in a firefight with soldiers.Four people connected to the suspect had been detained overnight in Strasbourg, Mr Heitz added. Sources close to the investigation quoted by Reuters news agency...

FBI says Ohio man was planning synagogue attack for ISIS

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Chicago Tribune by Eli Rosenberg - Washington Post An Ohio man was arrested on charges that he attempted to support the Islamic State by planning an attack on a synagogue in Toledo after the Pittsburgh massacre, federal officials announced Monday.Damon Joseph, 21, of Holland, Ohio, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS.The case began after Joseph posted photographs of weapons and messages in support of ISIS on his social media accounts, according to a news release about Joseph's arrest from the U.S. attorney's office in Ohio's Northern District.Undercover FBI agents began corresponding with Joseph. In some of these discussions, Joseph said he supported ISIS and made propaganda "in support of ISIS recruitment," which included videos to recruit people, according to the release. And he expressed his support for violence, officials said. Read more: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-fbi-ohio-synagogue-attack-isis-20181210-story.html...
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France 24 A source at the prosecutor’s office said the motive behind the shooting was not immediately clear and that an investigation was under way to see if it was terrorism-related. The interior ministry called on the public to remain indoors amid a "serious security event" in the city centre while local authorities in the Grand-Est and Bas-Rhin region tweeted for the public to "avoid the area of the police station", located close to the city's Christmas market. Reporting from Strasbourg, FRANCE 24's Catherine Bennett said people in restaurants were told to shelter in place and remain quiet. The shooter started near Place Kléber and advanced toward the Grand'Rue, one of the city's main shopping streets,said Bennett. The European parliament, which was holding its plenary session before the winter holidays, also went on lockdown, with MEPs told to stay inside. French President Emmanuel Macron cut short a meeting with parliamentarians...

Where the Terrorists Will Strike Next

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BloombergA new study shows that Europe is safer than it was, but Afghanistan and Southeast Asia are in increasing peril. by Tobin Harshaw What, actually, is terrorism? It seems strange question to ask 17 years after President George W. Bush told Americans we were at war with it. But it’s a slippery issue to this day.We tend to think of terrorists as being non-state actors such as al-Qaeda and al-Shabab in Somalia. Yet we call Islamic State a terrorist group even though it (at one point) ruled over a vast territory, imposed taxes, had courts of law and engaged in sophisticated conventional military operations. How can we designate as terrorist groups Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which are uniformed services of national armies? Or consider Yemen’s Houthi rebels — in truth a self-governing tribal group now in control the capital city of a failed state. Yet the...
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by Tom Ridge - Fox News For many, particularly those often critical of President Trump’s behavior, it can be hard to look dispassionately at issues, scrutinize administration policies, and arrive at conclusions that, despite one’s personal aversion to presidential conduct and tactics, require giving credit where credit is due. Iran is a critical case in point.There is a general perception in Europe and among many in the U.S. that the decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was a policy blunder which Europe now needs to mitigate. This is based on the European view that the deal was succeeding within its intentionally limited scope and offered the best foundation for future negotiation with Iran on other foreign policy matters. It may be true that, in the technical sense of the word, Iran is complying with the JCPOA, and that it is...
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Shopfloor.org By Laura Berkey-Ames - National Association of Manufacturers The countdown clock has begun for the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, as it will sunset on January 18, 2019 — unless Congress acts first to reauthorize it. Unfortunately, with Congress set to adjourn in a matter of weeks and a limited number of days remaining on the legislative calendar, manufacturers are becoming increasingly concerned that CFATS will lapse and our nation’s security will be at risk. This is an issue of critical importance to the NAM: our members operate 2,152 CFATS-regulated facilities spanning a range of major industrial sectors — such as oil and gas refining; chemical production and distribution; mining; agricultural goods and services; and electrical utilities — and they are counting on Congress to act expeditiously and reauthorize this program without delay.Operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the CFATS program relies on a multitiered risk...
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By Travis Fedschun | Fox News French President Emanuel Macron, his political career in peril and his country engulfed in increasingly violent protests, pleaded with the country's employers Monday to give their workers a bonus and also promised a reduction in taxes in a bid to restore order after demonstrations have deeply shaken the nation during the past month. In a pre-taped address broadcast on television, Marcon criticized the "inadmissible violence" of the protests and promised to use "all means" to restore calm. "When violence is unleashed, freedom stops," he said.The French president promised to speed up tax relief and urged companies to give bonuses to struggling workers by the end of the year."I would ask all employers who can, pay an end-of-year bonus to their employees," he said.Among his pledges Monday, Macron reiterated his promises to raise the minimum wage and abolish taxes on overtime pay starting Jan. 1...

Franklin County PD: The male then went back towards the wall, and was heard yelling, “I’m sorry, I got nothing left; I’m just done” as he attempted to jump over the wall. Deputy Ball was able to grab ahold of the subject’s legs and pull him back onto the roadway when the subject began resisting. After a struggle that lasted for several seconds, "On December 2, 2018 at approximately 6:18 a.m., Deputy William Ball, who is a Crisis Intervention Tactics trained deputy, was on routine patrol in the area of Georgesville Road and Interstate 270, when he witnessed a male looking over the wall of the overpass. Deputy Ball quickly backed up, exited his cruiser and approached the male. Deputy Ball attempted to get the male subject away from the wall by engaging him in conversation." ...