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An emerging threat: family terror networks

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The Jerusalem Post An emerging threat: family terror networks Family-affiliated terrorists include group leaders, operational cadres, active supporters and passive supporters. By DEAN ALEXANDER Family terror networks (or alternatively, family-affiliated terrorism) involve two or more people from the same clan who support the threat or use of terrorism. Kin terrorism has appeared across diverse views, from religiously motivated precepts to national liberation, and from hate-based ideologies to other viewpoints. Family structures enable higher instances of conversion to radical beliefs, given the imprimatur of credibility and trust that attaches within the family unit as opposed to unaffiliated networks.This subset of terrorists comprises a full range of socioeconomic, racial, religious, ethnic, national-origin and foreign-affinity ties. Terrorists aligned with hierarchical and network groups and unaffiliated cabals are represented in this form of terrorism as well. Family-affiliated terrorists include group leaders, operational cadres, active supporters and passive supporters. They use terrorist tactics including bombings,...

Report: 6 Biggest Terrorism Threats Facing NJ Right Now

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Patch Here's why these six threats pose danger to New Jersey, and here are 6 people who have caused the most trouble. By Tom Davis, Patch National Staff Terrorism is still a big threat to New Jersey – but it's not presenting itself in a way you may remember, or expect.The 2019 Terrorism Threat Assessment was released this past week, detailing what it considers the "threat landscape" throughout New Jersey and who has caused and perpetuated the biggest dangers.The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness has identified at least six forms of terrorism that are the biggest threats in New Jersey. "The threats to New Jersey and around the country are constantly evolving, and we have had to adapt our methods of prevention and response," said Jared Maples, director of NJ Office of Homeland Security. " Read more: https://patch.com/new-jersey/pointpleasant/6-biggest-terrorism-threats-facing-nj-right-now-report-says...
Japan Times Mercenaries are 'feeding off' transnational terrorism and crime, says U.N. chief Antonio GuterresAPUNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday that reports suggest there has been “a surge in the use of mercenaries,” who are not only fighting in wars and illegally exploiting natural resources but are now “feeding off” transnational organized crime, terrorism and violent extremism.The U.N. chief called for much broader support for regional and international conventions against the use of mercenaries and said those compacts need to be updated. He also called for prosecuting mercenaries and for strengthening efforts at preventing people, especially the young, from being recruited as mercenaries.Guterres told the Security Council that while “the shadowy nature” of mercenaries makes data hard to come by, their impact is clear in the worsening of conflicts, weakened stability of countries, the undermining of the rule of law and the large numbers of people forced...
Washington Post By Wilson Ring | APRICHFORD, Vt. — It was about 2 a.m. on a moonless October night in 1987 when the police chief of a small northern Vermont town spotted a man carrying a black bag and walking down the railroad tracks from Canada toward a waiting van about a mile south of the border.The man turned out to be linked to a Lebanese extremist group. And in his bag, later recovered from a ditch, were a ski mask and a propane-canister bomb.“If it had been two minutes later, they would have been in the van and gone on their way, and I’d have never known the difference,” recalled Richford’s long-retired police chief, Richard Jewett, who won numerous awards for apparently foiling an attack. “I guess luck was on my side.”Whether it was luck or not, Jewett beat the odds in a way. While President Donald Trump, in arguing for...

Muslim Community Patrol Opens in New York

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Muslim Community Patrol Opens in NYC — Good Idea? By Clarion Project New York’s Muslim community has joined the ranks of minority groups who have organized their own security-based patrols.Decked out with insignia identical to that of New York City police patrol cars (except for the name), the Muslim Community Patrol (MCP) is watching over parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn that have large Muslim communities.The idea of minorities groups guarding their own began in New York’s pre-Mayor Rudy Giuliani crime-ridden days when Jewish communities found themselves at the brunt of many muggings, robberies, assaults and anti-Semitic incidents with inadequate police protection.Communities in Brooklyn formed a citizen’s patrol at the time called “Shomrim,” or guards. Since that time, Shromrim branched out to other cities, including Baltimore, and even to Jewish communities in the UK.In 2014, a group of Asian-Americans opened a similar patrol in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, complete with walkie-talkies,...

Deadly start to 2019 for law enforcement

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NBC 15 by Andrea Ramey MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —  An officer was shot and killed in the line of duty in Ohio Saturday night. It’s been a violent start to 2019 for the men and women in uniform. This is the 5th officer gunned down this year.During a nearly 12-hour standoff with police, investigators say, a suicidal suspect fired rounds from his apartment near Cincinnati, Ohio."When there was actually gunfire, we were ducking behind vehicles," said neighbor Amanda Sumner.Two officers were shot, one fatally. Detective Bill Brewer was a 20 year veteran of the force and leaves behind a wife and a 5 year old son."When they put him on the gurney to take him, they had ripped his vest off and were applying pressure and saying, 'please stay with us, please stay with us.' So, in my mind, I thought, how many more is this going to happen to,"...
Cleveland.com By Eric Heisig, cleveland.comAKRON, Ohio — A man who tried to create a terrorist cell to carry out attacks in the U.S. in the name of the Islamic State was sentenced Monday to 15 years in federal prison, half the amount sought by federal prosecutors.Erick Jamal Hendricks, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was convicted by a jury in March of trying to recruit and train ISIS sympathizers. He vetted people to see if they were suitable to join him, espoused radical views, and instructed others to vet additional possible recruits through social media.The U.S. Attorney’s Office asked U.S. District Judge John Adams to sentence Hendricks, 38, to 30 years in prison, the maximum amount of time allowed for the two charges for which the jury found him guilty. However, Adams said a lesser sentence was warranted.Much of Monday’s hearing focused on the sentences given to five anarchists convicted in a...

Vast ISIS caliphate is now two villages in Syria

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Star Tribute By Liz Sly Washington Post BEIRUT – A pair of dusty villages in the Syrian desert are all that remain of the vast expanse of territory that ISIS once called its caliphate, and the complete territorial defeat of the militant group appears to be imminent, according to U.S. and Kurdish officials.A few hundred of some of the most die-hard ISIS fighters are making their last stand in the villages of Marashida and Baghuz Fawqani on the banks of the Euphrates River, a few miles from the Iraqi border in southeastern Syria. With the Syrian Army on the other side of the river, a group that once controlled an area the size of Britain is pinned down by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in a dot of land measuring 6 square miles.It is now only a matter of weeks or even days before the villages are overrun and ISIS'...
Foreign Policy Burkina Faso managed to avoid the violence that plagued its neighbors, but a combination of poverty, unstable neighbors, and weak security forces has opened the door for extremists. By James Blake Burkina Faso’s government resigned on Jan. 18, following a series of terrorist attacks. President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, who has led the country since 2015, announced a new prime minister, Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré, three days later. But the attacks have continued: On Jan. 28, terrorists killed four soldiers and injured five others on the border with Mali, the day after terrorists killed 10 civilians.Since December, several high-profile terrorist incidents have taken place in Burkina Faso, including the kidnapping and killing of a Canadian mining worker and the kidnapping of two humanitarian staff. This terrorist activity is taking place at the same time as a growing humanitarian emergency in the country, with the United Nations Office for...
FOX 4 KC KANSAS CITY, Kan.— Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark A. Dupree Sr. announced Friday that he will seek the death penalty for the man charged with  shooting and killing two Wyandotte County sheriff's deputies if he is convicted on capital murder. The state of Kansas hasn't had an execution since 1965, but does have the sentencing option of death by lethal injection. Antoine Fielder Antoine Fielder, 30, has been charged with two counts of capital murder for allegedly killing Deputy Patrick Rohrer and Deputy Theresa King on June 15, 2018.He's also charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly stealing Rohrer's gun, which he used in the shooting.King and Rohrer were killed when a shackled Fielder allegedly took one of their guns and fired at them. District Attorney Mark Dupree said the capital murder charge is because he allegedly premeditated killing the deputies. Read more: http://fox4kc.com/2019/02/01/wyco-district-attorney-to-seek-death-penalty-for-man-accused-of-killing-2-sheriffs-deputies-if-convicted/...
By: ANITA SNOW, Associated PressPHOENIX (AP) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds of the deadly synthetic opioid from a load of Mexican produce heading into Arizona.The drug was found hidden Saturday morning inside a tractor-trailer after a scan during secondary inspection indicated something else was in the load, Nogales CBP Port Director Michael Humphries said. Agents also seized a much smaller amount of fentanyl pills and a large cache of methamphetamine and arrested the Mexican man driving the truck. Mexican traffickers have been increasingly smuggling the drug into the United States, mostly hidden in passenger vehicles and tractor-trailers trying to head through ports of entry in the Nogales, Arizona, and San Diego areas. Read more: http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/us-border-officials-in-arizona-make-biggest-fentanyl-seizure_...

Ohio: Man Indicted for Planning Mass Synagogue Shooting

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By Clarion Project A man from Toledo, Ohio was indicted January 29 for allegedly planning a mass synagogue shooting in the name of ISIS. For six months prior to his arrest, Clarion Project’s Clarion Intelligence Network alerted law-enforcement agencies to Damon Joseph, 21.Federal authorities charged Joseph with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, attempting to commit a hate crime and possessing firearms in furtherance of a crime a violence.Joseph, 21, was arrested by the FBI on December 7, 2018 and charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization after taking possession of two rifles he believed were bought for him for the attack, KEPRtv.com reported.At the time of Joseph’s arrest U.S. Atorney Justin E. Herdman said:    “This man spent months planning a violent terrorist attack on behalf of ISIS here in the United States, and eventually targeted a Jewish synagogue in the Toledo area....
Terrorism claims against Amalia compound suspects will stay on record By: KRQE Media ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - A judge ruled terrorism allegations against the Amalia compound suspects will stay in court documents. The five defendants were arrested last August when deputies found them living on a Taos County property with 11 malnourished kids and the buried body of a 3-year-old. Investigators say they found high-powered weapons and ammunition, and court documents claim the adults were training the kids to carry out violent attacks on government institutions. However, that's not what the suspects are charged with, so their attorneys pushed to have any mention of terrorism thrown out. But the state argued the claims show evidence of a larger conspiracy and it's likely they will file terrorism charges as the investigation progresses. Read more: https://www.krqe.com/news/crime/terrorism-claims-against-amalia-compound-suspects-will-stay-on-record/1737981013...
TIME By Tara Law Casey QuackenbushTwo suspects are dead and five police officers were injured in a gunfire exchange in Houston on Monday, police say.The suspects were killed amid a shooting that erupted while a narcotics team attempted to serve a search warrant in a southeast Houston neighborhood, Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a Monday night briefing. He added that black tar heroin was being sold at the residence.According to Acevedo, the gunfire began when the officers forced the home’s door open.“We’re not sure how many other suspects fired at this time,” he said.Four of the officers sustained gunfire wounds, while a fifth was also injured on the scene. Two officers who were hit in the neck are in “critical but stable condition,” according to Acevedo. The other three are expected to make a full recovery. Read more: http://time.com/5515060/houston-police-shooting/...
ABC News The active duty and National Guard missions are estimated to cost $682 million. By Elizabeth McLaughlinApproximately 2,000 additional active duty U.S. service members are expected to deploy to the southern border, many of whom will be used to build and reinforce about 160 miles of concertina wire, a U.S. official told ABC News.At a Pentagon news conference on Tuesday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters "several thousand" more troops would head to the U.S.-Mexico border, joining about 2,350 already deployed across Texas, Arizona and California. Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/pentagon-sending-2000-additional-us-troops-southern-border/story?id=60725790...

Europe: Finland's Grooming Gangs

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  by David Brown  •  Gatestone Institute Much of the coverage of the same problem in Great Britain said that Jay had accused the Rotherham council and police of failing to tackle sexual exploitation because of misplaced "political correctness." Yet Jay says those are not the words she would use: "I have an aversion to phrases like that," she said. Instead, she believes the Labour-dominated council turned a blind eye to the problem because of "their desire to accommodate a community that would be expected to vote Labour, to not rock the boat, to keep a lid on it, to hope it would go away." What hits hardest in the little town of Oulu in Finland is a disturbing sense that history is repeating itself here and nothing has been learned from the well-documented lessons of the past. Instead there seems to be a hope that with a few overdue...

How Citizens Stop Terror Attacks

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Clarion Project By Shireen Qudosi The campaign for “see something, say something” is an effective strategy in having citizens stop terror attacks. In the years after 9/11, the campaign to activate citizen participation in stopping terror attacks had a simple narrative. That narrative centered around people from Middle East / North Africa; and it usually involved watching for people leaving a backpack unattended. Watching for unattended backpacks is still a narrative, but it’s part of a much bigger narrative now because what qualifies as terror has drastically broadened in the last two decades. In U.S. theme parks for example, there are security officers dressed as tourists who are looking out for exactly these scenarios, but security protocols at large have widened to account for different types of scenarios. Major U.S. attractions, tourist hot spots, communal watering holes like malls and shopping centers and now even schools and online spaces are...
Daily Nation By JAINDI KISERO As investigations into the recent terrorist attack on 14 Riverside Drive that left 21 people dead and scores injured continue, I am astonished by the revelations coming out of the court proceedings, especially regarding money laundering and terrorism financing. It seems the criminals are ahead of us in targeting weak links in the financial systems. Until recently, the most popular money laundering technique was smurfing, that is, placing small amounts of dirty money into financial institutions in ways that do not trigger suspicious reporting requirements. PRIORITIES The court proceedings show that these criminals have now become adept at exploiting loopholes in our mobile money, the fastest-growing segment of our financial systems, to dodge reporting. Read more: https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Banks-must-report-suspicious-transactions-to-beat-terrorism/440808-4956990-15cv0m1/index.html...
Washington Post By Benjamin LessingJust one day after his inauguration, Brazil’s right-wing populist President Jair Bolsonaro faced his first public-security crisis. On Jan. 2, prison gangs launched a terrorism campaign throughout Ceara state, paralyzing the capital city, Fortaleza. Although he has deployed federal troops, violence continues: 278 attacks in 55 cities over 26 days (and counting), with bridges and overpasses bombed, electricity knocked out in some neighborhoods, schools and gas stations set on fire, and dozens of buses burned.What triggered the attacks? Another New Year’s inauguration: Ceara’s newly reelected Gov. Camilo Santana installed a hard-liner as secretary of prisons, who promised to end segregation of prisons by gang, proclaiming he would not “recognize” them.In response, the gangs unleashed their attacks and made specific demands, as in this “Public Notice” to Santana:    … We want this new secretary out of our state … All we want is for our rights to...
Daily Express KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police will seek the help of their Philippine counterparts to confirm a Daily Express report that Malaysians were among foreign terrorist fighters spotted with a wanted Abu Sayyaf sub-leader and believed involved in the neighbouring nation’s first suicide bombing in Basilan which took 10 lives.“We will get assistance from the Philippine authorities to confirm the matter and we’ll update later,” said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah (pic).A Philippine terrorism expert, Prof. Rommel Banlaoi said seven foreign terrorists, including Malaysians, were spotted recently with an Abu Sayyaf sub-leader who is wanted by the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) in a Sulu village.Prof. Rommel, who is Chairman of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research, said the foreign fighters were waiting for financial support to make improvised bombs.“The Abu Sayyaf faction headed by sub-leader Hatib Hajan @ Sawadjaan with seven suspected foreign terrorists, including...