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Syracuse.com As you gather today, give thanks for US troops far from home (Editorial) By Advance Media NY Editorial BoardThe song says, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” but the holiday that truly demands our presence at home is Thanksgiving. If you have ever missed Thanksgiving dinner due to work or travel, you’ve experience the ache of missing family, food and traditions on this quintessentially American holiday.Few feel this homesickness more acutely than the members of the military deployed around the country and around the world in service to our country. They stand guard so the rest of us can enjoy the blessings of freedom and plenty. Because of their service, there will be empty chairs at many Thanksgiving tables today. The first Thanksgiving, in 1621 at Plymouth Colony, was a celebration of peace between English settlers and Native Americans. Over time, the holiday came to be linked with war.During the...
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Here's How Much Turkey and Pie Is Being Sent to Deployed Troops Around the World Military.com By Dorothy Mills-GreggMore than 131 tons of food will ensure members serving abroad, including those newly deployed to Saudi Arabia, will still have all the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner.The Defense Logistics Agency, which distributes supplies to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and others, began planning in April on how to deliver 66,741 lbs of roasted turkey, 80,546 lbs of beef and other food in time for the troops' Thanksgiving meals.Protect Your Family & Home Get Affordable Insurance Today"I know the feeling of missing family and friends during the holiday season," DLA Troop Support Commander Army Brig. Gen. Gavin Lawrence said in a news release. "Our workforce takes great pride in ensuring deployed warfighters have a taste of the holidays while they are protecting our freedoms." The DoD is also sending...

Egypt Hands Down 7 Death Sentences On Terror Charges

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Asharq Al-Awsat Egypt Hands Down 7 Death Sentences On Terror Charges The Cairo Criminal Court has handed down death sentences to seven people convicted of carrying out attacks that killed 11 policemen in 2016.The Court on Monday also sentenced 18 others to 10-15 years in prison for the same charges, the Associated Press (AP) reported.Those include attacking security forces, joining a terrorist group and possession of weapons and explosives.The charges stem from multiple attacks in Cairo, including one that killed eight police in a microbus in the suburb of Helwan.That attack was claimed by ISIS. The court acquitted seven others. Read more: https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2007801/egypt-hands-down-7-death-sentences-terror-charges...
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Florida man wanted ISIS to bomb deans at colleges that suspended or expelled him, feds sayBy Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN A man who had been suspended or expelled from two South Florida colleges asked an FBI informant he thought had ISIS connections to bomb the schools, targeting specific deans, a federal prosecutor says. Salman Rashid, 23, who was born in Bangladesh but is a naturalized US citizen, is charged with soliciting another person to commit a crime of violence. He was taken into custody Friday. He made an initial court appearance Monday in US District Court in Miami, according to federal prosecutors. It is unclear whether he had retained counsel, and voice mail and email messages left for a public defender listed in court documents were not immediately returned. Sarah Schall, spokeswoman for the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida, told CNN she wouldn't know if he...

Arizona Radical Imam Siraj Wahhaj to Give Sermon to Kids

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Clarion Project Radical Imam Siraj Wahhaj in Arizona to Give Sermon to Kids Muslim reformer and Navy veteran Dr. Zuhdi Jasser was on the frontlines this week calling public attention to radical imam Siraj Wahhaj, Sr.Wahhaj was scheduled to make an appearance this weekend at the Arizona Muslim Alliance’s (AMA) first annual “Celebrate Unity Leadership Summit,” including giving a sermon to children. Siraj Wahhaj is a radical Islamist, the person who activist Linda Sarsour calls her  “mentor, motivator and encourager.”In 2018, Clarion Project helped break the story of a New Mexico jihadi compound run by Siraj Wahhaj’s son, Siraj Wahhaj, Jr. Two daughters of Wahhaj, Sr. were also with the group at the compound.Leaders of the off-grid compound where women and children lived in abysmal, beyond third-world conditions, were also training the children to be school shooters.After authorities raided the compound and conducted a search (which netted multiple weapons), they...

When Does Terrorism Have a Strategic Effect?

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War On The Rocks When Does Terrorism Have a Strategic Effect? Daniel Byman One of the worst terrorist attacks in the post-9/11 era killed no one. When Al Qaeda in Iraq bombed the Askari shrine in Samarra in 2006, only the mosque itself was damaged. However, by striking at one of the most important Shiite shrines in the world, it enraged Iraq’s Shiite majority, inflaming sectarian tension and exacerbating that country’s civil war. Tens of thousands of Iraqis would die in the resulting violence. In contrast, a far bloodier jihadist attack a decade later, and one closer to home for most Americans, had little long-term impact beyond the deaths of innocent people. In 2016, Omar Mateen shot 49 people at the Pulse night club in Orlando in the name of the Islamic State. This attack soon faded from the headlines, and U.S. foreign policy did not change.Not all terrorism is...
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  NBC News By Pete Williams, Tom Winter and Ken DilanianA former CIA case officer was sentenced Friday to 19 years in prison for conspiring to provide American intelligence secrets to the Chinese government, in an espionage case that some current and former officials say dealt a devastating blow to U.S. intelligence operations.Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 55, served 13 years as a Central Intelligence Agency case officer in several locations overseas, including China, where prosecutors said he had firsthand knowledge of some of the agency's most sensitive secrets, including the names of covert CIA officers and clandestine human sources in China.But many aspects of the case remain a mystery. Lee was never charged with actually giving any secrets to the Chinese. While the Justice Department told a federal judge that "it is all but certain" he did so, his lawyer said that "the government has offered only conjecture as a...
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South China Morning Post ISIS Terror Tactics Being Exported To Southeast Asia, US Official Says     Isis fighters are not going to Southeast Asia en masse, but the US has seen a rise of Isis-inspired plans, including suicide bombings, in the region     Counterterrorism official Nathan Sales says Washington will target the various flows of terror financing to curb the efforts of terrorists in Southeast Asiaby Amy Chew Islamic State militants are not heading to Southeast Asia “in droves” following the fall of the Caliphate even though the terror group has been encouraging its fighters in Syriato take the fight to other regions, according to the US State Department’s top counterterrorism official.“We have seen a few indications of an interest in travelling to Southeast Asia, but truth be told, it’s not one of the regions that Isis fighters seem to be heading to in droves,” Nathan Sales told a press...

Interactive map of Shia militias

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Here is an interactive map of Shia militias. The Shia Militia Mapping Project - Main Map By Phillip Smyth for The Washington Institute For Near East Policy Click the map to be directed to the main map.    ...
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The Jerusalem Post ISIS In Syria: US-Led Coalition Keeps Strong Partnership With SDF US-led coalition supports SDF through various measures besides military support By SETH J. FRANTZMAN   The US-led Coalition and its Operation Inherent Resolve that is designed to defeat ISIS has continued a close partnership with the Syrian Democratic Forces in eastern Syria, despite the recent crisis. A discussion with the spokesman for the coalition, Col. Myles Caggins III, reveals how the continued campaign in eastern Syria seeks to balance the control of critical infrastructure while dealing with a complex environment bordered by other countries. Caggins was recently in Syria where he saw first hand the results of shifting policy where the US withdrew from border areas in northeast Syria and closed several bases between Tabqa, Raqqa, Manbij and Kobani. These included an airstrip at Sarrin and a base near a cement factory. This is “re-balancing” of forces into...

Report: How Jihadists Struck Gold In Africa's Sahel

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Reuters Special Report: How Jihadists Struck Gold In Africa's Sahel by David Lewis, Ryan McNeillOUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - People around Pama, a West African town on the edge of vast forested conservation areas, had long been forbidden by their government to dig for gold in the reserves, to protect antelope, buffalo and elephants. In mid-2018, men wearing turbans changed the rules.Riding in with assault rifles on motorbikes and in 4X4 trucks, they sent government troops and rangers fleeing from the area in eastern Burkina Faso bordering the Sahel, a belt of scrubland south of the Sahara Desert.The armed men said residents could mine in the protected areas, but there would be conditions. Sometimes they demanded a cut of the gold. At other times they bought and traded it.The men “told us not to worry. They told us to pray,” said one man who gave his name as Trahore and said he...

Islamic State claims rare attack in Algeria

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Long War Journal By Thomas Joscelyn The Islamic State claims that its men killed eight Algerian soldiers during a counterterrorism raid in Tamanrasset, which is located in the southern part of the country. However, as of yet, no independent reporting confirms the military casualties. The Algerian military has reported other raids in the past 24 hours, but hasn’t indicated that it suffered significant casualties.The Islamic State issued the claim via its Amaq News Agency and in a short official message, saying that “two fighters refused to surrender” and then “clashed with the Algerian” security forces before being killed. Three helicopters were supposedly deployed as part of the raid, according to Amaq.In Nov. 2014, the Islamic State declared that it had a “province” in Algeria, making it one of the first countries outside of Iraq and Syria where the so-called caliphate had an official branch. A group known as Jund al-Khilafah...
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ABC News Documents May Be Breakthrough In Case Of FBI Veteran Robert Levinson, Who Vanished In Iran By James Gordon Meek  Levinson, a veteran agent and specialist in Russian organized crime, vanished on March 9, 2007, after arriving on the remote Kish Island while working on a murky CIA contract for intelligence analysts at the agency. For the first seven years he was missing, U.S. officials said Levinson was working as a private investigator and was "not a U.S. government employee."The purported Iranian files took on new significance after the U.N. revealed Tehran had recently admitted to having an "ongoing" judicial inquiry into Levinson, at the same time a more precise English translation of the Farsi-language documents his family has had for nine years appeared to reveal that his arrest in 2007 was from a "judicial" order by the Iranian military.MORE: New book fuels hope, anger for family of ex-FBI...
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Would-Be Terrorist Fixated On ‘True Crime Community’ Sentenced To Prison New York Post By Ben FeuerherdThe Ohio woman who was inspired by an online group known as the “True Crime Community” to plot the bombing of a pipeline and another terrorist attack at a local bar was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday, authorities said.Elizabeth Lecron, 24, was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervision for plotting the attack at a Toledo bar and an interstate pipeline in Georgia in 2018, the FBI said.Lecron, along with her boyfriend Vincent Armstrong, became obsessed with mass shootings and other violent acts through the internet fetish group, authorities alleged after her arrest.Lecron wrote letters to Dylann Roof and the pair visited areas associated with the Columbine high school massacre, the FBI said.They also bought guns and went to the shooting range to practice ahead of their planned attack, which they called...
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USA Today Undercover FBI Agents Say Chicago College Student Tried To Write Code For ISIS by Grace Hauck CHICAGO — A 20-year-old U.S. college student was arrested Monday for allegedly writing computer code to help the Islamic State spread propaganda online, according to the FBI.Thomas Osadzinski, a student at DePaul University who lives in the city's northside neighborhood of Buena Park, was charged in a federal criminal complaint with one count of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization — a charge punishable by up to 20 years.Osadzinski appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole in Chicago Tuesday and was ordered held without bond.According to the complaint, Osadzinski designed a process that uses a computer script to make ISIS propaganda easier to access and disseminate on a social media platform, bypassing preventive code which routinely removes ISIS content due to the violent nature of the materials. Read more:...
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Miami Herald He Pledged Loyalty To ISIS. He Then Taught An FBI Agent How To Make Bombs, Cops Say By C. Isaiah Smalls II A St. Augustine man was arrested on a federal charge for helping to better arm the ISIS terrorist organization through producing and disseminating instructional explosive videos, according to a court documents.Romeo Xavier Langhorne, 30, is charged with providing material support or resources to terrorists as first reported by the Florida Times Union.Under federal law, he faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Law enforcement first became aware of Langhorne’s allegiance to ISIS in 2014 after a Facebook post supporting the terrorist organization, investigators say. That’s when they began monitoring his presence on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.Read more: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article237538719.html...
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Forbes Terrorist Targets: The Ten Countries Which Suffer Most From Terrorism Dominic DudleyContributorI write about business and politics in the Middle East and beyondFor the first time since it was invaded by U.S. forces in 2003, Iraq is no longer the country most affected by terrorism, according to new research released today.The latest edition of the Global Terrorism Index, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), finds the number of deaths caused by terrorism in Iraq fell by 75% between 2017 and 2018, with 3,217 fewer people being killed. Even so, some 1,054 people were killed in the country in terrorist atrocities last year.While the situation in Iraq has improved following the territorial defeat of Islamic State, in other parts of the world things are getting much worse. Last year four countries recorded a large increase in deaths from terrorism. Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria all saw more than...

Iran in Flames: US Sanctions Pit People Against Regime

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Iran in Flames: US Sanctions Pit People Against Regime The Clarion Project By Ran Meir Iran is in flames with protests against the regime foreign terror spending, perceived to be the cause of the deteriorating economic situation in Iran.America has heavily sanctioned Iran for its recalcitrant funding of international terror, putting an enormous pinch on the Iranian economy.Massive protests erupted over the weekend after the Iranian government announced a 50 percent hike in gas prices as well as gasoline rationing.See our infographic below on just how much Iran is spending financing terror in the Middle East.Protesters took to the street in at least 53 cities. In some locations, security forces used snipers and opened fire on the protesters using live ammunition.At press time, at least 36 protesters were killed and more than 1,000 arrested.Demonstrators could be heard chanting against the regime: “No Gaza. No Lebanon. I give my life for...
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ABC News US and Australian hostages held by Taliban for over 3 years released in prisoner swapBy James Gordon Meek and Jon Hawthorn An American and Australian professor who were kidnapped in Afghanistan and held hostage for more than three years have been released by the Taliban in a prisoner swap aimed at restarting peace negotiations between the United States and the Afghan militant organization. American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks were both professors at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul when they were ambushed and abducted by gunmen while leaving the campus in August 2016. They had appeared in a proof-of-life video looking gaunt and disheveled in January 2017 requesting then-President-elect Donald Trump secure their release by agreeing to a deal."We are so happy to hear that my brother has been freed and is on his way home to us," King's sister, Stephanie Miller, said in a...

Rebalancing counterterrorism

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The Hindu Rebalancing counterterrorism by Arzan Tarapore How should India respond to the next terrorist attack sponsored by Pakistan? Future attacks are inevitable — the sponsorship of cross-border terrorism is a core tenet of Pakistan’s security strategy, even as Kashmiri militancy is increasingly dominated by radicalised locals. The BJP-led government has repeatedly declared that it will emulate Israel’s apparently successful strategy in responding to cross-border terrorism. But the government’s fetishisation of Israeli counterterrorism mischaracterises Israeli strategy. New Delhi risks overemphasising the showy but narrow role of military punishment, and it elides other elements of strategy, which Israel itself has embraced, that are critical to counterterrorism effectiveness.India’s military responses in 2016 and 2019 were framed as attempts to impose costs on the Pakistani terrorist groups and their Army backers. But such minor actions have marginal material impact on the target; at best they may have killed fighters and temporarily damaged a...