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Khaama Press A prominent local leader of the Taliban group was killed in an airstrike in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, the Afghan military officials said Monday. The Taliban leader, Mullah Lal Mohammad, was killed late on Sunday night in the vicinity of Nish district. The 205th Ata Corps officials in the South said at least eleven militants were also wounded during the airstrike conducted by the Afghan Air Force late on Sunday night. The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not commented regarding the report so far. This comes as counter-terrorism operations are underway against the militants in certain districts of Kandahar province. The Afghan Special Operations Forces stormed the hideouts of the Taliban group in this province late on Friday night heavy casualties on group’s militants. Provincial Police Chief General Abdul Raziq said Saturday that the raid was conducted in the vicinity of Maiwand district. Red...
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VOA News Voice of America German authorities said six people have been detained Sunday allegedly in connection with a plan to carry out an extremist attack on Berlin's half-marathon.In a joint statement, prosecutors and police said, “There were isolated indications that those arrested, aged between 18 and 21 years, were participating in the preparation of a crime in connection with this event.”Berlin police tweeted that six people were arrested after a joint operation with the Berlin's prosecutor's office.The German daily Die Welt first reported that police was able to stop a plan to attack race spectators and participants with knives.The paper also reported the main suspect apparently knew Anis Amri, a Tunisian asylum seeker who killed 12 people when he hijacked a truck and drove it into a crowded Berlin Christmas market in December 2016.The arrests came after Germany special force police raided the homes of suspected members of a...

History: Terrorism in 1969 Verona?

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The News Leader Dale M. Brumfield, Special to The News Leader The social and political turmoil of America in the late 1960s saw the rise of domestic terrorist bombings by groups such as the Weather Underground, the New World Liberation Front and the Symbionese Liberation Army, who were famous for kidnapping heiress Patricia Hearst. But two specific incidents that destroyed three businesses within days may have made county residents and the Verona Fire Chief wonder if domestic terrorism had also come to Verona.Just after 3:00 a.m. on January 23, 1969 an explosion and fire destroyed Moore’s Archery and Sports Center and Glenna’s Beauty Salon just east of Route 11 on Route 612 across the railroad tracks. A nearby neighbor, R. L. Ritchie, reported he heard a blast and saw flames burst from the building just before calling the Verona Fire Department. Although the blaze was fed from thousands of rounds...
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Bloomberg Inside the Google of Counter-Terrorism Once snubbed by the FBI, Europol emerges as a force By Suzi Ring and Franz Wild Shortly after taking over Europol a decade ago, former British MI5 officer Rob Wainwright met with then-FBI Director Robert Mueller to pitch the idea of sharing data, figuring he couldn’t turn the European Union’s budding criminal-intelligence service into a global force without America’s help.Mueller wasn’t interested, so the Welshman says he winged it.“If the FBI doesn’t engage here with their equivalents, the leading lights of the police world in Europe, then you’re a second-rater basically,” Wainwright said in his corner office at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, a state-of-the-art complex with bulletproof windows. “I had to do something about that.”Milking cooperation accords with hundreds of other agencies across Europe and abroad, Wainwright, who’s stepping down in May, has turned Europol into a transnational clearing house for information on...

Twitter bans 270000 accounts for 'promoting terrorism'

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The Guardian Twitter removed more than 270,000 accounts around the world for promoting terrorism in the second half of 2017, according to the company’s latest transparency report.The number of accounts permanently suspended for sharing what the firm called extremist content between July and December represents a drop for the second period in a row.The social network puts this down to “years of hard work making our site an undesirable place for those seeking to promote terrorism”.Nick Pickles, Twitter UK’s head of public policy, said: “The overwhelming majority of these accounts were detected by our own technology, with just 0.2% of the accounts we suspended in 2017 being flagged by the police.”Almost 75% of accounts were suspended before they sent their first tweet, according to the report, and 93% were discovered by tools that Twitter engineers had built.Twitter is understood to also use a combination of US and EU lists of...
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Bloomberg By Jennifer Epstein President Donald Trump is directing the National Guard to assist border patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexico boundary, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday.Nielsen declined to say how many troops would be sent to the border or how long they would stay there but said the deployment “will be strong.”“It’s time to act,” Nielsen said. She added that, while details will be worked out with governors, “we do hope that the deployment begins immediately.”The move follows Trump’s warning Tuesday to Mexican leaders that he would abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement without assurances of help on securing the border.Nielsen said that her department sees dangerous levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking across the border. Trump plans to sign a proclamation Wednesday directing the Defense Department and Homeland Security Department to work with governors to deploy National Guard units to the border, Nielsen said.She said...
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ABC News By James Gordon Meek, Mike Levine, and Luis Martinez The FBI is conducting painstaking DNA tests on a batch of human remains which could be those of American hostages killed in ISIS captivity, after agents and U.S. commandos recently unearthed them from liberated areas in Syria, ABC News has learned.It may be months before testing at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va., determines whether any are those of Americans or other westerners executed by ISIS or killed while held hostage, officials and family members said.The successful recovery of human remains gives hope to American families eager to lay their loved ones to rest at home -- even as they are urging the U.S. government to bring to justice two captured ISIS guards who helped U.S. authorities pinpoint the Syrian grave sites where remains were recovered.Several officials told ABC News that a decision still has not been made on...

YouTube shooter's father warned police

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  By Mary Kekatos and Emily Crane and Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com Cops found YouTube shooter asleep in her car hours BEFORE rampage, after her worried father alerted police that she was missing and angry and was heading for the site's HQ Nasim Agdham, 39, shot three people and took her own life at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno on Tuesday Her family called police on Monday to report her missing after she failed to answer her cellphone for two days Ismail Agdham, her father, said he warned police that she might be heading to YouTube's headquarters because she 'hated' the company Police called her family on Tuesday at 2am to report they found her sleeping in her car Nasim Aghdam had a significant online presence with multiple YouTube channels and social media pages Her channels included workout clips, animal abuse videos and vegan cooking tutorials One video from January...
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South China Morning Post by Wendy Wu China is facing a growing threat from trained jihadists re-entering the country, security and diplomatic analysts warned, after it was revealed that the number of such people intercepted by the authorities in 2017 was 16 times as high as the year before.The size of the increase was revealed by Ji Zhiye, head of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, though he did not provide absolute figures.The steep rise in the number of people apprehended might have been a result of China tightening its border controls, but the complicated geopolitical situation in neighbouring countries had heightened the risk, he said.Jihadists could return to China via Russia or central Asia, and their options had been increased as a result of Beijing’s growing ties with the latter through its “Belt and Road Initiative”, Ji said. Li Shaoxian, director of the China-Arab Research Institute at Ningxia...
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The New Arab A US airstrike last weekend in southwestern Libya killed two al-Qaeda militants, including a top recruiter, the military's Africa Command said.Musa Abu Dawud was a high ranking official of the terror network's North Africa branch, known as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.His death was confirmed after "operational reporting" and "damage battle assessment" was completed, AFRICOM said in a statement on Wednesday."He provided critical logistics support, funding and weapons to AQIM, enabling the terrorist group to threaten and attack US and Western interests in the region," AFRICOM said.The statement did not identify the other militant killed in the March 24 strike near the Libyan town of Ubari.The US military said no civilians were killed.Videos and photos circulated online purporting to show the aftermath of the strike show a body on the ground and shrapnel-riddled cars outside a severely damaged house.The footage could not be independently authenticated but appeared...
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ABC News by Erin Dooley More and more schools are using armed security personnel, according to a report released Thursday by the National Center for Education Statistics.Roughly 72 percent of secondary and 45 percent of primary schools report having security staff present last year, up from 63 percent and 26 percent, respectively, a decade ago. The vast majority of security personnel carry a firearm, data show.During the 2014-2015 school year, 20 children were murdered at school, the report said. Two people were killed by law enforcement officers intervening in a disturbance.The report comes amid fierce debate over whether public schools should arm teachers — a controversial proposition that Trump floated during the White House's school safety listening session after the Parkland, Fla. school shooting last month.But critics argue that there's a "stark contrast" between deploying armed law enforcement in schools and equipping teachers with firearms they may not feel comfortable...
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Daily Pakistan by Sarfraz Ali LAHORE – Counter Terrorism Department (CDT) arrested six terrorists and recovered suicide jackets, hand grenades, and ammunition from them, a CTD official said on Friday.Those arrested were identified as Islam-Ul-Haq, Jahangir Shah, Imran, Waqar-Ul-Ameen, and Luqman who suspected to be a suicide bomber.The terrorists were arrested during a raid in a seminary located in Gajju Matta and they belonged to banned outfit. “They wanted to target Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches at large scale but they got no success due to high security in the city”, he added.The suspected terrorists are involved in attacks at Baidian and Ferozpur Road. They also killed an intelligence agency official in Sargodha some time ago.The suspects have been shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigation. Last month CTD Sindh Police and Rangers paramilitary force claim to have arrested 16 suspected militants, belonging to banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), during...
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The Times of Israel Mohammed bin Salman tells Atlantic the Iranian ayatollah is 'worse than Hitler' because he is 'trying to conquer the world' By TOI staff    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in an interview published Monday, recognized Israel’s right to exist and extolled the prospect of future diplomatic relations between his kingdom and the Jewish state. In an extensive interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Prince Mohammed laid out his vision for the future of the Middle East, including the possibility of cooperation with Israel. Asked whether he believes “the Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland,” he replied: “I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation. I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land.” However, in keeping with the terms of his kingdom’s regional peace...
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Eurocrats presented £105million plan to mayors of major EU cities in response to deadly terror attacks across the continent by Nick Gutteridge in Brussels PARKS and city centres across Europe need to be fortified to stop terror attacks, Brussels has warned.Suggested measures include installing X-ray machines and concrete barriers. More frequent use of “explosives detection dogs” is also being explored.Eurocrats said public squares, museums and football grounds, should have panic shelters, walk-through metal detectors and anti-drone systems.The proposals were presented by the EU Commission to mayors of major EU cities in Brussels.They were drawn up in response to deadly terror attacks in Manchester, London, Paris, Barcelona, Nice and Stockholm. Atrocities killed 61 people in Europe last year. The single largest loss came when 22 died in the Manchester arena bombing.Eurocrats have pledged £105million over the next two years to help boost security measures, on top of £173million already spent on...
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By Omar Said - madamasr.com As President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stepped into his first term in office, significant developments unfolded within a number of militant groups across the country. Among them, the Sinai-based armed militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdes, which pledged allegiance to the Islamic state and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and rebranded itself as Province of Sinai.The same group bookended the close of Sisi’s first term, but on a less ascendant note. A few months ahead of Egypt’s March presidential election, which unofficial polling numbers state that Sisi handily won, the Armed Forces launched Operation Sinai 2018. The comprehensive military campaign against armed militants in North Sinai, of which the Islamic State-affiliated Province of Sinai is the most prominent, has allowed the state to make headway in its counterinsurgency efforts, where security forces’ approach had previously been mostly reactionary.The differences in two of the major military campaigns carried out during...
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  Hamas using civilian protest as cover for mass military operation against Israel BY: Adam Kredo  - Washington Free Beacon The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas is planning a mass demonstration along Israel's border on Friday, prompting fears of a new war with the Jewish state ahead of the Passover holiday, according to regional experts and U.S. officials who say they are closely monitoring the situation.On the heels of a recent military exercise that observers described as "unprecedented," Hamas leaders have called for some 100,000 Gaza Strip resident to engage in six weeks of mass demonstrations along the Israeli border as Jewish families gear up for the Passover holiday, which begins Friday evening.Regional experts closely tracking the situation say the demonstrations are meant as cover for a mass military campaign to swarm Israel's border and stoke violence against the Jewish state.The situation is being closely monitored by Trump administration officials, who outlined...
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  DW Five Tunisians suspected of belonging to a terror network have been arrested. Italy has been swooping in on suspected terror networks in recent weeks amid heightened concern of an attack.     Italian police on Thursday arrested five Tunisians suspected of being part of a terror network tied to Anis Amri, who killed 12 people in a truck ramming attack at a Berlin Christmas market in December 2016.   Amri, a rejected asylum seeker from Tunisia, was shot and killed by police in Milan four days after the Berlin attack claimed by the "Islamic State."   One of the five Tunisian nationals arrested in the city of Latina, south of Rome, is suspected of having planned to provide false documents to get Amri out of Italy, police said.   In the wake of the Berlin attack, German authorities came faced intense criticism after it emerged Amri used multiple fake...
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7News By Domenico Lusi ROME (Reuters) - Italy on Thursday arrested five men in an operation against suspected supporters of Islamist terrorism, police said, after tracing the phone contacts of the Berlin truck attacker shot in Milan in late 2016. Four of the men, all Tunisians, were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to aid illegal immigration, while a fifth man, who is also believed to be Tunisian, was picked up for allegedly plotting militant attacks, prosecutor Sergio Colaiocco said. While the suspects played no part in the December 2016 truck attack in Berlin that killed 12 people, police discovered them by following the telephone records of Anis Amri, the Tunisian man shot dead near Milan four days after the assault on the Christmas market. "No link at all has been found" between the men and the Berlin attack, said Walter Dian, an anti-terrorism police official from Latina, a city south...
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WJBD Radio (SAN FRANCISCO) -- A man in San Francisco allegedly brandished an ax at a group of people he was fighting with, then got into his car and charged them, officials said.At least one person has died, according to the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. One person remains in critical condition, two victims are in serious condition, and one person is in fair condition, the hospital said.The driver initially fled the scene, according to the San Francisco Police Department.Witnesses told ABC San Francisco station KGO that the driver had an ax and was swinging it at the group he was fighting with. He then got into his van and drove into the people, witnesses said.Police have stopped a vehicle and taken one person into custody, KGO reported. It is unclear if the person detained was the driver. Read more: http://www.wjbdradio.com/national-news/2018/03/28/man-with-ax-kills-1-after-driving-into-people-in-san-francisco-officials...
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InHomelandSecurity.com SALE, Morocco (AP) — The head of Morocco’s counterterrorism agency said Tuesday that France should have alerted his country about the extremist behavior of the French-Moroccan gunman who carried out a deadly supermarket attack in southern France.While French authorities had monitored Radouane Lakdim before his rampage Friday and normally share information about radicalized dual nationals, “We were not notified about Lakdim’s radical background,” Abdelhak Khiame, director of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations, told The Associated Press.Get started on your Homeland Security Degree at American Military University.He spoke as French authorities filed preliminary terrorism charges against the attacker’s girlfriend — an 18-year-old convert to Islam who was also on a French watch list for radicalism.Khiame is not the only one asking what went wrong ahead of Friday’s attack, which killed four people. French media and opposition politicians have questioned how authorities let Lakdim slip through their net, after a...