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by James Gordon Meek, Cindy Galliand and Brian Ross   QUANTICO, Virginia - Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan. The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky -- who later admitted in court that they'd attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq -- prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists' fingerprints. "We are currently supporting dozens of current counter-terrorism investigations like that," FBI Agent Gregory Carl, director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), said in an ABC News interview...
BuffaloNews.com By Phil Fairbanks Emanuel L. Lutchman, the ex-convict turned Muslim convert who helped ISIS, was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in federal prison.   Lutchman, a resident of Rochester, admitted conspiring with Abu Issa Al-Amriki, a now-deceased member of ISIS in Syria, to plan an attack in Rochester using knives and a machete on New Year's Eve a year ago.   He eventually pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. to providing material support to the terrorist organization.   “Emanuel Lutchman conspired with an ISIL member located overseas and planned to kill innocent civilians on U.S. soil in the name of the terrorist organization,” Mary B. McCord, acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, said in a statement Thursday, using another name for the terrorist organization. Central to the government’s prosecution of Lutchman was the allegation that he had contact with a member of ISIS in...
by Jamie Knodel Islamic State radicals have named Dallas' First Baptist church as a potential target for an attack.  A digital ISIS propaganda magazine, Rumiyah, earlier this month included photos of the downtown church in an article urging ISIS followers to carry out arson attacks, according to KXAS-TV (NBC5). The digital publication was said to have called First Baptist "a popular Crusader gathering place waiting to be burned down."   Officials have said that although there is no sign of imminent danger or evidence that such an attack is being planned, they do take the threat seriously.  Church leaders have said that they will not be frightened by the propaganda magazine. "The Bible tells us the Lord has not given us a spirit of fear," the church said in a prepared statement to NBC5. "If we surrender to fear, ISIS wins. We will continue doing what the lord has called us...

Austrian Police Arrest 8 Suspected ISIS Terrorists

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by George Jahn / AP (VIENNA) — Austrian police arrested eight suspected terrorists Thursday in a series of early-morning raids in the country's two largest cities that mobilized heavily armed SWAT teams and hundreds of officers supporting them. A statement from the public prosecutor's office in Graz, one of the cities involved, said those detained were suspected of involvement with ISIS. Police also struck simultaneously in Vienna, in twin operations that the statement said utilized 800 police. The raids come less than a week after police in Vienna detained a 17-year-old they describe as belonging to "radical Salafist" circles who they said has confessed to experimenting with building a bomb. But the statement said Thursday's sweeps had been planned for "a longer time," suggesting no immediate link. Instead, they appeared connected to investigations of followers of a Serbian-born Islamic cleric sentenced last year in Graz to 20 years in prison...

Terror and the Mexico border: How big a threat?

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The Christian Science Monitor by Warren Richey Nogales, Ariz.—Islamic militants purchase a nuclear device from a sympathetic official in Pakistan and ship the weapon on the flip side of a drug trafficking route through West Africa to South America. Next, the package is smuggled north to the United States-Mexico border. Although this sounds like the plot line of a spy thriller, it is a scenario laid out in an online magazine produced by the Islamic State, the apocalyptic Syria-based terror group also known as ISIS. “From there it’s just a quick hop through a smuggling tunnel and … presto, they’re mingling with another 12 million ‘illegal’ aliens in America with a nuclear bomb in the trunk of their car,” the 2015 ISIS article says. The debate over security along the US-Mexico border isn’t just about the millions of unauthorized migrants who have crossed the international boundary seeking work and better...
Fox News By Malia Zimmerman President Obama's famous pledge to close the Pentagon's Guantanamo Bay detention facility was ultimately done in by the very evil of the men it houses. While hundreds of enemy combatants and terror suspects have been through the facility since the war on terror began - with many returning to the fight - the most hardcore Al Qaeda operatives ever captured remain there. They are too dangerous to set free, and no one else wants them. During its peak, Gitmo held some 778 suspected Al Qaeda operatives. Obama accelerated the policy of his predecessor, President Bush, to free those deemed to no longer be a risk. Within the last week, another 14 were released from the facility, and turned over to other countries willing to hold them. But the federal government admits that once they leave Gitmo, there's no guarantee their new countries will keep them...

ISIS drone dropping precision bombs alarms U.S. military

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The Washington Times By Rowan Scarborough In a new threat to the West, the Islamic State on Tuesday debuted on social media a commercially available drone dropping small bombs with pinpoint accuracy onto Iraqi targets in and around Mosul. The new capability raises the specter that the Islamic State one day could attack urban areas from the air, not just on the ground. The U.S. military is alarmed by the terrorist army’s quick technological advances and is evaluating more than 20 systems to detect and destroy its drone air force. Other systems already have been rushed to the war. The attacks were depicted in a lengthy Islamic State propaganda video showing its terrorists in intense street battles to hold the city of Mosul. Included is aerial footage of a Chinese Skywalker X8 drone, which is available on Amazon, striking clusters of Iraqi soldiers, tanks and buildings. The video shows that...

Trump expected to order a refugee ban for 7 countries

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Julia Edwards Ainsley - Australian Associated Press US President Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders that include a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries. Trump, who tweeted that a "big day" is planned on national security on Wednesday, is expected to ban for several months the entry of refugees into the United States, except for religious minorities escaping persecution, until more aggressive vetting is in place. Another order will block visas being issued to anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified. In his tweet late on Tuesday, Trump said: "Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!" Trump's executive order threatens the refugee resettlement deal with Australia signed late last...

ISIS In 2017: Rotting From The Outside In

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InHomelandSecurity.com By Scott Stewart The Islamic State has entered into a slow decline that will continue throughout 2017. After its inception, the group energized the jihadist movement and drew thousands of enthusiastic foreign fighters by announcing the creation of a caliphate and assuring its followers that the end of the world was near. This enabled the Islamic State to rapidly amass manpower and capabilities — at least at first. But both time and geography have worked against the organization since its initial proclamation of a caliphate and an impending apocalypse. Despite the Islamic State’s frequent and pointed criticism of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, the group has roughly followed the plan al-Zawahiri laid out in a 2005 letter to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was then the head of the Islamic State’s predecessor, al Qaeda in Iraq. Nevertheless, there are significant differences between the timeline al Qaeda and the Islamic State have set...

EXCLUSIVE: Eschatology as a Tool for ISIS Recruitment

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By: Dr. Godfrey Garner and M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. Eschatology: the part of theology concerned with death, judgment and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind. Few people today have ever heard of the term, but it will soon be familiar. On the first day of Ramadan, 2014, ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi stepped to the head of the Al Masjid Al Nuri in Mosul and proclaimed himself the Caliph. In essence, he proclaimed the establishment of God’s kingdom on earth and the proximity of, “judgement day.” Baghdadi’s pronouncement additionally served as a call for young would-be jihadists and Islamists the world over to “come to Dabiq, to die.” Baghdadi’s proclamation that the end of the world is nigh wasn’t new, and it wasn’t a call exclusive to militant Islam. As a matter of fact, numerous cults and religious movements the world over have used such eschatological...
by Nick Bolger U.S. and coalition forces bombed the Islamic State 31 times on Saturday, retired Gen. James Mattis’ first full day as secretary of defense, the Pentagon said in an news release. The attacks occurred in both Syria and Iraq. “Attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 25 strikes consisting of 39 engagements,” the Defense Department said of the strikes in Syria. They occurred near Bab, Dayr Az Zawr, and Raqqa, ISIS’s de facto capital, which was hit by 22 strikes. ISIS tactical units, headquarters, tunnels, fighting positions, vehicles, and oil well heads were all targeted. In Iraq, six strikes consisting of 16 engagements occurred, according to Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led operation fighting ISIS. The strikes targeted the terrorist group near Rutbah, Beiji, Kisik, Mosul, and Tal Afar. Attacks in Iraq hit tactical units, vehicles, weapons, a building, and other weapons related objects. Read more: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/coalition-forces-strike-isis-31-times-mattis-first-day-sec-def/...

Hamas and Islamic State Working Closely in Gaza, Sinai

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Hamas has allowed ISIS to establish a propaganda center in Gaza and treat wounded fighters in Gazan hospitals. By Elliot Friedland The Islamic State’s branch in Sinai is working closely with the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliate Hamas which governs the Gaza Strip. Both groups have a shared enemy -- Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, former army general and current president of Egypt. ISIS is fighting an insurgency against Sisi’s government from the Sinai peninsula. Sisi became president in a democratic election after overthrowing the previous president, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi, in a popularly-backed military coup. Hamas received extensive support from Morsi’s government. ISIS is now running a media center in the Gaza Strip itself, according to an investigation by The Times of Israel. The media center has published claims of responsibility for terrorist attacks within Egypt as well as propaganda for ISIS. The two groups are coordinating to smuggle goods into Gaza via...
The Daily Mail Muslim schoolgirl, 16, who slit a policewoman's throat because she was 'frustrated' she could not join ISIS in Syria is convicted of supporting terrorism in Germany   Safia S stabbed a policewoman in the throat in Hannover in February last year  After arrest she was said to be 'ice cold' and only worry was about her headscarf   She was brainwashed into jihadism in November 2015 and tried to get to Syria  Brought back to Germany from Turkey by her mother, she was 'frustrated'   Her friend, Mohamad Hasan K, 19, was convicted of failing to warn authorities  By Allan Hall In Berlin For The Daily Mail Prosecutors have demanded six years in jail for an ISIS-obsessed Muslim schoolgirl who slit the throat of a German policewoman when she was stopped in a routine check. The officer nearly died after being attacked by the 16-year-old, who has Moroccan parents. The...
Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — A state public safety review cites potential danger from radical Islamic terror groups and Mexican drug cartels to justify the threat level in Texas as "elevated." The 2017 Department of Public Safety Threat Overview report says information from law enforcement and security agencies shows terrorism and security along the Texas-Mexico border is linked to countries like Syria and Iraq. It cites "inaccessible or nonexistent" security information about Syrian war refugees or asylum seekers who have resettled to Texas, meaning some of those people could be posing as what the state police agency calls "authentic refugees." The Houston Chronicle reports the review also shows all eight major Mexican drug cartels operate in Texas and have partnered with gangs to support drug and human smuggling on both sides of the border. Read more: http://www.cbs7.com/content/news/411461265.html ...
  Turkey is in the process of including the concept of jihad in compulsory school curricula beginning in the 7th grade.   By Uzay Bulut   Turkey is in the process of including the concept of jihad in compulsory school curricula. According to a recent statement by the Turkish Ministry of National Education, Turkish textbooks will be teaching “jihad” as a “value” in classes at Imam Hatip middle schools (schools that offer an Islamic curriculum to pupils). The ministry has also removed a chapter on the theory of evolution from a textbook for 12th graders. At a press conference on January 13, Ismet Yilmaz, the minister of national education, explained the details of the new curricula to members of the press. According to the newspaper Cumhuriyet, jihad will be taught in 7th grade while pupils study the fundamentals of “tawhid and wahdat civilization.” (Tawhid is the Islamic belief in the oneness...

Austria arrest 'foils terror attack' in Vienna

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BBC NEWS Austria's interior minister says the arrest of a man in the capital Vienna has averted a possible terror attack in the city. Wolfgang Sobotka said the 18-year-old was an Austrian citizen of a migrant background and there were "indications" of jihadist motives. Police are warning the public to be alert and to report suspicious objects. The arrest took place at about 17:00 GMT on Friday when special forces raided an apartment. Mr Sobotka said the man had been under observation for several days. "Our police forces managed in quick time to arrest a suspect and so prevent a potential terror attack in the federal capital Vienna," he told reporters. "The decisive leads came from foreign intelligence services." Mr Sobotka said possible links to Islamic extremist were being investigated. "There are individual indications [of extremism] that we have to investigate. There is one contact that is pretty clear and...
By Lucas Tomlinson The US Air Force conducted a second “major strike” in consecutive days killing over 100 Al Qaeda fighters at a training camp in northern Syria, a defense official with knowledge of the strike told a handful of reporters at the Pentagon on Friday. A single U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber and an undisclosed number of drones dropped 14 precision-guided bombs at noon eastern time Thursday on an Al Qaeda “basic training” camp in Syria west of the city of Aleppo near the border with Turkey, according to the official. –– ADVERTISEMENT –– “This was core Al Qaeda” said the official describing the fighters. The latest strike, likely President Barack Obama’s last as commander-in-chief, comes a day after the Pentagon said two Air Force B-2 nuclear-capable bombers dropped 108 precision-guided bombs on two ISIS training camps in Libya killing 85 fighters, according to officials. The round-the-world strike took...
Heavy.com By Heavy Terror Watch Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017. Has there been a threat made by the Islamic State or other terrorist organizations? Last month it was briefly reported that Islamic State sympathizers in the United States were setting their sights on Trump’s Inauguration Day as an opportunity for a terrorist offensive in Washington, D.C. According to The Daily Express, ISIS was calling it “Bloody Friday.” But the name was a misquote by terrorism analyst Michael S. Smith.   However, despite this alleged “fake news,” ISIS and Al-Qaeda have been promoting lone wolf terrorist attacks to be perpetrated by their sympathizers. ISIS and Al-Qaeda are competing terrorist organizations and are currently fighting each other for influence in the Middle East. To counterattack the attacks encouraged by both groups in Washington, The Express...
Independent Journal Review By Jenni Fink In December, a man drove a truck through a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, Germany. At least nine people were killed, and over 50 were injured. CNN was quick to condemn the incident as an act of  terror: The Berlin Christmas market truck crash is now being investigated as an act of terrorism http://cnn.it/2hNsvlm    On Sunday, Israel suffered a similar attack when a man drove a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers at a popular tourist spot in Jerusalem. Four soldiers, all in their early 20s, were killed and at least 15 were injured — some even had to be extricated from under the truck. Surveillance footage captured the attack and shows that after the driver plows into the group of soldiers, he reverses back into them. This second attack seems to eliminate the theory that this was an accidental act. Unlike its coverage of the “terrorist...

Iran approved to import additional 130 tons of uranium

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The Spokesman-Review By Amir Vahdat   Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran – The U.S. and five other world powers have approved Iran importing as much as 130 tons of uranium, Iran’s English language Press TV reported Friday. The TV quoted Behrouz Kamalvandi, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman as saying “the Joint Commission monitoring the implementation of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 approved the purchase on the part of Iran during a meeting in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Wednesday.” Kamalvandi said that the country had previously bought 220 tons of the material, and was currently in possession of a total of 350 tons, “Given that this amounts to a valuable resource, it places us in a very favorable position”. The incoming U.S. administration and many U.S. lawmakers already skeptical of how effective the nuclear deal is in keeping Iran’s nuclear program peaceful over the...