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Al Monitor US Woman Convicted Of Providing Material Support To Islamic State Alison Marie Sheppard, 35, of Florida purchased 10 mobile phones and arranged to ship them to undercover officers posing as IS supporters.by Al-Monitor StaffA US citizen was sentenced to more than five years in prison for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State (IS). Alison Marie Sheppard of Florida purchased 10 mobile phones and arranged to ship them to undercover officers posing as IS supporters, according to a press release by the US Justice Department. Sheppard believed the phones would be sent to the Middle East for IS operatives to use as bomb detonators.She also provided IS instructional material on how to travel to Syria to a person she believed was a sympathizer with the extremist group. That person was later caught by the FBI and provided information to investigators. Sheppard also told an undercover law...
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George Floyd protests: Rioters target police across US; 4 shot in St. Louis, 1 in Vegas, Bronx hit-and-run caught on videoBy Chris Irvine | Fox News Police officers across the U.S. were targeted in shootings and vehicular attacks Monday night as protests continued in major cities for the seventh night despite President Trump’s vow to clamp down on violence.The demonstrations on Monday marked a week of unrest since unarmed black man George Floyd died when a white Minneapolis officer jammed his knee into the back his neck in a shocking incident caught on video. Despite tens of thousands marching peacefully in demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism, protests over Floyd’s death have been nonetheless overshadowed by violence, looting and vandalism that has engulfed U.S. cities.In St. Louis, Mo., Monday night, four police officers were shot during protests in the city’s downtown area, two in the leg, one in the...
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National Review NYC Imposes Curfew, Doubles Police Presence in Face of Expected Riots By Tobias HoonhoutNew York governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that New York City would implement a mandatory curfew and increase its police presence to 800 officers in preparation for another night of violence in the wake of protests surrounding George Floyd’s death.In a joint statement, Cuomo and de Blasio said the curfew would last from 11 tonight to 5 AM Tuesday, and the decision was made in consultation with the New York Police Department “to help prevent violence and property damage.” The additional police forces will be concentrated “in lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn,” where rioting and looting have been the most volatile. Read more: https://www.nationalreview.com/news/nyc-imposes-curfew-doubles-police-presence-in-face-of-expected-riots/...
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Fox News Barr: Violence From Antifa, Other Groups 'Is Domestic Terrorism And Will Be Treated Accordingly' Attorney General William Barr said Sunday that the Department of Justice will treat violence by individuals associated with Antifa as domestic terrorism in a statement that condemned the far-left group and asserted that protests against police brutality and racial inequality following George Floyd's death have "been hijacked."Such demonstrations in cities nationwide have turned into violent riots complete with looting, attacks against police and arson.Barr's statement came after President Trump earlier Sunday said he would designate Antifa as a terrorist organization. Antifa -- short for "anti-fascist" -- has very little central organization but violent left-wing protesters, particularly in places like Portland, Ore., often act under the Antifa banner.   Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/barr-george-floyd-violence-from-antifa-other-group-is-domestic-terrorism-and-will-be-treated-accordingly...
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CBS Chicago CPD Reports Nearly 700 Arrests, 132 Officers Injured Amid Sunday’s Violent Riots CHICAGO (CBS)– It was a violent weekend with riots, protests and looting across the city after the death of George Floyd.According to Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, there were 699 arrests made on Sunday. He said 132 officers were injured during the riots. Read more: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/06/01/sunday-riot-crime-stats/...
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ABC 7 AP - US officials: 1 federal officer killed, 1 critically hurt near California protest in 'act of domestic terrorism' OAKLAND, Calif. -- The killing of a federal contract security officer who was watching over a protest in Oakland was an act of domestic terrorism, U.S. authorities said Saturday.A vehicle pulled up outside the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building at about 9:45 p.m. Friday and someone opened fire at two contract security officers who worked for the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security, killing one and critically wounding the other, authorities said.The identities of the officers were not released.The officers protect federal court houses as part of their regular duties. DHS officials said they were monitoring the protest over the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota."When someone targets a police officer or a police station with an intention to do harm and intimidate - that...
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CBS Miami Florida Man Accused Of Planning Isis Terrorist Attack In Tampa Area TAMPA (CBSMiami) — A Florida man, accused of planning to carry out a terrorist attack in Tampa Bay on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq, has now been officially charged by federal prosecutors.On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the filing of a criminal complaint charging Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, 23, with “attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization,” namely ISIS.Investigators say Al-Azhari has a criminal history that includes previous terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia. They say he tried to buy multiple guns before acquiring a Glock pistol and a silencer.Prosecutors say he expressed “admiration” for the deceased Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen and even drove there to scope out the location. In a conversation with a confidential informant, the FBI says, Al-Azhari said “that’s how I want to die,...
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Minneapolis Third Precinct police station set on fire after rioters break in By Dom Calicchio | Fox News The Third Precinct police station in Minneapolis was set ablaze Thursday night as violent protests continued in the city -- and other cities across the U.S. -- following Monday's death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody.In response, more than 500 members of the National Guard were heading to the Twin Cities region, called in by Gov. Tim Walz, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported. Rioters broke into the precinct around 10 p.m. local time, after police on the rooftop previously tried to disperse a gathering crowd using "flash bang" shots and tear gas, according to reports.The rioters entered the building and sparked the fire after police officers on the roof were rescued by helicopter, reports said. Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/us/minneapolis-third-precinct-police-station-set-on-fire-after-rioters-break-in...
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  NBC News Feds Charge Ex-Venezuelan Politician With Recruiting Terrorists To Attack U.S. Interests Adel El Zabayar traveled to the Middle East to obtain weapons and recruit members of Hezbollah and Hamas to train at hidden camps in Venezuela, prosecutors say. By Tom Winter and Pete WilliamsA former Venezuelan politician was charged Wednesday with participating in a vast narco-terrorism conspiracy in which he traded drugs for weapons and recruited terrorists from Hezbollah and Hamas to orchestrate attacks against U.S. interests.The charges against Adel El Zabayar come two months after the Justice Department unsealed a sweeping indictment against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and several politicians, accusing them of taking a leading role in an international drug trafficking network.New York federal prosecutors say El Zabayar, acting under the direction of the president of the Venezuelan assembly, traveled to the Middle East in 2014 to obtain weapons and recruit members of Hezbollah and...
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FOX 9 KMSP Minneapolis police chief says many people involved in rioting, looting not from cityPolice Chief Medaria Arradondo says many of the people who looted businesses and set fires amid the peaceful protests of George Floyd's death Wednesday night are not believed to be from Minneapolis.   Watch Here https://www.fox9.com/video/688884...
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The Jerusalem Post Hezbollah's Nasrallah warns of 'great war' on all fronts with Israel Nasrallah warned that any Israeli air strike on Lebanon would 'not pass without a response,' adding that the terror group has 'military capabilities that did not exist before 2006.' By TZVI JOFFRE Marking 20 years since Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel of "the great war that will open all fronts at once," saying that it would be "the end of Israel." The Hezbollah leader stressed, however, that there are "no indications that Israel intends to launch a war against Lebanon." The statements were made during an interview with the Al-Nour Radio Station on Tuesday night, which was broadcast by the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar TV Channel. Nasrallah warned that any Israeli air strike on Lebanon would "not pass without a response," adding that the terror group has "military capabilities that did not exist...
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Florida man who ‘expressed admiration’ for Pulse Nightclub shooter accused of trying to supply materials to ISIS Erin Dobrzyn, Digital Storyteller Tampa man spoke of desire to carry out mass shooting, acts of terrorism, FBI says HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida man is in custody after a complaint indicated he attempted to supply the terrorist group ISIS with materials to carry out attacks as well as planned acts of terrorism locally, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, 23, of Tampa, was arrested by federal agents Sunday and faces up to 20 years in prison, should he be found guilty.FBI officials said Al-Azhari was an ISIS supporter who planned and attempted to carry out an attack on behalf of the terrorist organization. Officials also said Al-Azhari was in possession of weapons he intended to use in those attacks at the time of his arrest.According to a...

The prospect of germ terrorism has arrived

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  The prospect of germ terrorism has arrivedWashington Times By Jennifer Harper It is a possibility that world leaders may not want to address quite yet — but the topic has now entered the global discourse.“Council of Europe security experts have warned of the danger of terrorist attacks with biological weapons in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic,” reports the Funke Media Group, a German news syndicate.“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how vulnerable modern societies are to viral infections and their shock potential,” the council’s Committee on Counter-Terrorism said in a statement Monday, according to the German news group.   Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/may/26/inside-the-beltway-the-prospect-of-germ-terrorism-/...

Resurgent ISIS Launches 260 Attacks During Ramadan

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The Australian Resurgent ISIS Launches 260 Attacks During Ramadan Islamic State has waged its deadliest campaign in Iraq for nearly two years, raising fears that jihadists are staging a resurgence. By David Rose Islamic State has waged its deadliest terrorism campaign in Iraq for nearly two years, raising fears jihadists are staging a resurgence. In the past month, since the start of Ramadan, Islamic State (also known as ISIS) has claimed responsibility for more than 260 attacks across Iraq, allegedly killing or wounding 426 people. The attacks form part of the group’s self-proclaimed “battle of attrition” campaign, which also has inspired violence by Islamic State branches in Syria, Egypt, Nigeria, Niger, Congo and Mozambique in recent weeks. The US-led military coalition and local security forces say they have mounted a counter-offensive that resulted in the killing of two senior Islamic State leaders in Syria last week. However, the rise in...
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GRIST Where There’s Smoke …Coronavirus is coming for wildland firefighters. They’re not ready.By Zoya Teirstein News on climate in the time of coronavirus As you read this, thousands of wildland firefighters, the men (and some women) who protect property and ecosystems from burning to a crisp, are getting ready for a busy season of brutal work. All of the steps government and health officials have advised Americans to take to avoid the novel coronavirus — stay home as much as possible, social distance from others, wear a mask — are completely at odds with the norms these firefighters live by. In their world, putting on a face covering isn’t worth the hassle, and toughing it out is a way of life.Wildland firefighting crews are different from the firefighters who work at your local fire department — the ones who might show up at your house if you call 911. Wildland...
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The Jerusalem Post Islamic State Says It Was Behind Blast In Southern Libya The blast targeted a security point at the entrance to Taraghin, 780 km (590 miles) south of Tripoli, but did not cause any casualties, a resident said. By REUTERS Islamic State said on Monday it was behind a blast in a small town in southern Libya on Saturday, the militant group's first attack in the country for at least a year. The blast targeted a security point at the entrance to Taraghin, 780 km (590 miles) south of Tripoli, but did not cause any casualties, a resident said.Read More Related ArticlesA local military commander, Abdesselam Shanqala, said the explosives were concealed in a vehicle belonging to the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) and there were no casualties. An LNA military source said Islamic State was growing more active in the south after the arrest of one of...
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The Denver Post Denver Police Department will test gunshot detection system Wednesday By Noelle Phillips Those who live, work or socialize in downtown Denver or the Capitol Hill neighborhood might hear gunfire Wednesday night as the Denver Police Department tests its gunshot detection system.Police officers will fire weapons between 4 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., according to a police department news release. The gunshot detection system, known as Shot Spotter, uses acoustic sensors to detect when a gun is fired and pinpoints a location for those shots. That data is sent to 911 dispatchers and patrol officers, who can respond more quickly to potentially save victims and find shooters and evidence at the scene.The live-fire tests calibrate the system. Bullets will be fired into a trap, and there is no danger to the public. Read more: https://www.denverpost.com/2020/05/26/denver-police-department-gunshot-detection-shot-spotter/...
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Massive Memorial Day Crowd Descends On Daytona Beach, 6 People Hurt In Shooting DAYTONA BEACH (CBSMiami) – Social distancing was tough to find in Daytona Beach over the weekend as massive crowds were spotted and six people were hurt in a shooting.Police were caught by surprise after hundreds of people celebrated in the streets, blocked traffic and ignored social distancing restrictions imposed by the state to combat the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said Sunday.Police helicopter video captured more than 200 people crowded onto a beachside street where men were throwing money from a car and blocking traffic. Images show the group scattering when officers arrived, but another large group then gathered around a different vehicle. Shortly after, there was a shooting that sent half a dozen people to the hospital.The event, called Orlando Invades Daytona was scheduled but then canceled by promoters at the request of the police department, Daytona Beach...
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Daytona 24/7 Two terror-related shootings at naval bases in the last six months raise concernsby KRISTINE FRAZAO, Sinclair Broadcast Group WASHINGTON (SBG) – The shooting at a naval base in Corpus Christi, Texas started and ended at the base's entrance Thursday, but it left some bigger questions about why here and why now.Following the incident, during a news conference, we learned the following:“We have determined that the incident this morning at the naval air station Corpus Christi is terrorism-related,” said Leah Greeves, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent for Corpus Christi FBI.The FBI also said it found terror-related communications on the electronic devices of Adam Alsalhi, a U.S. resident originally from Syria.Authorities are now drawing some connections between this incident and one last year at a Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, following some new evidence showing the extent to which that that one was also terror-related. Read more: https://dayton247now.com/news/coronavirus/two-terror-related-shootings-at-naval-bases-in-the-last-six-months-raise-concerns...
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  AL.comMemorial Day 2020: Best quotes, remembrances to honor those who died for freedom By Leada Gore Memorial Day, observed the last Monday in May, honors the men and women who died in service to their country.The day traces its roots to the period after the Civil War when the head of an organization of Union veterans established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to mark the graves of the war dead with flowers. The day of May 30 was selected. Other cities around the country, both Union and Confederate, held similar observances. ... “Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that's a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It's a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.” -...