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In Homeland Security StaffLONDON (AP) — Armed police carrying out a counterterrorism operation Thursday swooped in on a man they said was carrying knives in a bag near Britain’s Parliament and arrested him on suspicion of planning terrorist acts.A European security official familiar with the individual said the suspect was known to British security agencies and was thought to have been inspired by the Islamic State group.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence matters, said the discovery of knives suggested an attack might have been close to fruition. Authorities haven’t released the man’s name.London’s Metropolitan Police said the 27-year-old suspect was stopped and detained “as part of an ongoing operation” by the force’s counterterrorism unit.No one was injured in the incident, which unfolded just yards from where an attacker killed five people with a vehicle and a knife last month. It sent a jittery jolt...
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Reuters  By Andrea Shalal - WIESBADEN, GermanyTop military officials from the United States and Europe called on Wednesday for better information-sharing to fight terrorism and regular coordinating meetings for justice officials."Terrorism is a transregional problem and presents a clear and present danger to us all," U.S. General Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. European Command, told reporters after the first gathering of European defense chiefs to focus specifically on countering violent extremism.He said it was imperative to improve the speed at which data was shared, and to address countries' concerns about revealing "sources and methods" to bolster the fight against Islamic State and other extremist groups."We've made advances in this without a doubt, but it still remains one of the things that we’ve most got to work on," Scaparrotti said. The challenges were growing due to growing use of social media and encryption by Islamic State, he said.Failure to share information...
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ABC 7 NY Associated Press NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan The Pentagon says two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan overnight Wednesday.Navy Capt. Jeff Davis says they were killed during an operation against the Afghanistan-based Islamic State group in Nangahar Province in the eastern part of the country. He says the U.S. is gathering further details. "The fight against ISIS-K is important for the world, but sadly, it is not without sacrifice," said General John W. Nicholson, Commander, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. On behalf of all U.S. Forces and our coalition partners, I offer our deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and fellow service members of our fallen comrades."The U.S. has been battling the Islamic State Khorasan group in Afghanistan for months. About two weeks ago, the U.S. dropped what's called the "mother of all bombs" on an IS complex in Nangahar Province, just days after a U.S. Army special forces soldier was...

UN Counterterrorism Reform Overlooks Crucial Partner

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JustSecurity.org By Eric Rosand and Sanam Naraghi-AnderliniOnly a few weeks into his tenure as UN Secretary-General, António Guterres has been under pressure to fix the UN’s efforts to deal with terrorism and violent extremism. The programs he inherited are badly disorganized, while the threats are increasingly undermining not only international peace and security, but also the development goals at the top of his agenda. Guterres is trying, but he is hindered by a clutch of UN Member States who are clinging to outmoded and heavy-handed counterterrorism methods. These countries are unwilling to take necessary action and pursue the strategic course corrections needed to get ahead of the problem. While some of these problems – like radicalization — start at the community level, many are fueled by security institutions, which will only be emboldened further if the efforts remain narrowly focused on counterterrorism.Guterres laid out part of his plan earlier this...
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by Eurasia Review US and South Korean officials met on Tuesday in Seoul, South Korea for the fifth bilateral dialogue between the two countries on counterterrorism.Acting Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism Alina Romanowski led the US delegation, which included officials from the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, and the National Center for Counterterrorism. The 18-member Korean interagency delegation was led by Ambassador for International Security Affairs, Choi Hong-ghi.The meeting aimed at deepening the US-South Korea counterterrorism partnership, particularly in Southeast Asia and as South Korea prepares to hold the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.“The United States views the Republic of Korea as a vital and highly capable partner in this endeavor,” said the US State Department in a statement.Topics included global and regional terrorist threats, terrorist use of the Internet, interagency cooperation, and aviation and border security, according to the State Department. Read more: http://www.eurasiareview.com/26042017-us-and-south-korea-hold-bilateral-dialogue-on-counterterrorism/...

Terrorist threats must be preemptively met

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The Washington Times The police vs. the PC police Imminent terrorist threats must be stopped with preemptive law enforcement By Cal Thomas - - Monday, April 24, 2017 ANALYSIS/OPINION: As is almost always the case, signs of trouble preceded the latest shooting in Paris, which left one police officer dead and wounded two bystanders before police killed the gunman, later identified as French national Karim Cheurfi, a known criminal with a long, violent record. ISIS claimed to be behind the attack. According to police, a note praising ISIS fell out of Cheurfi’s pocket when he fell. Cheurfi was of Algerian descent, born in a Paris suburb. The Washington Post reported he had a criminal record and was known to authorities. His rap sheet included four arrests and convictions since 2003. He had spent nearly 14 years in prison for crimes that included burglary, theft and attempted murder. When Cheurfi attempted...
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Reuters Russian investigators said on Thursday that the man suspected of detonating a bomb on the St. Petersburg metro earlier this month had received money from an "international terrorist group" in Turkey, the RIA news agency reported. Fourteen people were killed in the attack. Russia's Investigative Committee said Akram Azimov, the brother of the suspected organizer of the attack, had transferred money from Turkey to the suspected bomber, Akbarzhon Jalilov, RIA reported. FILE PHOTO: Abror Azimov, a suspect over the recent bombing of a metro train in St. Petersburg, looks out from the defendant's cage as he attends a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-bomb-metro-turkey-idUSKBN17M1US...

Jury told of alleged Sydney terror plot

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Sky News Australia An alleged Islamic State supporter talked with a man in the Middle East about killing a 'random unbeliever' and finding someone who could 'terminate' at least five people a month, a Sydney court has been told.Omarjan Azari pleaded guilty to supporting to attempting to send money to Islamic State but denied the charge of acting in preparation to a terrorist attack.The police alleged prepared or planned for a terrorist act during a call with Mohammad Ali Baryalei, who was very likely in Syria at the time, in September 2014.'Find someone who can terminate five people for us every month,' Baryalei said, according to a transcript of the conversation read out in court on Monday.'Azari allegedly the attack could not take place because he was under intense surveillance.The trial is expected to run for three weeks. Read more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/nsw/2017/04/24/jury-told-of-alleged-sydney-terror-plot.html?cid=RSS-APPLE#sthash.1HBVkb45.dpuf...
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Evening Standard by Fiona Simpson A second man has been arrested as part of an investigation in London by counter-terrorism officers.The Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism command detained the 40-year-old man in south-east London on Saturday.He was held on suspicion of "being concerned in funding arrangements for the purposes of terrorism", Scotland Yard said, and is being questioned under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.It comes after police arrested a 30-year-old man on Wednesday on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. Read moreHe was detained under the Terrorism Act 2000 and is being held at a south London police station. Inquiries are ongoing, the Met said, and searches at a residential address in north London have concluded. Read more: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/antiterror-police-arrest-man-during-raid-in-south-london-a3521411.html...
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Asharq Al-Awsat by Sawsan Abu-Husain Cairo – Conflicts in the Arab region, most notably in Syria, Libya and Yemen, should be resolved, stressed Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry.The minister added there is a possibility to contain terrorism through Western intelligence agencies, not just military operations.Speaking to Asharq al-Awsat, the FM said that certain known factories are providing terrorist organizations with arms and equipment, calling for serious and effective cooperation to end this.Shoukry pointed out that the US administration shares the same vision as Egypt in countering terrorism. He also discussed the situation in the region and the importance of giving people a chance to end their struggles and solve their problems.When asked if there were any initiatives for a solution in Yemen, Shoukry replied that they are monitoring the UN envoy and other countries’ efforts to establish a resolution according to the agreed bases, such as the outcomes of...
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AllAfrica By Fred MukindaA significant number of youth who have been pursuing degrees in Kenyan universities have ended up in ruin, after they fell into the trap of terrorists, Sunday Nation can reveal.The young men have been killed in battles in Libya while the young women were sold off as sex slaves to terrorist militants and are now struggling to return home.The Nation has learnt that security agencies - Kenya Police Service, Immigration department, Directorate of Criminal Investigations, National Intelligence Service, Probation Department and Kenya Prisons - are grappling with the calls for youngsters who have survived the terror network and are willing to return home.TERROR ATTACKA confidential dispatch shared among security agencies in Kenya and seen by the Sunday Nation paints a grim picture of the youngsters' life in the hands of terrorists. The most prominent are Farah Dagane Hassan, 26, and Hiish Ahmed Ali, 25, who were medical...
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Heat Street By Lukas Mikelionis A Muslim man who broadcast a threat towards the attendees of Christian conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Facebook, is facing charges of terrorism despite earlier being let go by the police. On Friday a Sioux Falls police spokesman said the local police department wouldn’t press charges against the 45-year-old man, identified as Ehab Jaber. “He had a lot of guns with him, but he wasn’t breaking any laws,” local police officer Sam Clemens told KDLT-TV after the incident. “He didn’t threaten anybody directly. He didn’t threaten any groups of people, anything like that, and it’s not illegal to carry guns or have guns with you.” However, the decision not to press charges against Jaber was later reversed and he has been charged with one count of making a terrorist threat – a class five felony with a maximum sentence of five years in prison,...

Vigilance, Not Complacency

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City Journal Two counterterror officials warn that the terror threat remains profound. by Judith Miller The warnings from two senior counterterrorism officials this week could not have been starker, though they differed dramatically in tone and style. Americans have grown unduly complacent about the threat of Islamic terrorism, the officials said. We ignore it at our peril. Director of Homeland Security John Kelly, a retired Marine general, was extraordinarily blunt Tuesday in a speech at George Washington University. “Make no mistake,” he said. “We are, in fact, a nation under attack.” Despite all that Washington has spent and done to protect Americans, the U.S. now faced “the highest terror threat level in years.” There have been 37 Islamic State-linked plots to attack the U.S. since 2013, according to Kelly. An estimated 10,000 Europeans have joined the Islamic caliphate in Syria and Iraq, plus “thousands more” from Asia, Africa, and the Western Hemisphere....
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New York Post Associated Press MOSCOW — Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee says the leader of an Islamic State “sleeper cell” and one of the cell’s members have been killed in a shootout with police. The committee said in a statement Saturday that the shootout took place late the previous night in the Stavropol region, about 750 miles south of Moscow. Stavropol is adjacent to several majority-Muslim republics, including Chechnya where Islamic separatists fought an all-out war with Russian forces. The committee said the shooting broke out when police tried to stop an automobile and its occupants opened fire. It says the officers found bomb-making components in the car and later discovered IS literature at one of the suspects’ residences. Read more: http://nypost.com/2017/04/22/leader-member-of-isis-sleeper-cell-killed-in-police-shootout/...
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International Business Times Crack down on terror suspects was intensified after the first reported Isis attack on Indian soil in early March. By Ananya Roy Indian security forces have arrested three terror suspects believed to be members of an Isis module scattered across five states in the country. Six other suspects were also taken into custody for questioning.The arrests were made on Thursday (20 April) morning as part of a massive anti-terror operation conducted simultaneously in the five states – Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh over the past five days.The crack down on terror suspects was intensified in the past month after the first reported Isis attack on Indian soil – a low-intensity bomb blast in a train in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh in early March. Counter-terror operations that soon followed the attack led to the killing of Saifullah - the leader of the Isis module that allegedly...
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The Telegraph by Lloyd Figgins the recent attacks in Westminster and Stockholm have highlighted the need for greater public vigilance. Not only in order to prevent attacks in the first place, but also to understand how to react once an attack is underway.A key part of this is what the security industry refers to as “situational awareness” and it’s an effective tool for those trained how to use it properly.However, situational awareness requires an understanding of what is normal in order that a baseline can be established and anomalies can be identified. In both Westminster and Stockholm vehicles were used as weapons. People expect to see vehicles on our streets, so how do we tell the difference between those going about their normal business and those with malicious intent? After all, those who would do us harm rely on the fact that they are able to blend in in order to...
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By James Lint Senior Editor for In Cyber Defense and Contributor, In Homeland SecurityAfter writing a series of articles on ransomware, I started thinking about how ransomware could be used in a strategic attack nationwide, rather than the attacks we’ve seen so far on business and personal computers. While a hospital’s $17,000 payout to ransomware thieves is considered big news, the consequences of a national ransomware attack on U.S. computers would be even more devastating.Taking the tactical attack to the next logical level means a strategic attack that is bigger in impact and payout. Remember, the 9/11 Commission Final Report stated that the “most important failure” leading to the attacks was “one of imagination.” It concluded, “We do not believe leaders understood the gravity of the threat.”Former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean, the chairman of the 9/11 Commission, said: “[The attackers] penetrated the defenses of the most powerful nation in the...

How France Bred Terrorists

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Handelsblatt Global France is in the crosshairs of Islamist terrorists, many of them homegrown in the gritty suburbs of its big cities. The south in particular is seen as a breeding ground for jihadists. It’s a big issue in the presidential election. By Pierre Heumann and Sandra Louven The Jewish school of Ohr Torah in the southern French city of Toulouse resembles a military camp. It’s surrounded by a fence four meters high and topped with barbed wire. French soldiers guard the building around the clock. In 2012, Mohammed Merah, who was French and whose parents had Algerian roots, killed a rabbi and three children here in the first terrorist attack in France after 15 years of peace. “Five years on the French state still grants us this protection, which shows that something isn’t right,” said Marc Fridman, regional spokesman of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions. The south...
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The Telegraph by Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent Counter terror police have undergone specialist training to prepare them to take out lorry drivers who are using their vehicles as weapons, it has been revealed.Armed officers have also been issued with high powered ammunition capable of penetrating armoured glass in a bid to ensure they can respond to the changing tactics of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) inspired terrorists. "I am confident... that an officer has the ability to fire at the cab of a lorry in order to bring it to a stop" Simon Chesterman, National Police Chief's Council lead on armed policingThe new training and equipment has been rolled out in a response to the terrorist outrages in Nice and Berlin, where Islamists used articulated lorries to drive into crowds causing mass loss of life and casualties.In order to combat the increasing terrorist threat, the number of...

Opinion: The ISIS antidote: The women of Afghanistan

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Fox News By Morgan Ortagus Afghanistan was back in the news last week, as President Trump authorized the use of the “MOAB” in Afghanistan to target ISIS-Khorasan enclaves. The MOAB was detonated in the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan where ISIS has taken root and festered, attempting to continue the destabilization of Afghanistan.  So, now that America has taken action, what is in store next for Afghanistan?  That may still be difficult to answer, but I recently had a small glimpse into the spirit of the people, especially the women, of Afghanistan.A few days before the President’s new actions in Syria and Afghanistan, I visited Kabul, my first time back since December 2012. Riding through the bustling streets of the capital city, I noted how ordinary things can seem on the surface, in spite of the unstable environment.  I was on my way to the American University of Afghanistan...