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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...

Military Ready to Give Trump Plans to Fight Islamic State

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says priority is to make sure that extremist fighters cannot move between Iraq and Syria The Wall Street Journal By Julian E. Barnes BRUSSELS—America’s top uniformed officer said the military is ready to present options to the new administration in the fight against Islamic State. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Wednesday said he would “present options to accelerate the campaign” against Islamic State to James Mattis, the incoming Trump administration’s nominee for defense secretary. “My job is to share options the next leadership team can choose and identify the risks and opportunities associated with those options,” Gen. Dunford told reporters in Brussels. President-elect Donald Trump has said intensifying the fight against Islamic State is a priority of his administration and said he wants a plan for a stepped-up military campaign within 30 days. Read more:...
By Boris Sanchez and Kevin Conlon Fort Lauderdale, Florida (CNN) Esteban Santiago, the man charged with killing five people at the Fort Lauderdale airport, told FBI agents he carried out the attack on behalf of ISIS, FBI special agent Michael Ferlazzo testified at Santiago's bond hearing Tuesday. The agent did not elaborate on whether Santiago was purporting to be linked to ISIS or simply inspired by the terrorist organization.   Federal authorities in Alaska said Santiago told them prior to the attack that he was hearing voices and that his mind was being controlled by the CIA. Santiago initially made similar claims during an interrogation following the shooting, but once he was transferred to the FBI office in Miramar, Florida, Santiago introduced the ISIS claim and never again mentioned mind control, Ferlazzo testified.   What we know about the Fort Lauderdale shooting suspect   ISIS has not claimed responsibility for...
Turkish Official Suspected Nightclub Gunman Inspired by ISIS Fox News The terror suspect accused in the shooting rampage at a nightclub in Istanbul early on New Year's Day trained in Afghanistan before traveling to Turkey and launching his attack, a Turkish official announced Tuesday, hours after police finally pulled the bloodied man from the home where he'd been hiding. Banknotes of different currencies on a bed inside the home where the suspect was hiding. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)   Abdulkadir Masharipov, the Uzbek national wanted in the murders of 39 people at the Reina nightclub, was arrested after a police raid on his friend's house in Istanbul's Esenyurt district. Turkish media previously had given his first name as Abdulgadir.   Masharipov confessed to the massacre and his fingerprints matched those of the attacker, Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin told reporters, saying the suspect trained in Afghanistan before entering Turkey in January 2016. Sahin said Masharipov was born in 1983,...

How to Explain the Meteoric Rise of Threat Intelligence

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Cyber Threat Intelligence - by RFSID Key Takeaways In the past, cyber security has been a largely reactive discipline. Now, threat intelligence enables companies to get ahead of their attackers, and avoid costly breaches. According to the latest research, over two thirds of organization have either implemented or plan to implement a threat intelligence solution. There are three primary ways in which using threat intelligence can enhance your security profile: Increasing speed and reliability of threat detection and prevention, tightening security controls, and facilitating decision making. The future of threat intelligence is likely to involve two primary elements: intelligence sharing and machine learning (or other AI breakthroughs). For the past couple of years it seems like threat intelligence is everywhere. Every vendor offers a threat intelligence solution, every organization seems to be using it to some degree. At security conferences it feels like you just can’t escape the topic. But...

Wife of Omar Mateen arrested by FBI in San Francisco

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by Gary Detman The wife of the man behind the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history has been arrested by the FBI. The New York Times reports agents took Noor Salman into custody outside her home in San Francisco. A source told The Times Salman is being charged with obstruction of justice. She has been the focus of potential charges since the mass shooting for not reporting what she knew about Omar Mateen's plot beforehand. Investigators say Mateen shot and killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in June of last year. Police killed him during a shootout. Reports said Salman went with Mateen to scout the nightclub on at least one occasion and was with him when he purchased ammunition. A report also said the two exchanged text messages during the massacre. Read more: http://cbs12.com/news/local/report-wife-of-omar-mateen-arrested-by-fbi-in-san-francisco...
For The Record - The IPT Blog by John Rossomando Evidence being used against him in the Department of Homeland Security's effort to deport him is the product of torture and is not credible, a Hamas-connected imam testified Tuesday in a Newark, N.J. immigration court. Mohammad Qatanani is imam at the Islamic Center of Passaic County. Immigration officials have been fighting to deport him since 2006, alleging he failed to disclose connections with Hamas when he applied for permanent residency. When he came to the United States 10 years earlier, he claimed he had never been arrested or belonged to any terrorist groups. That history makes Qatanani subject to deportation, DHS says. Tuesday's hearing centered on Qatanani's October 1993 arrest and conviction by an Israeli military court on charges he provided support to Hamas. He claims Israeli authorities detained him and never charged him. "No lawyer prior to 2008 ever...

VIDEO: Ft. Lauderdale Airport Terror Attack

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By: Anthony Kimery, Editor-in-Chief HSToday.us On January 2 and 3, 2017, the Telegram channel of Lone Mujahid, “which frequently calls for lone wolf attacks in the West and periodically provides various methods for launching such attacks, posted several threats to the US along with instructions on building pressure cooker bombs and manufacturing chemical weapons,” the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) revealed today. On January 3, the channel published a poster that included cursory instructions on manufacturing a chemical weapon, noting the dissemination of "disease[-inducing] and chemical gases completely paralyzes life in vital [enemy] areas." The post stated, "One of the ways to get a chemical weapon [is to] place a bottle filled with sulfuric acid in the middle of a box [that is] perforated randomly from the top and sides. Placed around the sulfuric acid's box [is] a[n] amount of potassium cyanide …...
Counterterrorism WASHINGTON, D.C. – The January Terror Threat Snapshot was released today by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX). The “snapshot” is a monthly Committee assessment of the growing threat America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists. This edition of the Terror Threat Snapshot encapsulates terror threats, attacks, and plots against the West for the calendar year 2016. Chairman McCaul: “This year terror struck all corners of the globe, and the jihadist rallying cry was heard during attacks even in our own communities. What’s clearer than ever is that Islamist terror has been franchised to thousands of followers, who are using everything from sophisticated explosives to their own cars to attack innocent people, as we’ve seen in Nice, Berlin, and this weekend in Israel. Alarmingly, there were more ISIS plots against the West in 2016 than any year since the group was formed. That is why our New...
By Susan Hoffman Contributor, In Homeland Security Why do some Americans choose to devote their lives to combating terrorism? What is the link between economics and terrorism? Who trains and funds terrorists? In her research paper, “Terrorism Inside America’s Borders: A Brief History of Terrorism and the Trends Affecting the United States,” Dr. Kim Miller, of AMU’s School of Security and Global Studies, provides an intriguing examination of terrorist incidents and terrorism trends that affect the United States. The paper offers an expert overview of incidents such as Najibullah Zazi’s 2008 bombing attempt on the New York subway system, the 2009 suicide bombing by Somali-American Shirwa Ahmed and the 2010 Times Square bombing attempt by Faisal Shahzad. Dr. Miller’s paper reveals some fascinating information, such as the fact that poverty is not necessarily connected to terrorist attacks. Her paper explains, “In fact, the higher the income, the more chance for...
By Brian C. Goebel CNN - President-elect Donald Trump has indicated that preventing terrorist attacks is one of his top national security priorities. In pursuit of this goal, retired Gen. John Kelly, the nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, and other members of the national security team will have to decide whether to pursue two anti-terror proposals floated during the campaign -- imposing a ban on Muslim immigrants and registering Muslim residents. The team would be wise to discard these proposals. Not only are these policies divisive and inconsistent with our national character, but they would be subject to numerous legal challenges. The new administration would spend more time defending its proposals than countering the threat posed by fanatical Islamic terror. And these policies, if attempted, would anyway prove to be ineffective and counterproductive.   Even if we could identify Muslims and prevent them from immigrating, this would...
Pew Research Center Partisan gap in Mideast sympathies is widest in four decades   When he takes office next week, President-elect Donald Trump will inherit an array of global threats in the view of the public. About eight-in-ten Americans (79%) say ISIS poses a major threat to the well-being of the United States, and 71% say the same about cyberattacks from other countries. Nearly two-thirds (64%) view North Korea’s nuclear program as a major threat, while comparable shares regard the power and influence of Russia (54%) and of China (52%) as major threats. About half (52%) say global climate change represents a major threat, and 46% say the same about the large number of refugees leaving Iraq and Syria. The new national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Jan. 4-9 among 1,502 adults, finds only modest changes since last year in perceptions of these threats, but there are a few...
American Military News On Thursday, retired General James Mattis sat before the Senate Armed Services Committee during a confirmation hearing to become the next Secretary of Defense. During his testimony, Gen. Mattis spoke about his commitments to defeating terrorism and said that the United States has “to deliver a very hard blow against ISIS.” “We have to deliver a very hard blow against ISIS in the Middle East so that there’s no sense of invulnerability or invincibility there,” the four-star retired general said, meaning that the U.S. must take out the Islamic State’s strongholds in the region so they cannot continue to thrive. He stated that the United States needs an “integrated strategy” to ensure that “you don’t squeeze them in one place and they develop in another.” Senator John McCain, the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke of the threat that Islamic terrorism has on the world...
New York Post By Kaja Whitehouse He wanted to “live in a tent” with ISIS — but is facing federal lockup instead. An Arizona man accused of acting as a recruiter for ISIS told friends he wanted to live in squalor with the terrorists — and praised them for “forcibly” taking over cities in Iraq, it emerged at his Manhattan federal trial Thursday. “Allah is great. Mosul falls by the hands of the state,” Ahem Mohammed el Gammal said after ISIS took over the Iraqi city in 2014. “No caliphate came by deliberation. All by the sword. It has to be taken like this,” el Gammal told a pal on Facebook. “We will take it forcibly. Not peacefully.” Then el Gammal blasted his comfy life as the owner of a small business that imported machines used to fix vehicles. “I am willing to live in a tent under an Islamic...

Thanks To Obama’s Presidency, ISIS Is Alive And Well

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By M.G. Oprea Over the past three years, the Islamic State has risen to be the most prominent international terrorist organization in the world. After initially dismissing them as Al Qaeda’s “jayvee team,” in September 2014 President Obama promised to degrade and destroy ISIS. Since then, he and Secretary of State John Kerry have repeatedly insisted that Islamic State is “on the run,” despite ongoing attacks in the West and elsewhere. Now, with only two weeks left in Obama’s presidency, the reality is that ISIS is far from being defeated. Between the battle of Mosul and recent attacks in Berlin, Istanbul, and Baghdad, it’s evident that ISIS is alive and well, with a global reach. When Obama leaves office later this month, the ongoing threat of ISIS in the Middle East and elsewhere will stand as an indictment of his administration’s failed foreign policy approach of “leading from behind,” placing...