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Washington Examiner 'Speed of social media': Online terrorist activity leaves little time to react by Jerry Dunleavy The FBI is investigating about 850 cases involving domestic terrorism and more than 4,000 involving international terrorism.In a breakdown provided to the Washington Examiner, roughly 5,000 open terrorism investigations across the United States and around the world were shown, along with the number of domestic terrorism arrests and international terrorism arrests, which have remained fairly constant over the past three years.In the 2019 fiscal year, the bureau arrested 121 international terrorism suspects and 107 domestic terrorism suspects, compared with 100 international and 115 domestic arrests in 2018 and 110 international and 150 domestic arrests in 2017.Read more: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/speed-of-social-media-online-terrorist-activity-leaves-little-time-to-react...

If you're worried about terrorism, worry about the Sahel

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If you're worried about terrorism, worry about the Sahel by Gabrielle Debinski Last week, Mali, an arid desert country in Western Africa with a predominantly Muslim population of 19 million, was struck by one of the deadliest jihadist terror attacks since Islamist groups took over its northern frontier some seven years ago. Islamic State militants later claimed responsibility for the attack on a military post that killed at least fifty-four people. The episode reflects a larger surge of jihadist violence in the vast Sahel region, which stretches across the southern edge of the Sahara desert. Unrest there has already reverberated far beyond Mali.How did jihadist violence come to the region? The Tuareg ethnic group in northern Mali, one of the largest nomadic tribes in the Sahara, has long agitated for independence. In 2011, when neighboring Libya descended into civil war, many Tuareg rebels went to fight on the side of...

France Claims Death Of Top Extremist Leader In Mali

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The National France Claims Death Of Top Extremist Leader In Mali French defence minister says Ali Maychou was second most wanted militant in Sahel France on Tuesday announced the death of a top extremist leader in Mali as it sought to reassure the West African nation of European support in the fight against militants.French troops killed Moroccan Ali Maychou, co-founder of a group named GSIM, in Mali last month.Defence Minister Florence Parly made the announcement aboard a government plane as she returned from an official visit to the region.Maychou was "the second most-wanted terrorist in the Sahel", after GSIM's number one, Iyad Ag Ghaly, Ms Parly told AFP.A collection of extremist groups linked to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the GSIM was launched in 2017 and has claimed responsibility for the biggest attacks in the Sahel.Ag Ghaly is a Tuareg Malian who has been involved in militancy for nearly...
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Tom Homan on murders of Americans: Drug cartels 'control everything' near US border By Joshua Nelson | Fox News The killing of nine Americans in Mexico highlights the brutal power of the country’s drug cartels, former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan told “Fox & Friends First” Wednesday.“The Mexican criminal cartels control everything on the northern border of Mexico,” Homan said.Homan said no criminal activity or smuggling occurs in Mexico without the cartels approving the plan.A suspect was arrested Wednesday near the Arizona border with Mexico in connection with the deaths of nine U.S. citizens -- six children and three women – Monday who were living in a faith-based community about 70 miles south of Douglas, Ariz., investigators said. Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/media/tom-homan-mexican-criminal-cartels-control-everything-on-the-northern-border-of-mexico...

How Hezbollah Recruits Palestinian Terrorists

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The Algemeiner How Hezbollah Recruits Palestinian Terrorists by Steven Emerson A lot of attention has been devoted to the Islamic State’s use of the Internet to inspire or direct international terrorist attacks. But little has been written about how Hezbollah uses similar approaches to recruit and execute attacks. A new study published this month in the CTC Sentinel explores this development by analyzing several cases of Hezbollah’s alleged social media efforts to recruit Israeli Arabs and Palestinians to kill Israelis.From the end of 2015 through 2017, both the Islamic State and Hezbollah recruited terrorists outside their base countries using social media and encrypted communications platforms to help people form cells and conduct terrorist attacks abroad. Several high-profile Islamic State virtual plots were carried out successfully, killing people in Europe and beyond during this period. Hezbollah, on the other hand, has thus far failed to execute an attack using Palestinians recruited...

Global Terrorism: Threats to the Homeland

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Christopher WrayDirectorFederal Bureau of InvestigationStatement Before the House Homeland Security CommitteeWashington, D.C. October 30, 2019Global Terrorism: Threats to the HomelandStatement for the RecordGood morning Chairman Thompson, Ranking Member Rogers, and members of the committee.Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the current threats to the United States homeland. Our nation continues to face a multitude of serious and evolving threats ranging from homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) to cyber criminals to hostile foreign intelligence services and operatives. Keeping pace with these threats is a significant challenge for the FBI. Our adversaries—terrorists, foreign intelligence services, and criminals—take advantage of modern technology to hide their communications; recruit followers; and plan, conduct, and encourage espionage, cyber attacks, or terrorism to disperse information on different methods to attack the U.S. homeland and to facilitate other illegal activities.Just as our adversaries evolve, so, too, must the FBI. We live in a...

TikTok seeks to join counter-terrorism forum

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One America News Network TikTok seeks to join counter-terrorism forum OAN NewsroomAmid concerns over TikTok’s data collecting and censorship practices, the social media platform is looking to join the country’s largest tech fight against online terrorism. TikTok allows users to share and create short videos, and has become increasingly popular among teens with more than 600 million users.The company is now working to become an official member of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism otherwise known as GIFCT. The forum classifies itself as an independent group, which coordinates the removal of extremist content across the world’s top online platforms. By becoming an official member, TikTok would gain access to all of the forum’s tools in content censorship.Tech firms a part of GIFCT include Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Amazon. These companies, however, have been criticized by counter-terrorism experts over claims their platforms are being exploited by terror groups to recruit...

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Video Shows Destroyed Compound, Said To Be Home Of Extremist Leader Al-Baghdadi Aerial video shows a destroyed compound in the Syrian village of Barisha, where U.S. officials say Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, was killed during a military operation.   ...
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PIX 11 NJ rep’s bill would help car rental firms flag potential terrorists by Associated Press NEW MILFORD, N.J. — A proposed bipartisan bill in Congress would help car rental companies identify customers who have been flagged by authorities for terrorism-related activities.The measure announced Monday by New Jersey Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer is named after a New Jersey resident killed two years ago in a truck attack in New York City.Thirty-two-year-old Darren Drake worked at the World Trade Center and was out for a bike ride when he was struck and killed on a bike path along the West Side Highway on the afternoon of Halloween 2017. Seven others died in the attack.Sayfullo Saipov is alleged to have used a rented truck in the attack. He was shot and wounded by an off-duty police officer, and could face the death penalty when he goes on trial next year. He has...
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Shoot-to-kill power granted for Aussie cops in vehicle terror attacks Xinhua by Shi Yinglun SYDNEY, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Police in the Australian state of Victoria have been granted shoot-to-kill powers in the event of a hostile vehicle attack -- a shocking trend which has become increasingly common in global terror incidents over recent years.The regulations, which were revealed to the public on Monday, represent an Australian first in terms of the specific policy for dealing with hostile vehicle attacks."Protecting the community is our number one priority and by releasing this policy we are trusting our officers to assess the situation and act accordingly," Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said.Hundreds of people have been killed and injured in vehicle attacks since 2016, when a religious extremist drove a rental truck down a crowded promenade in the French city of Nice during a Bastille Day celebration. Read more: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/28/c_138509052.htm...
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PIX 11 New York Anti-police protesters ‘want violence against police officers and the end of all law enforcement,’ union head says by Cristian Benavides NEW YORK — The actions of anti-police protestors in New York were condemned by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch.Protestors were out over two recent controversial incidents involving the NYPD and New Yorkers in subway stations. They're also upset over planned stepped up patrols in subway stations. Protestors marched through the streets with a banner reading "don't let these pigs touch us." At least two police vehicles had graffiti painted on them. One person was arrested for spitting on a cop."I’ve protested against aggressive policing for decades. What I saw last night went beyond an acceptable protest. Spitting on cops, defacing vehicles with graffiti, and chanting 'f**k the police' does not make this city we love any safer or more...
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WPBF News - ABC 25 ISIS confirmed the death of former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and named his replacement in an audio message on Thursday.In the recording, published on the terrorist group's media wing al-Furqan, ISIS announced its new leader as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi. Baghdadi died during an American raid on his compound in northern Syria over the weekend.Thursday's message was voiced by ISIS' new spokesman Abu Hamza al-Qarshi. He replaces the former spokesman, who was killed by U.S. forces in northern Syria, a senior State Department official said Monday."America, do not be happy," the new spokesman said in the recording. "Do you not realize that the State today is not only on the doorstep of Europe and in the center of Africa, it is staying and expanding from the east to the west." Read more: https://www.wpbf.com/article/isis-confirms-baghdadis-death-after-us-raid-names-new-leader/29663744...
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Genetic genealogy, law enforcement’s new crime-solving lead, helps solve cold cases By Patricio G. Balona, The Daytona Beach News-Journal ORLANDO — Crime investigators call genetic genealogy a lead with DNA in it, a tool that can crack open decades-old homicide and rape cases. That's because the science tracks family trees loaded with DNA available in public databases that police can use to identify the unknown source of DNA found at a crime scene.And it's proving effective, as 70 cold cases have been solved in the country since law enforcement started using genetic genealogy 18 months ago, said Lori Napolitano, chief of forensics for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Orlando. Also, the arrest of a South Florida man using genetic genealogy evidence has led to a break in the more than decade-old Daytona Beach serial killer case.But 25 other cases still remain unsolved, Napolitano said at a press conference...
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WTSP 10 Hillsborough County deputy buys Halloween costume for kid who wants to protect and serve HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputy made a little boy's dream come true when she bought him a police officer Halloween costume. Deputy Sanderson met the boy while on duty, last month. He told her -- he wants to be a law enforcement officer when he gets older.In a Facebook post, the sheriff’s office shared the story, stating -- “this is why we do what we do.” According to the post, Sanderson met a boy, who she calls “her friend”, while she was on her way to a call. A few blocks from her destination, she saw the boy riding a toy police motorcycle and waving at her “so hard I thought his arm was going to fall off,” Sanderson said.Sanderson pulled over and quickly introduced herself, but she didn't...

Central Command Chief Gives Details on Baghdadi Raid

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Central Command Chief Gives Details on Baghdadi Raid BY Jim Garamone The mission to capture or kill ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was exquisitely planned and executed, the commander of U.S. Central Command said.Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie briefed Pentagon reporters today on the Oct. 26 raid in northwestern Syria that resulted in Baghdadi's death. Pentagon officials also released videos of the raid. McKenzie said planning for the raid began much earlier. He said Baghdadi was a priority target for Centcom, and as a result, was the subject of an intense effort to bring him to justice. "As it became clear that we had gained clear and actionable intelligence on his hideout, we developed a plan designed to capture or kill him and started preparing a special operations team for the mission," he said. McKenzie said he briefed Defense Department leaders on the intelligence and the plan...
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The Local Swiss Police Target Islamist Extremists In Raids Across The Country  Around 100 police officers took part in the raids in the cantons of Zurich, Bern and Schaffhausen, conducting a total of 11 house searches, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said in a statement. The operation targeted 11 individuals, including five juveniles who will face proceedings headed by a special office for juvenile prosecutions, the statement said.OAG meanwhile said it had launched criminal proceedings against the six adults over suspicions that they violated Swiss law banning support of and membership in Islamic terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group.One of the six was a returned foreign fighter who had been convicted previously of violating Switzerland's anti-terror legislation. Read more: https://www.thelocal.ch/20191030/vast-anti-islamist-sweep-in-switzerland-nets-11...
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CBS Minnesota: Feds: Brothers With Ties To Hezbollah Tried To Export Drone Tech MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two brothers charged with conspiring to export drone parts and technology from the U.S. to Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon are “dangerous” and should remain in custody while they await trial, according to a court document filed Monday.Usama and Issam Hamade are charged with conspiracy to violate U.S. export laws. Usama Hamade is also charged with smuggling. Prosecutors say that from 2009 to 2013, the Lebanese brothers repeatedly acquired sophisticated technology for drones then illegally exported them to Hezbollah, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization.The Hamades were arrested in February 2018 in South Africa and were recently extradited to the U.S. They will appear in a federal court in Minnesota on Tuesday for a hearing to determine whether they will be released pending trial. A third defendant, Samir Ahmed Berro,...
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Pentagon releases video of raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-BaghdadiBy Andrew O'Reilly | Fox News The Pentagon on Wednesday released video footage of the raid that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command, gave a play-by-play of the special operations forces raid on an ISIS compound in northern Syria last Saturday that ended with Baghdadi killing himself with an explosive vest.Overall, U.S. forces killed six ISIS members – four women and another man aside from Baghdadi – in the raid. McKenzie also clarified that Baghdadi’s explosive vest also killed two children he had brought with him into a tunnel when U.S. troops pursued him. Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/baghdadi-raid-video-pentagon-release-isis...
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Reuters Sixteen Killed In Burkina Faso In Suspected Jihadist Attack OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Suspected jihadists killed 16 villagers in northern Burkina Faso on Monday in an incident highlighting the increased presence of Sahel-based Islamists in the area, local and security sources said.The gunmen came to Pobe-Mengao, about 200 km (160 miles) north of the capital Ouagadougou, threatening to take way children and telling villagers to help them buy weapons, a security source told Reuters.When they refused, they were shot dead, the sources said. A security source told Reuters that the death toll had reached 16. An Islamist insurgency with links to Islamic State and al Qaeda has crossed into Burkina Faso this year from neighboring Mali, igniting ethnic and religious tensions, especially in northern regions. Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-burkina-violence/sixteen-killed-in-burkina-faso-in-suspected-jihadist-attack-idUSKBN1X71KM...
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The New York Times Intelligence From Al-Baghdadi Raid, Including 2 Prisoners, Could Reveal Trove Of ISIS CluesBy Julian E. Barnes and Eric SchmittWASHINGTON — Delta Force commandos took two Islamic State fighters as prisoners and a trove of intelligence from the now-destroyed compound where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world’s most wanted terrorist, had been hiding, officials said Monday.The prisoners, who are being held in Iraq, are being questioned by the United States military. If the Trump administration follows its previous practice with captured Islamic State fighters, the men will eventually be turned over to the Iraqi government for prosecution.Both the captives and the documents taken from the compound during a two-hour search of the area following the nighttime raid in which Mr. al-Baghdadi was killed over the weekend could provide a trove of information for the military and intelligence agencies, current and former officials said. Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/us/politics/baghdadi-raid-intelligence.html...