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Human Rights Watch BAGHDAD – Fighters from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) are arbitrarily detaining, ill-treating, torturing, and forcibly marrying Sunni Arab women and girls in areas under their control in Iraq, Human Rights Watch said today. Although accounts of gender-based violence have emerged from areas under ISIS control, these are the first cases against Sunni Arab women in Iraq that Human Rights Watch has been able to document. Researchers interviewed six women in Kirkuk, to which they had escaped from the town of Hawija, 125 kilometers south of Mosul and still under ISIS control. Human Rights Watch and others have extensively documented similar abuses by ISIS fighters against Yezidi women. “Little is known about sexual abuse against Sunni Arab women living under ISIS rule,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “We hope that the international community and local authorities will do all...

How to Collect Open Source Intelligence

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InHomelandSecurity.com By Kim Miller, Ph.D., CFE Faculty Member, Criminal Justice, American Military University Open source intelligence (OSINT) is information that comes from publicly available sources. This type of information can be exploited, collected and disseminated to any audience. For investigators or other individuals who need to collect background material on an individual, OSINT is highly useful. According to Michael Bazzell, a former FBI computer crime investigator and the author of several books on security, OSINT can be used to locate people or to conduct background checks or any online investigation. Many Names and Addresses Publicly Available Online Websites such as Spoke.com, Radaris.com, and Intelius.com allow users to search an individual’s name and address for free. These sites allow investigators to more easily use the information found on these sites to conduct background checks on potential employees, but are also used by criminals to find information for identity theft. Use of...
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by The Local In February 2016: Police in Östersund in northern Sweden warned women about being out on their own after dark, but the city's mayor trashed the idea. Officers in Östersund first advised women not to walk around on their own at night, during at press conference on Monday, explaining that there had been at least six reports of violence against women in the area since February 20th. "Now the police are going out and warning women against traveling alone in the city. We have seen a worrying trend," regional police chief Stephen Jerand told Swedish media. "This is serious, we care about the protection of women and that is why we are going out and talking about this." He explained that the recent reported crimes included an attempted rape in the centre of Östersund over the weekend. Police later added that they were also investigating the alleged molestation...
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Sec Def nod calls for 'battles of annihilation” with “no survivors” against terror group, while beating drums of all-out war with Iran. by Paul Sperry - CounterJihad.com Defense secretary nominee Gen. Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis believes ISIS is “al-Qaida on steroids” and must be defeated in head-to-head “battles of annihilation” that leave “no survivors” on the enemy side, according to a recent discussion he participated in with a conservative think tank. The career Marine, who faces Senate questioning at a confirmation today, also asserts that the US military “can handle Iran” in a shooting war, but cautioned that the Navy needs more warships to challenge “China’s bullying in the South China Sea.” Mattis made the eye-opening remarks in a little-noticed interview with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution in Palo Alto, Calif., where he is a visiting fellow. Before retiring in 2013 after a 43-year-career in the US Marine Corps, Mattis directed...
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Muslim Brotherhood -- including Hamas -- were part of the Saudi-linked Islamist network in America that assisted the 9/11 hijackers. By Ryan Mauro - The Clarion Project The recently-declassified 28 pages from the official U.S. report on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks implicates the Muslim Brotherhood -- including Hamas -- as being part of the Saudi-linked Islamist network in America that assisted the 9/11 hijackers and Al-Qaeda in general. On page 7, the report discusses how a suspected Saudi intelligence officer, Omar Al-Bayoumi, may have assisted two 9/11 hijackers and had links to Al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. It then states: “In addition, the FBI determined that al-Bayoumi was in contact with several individuals under investigation and with the Holy Land Foundation, which has been under investigation as a fundraising front for Hamas.” The Holy Land Foundation was later successfully prosecuted and identified as a creation of the Muslim...
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CBS News AP KARACHI, Pakistan - The death toll from an Islamic State suicide bombing at a famous shrine in Pakistan has climbed to 75, with another 200 people wounded. According to three security officials, the suicide bomber entered the main hall of the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan in the southern Sindh province and detonated his explosives amid a gathering that included men, women and children. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to media. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack on their Aamaq news agency, saying a suicide bomber had targeted a “Shiite gathering” at the shrine. Isis also claimed responsibility for a car bomb in Baghdad killed at least 51 people and wounded more than 60 on Thursday, Iraq’s Interior Ministry said.   Rizwan Edhi, the spokesman for Pakistan’s largest private ambulance service, Edhi, said...
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JihadWatch.org By Christine Williams The Liberal Party of Canada has opted to support an “anti-Islamophobia” motion (M-103) in Parliament which calls on the government to “condemn Islamophobia and study the best ways to quell an ‘increasing public climate of hate and fear.’” M-103 is the second anti-Islamophobia motion tabled. The first was unanimously approved and passed, but M-103 has stirred up questions and opposition by some Conservative Members of Parliament. Huffington Post Canada ran an uninformed article that blamed opposition to the motion on “right-wing activists”: Right-wing activists are attacking a motion in Canadian Parliament intended to combat anti-Islamic racism and religious discrimination as a crackdown on free speech. It doesn’t outlaw anything. Nevertheless, conservative websites have condemned it as a “war against free speech” and a “modern day blasphemy law.” Among those “right wing activists” mentioned was Jihad Watch. There are those who disparage “right wingers” without actually identifying any...
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by Justin McCarthy - Gallup.com Story Highlights More than four in five Americans say both goals are very important Defending U.S. allies' security has increased in importance Two in three say defending U.S. allies' security is very important WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Preventing future acts of international terrorism (85%) and the spread of nuclear weapons (84%) remain Americans' top foreign policy goals in 2017, with more than four in five rating each of these as "very important." Nearly as many say securing adequate supplies of energy for the U.S. (80%) is a very important foreign policy goal. Solid majorities also say promoting favorable trade policies (71%), defending our allies' security (66%) and working with organizations like the U.N. to bring about world cooperation (63%) are very important foreign policy goals. A smaller majority rated promoting and defending human rights abroad (53%) as being very important. Meanwhile, less than three in 10...

ISIS drones could target Europe

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By Douglas Burton - The Washington Times ANALYSIS/OPINION: When Mosul falls, foreign fighters may bring their remote skills home Killer drones guided by Islamic State terrorists have made their debut in Northern Iraq, prompting concern about a new terror weapon outside of Iraq. “I can verify that the enemy has used drones to release grenade-sized munitions,” wrote U.S. Air Force Col. John Dorrian, chief spokesman for the Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve, in an email from Baghdad. He went on to say that Iraqi forces closing in on Islamic State’s last-remaining high-population stronghold in Iraq are dealing with them. Islamic State websites have reported more than 37 drone strikes in a wide area of Northern Iraq from Feb. 3, of which 10 attacks have been corroborated by Iraqi TV stations and news sites. Most strikes reported were in East Mosul, but some were on Sinjar Mountain near Iraq’s...
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Fox News By Brooke Singman U.S. military forces have killed 60,000 Islamic State militants over the past two years, according to a U.S. Special Operations Commander. On Tuesday, while speaking at a defense conference near Washington D.C., Army Gen. Raymond Thomas said the figure is substantially higher than the one reported at the end of last year – when U.S. officials said they had killed 50,000 ISIS fighters. “I’m not into morbid body count, but that matters,” Thomas said at the National Defense Industrial Association’s annual Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict conference, according to the Military Times. “So when folks ask, do you need more aggressive [measures], do you need better [rules of engagement], I would tell you that we’re being pretty darn prolific right now.” But Defense Department Spokesman Christopher Sherwood told Fox News that death tolls are not a proper measure of “effectiveness” in the fight against ISIS. “References to...

Is There a Lack of Security on Canadian Border?

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YouTube: Clarion Project's national security analyst, Prof. Ryan Mauro, appears on FOX Business Network with Neil Cavuto to discuss President Trump's meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, Canada's response to the U.S. suspension of refugee admission and lax security on the Canadian border. ...

Trump Terrorism Adviser Gorka: War on ISIS About Ideology

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by Josh Siegel - The Daily Signal One of the key figures driving President Donald Trump’s national security policy outlined a counterterrorism vision on Monday squarely focused on defeating ISIS beyond the battlefield. Sebastian Gorka’s view of the ISIS threat melds with many in the White House who believe that the U.S. is engaged in a nontraditional war against radical Islam. Gorka, and others in Trump’s orbit, allege that previous administrations have not properly combatted the ideology they say fuels terrorism, and that the U.S. government has struggled to define the war it is fighting. “In this current warfare environment, body bags are not a good metric for winning,” said Gorka, a deputy assistant to the president, during an event at The Heritage Foundation. “You can kill a jihadi high-value target. But what happens if the next day, 20 people volunteer to replace that jihadi? The last 16 years we...
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By Jay Brainard - HSToday.us For more than a decade, Immediate Action Rapid Deployment (IARD) has become the universal technique used by law enforcement to neutralize the active shooter. While IARD -- a police tactic where first responders, typically regular police officers, actively confront a developing high-risk crisis -- is the most widely accepted means of eliminating the threat, the unfortunate truth is first responders will always be at a disadvantage in a large populated environment; because until the shooter is eliminated, all areas are considered a hot zone and everyone in the area is an unknown. As the threat continues to evolve so must the search for alternatives, which give law enforcement and security professionals any advantage to more rapidly identify, engage and eliminate the threat, while at the same time enhance officer safety and increase the survivability rate of innocents. Identify, broadcast and engage: play-by-play In any active...
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For The Record - The IPT Blog by IPT News With the help of organized criminal elements, Islamic State terrorists reportedly are buying legitimate British passports that can evade security detection from security authorities, the Daily Beast reports. An Italian intelligence investigation into the Camorra mafia discovered an advertisement on the deep web that linked to a Naples firm capable of producing sophisticated biometric passports. "We are selling original UK Passports made with your info/picture. Also, your info will get entered into the official passport database," the advertisement reads. "So its (sic) possible to travel with our passports. How do we do it? Trade secret! Information on how to send us your info and picture will be given after purchase! You can even enter the UK/EU with our passports, we can just add a stamp for the country you are in." Other investigations also shed light onto the broader ties...
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By Jessica A. York, Santa Cruz Sentinel and Ryan Masters, Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ >> The U.S. Department of Homeland Security led a pre-dawn operation across Santa Cruz County and Daly City on Monday, arresting 11 members of the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang. The effort, in partnership with local law enforcement, was part of a five-year investigation into the notorious street gang operating in the area, according to Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Dan Flippo. The suspected criminals, members of MS-13, are men between the ages of 20 and 40, he said. A 12th man had been arrested prior to Monday’s operation, Flippo said. Authorities allege that those arrested had a history of such crimes as murder, extortion and trafficking of heroin and methamphetamine. Two firearms were also seized during the arrests. At least two of those arrested were being held on charges unrelated to gang activity, Flippo...

What the Moro Rebellion Taught Us about Modern Terrorism

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InHomelandSecurity.com By Jeffrey T. Fowler, Ph.D. Faculty Member, School of Security and Global Studies, American Military University “If you sow arrows, you will reap sorrows” (Filipino proverb). Few people realize that the current Muslim extremist terrorism and asymmetric warfare is not a new phenomenon. In the early 20th century, U.S. troops fought a savage Muslim insurgency in the southern Philippines against the Moro tribesman of Mindanao and other islands of the Sulu Archipelago. The Moros had inhabited the islands for centuries under a Muslim-style sultanate. Although the ruling Spanish battled against them, the Moros were never completely conquered. The Philippine Insurrection began in 1899 and lasted until 1902. When the Spanish-American war ended in 1898, the United States annexed Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines. Before then, U.S. involvement with the Moros was minimal. However, it is important to note that the Philippine Insurrection and the Moro Rebellion (1901-1913) are...
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by Michael Tierney Introduction In 2009, Miles Kahler published Networked Politics: Agency, Power, and Governance.  His work proved highly impactful in the fields of political science and international relations, as he defined the ways in which various non-state actors interact in the global political system to exercise influence and power.  Of utmost interest for security scholars was his chapter on illicit networks, such as terrorist and organized crime groups, because it illustrated the ways in which these groups shift their structure and operations to elude law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and the state. As an example, Kahler introduced the case of al-Qaeda, which was a tightly controlled, hierarchical organization prior to 2001.  While the al-Qaeda brand consisted of several terrorist groups located across Asia and Africa, they mostly deferred to Osama bin Laden and what came to be known as al-Qaeda Central, or AQC, until the international community intervened in Afghanistan in an...
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JihadWatch.org By Robert Spencer This appears to be a legitimate case of police brutality that Islamic supremacists are exploiting to try to weaken, and ultimately topple, the French state. “Rioters shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ during violent Paris protests where car was set on fire,” by Laura Mowat, Express, February 12, 2017: RIOTERS shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ during violent protests in Paris where a car was set on fire. Front National (FN) MP Marion Le Pen tweeted the clip showing the tense protest in the French capital sparked after a police officer ‘raped a man with a truncheon’. The amateur video shows chaotic scene of clouds of smoke after cars were set on fire and a man yelling “Allahu Akbar”, Arabic for God is Greatest, three times. The video shows cars beeping their horns as they try and leave the scene of anarchy with protesters shouting on the street. The niece of the...
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Clarion Project thanks security personnel in the U.S. and abroad for preventing these five terror attacks. The Clarion Project 1. Mohammed Jalloh, 26, of Sterling, Virginia was sentenced to 11 years in prison for providing material support to a terrorist organization. After two attempts to join the Islamic State overseas, Jalloh returned to the U.S. and talked to an undercover FBI agent about carrying out a Fort Hood-style attack. He also sent hundreds of dollars to an undercover FBI employee whom he believed was a member of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). 2. Four people were arrested in southern France in a raid which French officials say prevented an “imminent attack.” The arrests included a 16-year-old girl who pledged allegiance to ISIS in a recent video posted on social media. The raid uncovered a bombing-making factory stocked with chemicals used in the November 2015 attacks in Paris and the March 2016 attack...

French police foil 'imminent' church terror attack

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by Jane Onyanga-Omara , USA TODAY French authorities on Wednesday said they foiled an "imminent" terrorist attack on churchgoers after a man was arrested in Paris with an arsenal of weapons. The 24-year-old Algerian computer science student was only detained on Sunday because he shot himself in the leg, prosecutors said. The man called for an ambulance, and was found bleeding on a pavement in the 13th arrondissement of the city, the Guardian reported. Police followed a trail of blood to his car, where they found the weapons. Several more weapons were found at the suspect's home. "Documents were also found and they prove, without any ambiguity, that the individual was preparing an imminent attack, in all probability, against one or two churches," Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said. The man, who was not identified by police, was said to be an Islamic extremist known to security forces for having expressed...