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InHomelandSecurity.com US Needs Active Counterintelligence Tools to Stop China Spying By William TuckerColumnist, In Homeland SecurityWilliam Evanina, Director of the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), recently stated, “From the American Revolution to the cyber revolution, spies among us have caused lasting damage to our national security, and just as our adversaries and the threats we face continue to evolve, counterintelligence and security professionals…must evolve as well.”Following those remarks, Evanina stated that China is by far the most significant threat to the U.S. But it’s worth mentioning that Russia, and to a lesser extent Iran, poses a significant risk as well. Writing in Politico, former NCSC Director Michelle Van Cleave lamented the lack of coordination across the U.S. intelligence community in offensive counterintelligence operations. US Has Never Had a Strategic Mission to Disable Hostile Intelligence Services Read more: https://inhomelandsecurity.com/us-counterintelligence-tools-china-spying/...
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CBS News A “Victory:” Families Of Americans Killed By ISIS Respond To Al-Baghdadi's Death By Li Cohen The families of U.S. citizens who were murdered by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Sunday called his death a "victory." Mr. Trump said in his address Sunday morning that ISIS "murder of innocent Americans Jim Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller were especially heinous."President Trump announced al-Baghdadi's death at a press conference Sunday morning. During a special operation that resulted in U.S. forces pursuing al-Baghdadi and three of his children in a "dead-end tunnel," the ISIS leader detonated a suicide vest.Al-Baghdadi has been accused of taking at least three U.S. civilians hostage and murdering them. According to the White House, the ISIS leader is responsible for more than 300 public beheadings and for killing thousands of captured prisoners of war.  Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/al-baghdadi-families-of-americans-killed-by-isis-respond-to-al-baghdadis-death/...
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How Baghdadi's Death Reveals Trump's Clever Syria StrategyU.S. president outsmarts Putin -- leaves him with Syria headaches as U.S. withdraws. by Joseph Klein  According to conventional thinking, President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northeast Syria opened the door to a resurgence of ISIS. “Make no mistake, President Trump ignores the national security threat posed by ISIS at our nation’s peril,” Senator Bob Menendez, the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said last week. How foolish Senator Menendez and his fellow critics look now after President Trump announced on Sunday that a special operations raid, which he had approved and closely monitored, resulted in the cowardly death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS.“Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice,” the president said in remarks from the White House, describing the operation in detail. “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead....

The operation that took out Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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Special-Ops.org The operation that took out Abu Bakr al-BaghdadiNotorious ISIS leader al-Baghdadi detonated his suicide vest killing himself on the scene after the Delta Force entered his compound by Eric Sof Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the notorious Islamic State (also known as IS, ISIS, ISIL), was killed in Syria’s Idlib province on October 27, 2019, in a military raid carried out by the United States 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), also known as Delta Force. The Delta Force is considered as Tier 1 unit.The operation was carried out after the CIA agents have acknowledged the al-Baghdadi’s possible whereabout. In coordination with Joint Special Operations Command, commonly known as JSOC, they have coordinated the raid which resulted in the death of al-Baghdadi. In addition to Delta Force, participating units under JSOC included the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)—also known as “Night Stalkers”—and operators from the CIA’s...
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CBS News ISIS leader dead after U.S. commandos stage dramatic raid in SyriaBy Camilo Montoya-Galvez and Caroline Linton Washington — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ruthless leader of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) who once controlled a vast swath of territory and tens of thousands of jihadist fighters, died in a raid by U.S. troops in northern Syria, bringing a dramatic end to a years-long U.S.-led hunt.Addressing the nation on Sunday morning, President Trump said a team of U.S. special forces targeted al-Baghdadi in a "dangerous and daring" overnight raid. During the operation, the ISIS leader was "crying and screaming" and attempted to flee through a tunnel, the president said. As U.S. forces and dogs approached him, al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and a group of children who he brought with him, according to Mr. Trump."He died like a dog. He died like a coward," Mr....
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Newsweek U.S. Strikes Kill ISIS Spokesperson One Day After Baghdadi's Death in Syria Raid By James LaPorta and Tom O'Connor The CIA has targeted Islamic State militant group (ISIS) spokesperson Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir in a new operation that comes one day after the organization's leader was killed in a Joint Special Operations Command raid, Newsweek has learned.President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday that Baghdadi had died during the Delta Team raid first reported by Newsweek the night before. The jihadi leader was detonated a suicide vest as U.S. forces sought to kill or capture one of the world's most wanted men and, as the president announced it to the world, Hellfire missiles targeted Muhajir by Ayn al-Bayda, near Jarablus in Aleppo province.Syrian Democratic Forces commander Mazloum Abdi, also known as Mazloum Kobane, also reported on the news Sunday.Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/us-strikes-kill-isis-spokesperson-day-after-baghdadi-death-syria-raid-1468018...
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The Wall Street Journal Barr Wants to Adopt Terrorism-Prevention Tactics to Stop Mass Shootings Attorney general’s memo stops short of proposing gun control and highlights absence of plan from White House to reduce gun violence By Sadie Gurman The same tactics that law-enforcement officials developed to stop terrorists should be adopted to prevent mass shootings, Attorney General William Barr said in a memo released Wednesday directing the FBI to find ways to better identify and thwart such attacks.Authorities should include psychologists, community groups and “intervention teams” when trying to gauge whether someone is gearing up for mass violence, in much the same way the FBI’s terrorism squads seek to identify people as they radicalize, Mr. Barr wrote in the memo to the nation’s federal prosecutors. “Some of our most creative and effective disruption and early engagement tactics were born of the posture we adopted with respect to terrorist threats,” Mr....
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The Hill House Homeland Security Committee Advances Online Extremism Bill By Emily Birnbaum and Chris Mills Rodrigo A House panel on Wednesday voted to advance a bill aimed at combating the scourge of extremist content online despite ongoing pushback from civil liberties groups and Republicans on the committee. The House Homeland Security Committee unanimously voted to advance the National Commission on Online Platforms and Homeland Security Act, greenlighting one of the first legislative efforts to address internet extremism and bigotry after a string of mass shooters were tied to white supremacist online footprints this year. “Through our oversight of the social media companies, it is evident that this is one of those areas where the private sector needs the government to be a convener,” committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said during his opening remarks. Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/467076-house-homeland-committee-advances-online-extremism-bill...

Michigan Imam Feted at Interfaith Events, Spews Hate

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Clarion Project By Ryan Mauro and Alex VanNess Michigan Imam Feted at Interfaith Events, Spews Hate A Michigan imam preached that the leaders of Saudi Arabia are “agents of the Jews” and should be put to death, as seen in a video posted to Facebook and found by Clarion Project.The video shows Dearborn Imam Husham al-Hussainy condemning the Saudi royal family as “impure,” calling for them to be executed for the Saudi campaign in Yemen against the Houthi rebels backed by the Iranian regime, and is filled with conspiratorial anti-Semitism.Speaking in Arabic, al-Hussainy said that the Saudi leaders are “agents of the Jews” and that the so-called Zionist conspiracy should be blamed for any Saudi transgression.Al-Hussainy even went so far as to claim that the Saudi airplanes bombing Yemen “are Israeli airplanes with Israeli policy and Israeli targets.”He then urged Muslims to “stand together” with Christians against the “oppressive Saudi-Zionist...
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The Washington Post Afghan Official: Taliban Storm Checkpoint, Kill 15 Policemen By Rahim Faiez | AP KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban stormed a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 15 policemen in the latest attack by insurgents, an Afghan provincial official said Tuesday.The multi-pronged attack on the checkpoint in the Ali Abad district of northern Kunduz province began late on Monday night and set off an hours-long gunbattle, according to Ghulam Rabani Rabani, a provincial council member. Along with the 15 policemen killed, two other officers were wounded in the assault, he said.The attack came as Afghan troops have been battling the Taliban for the past few weeks in Kunduz’s Dashti Archi and Imam Sahib districts, Rabani added. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the checkpoint attack.The Taliban have a strong presence in Kunduz and are in control in several of the province’s districts. Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/afghan-official-taliban-storm-checkpoint-kill-15-policemen/2019/10/22/84b1ca10-f496-11e9-b2d2-1f37c9d82dbb_story.html...
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The Hill Bipartisan Lawmakers Dig Into Twitter Over Policy Allowing Hamas, Hezbollah Accounts By Emily Birnbaum A team of bipartisan lawmakers are digging into Twitter over its policy of allowing Hamas and Hezbollah to maintain presences on the powerful social media platform. In a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday, the four House lawmakers offered a sharp rebuke of the company’s decision to support accounts even for groups designated as “foreign terrorist organizations” by the U.S. government, particularly Hamas and Hezbollah.“If you believe that Twitter is better at determining violent extremist content than the United States Government's interagency process, then we urge you to come testify before Congress to explain your own process and how it differs from that of the State and Treasury Departments,” the lawmakers — including Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.Y.), Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), Max Rose (D-N.Y.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) — wrote to Dorsey. Read...
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Florida Senate votes to remove Broward Sheriff Scott IsraelWPBF by Brandon Lopez On Wednesday, the Florida Senate voted to back Gov. Ron DeSantis' suspension of Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.The Florida Senate voted 25 to 15 to permanently remove Scott Israel as Broward sheriff.Earlier this week, suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel went before the State Senate to try to get his job back.On Sunday, Parkland parents traveled to Tallahassee ahead of Monday's special session. Read more: https://www.wpbf.com/article/florida-senate-votes-to-remove-broward-sheriff-scott-israel/29565013...
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Sahara Reporters Nigeria Now Fighting Global Terrorists, Boko Haram Technically Defeated -Lai Mohammed Mohammed said his position in 2015 that Boko Haram was technically defeated was based on what he saw. by SaharaReporters, New York Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, believes Boko Haram have been technically defeated despite continued onslaughtsby the terrorist group.The minister stated this on Monday when he paid a working visit to the new corporate headquarters of The Sun in Lagos.Fielding questions from the editorial board of the newspaper led by the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, Onuoha Ukeh, the minister said Nigeria was currently facing global terrorism.He stated, “I stand by what I said that Boko Haram is technically defeated. Read more: http://saharareporters.com/2019/10/22/nigeria-now-fighting-global-terrorists-boko-haram-technically-defeated-lai-mohammed...

Report: Jordan Nabs Isis Cell Plotting Terror Attacks

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The Jerusalem Post Jordan Nabs Isis Cell Plotting Terror Attacks - Report The suspects are accused of conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks, including shooting at security patrols and kidnapping a Jordanian intelligence officer. By Khaled Abu Toameh The Jordanian authorities have foiled a plot by ISIS to carry out terrorist attacks in the kingdom, the Jordanian newspaper Al-Ra’i reported on Monday. Five members of the terrorist cell were arrested last July, according to a charge sheet presented to the State Security Court in Amman, the newspaper said. According to the report, the suspects were planning to attack the guards stationed outside the home of a former Jordanian prime minister and seize their weapons. At the beginning of their trial on Sunday, the suspects pleaded not guilty, the newspaper said. Read more: https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Jordan-nabs-ISIS-cell-plotting-terror-attacks-report-605285...
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Asharq Al-Awsat 12,000 ISIS Militants In 7 Prisons In Northeastern Syria Qamishli - Kamal Sheikho The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that about 12,000 suspected ISIS militants are being held in seven prisons in northeastern Syria.Apart from Syrians, the number of imprisoned Iraqis is estimated at 4,000, and there are about 2,000 fighters from 50 different countries, including about 800 from Western and European origins, with about 1,200 from Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African countries.The SDF fears that if the rest of the areas under its control are attacked by Turkey, extremists in detention centers might flee.The United States and Turkey agreed to reduce security concerns about the fate of thousands of ISIS prisoners held in SDF prisons. Extremists' families are in displacement and asylum camps in northeastern Syria, most notably al-Hol camp which houses thousands of ISIS families.Read more:  https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1956276/12000-isis-militants-7-prisons-northeastern-syria...

Who Gets Blamed if ISIS Fighters Come Back?

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Who Gets Blamed if ISIS Fighters Come Back? Gatestone Institute by Con Coughlin  US President Donald Trump personally made a number of appeals to European leaders requesting they do more to take responsibility for their ISIS-affiliated nationals... the Europeans refused to budge, arguing that having them return home would increase the risk of Islamist-inspired acts of terrorism.... There is now the very real prospect that ISIS, which only a year ago had suffered a catastrophic defeat with the destruction of its so-called caliphate, will be able to regroup as hordes of liberated fighters from Europe and elsewhere rejoin its ranks. If that happens, and ISIS succeeds in launching a new wave of terror attacks against Western targets, European leaders will have only themselves to blame for failing to accept responsibility for the actions of their citizens, no matter how reprehensible they might be. Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15038/isis-prisoners-return...

Behind Egypt's gift to Islamic Jihad

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Al-Monitor Behind Egypt's gift to Islamic Jihad by Shlomi Eldar About 80 members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad were released from an Egyptian jail on Oct. 17. Some had been detained without trial, and others had been sentenced by a Cairo state security court to lengthy jail terms for membership in a terror organization and threatening Egypt’s national security.The release followed an Oct. 14 meeting between senior Islamic Jihad officials, led by the organization’s head, Ziad Nahala, and senior Egyptian intelligence officials. Nahala, who arrived in Cairo from Beirut, was joined by leaders of Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, from Gaza, including the commander of the northern division, Baha Abu al-Ata, whom Israel considers a serial troublemaker. These were not the first talks between an Islamic Jihad delegation and heads of Egyptian intelligence, but in the past, they had always been joined by Hamas representatives summoned to Cairo to...
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FOX6 Mexican lawmen get FBI training to combat organized crime, terrorism by Nexstar Media Group JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — Three Chihuahua state lawmen recently completed intelligence and intervention training courses sponsored by the FBI, according to the State Security Commission.Alvaro Serrano Escobedo, the commission’s operations director, received training on anti-terrorism, intelligence gathering, leadership and the combat of organized crime at FBI headquarters in Quantico, Virginia. The training is part of the FBI’s Mexican Law Enforcement Executive Development (MEXLEED) program, the commission said in a news release.Ginés Jaime Ruiz García, first officer of the Chihuahua State Police, and Jesús Alejandro Cruz Rangel, who heads rural operations for the agency, attended the FBI’s Mexican American Liaison and Law Enforcement Training (MALLET) program in South Padre Island, Texas, the commission said. Read more: https://fox6now.com/2019/10/21/mexican-lawmen-get-fbi-training-to-combat-organized-crime-terrorism/...
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The National French Foreign Minister Talks Trying Thousands Of ISIS Suspects In Iraq The minister is in Iraq to discuss a mechanism to avoid European nations repatriating suspected militants France's top diplomat held talks in Baghdad on Thursday about transferring foreign militants from northern Syria, where a Turkish offensive has triggered fears of mass jailbreaks, to be tried in Iraq.European governments are worried that the Turkish operation will allow the escape of some of the 12,000 suspected ISIS group fighters – including thousands of foreigners – held by Syrian Kurds.The issue was top of the agenda for French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in his talks with his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed Ali Al Hakim, President Barham Saleh and Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi. Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/french-foreign-minister-talks-trying-thousands-of-isis-suspects-in-iraq-1.925009...
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Miami Herald South Florida Man Found Guilty Of Sending Weapons To Colombian Terrorist Group By Jay Weaver A South Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to shipping a cache of weapons inside air compressors to a violent Colombian rebel group at the center of an uncommon U.S. terrorism-support case.Francisco Joseph Arcila Ramirez, who is a legal permanent resident in the United States, reached a plea agreement convicting him of providing “material support to a foreign terrorist organization,” the ELN, a leftist group that was responsible for the deadly bombing of a Bogotá police academy in January of this year. The group, also known as the National Liberation Army, did not use any weapons from Ramirez’s shipment in that attack, however.Arcila, 36, faces up to 20 years in prison on the sole terrorism-support charge Dec. 19 before U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez. Related conspiracy and weapons charges will be dropped at that...