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  Abu Mugheera Al-Britain, meaning 'from Britain', wrote about his stint in the jail His real identity has not been established but there were 16 Brits in Guantanamo It will fuel concern that freed terror suspects have not changed their ways He follows Jamal al-Harith - another UK ex-inmate - who joined ISIS in October   Daily Mail By Omar Wahid and Nick Craven for The Mail on Sunday A jihadi from Britain who claims to be a former Guantanamo Bay detainee has fled to Syria where he is now fighting for Al Qaeda. The terrorist – who has dubbed himself Abu Mugheera Al-Britani, meaning ‘from Britain’ – has written in detail about his experience in the notorious US prison camp. Although Al-Britani’s real identity has not been established, at least 16 UK nationals and residents were held at the military camp in Cuba. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4098396/British-jihadi-freed-Guantanamo-Bay-fled-Syria-join-Al-Qaeda.html#ixzz4VK3IAkCj ...
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Jerusalem Post By Joy Bernard, Ariane Mandell, Yonah Jeremy Bob Although the jury is out in Israel about how much of November’s wave of blazes was caused by terrorists, Islamic State in its latest English language magazine called on supporters to commit arson in the spirit of “devastating fires that ravaged Jewish settlements in Palestine.”In the January 6 issue of ISIS’s monthly print publication, Rumiyah (meaning Rome, in a reference to an Islamic prophecy that foretells the downfall of Rome in the broader sense of infidels battling Muslims), an article titled, “Just Terror Tactics” cited the November 22-27 flames as an example of the effective use of fire for terrorism. Through arson, operatives can “impose terror on an entire country,” the Sunni Islamist organization stressed.“The whole world witnessed the devastating fires that ravaged Jewish settlements in Palestine, destroying around 700 Jewish homes,” the article said.This is ISIS’s description, though the...

Bin Laden son put on US terror list

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Fox News By Brooke Singman The Obama administration Thursday added the son of Al-Qaeda founder and September 11th mastermind Usama bin Laden to a terror list, marking the 239th terrorist designation from the State Department since 2012, a State Department spokesperson told Fox News.  The State Department designated Hamza bin Laden, 27, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT), which imposes sanctions on foreign people thought to have committed or pose a serious risk of committing acts of terrorism that threaten U.S. national security, foreign policy, or the economy of the United States.  Al-Qaeda senior leader Ayman al-Zawahiri earlier announced Hazma bin Laden as an official member of the terrorist group, according to a 2015 audio message obtained by the State Department. That message also contains bin Laden threatening revenge against the United States—specifically calling for lone wolf attacks against Washington D.C., Paris, and Tel Aviv. The State Department said...
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LA Times by Megan O'Matz, Deborah Ramirez and Paula McMahon Authorities in Anchorage confiscated a gun from the accused Fort Lauderdale, Fla., airport shooter after he came to an FBI office in November acting bizarrely and speaking of "terroristic thoughts." But police gave the weapon back to him less than a month ago, authorities in Alaska said Saturday. Emerging details raise troubling questions about why Esteban Santiago was allowed to have and keep a gun, and then check it on a flight. Red flags were many in the months leading up to Friday's rampage and even on the day Esteban boarded a plane to begin his journey to Fort Lauderdale. He bought a one-way ticket. Though traveling from the wintry northwest to balmy South Florida, he stowed no luggage, checking only one item: a hard case containing a gun. No gate agent or security official stood in his way. Just two months earlier, he had told...
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Dramatic video shows moment terrorists gunned down by Thomas Goulding The Independent Police officers and Isis terrorists fought a dramatic shootout on the streets of Saudi Arabia, in which two extremists strapped with suicide belts were shot dead. In a tense video filmed from a nearby house, a police officer killed the same extremist who planned the July bombing of a Medina mosque in Saudi Arabia which killed four, according to the Saudi government. The officer and the fighters exchanged fire at point-blank range in the Yasmeen district of northern Riyadh, and the officer killed Taie bin Salem bin Yaslam al-Saya’ari according to Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki. The footage shows the shootout climax at dawn as security forces gained intelligence of Isis fighters preparing explosives for a raid in a nearby residential building. The fighters, who were wearing suicide belts of explosives according to the security forces, took one...

4 Israeli Soldiers Killed In Jerusalem Terror Attack

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Who Is Fadi Al-Qanbar? Cabinet Adopts Administrative Detention For ISIS Sympathizers After Fatal Jerusalem Truck Attack By Marcy Kreiter The Israeli Cabinet approved administrative detentions for Islamic State group sympathizers Sunday in the way of a deadly truck attack that left four Israeli soldiers, three women and one man, dead and 17 others injured. An alleged ISIS sympathizer drove a flat-bed truck into a group of conscripts getting off a bus in Jerusalem Sunday afternoon. Authorities labeled the deaths of Lt. Yael Yekutiel, 20, Shir Hajaj, 20, Shira Tzur, 20, and Erez Averbuch, 20, a mass casualty event. Two other cadets were seriously injured, the Israeli army said. The attacker was identified as Fadi al-Qanbar of East Jerusalem, who was shot to death by security personnel. “We know the identity of the attacker, and according to all the signs, he is a supporter of Islamic State,” Netanyahu said. Read more:...
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By Miami Herald staff An unidentified shooter opened fire inside of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday afternoon, killing “multiple people” before being apprehended by police, the Broward Sheriff’s Office reported. BSO said in a Twitter post that one subject was in custody, but police did not identify the individual. Eight people were injured and taken to area hospitals from the airport. Police received a call that shots had been fired at the airport at 12:55 p.m.   Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced that he was traveling to Fort Lauderdale to be briefed by police about the shooting.   As security tightened around the airport and Miami International Airport, federal officials said the FBI was sending a terrorism task to investigate the shooting in Fort Lauderdale. But there was no indication yet that the incident is related to terrorism. Mike Leverock, an FBI spokesman, said agents were working with local...
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Wall Street Journal by Valentina Pop and Mark Maremont BRUSSELS—Belgian police had numerous chances to unmask the Islamic State terror cell that later carried out the Paris and Brussels attacks, according to a confidential report prepared for Belgium’s Parliament. They muffed every one.   In early 2015, Brussels police stopped a car driven by Brahim Abdeslam, later one of the Paris attackers, and arrested him for drug possession. At the time, Brahim was on a terror watch list. He carried a booklet about “parental consent for the Jihad.” Police found a USB thumb drive hidden behind his car radio.   He was let go after brief questioning. Authorities failed to analyze the thumb drive or other electronics seized after the drug stop from an apartment Brahim shared with his younger brother, also involved in the attacks, Salah Abdeslam. Another unnoticed detail: The email address the suspect supplied, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., was a...

Philippines Kill Pro-ISIS Militant Leader

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International Business Times by Tom O'Connor Philippines security forces killed Thursday a leader of a militant organization affiliated with the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, according to local authorities, who said they anticipated reprisal attacks. Police reportedly discovered Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, leader of the ISIS-linked Ansar al-Khilafah Philippines (AKP), at a beach resort in the southern province of Sarangani after citizens tipped authorities to the presence of armed men. Security forces clashed with Maguid, who they said resisted arrest and was killed in the fight around midnight. Three other AKP militants were arrested and weapons recovered during the operation, which police chief Ronald Dela Rosa hailed as a victory over terrorism. "I strongly believe that we have effectively broken the backbone of the militant Ansar Al-Khilafah Philippines," Rosa said at a press conference. "He is the recognized ISIS leader in that area," he added.  Jaafar, who went by the name...
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The Virginian-Pilot By Scott Daugherty   NORFOLK A self-proclaimed supporter of the Islamic State living in Suffolk told FBI agents last month after his arrest they were lucky they picked him up outside his home, according to a federal prosecutor. Lionel Nelson Williams, who had a loaded AK-47 and 9 mm handgun inside the house, said he would have been happy to shoot it out with the agents. But what about his elderly grandmother, with whom he lived? “She knows when to duck,” Williams said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph DePadilla revealed more of the government’s case Wednesday during a detention hearing in U.S. District Court in Norfolk. DePadilla said Williams confessed to the FBI after his Dec. 21 arrest that he supported the Islamic State terror group and that he told an undercover federal agent during a nine-month investigation he wanted to martyr himself in Hampton Roads. “It’s the only...

Countering terror in Bangladesh

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East Asia Forum by Iftekharul Bashar, RSIS 2016 was a challenging year for counterterrorism in Bangladesh. The so-called Islamic State (IS) succeeded in carrying out a series of attacks, most notably the July attack in the capital city of Dhaka. Despite counterterrorism operations by Bangladeshi authorities, the group’s residual strength remains significant. Bangladesh is facing an additional threat from Ansar al-Islam, the local chapter of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). Local terrorist groups are also reportedly reorganising. The rise of IS in Bangladesh has significantly affected the country’s security landscape. 2016 saw at least a dozen targeted killings of religious and sectarian minorities, particularly in the north–western and south–western regions. These attacks were important indicators of the growing influence of IS in the country. The group conducted its most lethal attack on 1 July on the Holey Artisan Café in the diplomatic zone of Dhaka. 20 hostages, mostly...
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by Kim Sengupta “When I shot the rafidi it was easy. He was kneeling in front of me, sobbing. He was a big man: his body was shaking. I thought ‘why are you crying, you are a killer yourself, you are going to have a quick death’. I just pulled the trigger, and it was over. I didn’t feel any pity. I didn’t feel any pride. I was just doing my job.” The shooting in the town of Manbij was the first execution of a prisoner that Abu Mutassim, an experienced  fighter for Isis, had carried out. He tried to justify the murder by saying that the man whose life he took was not just an enemy but a member of the Shabiha, a brutal Bashar al-Assad regime militia. The final punishment was justified against these types of rafidis – a pejorative Sunni term for Shias and Syria’s ruling Alawites...
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by Don Melvin The massacre targeting New Year's Eve revelers at an Istanbul nightclub illustrates that the relationship between ISIS and Turkey has shifted from an uneasy peace to an all-out war, according to experts. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the shooting, identifying the attacker who killed 39 people as "a heroic soldier of the caliphate." The group said the rampage had been carried out "in response to a call" from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, although it didn't say whether it directed or merely inspired the perpetrator. They did not identify the attacker by name or provide proof he was acting on their behalf. Michael Horowitz, director of intelligence at Middle East-based political risk consultancy Prime Source, suggested that Sunday's attack signaled that ISIS had initiated "open war" with Turkey, which boasts NATO's second-largest military. In Sept. 2014, Turkey managed to negotiate the release by ISIS of 49 hostages...

For more than 28 hours, CNN's Arwa Damon and photojournalist Brice Laine were with Iraqi special forces during their push into ISIS-held Mosul. ...
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France24.com Turkish authorities last week detained 1,682 people over suspected links to militants and arrested 516, the interior ministry said Monday, with more than 1,000 of those detained suspected of having links to exiled US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Ankara says Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen orchestrated an attempted coup in July, with 1,096 of his suspected supporters detained and 426 of those subsequently arrested. Another 508 people were detained for suspected links to Kurdish militants and 78 of those were arrested, the ministry said. Authorities detained 78 people for alleged links to the Islamic State group and arrested 12, it added. Turkey declared a state of emergency soon after a failed coup in July, detaining thousands of citizens and purging tens of thousands of public servants over alleged ties to outlawed groups as well as to Gulen. Some 110,000 people have been sacked or suspended in the civil service, army and...

On the front line of the war against Islamic State

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Wales Online By Jessica Walford Incredible images from the front line of the war against Islamic State have been captured by a Welsh photographer putting her life on the line. Claire Thomas, 32, from Carmarthen, flew into the Iraqi war zone to capture the “reality on the ground”. “I spent some time in a camp with people who have fled from IS. I saw people with some horrible injuries, including a nine-year-old girl who had shrapnel wounds all over her face after her house was hit by a car bomb. “All the camp could do was put a bandage on her face because they’re overwhelmed with people and their injuries.”   An Iraqi soldier takes aim at IS fighters on the front line in the village of Ganus Al Ulya, south of Mosul (Photo: Claire Thomas)   Iraqi soldiers take cover from IS sniper fire on the front line (Photo:...
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Two among four suspected militants were shot dead while two are in police custody. By Nandini Krishnamoorthy Militants in Indonesia, who are thought to be supporting the Islamic State (Isis) group, were planning machete and knife attacks on police on New Year's Eve near Jakarta, a police spokesman said on Monday (26 December). Reports suggest that the Indonesian police foiled a terror plot after arresting two of the alleged would-be attackers on Sunday. The duo led the authorities to a hideout of two other suspected co-conspirators who reportedly attacked officers with machetes. The police had to shoot dead the two of them eventually. "The four of them were planning to attack a police post in Purwakarta [a district about 100km east of the capital, Jakarta]. They planned to attack on New Year's Eve," Reuters cited Rikwanto, a national police spokesman, as saying. Police are yet to investigate and confirm if...
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by Russ Read - The Daily Caller While 2016 saw an increase in activity from known threats across the globe, the threats the country will face in 2017 are far less obvious. With a new administration entering the White House and an increasingly turbulent geopolitical landscape, the country could see a national security threat arise from just about anywhere. Here are some of the potential issues to watch out for in 2017: 1. Cyber attacks from new and old enemies The digital battlefield is no longer relegated to the shadows, and it is likely to become a premier security concern in 2017. Russia’s alleged hacking into various U.S. political institutions put the spotlight on cyber security. China and Iran also continue to develop cyber capabilities aimed at the U.S. Some cyber threats do not operate under a flag whatsoever. In response, the government is spending billions to bolster its cyber capabilities and is fostering...
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RT.com Islamic State militants are keen to launch “mass-casualty attacks” on targets in the UK, as well as overseas, UK Security Minister Ben Wallace said, adding that the terrorists have “no moral objection to using chemical weapons.” “The ambition of IS or Daesh [Arabic acronym of Islamic State] is definitely mass-casualty attacks,” Wallace said in an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, adding that “they want to harm as many people as possible and terrorize as many people as possible.” Some 800 Britons are thought to have travelled to Syria since the outbreak of the civil war, many to join Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), according to Reuters, citing official figures, which also show around 100 as being killed. A further 150 were prevented from travelling to Syria in 2015, and the figure for 2016 will be “very similar,” Wallace said. “The big concern is if Mosul collapses and all...

Dozens Dead In Multiple ISIS Bombings Across Baghdad

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by Laura Wagner Dozens are dead in Baghdad after bombs were detonated across the city on Monday. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombings. The death toll from the attacks is still climbing. NPR's Alice Fordham reported on the bombings, telling our Newscast Unit: The first attack came in Sadr City on the edge of Baghdad, still reeling from a bombing on Saturday. The bomber pretended to be recruiting casual laborers for the day, so those killed were mainly poor manual workers. The next ones came at roughly the same time near two hospitals in the city, followed by three bombs in the poor Shaab area of the city. The BBC reported that at least 35 people were killed and at least 61 injured by the blast in Sadr City, which is a "predominantly Shia Muslim" neighborhood. The BBC wrote: "The Sunni jihadist group Islamic State said it had carried...