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Fox News Exclusive By Benjamin Hall OUTSKIRTS OF BAGHDAD –  Inside a low-slung concrete building ringed by blast walls and razor wire, unrepentant ISIS fighters awaiting execution told Fox News they killed and maimed innocent civilians under "license from God" while fighting alongside radical Americans and vowed the terror army can never be truly defeated. ISIS FIGHTERS TRY HIDING AMONG MOSUL FAMILIES Fox News was recently given exclusive access to prisoners, who spend their days behind yellow, steel doors and freely admit to killing hundreds of people as leaders of ISIS cells around the embattled country. Iraqi officials allowed the interviews in between interrogations of their own, aimed at understanding how the terror group operates. "I walked away, and called a number on my phone." - Abu Omar, describing how he detonated a car bomb that killed 100 Abu Omar, 25, told Fox News he oversaw a cell in Baghdad...

Islamic State Hid Training Camp in Tunnel

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The Wall Street Journal By Ben Kesling and Awadh Altaie Shooting range, obstacle course, mosque and clinic served to convert raw recruits into seasoned fighters MOSUL, Iraq—Islamic State built an obstacle course in an old railway tunnel where raw recruits crawled under barbed wire and scaled walls to begin their reshaping into seasoned fighters, according to Iraqi military officials who uncovered it. The training camp, nicknamed Palmyra after the Syrian city, stretched more than a mile long in the train tunnel outside this city, once the militants’ main Iraqi redoubt. The tunnel underwent extensive renovations, with tracks ripped out to make room for equipment including the obstacle course and a rudimentary shooting range. Islamic State recruits would run the course as instructors pocked the ground around them with gunfire, Iraqi soldiers say. “It’s one of the terrorists’ biggest camps,“ said Iraqi military spokesman Col. Abdul Ameer, who estimated that more...

Canadian Imams Call for Death of Jews

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by IPT News Some weak excuses are being offered after two Canadian imams attracted media attention for giving incendiary, anti-Semitic sermons. Ryerson University in Toronto announced it fired Ayman Elkasrawy from his teaching assistant position in the wake of reports he prayed for Allah to "purify" Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque "from the filth of the Jews." He also prayed that anyone who "displaced" Muslims be destroyed: "Count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them, O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews!" The Muslim Association of Canada suspended Elkasrawy, describing him as a "junior employee" whose sermon was "unauthorized." Toronto police are investigating Elkasrawy's remarks to determine whether his remarks constitute hate speech. Elkasrawy apologized in a Feb. 20 Twitter post, saying he misspoke. "I firmly believe that all human beings, Muslim, Jews and people of all and no faith, deserve to...
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by Inhomelandsecurity.com KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A pair of near-simultaneous Taliban suicide bombings struck the Afghan capital on Wednesday, targeting a police station and offices of the country’s intelligence agency and killing at least one person, officials said. In the police station attack, a suicide car bomber rammed his car into the gates of the station in western Kabul. Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the explosion was followed by a gunbattle between police and an unknown number of attackers. In the second attack, a bomber on foot detonated his explosives outside offices of the intelligence service in eastern Kabul. Mohibullah Zeer, a health ministry official, said one person was killed and at least 37 were wounded in the twin attacks. In a message to media, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for both attacks. It was not immediately clear how many gunmen were involved in the...
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Overwhelmed by refugees about whom they know nothing, Euro police increasingly rely on American intelligence. Is there an alternative? BY CounterJihad  The New York Times has a story highlighting the problems facing European police agencies.  It turns on a particular case out of Germany, one in which a refugee turned terrorist without the European police having any idea.  Fortunately, American intelligence tipped them to the terrorist in question before he could stage the attack he was planning.  German attempts to arrest him failed, however, and he escaped back into the flood of Syrian refugees.  Only when other refugees turned him in were they able to capture him. And then, before they could interrogate him for any intelligence, he hung himself. The takeaway for the Times is that the Europeans are too reliant on American capacities. [A] series of [attacks] in Germany, France and elsewhere has exposed the lack of knowledge about...
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The group has launched a major influence campaign to prevent Congress from designating the Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.   By Ryan Mauro   A senior Muslim Brotherhood official in Sudan told an Arab newspaper* that the group’s international leadership has launched a major PR campaign to influence the U.S. media and members of Congress to oppose the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The Brotherhood official predicted that the group would not be designated by the Trump Administration and that the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act introduced into Congress would fail. He claimed that his organization had made contact with governmental officials and members of Congress and convinced them that the Brotherhood is opposed to terrorism, even though the Brotherhood’s Palestinian wing—Hamas—is designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department. The author of the article reports that, according to sources within...
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Sky News By Alex Rossi, Middle East Correspondent A former Tunisian extremist has warned the country could face more terror attacks, from radicals returning from Iraq, Syria and Libya. Islamic State and other extremist groups are losing territory in those countries where thousands of Tunisians went to fight. The greatest concern for the authorities is the turmoil in Libya. The chaos from that broken state has already spilt over Tunisia's borders and intelligence officials fear it could get worse if the civil war in Libya is not brought to an end. Last year in March, the border town of Ben Gardane erupted in gunfire as IS militants tried to take control. Tunisia's security forces managed to contain the threat but it was a worrying development. Many of the extremists had been trained in Libya. One of them is former jihadi, Abu Mohammed, who was trained there in 2012 by al...
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JIHADI teenagers who went on to blow themselves up for the Islamic State told their parents they were excited for virgins in the afterlife, haunting letters have revealed. By Zoie O'Brien - Express The boys, some just children, told their parents they were set on sacrificing themselves for the abhorrent terror regime.  Notes were found in Mosul as Iraqi forces have begun taking back ground from the terrorists. Chilling letters revealed the inner thoughts of the jihadis, who had been promised 72 virgins in the afterlife. Alaa Abd al-Akeedi, wrote: "My dear family, please forgive me.  “Don't be sad and don't wear the black clothes (of mourning). "I asked to get married and you did not marry me off. So, by God, I will marry the 72 virgins in paradise." No older than 16, Akeedi was trained to wage jihad by terrorists. He is just one of scores of boys...
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Hundreds of German police officers raided over 20 properties in Berlin due to suspected links to a mosque that turned into a meeting point for terrorists. The Tunisian terrorist who carried out the Berlin Christmas market attack visited the mosque on a regular basis. by Becca Noy - JerusalemOnline.com   Over 400 masked German police officers raided dozens of properties in Berlin this morning (Tuesday). According to a police statement, the properties have links to the Fussilet 33 organization, which ran a mosque frequented by Anis Amri, the Tunisian terrorist who carried out the Berlin Christmas market attack two months ago. Last week, the Berlin authorities shut down the mosque, which had become a meeting ground for terrorists.   Among the properties that were raided today were apartments, company buildings and prison cells. According to the German federal prosecutor, Amri visited the mosque on the day of the deadly terror...
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By: Homeland Security Today Staff Testifying before the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology, Committee on Science, Space and Technology today, Gregory C. Wilshusen, Director, Government Accountability Office (GAO) Information Security Issues, warned GAO “has consistently identified shortcomings in the federal government’s approach to ensuring the security of federal information systems and cyber critical infrastructure, as well as its approach to protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information (PII),” and that, “Over the past several years [GAO] has made about 2,500 recommendations to federal agencies to enhance their information security programs and controls.” As of February 2017, GAO reported, about 1,000 of its recommendations had not yet been implemented. Saying, “Cyber-based intrusions and attacks on federal systems and systems supporting our nation’s critical infrastructure, such as communications and financial services, are evolving and becoming more sophisticated,” GAO also emphasized that, “While previous administrations and agencies have acted to improve the...
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DefenseOne.com As he promised on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump has moved quickly against the Islamic State, directing the Joint Chiefs of Staff to develop an aggressive plan to defeat the group and temporarily banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. Critics of the ban believe it will actually weaken domestic counterterrorism efforts and bolster Islamic State propaganda and recruitment. But there is another glaring hole in this strategy as it is currently comprised: it fails to address another half-dozen or so other terrorist groups throughout the world that threaten American security and global order. The Islamic State is certainly a worthy candidate for eradication, but failing to similarly also target its franchises, al-Qaida splinters, and other non-aligned groups in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia could allow other threats to metastasize. This could lead to a situation similar to one that happened in the mid-2000s,...
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By Reuters Islamic State militants are planning "indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians" in Britain on a scale similar to those staged by the Irish Republican Army 40 years ago, the head of the country's new terrorism watchdog said. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph published on Sunday, Max Hill, the lawyer tasked with overseeing British laws on terrorism, said the militants were targeting cities and posed "an enormous ongoing risk which none of us can ignore." "In terms of the threat that's represented, I think the intensity and the potential frequency of serious plot planning—with a view to indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians of whatever race or color in metropolitan areas—represents an enormous ongoing risk that none of us can ignore," he said. "So I think that there is undoubtedly significant ongoing risk which is at least as great as the threat to London in the 70s when the...
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InHomelandSecurity.com The latest push by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (previously referred to as North Korea) to develop a ballistic missile capable of reaching California with an atomic warhead on it, has caused some real consternation. In America and in the world. Like their hydrogen bomb test that wasn’t a hydrogen bomb, this particular missile test wasn’t for a long-range missile as the DPRK tried to say. But it was an intermediate-range that could reach its neighbors easily. From successful atomic bomb tests, to putting satellites into orbit and launching missiles from a submarine, in the words of one U.S. official, DPRK’s modern weaponry has gone from a joke to something very serious. They have sufficient plutonium for between six and ten atomic weapons similar in type to the one we dropped on Nagasaki.   It will be some time before the DPRK can threaten the United States. But...
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Two bombings strike village outside strategic city as Turkey-backed rebels advance The Independent by Lizzie Dearden More than 60 people have been killed in an Isis suicide bombing near the Syrian city of al-Bab just a day after militants were driven from the area. A pick-up truck loaded with explosives was detonated as it drove towards a security office where civilians were gathering to organise returning to their homes. “A small civilian pick-up truck reached the gathering and went off at the security checkpoint,” said Mohammed al-Tawil, commander of a Turkish-backed rebel faction fighting in the area. Footage showed bodies and remains strewn across the ground, with shrapnel-ridden cars and motorbikes tossed on their side and set on fire by the blast.  Most of the victims were believed to be men, women and children seeking permits to return to their homes in al-Bab and the surrounding area, which is gradually being...
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Leading counter-terror voice faces criticism after advocating against designating groups BY: Adam Kredo A leading European counter-terrorism official is facing criticism after claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood and Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, are not terrorist groups. Peter Neumann, an Austrian counter-terrorism official charged with working to combat violent extremism under the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) attracted criticism this week after stating that both the Brotherhood and IRGC are not terrorist groups and should not be formally designated as such. Neumann's stance elicited criticism from U.S. terror experts who told the Washington Free Beacon that this line of thinking would not help European officials combat a rising threat from radical terrorists, many of whom have become radicalized through extremist doctrines promoted by the Muslim Brotherhood and the theocratic regime in Iran. The position also runs counter to views held by the Trump administration, which has...

Countering Islamist Extremism the Right Way

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Groups that preach Islamism must not be relied upon to counter violent extremism. National Review, by Sam Westrop As part of President Trump’s unapologetic promise to defeat “radical Islam,” critics expect an overhaul of the previous administration’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program. Under Obama, officials adopted counter-extremism policies that European politicians tried over a decade ago and have since deeply regretted. To tackle the threat of Islamism, the new administration must identify and challenge the specific groups and networks within American Islam that advocate extremist ideas, or officials may inadvertently repeat Obama’s practice of legitimizing Islamists as leaders of all American Muslims. The British Experience In 2005, a month after the 7/7 London bombings, the British journalist Martin Bright sought answers to a question that, somehow, no one in government or the media had ever thought to ask before: Who exactly were the people in charge of the Muslim community,...
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The Telegraph by Henry Samuel, Paris   France's attempts to de-radicalise homegrown Islamist extremists in the wake of terror attacks has been pronounced a "total fiasco" in need of a complete overhaul in a damning parliamentary report. President François Hollande launched the drive to reverse radicalisation among thousands of French Muslims in the wake of terror attacks that have killed 238 people since January 2015. However, the report, by a cross-party senate committee, was denounced as an amateurish flop this week, accusing the government of funding "pseudo-experts" who pocketed millions of euros with few tangible results. Among the damning revelations in the report were the fact that the only de-radicalisation centre currently up and running, and fully staffed at an annual cost of €2.5 million,  is in fact empty. Among the last people it housed - supposedly non-threatening individuals tempted by radical Islam - one turned out to be on a terror...

ISIS now has the weapons to shoot down low-flying planes

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By Yaron Steinbuch ISIS jihadists have acquired small anti-aircraft artillery pieces that can threaten low-flying planes, according to a report. A US military spokesman in Baghdad described the weapons as a “significant threat” to coalition planes, CBS News reported Wednesday. The revelation comes amid reports this week that the militant group has been using increasingly sophisticated drones to drop explosives on Iraqi forces with great accuracy. Unmanned aerial vehicles also have been used by the extremists for surveillance to guide car bombs through Mosul’s narrow streets on their way to Iraqi troop positions. US troops have new weapons to counter the terrorist drones — a gun that jams the radio waves between the drones and their controllers, officials told CBS news. Federal police commander General Ali al Lami said his troops are constantly on the lookout. “A car bomb can destroy a unit,” he told the network. “A truck bomb...

Use Of Weaponized Drones By ISIS Spurs Terrorism Fears

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by InHomelandSecurity.com Late last month, a pair of Islamic State fighters in desert camouflage climbed to the top of a river bluff in northern Iraq to demonstrate an important new weapon: a small drone, about six feet wide with swept wings and a small bomb tucked in its fuselage. The two men launched the slender machine and took videos from a second, smaller drone that shadowed its movements. The aircraft glided over the besieged city of Mosul, swooped close to an Iraqi army outpost and dropped its bomb, scattering Iraqi troops with a small blast that left one figure sprawled on the ground, apparently dead or wounded. The incident was among dozens in recent weeks in a rapidly accelerating campaign of armed drone strikes by the Islamic State in northern Iraq. The terrorist group last month formally announced the establishment of a new “Unmanned Aircraft of the Mujahideen” unit, a...

Major Law enforcement operation underway in North Charleston

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By Live 5 News Web Staff   By Carter Coyle, Reporter Local, state and federal agents are working on a major takedown operation expected to lead to multiple arrests in Charleston and Dorchester counties.  Officers have been rounding up dozens of suspects in what's being called a major operation. The arrests began early Wednesday morning and could continue for hours, sources say. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is involved in a partnership with North Charleston Police, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office and several other local, state and federal agencies. The Attorney General and Solicitor's offices will also be involved.  The identities of those arrested and the nature of the charges have not been released, but a joint news conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday.  This is a developing story. Check back for additional information. Read more: http://www.live5news.com/story/34574791/law-enforcement-operation-underway-in-north-charleston...