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Investopedia By Daniel Liberto U.S. lawmakers have pleaded with Alphabet Inc.’s Google to reconsider its partnership with Huawei, claiming that the Chinese technology giant "could pose a serious risk to U.S. national security and American consumers.”In a letter to Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, reported on by Reuters, Republican and Democrat lawmakers warned that Huawei has “extensive ties” with the Chinese communist party. The lawmakers also criticized Google’s refusal to renew Project Maven, an artificial intelligence research partnership with the Department of Defense. (See also: Why Did Trump Block Broadcom's Bid for Qualcomm?)"We urge you to reconsider Google's partnership with Huawei, particularly since your company recently refused to renew a key research partnership, Project Maven, with the Department of Defense,” the letter said. “This project uses artificial intelligence to improve the accuracy of U.S. military targeting, not least to reduce civilian casualties.”The letter added: "While we regret that Google did not...

Switzerland Welcomes Radicalization?

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Gatestone Institute Switzerland Welcomes Radicalization   by Judith Bergman   There are approximately 250 mosques in Switzerland, but the authorities do not know who finances them. By rejecting the proposal compelling mosques to disclose who finances them, the Swiss authorities can now remain willfully blind. The Muslim World League is behind "a whole network of radically-oriented mosques in Switzerland... with the clear intention of spreading Salafist thought here". — Saïda Keller-Messahli, expert on Islam in Switzerland. Above all, the Swiss government seems not to have considered the rights of Swiss non-Muslim citizens, who are the ones left to live with the consequences of the government's ill-thought-out policies. Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12558/switzerland-islam-radicalization...
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RT  A bare-chested man has been arrested in Tours, France, after he reportedly attacked passers-by with a knife, shouting "Allahu Akbar" and asking the police to shoot him.Armed with a kitchen knife, the man had reportedly tried to attack pedestrians on a footbridge spanning the Loire river in Tours, a town in France’s central Loire Valley region. He managed to overpower a man in his 60s and threatened to throw him over the railing of the bridge before police moved in and arrested him, according to French media. The 30-year-old man lived in Tours and was reportedly known to police for previous violent acts. He will be evaluated by mental health professionals on Wednesday night, and anti-terrorism authorities have been notified. Read more: https://www.rt.com/news/430358-france-detained-allahu-akbar/...
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Lawfare By Lorenzo Vidino, Seamus Hughes Although many view the downfall of the Islamic State’s territorial project as a moment of relative respite, U.S. counterterrorism authorities continue to contend with potential terrorist threats against the homeland. Most analysts recognize the challenges posed by returning American foreign fighters, online radicalization, and lone Islamic State sympathizers. But somewhat overlooked is yet another substantial concern: the impending release of terrorists who have served their time in prison.The problem is widely debated in Europe. Last week, France’s top terrorism prosecutor, François Molins, revealed that about 40 convicted terrorists are due to be released from the French prison system, calling the phenomenon a “major risk.” British authorities have recently expressed similar concerns. It has in fact been revealed that some 80 individuals convicted of terrorism offenses between 2007 and 2016 in the UK will be released by the end of the year, and that many...
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IFSEC Global Wesley CharnockHead of Digital Content, Aviation IFSEC 2018The rise of individuals inspired by terrorist groups is creating a new type of threat which governments must adapt their techniques to tackle, a leading security expert has warned.Michael Chertoff, Co-founder & Executive Chairman of The Chertoff Group, made the comments in the opening keynote address at IFSEC 2018. Chertoff is best known for his role as the second United States Secretary of Homeland Security, serving under President George W. Bush. He was also the co-author of the USA Patriot Act. Terrorism 1.0According to Chertoff, the world’s security authorities have become adept at tackling Terrorism 1.0 – the Al-Qaeda style attacks. “Bin Laden was a micro-manager. He was insistent on having something high visibility and high impact, he said. “But this was vulnerable, you need to move money, you need to move people, and you need to communicate; we quite quickly...
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Sky News The man suspected of helping Paris terror suspect Salah Abdeslam escape the French capital after the 2015 attacks has been released and placed under judicial supervision in Brussels.Ali Oulkadi is believed to have driven Abdeslam - the suspected sole survivor - across the border into Belgium the day after the attacks.The Paris prosecutors' office said on Tuesday that the conditions of Oulkadi's release back to the Belgian capital included regularly reporting to police and a curfew. He is also banned from leaving the country, making contact with a list of individuals and possessing a weapon.It comes after Abdeslam told investigators earlier this year that his friend knew nothing about the attacks.Abdeslam, 28, is in solitary confinement in a French prison, awaiting trial for his alleged role in the killings. Read more: https://news.sky.com/story/amp/paris-attack-suspect-freed-and-placed-under-watch-11409602...
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ABC News By Louise Dewast  KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo  A terror attack in northeast Nigeria has left more than 30 dead and scores injured despite ongoing military efforts to restore peace in the region.Twin suicide bombs went off during a celebration for the end of Ramadan over the weekend and were reportedly followed by artillery strikes by the nation's military.The government has blamed six suicide bombers from the terror group Boko Haram for the attack Saturday in Damboa, in the state of Borno.Local media outlets reported that the military air strikes may have hit as many or more people than the bombs. One witness told Sahara Reporters that "many civilians were hit" when the military fired in retaliation. Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/International/30-killed-suicide-bombs-hit-end-ramadan-celebration/story?id=55973639...

Accident or Terror? You Decide

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Clarion Project By Meira Svirsky Amid calls by Islamic State for lone wolf attacks on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, a taxi driver near Red Square swerved onto the sidewalk and ran over a crowd of people. Seven people were injured including two soccer fans from Mexico.Almost immediately, the mayor of Moscow issued a statement on Twitter saying, “There was an unpleasant incident with a taxi. The driver lost control of the vehicle.”A video of the incident shows cars in a line at a standstill or near standstill (including the taxi). The taxi suddenly veers out of the line, makes a sharp right turn, goes onto the sidewalk and continues straight running, ploughing into pedestrians for the next 10 meters until the taxi runs into a traffic sign. Read more: https://clarionproject.org/accident-or-terror-you-decide/...
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by Sasha Ingber | NPR The Eiffel Tower is being retrofitted with bulletproof glass, the latest measure to protect the Paris site and visitors from potential terrorist attacks.The panels are nearly 10 feet high and more than 2 inches thick. They will bookend the monument at its north and south ends, running parallel to the Seine River and Avenue Gustave-Eiffel. At the east and west sides, metal fencing has been installed to help stop any vehicles that try to ram into the grounds.Plans for an enclosure to protect the 129-year-old tower were announced last year. The new perimeter is replacing temporary barriers set up in 2016, following a series of terrorist attacks that put France on high alert. There's already a security presence at the Eiffel Tower site in the form of soldiers with "Operation Sentinel," which began after the 2015 terror attacks.But that wasn't enough for Bernard Gaudillere, president...

Two Wyandotte County Deputies Killed In Shooting

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FOX 4 KC Community mourns two Wyandotte County deputies killed in shooting by Makenzie Koch KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The second Wyandotte County sheriff's deputy who was shot Friday morning while transporting an inmate has died, leaving law enforcement partners and the community grieving.On Friday, two deputies were shot at about 11:30 a.m. in downtown KCK, not far from the courthouse and sheriff’s office. This happened in a transport bay while a suspect was being moved from court back to the jail.Officials identified the first deputy as 35-year-old Patrick Rohrer, who had served the past seven years with the agency. The second deputy was identified as Theresa King. Deputy King was 44 years old and served the agency for 13 years. They were both parents; Deputy King had three children, Deputy Rohrer had two. Multiple sources say Antoine Fielder is the inmate involved in the shooting, and he reportedly got...
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By Travis Fedschun | Fox News A woman who allegedly shouted "Allahu akbar" attacked two people with a box cutter at a supermarket in southern France on Sunday before she was arrested, local media reported.The incident took place around 10:30 a.m. at the supermarket Leclerc in the Mediterranean city of La Seyne-sur-Mer, located near Marseilles.Witnesses told Var-matin the young woman attacked a customer and employee.The woman was dressed in black and wearing a veil at the time, shouting "Allahu akbar" -- "God is great" in Arabic -- before she was placed under control by people intervening, according to Var-matin.Europe 1 radio quoted Toulon prosecutor Bernard Marchals as saying that a customer in the store in La Seyne-sur-Mer was injured in the chest in the Sunday morning attack and hospitalized.A woman at the market's cash register was injured too, but less seriously. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/06/17/woman-shouting-allahu-akbar-attacks-2-with-box-cutter-at-supermarket-in-france.html...
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The Guardian Number of terrorism-related arrests in UK reaches record level by Jamie Grierson Home affairs correspondent The number of terrorism-related arrests in Britain hit a record high after a series of attacks were launched around the country last year, official figures show.In the year ending 31 March, 441 people were held on suspicion of terrorism-related activity, the highest number of arrests in a year since data collection started in 2001, and an increase of 17% on 378 in the previous year.The Home Office said the rise was partly due to a number of arrests made following attacks in London and Manchester last year. The number of terror-related arrests in Britain since the 9/11 attacks in 2001 has passed the 4,000 mark, standing at 4,182 at the end of March.The number of prisoners jailed for terrorism-related offenses is also at the highest level since records began after an increase of...

Immigration, terrorism top concern list of Europeans

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Reuters by Jan Strupczewski, Julia EchiksonBRUSSELS (Reuters) - Immigration and terrorism are the two top concerns for the European Union as a bloc, but trust in the EU and optimism about its future are on the rise, a European Commission poll showed. The Commission’s twice-a-year Eurobarometer poll showed 38 percent of the EU’s 510 million citizens saw immigration as the most important issue facing the bloc. Paradoxically, the highest level of concern about the issue was registered in countries were immigration is minimal — Estonia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.Concern over terrorism was mentioned by 29 percent of Europeans. Again, it was highest in countries that have not had a single terrorist attack in recent years — Lithuania, Cyprus, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland and Latvia.The poll also showed a one point increase since autumn 2017 in the level of trust towards the EU to 42 percent and that...
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Jihad Watch “The terror will begin”: The Islamic State calls for lone-wolf jihad attacks at World CupBy Robert Spencer Even if nothing happens at the World Cup, these threats serve to “strike terror in the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60). “‘The terror will begin’: ISIS calls for lone-wolf World Cup attacks in chilling series of posters showing bomb blasts at venues in Russia,” by Julian Robinson, MailOnline, June 14, 2018:    ISIS fanatics have called for lone-wolf World Cup attacks in a chilling series of posters showing bomb blasts at venues in Russia.    One of the terror group’s mocked-up images shows flames engulfing a stadium and nearby facilities at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in the World Cup host city of Sochi, southern Russia.    Another calls for lone-wolf jihadists to ‘kill them all’ with the phrase written in French along with a picture of a knife slicing through a tournament logo against...
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Fox News By Lucia I. Suarez Sang An Islamic terrorism plot to launch a deadly attack with the toxin ricin was reportedly thwarted in Germany, prosecutors revealed Thursday.Authorities said a 29-year-old Tunisian, identified only as Sief Allah H., was taken into custody Wednesday after an investigation uncovered he had procured the materials needed to create ricin in mid-May and even succeeded in creating the toxin earlier this month. Investigators found the toxin after a search of his apartment in Cologne, federal prosecutors in Karlsruhe said in a written statement. "He procured 1,000 castor bean seeds online as well as an electronic coffee grinder," they said. The shell of the castor bean plant seed is highly poisonous and can be used to create ricin.Prosecutors said they are still investigating exactly how the suspect planned to use the toxin, and said he was working on a “biological weapon” attack in Germany. Read...

Al Nusrah Front Returns To The Embrace Of Al Qaeda

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Eurasia Review By Uran Botobekov*The US State Department announced on May 31, 2018, that it has amended the terror designation for Sunni Jihadi group Al Nusrah Front (also known as Jabhat al-Nusra) to include the “alias” Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).It should be noted that Al Nusrah Front is primarily known for being the Syrian unit of Al Qaeda and the militant leader of the Central Asian Islamic terrorist groups Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad, Katibat al-Imam Bukhari, the Turkestan Islamic Party and Katibat al Ghuraba al Turkistani.The State’s statement says that «in January 2017, al-Nusrah Front launched the creation of HTS as a vehicle to advance its position in the Syrian uprising and to further its own goals as an al Qaeda affiliate». Since then, the “group has continued to operate through HTS in pursuit of these objectives.”Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, State’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism, noted that “today’s designation serves...
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Jerusalem PostBy YONAH JEREMY BOB Using traditional and new big-data abilities, the Shin Bet has prevented 250 terrorist attacks so far in 2018, director Nadav Argaman told a group of visiting interior security ministers Wednesday at a closed session of a Jerusalem international conference on terrorism.Though Argaman’s presentation was closed to the public, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) provided a summary to the media.Argaman said that the agency had succeeded in blocking major terrorist attacks involving suicide bombings, kidnappings and shootings.The Shin Bet chief said that especially big-data abilities had helped the agency to hone in on lone-wolf attackers in a way that was impossible before Israeli intelligence advanced its abilities in massively tracking postings on social media.Argaman said that the Shin Bet was striking the right balance between continuing its effective human intelligence collection programs and new cyber intelligence gathering abilities.One of the flagship issues was to stay...

Border Patrol agent shot in Arizona

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 By Stephen Dinan - The Washington TimesA Border Patrol agent in Arizona was shot early Tuesday, authorities said.Details were scant, but Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol, said the agent was “involved in a shooting incident” and was hit with gunfire.The agency said “several subjects” who were in the area were taken into custody, while the agent was taken to a hospital.Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/12/border-patrol-agent-shot-arizona/...
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Today Nicaragua The police statement detailed multiple incidents of violence spreading across Managua, Masaya, Jinotega, Matagalpa and Leon. By Today Staff The Nicaraguan police, in a press release to the media, have disclosed a number of incidents of criminal activities which have been destabilizing the country and disrupting “public order and peace” of the people of the nation. The security officials say that various organized groups – armed with firearms, mortar shells and Molotov cocktails – have been committing “acts of terrorism” against Nicaraguans.The statement detailed multiple incidents of violence, spreading across Managua, Masaya, Jinotega, Matagalpa and Leon, resulting in kidnappings, several deaths and injuries as well as the destruction of private and government property.The release said members of the Los Frijoleros gang turned guns on each other in Managua, while one man was shot dead, a cafe set on fire and several police officers received injuries in Masaya. A...

U.S. Man Gets 15 Years For Trying To Join ISIS

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Breaking 911 Arafat M. Nagi, 47, of Lackawanna, New York, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, to be followed by 15 years of supervised release, for attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State (ISIS).On Aug. 28, 2014, a community member advised the FBI that Nagi spoke about violent jihad to various people in the Lackawanna community and it was common for Nagi to get into verbal complaints over his jihadi beliefs. Further investigation determined that Nagi pledged allegiance to ISIS and the leader of the terrorist group, Abu Bakr al Bagdadi. Investigators learned that Nagi traveled to Turkey on two occasions, in October 2012 and July 2014, with the intention of meeting with members of ISIS. Read more: https://breaking911.com/u-s-man-gets-15-years-for-trying-to-join-isis/...