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KABC-TV How coronavirus pandemic will impact firefighting this wildfire season in California This fire season, firefighters in California will face a unique challenge: responding to a disaster while also trying to protect themselves from a pandemic."We can have one large incident in California that can have up to six, maybe seven thousand personnel assigned," CalFire deputy director Mike Mohler told AccuWeather.This year, how those large groups travel, eat and sleep will likely be much different to reduce the risk of firefighters catching or spreading COVID-19.Officials with the National Interagency Fire Center and CalFire say they're ready, both sharing new recommendations to keep firefighters spaced apart when possible."We will do everything we can in our power to maybe have multiple base camps to spread the people assigned to [each fire]," Mohler said. Read more: https://abc7.com/how-coronavirus-pandemic-will-impact-firefighting-this-wildfire-season/6150015/...
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Asharq Al-Awsat Iraq Launches Operation To Pursue ISIS Elements After Recent Attacks Baghdad- Fadhel al-NashmiIraqi security forces began Sunday large-scale military operations to purse ISIS remnants.This military campaign comes in response to the recent attacks launched by the terrorist organization in a number of Iraqi regions, in which security personnel and elements from the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) were killed.According to the semi-official Al-Iraqiya TV channel, the operations were launched in line with orders by Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and focused on the outskirts of Salah al-Din province and the west of Diyala and Anbar provinces.Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source in Mosul city said some merchants have recently complained about the ISIS elements again imposing royalties on them.This brings to mind the group's blackmail and the imposition of royalties on the city's merchants and riches before seizing it in June 2014. Read more: https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2266751/iraq-launches-operation-pursue-isis-elements-after-recent-attacks...
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Tampa Bay Times Policing in the time of coronavirus: Tampa Bay cops share their stories Coronavirus has carved out a new set of challenges and duties for police officers and sheriff’s deputies on patrol. By Kathryn VarnThe man hadn’t heard from his stepmother, who checked in with him every morning. So he called the police, hoping they could swing by.Clearwater patrol Sgt. Meg Hasty arrived at the home that March morning. She and her partner found locked doors, pulled shades, a full mailbox and a Hello Fresh meal kit out front, full of perishable food. The officers stood in the driveway, trying to figure out whether to force their way inside. They knew from the stepson that the woman wasn’t feeling well. They also knew that a frightening virus was rapidly spreading all over the world, with hundreds of new cases every day in Florida.Hasty was already wearing gloves for...
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SNJ Today UV Decontamination Devices Distributed To First Responders By: SNJ Today Staff CAMDEN, N.J. — As part of efforts to help first responders decontaminate vehicles and equipment to protect themselves and those they serve, officials distributed ultraviolet light systems to the Camden County Police Department and Cooper University Health Care along with a host of other public safety agencies.The Camden County Office of Emergency Management (OEM)  gave the agencies UV-C lights which emit electromagnetic radiation that breaks apart and kills microbials like the virus that causes COVID-19; and can be used to decontaminate emergency vehicles. First responders from throughout the county will be able to utilize the UV-C lamps to keep their vehicles decontaminated and safe for emergency personnel.“This technology allows our police, EMTs and firefighters to safely decontaminate their vehicles on a regular basis, keeping themselves and our residents safe as they perform the critical function of responding...
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Associated Press IS extremists step up as Iraq, Syria, grapple with virus By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, BASSEM MROUE and SAMYA KULLAB BAGHDAD (AP) — The man wearing an explosive vest emerged from a car and calmly marched toward the gates of the intelligence building in Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk. When he ignored their shouts to halt, guards opened fire, and he blew himself up, wounding three security personnel in the first week of Ramadan.Days later, a three-pronged coordinated attack killed 10 Iraqi militia fighters in the northern province of Salahaddin — the deadliest and most complex operation in many months.The assaults are the latest in a resurgence of attacks by the Islamic State group in northern Iraq. The first was a brazen suicide mission not seen in months. The second was among the most complex attacks since the group’s defeat in 2017. In neighboring Syria, IS attacks on security forces,...
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Boston 25 News Andover firefighters extinguish 5 trucks engulfed in flames ANDOVER, Mass. — Andover firefighters responded to Lowell Junction Road where four dump trucks and an oil tanker truck were engulfed in flames Friday night.Shortly after 7 p.m., Andover fire officials responded to numerous 911 calls of an explosion at 46 Lowell Junction Road. The four dump trucks on fire were blocking access to the oil tanker truck that was also in flames. They knocked out the fire at 7:36 p.m., according to Andover Fire chief Michael B. Mansfield.“I commend the firefighters who first arrived on scene for getting the fire under control,” Chief Mansfield said. “They used a massive water stream -- what we refer to as a blitz attack -- to get the fire contained as quickly as possible, which prevented any further environmental damage to the site. This could have been a much worse situation had...

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Indian Attack On Terrorist Camp Here is the video:   ...
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Asharq Al-Awsat Exclusive - New Secrets Revealed About Bin Laden’s Years In Sudan Khartoum – Mohammed Amin Yassine“I will leave, but you won’t solve your problems with the Americans.” These were the parting words of al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, as he boarded a military plane that flew him out of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, to the mountains of Tora Bora in Afghanistan in 1996. Bin Laden, who was killed exactly nine years ago, never expected to be expelled by a fundamentalist regime that had adopted a hardline Islamic ideology opposed to the West and Americans. His prediction did come true, however. A year after he left Sudan, Washington imposed economic sanctions against the country.Seven years before his expulsion, Sudan had fallen into the hands of the National Islamic Front, also known as the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1970s, after a military coup on June 30, 1989. The coup was...
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Associated Press SEALs Tried To Locate US Citizen Taken By Afghan Militants By JAMES LAPORTA and ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON (AP) — In the days following the January capture of an American contractor in Afghanistan, Navy SEAL commandos raided a village and detained suspected members of a Taliban-linked militant network, The Associated Press has learned.U.S. intelligence agents also tried to track the cellphones of the man and his captors, but the trail went cold. There has been little public discussion by the U.S. government of Mark R. Frerichs’ case, even as American negotiators arranged prisoner exchanges as part of their efforts to reach a peace deal with the Taliban.Little is known about the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the contractor from Illinois. But the previously unreported operation, described by multiple U.S. officials over the past month, sheds new light on the American government’s efforts to locate him soon after he went...
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AZCentral.com 5,000 Valley police and firefighters getting free COVID-19 antibody testing this week by Jamie Landers, Arizona Republic The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association and United Phoenix Firefighters Association are doing broad COVID-19 antibody testing in Phoenix, Glendale and Tempe for local first responders this week.About 5,000 first responders will be given antibody testing to determine if they have been exposed to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus,even if they were asymptomatic.It's the largest COVID-19 antibody testing effort for police and firefighters in metro Phoenix so far, and data from the results may help paint a picture of how widespread or not the transmission of the disease has been in that community. Read more: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2020/04/28/first-responders-free-covid-19-antibody-testing/3042697001/...
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  CNBC Here’s Why Coronavirus Is Being Classified As A Biological Agent by José Sepulveda and Lindsey Jacobson Bad actors have defied stay-at-home orders and are threatening to spread the coronavirus by coughing or spitting on essential workers.Under new direction from Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, these actions could be punishable by law under terrorism charges.In a March 24 memo, Rosen wrote that “Because coronavirus appears to meet the statutory definition of a “biological agent” under 18 U.S.C § 178(1), such acts could implicate the Nation’s terrorism-related statues.” After charging similar offenders with lesser crimes, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewall charged a man named George Falcone with making terroristic threats after he allegedly coughed on a Wegmans employee and claimed he had coronavirus. If convicted, Falcone could face 10 years in prison and a $150,000 fine.Since bringing up charges against Falcone, Grewall’s office has charged more than 30 others...
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Defence Connect By Dylan NicholsonThe international security zeitgeist is moving away from the war on terror and shifting more towards great power competition between China, the US and Russia, and the gaze of the media and the public it informs is keenly focused on the coronavirus pandemic. What does this mean for the state of terrorism both within the crisis now and in the near future?Firstly, we will look at the effects of the shift in strategic focus away from global terrorism towards great power competition. The rest of this text will be focused on the effects of COVID-19 on the state of the terrorism landscape at this time.Shift away from global terrorism as top priorityThe current US administration is seeking a vast shift away from its endless wars in the Middle East and secret wars in the African continent and looking to realign its capabilities toward competition against the...
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The Brookings Institute Preventing Violent Extremism During And After The COVID-19 Pandemic by Eric Rosand, Khalid Koser, and Lilla Schumicky-Logan While the world’s attention appropriately focuses on the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, the threat of violent extremism remains, and has in some circumstances beenexacerbated during the crisis. The moment demands new and renewed attention so that the gains made to date do not face setbacks.Headlines over the past few weeks have suggested that violent extremist and terrorist groups ranging from Colombian hit squads to ISIS affiliates in sub-Saharan Africa to far-right extremists in the United States are watching the disruption caused by COVID-19. Many are at least aware of the potential to benefit from that disruption, and in some cases they are already taking advantage. As with so much reporting on and analysis of the pandemic, however, there is a shortage of data and evidence to support the...
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CBS Chicago 424 Members Of Chicago Police Department Have Now Tested Positive For COVID-19, 223 Officers Have Recovered CBS Boston / WBZ| CHICAGO (CBS) — A total of 424 members of the Chicago Police Department had reported positive tests for COVID-19 as of Tuesday.Of those 424 members, 401 sworn officers and 20 civilian members have had their tests confirmed by the department’s Medical Section, while three had yet to be confirmed.As of Tuesday night, a total of 223 officers had recovered from COVID-19 and had returned to work on the force.Three Chicago Police officers have died of COVID-19.Officer Ronald Newman, 59, died of acute respiratory distress syndrome caused by a novel coronavirus infection after spending three weeks in the hospital. Read more: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/04/28/424-members-of-chicago-police-department-have-now-tested-positive-for-covid-19/...
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  Combating China, Cuba and Venezuela's COVID-19 Propaganda War in Latin America by Joseph M. Humire  •  Gatestone Institute China and its Latin American allies are aggressively attempting to convince the world that the U.S. is secretly the original source of the virus and that China is the only country that can save us. This state propaganda is enforced through a digital army of upwards of two million state-backed internet trolls dubbed the "Wu Mao" or "50 cent" army, named after how much the PRC reportedly pays per pro-China post. China and Cuba have been complementing their propaganda with "medical diplomacy", which appears to serve as a gateway to enhance their strategic positioning in Latin America. Efforts include aggressive propaganda, such as the fake news that Cuba has the cure for the coronavirus. The message is then spread in Spanish through social media and messaging platforms. Meanwhile, Cuba has been...

The Islamic State Remains Alive In Afghanistan

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  The Diplomat The Islamic State Remains Alive In Afghanistan In early April, Afghan forces captured the latest head of ISKP — but will it matter? By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska Akhmad, 26, was exhausted and dizzy. Kandahar was hot and for the past six days and nights his unit of 50 men had been working around the clock. The National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s primary intelligence agency, had been planning the operation for a while and Akhmad realized that the stakes were high. Intelligence sources suggested that in early April, the leadership of the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP), the local branch of the Salafist armed group, was gathering in Kandahar to discuss the movement’s future. In the previous months, after a prolonged U.S. and Afghan military operation, ISKP had lost its main stronghold in Nangarhar, close to the Pakistani border. Much of the group’s leadership was killed or captured...
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The Jerusalem Post Islamic State Cell Planned To Murder Critic Of Islam In Germany The German authorities arrested a total of five Islamic State members involved in the plots to carry out attacks against US forces in Germany, Amir Masoud Arabpour M, and an assassination in Albania. By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL BERLIN — An Islamic State terrorist cell planned to execute a critic of Islam in Germany, the German paper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger reported in mid-April. The now-arrested Islamic State cell, made up of Tajiki members, “planned to assassinate the Islam critic Amir Masoud Arabpour M. from Neuss,” the paper said. “The ex-Muslim, who converted to Christianity, repeatedly questioned the teaching of the Koran in YouTube clips. M. has been a considered an enemy of the radical Islamic Salafist scene since the beginning of 2019.”   Read more: https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/islamic-state-cell-planned-to-murder-critic-of-islam-in-germany-625992...
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Sahara Reporters Exclusive: Boko Haram Terrorists Ambush Convoy Of Ex-Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, Kill Three Policemen, Two Others Boko Haram has created an economy based on careful control of the international trade on smoked fish as well as red pepper in Lake Chad. But they make big breaks as often as they overrun towns and military bases to stock their weapons, supplies and, of course, abduct for ransom. by Ahmad Salkida Among the major economic activities disrupted by the insurgency in Lake Chad were commercial fishing and farming of red pepper. These were major trading products upon which the local economy of a vast array of communities in the Lake Chad Basin, particularly Borno state in Nigeria, was dependent.But in 2015 the insurgents took strategic steps to control and re-order trade in both products. They encouraged local fishing among the communities by the banks of the lake and created...
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Eurasia Review INTERPOL Arrests Hundreds In Crackdown On Terrorist Routes In Southeast Asia by Eurasia Review An INTERPOL-led operation codenamed ‘Maharlika III’ saw law enforcement from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines (BIMP) deploy to strategic points along known terrorist transit routes in Southeast Asia in a series of simultaneous law enforcement and border control actions.The coordinated move – from February 24 to March 20 in the midst of the global COVID-19 outbreak – resulted in the arrest of more than 180 individuals for various offences, including one suspected member of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).The operation saw 82 victims of human trafficking, mainly young women aged between 20 and 30, rescued by Philippine authorities. In addition, Indonesian authorities identified and rescued a further 35 adults and 17 children (12 boys and five girls), aged between 10 and 15 years, arriving from Malaysia. Read more: https://www.eurasiareview.com/27042020-interpol-arrests-hundreds-in-crackdown-on-terrorist-routes-in-southeast-asia/...
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Egypt Today Libyan Army Arrests Most Dangerous Egyptian Terrorist In Libya By Egypt Today staffCAIRO - 23 April 2020: Spokesperson for the Libyan National Army (LNA)Ahmed al-Mismari announced on Wednesday the arrest of the most dangerous terrorist in Libya, called Mohammad Mohammad al-Sayyid, known as Mohamed al-Sanbakhti or “Abu Khaled Munir”.Sayyid was the assistant of executed Egyptian terrorist Hisham Ashmawy and was involved in committing terrorist crimes in Egypt, ashe participated in the bombing of several Coptic churches. According to the official spokesman of the armed forces, Al-Qaeda terrorist belongs to an Egyptian family convicted of terrorism, as he has two brothers in Egyptian prisons.He noted that Abu Khaledis Ashmawy's successor in Libya.On March 2, Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Egyptian terrorist Hesham Ashmawy and 36 members of Ansar Bait al-Maqdes terror group to death over multiple crimes including assassinating policemen. Read more: http://egypttoday.com/Article/1/85022/Libyan-Army-arrests-most-dangerous-Egyptian-terrorist-in-Libya...