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By Jack Moore - Newsweek Canada is investigating reports that two women found by Iraqi security forces in a secret tunnel under the Old City of Mosul, the northern Iraqi former bastion of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), are Canadian.They were part of a 20-strong group of women hiding in the city after Iraqi forces wrested it from ISIS after three years of control. The group was composed of two Canadians, five Germans, three Russians, three Turkish citizens, a Chechen and six Libyans and Syrians, according to reports in the Kurdish press that cited an Iraqi counterterrorism official.The reports said Iraqi forces found the women in a secret tunnel in the Quleiat neighborhood of Mosul. Iraqi counterterrorism expert Haider al-Araji said the females had guns and explosive devices with them in the tunnel.“We are aware of these media reports. Canadian officials are contacting local authorities and gathering additional information,”...
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Stephen Tankel - War On The Rocks “We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let’s get out!” That was Donald Trump tweeting in November 2013. Fast forward and President Trump is considering sending 3,000 to 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Although the precise troop numbers and particulars of their deployment are still being mapped out, all indications are that these additional forces would not directly contribute to the counter-terrorism mission. Rather, they would be sent to shore up the Afghan government forces fighting against the Taliban. As the White House reviews the proposed increase, there are numerous questions it should address. Four are paramount.1. Is shoring up the Afghan government forces necessary to enable an ongoing counter-terrorism mission, and, if not, then what U.S. interests are at stake?For the past three years, the U.S. mission in Afghanistan has focused on...
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BreakingNews.ie A security expert has warned that we are hugely under-prepared for a terrorist attack.Former Lieutenant Colonel Michael Murphy says we are lacking intelligence structures and our security systems would not be able to adequately cope.He has made a number of suggestions, including removing the responsibility for state security from the Garda Commissioner and establishing a separate civilian intelligence agency.Speaking at the MacGill Summer School, the security expert said we do not need to wait until there is an attack to figure out where we are failing."It will not take them very long to come to the conclusion that this State's counter-terrorism preparation was grossly negligent," he said."Our current intelligence structures are not fit for purpose."Not alone does this put the lives of our people at risk, but also those of our close neighbour in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe." Read more: http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/security-expert-irelands-counter-terrorism-preparation-grossly-negligent-798297.html...
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By Camila DeChalusThe Trump administration issued new economic sanctions against Iran on Tuesday over its ballistic missile program and alleged support of terrorist groups.The new sanctions come a day after the Trump administration warned Iran that it was not following the terms of its nuclear agreement with world powers, according to a statement from U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert."The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malignant activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security, and prosperity," Nauert said. "Iran continues to support terrorist groups such as Hizballah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad that threaten Israel and stability in the Middle East." The sanctions target "18 entities and individuals" that the department claims are "supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program." Read more: https://www.circa.com/story/2017/07/18/world/us-imposes-new-sanctions-on-iran-over-missile-program...
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CNET by Zoey Chong Telegram may have escaped Russia's threats to ban it, but in Indonesia that wasn't the case.On Sunday, the founder of the free encrypted messaging app, Pavel Durov, posted on his Telegram channel that the company has removed "all terrorist-related public channels" previously reported by Indonesia's Ministry of Communication and IT.The move comes after Indonesian authorities banned the messaging service on Saturday, citing security concerns over terrorists using it as a communication platform. The ban on Telegram will not affect other social media platforms, according to the statement."The government detects the presence of thousands of communication activities among countries [on Telegram] leading to terrorist activities," President Joko Widodo was quoted as saying in the statement. "There are still thousands [who have] escaped."Durov, however, said he was "unaware" of requests made by the country earlier for it to remove the channels, calling it a "miscommunication.""Telegram is heavily-encrypted and...

Al-Baghdadi reportedly still alive

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Sky News Australia A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official says he is 99 per cent sure Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, despite reports he has been killed.'Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that he is alive. We believe 99 per cent he is alive,' Lahur Talabany told Reuters news agency on Monday.'Don't forget his roots go back to al Qaeda days in Iraq. He was hiding from security services. He knows what he is doing.'The secretive Islamic State leader has frequently been reported killed or wounded since climbing the pulpit of a mosque in Mosul in 2014 and declaring a caliphate with himself the leader of all Muslims.After leading his fighters on a sweep through northern Iraq, Baghdadi attempted to create a self-sustaining modern-day caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.He is now a man on...
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DW The US is aiming to impose aid restrictions on Pakistan. In an interview with DW, analyst Michael Kugelman says if there's one US administration likely to take a hard line against Pakistan, it's the Trump administration.DW: Is the US government finally taking a hard line against Pakistan?Michael Kugelman: A tougher policy is certainly a strong possibility. If there is one US administration likely to take a hard line against Pakistan, it's the Trump administration. Trump projects himself as tough on terror and takes a very principled and strident approach to terror - it needs to be wiped out, wherever it is and in whatever form. It would seem that Trump would have zero patience for Pakistan's policy of going after some terrorists while letting others be.There has been speculation that the US could expand the drone war and cut Pakistan funds. The harshest critics of Pakistan believe that the...
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by CBR Staff Writer The Government launches a competition to find new technology that can identify possible terrorists, and protect crowds from attacks. A competition has been launched by the Government that aims to find new technology that can identify possible terrorists and protect people from bomb or gun terrorism attacks.The Government hopes the scheme will improve the surveillance and detection of potential threats and attacks on popular crowded spaces and deter such events now, and in the future.Up to £2million is available to be put forward for in-depth research into science and technology that can protect the population.Security Minister Ben Wallace will announce the funding at a summit in London today.He is expected to say: “The threat from terror does not stand still so neither will we, which is why we are calling on the best and the brightest from the science and technology sector to come forward with...

Plotting terror

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Dawn by Tariq KhosaNEW York police have foiled at least 25 major terror attacks since 9/11, says John Miller, the counterterrorism chief, adding that NYPD maintains on average three or four active terrorist investigations at any given time. “Terrorists didn’t rest on their laurels after 9/11,” said former police commissioner of New York, Ray Kelly, while giving an account of 16 plots of terrorists foiled since he became head of NYPD in early 2002.A case of three Pakistanis allegedly involved in planning a terrorist act finds prominent mention in his book Vigilance. The main character Majid Khan, an illegal immigrant, left America secretly in violation of the US immigration law and met Al Qaeda’s Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Karachi in early 2003. He was tasked with bombing underground storage tanks at petrol stations in Maryland. Majid wanted somehow to get back to the US unnoticed. He contacted 23-year-old Uzair Paracha...
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Evening Standard by Patrick Grafton-Green A man suspected of preparing to carry out a terror attack has been arrested at London City Airport.Counter terrorism officers detained the 49-year-old when he returned to the UK from an undisclosed location on Thursday afternoon.He was arrested on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.He has been taken into custody at a south London police station and has since been released on bail to return on a date in late July.Officers also carried out a search at an address in Essex, which is now complete.Enquiries continue. Read more: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/man-49-arrested-at-london-city-airport-on-suspicion-of-planning-terror-attacks-a3588501.html...

National security wrap

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by Patrick Kennedy, Madeleine Nyst, Sophie Qin and Zoe Glasson - THE STRATEGIST Violence spikes in RioBrazil’s Institute of Public Security has reported a sharp uptick in the incidence of ‘lethal violence’ in Rio de Janeiro. In the first five months of 2016, there were an average of 16 deaths per day; between January and May this year, the number had risen to 19—an increase of 16.4%.That has prompted some city-dwellers to flee; there’s a growing feeling that it’s too dangerous to raise a family in Rio. Other citizens, aided by human rights organisations like Amnesty International, are instead using crowdsourced apps to pinpoint gunfire locales for 3 million of the city’s residents.As the violence spirals into Rio’s ‘worst security crisis in more than a decade’, there will need to be a concerted effort to address the underlying socioeconomic causes. That won’t be easy—there are hints that the rampant corruption...

 
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TerrorThreatReport.comA new report reveals that at least 61 people who came to the United States as refugees between 2002 and 2016 participated in terror activities aimed at injuring or slaughtering people on U.S. soil. This new information from the Heritage Foundation could provide new fuel to the debate over immigration policy and President Trump's recently reinstated travel ban. The Heritage Foundation identified dozens of refugees who came to the United States and did anything from lying to authorities about ongoing terror plots, to personally taking part in terror plots themselves. The report also presents a new problem -- that none of the United State's security efforts can effectively prevent the "1.5 generation," or individuals who immigrate to the country before or during their early teens, from becoming radicalized after they have already entered the country. What's unique about the 1.5 generation is these young refugees do not let go of...
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Theresa May to “Rip Up” Human Rights if Necessary to Force New Restrictions on Terror Suspectsby Joud Halawani Al-Tamimi - Majalla.comThe UK has witnessed four terror attacks the past three months, which adds unprecedented pressure on the country’s security services to better respond to terrorism and prevent similar attacks from happening and claiming more lives in the future. The weight of the task made Theresa May go as far as saying she would “rip up” human rights laws if needed to force new restrictions on terror suspects. But what are these new restrictions going to look like?The Prime Minister is planning to facilitate the deportation of foreign terror suspects and bolster up controls on extremists in cases where they pose a threat and there is a lack of adequate proof to get them prosecuted.Following terror attacks on London Bridge, Manchester and Westminster, May said: “I can tell you a few...
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by Soeren Kern - Gatestone Institute A 10-year-old girl from a former republic of the Soviet Union was raped by an asylum seeker from Ghana, but police and the local government allegedly suppressed information about the crime for more than two weeks. A student sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl and punched another boy in the face, breaking his glasses. At least six other students have been beaten bloody. The school's leadership has refused to discipline the child, apparently because of his migrant background, and instead has lashed out at the parents for demanding a safe environment for their children. Police in Lübeck suspect that refugees are taking over illegal drug trade in the city. June 1. A Syrian migrant was stabbed to death in Oldenburg by another Syrian because he was eating ice cream during Ramadan. The murder, which occurred in broad daylight in a busy pedestrian shopping area, was...
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*** Immediate Intelligence Bulletin ***  July 11, 2017   Arab News Platforms Echo Reports ISIS Leader Dead Information: According to information echoed on July 11, 2017 on some Arab news platforms. ISIS will soon announce the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. A platform associated with ISIS echoed – yet did not confirm – the report. In addition, the Director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoted by the Al Arabiya news network confirms the information. Yet as of the time this report was published, no formal announcement has been made by ISIS. Analysis:                                                                        In June 2016, the Russian Defense Ministry posted on its Facebook page that it was checking information that Baghdadi was killed in the strike on the outskirts of Al-Raqqa in Syria. This was the Russian announcement: “On May 28, after drones were used to confirm the information regarding the location and time of the...

U.S. Army soldier arrested in Hawaii on terror charges

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (KABC) A 34-year-old U.S. Army soldier was arrested Saturday in Hawaii on charges of providing material support to the Islamic State, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.Ikaika Kang, an active-duty soldier from Waipahu who was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii was taken into custody by an FBI SWAT team July 8."Kang has been under investigation by the U.S. Army and the FBI for over a year," the FBI agent in charge said. "FBI assets and Army investigative resources were continuously deployed to ensure the public's safety during the course of this investigation and Kang's eventual arrest."According to a criminal complaint filed against Kang in U.S. district court, Kang "swore allegiance to ISIS, attempted to provide military documents to ISIS, and attempted to provide training to the terrorist organization."Kang had been serving as an air traffic control operator with the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade under the U.S....
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By Jessica StasiwContributor, In Homeland SecurityOne consistent theme throughout Cybertech Fairfax 2017, which took place on Tuesday, June 13, was the critical need for innovative technology that safeguards against cyber intrusion. However, cybersecurity experts warn that as information technology (IT) improves, human interaction will continue to be a primary point of cybersecurity vulnerability unless leaders improve workforce policies and training.Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, kicked off the conference by addressing the state of cybersecurity and how companies and agencies need to better prepare professionals. Creating an empowered workforce and a proactive state of readiness is vastly more effective than focusing only on innovative technology that means a continuously defensive posture. Fellow leaders, many of them hailing from private startup firms, reinforced the importance of risk management preparation. The message was that cybersecurity technology is only as effective as the workforce that’s implementing it. Technology Enforcement May Improve...

Why Another Philippines Terrorist Attack Is Coming

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Another Marawi-like siege is likely to occur. By Zachary Abuza As fighting in the southern Philippine City of Marawi recedes, there is much to take stock of. The six week siege of the city by the Islamic State pledged Maute Group and a faction of the Abu Sayyaf tested the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and it has led to a regional concern that Mindanao is, once again, a black hole in regional security. The toll was high: 70 members of the military and police, 27 civilians, and 290 militants were killed according to recent estimates, and more bodies are being recovered as security forces comb through the rubble. Over 246,000 civilians were displaced. The city is in ruins.There is much to write about Marawi: the intelligence failure; the fact that the Maute Group had conducted a similar siege in Butig in November 2016; President Rodrigo Duterte’s single-minded attention...

France: "Jihad by Court"

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by Yves Mamou    A silent jihad is under way in France. Spread by a constellation of Muslim organizations allied to powerful (non-Muslim) "anti-racist" associations, "jihad by court" is attacking freedom of press, and freedom of speech. Any journalist, politician, lawyer or intellectual who talks or writes either about Islam or some of its representatives in a critical way, is at risk of being taken to court for "racism" or "outraging a group of people because of their religion."The so-called "jihad by court" began in an experimental way in France at the beginning of the century. In 2002, the famous French writer Michel Houellebecq was sued for "incitement to hatred" by Islamic organizations allied to the Ligue des droits de l'Homme, ("Human Rights League"), a prestigious "anti-racist" organization. Houellebecq was sued for having said in an interview with Lire magazine that, "of all existing religions, Islam is the dumbest. We...