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May: Spotlight on Global Jihad

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Spotlight on Global Jihad (May 2-7, 2019) The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center At the Israeli Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center Main events of the weekIn the Syrian arena, most of the fighting took place between the jihadi organizations and the Syrian army in the Idlib area. During the past week, the intensity of the incidents in the area increased: The Syrian army attacked bases of the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham in the southern Idlib area. In addition, Russian and Syrian aircraft carried out intensive airstrikes against rebel targets in the rural areas of Hama, Idlib, and Aleppo. The rebel organizations (once again) launched rockets at Russian aircraft at the Hmeymim airbase and attacked Syrian army targets using armed UAVs. In the Iraqi arena, the Iraqi security forces began extensive mopping up operations against ISIS in the deserts of the northwestern part of the country. The...
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Daily Sabah PKK terrorist on Turkey’s most wanted list killed in operations in eastern TunceliTurkish security forces in the eastern province of Tunceli killed four PKK terrorists, including one sought by Turkey in the orange category, in counterterrorism operations, the Interior Ministry said in a statement Monday.The terrorists were killed in ongoing operations in the rural areas of Pülümür-Kızılmescit in Tunceli.The orange-listed terrorist was identified as Zilan Tek, who went by the code-name "Şilan Siirt." She had a TL 600,000 ($98.397) bounty on her head.The Interior Ministry's wanted list is divided into five color-coded categories, with red marking the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange and gray, depending on the sensitivity of their criminal activity.Meanwhile, the provincial governor's office said in a statement that counter-terrorism operations and investigations to detect the terrorists' locations across the province are continuing in the region.Read more: https://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2019/05/13/pkk-terrorist-on-turkeys-most-wanted-list-killed-in-operations-in-eastern-tunceli/...
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ABC News By Bram Ianssen, associated press It was a chilly January evening, and Khadija Abd and her family had just finished supper at their farm when the two men with guns burst into the room.One wore civilian clothes, the other an army uniform. They said they were from the Iraqi army's 20th Division, which controls the northern Iraqi town of Badoush. In fact, they were Islamic State group militants who had come down from the surrounding mountains into Badoush with one thing on their mind: Revenge. "How can we live after this?" Khadija said. The three brothers were the providers for the entire family. "They left their children, their livestock, their wives, and their elderly father who doesn't know what to do now." A year and a half after the Islamic State group was declared defeated in Iraq, the militants still evoke fear in the lands of their former...
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Forbes Countering Online Extremism Is Too Important To Leave To Facebookby Kalev LeetaruSocial media has a complicated history with terrorism. As groups like the Islamic State harnessed the power of social platforms for recruitment, incitement and propaganda, the initial response from Silicon Valley was to refuse government calls to take action in deference to terrorists’ free speech rights. In the face of overwhelming public pressure and threats of new legislation across the world, the Valley made an abrupt about-face and began actively touting its counter-terrorism efforts. Yet, whistle-blower claims that Facebook's counter-terrorism efforts are far from as successful as the company publicly claims and new reporting of just how pervasive and easily discoverable terrorism content is on Facebook reminds us how little we actually know about the success or failure of Silicon Valley’s counter-terrorism efforts.Facebook has become in many ways the public face of Silicon Valley’s embrace of machine learning...

ISIS ‘caliphate’ heading west

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Asia Times ISIS ‘caliphate’ heading westBy Faisal Al YafaiWhen Islamic State’s self-styled “caliph,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, reappeared last week in his first video message in five years, most observers focused on his attempt to rally what remains of his largely defeated group. Less attention was paid to an almost throwaway reference to two pledges of allegiance to the group from jihadist militias in the West African countries of Mali and Burkina Faso. But the intention of that second message was to reinforce the first. After being wiped out in Iraq and Syria, Islamic State (aka ISIS) is searching for other territories in which to operate, and the Sahel region is a prime candidate.Their presence has not gone unnoticed. In the same week that Baghdadi’s message appeared, German Chancellor Angela Merkel landed in those two countries, pledging nearly US$40 million in financial aid in addition to the nearly 1,000 German troops...
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FBI uncovers homegrown terror training camp in Alabama ABC 33/40by KRISTINE FRAZAO, Sinclair Broadcast Group WASHINGTON (SBG) - At first glance, it looks like an abandoned dump.But this plot of land in Macon County, Alabama is described in an FBI search warrant as a "makeshift military-style obstacle course" belonging to a small group of terrorists led by Siraj Wahhaj who owned the property up a long dirt road but just a few miles from downtown Tuskegee.    "Just because you’re in a small town or a small state does not mean you might not potentially have individuals engaged in the types of activities that would call into question threats to national security," says Tim Fuhrman, Former Special Agent with the FBI field office in Mobile, Alabama.The property, similar to another compound in New Mexico the group is now linked to where federal prosecutors say Wahhaj and four other suspects were training...
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  KETV 7 'Tracking Terror' UNO students study extremists for Department of Defenseby Sarah Fili OMAHA, Neb. — A group of local college students believes their work may stop the next terrorist attack, both within the country and abroad.The Department of Defense funds the project at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.The students come from all around the United States, and all different majors, to work in the program.It's all online, tracking social media, educational articles and even terrorist autobiographies to figure out who's who in a terror organization and what they want.It’s housed inside a small computer lab on the UNO campus. But it’s home to some of the government's most important work.“We focus on a variety of issues related to violent extremism, terrorism,” said Michael Logan, a research associate and criminology student.The group researches ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and others.Logan is a Ph.D. candidate with a background in criminology. He's on...
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ABC News by Byjulie watson and elliot spagat, associated press As the 19-year-old college student sped away in his 2012 Honda Civic, he dialed 911 and said: "I just shot up a synagogue."   He told the dispatcher that he thought he had killed some people and that he did it "because Jewish people are destroying the white race."   The chilling account in a federal affidavit unsealed Thursday was the most detailed yet of a gunman's attack on a Southern California synagogue that killed a woman and wounded three others during Passover service last month in the San Diego suburb of Poway.   It describes a deeply disturbed man filled with hatred who claimed to be inspired by the attacks on the mosques in New Zealand and the shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue last fall.   The Department of Justice filed 109 hate crime and other charges against the...
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The Hindu Pakistan uses ‘terrorism as tool’ against India: former CIA director by PTIFormer CIA acting director Michael Morell, in a podcast discussion with Kurt Campbell and Rich Verma on Thursday, alleged that Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world.Pakistan, obsessed with India as a perceived existential threat, has “created terrorist groups to be a tool” in its struggle against India, a former top American spymaster has said.Former CIA acting director Michael Morell, in a podcast discussion with Kurt Campbell and Rich Verma on Thursday, alleged that Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world.Mr. Campbell, the former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs and Verma, the former US Ambassador to India, now regularly host ‘The Tealeaves’ Podcast of the Asia Group.“What they don’t realise is that it’s impossible to keep those terrorist groups under control. And that eventually comes back...
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WGBH News Boston's New FBI Special Agent In Charge Seeks To Fight Terrorism And Strengthen Counterintelligence Joseph Bonavolonta is the new special agent in charge of Boston's FBI headquarters located in Chelsea. By Marilyn SchairerThere's a new leader at the Boston Field Office of the FBI. Since late January, 45-year-old Joseph Bonavolonta is settling into his new role as special agent in charge after previously working in the office from 2013 to 2017. Bonavolonta has been with the FBI since 1996, and has also worked in the FBI headquarters in Washington and New Jersey.WGBH News reporter Marilyn Schairer sat down with Bonavolonta to discuss his vision for the office, his aspirations and goals for the FBI, and his relationship with the community. This transcript has been edited for clarity.Marilyn Schairer: What are your goals for the Boston FBI office as the new special agent in charge?Joseph Bonavolonta: What a lot...
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SiLive.com Extremist, terrorist content falls through Facebook cracks; Rep. Rose says more needs to be doneBy Kristin F. Dalton STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Facebook said it’s doing all it can, and has been successful thus far, in keeping extremist and terrorist content off of its platform.However, a complaint from the National Whistleblower Center to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which was obtained by the Associated Press, alleges Facebook isn’t as successful in its attempt as it lets on. The complaint alleges that over five months in 2018, researchers monitored pages by Facebook users who affiliated themselves with groups the U.S. State Department has identified as terrorist organizations. Read more: https://www.silive.com/news/2019/05/extremist-terrorist-content-falls-through-facebook-cracks-rep-rose-says-more-needs-to-be-done.html?outputType=amp...
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Voice Of America Fears Grow Islamic State's Foreign Fighters Ready to Carry On by Jeff SeldinWASHINGTON — Even as the Islamic State’s caliphate was clinging to life with its last defenders cornered in a small town in northeastern Syria, the terror group managed to shock those who would eventually see it die.Instead of waiting out about 1,000 civilians and 300 or so hard-core IS fighters who had retreated to Baghuz, the U.S.-led coalition watched for weeks in late February and March, as upwards of 30,000 civilians and 5,000 fighters, slowly surrendered.“Very much unanticipated,” a senior U.S. defense official said at the time, describing what he called “the magnitude of humanity” flowing out of the terror group’s final shred of territory.“We continue to be surprised by the numbers,” the official added.But when it comes to the Islamic State terror group, numbers have always been a challenge for the United States and...
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By Samuel Chamberlain | Fox News The Pentagon released a new video Wednesday showing four nuclear-capable B-52 bombers taking off for the Middle East as part of the Trump administration's effort to deter what officials call a "credible threat" from Iran.Officials tell Fox News the Cold War-era bombers, part of the 2nd Bomb Wing, departed Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana Tuesday en route to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.The White House said it dispatched the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and the bombers to the Persian Gulf over what it described as a new threat from Iran.On Wednesday, President Trump announced new sanctions targeting Iran's steel, aluminum, copper and iron sectors and vowed to continue a campaign of "maximum pressure" against Tehran until it stops supporting terror groups, ends destabilizing activities in the region, gives up any nuclear weapons efforts and ends development of ballistic missiles."We call on...
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The Wall Street Journal U.S. Deployment Triggered by Intelligence Warning of Iranian Attack Plans Unusually specific intelligence reports about fresh Iranian threats to American forces in the Middle East triggered a U.S. military request in the Middle East By Gordon Lubold and Michael R. GordonU.S. intelligence showed that Iran has made plans to target U.S. forces in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East, triggering a decision to reinforce the American military presence in the region in an effort to deter any possible moves by Tehran, U.S. officials said Monday.The escalation in tensions came as European diplomats said Monday that Iran appeared poised to breach portions of the 2015 international nuclear pact that restricted Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. That followed a...To Read the Full Story Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-deployment-triggered-by-intelligence-warning-of-iranian-attack-plans-11557180106...

Opinion: ISIS Lost the War. Now It’s Dangerous.

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Bloomberg ISIS Lost the War. Now It’s Dangerous.A Q&A with ISIS expert Graeme Wood on how the terrorist group is going global and why its self-styled caliph has reappeared. By Tobin Harshaw What does a caliph do when he loses his caliphate? Crawl out from under his rock, apparently. Last week, the Islamic State released a video of its evanescent leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, for the first time in five years, in which he warned of “the vengeance that awaits the crusaders and their henchmen.” (I’m probably only the latter, but one can always aspire.) Coming on the heels of the horrific bombings of Christian churches in Sri Lanka, for which ISIS has taken credit, there’s no doubt that losing their geographical foothold in Syria and Iraq was no death blow to the insurgents or their murderous interpretation of Islam. To understand what to expect from ISIS 2.0, I had...
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ABC NEWS Aircraft carrier sent to Middle East after indications Iran planned attack on US forces The United States deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in response to "clear indications" Iran and Iranian proxies were planning an attack on U.S. forces in the region, U.S. officials said.Late Sunday night, the White House made the surprise announcement that the USS Abraham Lincoln and a bomber task force were being deployed in response to unspecified "troubling and escalatory indications and warnings."A statement from national security adviser John Bolton said the deployments were intended "to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.""The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack,...
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The Jerusalem Post It is the State Department’s longest-running strategic counterterrorism dialogue, the statement said. By MARCY OSTER/JTA The US Coordinator for Counterrorism will lead a delegation to Jerusalem.Nathan Sales will arrive in Israel on Tuesday for the annual meeting of the US-Israel Joint Counterterrorism Group, the State Department announced on Monday.It is the State Department’s longest-running strategic counterterrorism dialogue, the statement said.“The United States and Israel will discuss the shared terrorist threats facing our two countries, including from Iran and Lebanese Hezballah, and develop strategies for bolstering collaboration and cooperation in these critical areas,” the statement said. Meanwhile US National Security Advisor John Bolton was scheduled to meet on Monday with the head of Israel’s National Security Council, Meir Ben-Shabbat, to discuss their “shared commitment to countering Iranian malign activity & other destabilizing actors in the Middle East and around the world,” Bolton said in a tweet on Sunday.Read...

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By Caleb Parke | Fox News Disturbing footage of Muslim kids saying they would sacrifice themselves and kill for the "army of Allah" surfaced from an Islamic center in Philadelphia. The Muslim American Society (MAS) Islamic Center in Philadelphia posted the video to its Facebook page celebrating "Ummah Day" in which young children wearing Palestinian scarves sang and read poetry about killing for Allah and the mosque in Jerusalem. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a watchdog group, alerted Fox News to the video."These are not isolated incidents; they are happening in major centers of the country – including in Pennsylvania," MEMRI said in a statement.Watch Here:   Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/us/video-philadelphia-muslim-society-children...
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CNBC Global terrorism entered a new era with the bombing in Sri Lankaby Fred Kempe The terror attacks in Sri Lanka hit home with the death of 11-year-old U.S. student Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa. The events in Sri Lanka show that ISIS cancer isn’t defeated or even in remission, but rather it is metastasizing since its loss of a caliphate first in Iraq and then finally Syria. What’s growing clearer with each day is that the United States and its allies will likely have to contend with extremist, Islamist terrorism for decades to come. WASHINGTON– This one is both highly personal and disturbingly global.On Wednesday afternoon this week, fifth grade students of Sidwell Friends Middle School walked down Wisconsin Avenue to the Washington National Cathedral to say goodbye to one of their own. A suicide terrorist’s bomb – at an Easter Sunday brunch at a Sri Lankan hotel – had...