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The Standard Agence France-Presse Seven people have been arrested in Vietnam, including three on terrorism charges, for bombing a police station in Ho Chi Minh City last month in an attack that injured three people.The bomb was planted on a motorcycle and blew out the glass facade of the building near the site of violent protests over a proposed economic law days before.Two officers and a cook were injured in the explosion.Officials yesterday did not make a direct connection to the protests and said only that it was a carefully orchestrated attack by alleged terrorists connected to a "foreign" group."The organization of the attack . . . was with support from outside forces," HCMC Police Colonel Nguyen Sy Quang said, without naming the alleged group."They had careful preparation and had tested explosives many times," he added.Three of the men face terrorism charges, while another four face charges of providing explosives....
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Tampa Bay Times PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo police arrested three people Friday suspected of crimes related to terrorism, they said in a statement.The three were detained in two towns, and weapons, ammunition and electronic devices were seized at their homes, they added.A Pristina court charged the three with preparing terrorist acts and ordered them held for a month.A court statement said that the three suspects, identified only with their initials as R.K., A.A. and L.M., "were preparing terror acts in Kosovo." It did not elaborate, and no details of the alleged offenses were given.Police also said the operation was conducted in collaboration with German counterparts, who also made another arrest.Kosovo authorities claim that no Kosovar citizens have joined terror groups in the past couple of years, although about 160 of them are active in extremist groups in Syria and Iraq. Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/police-arrest--terrorism-suspects-in-kosovo--in-germany-ap_worlde89435fb06d2472a9ef72d29a2f0f8c9...
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Russia condemns 'expansionist actions' and says base in Poland will lead to 'countermeasures' The Washington Times By Ben Wolfgang Russia threatened retaliation Monday after news that Poland wants a permanent U.S. military base within its borders and is willing to pay up to $2 billion for the facility.The proposal for an American base touched off a rhetorical firestorm between Moscow and Warsaw, as leaders from both sides traded threats and cast a fresh spotlight on simmering tensions in Eastern Europe.U.S. officials had no immediate comment on the Polish plan, but Moscow seized the opportunity Monday — on an otherwise quiet Memorial Day in Washington — to push back hard against potential attempts by the Trump administration to bolster the U.S. military presence in the region.“These expansionist steps, certainly, result in counteractions of the Russian side to balance the parity which is violated every time this way,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told...
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By Jewish Press News Desk Israeli police caught a terrorist on the way to his terror attack, on Saturday afternoon.Two traffic officers noticed an Arab man driving between Kochav Yaacov and Givat Asaf, in the Binyamin region, that seemed suspicious to them. They stopped him, checked his car and found a knife and a meat cleaver in it.The wannabe terrorist, age 28 from the village of Dura, was arrested. He told investigators that he had been on the way to commit a terror attack. Read more: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/police-news/israeli-police-arrest-terrorist-on-his-way-to-an-attack/2018/07/07/...
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TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Chief of the National Police Gen. Tito Karnavian confirmed that the police have arrested several suspected terrorists in Blitar, East Java, and Karanganyar, Central Java."We revealed and arrested several suspected terrorists and we have evidence. We assured that people will have security," Tito said at the Al-Ikhlas Mosque in the National Police Headquarter on Friday, June 15, 2018.The first arrest was made in Blitar, East Java on June 13, 2018. The Special Counter-Terrorism Detachment 88 (Densus 88) arrested five Blitar residence suspected to have links to a terrorist network.The suspects were AR, MSZ, NH, HW, and K. During the arrest, Police discovered a number of evidence including a book on Jihad, an FN firearm, and eight 9mm bullets.Based on initial investigation, the arrested suspects were members of the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) in Blitar. "AR and his friends is a member of Blitar JAD," said Chief of...

Moroccan Police Arrest 4 ISIS Suspects

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SyndiGate.info The ministry said in a statement, the suspects were acquiring skills in explosives’ manufacturing to commit terrorist acts in different Moroccan cities. During the operation, the Moroccan authorities seized “electronic weapons and documents glorifying extremist ideology of ISIS,” the statement added.According to the statement, one of the suspects had close links with one of the individuals arrested following the dismantling of a terrorist cell last May in Morocco and Spain. This security operation affirms the continuity of terrorist threats caused by ISIS and its supporters around the world, the statement added. Notably, Morocco endorsed a preliminary security policy since Casablanca offensives in 2003, the year when the anti-terrorism law was adopted and a court was allocated to consider terrorist causes. The preliminary policy allows the possibility to act before a terrorist moves to the action phase.Under this framework, BCIJ which is a subsidiary of General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance,...
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Breitbart by Edwin Mora The number of predominantly Christian people killed in Nigeria by Muslim Fulani terrorists in the first six months of this year has dwarfed the fatalities carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)-affiliated Boko Haram, a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in the African country revealed this week.In one weekend last month (June 23 and 24), the Fulani stormed nearly a dozen Christian-majority villages in Nigeria’s Plateau state, using machetes and firearms to massacre at least 200 people, including women and children.Referring to the Plateau incident in an article published by Nigeria’s Daily Post, the NGO, known as the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety), noted Monday that the fatalities from the Fulani massacre could reach 300, making it one of the deadliest by any group in Nigeria. Intersociety explains:   The total death toll in Plateau State following the 23rd and 24th...

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By Voice of Europe Céline Pina, an ex-member of France’s Socialist Party (PS), is interviewed on French national television in a TV show hosted by David Pujadas.Reacting to the increasing number of street prayers in France she says:“There is no need to occupy the street. But why occupy the street? (…) because the point of the game is to mark the appropriation, because the point of the game is the visibility.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “There is clearly a form of takeover, and the third message is to show that the faith is superior to the law and that the determination of the faithful allows them at the same time to occupy the public space and it is limitless, since the public authority, the politicians, don’t put an end to it, even if it’s completely illegal,” she adds. Read more: https://voiceofeurope.com/2018/06/former-french-politician-muslim-street-prayers-are-about-taking-over-the-streets-and-show-superiority/...
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South China Morning Post by Li Tao Latest 3D sensing technology could open up new opportunities for facial, gesture and motion recognition Vivo, China’s third-largest smartphone vendor, has unveiled its latest 3D sensing technology, which it says has 10 times the precision of Apple’s popular Face ID and can be used for more gesture-based and 3D-enhanced apps in addition to standard facial recognition applications.The new technology, which Vivo calls Time of Flight (TOF) 3D Sensing Technology, detects the time it takes emitted pulse light to return to the sensor to accurately map objects at up to three meters in front of it by using its 300,000 sensor points. This is 10 times the number used by existing Structured Light Technology, the technique that Apple’s Face ID relies on to generate a 3D image for authentication.The latest 3D sensing technology could open up new opportunities for facial, gesture and motion recognition,...

Singapore Terrorism Threat at Highest Since 9/11

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Bloomberg By Jason Koutsoukis Singapore faces its highest terrorism threat level since the time of the September 11 attacks in the U.S. in 2001 and the 2002 Bali bombings, Singapore’s defense minister said.“There are no signs to indicate that this will abate within even the next decade,” Ng Eng Hen told reporters on Friday ahead of the country’s armed forces day on July 1. “This is a long-term problem, and we have to deal with it as a long-term problem.”Citing recent terrorism incidents including the May suicide bombings in the Indonesian city of Surabaya and the five-month-long armed conflict with militants linked to Islamic State in Marawi, a city in the southern Philippines, Ng said the metrics pointing to an increased terrorism threat, as well as the number of actual attacks, were all going up.To deal with a long-term problem such as terrorism meant that the Singapore Armed Forces would...
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CNBC Reuters - Britain's counter-terrorism chief said on Wednesday that two people who are critically ill in hospital in Wiltshire were exposed to the Novichok nerve agent, the same toxin that was used in an attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal.The man and woman, both British, were found unwell at a house in Amesbury on Saturday, close to Salisbury where Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with nerve agent in March.England's Chief Medical Officer said the risk to the general public remained low after a man and woman became exposed to the Novichok nerve agent in southern England."These two patients are in a critical condition following exposure to the nerve agent Novichok," Sally Davies told reporters."As the country's chief medical officer, I want to reassure the public that the risk to the general public remains low." Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2018/07/04/civilians-exposed-to-agent-used-against-ex-russian-spy-sergei-skripal.html...
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BBC News Iraq has executed at least 12 people convicted of terrorism offences.On Thursday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the "immediate application" of death sentences against convicted terrorists.A day earlier the bodies of eight captives held by the Islamic State group (IS) were found on a road north of the capital Baghdad.Human rights groups have raised serious concerns about trials of IS suspects and mass executions.At least several hundred people, including foreigners, are believed to be on death row for terrorism in Iraq."Based on the orders of Prime Minister Dr Haider al-Abadi, death sentences were carried out on Thursday against 12 convicted terrorists who had received their final sentences," a message on the prime minister's Facebook page read.A Ministry of Justice statement said that 13 people had been executed.The Iraqi government has not released the identities of those sentenced to death. Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-middle-east-44654977...

Things you might not know about the Fourth of July

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9 things you didn't know about the Fourth of July USA Today by Caroline Simon Across the country, Americans will don red, white and blue on July 4 to celebrate the nation's independence with barbecues, parades and fireworks.  The holiday commemorates the Founding Fathers' declaration of independence in 1776. The day has had a fascinating history ever since, rife with quirky coincidences and inventive celebrations.  Want to impress your friends and family at this year's Fourth of July gathering? Check out these facts you might not have known about the holiday. 1. Congress didn't actually vote for independence on July 4.  Twelve of thirteen states approved a resolution for independence on July 2, not July 4, when the declaration was actually adopted. New York didn't vote until July 9. Many of the signers didn't attach their names to the document until August 2.  John Adams famously insisted the annual celebration of independence be...
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InHomeland Security By Isaac Stanley-BeckerThe Washington PostEvery day, the suspected jihadist reports to the police station in Bochum, a city in the heart of the industrial Ruhr region of Germany, where he first arrived as a student in 1997. And every month, he collects about 1,200 euros, or about $1,400, in welfare payments, as Bild, Germany’s top-selling tabloid, announced breathlessly this spring. His wife and children are German citizens.But on Monday, when he paid his daily visit to the police, he was detained, according to German media, in preparation for deportation. The Tunisian man could be mistaken for any other person whose quest for international protection has been threatened by Germany’s increasingly hard-line stance on migration, part of a backlash shaking Europe since Syria’s civil war sent millions of people fleeing for their lives. A similar dynamic is unfolding in the United States, as President Trump has demanded a border...
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Just Security by Eric Rosand and Leanne Erdberg After enduring years of terrorist brutality, citizens of places like Mosul, Mogadishu and Maiduguri can finally enjoy a semblance of normal life, after recent successes in countering terrorism. That makes the U.S. and its international partners in the fight safer too. This week’s first global meeting of heads of national counterterrorism agencies at the United Nations likely will celebrate these success, while at the same time understanding that the threat is far from eradicated. In 18 countries, for example, the self-styled “Islamic State” has shifted from its failed state-building to insurgencies and affiliation with local terrorist groups.U.S. global leadership and action has been a driving force behind many of the counterterrorism successes since 9/11. That kind of robust engagement is needed more than ever to consolidate these gains and prevent the re-emergence and spread of the Islamic State and other terrorist groups....

Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST)

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OverviewThe primary mission of the Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) is to combat emerging and existing Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO) by employing the full range of federal, state, local, tribal and international law enforcement authorities and resources in the fight to identify, investigate, disrupt and dismantle these organizations at every level of operation.The BEST investigative model is a comprehensive response to the growing threat to border security, public safety and national security. BESTs eliminate the barriers between federal and local investigations (access to both federal and state prosecutors) and close the gap with international partners in multinational criminal investigations.BESTs also create an environment that minimizes the vulnerabilities in our operations that TCOs have traditionally capitalized on to exploit our nation’s land and sea borders.BackgroundIn 2005, HSI created the first BEST in Laredo, Texas, in partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other federal,...

Europe: "The Vision is an Islamic State"

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Gatestone Institute by Judith Bergman   "The growing religiousness is not an expression of marginalization. We are talking about people who are well-integrated, but who want to be religious". — Professor Viggo Mortensen. "The vision is an Islamic state -- Islamic society... Muslims will prefer sharia rule. But the vision for twenty years from now is for sharia law to be part of Germany, that sharia will be institutionalized in the state itself". — "Yusuf", in a documentary series, False Identity. "I will pick them one by one -- I will start with people around me... If every Muslim would do the same in his surroundings, it can happen with no problem... you don't confront him [the German] with force; you do it slowly... There will be clashes, but slowly the clashes will subside, as people will accept reality." — "Yusuf", in a documentary series, False Identity. Europe will still...

MS-13 Members Arrested At The Border

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Two days: Four gang members arrested in Rio Grande ValleyJuly 2, 2018EDINBURG, Texas – In two days, U.S. Border patrol agents across the Rio Grande Valley, Four gang members arrested by Border Patrolarrested four gang members. Rio Grande City station agents arrested a Honduran national near Roma, Texas. His records revealed that he is a confirmed Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member.The Fort Brown agents possessed a Salvadoran national record checks exposed an extensive criminal history as well as an active warrant in El Salvador. The man is also a confirmed 18th Street Gang member. McAllen agents arrested a Salvadoran national near Mission, Texas. Record checks showed that the man is a member of the 18th Street gang.McAllen agents arrested a Salvadoran national near McAllen, Texas. His record checks revealed that he is a Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member.All the individuals were referred for prosecution and their prior...

FBI: July 4 terror plot thwarted in Cleveland

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By Travis Fedschun | Fox News A man who pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda sought to kill members of the military and conducted reconnaissance in downtown Cleveland for a planned attack on July 4 -- but the Independence Day plot was foiled after a months-long investigation, federal officials said Monday.FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony said Demetrius Pitts, also known as Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq, was arrested at 10 a.m. Sunday by the joint terrorism task force. Authorities were initially notified about Pitts in 2017, when he lived in Cincinnati and allegedly made statements supporting Al Qaeda and advocating violence against U.S. military members."This case illustrated that law enforcement can not sit back and wait for Mr. Pitts to commit a violent act," Anthony said.Demetrius Pitts, also known as Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq, was arrested Sunday by the joint terrorism task force.  (FOX8)Authorities said Pitts made Facebook posts with "disturbing" messages,...
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DW Cologne ricin plot bigger than initially suspected Federal prosecutors have found more than 3,000 castor bean seeds in the suspect's Cologne apartment — many more than initially suspected. They say the Tunisian was planning to make a biological weapon using ricin. German authorities said on Wednesday that they had averted a major biological attack  by arresting a Tunisian in Cologne a week ago, with the scale of the plot greater than initially thought. The 29-year-old man, identified only as Sief Allah H. in accordance with German privacy laws, had manufactured ricin, a poison found in castor beans, for the suspected attack, the president of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), Holger Münch, told German broadcaster RBB-Inforadio."There were very concrete preparations for such an act using what you might call a biological bomb," Münch said, describing it as an "unprecedented" threat.According to federal prosecutors, about 3,150 castor bean seeds — more...