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Combating Homegrown Terrorism

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Kerry SleeperAssistant Director, Office of Partner EngagementFederal Bureau of InvestigationStatement Before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on National SecurityWashington, D.C.July 27, 2017 Combating Homegrown TerrorismGood afternoon Chairman DeSantis, Ranking Member Lynch, and members of the subcommittee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the threat of homegrown violent extremism.The FBI utilizes a comprehensive violence reduction strategy, which focuses on all pathways to violence but is not limited to the sole focus of homegrown violent extremism. Our violence reduction strategy is primarily composed of prevention and intervention lines of effort.In the area of prevention, the FBI has a long history of engagement in outreach and education initiatives, and continues this effort as we identify and adapt to current trends.In collaboration with our state and local partners, the FBI has historically been very successful in outreach programs designed to reach certain communities who...
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by Brian Seay - Guns.com A Kansas man was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for attempting to blow up a car bomb at a military base.John T. Booker, 22, of Topeka, Kansas pleaded guilty to one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and one count of attempted destruction of government property by fire or explosion, according to a Department of Justice news release.The FBI first started investigating Booker, also known as Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, in early 2014, when he wrote on Facebook that he wanted to commit jihad. “I will soon be leaving you forever so goodbye! I’m going to wage jihad and hopes that i [sic] die,” he wrote, according to a criminal complaint.“Getting ready to be killed in jihad is a HUGE adrenaline rush!! I am so nervous. NOT because I’m scared to die but I am eager to meet my lord,”...
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BBC The plan was one of two alleged terror plots recently uncovered by authorities, who made several arrests across Sydney on Saturday.The suspects were allegedly aided by the so-called Islamic State (IS).The other plot involved building and setting off a device that could release toxic gas in a public enclosed space.Police said the plans had been "completely disrupted".What is claimed about the 'bomb plot'?Australian Federal Police (AFP) Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan said this was "one of the most sophisticated plots that has ever been attempted on Australian soil".He said two suspects had built and concealed a "high-end" military-grade explosive in a piece of luggage.The plan was for the brother of one of the suspects to take the luggage with him onboard an Etihad Airways plane leaving Sydney airport on 15 July. The brother was not aware of the bomb, said police.But for some reason the plan was aborted at the...
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WESTERN HEMISPHERE U.S. Department of StateOverview: Many countries in Latin America have porous borders, limited law enforcement capabilities, and established smuggling routes. These vulnerabilities offered opportunities to local and international terrorist groups and posed challenges to governments in the region. Canada and the Caribbean – particularly Trinidad and Tobago – were sources of foreign terrorist fighters in 2016; the return of these trained foreign terrorist fighters is of great concern.Transnational criminal organizations continued to pose a significant threat to the region, and most countries made efforts to investigate possible connections between terrorist organizations and criminal activity. For many countries in the region, the challenges related to transnational crime remained the preeminent security concern in 2016. Corruption, weak government institutions, insufficient interagency cooperation, weak or non-existent legislation, and a lack of resources remained the primary causes for the lack of significant political will to counter terrorism in some Western Hemisphere countries....
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By Robin Simcox Afghanistan is back in the news. Wednesday, 2 U.S. servicemembers were killed in a suicide bombing attack. Already this year, U.S. airstrikes are at their highest level since 2012, and President Trump is considering sending up to 3,000 more troops to support the 8,400 Americans already serving there. Why does the AfPak region remain a hotbed of terrorist plotting and violence? General John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, notes that of the 98 designated terrorist organizations around the globe, 20 of them operate in the region. It’s an exceptional concentration, and just one reason why the U.S. must remain engaged in Afghanistan.Yet for some years now, voices on both the right and left have urged American withdrawal. That would be a mistake. As America and its allies have drawn down troops in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda has been quietly strengthening its hand.The terrorist group...
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Tahir Aziz, 38, Naweed Ali, 29, Mohibur Rahman, 33, and Khobaib Hussain, 25, convicted at Old Bailey of preparing acts of terrorism. by Vikram Dodd - The Guardian - Police and crime correspondent Four men have been jailed for life for plotting a “Lee Rigby-style” terrorist attack to murder members of the police or military using a pipe bomb and meat cleaver.Three of the men called themselves the “three musketeers” on a messaging app they used to plan the attack.The trial judge, Mr Justice Globe, sentenced Naweed Ali,29, Khobaib Hussain, 25, both from Birmingham, and Mohibur Rahman, 33, from Stoke-on-Trent, to serve a minimum term of 20 years in jail for their “significant role” in the planned attack.Tahir Aziz, 38, from Stoke will serve no less than 15 years, being judged to have played a lesser role. Ali, Hussain and Rahman did not attend the sentencing hearing, instead staying at...

The Islamization of History

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by Uzay Bulut - Gatestone Institute    Not only does no other religion in Turkey, other than Islam, have the power, influence or financing of the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) -- whose budget even surpasses that of most ministries; other religions are either not officially recognized (as in the cases of Alevism and Yazidism), or are on the verge of complete governmental elimination -- as in the cases of Judaism, Greek Orthodoxy, Assyrian (Syriac) and Armenian Christianity.    "...[S]ince the creation of the world there is only one religion and it is the religion of Islam.... therefore, when Islam was not in that area before Mohammed came to it, it should have been there....So any place like this had to be freed, not to be conquered...And therefore, there is no Islamic occupation. If somebody occupies anything, it will always be somebody else, not the Muslims. So, there is no Islamic occupation. There is...

North Korea's ICBM launch leaves Asean envoys uneasy

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Business Mirror By Recto Mercene Top diplomats of Asean have expressed grave concern over the recent developments in the Korean Peninsula.“We continue to express grave concerns over the developments in the Korean Peninsula, including the most recent testing by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK] of an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4, on top of its previous nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches.” the foreign ministers said in a draft joint communique.“Noting that these developments threaten peace and stability in the entire region, we urged the DPRK to fully and immediately comply with its obligations under the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.”The foreign ministers are in Manila for the 50th Asean Ministerial Meeting that will be conducted  from August 2 to 8  at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.Foreign ministers and senior officials from 27 countries are expected to attend  the event. They are expected to issue...
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Express BRITAIN will have stronger powers to impose sanctions on dangerous regimes and terrorist groups when it leaves the European Union, ministers have revealed. By David Maddox A new Sanctions Bill is to be unveiled today repatriating powers held by Brussels to freeze assets and block access to bank accounts of governments of rogue states and criminal organisations and individuals.It means the UK will no longer be held back by Brussels in the war on terror. The move is part of a double assault on terrorism by the government with Home Secretary Amber Rudd telling internet giants at a major conference in California that they have to stop allowing the web being a hiding place for extremists.The Government will introduce a Sanctions Bill to ensure it has the legal powers to bring forward restrictions on foreign countries after the UK's withdrawal from the EU. It will include additional powers to...
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By World Tribune The continuing chaos in Libya is enabling Islamic State (ISIL) to “regroup” and renew its recruiting efforts in the Maghreb, analysts say.Reports have said the terror organization recently moved its Libyan base to the town of Sabratha, 60 miles from the Tunisian border. “The majority of their fighting force comes from Tunisia, so Sabratha is also a growing center,” terrorism analyst Robert Young Pelton told Fox News.“ISIS in Libya can regenerate quickly.”After losing its Libyan stronghold of Sirte late last year, the number of ISIS jihadists in the country was said to have fallen below 200, according to the Pentagon.A spokesman for U.S. Africa Command told Fox News that number currently is around 500.Col. Ahmed Almesmari, spokesperson for the Libyan National Army (LNA), however, said ISIS’s numbers are far larger – around “five to seven thousand people of different nationalities.”“ISIS is a transnational franchise that comes with...

Is The Mafia Helping ISIS Smuggle Oil Into Italy?

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By Irina Slav The Italian mafia may have teamed up with the Islamic State to smuggle crude oil from the Middle East into Italy, an ongoing police investigation has suggested, according to The Times who cited a report by La Repubblica. The Italian daily noted that the police had found substantial amounts of Libyan and Syrian crude that were greater than some local refineries’ inventories, with sources connected with the investigation saying that crude, “should not have been there.”Yet the police have no evidence that the oil came from IS, or whether it came from another non-extremist group of traffickers, because the cargoes passed through intermediaries, which helped the original senders mask their tracks.The way the mafia smuggles oil into Italy is by setting up shale companies abroad that act as oil exporters. They sell crude directly to gas station operators at much lower prices, and then close the shell...

Online terrorism debate heads to Silicon Valley

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by Katie Collins - CNET.com British Home Secretary Amber Rudd will pile pressure on US tech companies to remove more online terrorist content during a meeting in Silicon Valley on Tuesday.Rudd is travelling to the US to take part in the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which was set up by tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google. She will call on the companies to take collective action to tackle online extremism.The UK has weathered multiple terrorist attacks this year, and Rudd has been vocal about tech companies taking firmer action to chase terrorists off social networks and other online platforms. WhatsApp in particular came under fire after it came to light that Khalid Masood, the perpetrator of the Westminster attack who killed four people outside parliament, had used the service in the moments before his death. "Terrorists and extremists have sought to misuse your platforms to spread...
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BY OLIVIA BEAVERS - The Hill The Department of Homeland Security said Sunday it is closely monitoring the foiled Australia terrorist plot in which extremists planned an attack targeting an airplane.“We are closely following the terrorism investigation in Australia and assisting our partners," DHS said in a statement."The Department of Homeland Security remains focused on the persistent and emerging threats to aviation, and we have taken extraordinary steps in recent weeks to raise the baseline of aviation security worldwide, especially to protect flights bound for the United States," the statement said. "We will continue to work with authorities in Australia and elsewhere to confront these threats.”Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Saturday that Australian authorities had thwarted a terrorist plan to "bring down" an airplane through counterterrorism raids.Authorities arrested four men in connection with the plot, The Australian reported.While those arrested have not been charged, authorities believe the attack was...
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Jakarta Globe Jakarta - Government officials from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and Brunei held a sub-regional meeting on Saturday (29/07) in Manado, North Sulawesi, where they agreed to increase domestic and regional cooperation as part of deradicalization efforts to counter violent extremism.According to a press release issued by the Coordinating Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs, the meeting highlighted the importance of cooperation with civil society institutions to strengthen the role of women in potential extremist communities and to develop education and economic means for citizens as ways to combat increasing radicalism.The Sub-Regional Meeting on Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Cross Border Terrorism, co-chaired by Chief Security Minister Wiranto and Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis, was a follow-up from last year’s international conference on counterterrorism in Bali.Ministers from the six countries agreed to establish a Foreign Terrorist Fighters Strategic Forum, which aims to synchronize efforts and share information...
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By: Amir Shah, The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — The Islamic State group targeted the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul on Monday, with a suicide bomber blowing himself up outside the gates, followed by three gunmen who stormed into the building. The assault set off a four-hour firefight that ended only after Afghan security forces said they had killed all the attackers. There were conflicting reports of casualties as the attack unfolded, with a witness saying he saw bodies of at least two policemen lying on the road outside the embassy soon after the attack began. In its claim of responsibility, the Islamic State group said its fighters had killed seven guards but the militant group often exaggerates its claims on the number of casualties inflicted. The IS attack likely meant to distract attention from the militants’ massive losses in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks. Also, IS said only two...
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By Hollie McKay - Fox NewsAs the Islamic State terror network loses territory across Iraq and Syria, analysts and experts assert that the terrorist outfit is increasingly capitalizing on the chaos of Libya, positioning the country as its point of resurgence.The black-clad jihadist outfit is believed to be regrouping and recruiting in the rural regions south of the main east-to-west coastal highway and in the far-west town of Sabratha, which is poised just 60 miles from the Tunisian border, since being run out of its Libyan “caliphate” capital of Sirte late last year.“The majority of their fighting force comes from Tunisia, so Sabratha is also a growing center,” prominent terrorism analyst Robert Young Pelton told Fox News. “ISIS in Libya can regenerate quickly.” Col. Ahmed Almesmari, spokesperson for the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), told Fox News that ISIS first appeared in Libya at the end of 2013, even before...
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by Kristine Phillips - Washington PostAustralian authorities said they thwarted an elaborate "Islamic-inspired" terrorist plot to bring down an airplane and arrested four men during raids in four suburbs outside Sydney.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the developments in what he called "a major joint counterterrorism operation" during a news conference Saturday.Investigators have released little information about the suspects or the alleged plot. Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin told reporters that investigators believe it was "Islamic-inspired terrorism" and involved the use of an improvised explosive device."At this time we don't have a great deal of information on the specific attack, the location, date or time," Colvin said, according to Reuters. "However, we are investigating information indicating that the aviation industry was potentially a target."Police said investigators searched homes in the suburbs of Lakemba, Surry Hills, Wiley Park and Punchbowl late Saturday. Reuters reported that the four men, whose names have...
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InHomelandSecurity.com BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court ruled Wednesday that Islamic militant group Hamas should stay on the EU terror list, saying a lower court should not have ordered the group removed from the EU’s terror list and sending the case back to the lower court for reconsideration.The EU originally listed Hamas as a terror group in 2001, a move that froze assets of the organization in the European Union. However the decision was annulled on procedural grounds by an EU court in 2014.The EU appealed and Wednesday’s ruling by the European Union Court of Justice said that the 2014 annulment was wrong and must now be reconsidered taking into account arguments not ruled upon in the original decision. However, it added that Hamas funds will continue to be frozen pending the outcome of the reconsideration.Neither Hamas nor Israel had an immediate reaction.In May, Hamas issued a new...
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Patch Eventually, the only way to avoid the scans will be to stay home, a Department of Homeland Security report says. By Shannon Antinori - Patch National Staff CHICAGO, IL — Passengers at O'Hare now have to submit to face scans before boarding certain international flights as part of a Department of Homeland security program run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Chicago airport joins locations including Washington Dulles International Airport and Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport as test sites for a program exploring the use of facial recognition technology. The program's goal is to make sure that people boarding international flights are who they say they are and to track the departures of non-immigrant foreigners as part of counter-terrorism measures.A spokeswoman for Customs and Border Protection told the Chicago Tribune that the scans are an easy way to confirm that a foreign national is leaving the country and...

Philippine Forces Hunt Terrorists at Sea

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The Maritime Executive By Noel Tarrazona As fighting between terrorists and government forces in Mindanao continues, the Philippine government has rolled out countermeasures to prevent the escape of members of the ISIS-inspired Maute group via maritime routes. Manila has announced two major maritime security initiatives to prevent ISIS-inspired militants from fleeing to neighboring islands near the Malaysian and Indonesian borders.  Making its first move, the Philippine government signed a maritime security agreement with Indonesia and Malaysia to hold joint trilateral naval patrols in the Philippine-Malaysia-Indonesia maritime border area.  Under the joint naval collaborative program, called Indomaphil, the three nations agreed that their naval assets will be allowed to enter any of the three countries’ maritime territory when pursuing terrorist suspects. In a joint statement, the three nations said that “the collaboration is to prevent extremists from making Southeast Asia or any country a base for their operations.” The Philippine military says that the terrorists in Marawi are...