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The Jerusalem Post REUTERS - A federal judge in Washington, D.C. on Monday ordered Iran to pay $104.7 million to victims of a June 1996 truck bombing in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia that killed 19 US military personnel, though it is unclear when and how the plaintiffs might collect.Chief Judge Beryl Howell entered a default judgment against Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which did not defend against claims over their alleged roles in the attack, which sheared off the front of the Khobar Towers complex.Iran's permanent mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Howell said 15 service members who were at the complex when it was bombed could recover for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.The judge also said 24 relatives could recover for emotional distress from seeing how the bombing affected their loved ones.Howell rejected punitive damages, saying US law...
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Washington says it will hold Tehran accountable for attacks by Iran-backed militias after unknown assailants launch rockets at Baghdad green zone, Basra airport amid unrest The Times of Israel By AFP    WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday warned it would hold Iran accountable for any violence attributed to Tehran-allied militias in Iraq that results in damage to US facilities or injures American personnel.“Over the past few days, we have seen life-threatening attacks in Iraq, including on the United States consulate in Basra and against the American embassy compound in Baghdad,” the White House said in a statement. “Iran did not act to stop these attacks by its proxies in Iraq, which it has supported with funding, training, and weapons.”Three mortar shells hit late Friday the ultra-secure green zone in Baghdad, which houses Iraqi authorities and the US Embassy.The rare attack — whose perpetrators remain unidentified — did not cause...
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'Terrorism Today Moves at the Speed of Social Media,' FBI Director Says on 9/11 Anniversary Fortune By Renae Reints “Today’s terrorism threat is everywhere, coast to coast, north, south, east, west,” FBI Director Christopher Wray told CBS This Morning in an interview aired Tuesday, the seventeenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.While noting that “we’re safer” than we were in 2001, Wray said that terrorism has “evolved.”“I think the threat, today’s terrorism threat, still includes sleeper cells, Al Qaeda, all the kind of major terrorist organizations that you would think of,” Wray told CBS, “but we’re also very focused now on homegrown violent extremists, which are people who are largely here already, in the United States.”According to Wray, of the FBI’s nearly 5,000 terrorism investigations within the past year, 1,000 have been homegrown violent extremists.The Bureau has thwarted a number of terrorist attacks recently, including one aimed at the San...

The 9/11 hijackers who lived among us in Palm Beach County

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Palm Beach Post By Eliot Kleinberg Editor’s note: This story was originally published Sept. 9, 2016. DELRAY BEACH — On a July night 15 years ago, in Delray Beach, a police officer stopped a motorist for speeding. He let the man go with a warning.“Take a minute and consider how your careless driving affects the people you share these streets with and try to help make our streets a safer place to be,” the written warning read.Nine weeks later, Mohamed Atta flew an airplane into a building.In the summer leading up to the deadly terrorist attacks, 12 of the 19 hijackers who commandeered and crashed four jetliners on Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people, lived in or had connections to Palm Beach County. Nearly the entire crew of the two jets that brought down the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center were here.They shopped at Target...

Why 9/11 still matters today, 17 years later

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The Post and Courier by Robert Behre No one in the Lowcountry has lived 9/11 quite like Joe Daniels has.Daniels was named the new CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum planned at Patriots Point earlier this year, not long after finishing up almost 12 years as president and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. He was drawn to that New York project because, on the morning just after the first passenger plane slammed into the World Trade Center, he was exiting a nearby subway.He vividly recalls all sorts of details from that tragic day, and his career would be steered into a position where he would hear firsthand so many 9/11 stories from so many others.Seventeen years later, Daniels said 9/11 should remind everyone that the United States, so long protected by two vast oceans, remains vulnerable. And that one of...
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Jihad WatchExposing the role that Islamic jihad theology and ideology play in the modern global conflicts By Robert Spencer “‘Nothing at this stage shows signs of a terrorist nature in these assaults,’ the sources said, adding that the attacker had targeted ‘strangers in the street.'” In a sane society, a Muslim migrant stabbing strangers in the street would be taken as a sign “of a terrorist nature in these assaults.” Why? Because the Islamic State issued this call in September 2014: So O muwahhid, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons, and troops of the tawaghit. Strike their police, security, and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents. Destroy their beds. Embitter their lives for them and busy them with themselves. If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or...
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Washington Post Associated Press CAIRO — Egypt’s military says its special forces have held drills with special forces from the United States to exchange expertise on combating terrorism.The announcement was made in a Thursday statement by Egypt’s armed forces.The anti-terrorism drills come ahead of the “Bright Star” exercise on Sept. 8-20, which will involve additional countries including Greece, Jordan, Britain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and France.The first “Bright Star” exercise took place in 1980, but the Obama administration postponed them in 2011 following the uprising that toppled longtime President Hosni Mubarak, and scrapped them in 2013 after Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of protesters while breaking up a mass sit-in.Last September, Egypt held the war games with U.S. troops for the first time in eight years. Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypt-us-special-forces-hold-drills-on-combating-terrorism/2018/09/06/c15c31ae-b1e8-11e8-8b53-50116768e499_story.html?utm_term=.20ad94acd4b8...

Iraq says seven men convicted of 'terrorism' executed

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AFP Iraq executed by hanging seven of its citizens convicted of "terrorism", the head of the health ministry in the southern province of Dhi Qar said on Monday. Doctor Abdel Hassan al-Jabri said the bodies of the seven men were handed over on Monday to the morgue of the state hospital of Nassiriya, the provincial capital. They had been tried and convicted on charges of "terrorism", he said. In December last year Iraq declared "victory" over the Islamic State group after a three-year war against the jihadists who once controlled nearly one third of the country. In June, Iraq executed 13 jihadists after IS claimed responsibility for the murder of eight civilians. Iraq has repeatedly faced criticism from international human rights groups over the high number of death sentences handed down by its anti-terrorist courts. In 2017, at least 111 convicts were hanged in Iraq and this year 44 people...

Sweden: The Left Party's Ties to Terror Groups

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by Tobias Petersson  •  Gatestone Institute On his Facebook page, Said Hadrous praises the Samer Issawi, a member of the DFLP terrorist group who was convicted in Israel of possession of explosives and attempted murder. In a post on Facebook on August 29, Lars Adaktusson, a Swedish member of the European Parliament for the Christian Democrats, said that the EU should designate the DFLP as a terrorist organization. Another Left Party candidate in the upcoming elections, Dr. Ali Hadrous, is running for the Landskrona City Council. He often shares Facebook posts showing sympathy with jailed Palestinian terrorists. Osama Tamim was a member of the DFLP in Syria and is now running for the Åmål City Council on the Left Party list. In 2015, Tamim's organization, Amal Palestina, distributed to children in Åmål a booklet in Arabic in which youngsters are portrayed favorably as instigators of violent activities. Anyone who believes...

The FBI still hasn’t found these 9/11-era terrorists

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NY Post By Paul Sperry After 9/11, the FBI warned the public about a number of potential terrorists they believed were being groomed for an encore attack. The feds described them as “the next Mohamed Atta” and put them on their Most Wanted Terrorists list. Today, these dangerous suspects remain on that same list and are still at large. Yet oddly, the FBI no longer talks about them.The only thing that’s changed, besides the descriptions of their appearances, is that the FBI is now offering bigger rewards for them, along with several key al Qaeda leaders also still on the loose.Families of 9/11 victims want to know why, after two wars costing trillions of dollars, do we appear no closer to capturing these top terrorists? Did the FBI stop hunting for them? Has it given up hope of finding them? Terrorism experts are equally troubled by the delay in bringing...
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Voice of Europe Syrian refugee excuses stabbing a German woman because he acted according to his religion By Stan M Six months ago Abdullah A, a 17-year-old Syrian refugee, stabbed a woman with a jackknife in Burgwedel. The 24-year-old woman required emergency surgery and had to be put into an artificial coma. She remained in a life threatening condition for several days.The attacker came to Germany as a refugee along with his family in 2013. The prosecution is charging him with aggravated assault. This could mean between 6 months and 10 years in prison for him.German tabloid Bild reports his lawyer’s written statement: “His client doesn’t know any differently and according to his culture conflicts are solved with knives. An insult warrants stabbing somebody and if the offence is perceived as a serious one killing is permissible.” Read more: https://voiceofeurope.com/2018/09/syrian-refugee-excuses-stabbing-a-german-woman-because-he-acted-according-to-his-religion/...

FLORIDA: Man Arrested After Making Al-Qaeda Threat At Disney

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Orlando Sentinel by David Harris - Contact Reporter Orange County deputies arrested a man after he told two employees at a Disney resort that he was sent by al-Qaida to “blow the place up,” according to an arrest affidavit.Deputies responded to Saratoga Springs Resort on July 21 after two employees greeting guests reported the comments. They identified the suspect as Gregory Lazarchick, 56, who was visiting from New Jersey, the affidavit said.The greeters told deputies they were asking guests about their days when he said he was having a bad day.He then said al-Qaida “sent me to blow the place up,” according to the affidavit. Lazarchick did not appear to be joking, the employees told deputies. Lazarchick admitted to saying something about al-Qaida but didn’t remember what exactly he said. He was remorseful and apologetic, deputies said. Deputies searched his room and didn’t find any bomb-making materials. Read more: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-al-qaeda-threat-disney-20180905-story.html...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Wednesday designated an al Qaeda affiliate in Mali, Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen, as a foreign terrorist organization, cutting off its funding and blocking U.S. citizens from doing business with it.The group has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks and kidnappings since it was formed in March 2017, the department said in a statement. It said Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM) was responsible for an attack in June 2017 at a resort popular with Western expatriates outside Mali’s capital, Bamako, as well as attacks on Malian troops, and coordinated attacks in Ouagadougou, the capital of neighboring Burkina Faso, in March this year. “Al-Qaeda and its affiliates like JNIM remain deadly threats to the United States and our allies. These designations are part of our continuing efforts to squeeze al-Qaeda’s finances, denying it the resources it needs to carry out attacks,” said Nathan Sales, the...

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Dutch police say they are looking 'at all scenarios, also terrorism' after a man stabbed two people inside Amsterdam's central station before being shot and injured by police.   ...

Pompeo Heads to Pakistan to Take on Terrorism, Seek 'Reset'

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The Diplomat The U.S. secretary of state’s arrival in Pakistan comes after a challenging eight months for the bilateral relationship. By Ankit Panda U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Pakistan on Wednesday for talks with the country’s new government, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party. Khan, a populist with an anti-American streak, become prime minister after the controversial July 25 elections in Pakistan.Days before Pompeo’s scheduled trip, the U.S. Department of Defense announced a final decision on the suspension of a $300 million tranche of Coalition Support Fund (CSF) reimbursements for Pakistan, which had been announced earlier this year by the Trump administration.“Due to a lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy the remaining $300 million was reprogrammed,” a Pentagon spokesperson told Reuters. CSF payments reimburse Pakistan for expenses incurred combating terrorism on its own soil.“We certainly haven’t...
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by Gina Cherelus(Reuters) - A U.S. Army sergeant stationed in Hawaii will serve 25 years in prison after admitting he attempted to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group, federal prosecutors said.Ikaika Erik Kang, 35, was working as a military air traffic controller based at Schofield Barracks in Oahu when he was arrested last year after an investigation that involved undercover agents and sources who posed as Islamic State operatives and sympathizers, the FBI has said.Kang, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to four counts of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the U.S. Justice Department said. Under a plea deal with federal prosecutors, he agreed to serve 25 years in prison and then at least 20 years of supervised release. “Kang swore to defend the United States as a member of our military but betrayed his country by...

US Tracks Elaborate Terror Scheme by Iran

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By Clarion Project The U.S. has tracked an elaborate terror scheme by Iran to manufacture sophisticated weapons for Hezbollah in Lebanon.Rare flight patterns by the civil aviation company Qeshem Fars Air were picked up by American, Israeli and other Western intelligence sources. The planes contained components for manufacturing precise weapons in Iranian factories in Lebanon, the sources said.Evidence has long existed that Iran operates weapons factories in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen.While officially a civilian company, Qeshem Fars Air  is known to Western sources as a weapons-smuggling arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its Al-Quds force. Both were sanctioned by the U.S. in October 2017. Three IRGC members sit on Qeshem’s board of directors.This latest scheme by Iran involved two flights which originated from Tehran. One made a short stopover in Damascus, Syria before taking off and flying north in an unusual arc-shaped path to Beirut. The second...
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WSB-TV COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington police say one of their officers is fighting for his life after being shot by a shoplifting suspect near a Walmart.Investigators said they were called out to the store along Industrial Boulevard just before 12:30 p.m. Monday for a shoplifting call. The GBI says three men were attempting to steal bandanas. Officers arrested two suspects, described as young men, but a third, identified as Aaron Fleming, 21, ran. A Covington police sergeant and Officer Matt Cooper chased Fleming across the street and behind another shopping center.As the sergeant turned the corner, he said he saw Fleming shoot Cooper and then take off into the woods behind the store. Police said that sergeant later heard a single gunshot inside the woods, went to investigate and found Fleming dead from a gunshot wound. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the gunshot was likely self-inflicted. Read more: https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/newton-county/breaking-police-confirm-officer-has-been-shot-at-covington-walmart-store/826476980...

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  ** (WARNING: Graphic Content) ** "New video shows a bird's eye view of a chase that ended in a deadly shootout between a suspect and a DPS trooper in east Bexar County. The Texas Department of Public Safety released the video in a commissioner’s meeting on Friday"  ...
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Source: Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security CHICAGO — Federal officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 364 criminal aliens and immigration violators in six Midwest states during a 30-day enforcement action, which ended Friday.During this operation, ERO deportation officers made arrests in the following states: Illinois (134), Indiana (52), Kansas (43), Kentucky (60), Missouri (42) and Wisconsin (33). Of the 364 arrested, 187 had criminal convictions. Eighteen women and 346 men were arrested.Aliens arrested during this operation are from the following 25 countries: Belarus (1), Bosnia-Herzegovina (1), Burma (1), Colombia (1), Czech Republic (2), Dominican Republic (1), Ecuador (2), El Salvador (2), Germany (1), Guatemala (54), Guinea (1), Haiti (1), Honduras (40), India (6), Jordan (1), Lithuania (1), Mexico (236), Moldova (1), Nicaragua (1), Nigeria (3), Peru (2), Poland (1), Romania (1), Saudi Arabia (1) and Ukraine (2).More than half...