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The National Review by James Jay Carafano & Mike Gonzalez Whoever leaked a Department of Homeland Security document showing that children of immigrants raised in America radicalize at a higher rate than do their parents was clearly trying to thwart the Trump administration’s vetting plans. But what the leak accomplished was to confirm that our patriotic-assimilation system is broken to the point that it is now a national-security threat. That the DHS document was leaked to the main doyenne of liberal orthodoxy at MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, was a further ironic twist. It was liberals who deliberately broke the system. The Trump administration is going to have to get the leakage situation under control, lest Obama-era embeds in the deep government sabotage all its projects. In the meantime, let’s follow the evidence where it leads. The document, leaked Thursday, is an assessment of the “radicalization of 88 foreign-born, U.S.-based persons who...

What to do 2017: Terrorism and extremism

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AEI | Foreign and Defense Policy Blog www.aei.org Terrorism continues to challenge US policy and US national security. Before there can be any comprehensive strategy to counter terror, it’s important for allies and adversaries alike to accept a single definition. Policymakers should recognize that the motivation for terror lays not only in grievance but also ideology. While the military can be used to deny safe-havens, it cannot alone delegitimize the ideology—religious or otherwise—motivating trans-national terror. What are we solving, and why does it matter?  The attacks on September 11, 2001 propelled terrorism to the forefront of US national security concerns. Not only do al Qaeda, its affiliates, and the Islamic State continue to attack American interests abroad, but each has sought to recruit Americans and stage attacks inside the United States. How to contain and defeat the challenge will be a primary question for the new administration. Nearly 15 and...
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BBC News More than 300 people admitted to the US as refugees are being investigated by the FBI for potential terror-related activities, says the top law official. Attorney General Jeff Sessions pointed to this FBI probe to justify the new executive order banning travel from six mainly Muslim countries. The order, which puts a 90-day travel ban on Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, begins on 16 March. But Mr Sessions did not say how many of the 300 came from the banned countries. Nor did he say what the alleged offenses are or how many may face charges. A spokeswoman for the American Civil Liberties Union told the BBC it was an assertion that "leaves many of us scratching our heads". "The Trump administration has offered up no proof behind this assertion, making it impossible to evaluate this claim without more information." Trump signs new travel-ban directive Will...
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The Clarion Project The principal and deputy principal at a public boys’ high school in Sydney, Australia were removed from their positions after Education Department officials feared the administrators were breeding radicalization in their students, reported The Daily Mail. Non-Muslim staff at the Punchbowl Boys High School reported being threatened with beheading by Muslim students who declared they supported Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), among other verbal attacks. The majority of the student body is Muslim at the school. None of the threats were reported to the police by the principal or his deputy. Former Principal Chris Williams converted to Islam in 2014 and ran the school for the past two and a half years. He was described as having “actively hostile” relations with the police department and refused to allow police liaison officers access to the school during his tenure. Williams also refused to cooperate with a de-radicalization program. “Students were...

Counter-ISIS Strikes Continue in Syria, Iraq

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U.S. Department of Defense From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release SOUTHWEST ASIA, March 5, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.   Strikes in Syria Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of eight engagements in Syria: -- Near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed a weapons storage facility. -- Near Raqqah, two strikes engaged an ISIS staging area and damaged a supply route. -- Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes destroyed five oil well heads and an oil inlet manifold.   Strikes in Iraq Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 49 engagements in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government: -- Near Mosul,...
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NEW YORK --ABC 7 Residents in Commack were unnerved by the allegations that inside a home on the quiet Ronde Drive, the FBI says lives a man preparing to strap a bomb to his chest and sacrifice himself for jihad."Officers said the guy was crazy. I have my grandchildren come here - it's very frightening for the neighborhood," said Sharon Ross. According to authorities, 26-year-old Elvis Redzepagic, a U.S. citizen, persistently traveled to the Middle East to try to join ISIS or another extremist group. Redzepagic made it to Turkey in 2015, Jordan last year, and even made it to the Syrian border.Prosecutors say when police arrested him on Feb. 2 for a minor, unrelated charge, he allegedly told them, "I'm going to leave this country, and I'm going to come back with an army - Islam is coming."The FBI said he also told various Facebook contacts, "I just don't...
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Fox News Exclusive By Benjamin Hall OUTSKIRTS OF BAGHDAD –  Inside a low-slung concrete building ringed by blast walls and razor wire, unrepentant ISIS fighters awaiting execution told Fox News they killed and maimed innocent civilians under "license from God" while fighting alongside radical Americans and vowed the terror army can never be truly defeated. ISIS FIGHTERS TRY HIDING AMONG MOSUL FAMILIES Fox News was recently given exclusive access to prisoners, who spend their days behind yellow, steel doors and freely admit to killing hundreds of people as leaders of ISIS cells around the embattled country. Iraqi officials allowed the interviews in between interrogations of their own, aimed at understanding how the terror group operates. "I walked away, and called a number on my phone." - Abu Omar, describing how he detonated a car bomb that killed 100 Abu Omar, 25, told Fox News he oversaw a cell in Baghdad...

Islamic State Hid Training Camp in Tunnel

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The Wall Street Journal By Ben Kesling and Awadh Altaie Shooting range, obstacle course, mosque and clinic served to convert raw recruits into seasoned fighters MOSUL, Iraq—Islamic State built an obstacle course in an old railway tunnel where raw recruits crawled under barbed wire and scaled walls to begin their reshaping into seasoned fighters, according to Iraqi military officials who uncovered it. The training camp, nicknamed Palmyra after the Syrian city, stretched more than a mile long in the train tunnel outside this city, once the militants’ main Iraqi redoubt. The tunnel underwent extensive renovations, with tracks ripped out to make room for equipment including the obstacle course and a rudimentary shooting range. Islamic State recruits would run the course as instructors pocked the ground around them with gunfire, Iraqi soldiers say. “It’s one of the terrorists’ biggest camps,“ said Iraqi military spokesman Col. Abdul Ameer, who estimated that more...

Canadian Imams Call for Death of Jews

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by IPT News Some weak excuses are being offered after two Canadian imams attracted media attention for giving incendiary, anti-Semitic sermons. Ryerson University in Toronto announced it fired Ayman Elkasrawy from his teaching assistant position in the wake of reports he prayed for Allah to "purify" Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque "from the filth of the Jews." He also prayed that anyone who "displaced" Muslims be destroyed: "Count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them, O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews!" The Muslim Association of Canada suspended Elkasrawy, describing him as a "junior employee" whose sermon was "unauthorized." Toronto police are investigating Elkasrawy's remarks to determine whether his remarks constitute hate speech. Elkasrawy apologized in a Feb. 20 Twitter post, saying he misspoke. "I firmly believe that all human beings, Muslim, Jews and people of all and no faith, deserve to...
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by Inhomelandsecurity.com KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A pair of near-simultaneous Taliban suicide bombings struck the Afghan capital on Wednesday, targeting a police station and offices of the country’s intelligence agency and killing at least one person, officials said. In the police station attack, a suicide car bomber rammed his car into the gates of the station in western Kabul. Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the explosion was followed by a gunbattle between police and an unknown number of attackers. In the second attack, a bomber on foot detonated his explosives outside offices of the intelligence service in eastern Kabul. Mohibullah Zeer, a health ministry official, said one person was killed and at least 37 were wounded in the twin attacks. In a message to media, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for both attacks. It was not immediately clear how many gunmen were involved in the...
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Overwhelmed by refugees about whom they know nothing, Euro police increasingly rely on American intelligence. Is there an alternative? BY CounterJihad  The New York Times has a story highlighting the problems facing European police agencies.  It turns on a particular case out of Germany, one in which a refugee turned terrorist without the European police having any idea.  Fortunately, American intelligence tipped them to the terrorist in question before he could stage the attack he was planning.  German attempts to arrest him failed, however, and he escaped back into the flood of Syrian refugees.  Only when other refugees turned him in were they able to capture him. And then, before they could interrogate him for any intelligence, he hung himself. The takeaway for the Times is that the Europeans are too reliant on American capacities. [A] series of [attacks] in Germany, France and elsewhere has exposed the lack of knowledge about...
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The group has launched a major influence campaign to prevent Congress from designating the Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.   By Ryan Mauro   A senior Muslim Brotherhood official in Sudan told an Arab newspaper* that the group’s international leadership has launched a major PR campaign to influence the U.S. media and members of Congress to oppose the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The Brotherhood official predicted that the group would not be designated by the Trump Administration and that the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act introduced into Congress would fail. He claimed that his organization had made contact with governmental officials and members of Congress and convinced them that the Brotherhood is opposed to terrorism, even though the Brotherhood’s Palestinian wing—Hamas—is designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department. The author of the article reports that, according to sources within...
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Sky News By Alex Rossi, Middle East Correspondent A former Tunisian extremist has warned the country could face more terror attacks, from radicals returning from Iraq, Syria and Libya. Islamic State and other extremist groups are losing territory in those countries where thousands of Tunisians went to fight. The greatest concern for the authorities is the turmoil in Libya. The chaos from that broken state has already spilt over Tunisia's borders and intelligence officials fear it could get worse if the civil war in Libya is not brought to an end. Last year in March, the border town of Ben Gardane erupted in gunfire as IS militants tried to take control. Tunisia's security forces managed to contain the threat but it was a worrying development. Many of the extremists had been trained in Libya. One of them is former jihadi, Abu Mohammed, who was trained there in 2012 by al...
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JIHADI teenagers who went on to blow themselves up for the Islamic State told their parents they were excited for virgins in the afterlife, haunting letters have revealed. By Zoie O'Brien - Express The boys, some just children, told their parents they were set on sacrificing themselves for the abhorrent terror regime.  Notes were found in Mosul as Iraqi forces have begun taking back ground from the terrorists. Chilling letters revealed the inner thoughts of the jihadis, who had been promised 72 virgins in the afterlife. Alaa Abd al-Akeedi, wrote: "My dear family, please forgive me.  “Don't be sad and don't wear the black clothes (of mourning). "I asked to get married and you did not marry me off. So, by God, I will marry the 72 virgins in paradise." No older than 16, Akeedi was trained to wage jihad by terrorists. He is just one of scores of boys...
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Hundreds of German police officers raided over 20 properties in Berlin due to suspected links to a mosque that turned into a meeting point for terrorists. The Tunisian terrorist who carried out the Berlin Christmas market attack visited the mosque on a regular basis. by Becca Noy - JerusalemOnline.com   Over 400 masked German police officers raided dozens of properties in Berlin this morning (Tuesday). According to a police statement, the properties have links to the Fussilet 33 organization, which ran a mosque frequented by Anis Amri, the Tunisian terrorist who carried out the Berlin Christmas market attack two months ago. Last week, the Berlin authorities shut down the mosque, which had become a meeting ground for terrorists.   Among the properties that were raided today were apartments, company buildings and prison cells. According to the German federal prosecutor, Amri visited the mosque on the day of the deadly terror...
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By: Homeland Security Today Staff Testifying before the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology, Committee on Science, Space and Technology today, Gregory C. Wilshusen, Director, Government Accountability Office (GAO) Information Security Issues, warned GAO “has consistently identified shortcomings in the federal government’s approach to ensuring the security of federal information systems and cyber critical infrastructure, as well as its approach to protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information (PII),” and that, “Over the past several years [GAO] has made about 2,500 recommendations to federal agencies to enhance their information security programs and controls.” As of February 2017, GAO reported, about 1,000 of its recommendations had not yet been implemented. Saying, “Cyber-based intrusions and attacks on federal systems and systems supporting our nation’s critical infrastructure, such as communications and financial services, are evolving and becoming more sophisticated,” GAO also emphasized that, “While previous administrations and agencies have acted to improve the...
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DefenseOne.com As he promised on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump has moved quickly against the Islamic State, directing the Joint Chiefs of Staff to develop an aggressive plan to defeat the group and temporarily banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. Critics of the ban believe it will actually weaken domestic counterterrorism efforts and bolster Islamic State propaganda and recruitment. But there is another glaring hole in this strategy as it is currently comprised: it fails to address another half-dozen or so other terrorist groups throughout the world that threaten American security and global order. The Islamic State is certainly a worthy candidate for eradication, but failing to similarly also target its franchises, al-Qaida splinters, and other non-aligned groups in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia could allow other threats to metastasize. This could lead to a situation similar to one that happened in the mid-2000s,...
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By Reuters Islamic State militants are planning "indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians" in Britain on a scale similar to those staged by the Irish Republican Army 40 years ago, the head of the country's new terrorism watchdog said. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph published on Sunday, Max Hill, the lawyer tasked with overseeing British laws on terrorism, said the militants were targeting cities and posed "an enormous ongoing risk which none of us can ignore." "In terms of the threat that's represented, I think the intensity and the potential frequency of serious plot planning—with a view to indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians of whatever race or color in metropolitan areas—represents an enormous ongoing risk that none of us can ignore," he said. "So I think that there is undoubtedly significant ongoing risk which is at least as great as the threat to London in the 70s when the...
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InHomelandSecurity.com The latest push by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (previously referred to as North Korea) to develop a ballistic missile capable of reaching California with an atomic warhead on it, has caused some real consternation. In America and in the world. Like their hydrogen bomb test that wasn’t a hydrogen bomb, this particular missile test wasn’t for a long-range missile as the DPRK tried to say. But it was an intermediate-range that could reach its neighbors easily. From successful atomic bomb tests, to putting satellites into orbit and launching missiles from a submarine, in the words of one U.S. official, DPRK’s modern weaponry has gone from a joke to something very serious. They have sufficient plutonium for between six and ten atomic weapons similar in type to the one we dropped on Nagasaki.   It will be some time before the DPRK can threaten the United States. But...
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Two bombings strike village outside strategic city as Turkey-backed rebels advance The Independent by Lizzie Dearden More than 60 people have been killed in an Isis suicide bombing near the Syrian city of al-Bab just a day after militants were driven from the area. A pick-up truck loaded with explosives was detonated as it drove towards a security office where civilians were gathering to organise returning to their homes. “A small civilian pick-up truck reached the gathering and went off at the security checkpoint,” said Mohammed al-Tawil, commander of a Turkish-backed rebel faction fighting in the area. Footage showed bodies and remains strewn across the ground, with shrapnel-ridden cars and motorbikes tossed on their side and set on fire by the blast.  Most of the victims were believed to be men, women and children seeking permits to return to their homes in al-Bab and the surrounding area, which is gradually being...