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Timeline of recent terror attacks against the West

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Brooke Singman | Fox News The New York City attack is the latest in a series of recent terror strikes aimed at the West. Here is a timeline of recent terror attacks in Europe and the United States: Oct. 31, 2017: Truck rams into cyclists, pedestrians in New York City Sayfullo Saipov, 29, from Uzbekistan, allegedly drove a rented truck into a crowd of pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path near the World Trade Center in Manhattan. The attack killed 8 people and injured at least 12 others. New York City officials later confirmed the attack was carried out in the name of ISIS. Sept. 15, 2017: Terror on the tube At least 22 people were injured when an apparent bucket bomb exploded on a London subway, causing mass panic and flash burns. Aug. 17, 2017: Van ramming in Barcelona A van attack killed 14 people in Barcelona, while another...

Lebanon's Fall Would Be Iran's Gain

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Gatestone Institute by John R. Bolton Almost unnoticed in the coverage of President Trump's Asia trip, Lebanon is slipping under Iran's control. On November 3, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, resigned, citing fears of assassination by Hezbollah, the Shia Muslim terrorist group funded and controlled by Iran. No one can say Hariri's fears are unjustified since his father, former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, was murdered in 2005 — almost certainly at Syrian or Iranian direction.While the full ramifications of Saad Hariri's resignation remain to be seen, Tehran's ayatollahs have now significantly extended their malign reach in the Middle East. This is bad for the people of Lebanon; bad for Israel, with which Lebanon shares a common border and a contentious history; bad for Arab states like Jordan and the oil-producing Arabian Peninsula monarchies; and bad for America and its vital national interests in this critical region. In...

Dutch woman convicted of terrorism for joining IS

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22-year-old convert to Islam receives 2-year prison sentence for traveling to Syria to join terror group with her partner, children by AFP    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch court sentenced a young woman to two years in prison Monday for traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State terror group in one of the first such cases in the Netherlands.“The court considers it proven that she planned to prepare and promote terrorist activities,” the Rotterdam District Court said.“Therefore she is sentenced to two years in jail of which 13 months are suspended for three years,” the court said in a statement.Because the woman, Laura Hansen, already spent another year in detention, she will effectively not go back to jail, the judges added.She was also acquitted of belonging to the IS terror group, the Dutch news agency ANP said.The 22-year-old convert to Islam was arrested when she flew back to Amsterdam’s...

The Afghan Taliban is promoting its 'Special Forces Unit'

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Business Insider UK by Bill Roggio, The Long War Journal The Afghan Taliban recently promoted its “Special Forces Unit” that purportedly is operating in the eastern Afghan province of Laghman. Since 2015, the Taliban has advertised its so-called “Special Forces Unit” which is known to have operated in southern Afghan provinces.These six photos of the “Special Forces Unit” operating in Laghman province were released by the Taliban on its official Telegram account on Nov. 1. The Taliban special forces are seen wearing new uniforms and chest rigs, and are photographed with a captured Afghan Army HUMVEE. The images were captured during the daylight.In 2015, Taliban supporters began circulating photographs online purporting to show a Taliban “Special Forces Unit” training camp somewhere in Afghanistan. The pictures showed dozens of Taliban recruits partaking in physical exercises and weapons training. The recruits were seen training with handguns, heavy machine guns, and what looks...
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New Orleans Mayor Seeking More Federal Counter-Terrorism, Crime Funding Occupational Health & Safety "Local police departments don't have the funding, training, or equipment to fully protect our country from terrorists," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. "We need more police officers on the streets with the tools to do both community policing and homeland security support."Citing terrorist attacks and mass shootings in New York City and Sutherland Springs, Texas, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu sent a letter this week to the two U.S. senators from Louisiana, Republicans John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, calling for increased funding for counter-terrorism efforts and crime fighting."Whether a terrorist attack comes from a radicalized lone wolf or a coordinated cell, local and state police officers are now the tip of the spear in the domestic fight against both terrorism and violence. The ever-changing threat from terrorism and violence inside our country threatens cities of all sizes, with...
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SBS Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte hold their first ever bilateral meeting at the East Asia Summit in Manila. Reuters - SBS WiresMalcolm Turnbull intends to rally world leaders to turn the tap off for money laundering schemes flowing to North Korea's weapons program and Islamic State militants.The prime minister touched down in Manila, the Philippines capital, on Sunday afternoon for the East Asia Summit, which coincides with the larger Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting, to be greeted by a ceremonial dance party welcome on the tarmac.The region's premier strategic forum is convened at a time of great global insecurity and uncertainty, Mr Turnbull said. "I will urge world leaders to implement meaningful, practical measures to bring North Korea to its senses and prevent the spread of terrorism," he said.Stamping out illegal financing underpinning Pyongyang's weapons program and IS militants is crucial."We must tighten the...

France charges 8 suspects after counterterrorism sweep

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ABC News   By Thomas Adamson, Associated Press   PARIS — The Paris prosecutor's office says preliminary terrorism charges have been handed to eight suspects in a French-Swiss counterterrorism sweep earlier this week.   A judicial official, who spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity as he was not allowed to comment publicly on the arrests, said the eight were charged for association with a terrorist network. Seven are in custody and one is under judicial supervision.   Ten people suspected of using encrypted social networks to prepare a possible attack were arrested Tuesday during operations in France and Switzerland aimed at clarifying details of an alleged plot.   The suspects are being questioned following searches of properties in the Paris suburbs and in southeastern France. Officials say some of the suspects previously had been flagged for alleged Islamic radicalization.   Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/france-charges-suspects-counterterrorism-sweep-51082060...
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AXIOS by Shannon Vavra UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that even as ISIS and its terror cells suffer military and territorial defeats in the Middle East, "their ability to upload and re-upload" propaganda "has remained consistent." Why it matters: Rudd, who has criticized tech companies in the past for not doing enough to collaborate with governments to access encrypted material in the wake of terrorism events, said tech companies can and should play a role in helping governments around the world to police terrorist content. That includes helping to identify that content and take it down in time to help thwart attacks on our soil. "What we have now is an online arms race. And we need our best technical experts to step up to the challenge." Keep reading 136 words The future of terrorism online, according to Rudd, who was speaking at a New America event Thursday evening,...

ISIS Hacks 800 School Websites Across the US

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By Clarion Project Eight hundred school websites across the U.S. were hacked by ISIS on Monday, November 7.The hack lasted close to two hours, during which time visitors to the sites were redirected to a YouTube video with Arabic audio and pictures of Saddam Hussein. Text also appeared which read, “I love Islamic State (ISIS).”The websites are all hosted by a company called School Desk (schooldesk.net) and are all connected to a server in Georgia.School Desk has given a copy of the server to the FBI. Some schools have also hired outside security firms to help track down the hackers.All the affected websites have been shut down to aid the FBI in its investigation.“You always think it happens somewhere else, and now it’s hitting home,” said Nicole Tierney, who is connected to a school in New Jersey whose site was hacked.Read more: https://clarionproject.org/isis-hacks-800-school-websites-across-us/...
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By Robert Spencer - Jihad WatchThis is more of the idiocy that results from believing that “Islamophobia” is more of a threat than jihad terror. Find out just how corrosive and dangerous this false view is in my new book Confessions of an Islamophobe — preorder your copy here.CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. CAIR officials have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements about how Islamic law should be imposed in the U.S. (Ahmad denies this, but the original reporter stands by her story.) CAIR chapters frequently distribute pamphlets telling Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement. CAIR has...

"Allahu Akbar": Islamic Battle Cry

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  by A. Z. Mohamed  •  Gatestone Institute What the phrase "Allahu Akbar" actually means is that "Allah is greater" than any other god. When recited, it empowers Muslims, making them feel superior to the rest of mankind. "Allahu Akbar" has, in fact, been a jihadist tool since the early years of Islam. Muslims do use it in various benign situations, as well. When it is shouted publicly as an expression of rage, however, particularly during an attack on others, it is intended to intimidate or threaten; its purpose is to emphasize that the assault is being committed on behalf of Allah -- submitting to his command to kill enemies -- and in the expectation of the reward of eternal paradise. When mainstream media outlets in the West whitewash a key tenet of Islam -- jihad in the name of Allah -- these "fellow travelers" are both enabling the problem...
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The Independent Al-Qaeda figurehead calls on supporters to 'take revenge on the Americans'by Lizzie Dearden Osama bin Laden’s son has called for jihadis to avenge his father’s death with terror attacks targeting the US in a new speech.“I invite Muslims generally to take revenge on the Americans, the murderers of the Sheikh [Bin Laden], specifically from those who participated in this heinous crime,” he said in an audio recording released by al-Qaeda’s propaganda channels.Hamza’s brother Khalid was killed alongside his father and three others during Sea Team Six’s raid on Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in 2011. The operation, at the end of a decade-long hunt for the al-Qaeda leader behind the 9/11 terror attacks, was celebrated as a major blow to jihadi terrorism.But there are fears that extremists could find a new figurehead in Hamza as Isis continues to lose territory and fighters across Syria and Iraq.In his lengthy speech,...
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Parties forming a new government debate stricter immigration checks, tougher laws and citizen surveillance Wall Street Journal By William Wilkes BERLIN—Germany’s anti-terror posture is facing a shake-up as parties locked in talks about forming the country’s next government wrangle over how to balance a strong state and individual liberties. Last week’s arrest of a 19-year-old Syrian man suspected of building a remote-controlled bomb in northern Germany was a stark reminder of how acute a threat Germany still faces even though it hasn’t had a large-scale attack for almost a year. And last week’s atrocity in Manhattan, in which a suspected Islamist radical mowed down cyclists and pedestrians with a rented truck, underscored the near-impossible task authorities face in preventing crude yet devastating plots. Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/germany-struggles-to-balance-terror-defense-with-individual-rights-1509793200...
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Freight in the City by Christopher Walton    HGV operators and rental suppliers have been urged to be vigilant in order to mitigate the use of the ‘vehicle as a weapon’ in a terrorist attack.Following incidents in Nice and Berlin in 2016, where trucks were used as part of attacks in built-up and crowded areas, and incidents on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge in the capital – as well as in Manchester in May 2017 – Sergeant Wayne Watling, counter terrorism focus desk, Metropolitan Police took the opportunities to tell delegates at Freight in the City 2017 of the need to remain watchful.How many people have drivers that go out on the same routes? They know what is normal. They will know if there is something out of the ordinary,” Watling said. “We have been at severe [risk of terrorism] since August 2014 – that is an awfully long time.“If you...
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KWQC 6 - NBC PARIS (AP) - A French security official says several people suspected of preparing a possible attack have been arrested in a counterterrorism operation in the Paris suburbs and in southeastern France.The official says that the arrests Tuesday were prompted by suspicious activity on social networks that suggested an attack was in the works. The official, who was not authorized to be publicly named discussing security operations, would not provide further details.The operation is still underway in the Val-de-Marne region just southeast of Paris and in the Alpes-Maritimes region, which includes part of the French Riviera and the Alps.It comes days after a new counterterrorism law came into effect to replace a state of emergency that had been in place since deadly attacks in Paris two years ago. Read more:  http://www.kwqc.com/content/news/French-officials-several-suspected-of-preparing-attack-arrested-in-counter-terrorism-operation-455788843.html  ...
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NBC Newsby Daniel Arkin and Tracy ConnorThe gunman accused of the worst mass murder in Texas history escaped from a mental health hospital during his stint in the Air Force, according to a 2012 police report.Police took Devin Kelley into custody on June 7, 2012 at a bus terminal in downtown El Paso, Texas, where he had planned to flee by bus after breaking out of Peak Behavioral Health Services, some 10 miles away in New Mexico, according to NBC Houston affiliate KPRC. Kelley, who was 21 at the time of the escape, had been sent to the facility after he was accused of assaulting his wife and infant stepson.A witness told El Paso officers that Kelley "was a danger to himself and others as he had already been caught sneaking firearms onto Holloman Air Force Base," where he was stationed at the time, according to the police report obtained...
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BY: Bill Gertz - Wshington Free Beacon Israel's government waged financial warfare on terror groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, which became a model for most states battling terrorism today, according to members of a once secret Israeli task force called Harpoon.The operations ranged from financial operations that caused terrorist groups to lose tens of millions from bad investments, to commando raids on banks linked to the funding of suicide bombings, to targeted assassinations of terror group financiers."Harpoon showed the world that there must constantly be new angles to attack terrorist groups and infrastructure," said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, coauthor with Samuel M. Katz of a new book, Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism's Money Masters, to be published Tuesday. "The Israeli task force realized ahead of everyone else that money was the oxygen for the terrorist networks and you could badly damage them by choking it off," she said.Beginning in the...
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by Brennan Weiss - Business Insider The man who rammed a truck into bicyclists and pedestrians in lower Manhattan on Tuesday, killing eight and injuring 11 more, had been known to federal authorities, according to The New York Times.Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek national living in Paterson, New Jersey, was interviewed in 2015 by federal agents as part of an unrelated counterterrorism case after he was identified as an associate of two men under investigation.ABC News says, however, that Saipov was never the main focus of the investigation and law enforcement was never investigating him directly as a terror suspect.During a press conference on Wednesday, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said investigators are looking at "how [Saipov] has touched the subjects of other investigations.""It appears he will have some connectivity to individuals who were the subjects of investigation, though he himself was not," he said.In...
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Newsweek By Conor Gaffey The United States pledged $60 million towards a new counterterrorism force in West Africa on Monday, almost a month after four American soldiers were killed in an Islamist militant attack in Niger.U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the funding, which is subject to congressional approval, at a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on Monday. Haley said that violent extremism in Africa was a “growing problem” but that it was down to the countries themselves to respond to the threats, not the United Nations.The counterterrorism force will comprise almost 5,000 troops from the so-called Group of Five Sahel States (or G5): Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. It is aimed at countering the threat posed by extremist groups— including those with ties to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State militant group (ISIS)—in the Sahel region, an arid and impoverished part of West...

Texas Shooter: 5 Facts You Need to Know

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By Jessica McBride - Heavy.com Devin P. Kelley, who received a court martial from the U.S. Air Force, was identified as the black-clad gunman who walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday morning and slaughtered at least 26 people in the tiny, rural community near San Antonio.The shooter’s name was reported through sources by The New York Times and CBS News; the latter gave his name as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, Texas and said the Air Force court martial occurred only three years ago. Although the motive was not yet clear, the gunman’s background includes religious school work, but he also liked pages devoted to atheism. The shooter, who is dead, left behind disturbing social media posts, including a Facebook page that showed off a rifle, calling it a “bad b*tch.” (You can see the photo later in this story.) Authorities revealed...