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Leading counter-terror voice faces criticism after advocating against designating groups BY: Adam Kredo A leading European counter-terrorism official is facing criticism after claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood and Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, are not terrorist groups. Peter Neumann, an Austrian counter-terrorism official charged with working to combat violent extremism under the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) attracted criticism this week after stating that both the Brotherhood and IRGC are not terrorist groups and should not be formally designated as such. Neumann's stance elicited criticism from U.S. terror experts who told the Washington Free Beacon that this line of thinking would not help European officials combat a rising threat from radical terrorists, many of whom have become radicalized through extremist doctrines promoted by the Muslim Brotherhood and the theocratic regime in Iran. The position also runs counter to views held by the Trump administration, which has...

Countering Islamist Extremism the Right Way

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Groups that preach Islamism must not be relied upon to counter violent extremism. National Review, by Sam Westrop As part of President Trump’s unapologetic promise to defeat “radical Islam,” critics expect an overhaul of the previous administration’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program. Under Obama, officials adopted counter-extremism policies that European politicians tried over a decade ago and have since deeply regretted. To tackle the threat of Islamism, the new administration must identify and challenge the specific groups and networks within American Islam that advocate extremist ideas, or officials may inadvertently repeat Obama’s practice of legitimizing Islamists as leaders of all American Muslims. The British Experience In 2005, a month after the 7/7 London bombings, the British journalist Martin Bright sought answers to a question that, somehow, no one in government or the media had ever thought to ask before: Who exactly were the people in charge of the Muslim community,...
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The Telegraph by Henry Samuel, Paris   France's attempts to de-radicalise homegrown Islamist extremists in the wake of terror attacks has been pronounced a "total fiasco" in need of a complete overhaul in a damning parliamentary report. President François Hollande launched the drive to reverse radicalisation among thousands of French Muslims in the wake of terror attacks that have killed 238 people since January 2015. However, the report, by a cross-party senate committee, was denounced as an amateurish flop this week, accusing the government of funding "pseudo-experts" who pocketed millions of euros with few tangible results. Among the damning revelations in the report were the fact that the only de-radicalisation centre currently up and running, and fully staffed at an annual cost of €2.5 million,  is in fact empty. Among the last people it housed - supposedly non-threatening individuals tempted by radical Islam - one turned out to be on a terror...

ISIS now has the weapons to shoot down low-flying planes

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By Yaron Steinbuch ISIS jihadists have acquired small anti-aircraft artillery pieces that can threaten low-flying planes, according to a report. A US military spokesman in Baghdad described the weapons as a “significant threat” to coalition planes, CBS News reported Wednesday. The revelation comes amid reports this week that the militant group has been using increasingly sophisticated drones to drop explosives on Iraqi forces with great accuracy. Unmanned aerial vehicles also have been used by the extremists for surveillance to guide car bombs through Mosul’s narrow streets on their way to Iraqi troop positions. US troops have new weapons to counter the terrorist drones — a gun that jams the radio waves between the drones and their controllers, officials told CBS news. Federal police commander General Ali al Lami said his troops are constantly on the lookout. “A car bomb can destroy a unit,” he told the network. “A truck bomb...

Use Of Weaponized Drones By ISIS Spurs Terrorism Fears

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by InHomelandSecurity.com Late last month, a pair of Islamic State fighters in desert camouflage climbed to the top of a river bluff in northern Iraq to demonstrate an important new weapon: a small drone, about six feet wide with swept wings and a small bomb tucked in its fuselage. The two men launched the slender machine and took videos from a second, smaller drone that shadowed its movements. The aircraft glided over the besieged city of Mosul, swooped close to an Iraqi army outpost and dropped its bomb, scattering Iraqi troops with a small blast that left one figure sprawled on the ground, apparently dead or wounded. The incident was among dozens in recent weeks in a rapidly accelerating campaign of armed drone strikes by the Islamic State in northern Iraq. The terrorist group last month formally announced the establishment of a new “Unmanned Aircraft of the Mujahideen” unit, a...

Major Law enforcement operation underway in North Charleston

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By Live 5 News Web Staff   By Carter Coyle, Reporter Local, state and federal agents are working on a major takedown operation expected to lead to multiple arrests in Charleston and Dorchester counties.  Officers have been rounding up dozens of suspects in what's being called a major operation. The arrests began early Wednesday morning and could continue for hours, sources say. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is involved in a partnership with North Charleston Police, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office and several other local, state and federal agencies. The Attorney General and Solicitor's offices will also be involved.  The identities of those arrested and the nature of the charges have not been released, but a joint news conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday.  This is a developing story. Check back for additional information. Read more: http://www.live5news.com/story/34574791/law-enforcement-operation-underway-in-north-charleston...

Missouri man accused of plotting ISIS attack in Kansas City

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Fox News by Samuel Chamberlain An Army veteran has been charged with plotting what he believed would be a terrorist attack in Kansas City, federal authorities said Tuesday. Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., 25, was arrested Friday and is charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The criminal complaint was released after Hester made his initial court appearance. Prosecutors said Hester, of Columbia, Mo., reached out to undercover FBI agents posing as Islamic State (ISIS) operatives and said he was willing to assist in a jihadist attack. According to the affadavit, Hester was told the attack would target "buses, trains and a train station in Kansas City" on Monday, coinciding with the Presidents Day holiday. According to the affidavit, Hester "expressed approval" of the attack plan and told the undercover agent that it would be "good to strike back a the true terrorist." The Kansas City Star...
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by Justin Holcomb Former Guantanamo Bay detainee and Islamic fighter Abu-Zakariya al-Britani detonated a car bomb outside an Iraqi base in Tal Gaysum, south-west of Mosul on Monday.   The Islamic man was filmed, smiling, as he drove a clumsily converted vehicle packed with explosives towards the Iraqi compound. He had been captured in the Middle East by the United States in 2001, before being sent to Guantanamo Bay, according to the BBC.  The British-born man was freed from the detention center in 2004 and was given £1 million from the British taxpayers on the grounds that he was tortured, according to another report. Al-Britani left Britain in 2014 and re-joined his Islamic brothers to fight and kill non-believers.  Nearly 850 British citizens have joined Islamic regimes in the last decade. He wrote about his time in Guantanamo Bay in a letter to the University of California-Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights: "During my imprisonment by the United States...
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  By J.J. Green - wtop.com WASHINGTON — The Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) terror group is under heavy global pressure from militaries and law enforcement organizations, but military and counterterrorism officials forecast no letup in the current wave of international terrorism. “We think that transnational terrorist attacks, in the near term, will probably remain steady. The group has been able to build a robust and redundant apparatus for conducting transnational terrorist attacks,” said a U.S. defense official. ISIS will likely continue to employ a less-centralized approach to attacks, the official said — one driven by slick, incendiary online messages. “They have a lot of people in place already that are sympathizers around the world. … We think they will be able to continue to be able to produce at least a constant level of propaganda, which underpins a lot of the ideology in Europe and elsewhere,” the...
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Human Rights Watch BAGHDAD – Fighters from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) are arbitrarily detaining, ill-treating, torturing, and forcibly marrying Sunni Arab women and girls in areas under their control in Iraq, Human Rights Watch said today. Although accounts of gender-based violence have emerged from areas under ISIS control, these are the first cases against Sunni Arab women in Iraq that Human Rights Watch has been able to document. Researchers interviewed six women in Kirkuk, to which they had escaped from the town of Hawija, 125 kilometers south of Mosul and still under ISIS control. Human Rights Watch and others have extensively documented similar abuses by ISIS fighters against Yezidi women. “Little is known about sexual abuse against Sunni Arab women living under ISIS rule,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “We hope that the international community and local authorities will do all...

How to Collect Open Source Intelligence

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InHomelandSecurity.com By Kim Miller, Ph.D., CFE Faculty Member, Criminal Justice, American Military University Open source intelligence (OSINT) is information that comes from publicly available sources. This type of information can be exploited, collected and disseminated to any audience. For investigators or other individuals who need to collect background material on an individual, OSINT is highly useful. According to Michael Bazzell, a former FBI computer crime investigator and the author of several books on security, OSINT can be used to locate people or to conduct background checks or any online investigation. Many Names and Addresses Publicly Available Online Websites such as Spoke.com, Radaris.com, and Intelius.com allow users to search an individual’s name and address for free. These sites allow investigators to more easily use the information found on these sites to conduct background checks on potential employees, but are also used by criminals to find information for identity theft. Use of...
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by The Local In February 2016: Police in Östersund in northern Sweden warned women about being out on their own after dark, but the city's mayor trashed the idea. Officers in Östersund first advised women not to walk around on their own at night, during at press conference on Monday, explaining that there had been at least six reports of violence against women in the area since February 20th. "Now the police are going out and warning women against traveling alone in the city. We have seen a worrying trend," regional police chief Stephen Jerand told Swedish media. "This is serious, we care about the protection of women and that is why we are going out and talking about this." He explained that the recent reported crimes included an attempted rape in the centre of Östersund over the weekend. Police later added that they were also investigating the alleged molestation...
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Sec Def nod calls for 'battles of annihilation” with “no survivors” against terror group, while beating drums of all-out war with Iran. by Paul Sperry - CounterJihad.com Defense secretary nominee Gen. Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis believes ISIS is “al-Qaida on steroids” and must be defeated in head-to-head “battles of annihilation” that leave “no survivors” on the enemy side, according to a recent discussion he participated in with a conservative think tank. The career Marine, who faces Senate questioning at a confirmation today, also asserts that the US military “can handle Iran” in a shooting war, but cautioned that the Navy needs more warships to challenge “China’s bullying in the South China Sea.” Mattis made the eye-opening remarks in a little-noticed interview with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution in Palo Alto, Calif., where he is a visiting fellow. Before retiring in 2013 after a 43-year-career in the US Marine Corps, Mattis directed...
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Muslim Brotherhood -- including Hamas -- were part of the Saudi-linked Islamist network in America that assisted the 9/11 hijackers. By Ryan Mauro - The Clarion Project The recently-declassified 28 pages from the official U.S. report on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks implicates the Muslim Brotherhood -- including Hamas -- as being part of the Saudi-linked Islamist network in America that assisted the 9/11 hijackers and Al-Qaeda in general. On page 7, the report discusses how a suspected Saudi intelligence officer, Omar Al-Bayoumi, may have assisted two 9/11 hijackers and had links to Al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. It then states: “In addition, the FBI determined that al-Bayoumi was in contact with several individuals under investigation and with the Holy Land Foundation, which has been under investigation as a fundraising front for Hamas.” The Holy Land Foundation was later successfully prosecuted and identified as a creation of the Muslim...
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CBS News AP KARACHI, Pakistan - The death toll from an Islamic State suicide bombing at a famous shrine in Pakistan has climbed to 75, with another 200 people wounded. According to three security officials, the suicide bomber entered the main hall of the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan in the southern Sindh province and detonated his explosives amid a gathering that included men, women and children. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to media. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack on their Aamaq news agency, saying a suicide bomber had targeted a “Shiite gathering” at the shrine. Isis also claimed responsibility for a car bomb in Baghdad killed at least 51 people and wounded more than 60 on Thursday, Iraq’s Interior Ministry said.   Rizwan Edhi, the spokesman for Pakistan’s largest private ambulance service, Edhi, said...
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JihadWatch.org By Christine Williams The Liberal Party of Canada has opted to support an “anti-Islamophobia” motion (M-103) in Parliament which calls on the government to “condemn Islamophobia and study the best ways to quell an ‘increasing public climate of hate and fear.’” M-103 is the second anti-Islamophobia motion tabled. The first was unanimously approved and passed, but M-103 has stirred up questions and opposition by some Conservative Members of Parliament. Huffington Post Canada ran an uninformed article that blamed opposition to the motion on “right-wing activists”: Right-wing activists are attacking a motion in Canadian Parliament intended to combat anti-Islamic racism and religious discrimination as a crackdown on free speech. It doesn’t outlaw anything. Nevertheless, conservative websites have condemned it as a “war against free speech” and a “modern day blasphemy law.” Among those “right wing activists” mentioned was Jihad Watch. There are those who disparage “right wingers” without actually identifying any...
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by Justin McCarthy - Gallup.com Story Highlights More than four in five Americans say both goals are very important Defending U.S. allies' security has increased in importance Two in three say defending U.S. allies' security is very important WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Preventing future acts of international terrorism (85%) and the spread of nuclear weapons (84%) remain Americans' top foreign policy goals in 2017, with more than four in five rating each of these as "very important." Nearly as many say securing adequate supplies of energy for the U.S. (80%) is a very important foreign policy goal. Solid majorities also say promoting favorable trade policies (71%), defending our allies' security (66%) and working with organizations like the U.N. to bring about world cooperation (63%) are very important foreign policy goals. A smaller majority rated promoting and defending human rights abroad (53%) as being very important. Meanwhile, less than three in 10...

ISIS drones could target Europe

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By Douglas Burton - The Washington Times ANALYSIS/OPINION: When Mosul falls, foreign fighters may bring their remote skills home Killer drones guided by Islamic State terrorists have made their debut in Northern Iraq, prompting concern about a new terror weapon outside of Iraq. “I can verify that the enemy has used drones to release grenade-sized munitions,” wrote U.S. Air Force Col. John Dorrian, chief spokesman for the Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve, in an email from Baghdad. He went on to say that Iraqi forces closing in on Islamic State’s last-remaining high-population stronghold in Iraq are dealing with them. Islamic State websites have reported more than 37 drone strikes in a wide area of Northern Iraq from Feb. 3, of which 10 attacks have been corroborated by Iraqi TV stations and news sites. Most strikes reported were in East Mosul, but some were on Sinjar Mountain near Iraq’s...
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Fox News By Brooke Singman U.S. military forces have killed 60,000 Islamic State militants over the past two years, according to a U.S. Special Operations Commander. On Tuesday, while speaking at a defense conference near Washington D.C., Army Gen. Raymond Thomas said the figure is substantially higher than the one reported at the end of last year – when U.S. officials said they had killed 50,000 ISIS fighters. “I’m not into morbid body count, but that matters,” Thomas said at the National Defense Industrial Association’s annual Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict conference, according to the Military Times. “So when folks ask, do you need more aggressive [measures], do you need better [rules of engagement], I would tell you that we’re being pretty darn prolific right now.” But Defense Department Spokesman Christopher Sherwood told Fox News that death tolls are not a proper measure of “effectiveness” in the fight against ISIS. “References to...

Is There a Lack of Security on Canadian Border?

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YouTube: Clarion Project's national security analyst, Prof. Ryan Mauro, appears on FOX Business Network with Neil Cavuto to discuss President Trump's meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, Canada's response to the U.S. suspension of refugee admission and lax security on the Canadian border. ...