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Fox News Islamist Terror Plots In Europe Declining, But Schemes Getting More 'Creative,' Analysis Says By Hollie McKay Despite being driven from its former Iraq and Syria strongholds six months ago, ISIS continues to find ways to wreak havoc across the Middle East, remaining an innovative -- if less strategically successful -- terror force.According to a new report from The Heritage Foundation, “The Post-Caliphate Terror Threat in Europe – and the Need for Continuing U.S. Assistance,” ISIS' territorial defeat can be directly equated with the decline in attacks; but, the author also notes, the threat landscape has changed.“America’s strategy has worked: It took almost four-and-a-half years, but the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq has been dismantled. Yet the threat from ISIS is far from over,” the report, authored by Heritage National Security and Foreign Policy fellow Rob Simcox, states. “Increased focus is now being placed instead on...
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America Can Stop China from Dominating Artificial Intelligence--And Should by Gordon G. Chang  •  Gatestone Institute The People's Republic of China, nonetheless, is already an AI powerhouse, and for America to maintain its edge—and to prevent U.S. tech from being used for exceedingly disturbing purposes —Washington should force U.S. companies to end cooperative AI projects in China. The West should be seriously concerned: whoever wins at AI will both dominate the global economy and field the most destructive conventional military force. Unfortunately, American companies are helping China's leaders in what many call—correctly—crimes against humanity. For instance, AI researchers from Microsoft, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Michigan State University gave keynote speeches at the Chinese Conference on Biometric Recognition in Xinjiang in August of last year on facial recognition, a social-control technology. Some of Google's research is in China. The company has three AI operations there: the Google AI China Center in...
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Cop-hating mob at Brooklyn housing project injures three NYPD officers New York Post By Joe Marino and Laura Italiano Roving, cop-hating mobs erupted in violence, taunts and gunfire in Brooklyn overnight into Sunday, leaving three officers with minor injuries.At least some of the injuries were caused by “air mail,” objects thrown down at cops from rooftops, police at the scene in Bedford-Stuyvesant told The Post.By early Sunday, 11 people had been arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.The violence came after a series of water dousing attacks on NYPD officers throughout the city this summer.“Straight up cowards!” one man in the crowd there shouted at cops at just after midnight. “You don’t know how to do anything you f–king coward!”One of the cops injured Saturday night had to be hoisted onto a gurney by medics, who rushed him from the sidewalk outside Marcy Houses at around 11:10 p.m. Read more: https://nypost.com/2019/08/18/cop-hating-mob-at-brooklyn-housing-project-injures-three-nypd-officers/...
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3 mass shooting plots stopped around the country in separate incidents, police say Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY Three mass shooting plots were thwarted in recent days with the arrests of three men in unrelated cases, authorities in Connecticut, Florida and Ohio said.Tips from the public aided in the three arrests, which occurred on Thursday and Friday. Police in each case said the men, all white and in their 20s, posted online or sent text messages with threats of committing mass shootings.The arrests come amid renewed cries for legislation to change the country's gun laws in the wake of mass shootings in California, Texas and Ohio. Multiple false alarm and hoax shooting scares have also kept the nation on edge in recent weeks.Here's what we know about the three cases: ConnecticutBrandon Wagshol, 22, of Norwalk was arrested on four counts of illegal possession of large-capacity magazines, the city's police department...
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Jihad Watch Philadelphia: Maurice Hill, who wounded six cops in shootout, is devout Muslim who attended jihadi mosqueBy Robert SpencerYou can see from the impressive zebiba on Maurice Hill’s forehead that he is a devout Muslim; the zebiba is a bruise that forms from the fact that Muslims in their five daily prayers perform numerous prostrations, pressing their foreheads to the ground. The zebiba is seen as a mark of intense piety. That in itself doesn’t make this a jihad attack, but the teachings of the mosque, from the looks of this report, are clearly suspect; the mosque should be investigated. If Maurice Hill were a white supremacist neo-Nazi, would the establishment media be as indifferent to that detail as it is to Hill’s mosque membership? What do you think?“Clarion Intel Exclusive: Philadelphia Shooter Attended Radical Mosque,” Clarion Project, August 16, 2019:    Maurice Hill, the criminal who wounded six police...

ISIS claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63

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Islamic State claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63 KOMO News by RAHIM FAIEZ and CARA ANNA, The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul’s strain of war. Then, in a flash, he detonated his explosives-filled vest, killing dozens — and Afghanistan grieved again.The local Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in the capital this year, with 63 killed and 182 wounded, while outraged Afghans questioned just how safe they will be under an approaching deal between the United States and the Taliban to end America’s longest war.Stunned families buried the dead, some digging with their bare hands. One wounded survivor, Mohammad Aslim, still wore his bloodied clothes the day after the blast late Saturday. He and his friends had...
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The Federalist It’s Time To Officially Acknowledge That Qatar Is A State Sponsor Of Terrorism For years, Qatar has bankrolled and provided haven to terrorist groups that threaten America’s interests and its allies. Let’s call a spade a spade.By Jordan CopeQatar boasts the world’s second-largest gross domestic product per capita. The wealthy oil emirate operates Qatar Airways, one of the world’s largest airlines. It hosts one of the world’s most influential state-sponsored news sources, Al Jazeera, and maintains significant influence in higher American education, donating more than $1.5 billion to some of America’s most well-known universities: the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina, Northwestern, Texas A&M, and Cornell.For all its “contributions,” however, Qatar also has a dark side. It openly supports and harbors terrorists to a disproportionate and unparalleled degree for its size. Qatar’s actions prompted President Trump to recognize Qatar’s terror funding as being “on [a] very...
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Fox News Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan: Attack On Immigration Offices Was An Act Of 'Domestic Terrorism' By Nick Givas The former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Tom Homan, said the attack on federal immigration offices in San Antonio, Texas, should be considered an act of "domestic terrorism," and he warned against the effects of extreme political rhetoric.The FBI is calling the early-Tuesday event a "targeted attack" after shots were fired at an ICE building where two floors of administrative and executive offices were housed, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The outlet also reported there was also gunfire at another facility where an ICE contractor was located."I think this was an act of terrorism. I mean, look at the definition of terrorism, this is exactly what they're doing," Homan said during an interview on "Outnumbered Overtime" on Wednesday. "This is domestic terrorism."Homan, who also wrote...
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UPI Texas Gov. Greg Abbott launches domestic terrorism task force By Troy Closson, The Texas Tribune Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Less than two weeks after a gunman walked into an El Paso Walmart and killed 22 shoppers, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has launched a Domestic Terrorism Task Force to protect against statewide acts of extremism, his office announced in a Wednesday release.The task force -- comprising federal, state and local officials, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen -- will analyze current and emerging state threats and form prevention and response strategies, the release says. Federal authorities have treated the El Paso shooting as an act of domestic terrorism after the discovery of a hate-filled manifesto, which they believe was authored by the gunman, warning of a "Hispanic invasion of Texas" amid other racist and xenophobic language. "Our top priority is...
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The Inquirer In North Philly standoff, alleged cop shooter Maurice Hill has a long criminal history by Samantha Melamed, Jeremy Roebuck, Dylan Purcell and Craig R. McCoyPolice sources identified the gunman in a standoff at a Tioga apartment building that left six police officers injured as Maurice Hill, 36, a Philadelphia man with a lengthy history of gun convictions and of resisting attempts to bring him to justice.The police sources declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak. Reached by phone about 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening, Shaka Johnson, the lawyer who most recently represented Hill, confirmed that Hill had a connection to the standoff. “My client is requesting me to come to the scene,” he said.The standoff began Wednesday about 4:30 p.m. when a Narcotics Strike Force unit attempted to serve a search warrant at a house on the 3700 block of North 15th Street.For the next...
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WBALTV 11 PHILADELPHIA — At least six police officers were shot following an incident in Philadelphia, according to Philadelphia Police Sergeant Eric Gripp.Those officers have non life-threatening injuries.Additional officers are receiving treatment for non-gunshot injuries, police say. The shooting began around 4:30 p.m. when police were first called to a home to serve a state narcotics warrant, according to authorities.An unidentified gunman fired at dozens of police officers on scene.Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said many of the officers "had to escape through windows and doors to get away from a barrage of bullets."Two officers were trapped inside the home, Gripp said. They were safely evacuated by the Philadelphia Police Department SWAT team hours after the standoff began.SWAT officers also escorted four women out of the home where the shooter had been earlier in the evening, according to KYW. The women were located on the second floor. Read more: https://www.wbaltv.com/article/reports-multiple-philadelphia-police-officers-have-been-shot/28703502...
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Reuters FBI Seeking To Question Alleged Al Qaeda Operative In Brazil RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking to question an alleged Egyptian Al Qaeda operative believed to be living in Brazil, and the South American country has pledged to cooperate with the United States in any way it can.The FBI added Mohamed Ahmed Elsayed Ahmed Ibrahim to its Most Wanted list on Monday, saying he was being sought “for questioning in connection with his alleged role as an Al Qaeda operative and facilitator who has allegedly been involved in plotting attacks against the United States and its interests.”The FBI said he had been “providing material support” since about 2013 for Al Qaeda, the group behind the Sept. 11 attacks in New York in 2001. It said he was born in Egypt in 1977 and is currently living in Brazil.In a joint statement on...
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News Now - New Zealand Satellite photos show what appear to be armoured personnel carriers and other vehicles belonging to the China's paramilitary People's Armed Police parked in a sports complex in the city of Shenzhen, in what some have interpreted as a threat from Beijing to use increased force against pro-democracy protestors across the border in Hong Kong. The pictures collected by Maxar's WorldView show 500 or more vehicles sitting on and around the soccer stadium at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre just across the harbour from the Asian financial hub that has been rocked by more than two months of near-daily street demonstrations. Flights at Hong Kong's airport, one of the world's busiest, were disrupted on Tuesday and Wednesday by a mass demonstration and occasional violence inside its terminal. Chinese state media have said only that the Shenzhen exercises had been planned before hand and were not directly...
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France 24 Paris Attacks Suspect Charged Over Brussels Suicide Bombings by NEWS WIRESSalah Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspect in the November 2015 Paris attacks, has been formally charged in connection with the Brussels suicide bombings months later, federal prosecutors said Monday.Abdeslam was charged with "participating in the activities of a terrorist group," the federal prosecutor's office told AFP, confirming reports in the Belgian media in recent days.The prosecutor's office did not give details of his alleged role in the suicide bombings at Brussels airport and a city metro station on March 22, 2016, which killed 32 people and wounded 340 others.The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks which occurred within an hour of each other.Investigators say the attacks were ordered from Syria and organised by a French-Belgian cell in Brussels, which was also behind the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds...
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NBC News Dayton Shooter's Friend Bought Body Armor, Gun Accessories Used In Deadly Attack, Prosecutors Say By Pete Williams and David K. LiA longtime friend of Dayton shooter Connor Betts allegedly bought the body armor, 100-round magazine and a firearm accessory used in the deadly attack that killed nine people, officials said Monday.Ethan Kollie, 24, of the Dayton suburb of Kettering, was charged with two offenses, not connected to the Aug. 4 massacre — falsely denying that he was a drug user when buying a handgun for himself in May, and then possession of a firearm while unlawfully using drugs.But Kollie's weapons played no role in the mass shooting, investigators said. And authorities also emphasized that Kollie appeared to play no part in the planning of Betts' mass shooting in the early morning of Aug. 4."To be clear, there is no evidence and allegation in this criminal complaint that Kollie...

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Terrorist Screams Allahu Akbar While Stabbing Two Women, Killing One 7NEWS ...
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UK: Going Easy on ISIS Terrorists, Hard on Those Who Fought Them? by Judith Bergman  •  Gatestone Institute While the UK government is seemingly intent on prosecuting those who have fought against ISIS, what has it been doing about the at least 425 returned ISIS terrorists themselves? Prosecuting around 400 ISIS terrorists means Britain would "lose a generation"? What about the loss of security that these terrorists pose to the rest of British society? Killing, torturing, raping and abusing Yazidis, Christians and others for sport was something that looked "bright and attractive"? The law does not appear to apply to ISIS terrorists the same way it applies to those young Britons who went to fight against them. The United Kingdom's moral compass seems to be entirely broken. The West has mercilessly let down persecuted minorities in the Middle East, while showing great concern for the well-being of returning ISIS terrorists,...
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Xinhua Nigerian Military Kill Boko Haram Militants, Destroy Command Center In Airstrikes ABUJA, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Airstrikes by the Nigerian military killed a number of Boko Haram militants and destroyed a location identified as their command and control center following a raid in the northeastern state of Borno, a military spokesman said here on Saturday.The raid, on Friday, targeted the command and control center of the Boko Haram terror group in Dusala, on the fringes of the Sambisa forest in Borno, Ibikunle Daramola, spokesman for the Nigerian air force, said in a statement made available to Xinhua in Abuja.Three Alpha jets dispatched by the Air Task Force engaged the location in multiple passes, recording accurate hits on the target area, he said.Daramola declined to give the accurate figure of Boko Haram militants killed in the raid but said the structures housing the command center were completely destroyed by the...
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Is Iraq’s Nineveh boiling over? The Jerusalem Post A US service member was killed on a mission assisting Iraqi security forces By Seth J. Frantzman   A US service member was killed during a mission with Iraqi Security Forces in Nineveh province in Iraq, reports indicated over the weekend.  However, US authorities say they cannot confirm details of the incident, pending an investigation, and that the name of the service member has been withheld until next of kin can be notified.This is a rare casualty for US operations in Iraq, where ISIS was largely defeated in large scale battles in 2017. However over the last year and a half ISIS has attempted to establish a new foothold and a recent US report said that it is trying to build up its command and control networks. It exploits areas where there is either weak government control, such as the desert border...
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NYPD Counterterrorism Chief on Threats, Privacy & Transparency by Noah Berman - Gotham Gazette As the internet continues to transform the landscape of threats to the United States and New York City specifically, the NYPD has had to adapt, and the police department in the country’s largest city, what some call its ‘number one terror target,’ uses monitoring and surveillance tools that have raised questions. Advancements in technology and tactics -- as well as age-old concerns about privacy, free speech, and due process, plus prior departmental errors in judgement -- have led to calls for more transparency by some advocates and lawmakers.Amid the push to ensure civil liberties and NYPD transparency, the department has fought to maintain its own privacy, arguing that keeping its strategies and tools secure is necessary to truly provide public safety in the age of internet terrorism. Particularly, the NYPD’s intelligence and counterterrorism units must be...