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East of the Euphrates is a nest of terrorism

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Daily Sabah by Ozan Ceyhun On Tuesday, a critical step for Syria was taken in Geneva with the efforts of Turkey, Russia, and Iran.Thanks to this step, soon the commission that will pen the democratic constitution of Syria will be formed. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu came together with his Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov and Iranian colleague Cevad Zarif and announced a joint memo regarding this particularly important matter for Syria.As it is known, according to U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254, a rewriting of Syrian constitution was proposed to benefit the political transformation process. During the National Dialogue Congress that was held in Sochi, Russia in January 2018, representatives from the U.N., Turkey, Iran, and the host country Russia, together with the Syrian parties, decided to form a Constitutional Committee. Some problems were encountered during the appointment process of Constitutional Committee, which will be composed of 150 people, due to interference...

DHS: Cybersecurity Overview

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Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity OverviewCyberspace and its underlying infrastructure are vulnerable to a wide range of risk stemming from both physical and cyber threats and hazards. Sophisticated cyber actors and nation-states exploit vulnerabilities to steal information and money and are developing capabilities to disrupt, destroy, or threaten the delivery of essential services. A range of traditional crimes are now being perpetrated through cyberspace. This includes the production and distribution of child pornography and child exploitation conspiracies, banking and financial fraud, intellectual property violations, and other crimes, all of which have substantial human and economic consequences.Cyberspace is particularly difficult to secure due to a number of factors: the ability of malicious actors to operate from anywhere in the world, the linkages between cyberspace and physical systems, and the difficulty of reducing vulnerabilities and consequences in complex cyber networks. Of growing concern is the cyber threat to critical infrastructure, which is...

Morocco: Terrorist ties to Scandinavian hiker slaying

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Washington Post By Amira El-Masaiti | APRABAT, Morocco — The lone suspect arrested in the killing of two Scandinavian tourists in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains is connected to a terrorist group, and three other suspects are on the run, Moroccan authorities said Wednesday.State television 2M reported on its website that authorities consider the two women’s slayings a terrorist act. Local media reported that the suspects had links to the Islamic State group.The women, who were from Denmark and Norway, were discovered stabbed in the neck Monday by other tourists, who alerted police, according to national media. Hiking in the area was temporarily suspended.The killings have shocked Morocco, a popular tourist destination where such attacks on foreigners are extremely rare.The Rabat public prosecutor’s office said in a statement Wednesday that the only captured suspect has affiliations to a terrorist group, without naming the group. Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/denmark-norway-advise-against-hiking-alone-in-morocco/2018/12/19/5d030de2-039e-11e9-958c-0a601226ff6b_story.html...

Jihad Is Alive and Well in the US: 3 New Stories

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By Clarion Project The following three new stories are just the most recent examples of the fact that jihad is alive and well in the US:1. An Oklahoma resident who is a Saudi citizen pleaded guilty to visa fraud and  concealing the fact that he attended an Al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in late 2000. Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, 35, was arrested by the FBI after an investigation by the agency’s joint terrorism task force.Alfallaj, who lived in Weatherford, used his visa which allowed him to be in the U.S. to apply for private lessons at a flight school in Oklahoma. He faces up to 10 years in prison for the visa fraud and up to eight years for making a false statement to the FBI. In addition, Alfallaj can be fined up to $250,000 on each count.2. A Florida man was arrested on charges that he sent bomb-making...
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by ERIC SCHUCHT - The Columbus Telegram Columbus Police Department officers served as Santa's little helpers during the weekend by bringing some holiday cheer to area families.The CPD hosted its first ever SantaCop event on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Community members were invited and got the chance to interact with local law enforcement, grab a free lunch and get some holiday gifts for the kids. SantaCop was put together by Investigator Troy Urkoski and Patrol Officer Alysson Peters, who both unknowingly started work on a holiday event individually before they partnered.“Both of us had individually decided to do it and then didn’t realize that the other person had also,” Peters said. “So we joined forces and got it going.”CPD reached out to the Columbus Public Schools for a list of families that were in need of some assistance this holiday season. The program was able to generate gifts...
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  Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY Two Chicago police officers were killed in the line of duty Monday when they were struck by a passenger train while investigating a report of gunfire near tracks on the city’s South Side, authorities said.They become the third and fourth police officers killed in the line of duty in Chicago in 2018. They were identified as Eduardo Marmolejo, 36, and Conrad Gary, 31."There they were ... doing their job, trying to protect the rest of us," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "We lost two young men, both fathers with young families. This holiday will never be the same for those two families. We lost people who answered the call to make Chicago a better place."The officers were responding to a call of shots fired near the tracks near 103rd Street and Dauphin Avenue around 6:30 p.m. when they were struck by a local suburban passenger train service...
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Naples Daily News Tom Vanden Brook and David Jackson, USA TODAY WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump called Wednesday for a U.S. withdrawal from Syria over the apparent objections of military advisers and a bipartisan group of lawmakers.The withdrawal of the more than 2,000 troops is based on Trump’s decision that the mission against ISIS is complete, a U.S. official told USA TODAY.Military leaders, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in recent weeks and months have spoken of the need for U.S. troops to remain in the eastern part of the country to help stabilize it and allow for peace negotiations to proceed.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., derided Trump’s decision to withdraw, likening it to those made by former President Barack Obama to announce ahead of time plans to reduce forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.“Withdrawal of this small American force in Syria would be a huge Obama-like mistake,” Graham tweeted. Read more: https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/world/2018/12/19/syria-troop-withdrawal/2361385002/...

What Terror Group Is As Dangerous and Just as Close as ISIS?

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Clarion Project The State Department warned that Hezbollah, an international terror organization originating in Lebanon and a proxy of Iran, is as dangerous and just as close to countries in the Western Hemisphere as ISIS.The warning came from Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, who was speaking to delegates from 12 nations attending the Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial in Washington, D.C.As Clarion recently reported, Hezbollah is ramping up south of the U.S., as witnessed by the numerous arrests of the group’s operative in countries ranging from Bolivia to Peru, where large caches of military equipment and explosives belonging to Hezbollah terror cells have been discovered.Closer to home, here are three developments concerning the encroachment of Hezbollah in the West: Read more: https://clarionproject.org/hezbollah-as-dangerous-and-just-as-close-as-isis/...

Kids Building Long-Lasting Relationship At Shop With A Cop

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KVRR Local News by Jessie Cohen FARGO, N.D. — Having wrapped gifts to put under the tree isn’t possible for all families Cass County, but local law enforcement is trying to change that.KVRR’s Jessie Cohen tells us how they are bringing a Christmas miracle to some deserving children.They are swerving through Walmart.“They just run from one aisle to the next.”Searching for the most perfect gift.For these cops and kids, it really is a winter wonder-land.“It’s just an incredible day.”Just in time for the holidays, shop with a cop gives kids a chance to put some presents under the tree and make a new friend along the way.Read more: https://www.kvrr.com/2018/12/16/kids-building-long-lasting-relationship-at-shop-with-a-cop/...
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Clarion Ledger Hidden in Mississippi: A school that trains foreign military to fight terrorism Lauren Walck, Sun Herald Your average fisherman would likely be surprised to suddenly see a team of boats carrying fully armed, tactically dressed military silently cruising by in the pre-dawn light. But regulars near the mouth of the Pearl River are probably used to it by now.That’s where Stennis Space Center is on the east bank of the river, north of Interstate 10, on 200 square miles of land. Most of that land serves as a buffer zone for NASA, but there’s a lot more going on out there besides rocket testing.About 70 percent of the tenants at Stennis are under the U.S. Navy, including everything from meteorology to oceanography to the research lab where engineers and scientists try to create new military technology.But many of those 200 square miles are devoted to training ranges —...
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The Oklahoman by Josh DulaneyA Saudi Arabian man and former Weatherford resident pleaded guilty Friday to lying to authorities about his past al-Qaida terrorism training in Afghanistan.Shackled, and dressed in an orange inmate jumpsuit, Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, also known as Al-Muthana Al-Najdi, spoke through an interpreter and pleaded guilty in federal court in Oklahoma City to one count of making false statements involving international terrorism, as well as one count of lying to obtain a non-immigrant visa.Alfallaj, 35, faces up to 10 years in prison on the visa-fraud offense. He faces up to eight years in prison for making a false statement involving international terrorism.Alfallaj could also be fined up to $250,000 on each count. As part of his plea agreement, Alfallaj consented to his removal from the United States at the end of his prison term.The court will set a sentencing date in approximately 90 days. Read more:...
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EURACTIV.com By Georgi Gotev The level of terrorist threat remains “pretty serious” in several EU countries, Gilles de Kerchove, the EU’s counter-terrorism coordinator, told EURACTIV.com in an interview hours before the latest attack in Strasbourg on Tuesday night (12 December).In a wide-ranging interview, de Kerchove offered some insights on the EU’s accomplishments on counter-terrorism and sketches out future challenges.Gilles de Kerchove is the EU’s counter-terrorism coordinator, appointed in 2007 by Javier Solana.He spoke to EURACTIV’s Senior Editor Georgi Gotev.We are meeting ahead of Christmas, and unlike in previous years, there have been no terrorist attacks on EU soil [the interview was taken on 12 December in the morning]. Is this because anti-terrorism services have become better, or maybe terrorists have lost motivation?I would rather go for the former rather than the latter. The level of the threat remains in several member states, not in all of them, pretty serious, this...
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FARS News Agency Scores of ISIL Commanders Killed in Iraqi Air Force's Recent Raids in Eastern Syria Al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted Abu Ali al-Basri, the director general of Iraqi Interior Ministry's Counter-Terrorism Department, as saying that 16 senior aides to Baghdadi were killed in the attacks carried out by Iraqi F-16 fighter jets in al-Souseh region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.He was further quoted by the news website as reporting that a sum of 13 terrorists were also killed in the second round of the air raids on a base of ISIL's suicide attackers in Eastern Syria, adding that the terrorists were planning to stage attacks on Baghdad, Karbala, Samera and Kirkuk after crossing Syria's border into Iraq.Moshtaq Anad Haram al-Mohammadi Araghi nom de guerre Abu Omar, who was ISIL's war minister and had joined ISIL in 2005, was killed in the air raids.  In November, the Iraqi Air Force pounded...
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 by SaharaReporters, New York The Nigerian Military has announced the suspension of the operations of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) from the North-East.According to a statement released on Friday by Onyema Nwachukwu, a Colonel and Deputy Director of Public Relations, Theatre Command, this was because UNICEF had “abdicated its primary duty of catering for the wellbeing of children and the vulnerable through humanitarian activities and now engaged in training selected persons for clandestine activities to continue sabotaging the counter terrorism and Counter insurgency efforts of troops through spurious and unconfirmed allegations bothering on alleged violations of human rights by the military”.Mwachukwu said the Theatre command would not tolerate “this kind of sabotage from any individual, group of persons or organization”, and urged all NGOs and members of humanitarian agencies to keep to their legitimate norms in the discharge of their acclaimed humanitarian duties. “The Theatre Command Operation...

Terrorism in Chabahar

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  Lobe Log by Kaveh L. AfrasiabiOn December 6, Iran’s Chabahar port was the target of a terrorist attack when a vehicle laden with explosives was detonated in front of a police station, killing two and injuring more than 30 civilians. Although no one has so far claimed responsibility, Iranian officials strongly suspect the Pakistan-based Ansar al-Furqan. This Sunni Baloch militant group has carried out attacks before in Iran’s southeast province of Sistan and Beluchistan, which has a sizable Sunni minority in the predominantly Shiite Iran. Iran’s intelligence minister has pinned the ultimate blame on “regional sponsors of terrorism and spy services.”As expected, the terrorist attack has fueled an Iranian suspicion that it is part of a foreign-orchestrated plan to foment instability inside Iran. Some pundits have tried to connect the dots between the attack and the U.S. sanctions exemptions for India’s investment in Chabahar, the trilateral efforts of Iran-India-Afghanistan centered...
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IndependentThe fevered conspiracy theories that emerged after Tuesday's violence show how a generation of radicalised criminals has sown distrust in societyby Kevin McDonald The attack at the Strasbourg Christmas market has highlighted the changing face of radicalised violence in Europe.Early on Tuesday morning, a man wanted on a charge of attempted murder following a botched armed robbery, succeeded in evading French police after they raided his flat. Later that evening he launched a rampage attack on the Christmas market, armed with an automatic pistol and knife. Three people were killed, one left brain dead and 12 others wounded, some with life-threatening injuries.Last night the suspect, Cherif Chekatt, was killed in the Neudorf district of Strasbourg following what police described as a counter terror operation. Chekatt was on France’s S-list of potential security threats. He has 27 previous convictions, served two prison sentences in France, and most recently was released from...

Strasbourg shooting suspect killed by police

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News 4 Jax Strasbourg shooting suspect killed by police, Paris authorities say Man accused of killing at least 3 people By CNN'S BIANCA BRITTON, LAURA SMITH-SPARK AND HELEN REGAN CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT. (CNN) - The man responsible for the Strasbourg terror attack was killed by police Thursday after a two-day manhunt, a spokesman for the Paris prosecutor's office said.Cherif Chekatt, 29, is accused of killing three people and wounding 13 others in the terrorist attack near the Christmas market in Strasbourg. French prosecutors said the suspect shouted the Arabic phrase "Allahu Akbar," meaning "God is greatest," at the time of the attack.Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said police recognized a man who looked like Chekatt walking on the street in the Neudorf district in Strasbourg on Thursday night and approached him. He opened fire on officers when they tried to question him, he said.Police returned fire, killing the suspect, Castaner...
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Orlando Sentinel Lori Hinnant and Elaine Ganley - Associated Press Hundreds of security forces combed eastern France for a 29-year-old man with a long criminal record who shouted "God is great!" in Arabic and sprayed gunfire during a deadly rampage in Strasbourg's famous Christmas market, officials said. Tuesday night's attack at France's largest Christmas market, which killed two people, left a third brain-dead and injured 12, was a stark reminder to a nation wounded by previous assaults that terrorism remains a threat, even as anti-government protests roil the country. National police distributed a photo of the wounded fugitive, identified as Cherif Chekatt, with the warning: "Individual dangerous, above all do not intervene." Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told lawmakers that the French native had run-ins with police starting at age 10 and his first conviction at age 13. Chekatt had been convicted 27 times, mostly in France but also in Switzerland...
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Jonathon Gatehouse · CBC News France's terror problemLast night's attack on a busy Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg killed two people and wounded 12 others, including one victim who doctors say is clinically brain dead.Although the suspect is still at large, French prosecutors have characterized the shooting and stabbing spree, which lasted for minutes on end, as an act of terrorism, citing witnesses who heard the man shout "Allahu Akbar."The alleged attacker, identified by authorities as 29-year-old Chèrif Chekatt, was born and raised in Strasbourg, and has been on police radar since the age of 10.Christophe Castane, France's interior minister, told a news conference today that Chekatt's first criminal conviction came when he was 13. At least 26 more, mostly for robbery and assault, have since followed in France, Germany and Switzerland. Chekatt has been on France's security watch list, known as Fiche-S, since 2015.He shares that...
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Nehanda Radio The Strasbourg gunman yelled “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest” in Arabic) as he opened fire on people enjoying an evening out at a Christmas market, the Paris public prosecutor told reporters. Rémy Heitz said two people had been killed and one left brain-dead after the attack in the eastern French city on Tuesday.Twelve were wounded, six seriously.The man, named by local media as Chérif Chekatt, was known to authorities as having been radicalised in prison. The 29-year-old was armed with a gun and a knife and escaped the area in a taxi, Mr Heitz said.The attacker boasted to the driver – who has spoken to police – that he had killed 10 people, and said he had been injured in a firefight with soldiers.Four people connected to the suspect had been detained overnight in Strasbourg, Mr Heitz added. Sources close to the investigation quoted by Reuters news agency...