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Trump Terrorism Adviser Gorka: War on ISIS About Ideology

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by Josh Siegel - The Daily Signal One of the key figures driving President Donald Trump’s national security policy outlined a counterterrorism vision on Monday squarely focused on defeating ISIS beyond the battlefield. Sebastian Gorka’s view of the ISIS threat melds with many in the White House who believe that the U.S. is engaged in a nontraditional war against radical Islam. Gorka, and others in Trump’s orbit, allege that previous administrations have not properly combatted the ideology they say fuels terrorism, and that the U.S. government has struggled to define the war it is fighting. “In this current warfare environment, body bags are not a good metric for winning,” said Gorka, a deputy assistant to the president, during an event at The Heritage Foundation. “You can kill a jihadi high-value target. But what happens if the next day, 20 people volunteer to replace that jihadi? The last 16 years we...
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By Jay Brainard - HSToday.us For more than a decade, Immediate Action Rapid Deployment (IARD) has become the universal technique used by law enforcement to neutralize the active shooter. While IARD -- a police tactic where first responders, typically regular police officers, actively confront a developing high-risk crisis -- is the most widely accepted means of eliminating the threat, the unfortunate truth is first responders will always be at a disadvantage in a large populated environment; because until the shooter is eliminated, all areas are considered a hot zone and everyone in the area is an unknown. As the threat continues to evolve so must the search for alternatives, which give law enforcement and security professionals any advantage to more rapidly identify, engage and eliminate the threat, while at the same time enhance officer safety and increase the survivability rate of innocents. Identify, broadcast and engage: play-by-play In any active...
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For The Record - The IPT Blog by IPT News With the help of organized criminal elements, Islamic State terrorists reportedly are buying legitimate British passports that can evade security detection from security authorities, the Daily Beast reports. An Italian intelligence investigation into the Camorra mafia discovered an advertisement on the deep web that linked to a Naples firm capable of producing sophisticated biometric passports. "We are selling original UK Passports made with your info/picture. Also, your info will get entered into the official passport database," the advertisement reads. "So its (sic) possible to travel with our passports. How do we do it? Trade secret! Information on how to send us your info and picture will be given after purchase! You can even enter the UK/EU with our passports, we can just add a stamp for the country you are in." Other investigations also shed light onto the broader ties...
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By Jessica A. York, Santa Cruz Sentinel and Ryan Masters, Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ >> The U.S. Department of Homeland Security led a pre-dawn operation across Santa Cruz County and Daly City on Monday, arresting 11 members of the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang. The effort, in partnership with local law enforcement, was part of a five-year investigation into the notorious street gang operating in the area, according to Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Dan Flippo. The suspected criminals, members of MS-13, are men between the ages of 20 and 40, he said. A 12th man had been arrested prior to Monday’s operation, Flippo said. Authorities allege that those arrested had a history of such crimes as murder, extortion and trafficking of heroin and methamphetamine. Two firearms were also seized during the arrests. At least two of those arrested were being held on charges unrelated to gang activity, Flippo...

What the Moro Rebellion Taught Us about Modern Terrorism

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InHomelandSecurity.com By Jeffrey T. Fowler, Ph.D. Faculty Member, School of Security and Global Studies, American Military University “If you sow arrows, you will reap sorrows” (Filipino proverb). Few people realize that the current Muslim extremist terrorism and asymmetric warfare is not a new phenomenon. In the early 20th century, U.S. troops fought a savage Muslim insurgency in the southern Philippines against the Moro tribesman of Mindanao and other islands of the Sulu Archipelago. The Moros had inhabited the islands for centuries under a Muslim-style sultanate. Although the ruling Spanish battled against them, the Moros were never completely conquered. The Philippine Insurrection began in 1899 and lasted until 1902. When the Spanish-American war ended in 1898, the United States annexed Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines. Before then, U.S. involvement with the Moros was minimal. However, it is important to note that the Philippine Insurrection and the Moro Rebellion (1901-1913) are...
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by Michael Tierney Introduction In 2009, Miles Kahler published Networked Politics: Agency, Power, and Governance.  His work proved highly impactful in the fields of political science and international relations, as he defined the ways in which various non-state actors interact in the global political system to exercise influence and power.  Of utmost interest for security scholars was his chapter on illicit networks, such as terrorist and organized crime groups, because it illustrated the ways in which these groups shift their structure and operations to elude law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and the state. As an example, Kahler introduced the case of al-Qaeda, which was a tightly controlled, hierarchical organization prior to 2001.  While the al-Qaeda brand consisted of several terrorist groups located across Asia and Africa, they mostly deferred to Osama bin Laden and what came to be known as al-Qaeda Central, or AQC, until the international community intervened in Afghanistan in an...
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JihadWatch.org By Robert Spencer This appears to be a legitimate case of police brutality that Islamic supremacists are exploiting to try to weaken, and ultimately topple, the French state. “Rioters shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ during violent Paris protests where car was set on fire,” by Laura Mowat, Express, February 12, 2017: RIOTERS shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ during violent protests in Paris where a car was set on fire. Front National (FN) MP Marion Le Pen tweeted the clip showing the tense protest in the French capital sparked after a police officer ‘raped a man with a truncheon’. The amateur video shows chaotic scene of clouds of smoke after cars were set on fire and a man yelling “Allahu Akbar”, Arabic for God is Greatest, three times. The video shows cars beeping their horns as they try and leave the scene of anarchy with protesters shouting on the street. The niece of the...
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Clarion Project thanks security personnel in the U.S. and abroad for preventing these five terror attacks. The Clarion Project 1. Mohammed Jalloh, 26, of Sterling, Virginia was sentenced to 11 years in prison for providing material support to a terrorist organization. After two attempts to join the Islamic State overseas, Jalloh returned to the U.S. and talked to an undercover FBI agent about carrying out a Fort Hood-style attack. He also sent hundreds of dollars to an undercover FBI employee whom he believed was a member of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). 2. Four people were arrested in southern France in a raid which French officials say prevented an “imminent attack.” The arrests included a 16-year-old girl who pledged allegiance to ISIS in a recent video posted on social media. The raid uncovered a bombing-making factory stocked with chemicals used in the November 2015 attacks in Paris and the March 2016 attack...

French police foil 'imminent' church terror attack

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by Jane Onyanga-Omara , USA TODAY French authorities on Wednesday said they foiled an "imminent" terrorist attack on churchgoers after a man was arrested in Paris with an arsenal of weapons. The 24-year-old Algerian computer science student was only detained on Sunday because he shot himself in the leg, prosecutors said. The man called for an ambulance, and was found bleeding on a pavement in the 13th arrondissement of the city, the Guardian reported. Police followed a trail of blood to his car, where they found the weapons. Several more weapons were found at the suspect's home. "Documents were also found and they prove, without any ambiguity, that the individual was preparing an imminent attack, in all probability, against one or two churches," Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said. The man, who was not identified by police, was said to be an Islamic extremist known to security forces for having expressed...
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By Kimberly Arsenault Contributor, EDM Digest In December 2016, the Department of Homeland Security published a new guide to assist in the protection of first responders in the event of improvised nuclear device (IND) explosion. The intent of the guide is to help ensure the immediate health and safety of first responders for the first 24-72 hours following a blast. The full planning guide offers assistance to response planners, safety officers, and supervisors regarding potential issues that first responders will encounter if an IND occurs. The intent of the guide is to assist in maintaining the health and safety of first responders following an IND blast so that they may continue helping save the lives of others without placing themselves in danger or at high risk of radiation exposure. To provide a reference point, the guide is based on a 10 kiloton yield IND explosion that is detonated on the ground. Understanding an...
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Reuters By Yara Bayoumy and Noah Browning | WASHINGTON/DUBAI Yemen said on Wednesday it had not suspended counter-terrorism operations with the U.S. government, despite controversy over a U.S. commando raid on al Qaeda militants in which several civilians were also killed. The raid in al-Bayda province, approved by new U.S. President Donald Trump, resulted in a gun battle that left one Navy SEAL dead and an American aircraft a charred wreck. Local medics said several women and children were killed. Yemeni officials told Reuters that Sanaa had not withdrawn its permission for the United States to carry out special operations ground missions but had made clear their "reservations" about the last operation. A statement by the Yemeni embassy in Washington said the government "stresses that it has not suspended any programs with regards to counterterrorism operations in Yemen with the United States Government". The Yemeni government "reiterates its firm position...
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by Michael Chertoff After the al-Qaeda attacks of September 11, the U.S. government overhauled its intelligence apparatus to confront the threat of global jihadi terrorism that crossed borders with relative ease. As head of the Justice Department Criminal Division and later as Secretary of Homeland Security, I was directly involved in increasing our capabilities to collect intelligence about terrorist travel, finance, and communication, as well as integrating and analyzing intelligence. The reformed and enhanced U.S. intelligence architecture was later able to disrupt large-scale plots, such as the 2006 scheme to explode multiple airliners flying from Heathrow to North America. The nature of global terrorism has since evolved. As we have seen from Mumbai to San Bernardino to Paris, terrorist groups are now carrying out attacks with small, overlapping and informal networks of extremists capable of conducting both sophisticated and crude attacks. Plots are increasingly smaller in scale, simpler in their...
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Heavy.com By Heavy Terror Watch Islamic State terrorist channels have released “how to” videos for would-be suicide bombers on their encrypted chat networks and public social media sites. It is not the first time a terrorist group have disseminated such information online. In December 2010, al-Qaeda released a 102-page manual that “explains how to find ingredients from everyday sources and how to mix explosives, including those used in the July 7 bombings and the recent ink cartridge bomb found at East Midlands airport,” reports The Telegraph. The July 7, 2005 London bombings were a series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings in central London that targeted civilians using the public transport system during the rush hour. 56 people, including the the 4 perpetrators, were killed. Another 784 were injured. The attack is believed to have been inspired by American-Yemeni jihadist preacher and al-Qaeda “commander” Anwar al-Awlaki. al-Awlaki’s daughter, Nora al-Awlaki, was...

Jihadi teens charged with planning Sydney terrorist attack

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The Sydney Morning Herald by Megan Levy, Rachel Olding A teenage husband and wife who allegedly expressed a desire to become a "jihadi Bonnie and Clyde" have been charged with planning to carry out a terrorist act in Sydney. Sameh Bayda and his wife Alo-Bridget Namoa, both aged 19, face a maximum penalty of life in prison after their charges were upgraded on Wednesday to conspiring to carry out a stabbing attack in Sydney in late 2015. The pair have been in custody since they were arrested early last year in Guildford. At that time, Mr Bayda was charged with three counts of collecting documents likely to facilitate terrorist acts. He was allegedly found with several Arabic documents outlining how to make an improvised explosive device and carry out a stabbing. Ms Namoa was charged at the time with recklessly possessing an item connected to a terrorist act and recklessly possessing documents connected to a...
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Susannah George, Associated Press CAMP TAJI, Iraq (AP) — Forces fighting the Islamic State group should be able to retake the IS-held cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria within the next six months, according to the top U.S. commander in Iraq. On a tour north of Baghdad on Wednesday, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said "within the next six months I think we'll see both (the Mosul and Raqqa campaigns) conclude." Townsend also said he expected the fight for Mosul's western half to begin in days. Iraqi forces have retaken about half of Mosul — the country's second largest city — since the operation was officially launched in October, following more than two years of coalition-led anti-IS operations around Iraq clearing supply lines and partially isolating the city. Last month Iraqi forces declared Mosul's east "fully liberated" and have since largely paused the fight. Townsend, who...
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by Christine Williams - JihadWatch.org Khogali — co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Toronto — has failed miserably to understand two very simple things: Islamic States were founded upon bloody conquest, and to this day, normative Islam remains a violator of human rights, especially women’s rights. Western nations have long ago abolished black slavery, have evolved and have seen blacks rise to the highest levels of society, while blacks are still deemed inferior by Arabs, and blacks are still being enslaved in Mauritania and Sudan. If “white supremacy” was still as alive as Khogali exclaims, she would not be safely spewing this fatuousness. What’s more, little to nothing conclusive has actually come to light about the motive of the Quebec shooter, about which she speaks so confidently. Strange also that she is attacking Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has bent over backwards to appease and accommodate Islamic supremacists. There’s just...
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InHomelandSecurity.com A man tried to attack a French soldier with a knife Friday near the Louvre museum in Paris. The soldier shot and seriously injured the attacker, French media reported. The man was armed with at least one machete and carrying two briefcases as he attempted to enter the museum’s shopping center. When he was refused entry to the shopping center, the man pulled out a knife and attacked the soldier, yelling “Allahu akbar,” AFP reported, meaning “God is great” in Arabic. The soldier responded by firing five rounds into the attacker’s stomach, France’s interior ministry tweeted. Bernard Cazeneuve, France’s prime minister, said the knife attack was clearly “terrorist in nature.” No explosives were found in the man’s two suitcases, the interior ministry tweeted. The identity of the attacker is still unknown. The soldier was slightly wounded in the scalp, and the attacker remained alive. The interior ministry also said a second person was arrested...
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The White House released a list of terrorist attacks on the West Monday, after President Trump's statement that terrorist acts in Europe weren’t being reported by the media. TIMELINE: September, 2014 - December, 2016 NUMBER OF ATTACKS: 78 MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA September, 2014 TARGET: Two police officers wounded in knife attack ATTACKER: Abdul Numan Haider TIZI OUZOU, ALGERIA September, 2014 TARGET: One French citizen beheaded ATTACKER: Jund al-Khilafah in Algeria QUEBEC, CANADA October, 2014 TARGET: One soldier killed and one wounded in vehicle attack ATTACKER: Martin Couture-Rouleau OTTAWA, CANADA October, 2014 TARGET: One soldier killed at war memorial; two wounded in shootings at Parliament building ATTACKER: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA October, 2014 TARGET: Two police officers wounded in knife attack ATTACKER: US person RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA November, 2014 TARGET: One Danish citizen wounded in shooting ATTACKERS: Three Saudi Arabia-based ISIL members ABU DHABI, UAE DATE: December 2014 TARGET:...

Indonesia: Is the future of terrorism female?

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By Max Walden IN late 2015, a 35-year-old professional from Jakarta named Umm Vegas left for Syria to join her English-Irish boyfriend, a fighter with the Islamic State (IS). They had been e-dating through Facebook, as Umm pursued her dream of marrying a mujahid and “raising children in the wondrous new caliphate.” This is one of many case studies of radicalised Indonesian women in a new report by the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) based in Jakarta. Entitled “Mothers to Bombers: The Evolution of Indonesian Women Extremists”, the report analyses an apparent growing trend of Indonesian women seeking to play an active role in violent extremism. Whilst the group has been officially banned since August 2014, the Indonesian government says around 1,200 people are IS sympathisers in the country. The national police’s elite counter terrorism unit, Densus 88, estimates that between 200 to 300 Indonesians are fighting for IS in...

At the Outset of 2017: The Worst is Yet to Come

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  Brig. Gen. (res.) Nitzan Nuriel attempts to evaluate the future occurrences for 2017 while stressing potential changes and turning points that may affect the Middle East generally and the State of Israel in particular by Nitzan Nuriel The last week of 2016 is devoted mainly to summations of the past year and to a situation appraisal for the coming year. Such a situation appraisal confronts me with numerous challenges, and in particular with the unexpected. By the end of next year, I might find myself embarrassed owing to unfulfilled estimates. Nevertheless, I will attempt, in this column, to evaluate the future occurrences for 2017 while stressing potential changes and turning points that may affect our region generally and the State of Israel in particular. Global Terrorism. 2017 will be a particularly bloody year, especially for the western world (regrettably, we have already grown accustomed to terrorism in Iraq, Syria, and...