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Terrorism

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Sky News France has sentenced 18 members of a notorious jihadist network that it considers the "missing link" between multiple terrorist attacks.Members of the Cannes-Torcy cell were sentenced to between one and 28 years in prison on Thursday for an attack on a Jewish grocery store.One person was injured in the 2012 attack, in which a grenade was thrown into the shop. Prosecutors said it was a "miracle" no one was killed.The man who threw the grenade, Jeremy Bailly, received the longest sentence.But other members of the notorious cell were given sentences for other crimes, including travelling to Syria and planning further atrocities in France.One, Ibrahim Boudina, spent 16 months in the war-torn state and was accused of returning to commit an attack. The discovery of the "Cannes-Torcy" cell in 2012 prompted a profound change in France's counter-terrorism strategy.Following its rise and discovery, security agencies shifted their focus to jihadist...
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Business Insider by Bruce Newsome The latest attacks in London and Manchester – like last year’s attacks in Orlando, Florida and St. Cloud, Minnesota – epitomize what I call the newest form of terrorism.The newest terrorists aim to kill as many people as possible, as frequently as possible, as horrifically as possible, intimately, suicidally, with the most accessible weapons, in the most accessible public spaces.Defining what terrorism is can be contentious but over the years scholars have identified several distinct waves. The “old” wave of terrorism from the 1960s was largely secular, aiming for political representation, ideological change and separatism.In the 1990s, a group of scholars identified the rise of what they dubbed “new terrorism.” New terrorists, these scholars argued, tend to be religiously motivated – and, because religious terrorists are usually more interested in killing outsiders than causing political change, they tend to be more lethal.Although the term “new”...
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TechDirt by Tim Cushing  See Something, Say Something (UK Edition) has arrived! In the wake of terrorist attacks, local law enforcement are urging people to report "suspicious" activities. There's a long list of things to be on the lookout for, but most notable is the call to view certain internet use as suspicious, as Joseph Cox reports.    Police in the capital have reportedly been handing out leaflets listing what authorities deem as suspicious activity, in the hope that vigilant community members can continue to provide helpful information to law enforcement. Perhaps, in a sign of how online communities play an increased role in radicalization, the leaflet specifically points to use of the dark web as a potential link to terrorism.    "Be aware of what is going on around you—of anything that strikes you as different or unusual, or anyone that you feel is acting suspiciously—it could be someone you know...
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Belfast Telegram French President Emmanuel Macron's new government has presented a security bill to beef up police powers amid extremist threats in Europe. Mr Macron insists the bill discussed at a cabinet meeting will not infringe on freedoms, but rights groups fear France is heading for a permanent state of emergency. His government is seeking to extend France's existing state of emergency through until November 1, the time it will take the new security bill to pass through parliament. The current expiration date for the state of emergency is July 15. It would be the sixth extension of the measure since deadly attacks by extremists in Paris in November 2015. advertisement   The move comes days after an attacker drove a car carrying explosives into a police convoy on Paris's busy Champs-Elysees avenue, the latest of several small-scale attacks on European cities. "The threat is long-lasting," Mr Macron told several...
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  RAAF sends aircraft to combat ISIS in the Philippines as Muslim extremism moves from the Middle East into Asia and becomes 'a direct threat to Australia'    Australia's intelligence-gathering P-3 Orion aircraft are going to the Philippines     The planes will help in the fight against Islamic State-affiliated terrorist groups     They will operate in the Mindanao region where four Islamist groups are fighting    Philippines President Duterte has placed the Mindanao region under martial lawBy Fiona Connor For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated PressAustralia's advanced intelligence-gathering P-3 Orion aircraft are heading to the Philippines to help in the fight against Islamic State-affiliated terrorist groups.Defence Minister Marise Payne on Friday confirmed two RAAF P-3 Orion aircraft will provide surveillance support to local forces.The planes will operate in the Mindanao region where four Islamist groups, including Abu Sayyaf and the Maute group, are fighting. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4631262/RAAF-sends-aircraft-combat-ISIS-Philippines.html...