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UN Counterterrorism Reform Overlooks Crucial Partner

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JustSecurity.org By Eric Rosand and Sanam Naraghi-AnderliniOnly a few weeks into his tenure as UN Secretary-General, António Guterres has been under pressure to fix the UN’s efforts to deal with terrorism and violent extremism. The programs he inherited are badly disorganized, while the threats are increasingly undermining not only international peace and security, but also the development goals at the top of his agenda. Guterres is trying, but he is hindered by a clutch of UN Member States who are clinging to outmoded and heavy-handed counterterrorism methods. These countries are unwilling to take necessary action and pursue the strategic course corrections needed to get ahead of the problem. While some of these problems – like radicalization — start at the community level, many are fueled by security institutions, which will only be emboldened further if the efforts remain narrowly focused on counterterrorism.Guterres laid out part of his plan earlier this...
by Eurasia Review US and South Korean officials met on Tuesday in Seoul, South Korea for the fifth bilateral dialogue between the two countries on counterterrorism.Acting Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism Alina Romanowski led the US delegation, which included officials from the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, and the National Center for Counterterrorism. The 18-member Korean interagency delegation was led by Ambassador for International Security Affairs, Choi Hong-ghi.The meeting aimed at deepening the US-South Korea counterterrorism partnership, particularly in Southeast Asia and as South Korea prepares to hold the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.“The United States views the Republic of Korea as a vital and highly capable partner in this endeavor,” said the US State Department in a statement.Topics included global and regional terrorist threats, terrorist use of the Internet, interagency cooperation, and aviation and border security, according to the State Department. Read more: http://www.eurasiareview.com/26042017-us-and-south-korea-hold-bilateral-dialogue-on-counterterrorism/...

Terrorist threats must be preemptively met

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The Washington Times The police vs. the PC police Imminent terrorist threats must be stopped with preemptive law enforcement By Cal Thomas - - Monday, April 24, 2017 ANALYSIS/OPINION: As is almost always the case, signs of trouble preceded the latest shooting in Paris, which left one police officer dead and wounded two bystanders before police killed the gunman, later identified as French national Karim Cheurfi, a known criminal with a long, violent record. ISIS claimed to be behind the attack. According to police, a note praising ISIS fell out of Cheurfi’s pocket when he fell. Cheurfi was of Algerian descent, born in a Paris suburb. The Washington Post reported he had a criminal record and was known to authorities. His rap sheet included four arrests and convictions since 2003. He had spent nearly 14 years in prison for crimes that included burglary, theft and attempted murder. When Cheurfi attempted...
Reuters Russian investigators said on Thursday that the man suspected of detonating a bomb on the St. Petersburg metro earlier this month had received money from an "international terrorist group" in Turkey, the RIA news agency reported. Fourteen people were killed in the attack. Russia's Investigative Committee said Akram Azimov, the brother of the suspected organizer of the attack, had transferred money from Turkey to the suspected bomber, Akbarzhon Jalilov, RIA reported. FILE PHOTO: Abror Azimov, a suspect over the recent bombing of a metro train in St. Petersburg, looks out from the defendant's cage as he attends a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-bomb-metro-turkey-idUSKBN17M1US...

Jury told of alleged Sydney terror plot

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Sky News Australia An alleged Islamic State supporter talked with a man in the Middle East about killing a 'random unbeliever' and finding someone who could 'terminate' at least five people a month, a Sydney court has been told.Omarjan Azari pleaded guilty to supporting to attempting to send money to Islamic State but denied the charge of acting in preparation to a terrorist attack.The police alleged prepared or planned for a terrorist act during a call with Mohammad Ali Baryalei, who was very likely in Syria at the time, in September 2014.'Find someone who can terminate five people for us every month,' Baryalei said, according to a transcript of the conversation read out in court on Monday.'Azari allegedly the attack could not take place because he was under intense surveillance.The trial is expected to run for three weeks. Read more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/nsw/2017/04/24/jury-told-of-alleged-sydney-terror-plot.html?cid=RSS-APPLE#sthash.1HBVkb45.dpuf...