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Experts Discuss Ways to Counter Domestic Extremism in US

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Voice of America Experts Discuss Ways to Counter Domestic Extremism in US By Sirwan Kajjo WASHINGTON - Recent attacks in the United States, including in a Walmart store on El Paso, Texas and a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have raised concerns over the growing threat from domestic extremist groups.U.S. law enforcement officials and experts now are discussing ways to help counter such groups, using similar to steps the U.S. government took when it expanded its fight against foreign terrorist organizations following the September 11, 2001 attacks.It was during last month’s mass shooting in El Paso that the term domestic terrorism created some confusion.That's because the attack, which killed 22 people, was treated by federal law enforcement officials as a case of domestic terrorism. Read more:  https://www.voanews.com/usa/experts-discuss-ways-counter-domestic-extremism-us...

Valley first responders train for active shooter situation

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FOX 10 Phoenix Valley first responders train for active shooter situation By Bailey Miller PHOENIX - First responders on Wednesday trained as if there were a real active shooter inside a Valley church. They weren't practicing their response times as police officers or fire crews — they were acting as civilians, trying to run, hide, or fight. They say this will help them better teach the community how to respond.The loud horn is going off over and over again. It signifies gunshots, and that's why people are running and even hiding inside a cubby to get to safety. A man is acting as the shooter, holding a fake machine gun. He's running around the hallways of the Christ Church of the Valley, looking for his next victim."This is a full-body training where they take the students [and] they show them how to lock it down," said Sarah Gasper, officer with...
The New York Times By Eric Schmitt, Julian E. Barnes and David D. Kirkpatrick To Find Clues In Saudi Oil Attacks, U.S. Examines Missile And Drone Parts WASHINGTON — American investigators are examining missile circuit boards recovered after strikes against Saudi oil facilities to determine the trajectory of the attack — and whether it originated from Iran — as the Trump administration debates how, and whether, to retaliate.Analysts are poring over satellite imagery of the damage sites, and assessing radar tracks of at least some of the low-flying cruise missiles that were used. Communication intercepts from before and after the attacks are being reviewed to see if they implicate Iranian officials.Perhaps most important, forensic analysis is underway of missile and drone parts from the attack sites. The Saudis have recovered pristine circuit boards from one of the cruise missiles that fell short of its target, providing forensics specialists the possibility...

Iran Has Embarked On A Dangerous Provocation

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The Financial Times Iran Has Embarked On A Dangerous Provocation The confrontation between the US and Iran risks spinning out of control. If the weekend attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities were launched by Iranian proxies, they will mark a reckless escalation both of Tehran’s resistance to US pressure and of its struggle for supremacy with its biggest regional rival. The incident has laid bare, too, the vulnerability of the Saudi oil industry despite its vast military spending — and the influence the kingdom still exerts on global crude prices despite the US shale boom. The pressure on President Donald Trump to retaliate may be irresistible. A wiser, though difficult, course would be to seek ways to de-escalate the situation.Much is still unclear about Saturday’s attacks. There are claims that they could have originated in Iranian territory, which would amount to an act of war. If Iranian proxies were responsible,...
AL.com 16-Year-Old Charged With Making Terrorist Threats Against Alabama Schools By Leada Gore A 16-year-old faces charges connected to threats against Douglas High and Douglas Middle schools in Marshall County.Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims said the male student was arrested at DHS today. He is charged with making terrorist threats involving the schools, a class C felony, and is being held by juvenile authorities.The sheriff’s office and Douglas Police Department began investigating the threats after becoming aware of posts on social media on Sept. 14. "We were able to quickly assess the information and make an arrest today based on the hard work of our deputies and investigators. We will hold students accountable for their actions that disrupt school and related school activities," Sims said. Read more: https://www.al.com/news/2019/09/16-year-old-charged-with-making-terrorist-threats-against-alabama-schools.html...