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Terrorism

Is Turkey Becoming Another Iran?

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Is Turkey Becoming Another Iran?by Uzay Bulut  •  July 20, 2017 at 4:00 am* Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish secondary schools, after being described as a "controversial subject" by the government.* So, the question naturally arises what exactly will Turkish schoolchildren be taught instead. The answer is "jihad." Turkey is in the process of including the concept of jihad in compulsory school curricula. In eighth grade, jihad will also be taught under the title "Struggling on the Path to Allah: Jihad," under a chapter called "Worshipping Allah."* The Ministry of National Education has also increased class hours for the mandatory course in "religion, culture and morality," and decreased art and philosophy classes to one hour per week. Turkey has recently been in the news for various developments that include, among other matters, its record number of jailed journalists, the destruction of Kurdish towns and forced displacement of...
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by Michael Balsamo Associated Press LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says security at the nation's ports is a top priority to preventing terrorism.Kelly boarded a Coast Guard cutter in Long Beach on Thursday and watched a new unit conduct a demonstration responding to a mock radiological threat.Members of the Coast Guard descended from helicopters with their rifles drawn and stormed the vessel as part of the exercise. Kelly watched from a deck above as they charged stairwells to search the ship.Kelly says the threat to the nation's ports is "always changing" and the U.S. will continue to train for evolving threats. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Homeland-security-secretary-says-ports-a-11303928.php...
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Stars and Stripes by AP AUSTIN, Texas — The billions of dollars that Texas has spent on border security in recent years will no longer include a lengthy Texas National Guard deployment.article continues below Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that Guard members who remain on the U.S.-Mexico border will begin taking federal orders this month. The transition comes three years after Texas started using the Guard in a largely surveillance role.Lt. Col. Travis Walters is a spokesman with the Texas Air National Guard. He says about 100 service-members remain on the mission. Walter says the federal government will pay more than $2 million to fund them through September.Abbott signed a new state budget in June that includes spending another $800 million on border security through 2019. Read more: https://www.stripes.com/news/us/feds-taking-over-texas-national-guard-mission-along-border-1.478762#.WXFYDen_qM9...

Facebook: Where Do They Stand On Terror?

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by Meira Svirsky In a move that has become unfortunately typical of Facebook, the social media giant has shut the page of the Counter Jihad Coalition, a group that educates the public on political Islam and exposes the human rights abuses inherent in sharia law.When the notification came that the group had violated the company’s “Community Standards,” they were told that the page would be taken down for just 24 hours. One week later, the page remains closed.Facebook also recently restricted and then shut down the public pages of Ex-Muslim of North America and Atheist Republic, groups that both provide support to those who leave Islam and often face persecution because of it.While Islamists most likely mobilized to get the pages shut down by getting their followers to “flag” pages for violation, it is ultimately up to Facebook to check the claims and make the decision.Meaning, the buck stops with...
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By Jack Moore - Newsweek Canada is investigating reports that two women found by Iraqi security forces in a secret tunnel under the Old City of Mosul, the northern Iraqi former bastion of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), are Canadian.They were part of a 20-strong group of women hiding in the city after Iraqi forces wrested it from ISIS after three years of control. The group was composed of two Canadians, five Germans, three Russians, three Turkish citizens, a Chechen and six Libyans and Syrians, according to reports in the Kurdish press that cited an Iraqi counterterrorism official.The reports said Iraqi forces found the women in a secret tunnel in the Quleiat neighborhood of Mosul. Iraqi counterterrorism expert Haider al-Araji said the females had guns and explosive devices with them in the tunnel.“We are aware of these media reports. Canadian officials are contacting local authorities and gathering additional information,”...