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Terrorism

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Clarion Project By Elliot Friedland Imam Ammar Shahin of the Islamic Center of Davis, California, drew national attention last month when he called for Jews to be annihilated during a Friday sermon. Now it has been revealed this is not the first time he has encouraged extremism.In his speech he called on Allah to “liberate Al-Aqsa from the filth of the Jews” saying “Oh Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one. Do not spare any of them.”His comments sparked a wave of outrage. The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, issued a statement condemning the sermon as “anti-Semitic and dangerous.”Local Muslim activist Shireen Qudosi launched a petition to demand Shahin be fired (sign the petition below).His mosque initially tried to portray his comments as being taken out of context, but he was eventually forced to issue a public apology.Qudosi rejected Shahin’s...
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Telegraph.co.uk by Barney Henderson, James Rothwell, and Hannah Strange, Barcelona Terror returned to the streets of Europe on Thursday when a van ploughed into a crowd of people in Barcelona, killing at least 13 and injuring more than 100 others.Footage of the scene showed dozens of bodies sprawled across the pavement in Las Ramblas, a street popular with tourists. Two men, one Spanish and one Moroccan, were arrested but police said the driver of the van was still at large. On the early hours of Friday morning, in the town of Cambrils, 70 miles away, police said they were dealing with a “possible terrorist attack”. Police later said they had killed four terror suspects. One suspect was injured. Police said the suspects were thought to have been plotting a similar attack to Barcelona.Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack as Joaquim Forn, Catalonia’s...
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by Dan Stefano - KCRANational CuratorIn another deadly terrorist attack on a major European city, Spanish authorities have confirmed 13 people were killed and at least 100 injured after a speeding vehicle plowed into a Barcelona crowd Thursday afternoon.Catalonia's regional president said two suspects have been detained in connection with the attack, which saw a white van jump the curb and, according to witnesses, aim for pedestrians in the tourist-heavy Las Ramblas area of Spain's second-largest city. Police say a man who ran over two officers at a traffic blockade in the city was shot and killed, but it's uncertain if it was related to the earlier attack. ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.State-owned RTVE reports the van's driver abandoned the vehicle following the attack and fled the scene on foot. Multiple local media outlets said shortly after that a man took hostages in a Turkish restaurant, but...
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USA TODAY Michael Chertoff, Opinion contributor Virginia didn't have the right plan, needed more boots on the ground, and failed to stop violence upfront. We can't afford to repeat these mistakes when more racial provocations are on the way. The hateful and tragic violence surrounding last weekend's white nationalist marches in Charlottesville, Va., teaches some important lessons to our national, state and local homeland security officials. Sadly, those lessons will be increasingly relevant in the months to come.Many of the neo-Nazi, white supremacist and other "alt-right" groups that marched deliberately spout hateful, racist and violent rhetoric and thrive on provocation. It's not just talk. Although not receiving the media and political attention directed at radical Islamist terror attacks in the USA and Europe, over the past year there has been a notable rise in extreme right violence directed at Muslims and other minorities, including the recent bombing of a mosque...

Taiwan in contact with U.S., Japan on counter-terrorism

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FOCUS Taiwan Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) Taiwan has been maintaining close contacts with the United States and Japan to obtain counter-terrorism intelligence in preparation for the 2017 Universiade, a Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) official said Saturday.Although Taiwan is not a member of the International Police Organization (Interpol) and lacks direct access to its databases, the government has been gathering information shared by Interpol with the assistance of Japan, according to CIB deputy chief Ma Chen-hua (馬振華).The European Police Office has also promised to assign counter-terrorism experts to Taiwan to help maintain security during the Universiade, being held from Aug. 19 to 30 in Taipei, and its member states will also share information with Taiwan, Ma said.In addition, police in the participating athletes' countries will also provide Taiwan with related information, he said.Meanwhile, Taiwan's representative to France, Zhang Ming-zhong (張銘忠), said his office had previously approached Interpol with a request to...