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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette By Gregory Viscusi / Bloomberg News Arab countries pledged more money and five West African countries said they would accelerate efforts to get a joint anti-guerrilla military force up and running as they met Wednesday near Paris at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron.Saudi Arabia will contribute 100 million euros ($118 million) and the United Arab Emirates 30 million euros to the so-called “G5 Sahel” force, Macron said. The U.S. confirmed its commitment to spend $60 million on the force being put together by Niger, Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso and Mauritania to combat Islamist extremists across the southern rim of the Sahara.“We must win this battle against terrorism in the Sahel,” Macron said at a press conference after the meeting, held in the Paris suburb of Celles-Saint-Cloud. “There are attacks every day and states are under threat. We must intensify efforts.” The talks, which were also attended...

Iraq Iraq hangs 38 on terrorism charges

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BBC News Iraq says it has hanged, in a mass execution, 38 jihadist militants convicted of terrorism offences.The justice ministry said they were all members of so-called Islamic State (IS).The death sentences were carried out in a prison in the southern city of Nasiriyah.However, international advocacy groups have repeatedly criticised Iraq's use of the death penalty and how terrorism charges are brought.It was the largest mass execution since 25 September when 42 militants were hanged.Amnesty International said the latest mass executions had "tainted" the celebrations following Iraq's declaration of victory over IS."The victims of IS deserve justice, not mass executions carried out after deeply flawed and hasty trials," said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty's Middle East director.Human Rights Watch recently accused the justice system of "failing to distinguish" between doctors who protected lives under IS rule and "those responsible for crimes against humanity". Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42356155...

New DHS Secretary presses for more border security

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Valley Morning Star By MITCHELL FERMAN Staff WriterHIDALGO — Less than a week after taking office, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stood in the shadow of the levee wall here and applied a semblance of finesse to the Trump administration’s tough immigration rhetoric.Years of immigration policy failures are now rooted in the United States, which “make it almost impossible to carry out the law,” Nielsen said as her words echoed off the bollard levee wall behind her.The immigration court backlog continues to pile up, which Nielsen wants to diminish. And working with landowners to make way for the border wall can be complicated, Nielsen said.Meanwhile, Customs and Border Protection numbers show apprehensions were down this year, which Nielsen acknowledged after her tour of the border in the Rio Grande Valley yesterday. It was her second visit here this year, the first coming two weeks after President Donald Trump was sworn...
Federal News Radio By David Thornton The U.S. Coast Guard has a split-identity – it’s a military service, but it falls under the purview of the Homeland Security Department, not the Defense Department. That means its Cyber Command has to balance the competing demands of protecting operational capability in an armed conflict with protecting infrastructure during peacetime.“The first thing the commandant said was,’ Cyberspace is an operational domain. That means we’re going to operate in cyberspace just like we have in the maritime domain for over 227 years,’” Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, commander of CG Cyber, said on DHS 15th Anniversary.So the command has broken down its responsibilities into three strategic priorities:    Operate and defend Coast Guard networks and information systems    Operate in the cyber domain to enable missions in maritime and air domains    Protect maritime transportation from cyber threats.Operate and defend“Every cutter, boat or aircraft these days has not...

CAIR Criticizes Police Over New York Terror Attack

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By Clarion Project The family of the terrorist who carried out yesterday’s attempted bombing in New York slammed the police investigation into the attack. The criticisms were made in a statement issued by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).“We are heartbroken by this attack on our city today and by the allegations being made against a member of our family,” Albert Fox Cahn, legal director for CAIR New York read in a statement from the attacker’s family. “Our family like all families is committed to the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers,” the family said in a statement provided by the Council on American-Islamic Relations-New York.“But we are also outraged by the behavior of law enforcement officials during this investigation. Today, we have seen our children, as young as four years old, held out in the cold, detained as their parents were questioned,” the statement continued. “One teenage...