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Clarion Project Alert Issued for 'Iranian Nationals Armed With Explosives' at Mexican Border By Meira Svirsky A red alert was issued at the Mexican border town of Mexicali after the police chief received information that Iranian nationals armed with explosives may try to cross the border into the U.S.The alert, issued by Customs and Border Protection in Arizona on January 10, was confirmed by Mexicali Police Chief Maria Elena Andrade. “We received reports that four nationals of Iran possibly carrying explosives were going to attempt to cross the border in the area of San Luis to Mexicali. We were told it was three men and a woman to be on the lookout for,” Andrade said.“We have no incident that has happened as of now, we are responding accordingly and we will not underestimate these threats,” Andrade added.   Read more: https://clarionproject.org/iranian-nationals-armed-explosives-mexican-border/...
  National Review Saudi’s Terrorist Massacre At Florida Naval Base Highlights The Weakness Of U.S. Vetting By Andrew C. McCarthy he Justice Department has concluded that the deadly mass-shooting attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola in early December, carried out by a Saudi Air Force trainee, was an act of terrorism. Though Lieutenant Mohamed Saeed al-Shamrani, who was killed during the attack, was determined to have acted alone, the United States is expelling 21 other Saudi military trainees after the FBI’s investigation uncovered jihadist rhetoric and child pornography on their social-media accounts.Attorney General Bill Barr announced the terrorism finding and the expulsions at a Justice Department press conference on Monday afternoon. The attorney general’s remarks demonstrate that longstanding national-security challenges continue to vex U.S. law-enforcement officials. Most significant is the problem of vetting foreigners, including the thousands of foreigners enrolled in training programs run by our armed forces, for anti-American...

Suspected ISIS Commander Goes On Trial In Germany

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Asharq Al-Awsat Suspected ISIS Commander Goes On Trial In Germany A 33-year-old Syrian man suspected of commanding a unit of 20 ISIS militants is on trial in the German city of Frankfurt on charges of membership of a terrorist organization.Prosecutors allege that the man served as an "emir" in the Syrian civil war, carrying an assault rifle in the service of ISIS.The accused declined on Wednesday to answer the charges or questions regarding his identity but will participate in the trial during its course, German News Agency (dpa) quoted his defense lawyer as saying. Read more: https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2085456/suspected-isis-commander-goes-trial-germany...
The Washington Times Cryptocurrency A Growing Challenge In Combating Terror, Security Experts Tell Congress  By Jeff Mordock - The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 15, 2020A neo-Nazi organization received a donation of nearly 14.88 bitcoins or roughly $60,000 in the days following the 2017 white supremacist riots in Charlottesville, Virginia.Hamas — an Islamist Palestinian group that calls for the death of Jewish people everywhere — set up a website for visitors to make bitcoin donations.Terrorists, both domestic and foreign, are increasingly using bitcoin for illicit transactions because it is nearly impossible to track, law enforcement officials and scholars told a congressional committee Wednesday. Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/15/congress-urged-take-aim-terrorist-funding/...
France 24 US Sends Home 21 Saudis As Probe Finds Shooting Was 'Terrorism' Washington (AFP)The United States will send home 21 Saudi military trainees after an investigation into the "jihadist" killing of three American sailors last month, the Justice Department announced Monday.Attorney General Bill Barr said the December 6 shootings by Royal Saudi Air Force 2nd Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani at the US Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida was an "act of terrorism.""The evidence shows that the shooter was motivated by jihadist ideology," he told reporters.There was no evidence that Alshamrani had colluded with others, although Barr said FBI investigators had been unable to unlock his two phones to determine whom he had contacted."We have asked Apple for their help in unlocking the shooter's iPhones. So far Apple has not given us any substantive assistance," Barr said. Read more: https://www.france24.com/en/20200113-us-sends-home-21-saudis-as-probe-finds-shooting-was-terrorism...