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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...
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U.N. REPORT BY CALLUM PATON After losing territory and power in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) is outsourcing its deadly attacks on the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan to local splinter groups, including the Pakistani Taliban, because it lacks manpower.Claiming responsibility for a string of high-profile attacks in the country in recent months, particularly in Kabul, ISIS is vying with the more established Taliban and Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) for dominance in Afghanistan.However, a recent U.N. report has said that while the leaders of the groups remain in open competition for the hearts and minds of Afghanistan’s Islamists, ISIS tends to enlist “partners of convenience” and “outsources” attacks to other local splinter groups, including the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, an umbrella group for branches of the Pakistani Taliban. The need to reach out to these groups stems from the militants’ lack of presence on the ground....

Boko Haram favors women, children as suicide bombers

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By Robyn Kriel, CNN(CNN)The majority of suicide bombers used by terror group Boko Haram to kill innocent victims are women and children, a US study reveals.Researchers at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and Yale University analyzed the 434 suicide bombings carried out by Nigeria-based militants Boko Haram since 2011, and found that at least 244 of the 338 attacks in which the bomber's gender could be identified were carried out by women. The ISIS-affiliated insurgent group has sent 80 women to their deaths in 2017 alone. Boko Haram's use of women as bombers increased following the abduction of 276 female students aged between 16 and 18 from their school dormitories in April 2014. The Chibok Girls' abduction prompted the global "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign. "Almost immediately after the Chibok kidnappings ... Boko Haram's use of women suicide bombers skyrocketed," says Jason Warner, assistant professor at the Combating...
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By Douglas Ernst - The Washington TimesAn all-female group charged with plotting an Islamic terror attack known as the “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” were assigned plea and trial preparation hearings in a British court on Friday.Mina Dich, 43, her daughter Rizlaine Boular, 21, and Khawla Barghouthi, 20, were arrested in late-April raids in North West London and charged with engaging in the preparation of a terrorist act and one count of conspiracy to murder. The trio appeared before a Westminster Magistrates’ Court judge leading into the weekend and received details on legal proceedings for the next four months.“Justice [Tim] Holroyde set a plea and trial preparation hearing for October 23,” the U.K. Telegraph reported Friday. “The three defendants are set to stand trial at the Old Bailey on November 27.”The newspaper noted that Ms. Dich and Ms. Boular stood by their legal representation wearing “traditional Muslim face veils covering their...
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Express FRANCE'S 'Sentinel' counter-terrorism operation will undergo profound changes to adapt the ever-changing threat, the country's defence minister has said.By Romina McGuinness Florence Parly said the military operation will continue for as long as necessary while the country faces the increased threat of an attack.Mrs Parly said: “Sentinel soldiers will continue to patrol the streets for as long as France needs to protect its citizens from terrorism.“The security operation will most likely be of long duration. Our aim, however, if we wish the operation to be a success, is to continually adapt it to changing conditions and evolving threats to our security." Launched in the wake of the Paris attacks on the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in January 2015, Operation Sentinel, in which armed troops patrol busy streets and protect key sites – including churches, mosques and tube stations – is the first...