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Anti-terrorism prosecutor opens probe into Paris incidents Jerusalem Post PARIS  - France's anti-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation after a man was shot dead while trying to grab an assault weapon from soldiers at Paris airport, an official at the prosecutor's office said.The investigation will also cover an earlier incident in which a man, believed to be the same person, fired on security services after a routine road check.A police source said the man was known to authorities and had been on a police watch list. Read more: http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Anti-terrorism-prosecutor-opens-probe-into-Paris-incidents-484510...

A New Strategy Against ISIS and al Qaeda

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  The U.S. has been relying too heavily on Shiites and Kurds. It needs to cultivate Sunni Arab partners. Wall Street Journal By Frederick Kagan and Kimberly Kagan The Trump administration is set to supersize President Obama’s strategy to defeat Islamic State, sending more American forces to the region and lifting restraints on direct participation in combat and when to use armed force. Yet any victory under the current approach will be ephemeral. Even if American proxies, backed by U.S. military forces, wrest Raqqa, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq, away from ISIS, success will be fleeting. The most important error is the near-exclusive focus on Islamic State at the expense of serious efforts against al Qaeda. Destroying ISIS is necessary but not sufficient. As the Obama administration turned its attention toward ISIS, al Qaeda learned from its failures. It has temporarily deprioritized spectacular attacks on the global stage and focused on...
Jihad Watch by Christine Williams Switzerland is still a target for militants despite so far avoiding attacks like those in Germany and France. The government is examining whether to require employees of private companies who manage asylum cases to report clients’ possible extremist behaviour to authorities. The government clearly should implement a reporting system in the interests of national security. The people of Switzerland have already given ample indication of their willingness to unite in the fight against jihad: Last year, Swiss voters agreed to extend the intelligence service’s authority to monitor internet traffic, deploy drones and hack foreign computer systems, in large part to counter extremist threats. A “clear majority of Swiss voters” agreed to “an overhaul of the confederation’s spying powers.” One remaining strategy that needs to be implemented in Switzerland, and, in fact, throughout the West: the monitoring of mosques where imams are discovered to be preaching hate...

U.S. Charges Hamas Female Terrorist 16 Years Later

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The Clarion Project By Meira Svirsky The U.S. Department of Justice has decided to charge Hamas terrorist Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi for her part in the bombing of the Sbarro pizza restaurant in the heart of downtown Jerusalem, close to 16 years after the event. Tamimi has also been placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list. The bombing killed 15 people, including two U.S. citizens (one of whom was pregnant) and wounded 130. Tamimi, a Jordanian citizen, was captured and sentenced to 16 life terms in prison in 2003 but released in a prisoner exchange in 2011. She now lives in Jordan, whose constitution prohibits extradition of its citizens. In a video made after her release (see below), Tamimi expressed happiness about the bombing and declares she would “do it again today.” Read more: https://clarionproject.org/u-s-charges-hamas-female-terrorist-16-years-later/...
by Tom Vanden Brook , USA TODAY WASHINGTON — President Trump is asking Congress to provide an immediate $30 billion funding boost for the Pentagon, with $5 billion of it earmarked to quicken the pace of the fight against the Islamic State, according to documents released Thursday. The rest of the cash for the remainder of this fiscal year is characterized as a down payment on rebuilding the military by funding “critical budget shortfalls” for troops, training, weapons and building projects. The spending would be partially offset by $18 billion in cuts to other non-defense programs. The White House did not specify where those cuts should be made, asking Congress to make the reductions. “It represents a critical first step in investing in a larger, more ready, and more capable military force,” Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in a letter to House Speaker Paul...