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Terrorism

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Forbes by  Kalev Leetaru , Contributor Social media has a terrorism problem. From Twitter’s famous 2015 letter to Congress that it would never restrict the right of terrorists to use its platform, to its rapid about-face in the face of public and governmental outcry, Silicon Valley has had a change of heart in how it sees its role in curbing the use of its tools by those who wish to commit violence across the world. Today Facebook released a new transparency report that emphasizes its efforts to combat terroristic use of its platform and the role AI is playing in what it claims are significant successes. Yet, that narrative of AI success has been increasingly challenged, from academic studies suggesting that not only is content not being deleted, but that other Facebook tools may actually be assisting terrorists, to a Bloomberg piece last week that demonstrates just how readily terrorist...
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by Paula McMahonContact Reporter Sun Sentinel Updates Former U.S. Marine and sculptor, Gregory Hubbard, 54, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on Wednesday.Hubbard pleaded guilty earlier this year to being part of a conspiracy to help the terrorist group ISIS.Investigators said Hubbard was the ringleader. He was arrested in 2016 at Miami’s airport as he planned to travel to Syria to fight with the terrorist organization.Dayne Antani Christian, 33, of Lake Park, who pleaded guilty to related charges was sentenced to eight years in federal prison.Christian cooperated with investigators after his arrest and U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg sentenced him to two years less than prosecutors recommended.This story will be updatedEarlier storyThree Palm Beach County men are facing federal prison when they are sentenced today for their roles in a controversial FBI terrorism sting.The case developed a “wobbly wheel,” one of the defense attorneys said, when it became...

Suicide Bombers Attack Indonesia Police Headquarters

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BBC It came after another family carried out bomb attacks on three churches on Sunday. Police blamed an Islamic State-inspired network.An eight-year-old daughter survived the latest attack, police say.Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.The archipelago, home to 260 million people, has seen a resurgence of Islamist militancy in recent years but the scale of the attacks in Surabaya has raised fresh concerns about the potency of jihadist networks.Video footage of the latest attack on the police headquarters shows two motorbikes approaching a checkpoint just before the blast. Six civilians and four police officers were injured, the authorities say.The young girl who survived had been wedged between her mother and father on the motorbike as they carried out the attack. CCTV footage shows her stumbling around after the blast. Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44105279...
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by Robin Simcox - The Heritage Foundation How Western democracies should respond to terrorist attacks is an ongoing concern. One such dilemma is whether the state should just focus on preventing attacks or whether it has an obligation to challenge the ideology that spurs those attacks in the first place. Two countries currently grappling with that are Sweden and Finland. Individuals inspired by ISIS, the Islamic State terrorist group, attacked both countries last year. In April 2017, Rakhmat Akilov committed a vehicular attack in the center of Stockholm, using a truck to kill five and injure 10. Four months later, in August, Abderrahman Bouanane killed two people and injured eight in a series of stabbings in the southwestern Finnish city of Turku. Bouanane, currently on trial in Helsinki, told the court, “I honestly felt like I was controlled remotely … The idea was to keep attacking as long as a...
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By Hollie McKay | Fox NewsREYHANLI, Turkey –  U.S. military equipment and ammunition, sent to Syria as part of a failed Obama administration plan to find and arm moderate forces to defeat ISIS, were instead simply handed over to an Al Qaeda group, according to the man who said he himself brokered the deal.“I communicated with Al Qaeda’s branch, Al Nusra, to protect and safely escort me and my soldiers for two hours from North Aleppo to West Aleppo,” Maj. Anas Ibrahim Obaid, better known on the battlefield as Abu Zayd, told Fox News from his home in the western Aleppo area. “In exchange, I gave them five pickup trucks and ammunition.”Those trucks and ammo were issued to him by the United States in 2015, part of a $500 million Department of Defense effort to "train and equip" a new "ideologically moderate" force to battle ISIS. The program, one of at...