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Military Not Only Solution to Terrorism in Africa

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Top Policy Official: Military Not Only Solution to Terrorism in AfricaBy Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2017 — U.S.-led efforts in Africa are vitally important as African nations confront complex and growing threats from multiple terrorist groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, al-Qaida affiliates and other extremist groups such as Boko Haram, the acting undersecretary of defense for policy said today on Capitol Hill. “These groups exploit instability, weak governance, vulnerable populations, social media and vast spaces to establish safe havens, spread their toxic ideology and attack all who do not subscribe to it,” David J. Trachtenberg said during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on counterterrorism efforts in Africa.“While DoD maintains expert counterterrorism forces -- the best in the world, bar none -- capable of conducting precision air strikes and complex raids to protect our interests, we are focused principally on...

Record 400 arrests for terrorism in Britain in 2017

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Evening Standard by Justin davenport and Nicholas Cecil The number of suspects arrested in terrorism investigations in Britain has reached a record high, official figures revealed today. A total of 400 people were held for terror-related offences in Britain in the year to the end of September - a 54 per cent jump on the previous 12 months. This was the highest tally since data collection started in 2001 with figures also revealing that 58 of those held were female - the highest number on record.The Home Office said the increase was partly due to a large number of arrests made following terrorist attacks in London and Manchester this year.The figures show that 115 arrests - or 29 per cent - resulted in charges of which 97 were terror-related. A total of 213 people were released without charge, 60 were released on bail pending further investigation and 11 faced “alternative...
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THE Manchester bombing that killed 22 people in May could have been averted, a counter-terrorism review has found. AP and staff writers News Corp Australia Network The deadly suicide bombing at Manchester Arena might have been prevented if information had been handled differently, an independent review of the counter-terrorism performance by British police and intelligence services has suggested.The review by lawyer David Anderson, ordered by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, said the May 22 attack that killed 22 people might have been thwarted “had the cards fallen differently”.He also found that three extremists involved in four attacks in Britain earlier this year had at some point been investigated by counter-terrorism police or security services. The Sun reports, spy chiefs agreed to meet to discuss the threat posed by Manchester Arena terrorist Salman Abedi shortly before the bomb attack.The jihadist was on the radar of the intelligence services for at least three years...
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2016 may go down on record as one of the worst for cybersecurity. Hacks, breaches, and leaks were everywhere in the news. Forrester has a few things for us to remember going forward.By Brandon Vigliarolo - Tech Republic If you had to guess how many individual customer records were breached around the globe in 2016 what would you estimate? It was a big year for cyber attacks, but Forrester's report puts in in a staggeringly large context: Approximately one billion records were compromised in the past year.That's around three accounts for each US citizen, and it means one thing: Cybersecurity efforts are lagging behind. If the tech industry is going to win the security arms race, Forrester argues, there are some key lessons it needs to take away from 2016's constant attacks and breaches.Who has the issue?95 percent of breached records came from three industries in 2016: Government, retail, and...

Prime Minister Theresa May’s assassination attempt foiled

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Wikileaks Terror suspects ‘planned to bomb Downing Street and murder Theresa May’ – but plot was foiled by police,” by Patrick Lion, Mirror, December 5, 2017Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman and Mohammed Aqib Imran, who were remanded in custody, will face court tomorrow over the alleged attackCounter-terror police have foiled an alleged plot to bomb Downing Street and murder PM Theresa May. Two suspects were arrested during raids in London and Birmingham last week, it emerged tonight.Scotland Yard said: “Both men were remanded in custody to appear at Westminster magistrates court.”The pair – Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, of North London, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, from south east Birmingham – were held on November 28.It came during raids by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command.Tonight the London force said Rahman, aged 20, had been charged with preparing acts of terrorism as well as assisting Imran in terror planning.Rahman was reportedly arrested while...