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Intelligence agencies believe Syed Zabiuddin Zakiuddin Ansari, who goes by the alias Abu Jundal, was one of at least four handlers who operated out of a control room set up in Karachi by Charul ShahHindustan Times, Mumbai When Indian intelligence agencies listened to the phone conversations between the terrorists and their handlers during the 26/11 attacks, one voice stood out. The handler spoke with an unmistakable Indian accent.“The government guarantees us a lot, but the administration arrests young Muslim boys,” said the handler from a control room in Pakistan. “The government must know that this is just a trailer, the real movie is yet to come,” he said while coaching the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives during the terror attacks that were carried out in different south Mumbai locations in November 2008.That voice, according to Indian investigators, belongs to 37-year-old Syed Zabiuddin Zakiuddin Ansari, who goes by the alias Abu Jundal.Born in...

The Middle East "Truce": Why Hamas Cannot Be Trusted

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by Bassam Tawil  •  Gatestone Institute These benefits for Hamas are exactly why the proposed truce is dangerous and sends the wrong message to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorists. A truce now says that if you engage in violent, extortionistic acts, you get what you want. This victory for Hamas will, of course, only increase the terrorists' appetite and motivation to continue their attempts to kill as many Jews as possible. They will see any truce as a retreat on the part of Israel in the face of violence and terrorism. Hamas will now have more time to prepare for the next war against Israel. The proposed truce will give Hamas breathing space to smuggle more weapons into the Gaza Strip, dig new tunnels and recruit thousands of Palestinians to its ranks. A real truce between Israel and the Gaza Strip will be achieved only after the jihadi terrorists are...
ABC 15 - Arizona by Cameron Polom PHOENIX - The highly-anticipated midterm election is finally upon us. Polls will open across Arizona at 6 a.m. Tuesday.But, with that, comes major preparation for officials to set up a safe and secure voting system.That's paramount here in our state, where we were one of the most targeted states in the 2016 election. That has election officials on alert.When votes start rolling in Tuesday, a team of cyber-detectives will be staring at computers screens filled with code."They're going to be looking at the systems, they're gonna be looking for breaches, they're gonna be looking for attacks coming in," said Dr. Milton Mattox. Cyber Expert with Scottsdale based Cipher Loc, Dr. Mattox says with the state of Arizona in the crosshairs, leaders are taking unprecedented steps to secure your vote. Read more: https://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/cyber-security-is-top-of-mind-for-many-on-election-tuesday...
CNET Homeland Security's biggest election concern is what comes after you voteDHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says the midterms will be the “most secure election we've ever had.” It's the appearance of discord the day after that worries her.by Alfred Ng The biggest concern for election security isn't about Election Day -- it's about the day after, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said."My biggest concern is that a foreign entity will take the opportunity after the election, or the night of the election, to attempt to sow discord through social media by suggesting that something's not working as it should in a particular area," Nielsen said Friday morning at a Council on Foreign Relations event in New York.The conversation with Nielsen about comes just four days before Election Day and amid major DHS efforts to protect the US elections from foreign interference.That includes assisting election officials in all 50...
Counterterrorism Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) today released October’s Terror Threat Snapshot, a monthly assessment of the Committee’s continuing effort to highlight the growing threat America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists. Key Points: September 28, 2018: Federal prosecutors announced that they will be seeking the death penalty for Sayfullo Saipov, who conducted the October 31, 2017 vehicle attack on a bike path in New York City that left eight dead. September 28, 2018: Dutch police arrested seven individuals for plotting a “large scale event” in the Netherlands. They seized firearms, including AK-47s, small arms, grenades, completed bombs, and bomb-making materials. Three members of the group had previously been convicted of attempting to travel to join ISIS. The group was targeting two locations with the intent of maximizing the number of casualties. The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated two individuals...