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Terrorism

Hamas and Hezbollah Flags on London Streets?

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Clarion Project By Elliot Friedland The annual Al Quds day parade in London, which marches against the State of Israel, will go ahead this year despite a campaign mounted against it. In previous years demonstrators have waved Hamas and Hezbollah flags at the march. Last year there were even placards saying “We Are All Hezbollah.”Hezbollah is an Iranian backed Lebanese militia group founded to fight Israel during the Lebanese civil war but now fighting on the regime side in the Syrian Civil War. Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian affiliate and is now the governing body of the Gaza strip.Both organizations are listed as terrorist organizations in the UK, however the political wing of Hezbollah is not listed as a terrorist organization.    “We have long argued that it is deeply unacceptable for Hezbollah flags to be flown here in the UK, especially on this annual outpouring of hatred” a spokesman...
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by Ruthie Blum - Gatestone Institute*As soon as the statue of "Lady Justice," blindfolded and holding a scale, was erected in the Bangladeshi capital, fundamentalist groups began to protest, on the grounds that the piece of art was "un-Islamic" and constituted idol-worship.*Since 2013, dozens of people have been slaughtered, many with machetes. Although ISIS claimed responsibility for many of the brutal killings, no formal investigation into the murders was ever launched.*Instead, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took the opportunity to arrest more than 11,000 people, only 145 of whom were Islamist terrorists. The rest were charged with crimes such as theft and drug-dealing, indicating that it might have been part of Hasina's crackdown on critics since her election in 2008.The arrest on May 26 of 140 secular activists in Bangladesh is the latest in a string of incidents indicating a disturbing shift towards Islamic fundamentalism in the East Asian parliamentary democracy.The activists...
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Law Street By James LevinsonSweeping changes are likely to come in Britain’s policy toward terrorism and extremism after Prime Minister Theresa May declared that “enough is enough” during a speech outside of 10 Downing Street on Sunday. The speech was prompted after another attack on Saturday night at the London Bridge where a white van struck pedestrians in a coordinated attack that killed seven and injured dozens that was later claimed by ISIS.This is the third major attack that has occurred in Britain this year including a terror attack on Westminister Bridge that occurred in March and the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May.In her speech, May responded with the introduction of a new four-point plan toward combating the “new trend” of ideological extremism. While the plan presented was broad and skimmed on policy specifics that might be introduced, it was indicative of the direction of...
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By SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press Minneapolis Star Tribune PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron held a special meeting Wednesday to create a new counterterrorism unit to improve intelligence-sharing and elaborate security strategies, one day after a man attacked a police officer in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.The "national center of counterterrorism" was formally presented Wednesday during a defense council at the Elysee palace, in the presence of government members and top security officials.The unit, composed of about 20 people, will supervise all counterterrorism efforts.It will be based at the Elysee, will operate 24 hours a day and will act directly under the president's authority — an unprecedented situation in the country, where some observers have denounced a lack of coordination between foreign and domestic intelligence services.A top official at the French presidency said the new unit will notably determine strategies to fight against radicalization on the internet and...
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PM’s call reflects concerns over increase in tempo of attacks as fears grow that police and security services missed opportunities to stop attacks by Ewen MacAskill, Rowena Mason and Vikram Dodd - The GuardianThe British domestic intelligence agency MI5 is to take a hard look at its counter-terrorism operations in the wake of the London Bridge attack after Theresa May took the unusual step of calling publicly for a review.The prime minister’s decision to go public adds to the pressure MI5 is under as further questions emerge over whether it did enough to stop the attack.May’s call reflects concern over a sudden increase in the tempo of attacks and plots. There is also worry over whether the police and security services missed opportunities, including a disclosure from Italian intelligence that it had flagged up to its British counterparts worries about the third attacker, the Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba. As well as...