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Express FRENCH authorities have warned that the terrorist attack potential is “very high” after 271 alleged militants returned from Iraq and Syria. By Laura Mowat According to the interior minister Gerard Collomb, an unknown number of the 271 French nationals have been detained and others are being investigated by the authorities. Mr Collomb has revealed that 700 French militants have travelled to Iraq and Syria over the past few years and an unknown number of them have been killed.The interior minister said that due to the high number of returning radicalised fighters, the threat of terrorist attacks in France remains “very high”. The French authorities have successfully foiled seven terror plots this year.In addition to the jihadis who have returned, another 18,500 people have been identified as having potential radicalised behaviour.Mr Collomb said that France’s military interventions abroad have exposed the country to attacks by ISIS militants. Since January 2015,...

Turkish Security Busts ISIS Cell in Istanbul

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Asharq Al-Awsat - English by Saeed Abdelrazek Ankara – Turkish counter-terrorism police busted on Tuesday a five-member cell linked with the terrorist ISIS organization during an operation in Istanbul.Security sources said that the detention of the cell’s members was possible thanks to a collaboration between the security agency and the security general directorate of Istanbul, adding that members of the cell planned terrorist attacks in different locations in the megacity.The sources said that the terrorists likely came from outside Istanbul. “In the apartment where the five terrorists resided in the region of Basaksehir, the anti-terrorism police found three guns, a silencer, various digital devices and documents related to ISIS,” the sources said.The Turkish raid is one of the many preemptive operations conducted lately to foil terrorist plans before they are executed.Since the beginning of this year, Turkey has carried out some 20,000 security crackdowns against terrorist organizations. The country’s security forces...
Miami HeraldBy Douglas HanksMiami-Dade has a new tactic for fighting terrorism: deploying police with rifles, gas masks and riot helmets to well-traveled public places, including Metrorail stations, County Hall and courthouses.Members of the new “Rapid Deployment Force-Counter Terrorism” can travel in an armored vehicle that’s equipped with an overhead turret and slots for firing rifles. It was parked in the public square in front of the Stephen Clark government center in downtown Miami on Monday while the County Commission was inside for an emergency meeting to approve a resolution condemning Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro.A police spokesman said the unit is there to be noticed, with the deployment designed to remind would-be terrorists and others that Miami-Dade can respond aggressively to threats. “We’re trying to avoid someone thinking they can go out there and try something,” said Lt. Juan Villalba Jr., a spokesman for the county police department. We’re “deploying them...

'Three Musketeers' guilty of planning UK terror plot

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BBC News Three men who dubbed themselves the Three Musketeers have been found guilty of plotting a terror attack on a police or military target in the UK.Naweed Ali, 29, and Khobaib Hussain, 25, both of Sparkhill, Birmingham, and Mohibur Rahman, 33, of Stoke-on-Trent, were convicted at the Old Bailey.They were arrested last August in an undercover police sting.A fourth man, Tahir Aziz, 38, from Stoke-on-Trent, was found guilty of the same offence.They will be sentenced on Thursday.Police say the men, who had all denied preparing terrorist acts, were inspired by so-called Islamic State, also known as Daesh.They were described as "dangerous men" who were committed to carrying out a "mass casualty attack".Officers said the case was "one of the most complex counter terrorism investigations in a number of years". The court heard how the members of the gang called themselves the Three Musketeers when exchanging encrypted messages on the...

How to keep your venue safe following terrorism

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IFSEC Global by Tom Sutton-Roberts - General manager, Troxy In the wake of recent terror attacks, venue security has never been more paramount. This coupled with the increase in venue closures has led to a sense of sadness within the industry, however in times like this we must remember the positives; the provision of safe places with security, medics on standby, regulated drink sales and curfews. When Fabric was forced to close in September 2016 it was a decision made in the name of the war on drugs, with Islington Council, supported by the Metropolitan Police, moving swiftly after the deaths of two clubbers there in the space of nine months. Club closures Closing venues like Fabric, which thankfully was reprieved, will not stop clubbers taking drugs. While Fabric survived, there is a long and depressing list of London venues that have closed in the past decade – half of...