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DW by Shamil Shams DW: The attacks on Iran's parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum have been claimed by Islamic State (IS) - a Wahhabi-Sunni militant group. The attackers, however, were Iranian nationals, as claimed by officials in Tehran. Does it show that IS influence is increasing in the Shiite-majority Iran?Paulo Casaca: Iran has a long tradition of supporting terrorist groups not necessarily aligned with the Shiite sect of Islam, for instance al Qaeda, Hamas or the Taliban. Still, as it happens with other states that support jihadi groups, Iran cannot stop its own creations from turning against it. Pakistan is a good example in this case.The non-Shiite jihadi groups have already increased their activities in Iran, particularly in its Sistan-Baluchestan province. IS had repeatedly announced its intentions to start operations in Iran, and now we saw the group attacking two important sites in the country.Iranian authorities have condemned the Wednesday...
9news.com.au By Mark Saunokonoko On the eve of Ramadan this year, Islamic State published a foreboding video urging its followers to engage in "all-out war" on civilians and "infidels" in the West during the Muslim holy month.That sinister communique, titled "Where are the Lions of war", signalled Islamic State's continued intention to exploit the Muslim belief that good deeds are rewarded two-fold by Allah during Ramadan.A significant day looming in the Ramadan calendar – known as the "Night of Power" – will have counter-terror agencies in Australia and across the West on the highest possible alert.If destructive and bloody events in 2016 are an indicator, Islamic State will look to double down its campaign on Laylat al-Qadr, also known as Night of Power, set to fall on June 21 this year.Laylat al-Qadr falls on the 27th day of each Ramadan month and holds special importance to many Muslims.  The Night...
 SF Gate By Filipa Ioannou Firefighters, medics and FBI agents swarmed a normally quiet stretch of the Alameda waterfront next to the USS Hornet Museum on Wednesday morning, maneuvering around people lying on the ground as an ominous orange smoke filled the air and brightly colored emergency vehicles crowded the road.The alarming scene was part of a two-day exercise called “Operation Seasick” — six months in the making and organized by the FBI — to practice how local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies and emergency responders would work together in the event of a complex terror attack involving weapons of mass destruction in an area like the Port of Oakland. The simulation scenario was this: A terrorist deployed a chemical weapon using a dispersal device, shot several people from atop one of the ships at port, then barricaded himself inside the ship. “Shooting victims” painted with red makeup to imitate...

Putting a stop to terror: how we must respond

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The New Daily by Andrew MacLeod I live between, and only a kilometre or so from, the last two terrorist attacks in London. I was also in Liverpool Street station about to board a tube when the 7/7 bombings took place in 2005. On February 9, 1996, I was around the corner when the IRA set off their huge bomb in Canary Wharf, London. In Islamabad, while I worked there for the United Nations, the windows of my apartment shook when, in 2008, terrorists threw a hand grenade into the garden of the Italian restaurant where I was about to go for dinner. I know terrorism well. I have seen its impacts and consequences. I have felt the shockwaves of its bombs. I have spoken to people who have been tempted to cross into the path of terrorism (see ‘Lessons From A Would-be Suicide Bomber’, here). I know terrorism better than...
By: Shawn Snow - Militarytimes.com WASHINGTON — A U.S. airstrike on a building in the village of Jineh, in Aleppo province, Syria, killed dozens al-Qaida regional leaders and militants and resulted in one civilian casualty, according to Army Brig. Gen Paul Bontrager, deputy director for operations at U.S. Central Command and lead investigator into the March 16 incident. Human rights groups have claimed the airstrike killed dozens of civilians.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring group, claimed the U.S. military struck a mosque, killing nearly 46 civilians, according to the BBC.U.S. military officials, however, have said that intelligence reports gathered before the strike showed it was not a mosque but a meeting place for al-Qaida militants. The strike was carried out by U.S. F-15s and an armed MQ-9 drone operating under a U.S. Special Operations task force.The formal investigation “found zero credible evidence" to suggest intelligence reports were...