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By World Tribune The continuing chaos in Libya is enabling Islamic State (ISIL) to “regroup” and renew its recruiting efforts in the Maghreb, analysts say.Reports have said the terror organization recently moved its Libyan base to the town of Sabratha, 60 miles from the Tunisian border. “The majority of their fighting force comes from Tunisia, so Sabratha is also a growing center,” terrorism analyst Robert Young Pelton told Fox News.“ISIS in Libya can regenerate quickly.”After losing its Libyan stronghold of Sirte late last year, the number of ISIS jihadists in the country was said to have fallen below 200, according to the Pentagon.A spokesman for U.S. Africa Command told Fox News that number currently is around 500.Col. Ahmed Almesmari, spokesperson for the Libyan National Army (LNA), however, said ISIS’s numbers are far larger – around “five to seven thousand people of different nationalities.”“ISIS is a transnational franchise that comes with...

Is The Mafia Helping ISIS Smuggle Oil Into Italy?

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By Irina Slav The Italian mafia may have teamed up with the Islamic State to smuggle crude oil from the Middle East into Italy, an ongoing police investigation has suggested, according to The Times who cited a report by La Repubblica. The Italian daily noted that the police had found substantial amounts of Libyan and Syrian crude that were greater than some local refineries’ inventories, with sources connected with the investigation saying that crude, “should not have been there.”Yet the police have no evidence that the oil came from IS, or whether it came from another non-extremist group of traffickers, because the cargoes passed through intermediaries, which helped the original senders mask their tracks.The way the mafia smuggles oil into Italy is by setting up shale companies abroad that act as oil exporters. They sell crude directly to gas station operators at much lower prices, and then close the shell...

Online terrorism debate heads to Silicon Valley

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by Katie Collins - CNET.com British Home Secretary Amber Rudd will pile pressure on US tech companies to remove more online terrorist content during a meeting in Silicon Valley on Tuesday.Rudd is travelling to the US to take part in the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which was set up by tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google. She will call on the companies to take collective action to tackle online extremism.The UK has weathered multiple terrorist attacks this year, and Rudd has been vocal about tech companies taking firmer action to chase terrorists off social networks and other online platforms. WhatsApp in particular came under fire after it came to light that Khalid Masood, the perpetrator of the Westminster attack who killed four people outside parliament, had used the service in the moments before his death. "Terrorists and extremists have sought to misuse your platforms to spread...
BY OLIVIA BEAVERS - The Hill The Department of Homeland Security said Sunday it is closely monitoring the foiled Australia terrorist plot in which extremists planned an attack targeting an airplane.“We are closely following the terrorism investigation in Australia and assisting our partners," DHS said in a statement."The Department of Homeland Security remains focused on the persistent and emerging threats to aviation, and we have taken extraordinary steps in recent weeks to raise the baseline of aviation security worldwide, especially to protect flights bound for the United States," the statement said. "We will continue to work with authorities in Australia and elsewhere to confront these threats.”Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Saturday that Australian authorities had thwarted a terrorist plan to "bring down" an airplane through counterterrorism raids.Authorities arrested four men in connection with the plot, The Australian reported.While those arrested have not been charged, authorities believe the attack was...
Jakarta Globe Jakarta - Government officials from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and Brunei held a sub-regional meeting on Saturday (29/07) in Manado, North Sulawesi, where they agreed to increase domestic and regional cooperation as part of deradicalization efforts to counter violent extremism.According to a press release issued by the Coordinating Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs, the meeting highlighted the importance of cooperation with civil society institutions to strengthen the role of women in potential extremist communities and to develop education and economic means for citizens as ways to combat increasing radicalism.The Sub-Regional Meeting on Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Cross Border Terrorism, co-chaired by Chief Security Minister Wiranto and Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis, was a follow-up from last year’s international conference on counterterrorism in Bali.Ministers from the six countries agreed to establish a Foreign Terrorist Fighters Strategic Forum, which aims to synchronize efforts and share information...