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Express GERMANY’S Christmas markets are to be protected by a “ring of steel” amid fears they could once again be the target of terrorist attacks. By Rebecca PinningtonA terrorist sworn to the so-called Islamic State killed 12 people when he drove a lorry into a Christmas market in central Berlin in December 2016.Tight security measures are designed to prevent a repeat of the devastating attack in the German capital this year. In Bochum, western Germany, organisers decorated concrete bollards blocking out pedestrianised areas, wrapping them up as Christmas presents with bows to make them look more festive.Meanwhile at other markets, there were security staff patrolling the market, and concrete barriers to protect shoppers from a copycat attack after the tragedy in Berlin last year.Germany boasts some 2,600 Christmas markets, which are famous around the world for their stalls selling candied nuts, sausages, mulled wine and local handicrafts.They are beloved by...

New Year’s Eve terror plot thwarted

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news.com.au COUNTER-TERROR police have arrested a 20-year-old man at a home in Victoria over an alleged plot to carry out a terrorist mass shooting attack on News Year’s Eve. Ben Graham and AAP POLICE believe they have thwarted a New Year’s Eve attack in Melbourne’s Federation Square after a dramatic arrest yesterdayA 20-year-old was arrested by at a house in Werribee about 3pm on Monday by Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police and ASIO officers.He is currently being interviewed in relation to the offences of preparing to commit a terrorist attack and collecting documents to facilitate a terrorist act.In a press conference this morning, Victoria Police say the man allegedly plotted to obtain a firearm to “shoot and kill as many people as he could” at Melbourne’s Federation Square on New Year’s Eve.“The allegations are that he was planning to commit a terrorist act and that he attempted to obtain a...

War On Terror Shifts to Attacks on Finances

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The Epoch Times By Joshua Philipp The war on terrorism is changing form, moving from battlefields to courtrooms, and from bullets to the finances that make terror attacks possible.In Afghanistan, on Nov. 19, the U.S. military bombed 10 of the Taliban’s opium production factories. According to Stars and Stripes it was “the first major use of new White House-approved authorities to target the insurgents’ revenue stream.”The actions pull from a tried and true method of combating terrorism, which aims to collapse the organizations at their foundations, by disabling the complex web of front money-movers, organized crime, and “charity” front operations.“You see that the current organizations are evolving, thinking of new strategies, new ways to fight the West; and we have to fight back in similar ways—we have to think out of the box,” said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of Shurat HaDin, a Tel Aviv-based law center that represents the families of...
RT.com Distressing images allegedly intercepted from messaging apps used by extremists have been shared by media. Festive scenes in European locations are depicted darkened by themes relating to blood-spilling attacks.According to at least two propaganda posters, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is planning attacks on cities in the UK and France. One of the images given exclusively to the Epoch Times multi-language newspaper by a darknet intelligence company, BlackOps Cyber, earlier this week shows a hooded figure standing over a kneeling Santa in what appears to be London's popular Regent Street.RT has blurred the captions on the pictures as they contain calls for extremism by IS. The terrorist group is banned in Russia. Online activists claimed they had obtained the picture from a terrorist instant messaging chat, adding that it's the first time they have seen this particular poster. The image also features a message in three languages (English, French...
Maggie Michael and Hamza Hendawi - The Globe and Mail CAIRO The Associated PressEgypt was reeling Sunday from the horrific militant attack on a mosque in northern Sinai that killed 305 people two days earlier — the deadliest assault by Islamic extremists in its modern history and a grim milestone in a long-running fight against the insurgency led by an Islamic State affiliate.Survivors and Egypt's top prosecutor have given accounts of the massacre that unfolded as more than two dozen assailants, carrying a black IS banner, unleashed gunfire and explosions during Friday prayers at the Al-Rawdah Mosque in a sleepy village by the same name near the small town of Bir al-Abd.The attackers arrived in five SUVs, took positions across from the mosque's door and windows, and just as the imam was about to deliver his sermon from the pulpit, they opened fire and tossed grenades at the estimated 500...