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By: Amir Shah, The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — The Islamic State group targeted the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul on Monday, with a suicide bomber blowing himself up outside the gates, followed by three gunmen who stormed into the building. The assault set off a four-hour firefight that ended only after Afghan security forces said they had killed all the attackers. There were conflicting reports of casualties as the attack unfolded, with a witness saying he saw bodies of at least two policemen lying on the road outside the embassy soon after the attack began. In its claim of responsibility, the Islamic State group said its fighters had killed seven guards but the militant group often exaggerates its claims on the number of casualties inflicted. The IS attack likely meant to distract attention from the militants’ massive losses in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks. Also, IS said only two...
By Hollie McKay - Fox NewsAs the Islamic State terror network loses territory across Iraq and Syria, analysts and experts assert that the terrorist outfit is increasingly capitalizing on the chaos of Libya, positioning the country as its point of resurgence.The black-clad jihadist outfit is believed to be regrouping and recruiting in the rural regions south of the main east-to-west coastal highway and in the far-west town of Sabratha, which is poised just 60 miles from the Tunisian border, since being run out of its Libyan “caliphate” capital of Sirte late last year.“The majority of their fighting force comes from Tunisia, so Sabratha is also a growing center,” prominent terrorism analyst Robert Young Pelton told Fox News. “ISIS in Libya can regenerate quickly.” Col. Ahmed Almesmari, spokesperson for the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), told Fox News that ISIS first appeared in Libya at the end of 2013, even before...
by Kristine Phillips - Washington PostAustralian authorities said they thwarted an elaborate "Islamic-inspired" terrorist plot to bring down an airplane and arrested four men during raids in four suburbs outside Sydney.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the developments in what he called "a major joint counterterrorism operation" during a news conference Saturday.Investigators have released little information about the suspects or the alleged plot. Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin told reporters that investigators believe it was "Islamic-inspired terrorism" and involved the use of an improvised explosive device."At this time we don't have a great deal of information on the specific attack, the location, date or time," Colvin said, according to Reuters. "However, we are investigating information indicating that the aviation industry was potentially a target."Police said investigators searched homes in the suburbs of Lakemba, Surry Hills, Wiley Park and Punchbowl late Saturday. Reuters reported that the four men, whose names have...
InHomelandSecurity.com BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court ruled Wednesday that Islamic militant group Hamas should stay on the EU terror list, saying a lower court should not have ordered the group removed from the EU’s terror list and sending the case back to the lower court for reconsideration.The EU originally listed Hamas as a terror group in 2001, a move that froze assets of the organization in the European Union. However the decision was annulled on procedural grounds by an EU court in 2014.The EU appealed and Wednesday’s ruling by the European Union Court of Justice said that the 2014 annulment was wrong and must now be reconsidered taking into account arguments not ruled upon in the original decision. However, it added that Hamas funds will continue to be frozen pending the outcome of the reconsideration.Neither Hamas nor Israel had an immediate reaction.In May, Hamas issued a new...
Patch Eventually, the only way to avoid the scans will be to stay home, a Department of Homeland Security report says. By Shannon Antinori - Patch National Staff CHICAGO, IL — Passengers at O'Hare now have to submit to face scans before boarding certain international flights as part of a Department of Homeland security program run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Chicago airport joins locations including Washington Dulles International Airport and Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport as test sites for a program exploring the use of facial recognition technology. The program's goal is to make sure that people boarding international flights are who they say they are and to track the departures of non-immigrant foreigners as part of counter-terrorism measures.A spokeswoman for Customs and Border Protection told the Chicago Tribune that the scans are an easy way to confirm that a foreign national is leaving the country and...