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Washington Free Beacon BY: Adam Kredo Follow @Kredo0 Federal authorities have no way to measure whether years-long efforts to combat violent extremists have proven effective, according to a new government oversight report that is prompting calls for the Trump administration to scrap Obama-era efforts to downplay the threat of radical Islamic terrorists in its counter-terrorism operations. A years-long investigation by federal oversight officials has determined the U.S. government has failed to establish any method to determine if the Obama administration's Countering Violent Extremism plan, or CVE, has had any tangible impact on the U.S. fight to prevent terror attacks. The CVE program, a creation of the Obama administration, has long come under criticism by national security experts and lawmakers for its intentional efforts to downplay the threat of Islamic radicals and instead focus on activities by far-right extremists and others. President Donald Trump has criticized these omissions and vowed to...

New Ways of Responding to Extremist Islam

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Gatestone Institute by Giulio Meotti "According to one estimate, 10−15 percent of the world's Muslims are Islamists. Out of well over 1.6 billion, or 23 percent of the globe's population, that implies more than 160 million individuals." – Ayaan Hirsi Ali, in her new book, The Challenge of Dawa. That was Ronald Reagan's major achievement in his long war against the Soviet Union: presenting communism as a joke -- exposing the lies of the Soviet regime, exposing the misery under which its people were living, and explaining why Western values were preferable to Communist ones. This is exactly what the West, Hirsi Ali explains, should be doing with radical Islam. Western civilization is a humanist vision in which Christianity integrated Jewish wisdom, Greek philosophy and Roman law, thereby giving Western culture its distinctive character: freedom of speech and of the press, equal justice under law, the primacy of the individual,...

Anti-terror measures keep Swiss police busy

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SWI swissinfo.ch Efforts to thwart jihadists, money launderers and cyber criminals topped the to-do list of Switzerland’s federal police last year.  The Federal Office of Police blocked 39 jihadists from entering Switzerland in 2016 – far more than the 17 denied entry the previous year. The office carried out criminal proceedings in 60 of the 70 jihadism cases that it investigated. In its annual report published on Tuesdayexternal link, the office noted that counter-terrorism had been a strong focus in 2016.  “Without the constant exchange of information, we would be powerless against this ongoing threat,” noted director Nicoletta della Valle in the report, pointing out that the cooperation with Switzerland’s cantonal police as well as police abroad was indispensable. For example, an attaché has been stationed in Turkey since October, and another is headed for Tunisia this month.  The authorities say they also want to continue to combat terror financing...
By Michael Edison Hayden Egypt is declaring a state of emergency following twin bomb blasts in churches that were packed for Palm Sunday services. The state of emergency will last for three months, according to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The attacks, which were claimed by ISIS, follow warnings by the terrorist group that it would escalate attacks on Egypt's Christians, who the CIA estimates make up roughly 10 percent of the country's population. The two bombings Sunday killed at least 44 people and injured at least 126 others, according to Egyptian officials. The first exploded in a Coptic Christian church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, and the second several hours later at Saint Mark's Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria, the historic seat of Christendom in Egypt. ISIS claimed that the blasts were the work of suicide bombers who detonated explosive vests at the churches. President...
International Business Times Shajul Islam from London was considered a 'committed jihadist' by MI6. By Tareq Haddad A British doctor who documented a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria was considered a "committed jihadist" by MI6 and was struck off the General Medical Council in 2016. Shajul Islam, 31, posted several videos on Twitter in the aftermath of the Tuesday's (4 April) attack where he appeared to be treating patients in Khan Sheikhoun. He appeared on several television networks such as NBC to discuss what he saw, but it has now emerged Islam was previously charged on terror offences in the UK. Islam, from Stratford in east London, first travelled to Syria in 2012 and worked in opposition-held areas of the country such as Al Bab, close to the Turkish border. But shortly after arriving, he was wanted by MI6 – Britain's foreign intelligence agency – for his alleged role...