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Express TWO French teenagers aged 15 and 17 were formally charged with links to a terrorist organisation and placed under judicial supervision on Monday, French counter-terrorism officials said. By Romina McGuinness The unnamed girls, who were both arrested over the weekend following anti-terror raids in the southern French city of Nice, were on the radar of police and intelligence services since being reported for radicalisation.  Anti-terror officials confirmed after extracting and analysing the girls’ mobile phone data that the two had been planning a “violent attack” on French soil and had been using the secure messaging app Telegram – Islamic State’s (ISIS) favourite texting app – to “discuss” their plans.  Officials added that the two teens had also planned to flee to Iraq or Syria to join the ranks of ISIS. An investigation has since been launched to determine whether the two girls had been planning an imminent attack or...
Evening Standard by Hatty Collier An 18-year-old man was arrested by counter-terrorism officers as he tried to board a train at St Pancras International station. The teenager was detained at around 2.30pm on Tuesday as he was trying to leave the UK, the Metropolitan Police said. He is being questioned on suspicion of preparation of acts of terrorism, dissemination of terrorist publications and inviting support for a proscribed organisation. Officers were searching an address in north London following his arrest. The man was detained under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE). The Met said the arrest does not relate to offences against the UK. Read more: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/man-arrested-by-counterterror-police-at-st-pancras-station-a3507401.html...

Risk of homegrown Islamist extremism rising

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Fox News by Brooke Singma Cases of homegrown Islamist extremism in the United States continue to rise, according to the House Homeland Security’s latest Terror Threat Snapshot. The committee, led by Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, released its monthly report on Wednesday, which noted that of the 204 homegrown "jihadist cases" in the U.S. since 9/11, 36 occurred in the last 12 months. “We must remain clear-eyed about the threats we face,” McCaul said. The report cited charges against Said Azzam Mohamad Rahim, who was charged in March with making false statements regarding his support for ISIS and terrorist activities; and Elvis Redzepagic, a 26-year-old who was arrested for attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS, and allegedly, trying to enter Syria to join ISIS or the Nusra Front on two different occasions. The report also notes the ISIS attack on Brussels last year, and the attack on Westminster Bridge near...
by The Sydney Morning Herald More than 50 Tomahawk missiles have been launched against Syria, in the first major US military action during the six-year-old war.  The launches follow a chemical attack in the war-torn country on Tuesday that killed and injured numerous civilians, including children. The missile launch was carried out on Thursday on the orders of US President Donald Trump.  The missiles, launched by two US Navy ships in the eastern Mediterranean, targeted an airfield near Homs, Syria. Only an hour before, Russia's deputy UN envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, warned of "negative consequences" if the United States carried out military strikes on Syria over the deadly toxic gas attack. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-launches-missiles-on-syria-after-gas-attack-report-20170407-gvfrk3.html...

How serious is Pakistan about fighting terrorism?

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DW This week Conflict Zone meets Pakistan foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz. He says terrorist incidents have fallen, but with deadly attacks nearly every week, is the country really coming to grips with extremism? "The total number of incidents in the last two years are down by 70 percent. And if that is not good progress, I’d like to see any country which has achieved that much success in such a short time against terrorism," Sartaj Aziz told Conflict Zone. Aziz is a former director at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and foreign minister and now serves as an adviser on foreign affairs to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He sat down with DW’s Tim Sebastian to discuss the volatile situation in his country. "We have suffered a lot because of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and then 9/11. So these are global faultlines that are trouble to us. But we have now managed...