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Why Italy has not yet suffered Islamist terrorism

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The Economist The image is of a young man with his back turned, grasping a large knife. Beside him in stark white capitals are the Italian words “Devi combatterli” (“You must fight them”). The photo-montage, circulated in late August on Telegram, the favoured communications app of Islamic State (IS), is a blatant incitement to “lone wolves” to kill Italians. It was reproduced on the website of Site Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist communications, days after a video circulated of masked, IS-affiliated guerrillas in the Philippines sacking a Roman Catholic church and ripping up a picture of Pope Francis.“You. Kafir [Infidel]. Remember this,” says a masked figure, wagging his finger at the camera. “We will be in Rome, inshallah.” His threat, from 10,000km away, may be far-fetched. The attraction for jihadists of an attack on the seat of Western Christendom is certainly not. So it is remarkable that Italy should not...
Terror-Alert.com The migration crisis and associated threat of terrorism are the greatest threats ever faced by the European Union, Péter Szijjártó, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Hungary, told the United Nations today, denouncing those that encourage ‘waves’ of migrants, which were only putting thousands of people in danger.“Western Europe used to be the most secure and safest region globally,” he said in his address to the General Assembly’s annual general debate. Indeed, only a few years ago, events in the Middle East would not have happened in Europe.But the current fear of terrorist attacks was now a part of daily life – as beaches, concert halls and shopping malls have become “venues of execution” – a direct consequence of the massive influx of illegal migrants over the last two and half years.Some 1.5 million illegal migrants had entered the European Union without any control, Mr. Szijjártó continued,...

Settlement attack reignites counter-terror debate in Israel

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Al-Monitor by Shlomi Eldar Nimr Mahmoud al-Jamal of the West Bank village of Beit Surik opened fire at the gate to the nearby Israeli settlement of Har Adar on Sept. 26, killing a policeman and two security guards. The terror attack reignited the ongoing argument between the Israeli political echelon and defense officials — Ministry of Defense, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Shin Bet — regarding the profile of would-be terrorists.Jamal, married and a father of four, does not fit the composite of potential terrorists drawn up by the security establishment during the second Palestinian intifada (2000-2005), and amended to reflect the renewed wave of terror attacks against Israelis that began in September 2015.The Shin Bet screens every Palestinian who wants to work in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank or in Israel proper. The basic age requirement is 35. In the past, the required age was at...
Business Insider UK by Richard Maher, The Conversation The Sept. 15 terrorist bombing in a crowded London subway station – which injured at least 30 passengers but caused no deaths – was the latest in a string of terrorist attacks in Western Europe in recent years.In mid-August, attacks in Barcelona and the nearby city of Cambrils killed 16 people and injured more than 130 just a few days before an attacker with a knife in Finland killed two and wounded eight others. Earlier assaults this year in London and Manchester, England, left dozens dead and hundreds more wounded.Since 2015, there has been a sharp increase in both the number of attacks and deaths caused by terrorism in Europe. As someone who studies European security issues, I see three key factors contributing to this development: Europe’s large and often poorly integrated Muslim population, proximity to unstable regions like the Middle East...
Retro ReportBy CLYDE HABERMAN When it comes to just about every policy set by Barack Obama, President Trump has proved to be a dedicated Marxist. As in Groucho Marx. In the 1932 film “Horse Feathers,” Marx sang, “Whatever it is, I’m against it.” The same holds for Mr. Trump, who has made dismantling the Obama legacy his goal, one program at a time.There is a notable exception. Like his predecessor, this president has favored, and even augmented, military actions that rely heavily on Special Operations forces. But skeptical experts say this is one holdover policy that Mr. Trump really should rethink. Their concern is that these elite forces — Navy SEALs, Green Berets, Rangers and Delta Force among them — are stretched thin, with about 8,000 of them active on any given day in more than 80 countries.“The force has been stretched to the max,” said Wade Ishimoto, a former...