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Nehanda Radio The Strasbourg gunman yelled “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest” in Arabic) as he opened fire on people enjoying an evening out at a Christmas market, the Paris public prosecutor told reporters. Rémy Heitz said two people had been killed and one left brain-dead after the attack in the eastern French city on Tuesday.Twelve were wounded, six seriously.The man, named by local media as Chérif Chekatt, was known to authorities as having been radicalised in prison. The 29-year-old was armed with a gun and a knife and escaped the area in a taxi, Mr Heitz said.The attacker boasted to the driver – who has spoken to police – that he had killed 10 people, and said he had been injured in a firefight with soldiers.Four people connected to the suspect had been detained overnight in Strasbourg, Mr Heitz added. Sources close to the investigation quoted by Reuters news agency...

FBI says Ohio man was planning synagogue attack for ISIS

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Chicago Tribune by Eli Rosenberg - Washington Post An Ohio man was arrested on charges that he attempted to support the Islamic State by planning an attack on a synagogue in Toledo after the Pittsburgh massacre, federal officials announced Monday.Damon Joseph, 21, of Holland, Ohio, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS.The case began after Joseph posted photographs of weapons and messages in support of ISIS on his social media accounts, according to a news release about Joseph's arrest from the U.S. attorney's office in Ohio's Northern District.Undercover FBI agents began corresponding with Joseph. In some of these discussions, Joseph said he supported ISIS and made propaganda "in support of ISIS recruitment," which included videos to recruit people, according to the release. And he expressed his support for violence, officials said. Read more: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-fbi-ohio-synagogue-attack-isis-20181210-story.html...
France 24 A source at the prosecutor’s office said the motive behind the shooting was not immediately clear and that an investigation was under way to see if it was terrorism-related. The interior ministry called on the public to remain indoors amid a "serious security event" in the city centre while local authorities in the Grand-Est and Bas-Rhin region tweeted for the public to "avoid the area of the police station", located close to the city's Christmas market. Reporting from Strasbourg, FRANCE 24's Catherine Bennett said people in restaurants were told to shelter in place and remain quiet. The shooter started near Place Kléber and advanced toward the Grand'Rue, one of the city's main shopping streets,said Bennett. The European parliament, which was holding its plenary session before the winter holidays, also went on lockdown, with MEPs told to stay inside. French President Emmanuel Macron cut short a meeting with parliamentarians...

Where the Terrorists Will Strike Next

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BloombergA new study shows that Europe is safer than it was, but Afghanistan and Southeast Asia are in increasing peril. by Tobin Harshaw What, actually, is terrorism? It seems strange question to ask 17 years after President George W. Bush told Americans we were at war with it. But it’s a slippery issue to this day.We tend to think of terrorists as being non-state actors such as al-Qaeda and al-Shabab in Somalia. Yet we call Islamic State a terrorist group even though it (at one point) ruled over a vast territory, imposed taxes, had courts of law and engaged in sophisticated conventional military operations. How can we designate as terrorist groups Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which are uniformed services of national armies? Or consider Yemen’s Houthi rebels — in truth a self-governing tribal group now in control the capital city of a failed state. Yet the...
by Tom Ridge - Fox News For many, particularly those often critical of President Trump’s behavior, it can be hard to look dispassionately at issues, scrutinize administration policies, and arrive at conclusions that, despite one’s personal aversion to presidential conduct and tactics, require giving credit where credit is due. Iran is a critical case in point.There is a general perception in Europe and among many in the U.S. that the decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was a policy blunder which Europe now needs to mitigate. This is based on the European view that the deal was succeeding within its intentionally limited scope and offered the best foundation for future negotiation with Iran on other foreign policy matters. It may be true that, in the technical sense of the word, Iran is complying with the JCPOA, and that it is...