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In Homeland Security By Sylvia LongmireContributor, In Homeland SecurityOn January 10, the U.S. State Department issued a new travel warning for Mexico. These warnings have been routine in the last several years, due to the ongoing drug-related violence in several parts of the country.Most of the warnings advise U.S. citizens to take extra safety precautions or avoid driving in certain areas at certain times. In other cases, U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel to specific places, while regular citizens are advised to avoid them. In this case, the State Department has advised all U.S. residents to avoid traveling to five Mexican states at all.Violent Crimes Have Risen in Mexican States Mentioned in Travel WarningThe travel advisory stated, “Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread.” As a result, the frequency of the attacks by criminal organizations in the states of Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacán, Guerrero and Tamaulipas...
Newsweek By Jack Moore A secretive elite paramilitary unit is to bolster its ranks and open a second base in the heart of Europe in reaction to the increased threat from radical Islamist extremism, its chief said on Monday.Germany's GSG-9 unit has one base near the western city of Bonn but will now add a second, most likely in Berlin, “because if you look at comparable terror situations across Europe, often the capitals were affected,” Jerome Fuchs told German radio station rbb Inforadio on Monday.The group's commander was referring to the series of assaults carried out by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda across European cities such as Paris, Berlin and London.The GSG-9 does already have a unit based in the German capital for dealing with incidents of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) nature.The unit was created in the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli...
CNBC * Terrorists are still actively recruiting on Facebook and Google.*  Extremist pages on their sites were online for days or weeks before we alerted the companies to them.*  Executives from Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are scheduled to testify in front of the Senate next week.by John Shinal Even as executives from Google and Facebook prepare to testify in front of the Senate on how they're combating extremist content, the internet giants are struggling to keep it off their sites.Dozens of accounts on sites owned by those two companies have been used this week to promote violent attacks and recruit people to the cause of Islamic terrorism, a CNBC investigation has found.All of the content that was brought to the attention of Google and Facebook by CNBC was removed within 24 hours of notification. Yet many of the posts and videos, which contained graphic images and threats of violence, had...

4 Law Enforcement Officers Shot Overnight

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4 officers and suspect require surgery after York Co. shooting Three officers that were shot are York County Sheriff's Deputies. The other was a York County Police Officer that was part of their SWAT team. The incident occurred overnight into early Tuesday morning. by WCNCYORK COUNTY, S.C. – Four law enforcement officers require surgery after a suspect allegedly shot them during a massive overnight manhunt.York County deputies responded to a domestic violence call around 10:08 p.m. Monday evening at 3042 Farrier Lane outside the city of York.Officials said the suspect, later identified as 47-year-old Christian Thomas McCall, was allegedly “actively assaulting a female at the home,” when they received the 911 call. The first law enforcement officer arrived at 10:20 p.m. By that time McCall had fled the home on foot, sparking a massive manhunt.York County K-9 units were called in to help find McCall.Shortly after the K-9 units began...

Counter-terrorism: Who will act on evidence in 2018?

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LobeLog.com by Jordan Street and Murray AckmanThe evidence that mainstream counter-terror strategies need a rethink is crystal clear. Will 2018 be the year that decision-makers begin taking it seriously? The failure of current counter-terror strategies—in countries like Afghanistan, Egypt, Somalia, Yemen, and Syria—is painfully obvious. Reducing the global threat of terrorism will not happen with a doubling down on past approaches, but instead requires a strategic focus on resolving conflict by addressing its causes.Terrorism has spread into more countries since the “war on terror” began. Although there has been a decrease in the overall deaths from terrorism, evidence shows that for the first time ever, two out of every three countries—106 out of 163 in the Institute of Economics and Peace’s Global Terrorism Index—experienced a terror attack in 2016.Although terror attacks in Britain, Europe, and the US have dominated news cycles and political debates worldwide, three-quarters of terror attacks occur...