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The updated summary suggests drones could be used against the U.S. “outside the conflict zones.” By Ashley Burns - Flying On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a six-month extension of the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin, marking the third time it has been reissued since its release in December 2015. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said she made the decision “with input from intelligence and law enforcement partners,” echoing the Bulletin’s summary in her official statement.“Our enemies remain focused on attacking the United States, and they are constantly adapting,” she explained. “DHS and its partners are stepping up efforts to keep terrorists out of America and to prevent terrorist recruitment and radicalization here at home, and we urge the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity.”The Bulletin focuses on the use of technology in attacks on the U.S., including unmanned aerial systems (UAS),...
DW Even as terrorism-related deaths drop dramatically in some parts of the world, fatalities in OECD countries have reached a 16-year high. Research Director of the Global Terrorism Index Daniel Hyslop tells DW why.   The study by the Institute for Economics and Peace shows terrorism fell significantly in the worst-affected countries — Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria — bringing down global casualty figures. The report went on to call 2016 a "turning point" in the fight against radical Islamist extremism. The "Islamic State" (IS) was the "main driver" for a rise in deaths in Europe and other developed countries. The group was linked to 75 percent of deaths from terrorism in OECD nations since 2014. The rise in European deaths coincides with a tactical shift towards simpler and cheaper methods of attack.   Daniel Hyslop, Research Director at the Institute for Economics and Peace, talks to DW about global changes in terrorism-related deaths.  ...

Timeline of recent terror attacks against the West

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Brooke Singman | Fox News The New York City attack is the latest in a series of recent terror strikes aimed at the West. Here is a timeline of recent terror attacks in Europe and the United States: Oct. 31, 2017: Truck rams into cyclists, pedestrians in New York City Sayfullo Saipov, 29, from Uzbekistan, allegedly drove a rented truck into a crowd of pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path near the World Trade Center in Manhattan. The attack killed 8 people and injured at least 12 others. New York City officials later confirmed the attack was carried out in the name of ISIS. Sept. 15, 2017: Terror on the tube At least 22 people were injured when an apparent bucket bomb exploded on a London subway, causing mass panic and flash burns. Aug. 17, 2017: Van ramming in Barcelona A van attack killed 14 people in Barcelona, while another...

Lebanon's Fall Would Be Iran's Gain

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Gatestone Institute by John R. Bolton Almost unnoticed in the coverage of President Trump's Asia trip, Lebanon is slipping under Iran's control. On November 3, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, resigned, citing fears of assassination by Hezbollah, the Shia Muslim terrorist group funded and controlled by Iran. No one can say Hariri's fears are unjustified since his father, former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, was murdered in 2005 — almost certainly at Syrian or Iranian direction.While the full ramifications of Saad Hariri's resignation remain to be seen, Tehran's ayatollahs have now significantly extended their malign reach in the Middle East. This is bad for the people of Lebanon; bad for Israel, with which Lebanon shares a common border and a contentious history; bad for Arab states like Jordan and the oil-producing Arabian Peninsula monarchies; and bad for America and its vital national interests in this critical region. In...

Dutch woman convicted of terrorism for joining IS

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22-year-old convert to Islam receives 2-year prison sentence for traveling to Syria to join terror group with her partner, children by AFP    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch court sentenced a young woman to two years in prison Monday for traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State terror group in one of the first such cases in the Netherlands.“The court considers it proven that she planned to prepare and promote terrorist activities,” the Rotterdam District Court said.“Therefore she is sentenced to two years in jail of which 13 months are suspended for three years,” the court said in a statement.Because the woman, Laura Hansen, already spent another year in detention, she will effectively not go back to jail, the judges added.She was also acquitted of belonging to the IS terror group, the Dutch news agency ANP said.The 22-year-old convert to Islam was arrested when she flew back to Amsterdam’s...