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Wife of Omar Mateen arrested by FBI in San Francisco

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by Gary Detman The wife of the man behind the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history has been arrested by the FBI. The New York Times reports agents took Noor Salman into custody outside her home in San Francisco. A source told The Times Salman is being charged with obstruction of justice. She has been the focus of potential charges since the mass shooting for not reporting what she knew about Omar Mateen's plot beforehand. Investigators say Mateen shot and killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in June of last year. Police killed him during a shootout. Reports said Salman went with Mateen to scout the nightclub on at least one occasion and was with him when he purchased ammunition. A report also said the two exchanged text messages during the massacre. Read more: http://cbs12.com/news/local/report-wife-of-omar-mateen-arrested-by-fbi-in-san-francisco...
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For The Record - The IPT Blog by John Rossomando Evidence being used against him in the Department of Homeland Security's effort to deport him is the product of torture and is not credible, a Hamas-connected imam testified Tuesday in a Newark, N.J. immigration court. Mohammad Qatanani is imam at the Islamic Center of Passaic County. Immigration officials have been fighting to deport him since 2006, alleging he failed to disclose connections with Hamas when he applied for permanent residency. When he came to the United States 10 years earlier, he claimed he had never been arrested or belonged to any terrorist groups. That history makes Qatanani subject to deportation, DHS says. Tuesday's hearing centered on Qatanani's October 1993 arrest and conviction by an Israeli military court on charges he provided support to Hamas. He claims Israeli authorities detained him and never charged him. "No lawyer prior to 2008 ever...

VIDEO: Ft. Lauderdale Airport Terror Attack

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Video of armed airport attack in USA
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By: Anthony Kimery, Editor-in-Chief HSToday.us On January 2 and 3, 2017, the Telegram channel of Lone Mujahid, “which frequently calls for lone wolf attacks in the West and periodically provides various methods for launching such attacks, posted several threats to the US along with instructions on building pressure cooker bombs and manufacturing chemical weapons,” the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) revealed today. On January 3, the channel published a poster that included cursory instructions on manufacturing a chemical weapon, noting the dissemination of "disease[-inducing] and chemical gases completely paralyzes life in vital [enemy] areas." The post stated, "One of the ways to get a chemical weapon [is to] place a bottle filled with sulfuric acid in the middle of a box [that is] perforated randomly from the top and sides. Placed around the sulfuric acid's box [is] a[n] amount of potassium cyanide …...
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Counterterrorism WASHINGTON, D.C. – The January Terror Threat Snapshot was released today by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX). The “snapshot” is a monthly Committee assessment of the growing threat America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists. This edition of the Terror Threat Snapshot encapsulates terror threats, attacks, and plots against the West for the calendar year 2016. Chairman McCaul: “This year terror struck all corners of the globe, and the jihadist rallying cry was heard during attacks even in our own communities. What’s clearer than ever is that Islamist terror has been franchised to thousands of followers, who are using everything from sophisticated explosives to their own cars to attack innocent people, as we’ve seen in Nice, Berlin, and this weekend in Israel. Alarmingly, there were more ISIS plots against the West in 2016 than any year since the group was formed. That is why our New...
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By Susan Hoffman Contributor, In Homeland Security Why do some Americans choose to devote their lives to combating terrorism? What is the link between economics and terrorism? Who trains and funds terrorists? In her research paper, “Terrorism Inside America’s Borders: A Brief History of Terrorism and the Trends Affecting the United States,” Dr. Kim Miller, of AMU’s School of Security and Global Studies, provides an intriguing examination of terrorist incidents and terrorism trends that affect the United States. The paper offers an expert overview of incidents such as Najibullah Zazi’s 2008 bombing attempt on the New York subway system, the 2009 suicide bombing by Somali-American Shirwa Ahmed and the 2010 Times Square bombing attempt by Faisal Shahzad. Dr. Miller’s paper reveals some fascinating information, such as the fact that poverty is not necessarily connected to terrorist attacks. Her paper explains, “In fact, the higher the income, the more chance for...
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By Brian C. Goebel CNN - President-elect Donald Trump has indicated that preventing terrorist attacks is one of his top national security priorities. In pursuit of this goal, retired Gen. John Kelly, the nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, and other members of the national security team will have to decide whether to pursue two anti-terror proposals floated during the campaign -- imposing a ban on Muslim immigrants and registering Muslim residents. The team would be wise to discard these proposals. Not only are these policies divisive and inconsistent with our national character, but they would be subject to numerous legal challenges. The new administration would spend more time defending its proposals than countering the threat posed by fanatical Islamic terror. And these policies, if attempted, would anyway prove to be ineffective and counterproductive.   Even if we could identify Muslims and prevent them from immigrating, this would...
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Pew Research Center Partisan gap in Mideast sympathies is widest in four decades   When he takes office next week, President-elect Donald Trump will inherit an array of global threats in the view of the public. About eight-in-ten Americans (79%) say ISIS poses a major threat to the well-being of the United States, and 71% say the same about cyberattacks from other countries. Nearly two-thirds (64%) view North Korea’s nuclear program as a major threat, while comparable shares regard the power and influence of Russia (54%) and of China (52%) as major threats. About half (52%) say global climate change represents a major threat, and 46% say the same about the large number of refugees leaving Iraq and Syria. The new national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Jan. 4-9 among 1,502 adults, finds only modest changes since last year in perceptions of these threats, but there are a few...
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American Military News On Thursday, retired General James Mattis sat before the Senate Armed Services Committee during a confirmation hearing to become the next Secretary of Defense. During his testimony, Gen. Mattis spoke about his commitments to defeating terrorism and said that the United States has “to deliver a very hard blow against ISIS.” “We have to deliver a very hard blow against ISIS in the Middle East so that there’s no sense of invulnerability or invincibility there,” the four-star retired general said, meaning that the U.S. must take out the Islamic State’s strongholds in the region so they cannot continue to thrive. He stated that the United States needs an “integrated strategy” to ensure that “you don’t squeeze them in one place and they develop in another.” Senator John McCain, the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke of the threat that Islamic terrorism has on the world...
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New York Post By Kaja Whitehouse He wanted to “live in a tent” with ISIS — but is facing federal lockup instead. An Arizona man accused of acting as a recruiter for ISIS told friends he wanted to live in squalor with the terrorists — and praised them for “forcibly” taking over cities in Iraq, it emerged at his Manhattan federal trial Thursday. “Allah is great. Mosul falls by the hands of the state,” Ahem Mohammed el Gammal said after ISIS took over the Iraqi city in 2014. “No caliphate came by deliberation. All by the sword. It has to be taken like this,” el Gammal told a pal on Facebook. “We will take it forcibly. Not peacefully.” Then el Gammal blasted his comfy life as the owner of a small business that imported machines used to fix vehicles. “I am willing to live in a tent under an Islamic...

Thanks To Obama’s Presidency, ISIS Is Alive And Well

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By M.G. Oprea Over the past three years, the Islamic State has risen to be the most prominent international terrorist organization in the world. After initially dismissing them as Al Qaeda’s “jayvee team,” in September 2014 President Obama promised to degrade and destroy ISIS. Since then, he and Secretary of State John Kerry have repeatedly insisted that Islamic State is “on the run,” despite ongoing attacks in the West and elsewhere. Now, with only two weeks left in Obama’s presidency, the reality is that ISIS is far from being defeated. Between the battle of Mosul and recent attacks in Berlin, Istanbul, and Baghdad, it’s evident that ISIS is alive and well, with a global reach. When Obama leaves office later this month, the ongoing threat of ISIS in the Middle East and elsewhere will stand as an indictment of his administration’s failed foreign policy approach of “leading from behind,” placing...
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by Judicial Watch The Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter is a Muslim convert who years before joining the U.S. Army took on an Islamic name (Aashiq Hammad), downloaded terrorist propaganda and recorded Islamic religious music online, according to public records dug up by the investigative news site of an award-winning, California journalist. This is pertinent information that the Obama administration apparently wants to keep quiet, bringing up memories of the Benghazi cover up, in which the president and his cohorts knowingly lied to conceal that Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. Special Mission in Libya. Information is slowly trickling out that links the Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter to radical Islam while the official story from authorities is that the gunman is a mentally ill, Hispanic Army veteran named Esteban Santiago that became unhinged after a tour in Iraq. Only one mainstream media outlet mentions the possibility of Santiago’s “jihadist identity,” burying it...

US Allows Russia to Send Iran Enough Uranium For 10 Nukes

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The Clarion Project Russia is sending a large shipment of natural uranium to Iran in exchange for an Iranian shipment to Russia of nuclear reactor coolant. The shipment of 116 metric tons (130 tons) was approved by the United States and the five other countries involved in orchestrating the nuclear deal with Iran. United Nations Security Council approval of the shipment is expected soon as a formality. The shipment is enough to make more than 10 simple nuclear bombs, according to David Albright, an expert with the Institute of Science and International Security, “depending on the efficiency of the enrichment process and the design of the nuclear weapon.” Two senior diplomats leaked the information to the Associated Press under the condition of anonymity and said they were not authorized to discuss details of the program. The Iranian shipment is legal under the terms of the nuclear deal and will be...
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BY Victoria Bekiempis The New York City college student who died fighting for ISIS in Syria told people he was traveling there “to work with refugees,” court proceedings have revealed. Ahmed Mohammed el-Gammal of Arizona faces four federal terrorism counts for allegedly helping the student — Samy Mohammed el-Goarany — reach the Islamic State hotbed in February 2015. But in opening arguments on Tuesday, el-Gammal’s defense team claimed he had nothing to do with ISIS, casting el-Goarany as a calculating aspiring terrorist. “Samy used people to get to ISIS,” said Annalisa Miron, one of el-Gammal’s lawyers. “Mr. el-Gammal is not guilty because he did not help Samy el-Goarany.” Miron said el-Goarany, 24, used funds from his dad and student loans to buy his ticket abroad and “told different versions of his different plans to different people.” “For some people, he said he was going to work with refugees — Syrian...
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By James Gordon Meek and Luis Martinez An elite team of American commandos killed a senior leader of ISIS this week, giving President Obama another name to scratch off his list of top terrorists in the final days of his presidency. Abu Anas al-Iraqi, said to be the finance chief of ISIS, was killed Sunday in an operation in Syria by an intelligence-driven U.S. special operations unit known as the Expeditionary Targeting Force, a counterterrorism official told ABC News. "He was a top ISIS emir," the counterterrorism official said, using the Arabic term for "prince" or "leader" that is commonly adopted by jihadis. The U.S. hopes to also kill top ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph, or leader, of all Muslims, who is believed to be hunkered down in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul. Iraqi government forces and a U.S.-led coalition mounted a stalled offensive to retake the city...
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Fox News In the latest incident of high-seas tension between the U.S. and Iran, a Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a series of warning shots at four Iranian vessels after the Islamic Republic's boats closed in at a high rate of speed in the Strait of Hormuz, Fox News confirmed on Monday. The USS Mahan tried to order the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard boats to stop via bridge-to-bridge radio communication, but the vessels didn’t respond to the request, prompting the destroyer to fire three warning shots with a .50 caliber machine gun Sunday morning, a U.S. defense official said. After the shots were fired, the Iranian boats stopped the approach, Cmdr. Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, told Fox News. IRANIAN CONFRONTATIONS WITH US NAVY INCREASE IN 2016 The Iranian vessels sailed within 890 yards of the Mahan, which had been escorting two U.S. Navy warships. Those two...
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  Abu Mugheera Al-Britain, meaning 'from Britain', wrote about his stint in the jail His real identity has not been established but there were 16 Brits in Guantanamo It will fuel concern that freed terror suspects have not changed their ways He follows Jamal al-Harith - another UK ex-inmate - who joined ISIS in October   Daily Mail By Omar Wahid and Nick Craven for The Mail on Sunday A jihadi from Britain who claims to be a former Guantanamo Bay detainee has fled to Syria where he is now fighting for Al Qaeda. The terrorist – who has dubbed himself Abu Mugheera Al-Britani, meaning ‘from Britain’ – has written in detail about his experience in the notorious US prison camp. Although Al-Britani’s real identity has not been established, at least 16 UK nationals and residents were held at the military camp in Cuba. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4098396/British-jihadi-freed-Guantanamo-Bay-fled-Syria-join-Al-Qaeda.html#ixzz4VK3IAkCj ...
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Jerusalem Post By Joy Bernard, Ariane Mandell, Yonah Jeremy Bob Although the jury is out in Israel about how much of November’s wave of blazes was caused by terrorists, Islamic State in its latest English language magazine called on supporters to commit arson in the spirit of “devastating fires that ravaged Jewish settlements in Palestine.”In the January 6 issue of ISIS’s monthly print publication, Rumiyah (meaning Rome, in a reference to an Islamic prophecy that foretells the downfall of Rome in the broader sense of infidels battling Muslims), an article titled, “Just Terror Tactics” cited the November 22-27 flames as an example of the effective use of fire for terrorism. Through arson, operatives can “impose terror on an entire country,” the Sunni Islamist organization stressed.“The whole world witnessed the devastating fires that ravaged Jewish settlements in Palestine, destroying around 700 Jewish homes,” the article said.This is ISIS’s description, though the...

Bin Laden son put on US terror list

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Fox News By Brooke Singman The Obama administration Thursday added the son of Al-Qaeda founder and September 11th mastermind Usama bin Laden to a terror list, marking the 239th terrorist designation from the State Department since 2012, a State Department spokesperson told Fox News.  The State Department designated Hamza bin Laden, 27, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT), which imposes sanctions on foreign people thought to have committed or pose a serious risk of committing acts of terrorism that threaten U.S. national security, foreign policy, or the economy of the United States.  Al-Qaeda senior leader Ayman al-Zawahiri earlier announced Hazma bin Laden as an official member of the terrorist group, according to a 2015 audio message obtained by the State Department. That message also contains bin Laden threatening revenge against the United States—specifically calling for lone wolf attacks against Washington D.C., Paris, and Tel Aviv. The State Department said...
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LA Times by Megan O'Matz, Deborah Ramirez and Paula McMahon Authorities in Anchorage confiscated a gun from the accused Fort Lauderdale, Fla., airport shooter after he came to an FBI office in November acting bizarrely and speaking of "terroristic thoughts." But police gave the weapon back to him less than a month ago, authorities in Alaska said Saturday. Emerging details raise troubling questions about why Esteban Santiago was allowed to have and keep a gun, and then check it on a flight. Red flags were many in the months leading up to Friday's rampage and even on the day Esteban boarded a plane to begin his journey to Fort Lauderdale. He bought a one-way ticket. Though traveling from the wintry northwest to balmy South Florida, he stowed no luggage, checking only one item: a hard case containing a gun. No gate agent or security official stood in his way. Just two months earlier, he had told...