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Malaysia detains 400 in anti-terror raids

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BBC News More than 400 people have been detained in a counter-terrorism operation in Malaysia, authorities say.Those held in a series of raids in the capital Kuala Lumpur were mainly from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, officials said.Machines to make fake passports and to forge Malaysian immigration documents were among the items seized.Security in the city is being tightened up ahead of the Southeast Asian Games which begin in just over a week's time.Monday's raids saw police break down doors and lead scores of people away in handcuffs to waiting buses. They were taken to police stations for investigation and screening.Authorities said they were targeting anyone with missing or fraudulent travel documents or who was believed to be affiliated with terror groups in Syria and Iraq."We will detect and take action against foreigners suspected of having links with terrorists, especially those involved in activities in Syria," police counter-terror official Ayob Khan...
Express FRENCH authorities have warned that the terrorist attack potential is “very high” after 271 alleged militants returned from Iraq and Syria. By Laura Mowat According to the interior minister Gerard Collomb, an unknown number of the 271 French nationals have been detained and others are being investigated by the authorities. Mr Collomb has revealed that 700 French militants have travelled to Iraq and Syria over the past few years and an unknown number of them have been killed.The interior minister said that due to the high number of returning radicalised fighters, the threat of terrorist attacks in France remains “very high”. The French authorities have successfully foiled seven terror plots this year.In addition to the jihadis who have returned, another 18,500 people have been identified as having potential radicalised behaviour.Mr Collomb said that France’s military interventions abroad have exposed the country to attacks by ISIS militants. Since January 2015,...

Turkish Security Busts ISIS Cell in Istanbul

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Asharq Al-Awsat - English by Saeed Abdelrazek Ankara – Turkish counter-terrorism police busted on Tuesday a five-member cell linked with the terrorist ISIS organization during an operation in Istanbul.Security sources said that the detention of the cell’s members was possible thanks to a collaboration between the security agency and the security general directorate of Istanbul, adding that members of the cell planned terrorist attacks in different locations in the megacity.The sources said that the terrorists likely came from outside Istanbul. “In the apartment where the five terrorists resided in the region of Basaksehir, the anti-terrorism police found three guns, a silencer, various digital devices and documents related to ISIS,” the sources said.The Turkish raid is one of the many preemptive operations conducted lately to foil terrorist plans before they are executed.Since the beginning of this year, Turkey has carried out some 20,000 security crackdowns against terrorist organizations. The country’s security forces...
Miami HeraldBy Douglas HanksMiami-Dade has a new tactic for fighting terrorism: deploying police with rifles, gas masks and riot helmets to well-traveled public places, including Metrorail stations, County Hall and courthouses.Members of the new “Rapid Deployment Force-Counter Terrorism” can travel in an armored vehicle that’s equipped with an overhead turret and slots for firing rifles. It was parked in the public square in front of the Stephen Clark government center in downtown Miami on Monday while the County Commission was inside for an emergency meeting to approve a resolution condemning Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro.A police spokesman said the unit is there to be noticed, with the deployment designed to remind would-be terrorists and others that Miami-Dade can respond aggressively to threats. “We’re trying to avoid someone thinking they can go out there and try something,” said Lt. Juan Villalba Jr., a spokesman for the county police department. We’re “deploying them...

'Three Musketeers' guilty of planning UK terror plot

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BBC News Three men who dubbed themselves the Three Musketeers have been found guilty of plotting a terror attack on a police or military target in the UK.Naweed Ali, 29, and Khobaib Hussain, 25, both of Sparkhill, Birmingham, and Mohibur Rahman, 33, of Stoke-on-Trent, were convicted at the Old Bailey.They were arrested last August in an undercover police sting.A fourth man, Tahir Aziz, 38, from Stoke-on-Trent, was found guilty of the same offence.They will be sentenced on Thursday.Police say the men, who had all denied preparing terrorist acts, were inspired by so-called Islamic State, also known as Daesh.They were described as "dangerous men" who were committed to carrying out a "mass casualty attack".Officers said the case was "one of the most complex counter terrorism investigations in a number of years". The court heard how the members of the gang called themselves the Three Musketeers when exchanging encrypted messages on the...

How to keep your venue safe following terrorism

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IFSEC Global by Tom Sutton-Roberts - General manager, Troxy In the wake of recent terror attacks, venue security has never been more paramount. This coupled with the increase in venue closures has led to a sense of sadness within the industry, however in times like this we must remember the positives; the provision of safe places with security, medics on standby, regulated drink sales and curfews. When Fabric was forced to close in September 2016 it was a decision made in the name of the war on drugs, with Islington Council, supported by the Metropolitan Police, moving swiftly after the deaths of two clubbers there in the space of nine months. Club closures Closing venues like Fabric, which thankfully was reprieved, will not stop clubbers taking drugs. While Fabric survived, there is a long and depressing list of London venues that have closed in the past decade – half of...

Uncover the Toxic Connection Between Drugs and Jihad

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Clarion Project By Elliot Friedland The path from drug addict to religious fundamentalist is a well-trodden one. In the late 1960s through the seventies the movement dubbed as the ‘Jesus Freaks’ abandoned flower power for the Prince of Peace, helped on their way by joints and LSD. The Jewish corollary saw Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach bring hippies into the fold through his “House of Love and Prayer.”Although most of these teenagers grew out of it, many were inducted into Christian cults like the Children of God, also known as The Family, where sexual abuse and brainwashing abounded.Jihadism is no different and although many jihadi recruits have not experimented with mind altering substances, there is a strong component which has. We are not talking here about the well-documented financial and paramilitary connections between terrorist groups and drug cartels, although as investigative journalist Don Winslow, who has covered drug cartels and terrorism for...

Combating Homegrown Terrorism

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Kerry SleeperAssistant Director, Office of Partner EngagementFederal Bureau of InvestigationStatement Before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on National SecurityWashington, D.C.July 27, 2017 Combating Homegrown TerrorismGood afternoon Chairman DeSantis, Ranking Member Lynch, and members of the subcommittee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the threat of homegrown violent extremism.The FBI utilizes a comprehensive violence reduction strategy, which focuses on all pathways to violence but is not limited to the sole focus of homegrown violent extremism. Our violence reduction strategy is primarily composed of prevention and intervention lines of effort.In the area of prevention, the FBI has a long history of engagement in outreach and education initiatives, and continues this effort as we identify and adapt to current trends.In collaboration with our state and local partners, the FBI has historically been very successful in outreach programs designed to reach certain communities who...
by Brian Seay - Guns.com A Kansas man was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for attempting to blow up a car bomb at a military base.John T. Booker, 22, of Topeka, Kansas pleaded guilty to one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and one count of attempted destruction of government property by fire or explosion, according to a Department of Justice news release.The FBI first started investigating Booker, also known as Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, in early 2014, when he wrote on Facebook that he wanted to commit jihad. “I will soon be leaving you forever so goodbye! I’m going to wage jihad and hopes that i [sic] die,” he wrote, according to a criminal complaint.“Getting ready to be killed in jihad is a HUGE adrenaline rush!! I am so nervous. NOT because I’m scared to die but I am eager to meet my lord,”...
BBC The plan was one of two alleged terror plots recently uncovered by authorities, who made several arrests across Sydney on Saturday.The suspects were allegedly aided by the so-called Islamic State (IS).The other plot involved building and setting off a device that could release toxic gas in a public enclosed space.Police said the plans had been "completely disrupted".What is claimed about the 'bomb plot'?Australian Federal Police (AFP) Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan said this was "one of the most sophisticated plots that has ever been attempted on Australian soil".He said two suspects had built and concealed a "high-end" military-grade explosive in a piece of luggage.The plan was for the brother of one of the suspects to take the luggage with him onboard an Etihad Airways plane leaving Sydney airport on 15 July. The brother was not aware of the bomb, said police.But for some reason the plan was aborted at the...
WESTERN HEMISPHERE U.S. Department of StateOverview: Many countries in Latin America have porous borders, limited law enforcement capabilities, and established smuggling routes. These vulnerabilities offered opportunities to local and international terrorist groups and posed challenges to governments in the region. Canada and the Caribbean – particularly Trinidad and Tobago – were sources of foreign terrorist fighters in 2016; the return of these trained foreign terrorist fighters is of great concern.Transnational criminal organizations continued to pose a significant threat to the region, and most countries made efforts to investigate possible connections between terrorist organizations and criminal activity. For many countries in the region, the challenges related to transnational crime remained the preeminent security concern in 2016. Corruption, weak government institutions, insufficient interagency cooperation, weak or non-existent legislation, and a lack of resources remained the primary causes for the lack of significant political will to counter terrorism in some Western Hemisphere countries....
By Robin Simcox Afghanistan is back in the news. Wednesday, 2 U.S. servicemembers were killed in a suicide bombing attack. Already this year, U.S. airstrikes are at their highest level since 2012, and President Trump is considering sending up to 3,000 more troops to support the 8,400 Americans already serving there. Why does the AfPak region remain a hotbed of terrorist plotting and violence? General John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, notes that of the 98 designated terrorist organizations around the globe, 20 of them operate in the region. It’s an exceptional concentration, and just one reason why the U.S. must remain engaged in Afghanistan.Yet for some years now, voices on both the right and left have urged American withdrawal. That would be a mistake. As America and its allies have drawn down troops in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda has been quietly strengthening its hand.The terrorist group...
Tahir Aziz, 38, Naweed Ali, 29, Mohibur Rahman, 33, and Khobaib Hussain, 25, convicted at Old Bailey of preparing acts of terrorism. by Vikram Dodd - The Guardian - Police and crime correspondent Four men have been jailed for life for plotting a “Lee Rigby-style” terrorist attack to murder members of the police or military using a pipe bomb and meat cleaver.Three of the men called themselves the “three musketeers” on a messaging app they used to plan the attack.The trial judge, Mr Justice Globe, sentenced Naweed Ali,29, Khobaib Hussain, 25, both from Birmingham, and Mohibur Rahman, 33, from Stoke-on-Trent, to serve a minimum term of 20 years in jail for their “significant role” in the planned attack.Tahir Aziz, 38, from Stoke will serve no less than 15 years, being judged to have played a lesser role. Ali, Hussain and Rahman did not attend the sentencing hearing, instead staying at...

The Islamization of History

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by Uzay Bulut - Gatestone Institute    Not only does no other religion in Turkey, other than Islam, have the power, influence or financing of the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) -- whose budget even surpasses that of most ministries; other religions are either not officially recognized (as in the cases of Alevism and Yazidism), or are on the verge of complete governmental elimination -- as in the cases of Judaism, Greek Orthodoxy, Assyrian (Syriac) and Armenian Christianity.    "...[S]ince the creation of the world there is only one religion and it is the religion of Islam.... therefore, when Islam was not in that area before Mohammed came to it, it should have been there....So any place like this had to be freed, not to be conquered...And therefore, there is no Islamic occupation. If somebody occupies anything, it will always be somebody else, not the Muslims. So, there is no Islamic occupation. There is...

North Korea's ICBM launch leaves Asean envoys uneasy

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Business Mirror By Recto Mercene Top diplomats of Asean have expressed grave concern over the recent developments in the Korean Peninsula.“We continue to express grave concerns over the developments in the Korean Peninsula, including the most recent testing by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK] of an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4, on top of its previous nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches.” the foreign ministers said in a draft joint communique.“Noting that these developments threaten peace and stability in the entire region, we urged the DPRK to fully and immediately comply with its obligations under the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.”The foreign ministers are in Manila for the 50th Asean Ministerial Meeting that will be conducted  from August 2 to 8  at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.Foreign ministers and senior officials from 27 countries are expected to attend  the event. They are expected to issue...
Express BRITAIN will have stronger powers to impose sanctions on dangerous regimes and terrorist groups when it leaves the European Union, ministers have revealed. By David Maddox A new Sanctions Bill is to be unveiled today repatriating powers held by Brussels to freeze assets and block access to bank accounts of governments of rogue states and criminal organisations and individuals.It means the UK will no longer be held back by Brussels in the war on terror. The move is part of a double assault on terrorism by the government with Home Secretary Amber Rudd telling internet giants at a major conference in California that they have to stop allowing the web being a hiding place for extremists.The Government will introduce a Sanctions Bill to ensure it has the legal powers to bring forward restrictions on foreign countries after the UK's withdrawal from the EU. It will include additional powers to...
By World Tribune The continuing chaos in Libya is enabling Islamic State (ISIL) to “regroup” and renew its recruiting efforts in the Maghreb, analysts say.Reports have said the terror organization recently moved its Libyan base to the town of Sabratha, 60 miles from the Tunisian border. “The majority of their fighting force comes from Tunisia, so Sabratha is also a growing center,” terrorism analyst Robert Young Pelton told Fox News.“ISIS in Libya can regenerate quickly.”After losing its Libyan stronghold of Sirte late last year, the number of ISIS jihadists in the country was said to have fallen below 200, according to the Pentagon.A spokesman for U.S. Africa Command told Fox News that number currently is around 500.Col. Ahmed Almesmari, spokesperson for the Libyan National Army (LNA), however, said ISIS’s numbers are far larger – around “five to seven thousand people of different nationalities.”“ISIS is a transnational franchise that comes with...

Is The Mafia Helping ISIS Smuggle Oil Into Italy?

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By Irina Slav The Italian mafia may have teamed up with the Islamic State to smuggle crude oil from the Middle East into Italy, an ongoing police investigation has suggested, according to The Times who cited a report by La Repubblica. The Italian daily noted that the police had found substantial amounts of Libyan and Syrian crude that were greater than some local refineries’ inventories, with sources connected with the investigation saying that crude, “should not have been there.”Yet the police have no evidence that the oil came from IS, or whether it came from another non-extremist group of traffickers, because the cargoes passed through intermediaries, which helped the original senders mask their tracks.The way the mafia smuggles oil into Italy is by setting up shale companies abroad that act as oil exporters. They sell crude directly to gas station operators at much lower prices, and then close the shell...

Online terrorism debate heads to Silicon Valley

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by Katie Collins - CNET.com British Home Secretary Amber Rudd will pile pressure on US tech companies to remove more online terrorist content during a meeting in Silicon Valley on Tuesday.Rudd is travelling to the US to take part in the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which was set up by tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google. She will call on the companies to take collective action to tackle online extremism.The UK has weathered multiple terrorist attacks this year, and Rudd has been vocal about tech companies taking firmer action to chase terrorists off social networks and other online platforms. WhatsApp in particular came under fire after it came to light that Khalid Masood, the perpetrator of the Westminster attack who killed four people outside parliament, had used the service in the moments before his death. "Terrorists and extremists have sought to misuse your platforms to spread...
BY OLIVIA BEAVERS - The Hill The Department of Homeland Security said Sunday it is closely monitoring the foiled Australia terrorist plot in which extremists planned an attack targeting an airplane.“We are closely following the terrorism investigation in Australia and assisting our partners," DHS said in a statement."The Department of Homeland Security remains focused on the persistent and emerging threats to aviation, and we have taken extraordinary steps in recent weeks to raise the baseline of aviation security worldwide, especially to protect flights bound for the United States," the statement said. "We will continue to work with authorities in Australia and elsewhere to confront these threats.”Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Saturday that Australian authorities had thwarted a terrorist plan to "bring down" an airplane through counterterrorism raids.Authorities arrested four men in connection with the plot, The Australian reported.While those arrested have not been charged, authorities believe the attack was...