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The New York Post By Paulina Dedaj A British teacher was convicted Friday of trying to recruit students to carry out Islamic State-inspired attacks across London.Umar Haque, 25, was accused of radicalizing children at two schools and a mosque, making them re-enact deadly attacks on London and role-play attacks on police officers; he even exposed the children to gruesome videos of beheadings, Reuters reported.Prosecutors said that Haque “was fascinated by the warped and extreme ideology of ISIS.”Metropolitan Police Counterterrorism Cmdr. Dean Haydon said he planned to “created an army of children” that would help carry out attacks at “multiple sites using multiple weapons.”“He tried and he did, we believe, radicalize vulnerable children from the ages of 11 to 14,” Haydon said.Haque lacked qualifications for the academic positions, however police say he became employed under the guise of teaching Islamic studies, Reuters reported. Read more: https://nypost.com/2018/03/02/teacher-convicted-of-trying-to-recruit-kids-for-isis-inspired-army/...
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KUTV - Salt Lake City, Utah by John W. Yelland, Larry D. Curtis ST. GEORGE, Utah — UPDATE: Police said a homemade explosive device was the item discovered in a backpack at Pine View High School Monday, that forced the evacuation of the school. Police said if the device had detonated, it would have caused significant injury or death. Police have a suspect in custody.A warrant served at the home of a male juvenile, found materials consistent with the materials used to build the device. Police also said the suspect had been researching information and expressing interest in ISIS and promoting the organization.The boy has not been identified but police said he was attending a class at Pine View. The suspect was arrested and faces charges of manufacture, possession, sale, use or attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. More charges may be pending, according to police.It was determined...
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The Strategist by Anthony Bergin Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently revealed that Israeli intelligence had shared information with our security agencies that foiled an Islamic State plot to blow up an Etihad flight from Sydney last July.Police arrested two brothers, Khaled Khayat and Mahmoud Khayat, and charged them with plotting to bring down the jet. They’re now before the courts accused of trying to smuggle an improvised explosive device hidden inside a meat grinder onto the plane. The attempt was aborted before they reached airport screening (the device was too heavy to pass through check-in).The plot had been orchestrated by a senior commander of the Islamic State based in Syria, alarming our security agencies by demonstrating the ability of homegrown jihadis to access technical planning directly from terrorists in the Middle East. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has publicly thanked Israeli authorities for the intelligence tip off. He pointed...
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FOX 2 - St. Louis North Korea is willing to talk to the United States about giving up its nuclear weapons, South Korea said Tuesday, in a remarkable development that followed unprecedented talks in Pyongyang.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has also agreed to refrain from conducting nuclear and missile tests while engaging in dialogue with South Korea, Seoul’s national security chief Chung Eui-yong said after returning from a meeting with Kim.Chung said Pyongyang expressed willingness to talk to the United States “in an open-ended dialogue to discuss the issue of denuclearization and to normalize relations with North Korea.”North Korea clarified that it had no reason to retain nuclear weapons if “the military threat to North Korea is resolved” and the country’s security can be guaranteed, Chung said.It was a startling statement by a nation that only months ago declared it could wipe the United States off the face of...
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Washington Examiner by Robin Simcox Sending terrorists to jail is counter-productive because then they will act even more like terrorists.If you do not follow that logic, then you clearly do not sit on the U.K. House of Commons Select Committee on Justice, where a group of cross-party MPs has just proposed that those convicted of certain terrorism offenses should not end up in jail.The theory is that, with prison radicalization now a problem, and de-radicalization initiatives so under-developed, it is better to not jail convicts guilty of certain lower-level offenses.But the answer to prison radicalization is surely better solutions against prison radicalization (for example, isolating Islamist recruiters to reduce their influence), not to stop sending those who have committed crimes to jail.To be fair to the committee, they were seemingly only repeating what the Parole Board told them. However, all this speaks to a larger problem of over-complicating our response...

Iran and Hezbollah's Terror in Argentina

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Gatestone Institute by Lawrence A. Franklin  If efforts to expose Iran's and Hezbollah's roles in the Argentinean bombings are successful, the information will elucidate for regional leaders the dark side of Iran's ties to sub-state terrorist groups to increase even further its influence in Latin America. For decades, Iran has seemingly been employing both normative diplomatic ties and criminal links to export its Islamic revolution to the Western Hemisphere. By using similar methods of subversion, Iran appears already to have penetrated other Latin American nations, including Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil and some island countries in the Caribbean. Iran's activities in Latin America are a direct challenge to U.S. primacy in the Western Hemisphere. Iran, it seems, wants to replace the U.S. as the power ally of Latin American countries. While Iran's nuclear, ballistic missile, and expansionist policies in the Middle East are well known, most of the Islamic Republic's operations...
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The Daily Caller by Eliot Bakker President Donald Trump has routinely called China out on its relentless attempts to take advantage of the United States. His administration should turn an eye to the unlikely contender for China’s latest gambit: the African nation of Djibouti, where erratic president Ismail Omar Guelleh recently claimed a landslide victory in legislative elections widely acknowledged to be a farce, and then forcibly seized control of the Doraleh port from the Emirati company, DP World, which had leased the harbor since 2006.The United States has put up with Guelleh’s despotism for years because Djibouti has allowed the American military to use a former French Foreign Legion post as a launching pad for essential counter-terrorism operations in the Middle East. This benefit was mostly gutted when Djibouti blindsided American officials by allowing China to build a naval base only seven miles from the U.S. installation.Guelleh’s government euphemistically...
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DW.com Bahraini security forces have arrested 116 people on charges of terrorism, accusing them of being part of a network established by Iran's Revolutionary Guard. The suspects allegedly plotted attacks on state officials.Bahrain authorities have busted a network "formed and supported by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard," the official BNA agency reported on Saturday.The Bahraini interior ministry said 116 people were arrested, with security forces seizing weapons and explosives in raids across the Gulf state.The crackdown thwarted multiple terror plots, according to the report. "The network was planning to target Bahraini officials, members of the security authorities and vital oil installations, with the objective of disturbing public security and harming the national economy," the interior ministry said in a statement.Read more: Bahrain top activist jailed for 5 years over tweetsDuring the raids, police seized 42 kilograms (93 pounds) of high explosives, 757 kilograms of explosive-making materials, grenades, magnetic bombs, as well...
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Reuters StaffMANILA (Reuters) - Philippine security forces have arrested a foreigner suspected of recruiting domestic fighters for pro-Islamic State militant groups, including an alliance that occupied a southern city for five months last year, police said on Monday. Director-General Ronald dela Rosa paraded before the media Fehmi Lassoued and his Filipino girlfriend, Anabel Salipada, three days after they were arrested in a rented apartment a few blocks away from the U.S. embassy in Manila, the capital. “A thorough investigation is now underway to determine the extent of their involvement with international and domestic threat groups,” dela Rosa said, adding that an undisclosed foreign intelligence ally gave details of Lassoued’s identity and activities. Police also displayed handguns, ammunition and components for making improvised explosive devices and an Islamic State black flag, which were confiscated from Lassoued and Salipada. “Most likely, he is here with the intention to recruit ISIS sympathizers in...
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Cruise Laws News by Jim Walker An explosion aboard a Mexican ferry in Carmen del Playa ten days ago, followed by at least one explosive device planted on the hull of another ferry which was discovered yesterday, triggered a United States embassy's alert last night, prohibiting embassy employees from using ferries operating between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo.On February 21, 2018, we reported on a violent explosition on a ferry in Carmen del Playa which seriously injured around 25 passengers, includuing 7 U.S. citizens. The explosion on the Barcos Caribe, which has been operating a Playa del Carmen-Cozumel route, injured passengers as they were disembarking from the ferry to the dock. Mexican authorities initially said that the explosion was the result of a Carmen del Playa - Cozumel Warning Explosive Devices mechanical malfunction; however, news sources are now reporting that the explosion was the result of an explosive...
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By TAMARA LUSH  Associated PressORLANDO, Fla. –  The gunman who killed 49 people in the Pulse nightclub attack was shot and killed hours afterward. Now, nearly two years later, his widow is being held accountable, charged with helping her husband plan the attack.The trial of Noor Salman, widow of shooter Omar Mateen, opened Thursday with jury selection that is expected to be lengthy, owing to the difficulty of finding jurors in the Orlando area capable of being fair and impartial given the high profile of the massacre - at the time, it was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.Prosecutors have said Salman accompanied her husband when he cased locations for potential terrorist attacks, knew ahead of time that he was planning the attack and misled FBI agents about what she knew about her husband's plans.The defense plans to argue that Salman was abused by her husband and afraid...
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The Washington Times  By - Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri woman who sympathized with the Islamic State has admitted sending threatening messages over Twitter.Forty-year-old Safya Yassin, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of transmitting threatening communication across state lines.Federal prosecutor say Yassin used several Twitter accounts to provide information she believed was from the Islamic State, including soliciting violence against two FBI employees and two former members of the military and their families.Using the name “Muslimah,” Yassin tweeted messages supporting ISIS or reposted messages she knew were from ISIS operatives.Court documents say the case started in January 2015 when the FBI received a tip about her Twitter activity.As part of her plea agreement, another conspiracy charge will be dismissed and no additional charges will be filed. Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/28/woman-accused-of-supporting-isis-pleads-guilty-to-/...
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ABC 13 Officials say an American man from Keyes accused of trying to enter Libya to join ISIS has been arrested.A law enforcement official told ABC News Bernard Raymond Augustine, 20, was returned to the US from Tunisia on charges of attempting to provide material support to terrorism and was expected to make his first appearance in federal court in Brooklyn Tuesday. Court records revealed he told US customs officials upon departure he was intending to travel to Tunisia for vacation. Officials said someone who lives in Augustine's Keyes home near Modesto told authorities "there was no legitimate reason for Augustine to travel to Tunisia."A search of his computer revealed a song that extols ISIS and messages Augustine allegedly sent praising the terror group.Watch Video: http://abc13.com/officials-california-man-accused-of-attempting-to-join-isis/3149746/...
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ABC News Associated Press Jurors were being selected Wednesday to hear the terrorism trial of a man accused of killing four people in two states in revenge for U.S. policy in the Middle East.Ali Muhammad Brown, 33, of Seattle, is the first person in New Jersey to be charged with terrorism connected to a homicide case, prosecutors said.Brown was charged with fatally shooting 19-year-old college student Brendan Tevlin of Livingston, New Jersey, at a traffic light in nearby West Orange in 2014. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges in the case.Tevlin's father, Mike Tevlin, has said his son had not settled on a college major when he was killed."He was a great kid who was just coming home, and he didn't deserve to die like that," Mike Tevlin said in 2016.Brown is also awaiting trial in three killings in Washington state from earlier in the same year. Prosecutors...

Gruesome Things ISIS is Doing in Areas It Still Controls

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The Clarion Project Gruesome Things ISIS is Doing in Areas It Still Controls By Meira Svirsky ISIS stoned a woman to death in Al-Shajara, Syria, a city they still control in the southern part of the country. Even though she lived with her husband, the terror group accused her of adultery.Abu Mohammed, who lives in Al-Shajara related the circumstances of her death as well as the whipping of two young men to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, “The army of Khalid ibn al-Walid, an ISIS organization, burst into an apartment five days ago, shooting and arresting all the people inside. [Later], in the main square, ISIS presented two youths and a woman who were in the apartment at the time, saying they were all arrested for adultery. They stoned the woman to death because she was married and the youth were whipped, each of them 80 times without mercy because they are single.“The...
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The Verge By  Shannon LiaoToday Apple formally transferred its Chinese iCloud operations to a local firm in southern China. It also began hosting its iCloud encryption keys in China, instead of the US, for the first time. The move has been expected since last year when Apple announced its partnership with Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD), a Chinese firm supervised by a board ran by government-owned businesses, with close ties to the government and Chinese Communist Party.Apple users with iCloud accounts registered in China will now have their data hosted by the GCBD center. Users who don’t want their data handed over can choose to delete their Chinese iCloud accounts. Apple has told Reuters that it won’t transfer accounts over to the new data center unless users first agree to the updated terms of service.Since the news was first announced, security experts, lawyers, activists like China’s Chen Guangcheng, and multiple nonprofit organizations...

Terrorism: US slams sanctions on Nigeria, others

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Today - Nigeria By Yemisi Adeolu The United States Treasury Department has added one organisation in Nigeria and other six organisations in Africa and Asia to its sanctions list for global terrorism.Two individuals — including Abu Musab Al-Barnawi of Nigeria and Mahad Moalim of Somalia — were also added to the list for their connection to the Islamic States, the US Treasury said on Tuesday.The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said on its website that at the group level, Bangladesh, Egypt, the Philippines, Somalia, Nigeria and Tunisia were on the list.“The additions include ISIS-Bangladesh, ISIS-Egypt, ISIS-Philippines, ISIS-Somalia, ISIS-West Africa, Jund al-Khilafah-Tunisia, also known as ISIS-Tunisia, and the Philippines-based Maute Group, also known as Islamic State of Lanao,” Reuters quoted the OFAC to have said.The US State Department said in a separate statement that, including the latest additions, it had designated 40 Islamic State leaders and operatives dating back to...
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By REUTERS WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury Department has added two individuals and seven organizations in Africa and Asia connected to Islamic State to its sanctions list for global terrorism, it said on Tuesday.The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said on its website it had added Abu Musab Al-Barnawi of Nigeria and Mahad Moalim of Somalia, and seven groups from Bangladesh, Egypt, the Philippines, Somalia, Nigeria and Tunisia to its sanctions list.The additions include ISIS-Bangladesh, ISIS-Egypt, ISIS-Philippines, ISIS-Somalia, ISIS-West Africa, Jund al-Khilafah-Tunisia, also known as ISIS-Tunisia, and the Philippines-based Maute Group, also known as Islamic State of Lanao, OFAC said.The U.S. State Department said in a separate statement that including the latest additions, it had designated 40 Islamic State leaders and operatives dating back to 2011 under an order aimed at denying them access to the U.S. financial system."These designations are part of a larger comprehensive plan to...
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By: World Israel News StaffIDF forces raided the Palestinian village of Nebe Saleh in Samaria Sunday night and made several arrests in wake of a recent increase in acts of terrorism and violence emanating from the village.Security forces arrested nine suspects involved in acts of terror.Security forces also carried out an operation to locate weapons in the nearby Palestinian village of Ein Yabroud and seized two guns, as well as a raid in the city of Bethlehem, where they confiscated thousands of shekels in funds collected for terrorism.In total, 16 Palestinians were arrested.In related news, an IDF spokesman announced Monday that a general closure will be implemented in Judea and Samaria beginning Tuesday night, ahead of the Purim holiday, which will be celebrated Wednesday night, Thursday and Friday.The crossing points into Israel will reopen for Palestinians on Saturday night. Humanitarian cases will receive special permits to cross into Israel. Read...
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DW by Matthias von Hein It has been just 3 1/2 years since the self-proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the founding of the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) at the mosque of the freshly captured city of Mosul in Iraq.Read more: Munich Security Conference: Europe's elusive common security policyNow, after a long and bloody military campaign, the group has been wholly driven out of the country. And in neighboring Syria, only isolated pockets of IS fighters remain in the former IS stronghold of Raqqa. At its zenith, some 40,000 people took up arms for IS. Now 3,000 of them are hiding in the desert – or are seeking new areas of operation.Although the terror group has been thwarted in its efforts to create a sovereign state, it nevertheless lives on. It still has its propaganda division — albeit greatly weakened. It also lives on in the hearts of its blind...