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126th cross-border tunnel discovered in Arizona

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American Military News Video: 126th cross-border tunnel discovered in Arizona U.S. Border Patrol agents, working with Mexican law enforcement, discovered yet another cross-border tunnel Tuesday, that runs beneath the streets of Nogales.Tucson Sector agents and Mexico’s Guardia Nacional located the tunnel’s entrance in the floor of the existing Grand Avenue drainage system in Mexico. The rudimentary tunnel, located approximately 580 yards west of the Dennis DeConcin Crossing at the Nogales Port of Entry, is hand-dug with no shoring, ventilation or lighting. The tunnel runs approximately 15-20 feet underground at its deepest point and extends approximately 30 feet from beginning to end, where the cartel left it incomplete. Read more: https://americanmilitarynews.com/2020/02/video-126th-cross-border-tunnel-discovered-in-arizona/...

Today’s Islamic Conquest of the West

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Today’s Islamic Conquest of the West Clarion Project By Raheel Raza An Islamic scholar and grand imam in Egypt was demoted from his senior status and banned from giving lectures or Friday sermons for daring to question the legitimacy of the concept of Islamic conquest.As reported by The Arab Weekly, Nashaat Zarraa contends that Islam does not call for attacking others because of their differing religious beliefs and that the Quran sanctions religious freedom.Zarraa pointed to the consequence of promoting the concept of Islamic conquest:    “The risk with sanctifying Islamic conquests in such an absolute way is implicitly condoning the approach by that terrorist organisations that use conquests as justification for jihad against all those who disagree with them in thought and belief, despite the fact that Islam restricts jihad to self-defense and does not justify the use of intimidation, killing and enslaving women to spread the faith.” Read more:...
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WTOL Toledo Law enforcement urges caution after slew of violent crimes at Toledo gas stations Police are cautioning the public to constantly be vigilant when visiting public places like gas stations and convenience stores after recent violent incidents. by Michael Tatar (WTOL)TOLEDO, Ohio — After a number of violent crimes at local gas stations and convenience spots, local law enforcement is reminding community members to stay vigilant when out in public.This warning comes after a woman was stabbed to death in what seems to be random attack at a gas station in Toledo Saturday. Lucas County Sheriff's Cpt. Matt Luettke stressed that it's not only gas stations and convenience stores."The important thing to remember is it can happen anywhere," he said. "Restaurants, gas stations, anywhere where there's the public." Read more: https://www.wtol.com/article/news/local/police-warn-to-stay-vigilant-at-public-places-after-violent-crimes/512-6c71f96c-2b9d-4ca6-bb14-0d6c1bb8ff28...

Morocco Dismantles Pro-ISIS Terror Cell

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Asharq Al-Awsat Morocco Dismantles Pro-ISIS Terror Cell Rabat - Latifa Larousni Moroccan authorities dismantled Monday a suspected terrorist cell in the northeastern city of Sidi Slimane, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.The Central Office of Judicial Investigations arrested four pro-ISIS members aged 23 to 51, which came within the government's efforts to arrest extremist members making terrorist plots.Authorities seized electronic devices, bladed weapons, a military trellis and several manuscripts that proved the cell's affiliation to ISIS, said the ministry.Initial investigations have revealed that the leader of this terrorist cell, who was arrested in 2014 for terror charges following the dismantling of another terrorist cell that used to recruit militants and send them to Syria and Iraq, had recruited the members of his cell who share the same extremist thoughts.The suspects planned to carry out terrorist projects aimed at undermining the security of citizens and destabilizing the public order. Read...
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The Sydney Morning Herald Bollards Take Over The Beaches As Threat Of Terrorism Changes The Face Of Sydney By Andrew Taylor Sydney councils are scrambling to secure crowded places as the federal government warns that sites such as stadiums, shopping centres, pedestrian malls and major events continue to be attractive targets for terrorists.Concrete barriers have been installed as a temporary measure to secure busy locations such as Bondi Beach, the light rail along George Street in Sydney's CBD and in Cronulla. Over summer, North Bondi became the latest site to be surrounded by bollards, after Waverley Council spent $134,000 placing concrete blocks along Campbell Parade to protect the popular beach.   Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/bollards-take-over-the-beaches-as-threat-of-terrorism-changes-the-face-of-sydney-20200227-p5453f.html...
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Reuters Clashes Break Out In Somalia, Slowing Fight Against Al Qaeda-Linked Insurgents by Abdi SheikhMOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali troops clashed with a regional militia on Friday in one of the most serious outbreaks of fighting yet over political rivalries that Washington says are slowing the war against al Qaeda-linked insurgents. Eleven people were killed in the violence, witnesses said.Tension spilled over on Thursday evening between the Somali National Army and the Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a (ASWJ) militia, a group of moderate Sufi Muslims which has played a key role in the fight against the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency.Clashes began in Dhusamareb, administrative capital of central Somalia’s Galmudug state, and spread to Guriel town, 60 km (40 miles) away, on Friday, residents said.One resident said government forces had attacked a house where prominent ASWJ leaders live, and the two sides were fighting with mortars and anti-aircraft guns in the city...
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DW US and Taliban sign historic deal to end Afghan conflictRepresentatives of the United States and the Taliban have sealed a landmark agreement in Qatar to end the 18-year-long Afghan war. The deal will pave the way for an intra-Afghan dialogue. Shamil Shams reports from Doha. After the successful implementation of a weeklong reduction in violence in Afghanistan, the US and the Taliban on Saturday inked an agreement to end the protracted conflict.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban’s spokesperson in Doha, Suhail Shaheen, attended the deal signing ceremony.The deal sets into motion the drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan — a key Taliban demand since the start of the conflict in 2001. Read more: http://www.dw.com/a-52582850...

Qaeda, ISIS Affiliates Team Up In West Africa

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Asharq Al-Awsat Qaeda, ISIS Affiliates Team Up In West Africa The only place in the world where militants linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS are cooperating is in West Africa's sprawling Sahel region, giving the extremists greater depth as they push into new areas, according to the commander of the US military's special forces in Africa."I believe that if it‘s left unchecked it could very easily develop into a great threat to the West and the United States,” US Air Force Brig. Gen. Dagvin Anderson told The Associated Press in an interview this week.The leader of US Special Operations Command Africa described the threat even as the Pentagon considers reducing the US military presence in Africa.Experts have long worried about collaboration between al-Qaeda and ISIS. While the cooperation in the Sahel is not currently a direct threat to the US or the West, “it’s very destabilizing to the region,” Anderson said....
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NBC News Russia deploys warships to Syria coast after Turkey loses 33 soldiers in attack Turkish President Recep Erdogan is looking West for support, and at his country's request NATO will be holding a meeting on the situation. By Matthew BodnerLONDON — Russia on Friday announced it had dispatched two state-of-the-art warships to the Middle East after an attack in Syria killed 33 Turkish soldiers.Videos posted on social media showed two of Russia’s newest guided missile frigates, the Admiral Grigorovich and Admiral Makarov, making their way through the Bosporus, a Turkish-controlled chokepoint that runs through Istanbul, on their way to the Syrian coast.Though Russia and Turkey have seen a rapprochement in recent years, much to the chagrin of the U.S. and its NATO allies, the two sides pursue opposing goals in Syria: Moscow backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Ankara backs rebel groups opposing him in northern Syria. Read more:...
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A senior official brief on the situation said an employee recently fired from the facility returned to the scene and opened fire By AP, Staff An employee opened fire Wednesday at one of the nation's largest breweries in Milwaukee, killing five fellow workers before taking his own life, police said.Police said the gunman is a 51-year-old Milwaukee man who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Authorities offered no immediate motive for the attack and did not release details about the shooter or how the shooting unfolded.The identities of those who passed away will be released at a later time, Police Chief Alfonso Morales said. No one was wounded beyond those who were killed, authorities said.Officers worked for hours to clear the more than 20 buildings in the complex where more than 1,000 people work. Police announced at a late evening news conference that the work was done and all employees had...
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The Defense Post French actions ‘neutralize 50 terrorists’ near Mopti in central Mali Barkhane operations between February 9 and 17 targeted Islamic State and al-Qaeda affiliated militants by Fergus Kelly Around 50 militants were “neutralized” in actions carried out by the France-led Operation Barkhane targeting Islamic State and al-Qaeda affiliated fighters in Mali, according to an Armed Forces Ministry release.The operations, conducted in two phases between February 9 and 17 around the central town of Mopti, were the result of “preparatory work and intelligence gathering that made it possible to characterize with certainty the activity of armed terrorist groups,” the Thursday, February 20 release said.Around 30 motorcycles and two pickup trucks were destroyed, and weapons, telephones and electronic equipment were seized during the actions.In the first operation, carried out northwest of Mopti between February 9 and 10, airstrikes conducted by Reaper drones and Mirage 2000 jet fighter aircraft along with...

US Airstrikes Kill 4 Islamic State Terrorists In Afghanistan

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  Voice Of America US Airstrikes Kill 4 Islamic State Terrorists In Afghanistan  By Ayaz Gul ISLAMABAD - U.S. military officials in Afghanistan say airstrikes have killed at least four Islamic State terrorists in eastern Afghanistan as a weeklong reduced fighting truce between U.S.-backed Afghan security forces and the Taliban insurgency entered its fourth day without any significant breaches.The two counterterrorism airstrikes Tuesday focused on areas in the Afghan province of Kunar, which houses Islamic State bases and borders Pakistan, the U.S. military spokesman tweeted.“We continue to eliminate ISIS terrorists wherever they hide to protect Afghanistan while honoring U.S.-Afghan-Taliban agreement to reduce the violence,” stressed Col. Sonny Leggett in reference to the Middle Eastern terrorist group.    Read more: https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/us-airstrikes-kill-4-islamic-state-terrorists-afghanistan...
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Military Times Taliban Attacks Significantly Down As Reduction In Violence Deal Appears To Hold by Shawn Snow The week-long reduction in violence deal hashed out between the Taliban and the U.S. appears to be holding up. Attacks have so far been significantly reduced, potentially leading to the signing of a long-term peace deal on Feb. 29 and the withdrawal of American troops.Reports emanating from the battlefield indicate only a handful of attacks over the last four days across Afghanistan since the reduction in violence deal went into effect on Feb. 22. Afghanistan-based Tolo News has reported a total of 17 attacks carried out by the Taliban between Feb. 22 and Feb. 25.New York Times journalist Mujib Mashal reported roughly nine major attacks and 15 dead over the first three days of the implementation of the violence reduction trial period.The Taliban claimed a couple of IED strikes against Afghan military and...
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INSIDER More than 50 people were injured when the driver of a silver Mercedes mowed down a carnival crowd in Germany by Rhea Mahbubani At least 52 people were hurt when the driver of a silver Mercedes station wagon drove into a carnival procession in Volkmarsen, Germany, on Monday. Eighteen children who were celebrating Rose Monday have been injured and 35 people are still in hospital, police say. A 29-year-old German man has been arrested in connection with the attack, but a motive is still unknown since police have been unable to interview him since he too was injured. Volker Bouffier, the leader of Hesse, the state in which Volkmarsen is located, said he was "shocked at the terrible act." This attack comes on the heels of a far-right mass shooting that left nine people dead in Hanau, Germany, on February 19. Read more: https://www.insider.com/52-people-injured-car-plows-into-crowd-german-carnival-volkmarsen-2020-2...
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Asharq Al-Awsat 3 Terrorist Camps Discovered In Tunisia’s Kasserine Mountains Mongi SaidaniTunisia’s interior ministry confirmed that security units had discovered, between February 10 and 22, three terrorist camps in the Kasserine Mountains in western Tunisia.The Ministry of Interior confirmed that these camps were uncovered during combing operations across mountainous highlands, and through intelligence provided to security services.In the three camps, equipment used in the manufacture of conventional mines, which terrorists had previously used to hinder army and security units that were chasing them, was found.Also found were cooking utensils, medicinal residues, water sterilization material and drilling tools.Tunisian extremist groups experts emphasized that the recent use of these camps confirms that the battle with terrorism has not ended yet and that hostility against the civilian state is still harbored. Read more: https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2147216/3-terrorist-camps-discovered-tunisia%E2%80%99s-kasserine-mountains...

Pakistan: Terror And Impunity – Analysis

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Eurasia Review Pakistan: Terror And Impunity – Analysis By Ajit Kumar SinghBacked by ‘all weather friend’ China, Pakistan again escaped the ignominy of being put into the ‘club’ of High-Risk Jurisdictions, commonly referred to as the ‘black list’, by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran are the two present members of the ‘club’.  Despite Islamabad’s continued attempts to deceive FATF by taking superficial action and come out of the Jurisdictions under Increased Monitoring, the ‘grey list’, however, FATF decided to keep Pakistan in this listing, along with 17 other countries. Pakistan has been on the ‘grey list’ since June 2018.  FATF President Xiangmin Liu of China, chaired the FATF Plenary held on February 19-21, 2020, at Paris, France. In a release dated February 21, 2020, FATF noted that “all deadlines in the action plan have expired” and the FATF “again expresses...

Germany: Injury toll rises in Carnival attack

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DW Germany: Injury toll rises in Carnival attack Dozens of people were hurt when a man ploughed his car through a crowd during Carnival festivities in the western German town of Volkmarsen. Authorities are set to question the 29-year-old suspect. The number of injured in the German town of Volkmarsen has been put at over 50 on Tuesday, a day after a man drove a vehicle into a crowd in what police are calling a "deliberate act."  Eighteen of the injured were children. 35 people are still being treated with injuries.Investigators are hoping to question a 29-year-old man, who is suspected of driving a silver Mercedes car into the Rose Monday Carnival parade.The suspect reportedly was a local from the town of 6,800 inhabitants. He was known to police in connection with other offenses including breach of the peace and assault. He was not known to authorities as an extremist,...
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Bloomberg U.S. Bombs Al-Shabaab Compound In Somalia, Wounding Three By Steven T. Dennis The U.S. Africa Command bombed an al-Shabaab compound near Dujuuma, Somalia, on Sunday, the seventh in a series of strikes on the terrorist group this month in operations coordinated with the Somalia government.Three militants were wounded, per a U.S. assessment, a day after two others were killed and one wounded at a compound near Saakow, Somalia, and four days after a strike killed three people near Wadajir, Somalia. No civilians were injured or killed, per a U.S. assessment.Gregory Hadfield, the deputy director of intelligence for the U.S. Africa Command, touted the importance of U.S. support for the counter-terrorism mission. Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-23/u-s-bombs-al-shabaab-compound-in-somalia-wounding-three...
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The Washington Post Al-Qaeda And Islamic State Groups Are Working Together In West Africa To Grab Large Swaths Of Territory By Danielle Paquette and Joby Warrick NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania — Groups linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, at war with each other in the Middle East, are working together to take control of territory across a vast stretch of West Africa, U.S. and local officials say, sparking fears the regional threat could grow into a global crisis.Fighters appear to be coordinating attacks and carving out mutually agreed-upon areas of influence in the Sahel, the strip of land beneath the Sahara desert. The rural territory at risk is so large it could “fit multiple Afghanistans and Iraqs,” said Brig. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, head of the U.S. military’s Special Operations arm in Africa.“What we’ve seen is not just random acts of violence under a terrorist banner but a deliberate campaign that is...
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Military Times Record Breaking US Airstrikes Pushing Al-Shabab Fighters Into Urban Areas by Shawn Snow  A recent UN report said that record breaking airstrikes targeting al-Shabab militants in Somalia is forcing the group to move from rural areas to urban centers to mitigate American air power.The report also detailed that improvised explosive attacks carried out by the al-Qaida-affiliated Islamic extremist group are up. From May 1, 2019 to Oct. 12, 3019, Shabab fighters carried out 99 IED attacks —which is an increase from the 83 carried out by the group during the same period in 2018, according to the UN.The U.S. kicked off 2020 with a bang in Somalia launching nearly 14 airstrikes since the start of the new year putting the U.S. on pace for another record breaking year for airstrikes against militants in the country, according to figures provided by U.S. Africa Command. Read more: https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2020/02/20/record-breaking-us-airstrikes-pushing-al-shabab-fighters-into-urban-areas/...