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The Jakarta Post Charlotte Van Ouwerkerk Agence France-Presse Qatar Backed ‘Terrorism And Extremism’, UAE Tells UN Court The United Arab Emirates accused Qatar on Monday of backing "terrorism and extremism" as the three-year-old Gulf diplomatic crisis returned to the UN's top court. Abu Dhabi urged the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) to throw out a case brought by Doha claiming measures taken against Qatar amounted to racial discrimination. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and several other allies severed ties with Qatar in a shock move in 2017, accusing Doha of backing terrorism and siding with their regional rival Iran. They imposed an effective blockade by land, air and sea, and ordered the expulsion of Qatari nationals. Qatar dragged the UAE to the ICJ a year later seeking to get the measures lifted. The allies faced a "grave threat brought by Qatar's support for terrorism and extremism," Abdallah al-Naqbi, director...
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The Clarion Project Intelligence Network Identifying and monitoring violent and criminal extremists The Clarion Intelligence Network (CIN) is a division of the Clarion Project that identifies and monitors violent and criminal extremists. Led by CIN Director Ryan Mauro, Clarion Project’s national security analyst and prominent media commentator, the CIN team uses Open Source Intelligence, undercover investigators, confidential sources and other methods to identify extremists of all stripes. CIN also contributes to Clarion Project’s public in-depth reports and analyses, which are often used to brief policymakers and law enforcement personnel. Research into Islamberg & its Islamic VillagesCIN has special expertise in the Islamist cult known as “Muslims of the Americas” (MOA), previously known as Jammat ul-Fuqra. The group claims to have 22 “Islamic villages” in North America, including its 70-acre “Islamberg” headquarters in upstate New York. FuqraFiles.com, the most comprehensive and authoritative source of information about the group, was launched to...
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The Jerusalem Post ISIS Spreading In Africa, Seizes A City In Mozambique This slow process of ISIS radicalization has taken place for a year or more. By SETH J. FRANTZMAN Three years after ISIS appeared to be on its last legs in Iraq and Syria it has seized a city in Mozambique. The city is called Mocimboa da Praia and now there are fears it may have a foothold that is growing in the country. This slow process of ISIS radicalization has taken place for a year or more. However it was largely dismissed as fear mongering. Now the group has infiltrated and some are concerned that it may be on the cusp of a larger offensive. Much like in the ISIS offensive in Iraq in the summer of 2014 the attacks in southeast Africa have displaced hundreds of thousands. There are questions about how the port city might be...
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Homeland Security Secretary Says It May Deploy Federal Troops Into Portland After Protest Fatality Forbes Matt Perez, Forbes StaffFollowing clashes between Black Lives Matter protesters and a pro-Trump caravan that left one individual dead on Saturday night, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said on ABC's This Week on Sunday that "all options to continue to be on the table" regarding sending federal troops back to the city, in defiance of local leaders. Key Facts "I believe all options continue to be on the table, specifically as we talk about Portland," Wolf said, adding that the mayor and Oregon's governor "continue to refuse any type of federal assistance." On August 28, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler told Trump in a letter to "stay away" from the city, citing the controversial deployment of troops into Portland in July that fueled clashes with protesters as videos of federal law enforcement pulling people into...

What Will It Take to Rein In the Violence?

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Clarion Project What Will It Take to Rein In the Violence? Far Right groups face off with Antifa amid more violence by Meira Svirsky Antifa faced off with two Far Right groups this weekend as well as exacted violence in Brooklyn and Portland, where they stormed a residential neighborhood.In Georgia, local news reported that outside of Stone Mountain, demonstrating militias were confronted by counterprotesters. Both groups were armed with guns and neither one had applied for a protest permit.Park officials said a Far Right group out of Alabama, the “3 Percenters,” applied for a permit but were denied because of past violence. The group, which claims its ideology is to defend the Constitution, said they were there to defend the local Confederate monument.After heated shouting, the two groups began shoving each other and fights erupted. At that point, police and a SWAT team moved in, stopping the violence but making...
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American Military Times US Airstrike Takes Out Terrorist Bomb-Maker In Somalia by Ryan Morgan The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has taken out a high-value member of the Al Shabaab terror group in Somalia on Thursday.AFRICOM confirmed the successful airstrike in an emailed statement to American Military News. The Al Shabaab member, who was not named, had a history of making explosives and was reportedly working to place Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on a public road at the time of the strike near the vicinity of Kurtun Warey, Somalia.The AFRICOM statement assessed they successfully killed the Al Shabaab bomber and destroyed a nearby motorcycle. No civilians were assessed to have been injured or killed as a result of this airstrike.“Al-Shabaab continues to put Somali people in danger by ruthlessly attempting to place explosive devices in public areas,” U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Joel Tyler, AFRICOM director of operations said of Al Shabaab....
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New York Post BLM protesters set Portland police station on fire as riot intensifiesBy Lee Brown Black Lives Matter militants set fire to a police station in Portland Sunday night during yet another night of violence in the Oregon city.The march on the Portland Police Bureau’s north precinct had already been declared an unlawful assembly as police say they were pelted with “rocks and bottles” and had “powerful green lasers” pointed at them.But a mob of at least 300 continued to advance despite repeated warnings by police — and lit an awning on the precinct ablaze, The Oregonian said.“Criminal Activity has continued. This event is now a RIOT,” police warned via social media as well as repeated loudspeaker announcements. Full Story: https://nypost.com/2020/08/24/blm-protesters-set-portland-police-station-on-fire/...
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  Fox News Radical Islamic Cleric Accused Of Recruiting For ISIS Extradited To NYC On Terrorism Charges The defendant is widely seen as one of the most influential English-speaking Muslim extremists in the world By Paul Best Abdullah al-Faisal, a radical Islamic cleric known as Shaikh Faisal, was arraigned in New York City Friday on charges that he supported terrorism by plotting to recruit for the Islamic State. He pleaded not guilty.The cleric has been linked to other high-profile terrorists, including the attempted Times Square bomber in 2010, the “Underwear Bomber” in 2008 and several other convicted or suspected terrorists in New York, London and elsewhere.Federal authorities normally lead investigations of international terrorism cases, but Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. and the NYPD led this investigation. The NYPD's investigation started when al-Faisal tried to recruit an undercover NYPD officer who was posing as a wannabe jihadist in December 2016,...
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Cincinnati Enquirer 2 mass shootings in Cincinnati amplify a violent and deadly summer in the city by Terry DeMio and Cameron Knight Cincinnati joins cities such as Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis in having more than one mass shooting on a single day in 2020, following an outbreak of shootings in the dark hours of Sunday morning. Four people were dead and 18 wounded in four separate shootings Sunday, according to city police and the Hamilton County coroner. Police identified four of the victims as part of three separate shootings. No one had been arrested by 4 p.m. Sunday.Two of Sunday's shootings – one in Over-the-Rhine in which 10 people were shot with at least two killed, and the other a quadruple shooting in Avondale – qualified as mass shootings. Read more: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2020/08/16/cincinnati-has-two-mass-shootings-less-than-24-hours-joining-detroit-chicago/5594657002/...
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  China: Military Experts Urge Beijing to Prepare for War with U.S.   by Lawrence A. Franklin  •  Gatestone Institute   Wang further warns that U.S. President Donald J. Trump is likely to initiate a military conflict in the South China Sea region before the November 3 U.S. presidential election, speculating that "stirring up external frictions, especially military conflicts with China, will help the incumbent president for his re-election campaign." The leaders of China's Communist Party (CCP) also see that nothing was done by anyone, including the U.S., to stop China's grab of Hong Kong this year -- 27 years early. This paralysis of the West must have looked to the CCP like a green light to keep on grabbing. China, however, has been the party with the hostile intent, not only with Hong Kong, but also with an attack on northern India, an extensive military base build-up in the...
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The Jerusalem Post Scholar Presents Global Map Of Hezbollah Terrorist Operations The map “divulges the little-known fact that in 2010, Hezbollah stored ammonium nitrate intended for making explosives in a house purchased by a French Lebanese professor." By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL  A leading expert on the Lebanese terrorist movement Hezbollah’s operations across the globe presented last week the first-ever interactive multimedia tool chronicling the Shi’ite organization’s malign activities. “Hezbollah is active not only along the Blue Line, not only in Syria, but in other military conflicts throughout the region and in terrorist activity around the world,” Matthew Levitt, the Hezbollah expert, told The Jerusalem Post on Friday.“The group goes to great lengths to publicize the other activities it wants people to know about, social welfare activity and political activity for example. But it goes to still greater lengths to hide its covert, illegal activities, from terrorist operations to narcotics trafficking in...

Who Funds Terrorism In Lebanon?

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Gulf News Who Funds Terrorism In Lebanon? Accusations of Qatar financing terrorism are very serious, says British MP by Samir Salama, Associate Editor Abu Dhabi: Since the July 2006 war, the effects of “Thank you Qatar” continue to this day. This is how the relationship between Qatar and Hezbollah, which continued after 2006 in the dark, was devoted to financial and moral support through the Kefraya and Al Foah negotiations, and the billions deal to release 26 fishermen who belonged to the ruling family of Qatar.In the latest chapters of the Qatari conspiracy with the Devil Party, the American Fox News channel revealed that Doha had funded the delivery of weapons to the terrorist Hezbollah militia, considering that this would endanger the American forces in Qatar, which number about 10,000 people. A file provided by security expert Jason G. documented the purchase of weapons in Qatar. He told Fox News...
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Modern Diplomacy Cross-Border Links Between Terrorists, Organized Crime, Underscore Need For Coherent Global Response by MD Staff The nexus between terrorism and organized crime took centre stage in the Security Council on Thursday, with experts raising fresh concerns over opportunistic alliances emerging among belligerents who share a hostility towards national authorities, and seek to exploit vulnerabilities created by the COVID-19 crisis.“Comprehensive and cooperative responses are needed more than ever”, said Ghada Waly, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  The COVID-19 crisis is raising a new set of challenges for national authorities, as criminals seek to exploit vulnerabilities created by lockdowns and shifting travel patterns.  Building the capacities to deal with these threats is now a key part of UNODC’s focus, she noted.Presenting the Secretary-General’s report on actions taken by Member States to address the links between terrorism and organized crime, mandated by resolution 2482 (2019),...
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The Africa Report Islamic State’s Great ‘Capacity To Regenerate’ Itself By Mourad Kamel The Islamic State armed group has been largely weakened in recent years, but under its new leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the terrorist organisation is regrouping and once again sowing its seeds of violence.It was not until a week after the death of the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October 2019 in Idlib, Syria that the successor to the self-proclaimed Caliph was appointed: Muhammad Said Abd Al Rahman al-Mawla, officially known as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.Once an unknown man,  he is often referred to by his nickname Abu Omar al-Turkmani, or simply al-Turkmani, the Turkmen.“Jihadist propaganda was thus trying to give credence to the fiction surrounding the leader, not only of Arab descent, but also a descendant of the Prophet Mohammed through his Quraych tribe and his Hashemite clan,” explains Jean-Pierre Filiu, a professor in...

Holding Murderous Terrorists Accountable

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National Review Holding Murderous Terrorists Accountable By Madeleine Kearns Imagine you had a beloved child, born in a free and prosperous country. Imagine that he or she grew into a brave and selfless adult, the kind that ventured into some war-stricken land to help those less fortunate. Now imagine that he or she was mercilessly abducted, starved, tortured, raped, beaten, stripped of his or her clothing, and barbarically murdered in front of the whole world. Unimaginable, isn’t it? Tragically, Diane and John Foley, Paul and Ed Kassig, Marsha and Carl Mueller, Shirley and Art Sotloff — as well as the families of the 23 other victims of the ISIS cell nicknamed the “Beatles” (on account of their English accents) — know only too well what this is like. For six years, these parents have been suffering the shock of this real-life nightmare. Now they are worried that their children’s killers...
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New Research Investigates the Impact of COVID-19 on TerrorismALBANY, N.Y. (July 30, 2020) – While government leaders are focused on fighting COVID-19, the threat of terrorism has not gone away. In fact, homeland security experts have warned that violent extremists may seek to take advantage of the fear and disruption around the pandemic to further their agenda and recruit new members.Gary Ackerman, an associate professor at the University at Albany’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), who specializes in terrorist ideology, recently teamed up with CEHC graduate student Hayley Peterson to explore both the challenges and opportunities that the COVID-19 crisis presents for terrorist organizations.Their observational report was recently published in Perspectives on Terrorism.“During times of crisis, we often see terrorists exploit the situation and use it for propaganda,” said Ackerman. “This is particularly true amongst anti-government groups on both the far-right and far-left. They take advantage...
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CBS Tampa Bay Cumming Man Sentenced For Attempted Attack On The White House Hasher Jallal Taheb, 23, of Cumming, Georgia, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting an attack upon the White House. Taheb also planned attacks on the Statue of Liberty, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and a synagogue.“Taheb planned to conduct a terrorist attack on the White House as part of what he claimed was his obligation to engage in jihad,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.  “And that was just one of the iconic American landmarks he wanted to target.  Thanks to a tip from a member of the community and the work of the agents, analysts, and prosecutors responsible for this case, the threat posed by the defendant was neutralized and the defendant has now been sentenced for his planned terrorist attack.”“Taheb painstakingly planned an attack on the White House...
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Euronews The Number Of Prisoners Jailed In Europe On Terrorism Charges At 20-Year High, Says Report By Alessio Dellanna More people are in jail on terrorism-related offences in Europe than at any point in the last two decades, a study has found.The report, published by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR), says there are currently over 1,400 individuals held on terrorism-related charges across 10 European countries.France is detaining most of them, 549. Spain follows with 329 people jailed, while 238 are detained in the UK and 136 in BelgiumOther countries mentioned in the report are Sweden (53 prisoners), Netherlands (36), Norway (34), Greece (around 20) and Norway (19). The size of the terrorism-linked prison population jumps to more than 3,000 if we also take into account those being "monitored for signs of their radicalisation".Jihadists account for 82% of the prisoners, while far-right supporters make up almost 7%....
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Washington Examiner 'Absolutely irresponsible': DHS chief calls Democrats' condemnation of law enforcement 'dangerous' by Mica Soellner Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf warned against a "dangerous" trend of demonizing law enforcement across the country.As federal officers have clashed with protesters amid violent unrest in Portland over the past few weeks, Wolf said Sunday that there's been an inaccurate description of what agents are doing to control the situation and that calling the demonstrations "peaceful" is misleading. Wolf said when he recently spoke with Democratic members of Congress, only one lawmaker, whom he didn't mention by name, asked him if his officers were OK."We’re standing up for law and order," Wolf said on Fox News's Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo. "And anyone who says otherwise is not being accurate. I will say that the other side that wants to criticize law enforcement, what they don’t do, they do...
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Iran's Military Alliance with China Threatens Middle East Security   by Con Coughlin  •  Gatestone Institute   Announcing Iran's intention to build a new military base in the Indian Ocean, Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, the commander of the naval attachment of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said that the base would be used to protect fishing and commercial vessels from piracy and "foreign ships", a reference to the US-led multinational naval task force that is currently protecting Gulf shipping from Iranian interference. As part of the deal negotiated with Beijing, China is to be allowed access to a number of Iranian ports, including Chabahar, with the Chinese reported to be planning to build a new military base in the vicinity of the port. The construction of such a base would enable the Chinese Navy to monitor the activities of the U.S. Navy in the area, in particular the U.S. Navy's...