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Norway: Threat of Jihad

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Gatestone Institute by Judith Bergman Norway seems to be making the same poorly thought-out choices as Britain.It has apparently not occurred to these authorities that encouraging Muslims in prison to study the Quran and hadiths, with their exhortations to jihad against the "infidels", may in itself serve to radicalize the inmates.The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) just published in February its yearly threat assessment. It concluded -- as did its threat assessment for 2016 -- that Norway might experience an Islamic terrorist attack from Islamic State (ISIS) sympathizers acting upon ISIS's call to carry out independent attacks. The PST explains:"These calls to action are one reason why we have seen an increase over the last few years in the number of lone terrorist attacks in the West. The likeliest scenario for a terrorist attack in a Western country is an ISIL-/AQ-inspired attack carried out with a simple weapon against a...
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Jerusalem Post By Lahav HarkovAs Jerusalem continues to reel from Friday's terror attack at the capital's light rail, Israeli politicians lament the increase in Islamic terrorism in Israel and across the globe. The stabbing attack on Jerusalem’s light rail Friday is another terrifying example of Islamic terrorism’s impact on cities around the world, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said following the attack.“The terrorism of radical Islam strikes the world’s capitals. Unfortunately, it struck the capital of Israel – Jerusalem – today,” he stated. “A Palestinian terrorist murdered a 23-year-old student, a citizen of Great Britain, in cold blood,” the premier said, sending condolences in the name of all of Israel.The Palestinian terrorist, a 57-year-old man from east Jerusalem, also wounded two Israelis. Netanyahu added that security forces are constantly fighting terrorism and prevented several attacks in recent days.“Our forces will continue protecting Israelis around the clock,” he said.Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon...
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  By: Homeland Security Today Staff Federal, state and local entities are committed to sharing counterterrorism information by undertaking programs and initiatives that have improved information sharing, however, the Inspectors General (IG) of the Intelligence Community (IC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) identified in a joint report on the domestic sharing of counterterrorism information that there are numerous gaps and shortfalls in “several areas in which improvements could enhance the sharing of counterterrorism information.” The IGs’ joint report stated that, “To share information effectively, the federal, state and local entities actively involved in counterterrorism efforts must understand each other’s roles, responsibilities and contributions, especially when multiple agencies are involved in complex investigations. The review found that this is an area where information sharing could be strengthened. For example, both DHS and the FBI have counterterrorism-related missions and a role in gathering and disseminating counterterrorism information, yet...
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Express In the wake of the Westminster and Stockholm terrorist attacks, the British Government is ramping up efforts to protect our cities. Exclusive by Belinda Robinson The Government has been using architects to redesign British cities and buildings to create bollards and barriers that can block terrorists who want to use trucks or bombs to kill. Anti-terror barriers have been secretly built into public spaces in London, Bristol, Manchester and other UK cities to withstand heavy impacts – like a seven-tonne truck driven at 50mph. The work has been carried out with little public knowledge over the past several years. And, the Home Office has been working alongside the Royal Institute of British Architects, the police and engineers - often without the public noticing. MI5 and its partners are busy implementing even more counter terrorism efforts once again, weeks after the Westminster terror attacker Khalid Massood, 52, killed five innocent...
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Heat Street By Robert Verkaik The use of vehicles to carry out terror atrocities across Europe has forced the security services to rethink their counter-terrorism strategy. Stockholm, where a radicalised, determined killer used a truck to bring carnage to the city streets, has grimly highlighted how difficult it is to defend against low-tech terror. What will have particularly worried Western security officials was that Rakhmat Akilov, 39, an asylum seeker from Uzbekistan, had also managed to turn his vehicle into a moving bomb. Had the home-made explosive device detonated, the death toll would have been much higher. Security chiefs have long feared a shift from sophisticated terror plots, popular with al Qaeda, to attacks carried out by lone wolves making use of weapons from whatever is at hand. It means the often slow build up to an attack, which has proved vital in providing intelligence warnings of such plots, is...
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InHomelandSecurity.com ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian security officials have thwarted plans by Islamic State group-linked Boko Haram members to attack the embassies of the United States and Britain, authorities said Wednesday. A Department of State Services statement said it broke up a ring that had “perfected plans to attack the UK and American embassies and other Western interests” in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. The statement said five suspects who had been based in Benue state and the Federal Capital Territory were arrested on March 25 and 26. Another 20-year-old Boko Haram member was arrested March 22 in Yobe state and “confessed his involvement in executing the sinister activities of the group.” The statement gave no further details, and officials with the department could not immediately be reached. “For purposes of operational security, we do not comment on our security posture,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in Washington. He added: “The...
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The Weekly Standard By J.P. Carroll The Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing of the House Financial Services Committee released a report Tuesday highlighting the methods terrorist groups use to secure money and prescribing ways for the United States to combat them. The report, which was the product of a bipartisan group created by Financial Services Committee chairman Jeb Hensarling in March last year, suggests that much work remains to combat terror financing despite many advances in preventing terrorists from acquiring the funding necessary to commit attacks in the post-9/11 era. To illustrate the seriousness of the national security challenge stemming from taking on terror finance, the task force specifically details the manner in which major terrorist groups have secured funding for their activities. There is a particular emphasis in the report on the fundraising activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria, ISIS in Syria, Hezbollah in Latin America, Al-Shabaab in...
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Breitbart UK by Virginia Hale Gothenburg City Theatre has defended its decision to continue showing a controversial play, whose writer and director says aims to “humanise” terrorists after an Islamist attack struck Sweden Friday.Still showing at the theatre, the play Jihadisten tells the story of a young man in Sweden who heads to Syria to join a terrorist organisation, after being “slowly radicalised”. Its writer and director Johan Gry told SVT last month: “The aim [of the play] is to humanise the terrorist, so to speak, and we are daring to show how he is a human being.” Going on to equate people who lack sympathy for Islamic terrorists with Islamic State and similar violent groups, he said: “For if we are not brave enough to do that, then we dehumanise this person in the same way as [Islamic terrorists] dehumanise their victims. “If we cannot understand, or try to...
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The Independent What surprised the lawyer called to check on the welfare of a young British Muslim returned from Syria was not his experiences of a bloody war zone, but the fact that he was still so keen to discuss England's fortunes on the pitch by Robert Verkaik The bomb attack against the German football club Borussia Dortmund is a grim reminder that football has become a high-profile target among Islamist terrorists. By attacking Europe's most popular sport, terror groups know they can cause the greatest fear while guaranteeing maximum media attention. In the last 50 years, football has become a central part of Germany's national identity and the team's fortunes are closely followed by millions of fans. It is a fact that has not escaped the attention of thousands of foreign fighters who have flocked to Syria to join Isis, many of whom were football fans in Europe themselves. Now Isis terror planners have factored this into their terror operations. The first...
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Daily Mail Bus bomber's rants over Syria: German police arrest Iraqi 'with Islamist links' after three explosions hit football coach    Police arrested one 'Islamist' in connection with Tuesday's attack during raids on Wednesday morning    Another man 'from the Islamist spectrum' is still on the run after officers failed to find him at his property    Investigators have found three letters claiming responsibility for the attack, all referencing radical Islam     One letter began 'Allah the most merciful' and made demands for German aircraft to leave Syria      Explosions hit Dortmund's bus as it was leaving the team's hotel, L'Arrivee, ahead of their clash with MonacoBy Claire Duffin and Allan Hall In Berlin For The Daily MailGerman police have arrested a 25-year-old man with 'Islamist links' over a suspected terror attack on a top football team's bus.Borussia Dortmund's coach was targeted with three homemade pipe bombs hidden in bushes as the team...
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Insurance Journal By Molly M. Fleming David McIlhatton knows terrorism cannot be prevented. But measures to keep people safe often deter people from visiting sites or cities. “We don’t want a strong physical (security) presence because that doesn’t do anything to engage investment,” he told The Journal Record in Oklahoma. McIlhatton studies terrorism and its societal influence at Coventry University in England. He and University of Central Oklahoma real estate professor David Chapman are working on a study about terrorism and the built environment. Their work started last fall. McIlhatton gave an update on their work at the Central Oklahoma Commercial Association of Realtors’ annual summit on April 6 at the UCO Nigh University Center in Edmond. McIlhatton and Chapman have issued a survey to architects, engineers, city planners, investors and other real estate professionals. It has been answered by more than 150 people worldwide. They’ve conducted interviews in Sydney,...

European Commission tackles terrorism financing

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DW The EU wants to cut off terrorists' finances more quickly. And money laundering is to be criminalized throughout the EU. What took so long? Bernd Riegert reports from Brussels. If you want to fill out a bank transfer or send money to the so-called "Islamic State" (IS), it's not particularly difficult. The Raqqa branch of the "Commercial Bank of Syria," which is controlled by "IS," is still part of the international banking system's SWIFT code registry. One can find it on the homepage of the SWIFT payment service provider, which operates its database from La Hulpe, south of Brussels. According to the SWIFT website, the bank's current status is active. How does that square with the European Union's loudly-proclaimed aim of combatting the financing of terrorism? Not well at all, says EU Parliamentarian Fabio De Masi, a representative of Germany's Left Party. "It is scandalous that banks under the...
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MPR News by Bob Collins It’s a pretty safe bet that when Minnesota’s Department of Homeland Security was created, it wasn’t to check to be sure that people riding the Green Line had purchased tickets. We know that because the department’s website tells us so: The mission of the Homeland Security branch is to lead the unified state effort to keep Minnesota secure and prevent acts of terrorism. Staff members help public and private partners determine key community assets and prioritize how to protect them. So what was really going on on the Green Line today? Far from bringing a sense of security, the officers appear to have caused some discomfort for passengers. A reporter for the Star Tribune says the Homeland Security police told passengers it wasn’t an immigration raid, they were just checking tickets. Why would anyone think it was a raid? Because the U.S. Department of Homeland...
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Bloomberg Fighting terrorism must involve preventing Muslim communities from imposing their way of life in France and requires more than just repression, presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said on Monday. “A multicultural society is a multiconflict society,” she said in a speech in Paris. “I want every French person, no matter where they are in France, to maintain their liberty and their rights that Islamic fundamentalists want to deny them. Multiculturalism is the soft weapon of Islamic fundamentalists, which is allowed by useful idiots under the guise of tolerance.” Le Pen, head of the anti-immigrant, anti-European Union National Front, called for France’s constitution to be changed so that it doesn’t recognize any communities, and criticized former President Nicolas Sarkozy for creating an organization to represent Islam. She also said she would ban an Islamic organization in France linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, and that mosques attended by Turks could be...

Top terror cop Catherine Burn sidelined

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NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn stripped of counter terror responsibilities news.com.au by Liz Burke DEPUTY NSW police commissioner Catherine Burn has been stripped of the role that brought her to national recognition after being sidelined by the state’s new top cop. New state police commissioner Mick Fuller has made his first major appointment in the role, assigning the job of leading the state’s Counter Terrorism unit and State Crime Command to Deputy Commissioner Dave Hudson. The counter terror gig has been held by Mr Hudson’s fellow deputy, Ms Burn, since 2012, and is considered one of the state police force’s key roles. Ms Burn’s responsibilities around counter terrorism have seen her address the state and become a widely recognised figure all around Australia. She took on responsibilities for communicating information around the 2013 Lindt Cafe siege and the many terror attempts the NSW police force has foiled since. Ms...
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Washington Free Beacon BY: Adam Kredo Follow @Kredo0 Federal authorities have no way to measure whether years-long efforts to combat violent extremists have proven effective, according to a new government oversight report that is prompting calls for the Trump administration to scrap Obama-era efforts to downplay the threat of radical Islamic terrorists in its counter-terrorism operations. A years-long investigation by federal oversight officials has determined the U.S. government has failed to establish any method to determine if the Obama administration's Countering Violent Extremism plan, or CVE, has had any tangible impact on the U.S. fight to prevent terror attacks. The CVE program, a creation of the Obama administration, has long come under criticism by national security experts and lawmakers for its intentional efforts to downplay the threat of Islamic radicals and instead focus on activities by far-right extremists and others. President Donald Trump has criticized these omissions and vowed to...

New Ways of Responding to Extremist Islam

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Gatestone Institute by Giulio Meotti "According to one estimate, 10−15 percent of the world's Muslims are Islamists. Out of well over 1.6 billion, or 23 percent of the globe's population, that implies more than 160 million individuals." – Ayaan Hirsi Ali, in her new book, The Challenge of Dawa. That was Ronald Reagan's major achievement in his long war against the Soviet Union: presenting communism as a joke -- exposing the lies of the Soviet regime, exposing the misery under which its people were living, and explaining why Western values were preferable to Communist ones. This is exactly what the West, Hirsi Ali explains, should be doing with radical Islam. Western civilization is a humanist vision in which Christianity integrated Jewish wisdom, Greek philosophy and Roman law, thereby giving Western culture its distinctive character: freedom of speech and of the press, equal justice under law, the primacy of the individual,...

Anti-terror measures keep Swiss police busy

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SWI swissinfo.ch Efforts to thwart jihadists, money launderers and cyber criminals topped the to-do list of Switzerland’s federal police last year.  The Federal Office of Police blocked 39 jihadists from entering Switzerland in 2016 – far more than the 17 denied entry the previous year. The office carried out criminal proceedings in 60 of the 70 jihadism cases that it investigated. In its annual report published on Tuesdayexternal link, the office noted that counter-terrorism had been a strong focus in 2016.  “Without the constant exchange of information, we would be powerless against this ongoing threat,” noted director Nicoletta della Valle in the report, pointing out that the cooperation with Switzerland’s cantonal police as well as police abroad was indispensable. For example, an attaché has been stationed in Turkey since October, and another is headed for Tunisia this month.  The authorities say they also want to continue to combat terror financing...
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By Michael Edison Hayden Egypt is declaring a state of emergency following twin bomb blasts in churches that were packed for Palm Sunday services. The state of emergency will last for three months, according to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The attacks, which were claimed by ISIS, follow warnings by the terrorist group that it would escalate attacks on Egypt's Christians, who the CIA estimates make up roughly 10 percent of the country's population. The two bombings Sunday killed at least 44 people and injured at least 126 others, according to Egyptian officials. The first exploded in a Coptic Christian church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, and the second several hours later at Saint Mark's Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria, the historic seat of Christendom in Egypt. ISIS claimed that the blasts were the work of suicide bombers who detonated explosive vests at the churches. President...
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International Business Times Shajul Islam from London was considered a 'committed jihadist' by MI6. By Tareq Haddad A British doctor who documented a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria was considered a "committed jihadist" by MI6 and was struck off the General Medical Council in 2016. Shajul Islam, 31, posted several videos on Twitter in the aftermath of the Tuesday's (4 April) attack where he appeared to be treating patients in Khan Sheikhoun. He appeared on several television networks such as NBC to discuss what he saw, but it has now emerged Islam was previously charged on terror offences in the UK. Islam, from Stratford in east London, first travelled to Syria in 2012 and worked in opposition-held areas of the country such as Al Bab, close to the Turkish border. But shortly after arriving, he was wanted by MI6 – Britain's foreign intelligence agency – for his alleged role...