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RT  Charnwood Borough councillor Paul Mercer has lashed out at the Prevent Program for including far-right extremists, which he says takes the focus away from Islam. He calls it ‘political correctness gone mad.’In his personal blog, Paul Mercer – Conservative councillor for Loughborough Southfields – took aim at the anti-terrorism program, questioning whether or not animal rights activists and far-right extremists who incite violence should be ‘lumped’ in with Al-Qaeda.“There are many unsavoury and extreme individuals prone to violence amongst the far-right as indeed there are some amongst animal rights, environmental and many other different political movements in the UK. Is this a reason to lump them all together with Al Qaeda and regard them all as ‘terrorists?’” Mercer said. Since 2005, 117 people have died from terrorist incidents in the United Kingdom,” Mercer said. Of these, 82.1 per cent were carried out by Islamic extremists, 15.4 per cent were...

Rehabilitating extremists in Indonesia

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Los Angeles Times by Carla Power The Indonesian media has dubbed him "The Terrorist Whisperer."In a hotel conference room here, Noor Huda Ismail welcomed the participants in his three-day workshop. "We have four generations of former terrorists here today," said the jovial 45-year-old as he bounded around the room in a batik shirt, black glasses and Nikes.He gave a shout-out to the lone representative of the eldest generation, a graybeard who had joined the U.S.-backed mujahedin to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s.With a smile and a nod, he acknowledged two former fighters from a Muslim group that sought to impose Islamic rule on the Philippines in the 1990s, then six veterans from Indonesia's Muslim-Christian disputes a decade later."And the latest generation is here too," he said, waving at a 19-year-old in a hijab who had gone to Syria with more than two dozen members of her family...
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Daily Wire by Ryan Saavedra Law enforcement officials on Tuesday arrested a 17-year-old high school student who allegedly plotted a mass shooting terror attack at a mall in Frisco, Texas.The teen, who authorities say pledged allegiance to ISIS, planned to carry out the attack sometime in May and is believed to have spent approximately $1,400 on "weapons and tactical gear for his attack,” CBS Dallas reported.Authorities obtained the alleged Islamic terrorist’s manifesto and claim that he also tried to recruit others to help him carry out the attack, which was going to be a mass shooting and would also utilize explosive devices. “I want to put America in the state that Europe is in, which is having to have soldiers deployed in streets,” the alleged Islamic terrorist said, according to an affidavit. “Something that will cost them a lot financially too.” Read more: https://www.dailywire.com/news/30187/isis-teen-plotted-mall-shooting-wanted-put-america-ryan-saavedra...
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  USNews.comPROVO, Utah (AP) — A 56-year-old Utah man is facing a terrorism-related charge after he allegedly threatened to blow up a county government building in Provo.The Daily Herald reports Miguel Gedo made his initial court appearance in Fourth District Court Wednesday on a charge of second-degree felony threat of terrorism.Deputy Utah County Attorney Mariane O'Bryant says in a probable case statement Gedo became agitated and aggressive when he visited the Utah County Recorder's Office in the county administration building on Feb. 2 She says he allegedly threatened to come back and blow up the administration building, warning that it would be a "bloodbath."It's not clear if Gedo has a lawyer or will be appointed one before his preliminary hearing Judge Thomas Low set for May 30. Read more: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/utah/articles/2018-05-03/utah-man-accused-of-threatening-to-blow-up-county-building...
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Newsmax Noting the uptick in recent terrorist attacks, the NYPD's deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism says terrorist groups on retreat in the Middle East have turned to social media propaganda campaigns to launch lone-wolf attacks on the west, calling it "terrorism for dummies.""They've really dumbed it down to a point that this is terrorism for dummies, which is why we are seeing attacks generated by one person with rudimentary tools, low tech, low cost, and high impact," NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller told John Catsimatidis on "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y. "That becomes an intelligence collection issue, because they're not conspiring with anybody else or communicating with the terrorist group overseas.". . . This is not a New York-based phenomenon. This is a global phenomenon." Miller lamented to host John Catsimatidis "we went from having zero terrorist attacks to having three in 19 months," pointing to these ISIS-inspired...
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The Clarion Project By Meira Svirsky As part of the nuclear agreement with Iran, U.S. President Trump noted at a recent press conference that “[the U.S.] gave Iran $150 billion and $1.8 billion in cash.”A substantial portion of that money was used to fund global terror. Just how far Iran’s tentacles reach and to what end was evident in a news item today that most likely didn’t hit the front pages: Morocco announced that it was severing ties with Iran over Tehran’s support for the Polisario Front, a separatist movement in the Western Sahara.Western Sahara, which borders Morocco, is a disputed territory since Spanish colonialists left the area. It was annexed by Morocco in 1975. Politics aside, the fact that Iran has sent its Lebanese lackey, Hezbollah, into Morocco to train and arm guerrilla fighters to foment dissent against yet another large and relatively moderate Sunni Arab country is both...
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CBS New York NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A man who says he was on a “jihad” to avenge U.S. policy in the Middle East was sentenced to life without parole for killing a New Jersey college student. In a rambling statement, Brown apologized to the family in court before adding he does not regret his actions.“I would like to say that I apologize to his parents and I apologize to those who are close to him and those who love him and respect him and honor him,” Brown said. “I appreciate the things I did even though it hurt people I don’t regret anything because it made me who I am today.” Brown has admitted shooting 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin in 2014 as Tevlin sat in his car at a traffic light in West Orange, a few miles from Newark.Brown also has acknowledged killing three men in Washington state.Friends and family...
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BBC News At least 24 people are reported to have been killed in suicide bomb blasts in the north-east Nigerian town of Mubi.The explosions happened in and around a mosque as Muslims were preparing for afternoon prayers.No-one has yet said they were behind the bombings, but the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has launched previous attacks in Mubi.Boko Haram has waged a campaign of violence since 2009 to try to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.The violence has killed about 20,000 people and displaced more than two million.State police commissioner Abdullahi Yerima said the first blast took place at the mosque at about 13:00 (12:00 GMT) and a second bomber detonated a device nearby as worshippers fled. Witness Abdullahi Labaran said the first bomber had mingled with worshippers and detonated his explosives shortly before prayers began.He said people in the mosque then fled towards a market where the second...
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by Catherine Herridge - Fox NewsMore than a dozen known or suspected terrorists are trying to get into the U.S. on any given day, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told Fox News, citing new data provided to the department."People think of border security in very different way but to me it’s very simple: border security is national security," Nielsen said. "What we see at the Department of Homeland Security, we see 15 terrorists either planning to travel or actually traveling to the United States each day, known and suspected terrorists. So that means they are coming through our legal land, port and air but they could be coming across that (southwest) border."In New York City for a series of recent closed-door threat and intelligence meetings, Nielsen spoke exclusively with Fox News at Ground Zero -- not far from the October 2017 attack where an ISIS-inspired terrorist used a truck to...
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by Edwin Mora - Breitbart WASHINGTON, DC — Iran has “converted and radicalized thousands of Latin Americans” throughout the years by dispatching imams to the region and establishing mosques and “cultural centers” that Hezbollah used as recruiting tools, an expert on the Islamic Republic indicated while testifying before a House panel.On Tuesday, Emanuele Ottolenghi of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) think tank told a House panel via written testimony: Since its establishment, the Islamic Republic of Iran has viewed Latin America as a fertile ground for the export of its revolution. Tehran wants the Western Hemisphere to become a hotbed of anti-Americanism and a forward operating base for Iran.To this end, over nearly four decades, Tehran has built a network of mosques and cultural centers across the region. It aggressively expanded its base of supporters and sympathizers by dispatching itinerant preachers, who have successfully converted and radicalized thousands...
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The Times of Israel Israel always claimed Iran duped the world, and the 2015 deal paved its path to a nuclear arsenal. Armed with Iran's own archive, PM now looks to Trump to do 'the right thing'    By David Horovitz Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday dropped a Mossad intelligence bombshell on Iran, and on the Obama administration-led international community that negotiated the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. He showcased a vast archive of Iran’s own documentation demonstrating that Tehran worked to develop a nuclear weapons arsenal, lied to the international community about it, and has taken the steps necessary to ensure it can proceed to the bomb within the framework of the 2015 deal. In a brief, devastating presentation at the Tel Aviv Defense Ministry headquarters, Netanyahu unveiled what he described as one of Israeli intelligence’s greatest ever achievements — getting its hands on Iran’s own archived nuclear weapons...

Twin blasts in Afghan capital kill at least 26

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Reuters by James Mackenzie KABUL, April 30 (Reuters) - Twin blasts in the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least 26 people on Monday, including nine journalists who had arrived to report on the first explosion and were apparently targeted by a suicide bomber, officials said.The attacks, a week after 60 people were killed as they waited at a voter registration centre in the city, underlined mounting insecurity despite repeated government pledges to tighten defences.Hours after the attack in Kabul, a suicide bomber in a vehicle attacked a foreign military convoy in the southern province of Kandahar, killing 11 children studying in a nearby religious school, police said. "These attacks caused untold human suffering to Afghan families," said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the top U.N. official in Afghanistan."I am furthermore outraged by the attack which appears to have deliberately targeted journalists," he said in a statement.The attacks in rapid succession were a grim...
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The Daily Caller Joshua GillMichigan state senators criticized a gubernatorial candidate on Thursday for making claims about a “civilization jihad” the Muslim Brotherhood started in the U.S.State Sen. Patrick Colbeck on Thursday defended statements in which he claimed the Muslim Brotherhood orchestrated a cultural jihad in the U.S. and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dr. Abdul El-Sayed also had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood via the Muslim Student Association, according to The Associated Press. Colbeck’s defense came two days after Buzzfeed reported he made similar accusations at an event United West hosted — the senator garnered harsh criticism from Democratic state senators.“There’s a lot of pressure being applied in our society right now. You’re seeing Muslim legislators in the state legislature. And you’re seeing also a push at the local level at city councils,” Colbeck said at the event where he presented a slideshow featuring “Civilization Jihad Techniques” as a subject.“But we...
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The Clarion Project A terrorism report released by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security has come under fire from two groups seeking to suppress the information contained in the report, reported The Washington Times.Muslim Advocates and Democracy Forward are suing the government to block report, saying that it is so misleading that it violates the Information Quality Act.The report found that 73 percent (three out of every four persons) convicted of international terrorism-related charges in U.S. courts between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2016 were foreign-born.During the same time period, the report states, “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed approximately 1,716 aliens with national security concerns. Further, in 2017 alone DHS had 2,554 encounters with individuals on the terrorist watch list (also known as the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database) traveling to the United States.”The report was required by President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the...

Terrorists Copycat Tactics

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The Clarion Project By Elliot Friedland At least 10 people were killed and 13 others wounded in a vehicular ramming attack in Toronto, Canada, on Monday, April 23, 2018.The motive of the killer, Alek Minassian, is as yet unknown. He did post on Facebook before the attack praising mass murderer Elliot Rodgers and the “incel” community. So-called “incels,” which stands for involuntarily celibate, are a group of men who have formed an identity around their misogynism and the fact that they can’t get women to have sex with them. In 2014 Rodgers killed six people and wounded 14 others before killing himself in a rampage inspired by his hatred of women.It is important to wait before the facts emerge before speculating about the cause of an attack. But regardless of the motive, the tactic is the same one used by terrorists.Ramming a car into a crowd of pedestrians was pioneered...
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CHRON Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — More than 70 countries committed Thursday to bolster efforts in the fight against terrorism financing associated with the Islamic State group and al-Qaida.Participants at an international conference in Paris vowed to improve international coordination and enhance transparency of financial flows.In a final declaration, they agreed to "fully criminalize" terror financing through effective and proportionate sanctions "even in the absence of a link to a specific terrorist act."The two-day event was convened by French President Emmanuel Macron to coordinate efforts to reduce the terror threat in the long-term. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde and the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Qatar were all present. Macron, who has returned to France from a state visit to the U.S., welcomed the decision of participants to form a coalition with the aim of choking off financing for IS and...
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Reuters by Soyoung Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to cross his country’s heavily militarised border with South Korea on Friday for the first intra-Korea summit in more than a decade, as the old foes seek to end their decades-long conflict and ease tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons program.The summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in will set the stage for Kim to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in late May or early June, in what will be an unprecedented first encounter between sitting leaders of the two countries.Just months ago, Trump and Kim were trading threats and insults as North Korea’s rapid advances in pursuit of nuclear-armed missiles capable of hitting the United States raised fears of a fresh conflict on the Korean peninsula.South Korea’s Moon will greet Kim at the military demarcation line at 9:30 a.m. (0030 GMT), making Kim...
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Fox News by Nicole Darrah A union of deputies in Florida on Thursday announced it has "no confidence" in Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.The Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association said a symbolic vote among its members, initiated last week, indicated 534 of 628 officers in the union voted they had no confidence in the sheriff.The association, a chapter of the International Union of Police Associations, cited the national criticism surrounding Israel and his office following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.Israel, in response to the announcement of a vote, said union boss Jeff Bell was trying "to use the Parkland tragedy as a bargaining tactic to extort a 6.5 percent raise" from the sheriff's office, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Bell told the newspaper that "amazing leadership starts from the top, and there is no amazing leadership here," adding that members of the union "have...
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  Reuters LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government will introduce new counter-terrorism legislation to parliament in the coming weeks and months, Security Minister Ben Wallace said on Wednesday.“You will see them very soon, we have put together quite a strong package,” Wallace told the BBC. “In the near future, in the next few weeks or months is when you’ll see it.”Home Secretary Amber Rudd said last year that counter-terrorism laws need to be updated to keep pace with modern online behavior and to address the issue of online radicalization. Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-laws/britain-to-introduce-new-counter-terrorism-legislation-soon-security-minister-says-idUSKBN1H40T6...
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CBC News Chief of Canada's special forces won't comment, but promises his people are watching the 'threat environment' by Murray Brewster The new commander of Canada's special forces says there's no textbook answer to the threat posed by 'lone wolf' terrorist or criminal attacks, but the country's elite counter-terrorism unit has its eyes open to emerging trends.Maj.-Gen. Peter Dawe delivered the message of reassurance Wednesday following a change of command ceremony in Ottawa on Wednesday.Dawe said he was not able to comment directly on this week's van attack in Toronto, which claimed the lives of 10 people and injured 14 others."I can assure Canadians that its special forces are constantly analyzing the threat environment, making sure we have the right tools to respond at the right place and the right time," said Dawe, who has taken over for Maj.-Gen. Mike Rouleau.The Liberal government has been careful to describe the attack...