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The Jerusalem Post Qatar Finances Hezbollah Terrorism, Declares ‘Jews Are Enemies’ - Report Doha sought to silence whistleblower with 750,000 euros By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL A German private security contractor, who has worked for the federal republic’s intelligence and security services, leveled bombshell allegations against Qatar’s regime, stating Doha finances the US and EU-designated terrorist movement Hezbollah and has declared Jews to be the enemies of the tiny Gulf state.The German weekly news outlet Die Zeit first reported on Friday about the security contractor Jason G. who obtained explosive details about Qatari terror finance.“In Doha, G. came across some unsavory information. There was an alleged arms deal with war munitions from Eastern Europe that was supposed to be handled by a company in Qatar. And there were alleged money flows from several rich Qataris and exiled Lebanese people from Doha to Hezbollah – the organization that is part of the government...
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The Washington Post For The First Time, Trump Administration Uses Terrorism Charges Against An Alleged MS-13 Leader By Rachel WeinerThe Justice Department has charged an alleged leader in MS-13 as a terrorist, part of a string of new charges against members of the Salvadoran gang implicated in over a dozen murders.Armando Eliu Melgar Diaz, 30, oversaw 20 gang cliques in 13 states, including New York, California, Maryland and Virginia, according to prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia. He lived on and off in Virginia starting in 2003 but has stayed in El Salvador since 2016, according to prosecutors.“We’re using ‘terrorism,’ which gives us extra strength,” President Trump said in remarks at the White House on Wednesday. “We’ve done a great job with MS-13, but now we’re stepping it up even to a higher level.”Melgar Diaz is in custody facing criminal charges in El Salvador, with no indication he will...
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Al-Monitor Iran offers unconditional support to Hamas, Islamic Jihad by Rasha Abou JalalHamas is sparing no effort to restore its relations with Iran, which announced that it will provide all necessary support to the Palestinians facing the Israeli annexation plan of the West Bank.GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Since Hamas and Islamic Jihad remained on the sidelines in the Syrian civil war and left their respective offices in Damascus in 2012, Iran, a staunch ally of the Syrian regime, suspended its financial support to both movements, cutting off their largest sources of funding.The return of these relations, however, seems to be in the offing, especially with the recent events in the region. On May 28, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that his government intends to annex 30% of the West Bank.Head of the Hamas political bureau Ismail Haniyeh said July 6 that he had received a message from Iran’s...
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Jerusalem Post Israeli research center finds 28 new Hezbollah missile launch sites ALMA says never-before-published sites are deep in heart of residential areas in Beirut, next to hospitals, restaurants, schools. By ANNA AHRONHEIM There are at least 28 missile launching sites belonging to Hezbollah in civilian areas in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, a report by ALMA Research and Education Center has found. The report found that the never-before-published sites concentrated mainly in Hezbollah-dominated areas of Beirut are related to the launch, storage and production of the group’s Fateh 110/M600 medium-range missiles and are “the same as those subject to the Hezbollah precision-guided missile project (PGMs).” “The world must understand and know that these launch sites are located at the heart of residential and urban civil infrastructure,” Tal Beeri, head of the Research department at ALMA Center, told The Jerusalem Post. Full story https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/israeli-research-center-finds-28-new-hezbollah-missile-launch-sites-634911...
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American Military News For first time ever, US officially rejects China’s ‘unlawful’ South China Sea claims by Laura Widener The U.S. released its very first official statement rejecting most China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea as “unlawful.”The official document released Monday afternoon by the U.S. State Department stated, “Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them.”The document rejects China’s claims to certain territories, such as James Shoal, located 50 nautical miles from Malaysia, as well as other specific territories off the coasts of Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. China has claimed some of these territories in its “Nine-Dashed Line” claim announced in 2009, despite these territories being located up to 1,000 nautical miles away from China’s coast. Full story https://americanmilitarynews.com/2020/07/for-first-time-ever-us-officially-rejects-chinas-unlawful-south-china-sea-claims/...
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Express Fears As 29 Terrorists To Be Freed Onto UK Streets ‘Deeply Worrying’ TWENTY-nine terrorists are due to be released from prison within the next three years, with 11 of them back on the streets before April and three released by September.By Matthew Davis It means the security services will be put under huge pressure monitoring the newly released danger men. Once freed, these extremists are subject to security measures in a bid to stop them radicalizing others or going on the rampage themselves. But the difficulties surrounding the issue were highlighted by two recent atrocities in London, carried out by recently released prisoners. Usman Khan killed two people, Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, in a knife attack at Fishmongers' Hall, on London Bridge, last November.Khan, 28, was released from prison a year before the attack after serving half a 16-year sentence for being involved in a plot to bomb...
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CBS SF Bay Area Coronavirus Pandemic Impacting Cal Fire Wildfire Preparedness As Peak Fire Season Arrives CBS San Francisco SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — Governor Gavin Newsom acknowledged impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on California’s wildfire preparedness efforts during his press briefing on Thursday but sought to allay concerns as the state begins to reach peak fire season.The governor also said COVID-19 quarantines have substantially cut the total number of personnel available to perform front line work on wildfires. Only 94 out of 192 inmate fire crews from the Calfornia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are available because of COVID-19 infections and quarantines, said Newsom, along with a fewer number of the crews from the California Conservation Corps. Earlier this month, state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) said the transfer of inmates from San Quentin to the California Correctional Center in Susanville has now triggered an outbreak at that prison, which houses...
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Fox News2 Texas police officers killed in ambush attack; suspect dead, authorities say The gunman later killed himself after a shootout with other officers, a report said By Nick Givas Two police officers were killed in a Texas border town Saturday in what authorities described as an ambush shooting.The gunman later killed himself after engaging in a shootout with other responding officers, The Monitor of McAllen, Texas, reported.The slain McAllen officers were identified as Edelmiro Garza, 45, and Ismael Chavez, 39. They were killed while responding to a domestic disturbance complaint, The Monitor reported.“We have lost two brave public servants who sought only to keep peace in our City,” McAllen police Chief Victor Rodriguez said via text message Saturday, according to the newspaper. Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/us/2-texas-police-officers-killed-in-ambush-attack-suspect-dead-authorities-say...
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KIRO 7 Seattle city leaders throw support behind defunding SPD by 50% By Linzi Sheldon SEATTLE — The majority of Seattle City Council is now backing proposals to defund Seattle’s police department by 50%, despite concerns from the mayor’s office and Seattle’s police chief that council members are moving too quickly and without enough widespread community engagement.A coalition called Decriminalize Seattle presented a plan to the budget committee to redirect millions from the city budget to community organizations.“The status quo is no longer acceptable,” Council President Lorena Gonzalez said Thursday, adding that while she previously believed in police reform, she now believes in rebuilding. “We have to take away the things that no longer and should have never belonged to law enforcement in the first place,” she said. Full Story: https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/seattle-city-leaders-throw-support-behind-defunding-spd-by-50/SI3Q7B3TL5BONCWYRTRX6MDZLU/...

A top terrorism fighter’s dire warning

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Politico A top terrorism fighter’s dire warningRussell Travers detailed his concerns to the intelligence community’s watchdog. Days later, he says, Richard Grenell fired him.By BETSY WOODRUFF SWANAmerica’s intelligence agencies risk slipping back into dangerous pre-9/11 habits, a recently departed top counterterrorism official is warning in his first public remarks on the matter.Russell Travers, the former head of the U.S. government’s hub for analysis of counterterrorism intelligence, was so alarmed that he shared his concerns with the intelligence community’s top internal watchdog in his final weeks on the job. “I think there are really important questions that need to be addressed, and I don’t think they have been thus far,” said Travers, who ran the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) until March of this year. “And that has me worried, because I do think we could very easily end up back where we were 20 years ago.”Travers detailed his concerns, much of...
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2 Fire Depts. Closed, 4 Police Officers Quarantined After Firefighter Test Positive For CoronavirusCBS Pittsburgh By Ross Guidotti ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Allegheny Township in Westmoreland County has two fire departments, but neither will be answering any calls in the next few days.“The departments could be out of service for a week,” Allegheny Township Supervisor Greg Primm says.Primm says coronavirus concerns are shuttering both stations for the time being.“One of the volunteer firefighters tested positive,” Primm said. “The fire departments had an event on the Fourth of July; he was at that event.”It is unclear what, if any, social distancing or protective equipment rules were or were not being followed, but the party wasn’t just a handful of people. Read more: https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2020/07/07/westmoreland-county-allegheny-township-volunteer-firefighter-coronavirus-positive/...
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Reuters Pompeo Says US Seized Iranian Weapons On Way To Houthi Rebels In Yemen  WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that U.S. and partner forces seized a boat in June carrying Iranian weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen as he renewed his call for the U.N. Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran."The Security Council must extend the arms embargo on Iran to prevent further conflict in the region," Pompeo told a State Department news conference. "No serious person can possibly believe Iran will use any weapon it receives for peaceful ends."Pompeo is leading a U.S. drive to persuade the Security Council to extend the embargo due to expire in mid-October under the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal from which the United States withdrew in 2018.He took his appeal directly to the council last week, with an address to its 15...

Burkina Faso: 180 Bodies Found In 'Killing Field'

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BBC News Burkina Faso: 180 Bodies Found In 'Killing Field' At least 180 bodies have been found in mass graves in northern Burkina Faso where soldiers are fighting jihadists, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report says."Available evidence suggests government forces were involved in mass extrajudicial executions," HRW says.Over seven months, the bodies had been dumped near the town of Djibo in groups of up to 20, before being buried by local residents.Burkina Faso's defence minister suggested militants might be to blame."It is difficult for the population to distinguish between armed terrorist groups and the defence and security forces," Chérif Moumina Sy told the campaign group in response to the findings.But the minister said the government would investigate the allegations. Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-53333366...

Portland 911 calls hit 25-year record during riots

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  Portland 911 calls hit 25-year record during riots EMS1.comOfficials said there were nearly 2,000 emergency calls, as well as more than 2,000 non-emergency calls, as civil unrest peaked on May 30by Maxine Bernstein - Jun 26, 2020The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.PORTLAND — On May 30, the city’s 911 system fielded a record number of emergency and non-emergency calls for a single day in at least 25 years.That was the morning Portland police declared a riot in downtown after some protesters set a fire inside the Justice Center and others broke into businesses, stole merchandise, tagged buildings with graffiti and set vehicles a blaze. There were 1,930 emergency calls and 2,115 non-emergency calls that day, according to Lisa St. Helen, operations manager of the Bureau of Emergency Communications.  “That’s a massive number,‘' said St. Helen, with nearly 25 years on the job. “It’s the highest I’ve ever seen.‘'While the city’s emergency...

Counter-Terrorism Forces Take Greater Role In Iraq

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Al Monitor Counter-Terrorism Forces Take Greater Role In Iraq Iraq’s US-trained Counter-Terrorism Services have taken on a more prominent role in operations in recent weeks under the new government. by Shelly KittlesonSince Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was sworn in on May 7, the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) have taken part in several high-profile operations and seem ever more in the foreground of the country’s security efforts.Their June 26 arrests of over a dozen Kataib Hezbollah (KH) fighters in a Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) headquarters in southern Baghdad sparked concern that the CTS might, however, end up targeted by Iran-linked factions.This has not yet happened. The CTS have been widely praised as “heroes” since their key role in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) starting in 2014 and — though some Iran-linked factions say they are too close to the United States — for now the blame was placed squarely...
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Help Net Security Mirko Zorz, Editor in Chief, Help Net SecurityKey cybersecurity industry challenges in the next five yearsWhat key challenges will the cybersecurity industry be dealing with in the next five years? Pete Herzog, Managing Director at ISECOM, is so sure that artificial intelligence could be the biggest security problem to solve and the biggest answer to the privacy problem that he cofounded a company, Urvin.ai, with an eclectic group of coders and scientists to explore this.AI (and machine learning with it) is like a naive child that trusts what you tell it, and is therefore susceptible to fraud, abuse, and tricks, he says. However, it is also like that stubborn, no-bullshit friend who is always going to tell it to you straight.“From a privacy perspective, AI that controls your personal identity data and medical records will be sure to only give that information to who you tell it...

Words Of Hope For Our Law Enforcement [VIDEO]

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Iraq Finds Underground ISIS Training Camp

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Asharq Al-Awsat Iraq Finds Underground ISIS Training Camp Beirut - Asharq Al-AwsatThe Iraqi authorities announced Friday finding an underground ISIS training camp during the second day of the Tarmiyah operations north of Baghdad against the remnants of the terrorist organization.“The Tarmiyah operation has achieved enormous results that would reflect positively on the security of the region in the coming days,” said Ali Jabouri, a commanding officer.“The underground ISIS hideout included eight rooms and was used to hide terrorists and to train them on targeting Iraqi forces,” Jabouri explained.Tarmiyah operation was launched on Thursday with the participation of brigades 42, 43 and 12, a joint force from the Baghdad Operations Command, the rapid reaction forces and federal police with Iraqi air force support.It aims to target the remnants of ISIS, arrest wanted individuals, enhance security and stability, end security breaches, and protect the interests of citizens. Read more: https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2369766/iraq-finds-underground-isis-training-camp...
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Military.com The Military's Coronavirus Cases: The Latest Rundown By Hope Hodge SeckAs COVID-19 continues to spread to communities across the country, the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs are providing daily updates on the number of confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus in the military community, as well as the number of tests administered to military members.Military Discount Active duty Military members could save more with GEICO. Get a quote today!As of July 6, officials said there have now been 21,493 total cases of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, within the DoD: 14,992 military, 1,997 dependents, 3,066 civilians and 1,438 Defense Department contractors. In addition, 6,502 military members, 970 dependents, 1,279 civilians and 565 contractors have recovered, and 49 DoD-connected personnel have died: three troops, five dependents, 22 civilians and 10 contractors.Of the cases, 713 have required hospitalization, officials said: 343 service members, 202...
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Hindustan Times Myanmar Calls Out China For Arming Terror Groups, Asks World To Help by Shishir Gupta Hindustan Times, New Delhi Myanmar, China’s closest ally in southeast Asia, has pointed fingers at Beijing for arming insurgent groups with sophisticated weapons and sought international cooperation to suppress rebel groups. In a recent interview to Russian state-run TV channel Zvezda, Myanmar’s Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said terrorist organisations active in Myanmar are backed by ‘strong forces’ and sought international cooperation to suppress rebel groups.The reference to ‘strong forces’ was widely seen to be a reference to Myanmar’s neighbour in the north, China.Myanmar military spokesperson Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun later elaborated on the comment made by the Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar’s armed forces. The spokesperson said the army chief was referring to Arakan Army (AA) and Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), terrorist organisations active in the Rakhine State in western Myanmar that...