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Inside The Brutal Battle For Control Of Tripoli

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The Wall Street Journal Middle East Inside Libya’s Brutal Battle for Control of Tripoli Forces loyal to a rogue general fight the U.N.-backed government in the capital, leaving a trail of bloodshed and suffering When rogue Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar launched an attack on Tripoli in April, it plunged the North African country into one of its worst crises since Moammar Gadhafi’s death in 2011. The battle imperiled monthslong peace talks and raised the specter of a bloody showdown for control of the country. “Libya is on the verge of descending into a civil war, which could lead to the permanent division of the country,” Ghassan Salame, the United Nations’ special envoy to Libya, told the Security Council in May. The battle is taking a toll on Tripoli. At least 739 people have been killed since April, the World Health Organization said. Photographer André Liohn takes us inside the battle...
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  Islamic Jihad hints it may strike Israel in case of US-Iran war The Times of Israel Member of Gaza-based terror group vows not to ‘abandon’ Tehran if there’s a conflict; Hamas: ‘We don’t have to be dragged into a war with Israel’ if Iran attacked By TOI staff    The Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group suggested Friday it could attack Israel if a war breaks out between the United States and Iran.Tensions have spiked recently between the US and Iran amid the deepening impact of sanctions tied to US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 international deal meant to curb the Iranian nuclear program. Since the deployment to the Persian Gulf last month of an American aircraft carrier strike group, the US has accused Iran of orchestrating attacks on tankers sailing in the area, raising concerns over the possibility of a military conflict in the region.Iran also downed...
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Fox 13 Tampa Bay WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has announced the identities of two soldiers killed in combat in Afghanistan.Killed on Wednesday in Uruzgan province were 32-year-old Army Master Sgt. Michael B. Riley and 24-year-old Army Sgt. James G. Johnston.Riley was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, Colorado. He was from Heilbronn, Germany.Johnston was assigned to 79th Ordnance Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group, at Fort Hood, Texas. He was from Trumansburg, New York.The Pentagon said Thursday that both men died of wounds sustained from small arms fire while engaged in combat operations. No other details were provided. Read more: http://www.fox13news.com/news/pentagon-releases-ids-of-2-soldiers-killed-in-afghanistan-1...
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Europol The threat from terrorism in the EU became more complex in 2018New EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report describes terrorist incidents and activities on European soilIn 2018, terrorism continued to represent a major security threat in EU Member States. Horrific attacks killed thirteen people and injured many more. A stark increase in the number of arrests linked to right-wing extremism, although still relatively low, indicates that extremists of diverging orientation increasingly consider violence as a justified means of confrontation. Compared to 2017, the number of attacks and victims in the EU dropped significantly. However, the number of disrupted jihadist terrorist plots increased substantially. The level of threat from terrorism has therefore not diminished; if anything it has become more complex.Europol’s 2019 EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT), a product requested by the European Parliament and published today, provides a concise overview of the nature of the terrorist threat...
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EuroNews Tunis suicide bombs kill police officer, injure at least 8 By  Alastair Jamieson  & Reuters Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in separate attacks on police in Tunis on Thursday, killing one police officer and wounding several other people, the Tunisian government said.A worker at the French Embassy, who was in the street close to the first blast, told Euronews that it hit the junction between Avenue de France and Rue Charles de Gaulle where many police had already gathered to stop illegal tradesmen.He heard an enormous explosion and turned around to see a pickup truck blown into pieces. There was a lot of dust in the air.Afterwards, there was panic, the embassy worker said.A second suicide bomber blew himself up at the back door of a police station in al-Qarjani, injuring four security workers who were taken to hospital with varying injuries, the Interior Ministry said.It was not...
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DW Despite EU restrictions, German companies were involved in exporting chemicals to Syria, a report has uncovered. The ingredients can be used to make sarin gas — a nerve agent repeatedly used in Syria's devastating war. Despite European Union sanctions, German companies were involved in exporting weapons-grade chemicals to Syria in the midst of the war, according to a report published on Tuesday.The deals were uncovered by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, and Switzerland's Tamedia media group.According to the report, German chemical wholesaler Brenntag AG sold the chemicals isopropanol and diethylamine to Syria in 2014 using a subsidiary in Switzerland. The recipient was a Syrian pharmaceutical company that had ties to the regime of President Bashar Assad.Reporters revealed that the diethylamine was produced by German chemicals giant BASF at a plant in the Belgian city of Antwerp. The isopropanol was made by Sasol Solvents Germany GmbH, located in...
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The Epoch Times China Deploys Fighter Jets at Disputed Island in South China Sea, as US Allies Conduct Naval ExercisesBy Nicole Hao Satellite images recently revealed that China has deployed at least four of its J-10 mainstay fighter jets on the contested territory of Woody Island in the South China Sea.Around the same time, warships from the United States, Japan, Vietnam, India, and the Philippines performed naval drills separately or jointly in the same waters, valued for fisheries and energy reserves.Over the past decade, the Chinese regime has used aggressive tactics to defend its territorial claims in the region, including by building artificial islands with military bases, alarming nearby countries. The territories are also claimed by Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, among others.Named Yongxing in Chinese, and Phu Lam in Vietnamese, it is the largest island within the Paracel Islands, and claimed by China, Vietnam, and Taiwan.“There could be more...
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Reuters Nicaragua arrests four men suspected of ties to Islamic State by Ismael LopezMANAGUA (Reuters) - Four men with suspected ties to the Islamic State militant group were captured on Tuesday by members of the Nicaraguan armed forces after entering the country illegally from Costa Rica, Nicaraguan police said.The identities of three of the men matched those of suspects featured in an alert attributed to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) warning that three possible terrorists had recently arrived in Central America.In a statement, Nicaraguan police said two of the men were Egyptian nationals and the other two were Iraqi. The four were due to be deported back to Costa Rica, it added.The Egyptians were named as Mohamed Ibrahim, 33, and Mahmoud Samy Eissa, 26, while the Iraqis were Ahmed Ghanim Mohamed Al Jubury, 41 and Mustafa Ali Mohamed Yaoob, 29.The first three men were named in the HSI alert published...
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The Register - Herald BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)Researchers at the premier dark web data intelligence company, Terbium Labs, have released the findings of new research that examines the deeply intertwined nature of payment fraud and transnational crime. Results from the report titled, "The Next Generation of Criminal Financing: How Payment Fraud Funds Transnational Crime," illustrate the far-reaching effect of payment fraud – where and how stolen payment data is used to either fund or launder the proceeds from large-scale, pernicious criminal activity across the world. The research features geographical breakdowns and real-world case studies of how payment-card fraud is used to launder money by organized crime syndicates; subsidize the costs of trafficking in drugs, guns and humans; and provide material support for terrorist groups at levels in the billions of dollars.This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190625005191/en/Where and how stolen payment data is used in transnational crime throughout...
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ABC 25 WPBF News Local law enforcement agencies team up for terrorist attack trainingShayne Wright Dozens of law enforcement officers in full tactical gear with tactical vehicles filled the parking lot of Jim Barry Park in Riviera Beach on Wednesday. The park served as the staging area for Operation Heat Shield III, a regional complex coordinated terrorist attack initiative, focused on advancing whole community and regional partnerships by collaborating across jurisdictional boundaries and multidisciplinary entities. All teams engaged in mock active shooter situations.The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said the operation offers regional first responders a series of unique and realistic drills designed around real-world scenarios that test unified command capabilities. The drills were scheduled at 19 venues throughout the region, supported by thousands of participants and volunteers.AdvertisementThe initiative began in August 2018 with a regional capability assessment, followed by a series of train-the-trainer courses designed to strengthen the region’s...
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Man Kidnaps Woman, Takes Law Enforcement on High Speed Chase My Panhandle By Kelsey Peck JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. - A convicted felon is back behind bars after deputies say he kidnapped a woman before leading law enforcement on a high speed chase in Jackson County.On Sunday, deputies responded to the Loves Truck Stop in Cottondale after a woman claimed she was kidnaped and forced into her vehicle at gunpoint by Albert Chester McKinnie. The victim told deputies she convinced McKinnie to let her use the restroom at the truck stop.Deputies responded but when they confronted the suspect, McKinnie drove off, leading them on a high speed chase.Deputies said the suspect continued at speeds well over 100 MPH on Kynseville Highway and threw several bags of unknown items out of the vehicle along the road.The pursuit continued into Washington County where Florida Highway Patrol troopers attempted to pull over McKinnie.After the...
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NBC KGW8 Tensions have been mounting since Trump last year withdrew the U.S. from a global nuclear deal with Iran and began pressuring Tehran with economic sanctions. Authors AYA BATRAWY , Associated Press, NASSER KARIMI , Associated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Saudi Arabia on Monday in a hastily arranged visit amid mounting tensions between Washington and Tehran as Iran's navy chief warned Iranian forces wouldn't hesitate to shoot down more U.S. surveillance drones from their skies.The downing of the drone, valued at more than $100 million, saw the United States pull back from the brink of a military strike on Iran after President Donald Trump last week called off strikes in retaliation.Iran's naval commander, Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi, threatened Washington, saying that Tehran is capable of shooting down other American spy drones that violate Iranian airspace."We confidently say that the...
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Times Of Israel In a reality once unthinkable, Assad’s troops along Golan border are heeding commanders of the Iran-backed terror group, and helping it prepare for conflict with the Jewish state By Avi Issacharoff    Earlier this month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based watchdog group, reported that Israeli fighter jets struck Hezbollah positions on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. There was no Israeli comment on the claim.The report said one of the targets was a post on Tel al-Harra, a mountain that is considered a strategic point that overlooks the Golan Heights, while the other was in Quneitra, near the UN-monitored border crossing with Israel, where Arab media reports a Syrian air-defense position and a Hezbollah intelligence center are located. The Iran-backed Lebanese terror group had been trying to set up a front on the Syrian Golan for years, but had previously been unable to gain...

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  Missouri: Hazelwood Police Officer saved a woman and her three-year-old granddaughter from a burning home.   ...
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Paraguayan extradited to Miami for key role in huge money laundering schemes, feds say By Jay Weaver Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article231810213.html#storylink=cpy A Paraguayan businessman accused of moving millions of dollars around the globe for drug traffickers and other criminals with suspected links to the terrorist group Hezbollah was extradited to Miami to face money-laundering charges on Friday.Before his extradition late Thursday, Nader Mohamad Farhat operated one of the biggest currency exchange businesses in the Tri-Border Area of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. At his first appearance in Miami federal court, he was charged with two counts of conspiring to launder money from drug-trafficking proceeds and an unlicensed currency transmitter in the United States, as well as six related money-laundering offenses.Farhat faces similar charges in New York federal court, but his Miami case must be resolved first before he is transferred there. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Miami next Thursday,...
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Department of Justice Office of Public AffairsTwo Suburban Chicago Men Convicted of Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISISMen Conspired to Help Individual They Believed Would Travel to Syria to Fight for ISIS, Provided Cell Phones They Believed Would be Used in Explosive Attacks OverseasTwo men from a north suburb of Chicago have been convicted of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, a foreign terrorist organization also known as ISIS. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch Jr. and Special Agent-in-Charge Jeffrey S. Sallet of the FBI’s Chicago Field Office made the announcement.The jury in federal court in Chicago on Thursday convicted Joseph D. Jones, 37, and Edward Schimenti, 37, both of Zion, Illinois, on one count of conspiring to provide material support and resources to ISIS.  Schimenti was also convicted on one count of...

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  State television has broadcast footage of a US military drone which was shot down on Thursday. Footage of the debris purports to show fragments from the destroyed RQ-4A Global Hawk which was reportedly hit by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.   ...
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  Associated Press WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump declared Thursday that "Iran made a very big mistake" by shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz but suggested it was a foolish error rather than an intentional escalation of the tensions that have led to rising fears of open military conflict.Asked about a U.S. response, the president said pointedly, "You'll soon find out."The downing of the huge, unmanned aircraft , which Iran portrayed as a deliberate defense of its territory rather than a mistake, was a stark reminder of the risk of military conflict between U.S. and Iranian forces as the Trump administration combines a "maximum pressure" campaign of economic sanctions against Iran with a buildup of American forces in the region.On Thursday, Iran called the sanctions "economic terrorism," insisted the drone had invaded its airspace and said it was taking its case to the United Nations in an...
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Syrian Man Arrested on Terrorism Charges After Planning Attack on Christian Church Complaint Alleges Syrian Man Plotted Attacks in the Name of ISISDepartment of JusticeOffice of Public AffairsMustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was arrested today based on a federal complaint charging him with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and two counts of distributing information relating to an explosive, destructive device, or weapon of mass destruction in relation to his plan to attack a church in Pittsburgh.The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Assistant Director Michael McGarrity of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division and Special Agent in Charge Robert Jones of the FBI’s Pittsburgh Division.“Targeting places of worship is beyond the...
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US Navy drone shot down by Iranian missile over Strait of Hormuz in 'unprovoked attack,' central command says By Lucas Tomlinson, Edmund DeMarche, Travis Fedschun | Fox NewsU.S. military officials returned fire -- verbally -- hours after Iran blasted a Navy high-altitude drone out of the sky over the Strait of Hormuz, with U.S. Central Command leaders on Thursday slamming the "unprovoked" strike and Tehran's subsequent "false" justifications for it.The downing of the drone, via surface-to-air missile, is only the most recent Iranian provocation in the region, coming on the heels of a disputed attack on a pair of oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. U.S. officials say Iran was behind the tanker attacks, however, the Islamic Republic has not claimed responsibility and even suggested American involvement in the plot.Similarly, Iran claimed the U.S. drone on Thursday was over Iranian airspace when it was shot down --...