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VOA News by Ayaz Gul ISLAMABAD — Officials in Afghanistan say four operatives of the national intelligence agency have gunned down their 16 colleagues before fleeing to join the Taliban insurgency in the southern Helmand province. The rare overnight “insider” attack took place at a facility linked to the National Directorate of Security or NDS in the Gerishk district, security sources told VOA Sunday. Omar Zawak, the provincial government spokesman, confirmed the incident saying the Taliban also assaulted the NDS Center while the insider attack was under way, sparking fierce clashes with Afghan security guards. Zawak said both sides suffered heavy casualties but would not give further details. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out by three “infiltrators” who seized all weapons and equipment at the facility. The slain Afghan personnel belonged to the “Songaryan” unit working for NDS in Helmand. The unit is named...

ISIS Supporter Sentenced to Prison for Firearms Offense

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    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs Casey Charles Spain, 29, of Richmond, Virginia, who is a previously convicted felon and supporter of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization, was sentenced today to the statutory maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment, for being a felon in possession of a firearm less than three weeks after he was released from prison. Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Edward C. O’Callaghan, Acting U.S. Attorney Tracy Doherty-McCormick for the Eastern District of Virginia and Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Lee of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office made the announcement.  The sentence was issued by U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney, Jr. According to court documents and statements made in court proceedings, Spain was in prison for over seven years after being convicted for abducting a 15-year-old girl with the intent to rape her. ...

Finnish police: Knife attacker identified with ISIS

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Washington Post By Jari Tanner | AP HELSINKI — Finnish police say the Moroccan asylum-seeker who killed two people and wounded eight others in last year’s stabbing attack in southwestern Finland identified strongly with the Islamic State group and was motivated largely by hatred after heavy bombardments by the Western-led coalition in the Syrian city of Raqqa. Olli Toyras of the National Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday that Abderrahman Bouanane became radicalized some three months before the Aug. 18 attack in the western city of Turku, and although he acted alone, he thought of himself as an IS fighter. “We don’t think any group is being involved in this,” Toyras said, although adding that the suspect’s phone and computer contained IS-related photos and material. “He has seen himself as a fighter, a soldier, a man of IS. He would have liked IS to have taken credit for the attack.” On the day...

Treasury Sanctions South Asian Terrorist Facilitators

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U.S. Department of Treasury Designations Continue to Pressure and Expose Operatives in Radical Terrorist Organizations Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today to disrupt South Asian terrorist support networks by designating three individuals, Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan, and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.  As a result of today’s designation, all property and interests in property of these persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. “Treasury continues to aggressively pursue and expose radicals who support terrorist organizations and run illicit financial networks across South Asia.  We are targeting operatives who have provided logistical support, improvised explosive devices, and other technological assistance to...

History Lessons from Years Under Islamism

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Gatestone Institute by Majid Rafizadeh My father's generation in Iran lived in an environment in which the Islamist party of the country's clergy cunningly depicted themselves as intending no harm, supportive of the people, and not interested in power. So, before the revolution, many Iranians did not think that Khomeini's party would be committing the atrocities that they are committing now or that they would have such an unrelenting hunger for power. Instead, during this time, the country thought it was on a smooth path towards democracy, with no expectation of ever returning to a barbaric era. Even the then-US President Jimmy Carter viewed Khomeini as a good religious holy man. Iranians did not just submit to these new laws; they rose up in protest. This uprising was met with torture, rape, and death. With the regime eager to wipe any who dared to resist, the people had no choice...
Dallas NewsWritten by Valerie Wigglesworth, Staff Writer PLANO — A Plano couple whose adult sons traveled to Syria to fight with ISIS are headed to federal prison after lying to the FBI about the activities of their children. Sumaiya Ali was sentenced to 30 months in prison, while her husband, Mohommad Hasnain Ali, was sentenced to 12 months plus one day. Both paid a $5,000 fine and will serve three years of supervised release after prison.The couple were sentenced during back-to-back hearings in U.S. District Court in Plano on Tuesday. They had pleaded guilty last year to making false statements regarding international terrorism. "I apologize for my actions and thank the court for considering the plea deal," Sumaiya Ali, 49, said before District Judge Marcia A. Crone pronounced her sentence.Mohommad Hasnain Ali, 58, issued a similar apology moments later.  Their defense attorneys declined to comment after the hearing. Sumaiya Ali must...

33 Dead, 130 Injured in China Knife-Wielding Spree

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NBC NewsA group of knife-wielding men attacked a train station in southwestern China on Saturday, killing at least 29 people and injuring more than 130 others in what Chinese officials called a terrorist strike, the official Xinhua News Agency said.Four of the attackers were also shot dead and only one was captured alive after the mayhem, which broke out about 9 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) at the Kunming Railway Station in the capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province.The Kunming government said the "serious violent terrorist attack was planned and organized by Xinjiang separatist forces," Xinhua reported.Ethnic Turkish Uighur separatists have been sporadically fighting for an independent state in Xinjiang, in northwestern China, home to about 10 million Uighur, who are predominantly Muslim. More than 100 people have been killed in protests in Xinjiang in the past year.Yang Haifei, a resident of Yunnan, told Xinhua that he was attacked and sustained...

Terrorism returns to Afghanistan

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Al Arabiya Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi The phenomenon of contemporary terrorism is one of the most dangerous phenomena in history as it contains hostility within a live ideology that’s protected by countries like Qatar and another regional country.This ideology is also fully sponsored by the guardian of the jurist’s regime in Iran. It justifies its presence through the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood and political Islam groups.Terror attacks have currently increased in Afghanistan which has been calm for years except for few incidents. Terrorist operations have dominated the scene again via explosions targeting the Afghani state and its stability.This has worried the entire world, and it raised many questions. Is it just a coincidence that terrorism went rampant in Afghanistan after ISIS was eliminated in Iraq and Syria?Will it be strange that the road which Zarqawi and his followers took to Iraq after 2003 will be the same road which Baghdadi and...

Tackling terrorism

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Daily Times Terrorism does not exist in areas burdened by poverty or illiteracy alone, but also prevails in highly educated societies and countriesby Dr Khalil-ur-Rahman Shaikh Terrorism is mankind’s hidden enemy. It can attack anywhere in any form. Terrorism has terrified people around the globe, leaving the international community with a sense of insecurity. It does not exist in areas burdened by poverty or illiteracy alone, but also prevails in highly educated societies and countries. Governments around the world are striving to combat it, but progress has been limited, at best. Pakistan has made big achievements in combating terrorism; however, if a proper approach is not adopted, this success may prove short lived.The word terrorism is combination of two words, terror and ism. Terror means fear, frighten, dread, shock or panic. ‘Ism’ means theory, system, doctrine, ideology or philosophy. Thus, the word terrorism may be defined as a philosophy or...

U.S. May Seek to Put Pakistan on Terrorism-Finance List

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  New York Times By MARIA ABI-HABIB NEW DELHI — The United States has indicated that it will seek to place Pakistan on a watch list of countries that are not doing enough to counter terrorism financing, threatening Islamabad with global isolation, according to a senior Pakistani official.The United States is likely to introduce the motion next week in Paris, where the Financial Action Task Force, a global body created to fight terrorism financing and money laundering, will vote on the matter, the official, Miftah Ismail, a financial adviser to Pakistan’s prime minister, said.Pakistan was on the list from 2012 to 2015, and officials worry that being added again could hinder the country’s access to international markets as it prepares to repay roughly $3 billion in debt this summer.In an effort to stave off returning to the list, Pakistan has quietly adopted sanctions against two groups that the United States...
CBS NewsOn the afternoon of Wednesday, February 14, the deadliest US mass shooting of 2018 took place in Southern Florida.A gunman, whom authorities suspect was 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, returned to his old high school in the town of Parkland, on the edge of the Everglades, and started shooting.As of Thursday morning, 17 people had been confirmed dead, and others were in hospital.Here, moment by moment, is how the event unfolded. Wednesday February 14, 2018: Some time after 2 p.m. the gunman begins to make his approach to Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Here's an Instagram photo of suspect Nikolas Cruz posing with a toy gun. 2:35 p.m.: Some of the first signs to the outside world that a shooting was underway come from social media. One Twitter user noted that students texting the about the shooting.2:53 p.m.: Twenty minutes later the Broward County Sheriff's Office publicly acknowledges...

FBI: No terrorism link in NSA gate car crash

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MSN An investigation is underway at the NSA headquarters near Washington where a car crashed into the agency's gates on Wednesday, but officials say there's no link to terrorism. Nathan Frandino reports. Watch Video HERE ...
NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man who set off small bombs in two states, including a pressure cooker device that blasted shrapnel across a New York City block, was sentenced Tuesday to multiple terms of life in prison by a judge who repeatedly called it a miracle nobody was killed.Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, was criticized by a prosecutor for failing to show remorse and was scolded by a victim for not apologizing to the 30 people he injured.U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman in Manhattan said it was hard to reconcile the “reasonable enough” man he saw in court with the terrorist who tried to kill as many people as he could when he left his home early the morning of Sept. 17, 2016, with two pressure-cooker explosives and a bag full of smaller bombs.“You sound like most people and yet your...
Military Times By Tara Copp Despite increasing activity by the Islamic State and other terror organizations on the African continent, and an expanding mission for U.S. service members deployed there, AFRICOM is likely to remain under-resourced for the foreseeable future.In a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding the most worrisome worldwide threats, representatives of U.S. intelligence agencies agreed their top concerns are the ongoing cyber attacks from U.S. adversaries; a potential great powers conflict with Russia or China; and the need to counter North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.Those concerns align with the National Defense Strategy that Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis unveiled earlier this month, and the 2019 budget request released Monday at the Pentagon. And while that approach does not abandon Africa, it does push resources toward what the Pentagon and intelligence community view as the more existential threats. “We have entered a period that can best...

An inside look at Americans who joined ISIS

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Circa By Russel ReadSometime in 2014, a U.S. citizen named Abdullah Ramo Pazara was killed in Syria fighting Kurdish forces on behalf of the Islamic State. He was one of the first of many Americans to do so.The Islamic State and those it has inspired are responsible for the deaths of dozens of Americans, yet the group still has drawn hundreds of U.S. persons to its black banner in the past four years.But who are the people who would turn on their country to join one of the most vicious terrorist groups in history? And how did they do it?The answer, like terrorism itself, is complicated."We found there wasn't a single profile of a member of IS [Islamic State] or an American member of IS," Bennett Clifford, a research fellow at the George Washington University's Program on Extremism, told me in an interview. "What we found is there are some...
Source: Chicago Tribune A high-ranking Chicago police officer was shot to death at the Thompson Center Tuesday afternoon while assisting a tactical team who were chasing a suspect, police said.Commander Paul Bauer of the Near North District was shot several times a little before 2 p.m., according to police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. He said a suspect was taken into custody and a gun recovered.“It’s a difficult day for us, but we’ll get through it,” Johnson told reporters outside Northwestern Hospital, where Bauer had been taken.Bauer, 53, joined the department in 1986 and worked all across the city over his career – from the South Side to the specialized mounted patrol unit to his current position as commander of the busy and high-profile Near North District.Bauer was shot after a suspect started running from tactical officers who had attempted to stop him for questioning, according to Johnson. They radioed a description...

ISIS threatens to invade Paris 'in the near future'

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Daily Mail ISIS threatens to invade Paris 'in the near future' in new video showing an attack on the Eiffel Tower    * Paris is described as the 'capital of degeneracy' by jihadists in chilling new video     * ISIS fanatics warn of a siege and a surprise raid launched from 'ground tunnels'     * Film shows an attack at the Eiffel Tower and the landmark falling to the groundBy Julian Robinson for MailOnlineISIS has threatened to invade Paris 'in the near future' in a new video showing an attack on the Eiffel Tower.The French city is described as the 'capital of degeneracy' by jihadists who warn of a siege by militants and a surprise raid launched from 'ground tunnels'.Terrorists are seen forming a cell in the countryside outside Paris 'where the infantry unit of the caliphate lie in wait for their enemies'.Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5366355/ISIS-threatens-Paris-invasion-near-future.html#ixzz56wpfDG00  ...

Report: Egypt foils ISIS plot to kill Haniyeh

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Israel National News Egyptian security forces reportedly uncover ISIS cell which plotted to kill Hamas leader.by Elad Benari Egyptian security forces recently uncovered an Islamic State (ISIS) cell which plotted to kill Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, the Egyptian Al-Dustour newspaper reported on Wednesday.According to the report, the cell which was made up of 18 terrorists, was arrested while trying to sneak into Gaza. The terrorists reportedly plotted to blow up the mosque in Gaza in which Haniyeh prays on Fridays.ISIS's Sinai affiliate, which is known as the Sinai Province, has claimed the majority of the attacks in the Sinai Peninsula in recent years.ISIS, which follows a Salafist interpretation of Islam, has also targeted Hamas. In August, a suicide bombing near Egypt's border with Gaza killed a Hamas guard. It was the first time a suicide attack has targeted Hamas forces in Gaza.The Salafists clash with Hamas, which rules Gaza, arguing...
Independent Exclusive: Former Isis fighter tells The Independent that Turkey is using the name of the now defunct, Western-backed Free Syrian Army to conceal its use of jihadi mercenariesby Patrick Cockburn Turkey is recruiting and retraining Isis fighters to lead its invasion of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, according to an ex-Isis source.“Most of those who are fighting in Afrin against the YPG [People’s Protection Units] are Isis, though Turkey has trained them to change their assault tactics,” said Faraj, a former Isis fighter from north-east Syria who remains in close touch with the jihadi movement.In a phone interview with The Independent, he added: “Turkey at the beginning of its operation tried to delude people by saying that it is fighting Isis, but actually they are training Isis members and sending them to Afrin.”An estimated 6,000 Turkish troops and 10,000 Free Syrian Army (FSA) militia crossed into...
WDJT - Wisconsin By: Stephanie Staudinger DODGE COUNTY, Wis. -- James Luke, 29, was sentenced in Dodge County Court today to spend 2 years in state prison for threatening the life of Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney.In addition, Judge Brian A Pfitzinger ordered that he serve an additional 2 years of extended supervision.Luke is currently incarcerated until at least the year 2036 on an unrelated charge. Today’s sentence was imposed consecutively, which delays Luke’s potential release date into 2038.Luke wrote Toney from Waupun Correctional Institution in March, 2016, saying in part: “I am going to personally decapitate you and mail your head in a box to the local news.” The threats were in retaliation for Toney’s prosecution of an unrelated homicide case. Luke claimed to be acting on behalf of the terrorist group ISIS. No actual connection to the terrorist group is believed to exist. Read more:...