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The Evolution of Modern Terrorism

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InPublicSafety.com The Evolution of Modern Terrorism July 23, 2015    By Dr. James Hess, Faculty Director and Associate Professor of Intelligence Studies at American Military UniversityIn September 1901, President William McKinley was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist terrorist. McKinley’s successor was President Theodore Roosevelt—who called for the end of terrorism everywhere.One hundred years before 9/11, terrorism was present in America. Given this history with terrorism, I will discuss the roots of modern terrorism, the scholarly perspective on the evolution of terrorism, and the importance of understanding the motivations and strategies of terrorists.The Starting Point for TerrorismMost experts in the study of terrorism point to the French Revolution as the starting point for modern terrorism. Not surprisingly, there was a period during the French Revolution known as the Reign of Terror. During the Reign of Terror, tens of thousands were executed for their perceived resistance to the revolution.   Read more:...
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Boston bans police from using facial recognition technology By Christopher Carbone | Fox News Boston has banned police from using facial recognition technology, becoming the second-largest U.S. community to do so.The city council unanimously voted on Wednesday to ban the controversial technology's use and prohibit any city official from obtaining facial surveillance by asking for it via third parties."It has an obvious racial bias and that's dangerous," Councilor Ricardo Arroyo, who sponsored the bill, said ahead of the hearing, per WBUR. "But it also has sort of a chilling effect on civil liberties. And so, in a time where we're seeing so much direct action in the form of marches and protests for rights, any kind of surveillance technology that could be used to essentially chill free speech or ... more or less monitor activism or activists is dangerous." Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/tech/boston-bans-police-facial-recognition-technology...
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Off-duty Chicago police sergeant rescues 3 who fell off jet ski into Lake Michigan near 63rd Street Beach By Javonte Anderson Chicago Tribune Chicago police Sgt. Donovan Jackson was relaxing on his boat Tuesday evening when he suddenly heard a helicopter hovering above.When he emerged from his 33-foot Sea Ray, docked in Jackson Harbor, Jackson saw police and fire vehicles driving toward Lake Michigan. Jackson then rushed to the top of a nearby hill, where he saw people in the water near 63rd Street Beach and a capsized water scooter.The 22-year police veteran was off duty, but duty still called. And for Jackson, who spent 12 years as a Chicago Park District lifeguard, instincts quickly kicked in. Read more: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-chicago-police-lake-michigan-rescue-20200624-qjqewojlwbhnlfc2sfjknl2h6y-story.html...
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  Syracuse.com By Chris Libonati Syracuse, N.Y. — A Syracuse police officer, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office deputy and an off-duty Syracuse firefighter helped save a man who nearly fell off a highway overpass on Tuesday morning, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.The trio responded to the Hiawatha Boulevard Bridge over Interstate 81 at 5:49 a.m. for a reported suspicious person call. Deputy Kristen Mullen saw a man with a speedo and a cape standing on the bridge who appeared as if he was about to fall into traffic, deputies said. The man was in emotional distress and standing on the other side of a chain link fence, so Mullen grabbed the man to prevent him from falling, according to deputies. Officer Ryan Jones and off-duty Syracuse firefighter Lt. Chris Haley helped pull the man to safety, deputies said. Read more: https://www.syracuse.com/crime/2020/06/deputy-officer-and-off-duty-firefighter-save-man-who-nearly-fell-from-highway-overpass.html...
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FOX 13 Tampa Bay Tampa police officers 'ambushed' early Saturday, chief says By Jennifer Holton TAMPA, Fla. - The chief of the Tampa Police Department says his officers were "ambushed" early Saturday morning. TPD Chief Brian Dugan says officers were called to the intersection of 15th Street N and 26th Avenue E for a report of shots fired with a possible victim.  He says when officers arrived, hundreds of people had all four intersections completely blocked, and as they attempted to locate a victim, the crowd became aggressive. As officers took one person into custody, the crowd surrounded officers and threw glass bottles, while several subjects jumped on one of the officer’s cars. Read more: https://www.fox13news.com/news/tampa-police-officers-ambushed-early-saturday-chief-says...
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Sky News 25 Terror Plots Have Been Foiled Since 2017 Westminster Attack, Minister Reveals Counter-terrorism police are currently working on 800 live investigations, James Brokenshire says. Security services are currently working on 800 live investigations into potential terrorists, security minister James Brokenshire revealed today. It comes after three people died and another three were seriously injured in a terror attack in a park in Reading on Saturday evening.The attacker, Khairi Saadallah - a 25-year-old Libyan refugee who was living in the Berkshire town, was known to MI5 last year, Sky News understands. Read more: https://news.sky.com/story/25-terror-plots-have-been-foiled-since-2017-westminster-attack-minister-reveals-12012317...
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France 24 Afghanistan Reports 'Deadliest' Week In Its 19 Years Of Conflict by NEWS WIRESThe Taliban killed at least 291 Afghan security personnel over the past week, a top government official said Monday, accusing the insurgents of unleashing a wave of violence ahead of potential talks.The previous week was the "deadliest" in the country's 19 years of conflict, said Javid Faisal, spokesman for the National Security Council, even as the insurgents dismissed the latest figures.The Taliban carried out 422 attacks in 32 provinces during that time, killing 291 security force personnel and wounding 550 others, Faisal said on Twitter. Read more: https://www.france24.com/en/20200623-afghanistan-taliban-peace-talks-violence-ashraf-ghani...
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U.S. Army Soldier Charged with Terrorism Offenses for Planning Deadly Ambush on Service Members in His Unit U.S. Army Private Ethan Melzer Sent Sensitive U.S. Military Information to Members of a Neo-Nazi Group in an Attempt to Facilitate a “Mass Casualty” Attack on Melzer’s Army UnitDepartment of JusticeOffice of Public AffairsThe Department of Justice announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging Ethan Melzer, 22, of Louisville, Kentucky, for allegedly planning an attack on his U.S. Army unit by sending sensitive details about the unit – including information about its location, movements, and security – to members of an extremist organization named Order of the Nine Angles (O9A), an occult-based neo-Nazi and white supremacist group.   Melzer is charged with conspiring and attempting to murder U.S. nationals, conspiring and attempting to murder military service members, providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists, and conspiring to murder and maim in...

ISIS Terrorists Cannot Be Allowed to Reclaim Iraq

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ISIS Terrorists Cannot Be Allowed to Reclaim Iraq by Con Coughlin  •  Gatestone Institute Iraqi security officials say the number of ISIS fighters in Iraq is now between 2,000-3,000, which includes around 500 militants who have made their way to Iraq after escaping from prisons in Syria. The upsurge in ISIS in activity in Iraq should certainly act as a wake-up call for the Trump administration as it reviews America's military commitment to Iraq following the recent appointment of former Iraqi intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi as the country's new pro-Western prime minister. The reason Iraq is able to have elections in the first place is because of the enormous sacrifices made by American and other coalition forces to rebuild the country after the overthrow of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003, an achievement that the Trump administration cannot allow to be damaged by a resurgent ISIS. Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16127/isis-terrorists-iraq...

Stabbing spree in London kills three [VIDEO]

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Stabbing spree in London kills three 9 News AustraliaA man armed with a knife has killed three people and seriously injured three others in a frenzied attack in Reading, west of London.   ...
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  DVIDS Camp Closed: Coalition obliterates ISIS mountain training area WADI AL SHAI IS A RURAL AREA IN KIRKUK PROVINCE, IRAQCourtesy Video, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve   In coordination with the Government of Iraq, Coalition aircraft destroyed three ISIS camps in Wadi al-Shai, Iraq, June 19. ...
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Coalition: Airstrikes Destroy ISIS Mountain Training Camp, Cave Hideout in Iraq Military.com Stars and Stripes | By Chad GarlandCoalition strikes took out three Islamic State camp sites in Iraq's Kirkuk province on Friday, while a jet "blasted" an ISIS cave in Nineveh province.The "summer camp" in rural Kirkuk was located about 16 miles west of the city of Tuz Khurmatu in "densely vegetated austere terrain," the U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement Saturday. Strike videos described them as ISIS mountain training areas.Military Discount Active duty Military members could save more with GEICO. Get a quote today!Despite losing control of its last territory in Iraq more than two years ago, ISIS continues to wage an insurgency while hiding out in the mountains, deserts and other rural areas of the country. Read more: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/06/21/coalition-airstrikes-destroy-isis-mountain-training-camp-cave-hideout-iraq.html...
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WJHL 11 Tennessee firefighters sent to battle wildfires out West NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Firefighters from Tennessee have been deployed to the western U.S. to help battle wildfires, officials said.Tennessee’s Division of Forestry said in a news release Thursday that 20 incident commanders, tree removers and firefighters have been sent to central New Mexico to help local fire departments fight wildfires in that region.An additional forestry staff member has been sent to Arizona to manage equipment for a team assigned to the Bush Fire, currently the largest fire in the country, officials said.The state forestry division’s Fire Management Unit spent the past year building capacity to send employees to out-of-state wildfires and other emergency incidents, officials said. Read more: https://www.wjhl.com/news/regional/tennessee/tennessee-firefighters-sent-to-battle-wildfires-out-west/...
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InHomelandSecurity.com Germany, France, UK press Iran to provide atomic site access BERLIN (AP) — The board of the United Nations’ atomic watchdog agency on Friday adopted a resolution calling for Iran to provide inspectors access to sites where the country is thought to have stored or used undeclared nuclear material, the Russian representative said.Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s ambassador to international organizations in Vienna, said on Twitter that his country and China had voted against the resolution that Germany, France and Britain proposed at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency board.“We believe that the resolution can be counterproductive,” Ulyanov said, while also “stressing the need for Tehran and IAEA to settle this problem without delay.”Earlier this week, agency Director General Mariano Grossi reiterated concerns that for more than four months Iran had denied his inspectors access to two locations “to clarify our questions related to possible undeclared nuclear material and...
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The Jerusalem Post Rise Of German Terrorist Hezbollah Supporters, Members In Lower Saxony “The mobilization potential of Hezbollah in Germany should not be underestimated.” By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL   The number of Hezbollah members and supporters in the German state of Lower Saxony increased from 150 in 2018 to 160 in 2019, according to a damning new intelligence report released in late May. The report said that in “Lower Saxony supporters and sympathizers of Hezbollah are organized in several associations that have specified the care and dissemination of Lebanese culture and the practice of their religion as their purpose and goal in statutes.”The report said that Hezbollah associations are located in Hanover, the capital of Lower Saxony, the city of Osnabrück and the town Uelzen. Hezbollah members and supporters are also located in South Lower Saxony. Read more: https://www.jpost.com/international/rise-of-german-terrorist-hezbollah-supporters-members-in-lower-saxony-631852...
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National Review Portland Police Quickly Shut Down ‘Autonomous Zone’ Outside Mayor’s House By Mairead McArdle Portland police on Thursday quickly dismantled an “autonomous zone” that protesters attempted to set up outside the mayor’s residence in the city the previous night.Protesters on Wednesday night used items including dumpsters and stolen construction materials to build an “autonomous zone” in Portland’s Pearl District near an apartment building where Mayor Ted Wheeler reportedly lives. They put up barricades and set up tents in the North Park Blocks area. “Right around midnight we started to see shift in activity where different items were being brought in and barricades were being created,” said Portland Police Bureau Lieutenant Tine Jones.One person was arrested when police dispersed the protesters early Thursday morning, but protesters left without police employing tear gas or rubber bullets.“I do not want an autonomous zone set up in Portland,” the mayor said. “I’m watching...
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  Atlanta cop Devin Brosnan suffered concussion during Rayshard Brooks altercation: lawyerBy Yaron SteinbuchAtlanta police officer Devin Brosnan suffered a concussion and other injuries during the altercation that led to the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, the cop’s attorney said in a televised interview.“Devin ends up taking out his Taser and yelling at him to ‘stop fighting, stop fighting,’” Don Samuel told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday night. “Mr. Brooks grabbed the Taser from him and shoots … Devin gets shot with the Taser.” The lawyer added: “He then falls over and lands on his head on the pavement and gets a concussion.”Samuel, who called Brosnan’s actions “exemplary,” claimed prosecutors didn’t bother looking at the officer’s medical records. Read more: https://nypost.com/2020/06/18/devin-brosnan-suffered-concussion-during-rayshard-brooks-altercation-lawyer/...
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Military.com US Troops Would Be Among First to Get a Working COVID-19 Vaccine, Officials Say  By Patricia Kime U.S. service members would be among the first Americans to receive the vaccine against COVID-19 if one is proven to be safe and effective, senior administration officials told reporters Tuesday. Speaking about the Trump administration's effort to develop, make and distribute a working vaccine against the deadly coronavirus by early next year, officials said those likely to receive it first include the most vulnerable, such as the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, workers in essential businesses and the U.S. military. "Our role, as the federal government, is to ensure anyone who is vulnerable, cannot afford it and desire it can get it, those critical to infrastructure get it, essential workers get it, and those associated with national defense get it. That's our obligation," the official said, speaking on the condition of...
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The Wall Street Journal Atlanta Police Officer Who Shot Rayshard Brooks Charged With Felony Murder Second officer, Devin Brosnan, charged with aggravated assault; he also is cooperating with prosecutors.By Sabrina SiddiquiA district attorney’s office in Atlanta announced 11 charges against Garrett Rolfe, the Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks last week, including felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.At a news conference Wednesday, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said his office interviewed at least 10 witnesses and reviewed body camera and dash-cam footage, as well as eight videos, prior to determining whether charges were necessary. Surveillance video from Wendy’s was also examined. Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/prosecutor-announces-charges-against-atlanta-police-officer-who-shot-rayshard-brooks-11592423270...
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The Telegraph Mali left shaken as dozens of soldiers killed in jihadist ambushThe group believed to be behind the attack is also thought to have kidnapped the country's opposition leader in MarchBy Will Brown At least 24 Malian soldiers have been killed in an ambush near the border with Mauritania, in an apparent revenge attack for the assassination of a top jihadi leader. The soldiers were patrolling close to the Wagadou forest, a known hideout for jihadist groups, on June 14. An army spokesperson said that 8 soldiers had survived the assault. A further thirty-two on the patrol are missing. Armed forces in the Sahel region are known to undercount the death toll of attacks to preserve troop morale. One expert told The Telegraph that the attack was carried out by Katiba Macina, a jihadist group allied to Al Qaeda which has been wreaking havoc over large parts of central...