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Africa: the next frontier? An in-depth rundown of prominent terrorist organizations in Africa SOFREP.comBy Jay In light of recent events in Niger where four US Special Forces soldiers were killed, many people are wondering: who are these terror groups operating in Africa? How many terrorist groups are in Africa? There is no short story to the history of terrorism in Africa, and there have long been Islamic terror groups operating in the region. I will do my best in this article to give a look at the main groups and their area of operations.Africa is one of the largest continents on the planet with many poor countries and vast stretches of land.  On top of that, many of the countries have poorly trained security forces. All of this culminates into a perfect breeding ground for extremist groups to gather pace. While there are a number of rich countries in Africa,...
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The Maritime Executive  By MarEx 2017-10-24 19:09:20The ASEAN Defence Ministers held their 11th Meeting in the Philippines this week and agreed to act together with partners to counter terrorism and violent extremism in the region. The Ministers met with their counterparts from Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States to strengthen their cooperation on defense matters.Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein warned that setbacks the Islamic State has suffered in the Middle East could mean that the terrorists increasingly focus on Southeast Asia.Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana officially announced the end of fighting in Marawi City, saying that the Philippines had defeated terrorism. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, participating on behalf of the U.S., praised the Philippines for liberating Marawi saying the very tough fight had sent a very strong message to terrorists.Mattis ‎reaffirmed his commitment to allies across the region. To improve counter-terrorism...

Italy investigates 'jihadist hub' south of Rome

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FRANCE 24 by Natalia MENDOZA Recent jihadist terrorist attacks in France and Germany have cast a spotlight on the town of Aprilia, south of Rome, where three of the perpetrators spent some time prior to the attacks.Tunisian Ahmed Hanachi, who killed two women at Marseille's Saint-Charles train station on October 1 before being shot dead by soldiers, spent several years in the small town located 40km from Rome, where he married an Italian woman.The 29-year-old was not known to attend any mosque, but was known to the police for minor theft and drug problems.“We were astounded when we heard what he’d done,” his former father-in-law told FRANCE 24, speaking on condition of anonymity. Recent jihadist terrorist attacks in France and Germany have cast a spotlight on the town of Aprilia, south of Rome, where three of the perpetrators spent some time prior to the attacks.Tunisian Ahmed Hanachi, who killed two...

Indonesian police arrest 9 suspected Islamic militants

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ABC News by The Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia  Indonesian counterterrorism police said they arrested nine suspected Islamic militants Tuesday, including an alleged bomb maker who eluded capture for five years.Police spokesman Rikwanto said that Bakri Baroncong was believed to have made the explosives for a failed attempt to kill the governor of South Sulawesi province in 2012. Bakri had avoided capture for more than five years and was tracked down at an Islamic boarding school in the province.Five suspected militants were arrested in Pekanbaru city in Sumatra and two others in Central Java province.The ninth suspect, Hendrasti Wijanarko, was captured in East Java province. He was linked to four militants convicted over a plot to bomb a guard-changing ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta.They were part of a small extremist cell in Central Java's Solo city who took orders from Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian with the Islamic State group...

Everything You Need to Know About Niger

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Weekly Standard Why we're there, why it's dangerous, and what the Trump administration needs to do now.By James Barnett An attack on October 4 by suspected Islamic State-affiliated militants that left four American soldiers dead has unexpectedly pushed the landlocked, sparsely inhabited African nation of Niger into the limelight. While most Americans seem less interested in the attack itself than in the ensuing Twitter broadsides, the situation in Africa’s Sahel region is one that ought to be of national concern given the growing scope of U.S. counterterrorism operations there. This month’s deadly attack underscores the troubling reality that American special operations forces are operating in the Sahel lacking both the resources for the complex threat environment and a coherent regional strategy.While key details of the attack are still emerging, we know that the 12-man Special Forces team and their Nigerien army counterparts were leaving a meeting with local community leaders...
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Small Worlds Journal Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #35:  Weaponized Drone/UAV/UAS Seized in Valtierrilla, Guanajuato with Remote Detonation IED (‘Papa Bomba’) Payload Robert J. Bunker and John P. Sullivan An improvised explosive drone (‘dron bomba’) was interdicted by Mexican Federal Police/Policía Federal (PF) in Guanajunto in Central Mexico at daybreak of Friday, 20 October 2017. Four men were arrested following a ‘high-risk’ vehicle stop on the Salamanca-Morelia highway.  The discovery of an improvised Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)—also known as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)—is the latest example of cartel weapons evolution. The IED is consistent with recent papas bombas (potato bombs) employment by the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).  Guanajunto is currently contested by several cartels including the CJNG, Los Zetas, and the Sinaloa cartel. Key Information: “‘Dron bomba’ listo para detonar a distancia.” AM. 20 October 2017, https://www.am.com.mx/2017/10/20/sucesos/dron-bomba-listo-para-detonar-a-distancia-385808: (REDACCIÓN. SALAMANCA, GUANAJUATO.) Los cargos que podrían tener los detenidos pueden llegar a ser por terrorismo....
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Terror-Alert.com Terror attacks have traditionally targeted concentrations of bystanders. But what if they didn't need to in order to wreak havoc on a massive scale?Critical infrastructure networks maintained by governments around the world could be vulnerable to major cyberattacks at any moment.But what do we really know about cyber terrorism?Luke Dembosky, former deputy assistant attorney-general for national security at the US Department of Justice, tracks developments in cyber terror.He said the question had shifted from how to prevent major attacks point black, to how best to minimise their enormous damage.What is cyberterrorism?The FBI in the United States defines cyberterrorism as a "premeditated, politically motivated attack against information, computer systems, computer programs and data which results in violence against non-combatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents".Critically, cyberterrorist attacks are not the same as hacking or compromising consumer data, as what happened in the recent Equifax data breach.They instead aim to...
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InHomelandSecurity.com NEW YORK (AP) — The swift conviction Monday of a New Jersey man in a mostly botched bombing mission in Manhattan last summer was labeled a victory against terrorism by law enforcement officials, but they urged continued vigilance.“It’s very obvious that this city remains a target,” said William F. Sweeney Jr., head of the city’s FBI office, at a news conference outside Manhattan federal court after a jury that deliberated about four hours over parts of two days convicted Ahmad Khan Rahimi of all eight charges against him.Sweeney credited hundreds of law enforcement officers in New Jersey and New York for an airtight case against the 29-year-old Afghanistan-born Rahimi. Evidence at his two-week trial showed he had set off a pipe bomb along a Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, as a morning prelude to the Sept. 17, 2016, evening bombing in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood that...

ISIS Supporter Arrested Trying to Blow Up Florida Mall

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By Clarion Project FBI counter-terrorism agents arrested a Miami man for attempting to detonate a bomb in the Dolphin Mall, the Miami Herald reported.A confidential informant tipped off the FBI about Vicente Solano’s intention to detonate a weapon of mass destruction at the large mall in Doral, a northern suburb of Miami.Although authorities believe he was acting alone, Solano made pro-Islamic State videos before setting off for the attack. He was arrested while planning to detonate a fake bomb he had acquired from undercover FBI agents.As of 2015, the FBI said they had ongoing terror investigations in all 50 states of the U.S. Read more: https://clarionproject.org/isis-supporter-arrested-trying-blow-florida-mall/...
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Philly.com by Joseph A. Gambardello, Staff WriterPhiladelphia police counter-terrorism investigators are trying to identify a man who appears to have a habit of sneaking onto Center City rooftops.In one of two incidents in which the trespasser was caught on surveillance videos, he was spotted taking photos from the rooftop of the Dorchester Condominiums on Rittenhouse Square on Monday, police said. On Sept. 25, he forced a door to get onto the roof of the Sonesta Hotel, 1800 Market Street, with a tan, long-board style skateboard, according to police, who did not say if they knew what he did there,The suspect is a white male, in his late 20s or early 30s, about six feet tall, with shoulder length blond hair. He was wearing a blue jacket with a hood, blue jeans, and red and white New Balance sneakers and carrying a black backpack. Anyone with information is asked to call...

G7 fears terrorist influx after IS loses Raqqa

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RFI - English By Christina Okello Interior ministers from the G7 group of leading nations discussed the fight against terrorism at a two-day conference in Italy that started on Thursday. They debated the spread of terrorist propaganda online and the threat posed by foreign fighters returning from Syria and Iraq following the defeats sustained by the Islamic State (IS) armed group.The G7 meeting comes days after US-backed forces took the Syrian city of Raqqa back from IS.Despite the breakthrough, British security services warned this week that the terror threat in the UK is higher than ever."This pace, together with the way extremists can exploit safe spaces online, can make threats harder to detect," Britain's spy chief Andrew Parker said Thursday, following a spate of attacks that have killed 36 people in the UK this year."I've heard a lot of times the definitive fall of Raqqa," Middle East expert Julien Theron...
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Express ISIS are plotting a 9/11 style mass-casualty attack that will dwarf their most recent reign of terror in the west, Donald Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security has revealed. By Vincent Wood Elaine Duke, the acting secretary in charge of defending the US from terror attacks, warned small scale knife and vehicle attacks were only a means to gain funding from supporters and keep followers engaged in their unholy war.It comes as MI5 boss Andrew Parker warns the UK is facing an unprecedented threat from terrorists.Speaking at the US embassy in London, Ms Duke said: “The terrorist organisations, be it ISIS or others, want to have the big explosion like they did on 9/11. They want to take down aircraft, the intelligence is clear on that.“However, in the interim, they need to keep their finances flowing and they need to keep their visibility high and they need to keep their...

The terror group as brutal as ISIS

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New York Post By Megan Palin, News.com.au A young girl accused of adultery is forced into a hole in the ground and buried up to her neck in front of about 1,000 spectators who have come to the football stadium to watch her death.Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, 13, pleads with her captors to “don’t kill me” before a truckload of stones is rolled in and about 50 fighters from the al-Shabaab militia start to hurl them toward her.She’s being punished for reporting that three men had raped her in the southern port city of Kismayo in Somalia.After about 10 minutes of Duholow being violently struck by stones, two nurses are instructed to dig her up and check if she’s still alive. She is. Barely. So they put her back into the hole and the men continue to pelt her with stones until she is dead. “This child suffered a horrendous death...

UK Has 20,000 People On Its Terror Radar

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The Daily Caller by Jacob BojessonForeign CorrespondentThe terror threat in the United Kingdom continues to grow with more than 20,000 people investigated for possible terror ties, the head of the domestic intelligence service warned Tuesday.Andrew Parker, the director general of MI5, warned that the threat from Islamist terrorists is evolving at a pace he has not seen during his 34 years at the agency. Over the past four years, 20 attacks have been foiled in the country and more than one terror-related arrest is on average recorded every day.“In 2017, with all that has happened and much that has not, it is clear that we are contending with an intense UK terrorist threat from Islamist extremists,” Parker said during a rare public speech. “That threat is multi-dimensional, evolving rapidly, and operating at a scale and pace we’ve not seen before.”Three major terror attacks have taken place in the country since...

This Is Where ISIS Was Discovered the Last Month

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Look Where ISIS Was Discovered the Last Month Alone Clarion Project By Meira Svirsky The following infographic shows a frightening global look at the ISIS cells that were discovered from late September to late October of 2017   Take a closer look at https://clarionproject.org/isis-discovered-last-month-infog/...
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CounterIEDReport.com A roadside bomb that killed an American soldier in Iraq this month was of a particularly lethal design not seen in six years, and its reappearance on the battlefield suggests that U.S. troops could again be facing a threat that bedeviled them at the height of the insurgency here, U.S. military officials said.The device was of a variety known as an explosively formed penetrator, or EFP, according to initial investigations, a weapon notorious for its destructive and deadly impact on armored vehicles and the service members inside them, two U.S. military officials said.EFPs were among the most lethal weapons faced by U.S. forces before a troop withdrawal in 2011. The devices were considered a hallmark of the Iranian-backed Shiite militias battling the U.S. occupation after the toppling of Saddam Hussein. But the technology used to make them proliferated, and cruder versions were also deployed by Sunni militants.U.S. military officials...
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RT.COM The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has uncovered a ‘sleeper cell’ linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) that was active both in Moscow and the North Caucasus region, the Russian National Antiterrorist Committee said. Four members of the cell were detained. In Makhachkala, the capital of Russia’s southern Republic of Dagestan, security forces also discovered two extremist hideouts, where they found three ready-to-use improvised explosive devices. According to investigators, the members of the cell were plotting several potentially high-profile attacks in southern Russian regions, including explosions at public events as well as assaults on law enforcement officials and the military. Read more: https://www.rt.com/newsline/406704-russia-isis-cell-busted/...
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Independent UKFall of city is a potent symbol of the movement's collapsing fortunesBy JOHN DAVISON US-backed militias have completely taken Isis' de facto capital, Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Tuesday, in a major symbolic blow to the jihadist group.The fall of Raqqa, where Isis staged euphoric parades after its string of lightning victories in 2014, is a potent symbol of the movement's collapsing fortunes. The city was used as a base for the group to plan attacks abroad.The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias backed by a US-led international alliance, has been fighting Isis inside Raqqa since June.SOHR said 3,250 people were killed in the five-month battle, including 1,130 civilians. A witness said fighting appeared to be almost at an end with only sporadic bursts of gunfire.Militia fighters celebrated in the streets, chanted slogans from their vehicles and raised a...
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DW After over two years, Berlin said it's still not ready to stop temporary passport controls at the Austrian border. The Interior Ministry cited fears of a terrorist attack and unbridled migration for the prolonged checks. Germany extended temporary passport controls on its border with Austria and for flights departing from Greece for an additional six months due to the prospect of irregular migration and terrorism, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Berlin notified the European Commission, the EU Council, the European Parliament president and interior ministers of the EU-Schengen states about its decision.Read more: Germany refugee limit 'legally sound, ethically questionable'"There continue to be shortcomings in the protection of the EU's external borders, as well as a significant amount of illegal migration within the Schengen zone," de Maiziere said. "A complete return to a Schengen zone without border checks will...
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Minneapolis Star Tribune Ahmed AbdiKarin Eyow was among several hundred people killed when a truck driven by a suicide bomber exploded in a busy part of Mogadishu. The blast is the deadliest single terrorist attack in the East African nation's history. By Erin Adler Star Tribune A Bloomington father who aspired to work for the United Nations and rebuild his homeland of Somalia was visiting the country’s capital city Saturday when a terrorist attack took his life.Ahmed AbdiKarin Eyow was among several hundred people killed when a truck driven by a suicide bomber exploded in a busy part of Mogadishu. The blast is the deadliest single terrorist attack in the East African nation’s history.Eyow, 50, who was on a short trip to Kenya and Somalia, was in his hotel room when the blast went off, Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of CAIR-MN, said at a news conference Sunday afternoon.“We here...