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Fox News Maryland Man Accused Of Plotting ISIS-Inspired Terror Attack Near DC Is Indicted By Melissa Leon A Maryland man accused of plotting an ISIS-inspired terror attack at a tourist site near Washington, D.C., was indicted Wednesday on a terrorism-related charge, the Justice Department announced.Rondell Henry, 28, of Germantown was indicted on federal charges of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State and interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, the DOJ said.Henry moved to the U.S. from Trinidad and Tobago 11 years ago and is a naturalized citizen.He is accused of stealing a U-Haul van in Alexandria, Va., and driving it to Maryland, where he intended to use it as a weapon at the National Harbor complex on the Potomac River, according to previously filed court documents. Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/us/maryland-man-isis-inspired-terror-attack-indicted...
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Counterterrorism and GILEE: The Atlanta ‘96 Olympics to today By Ben Coletta - The Signal GILEE was established in 1992 to provide counterterrorism training for police officers in preparation for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. But students in the past have questioned GILEE’s effectiveness – since there was in fact a terrorist attack at the Atlanta games. Since its inception, a focus on counterterrorism and preparedness has been emphasized for its American trainees. In an effort to improve homeland security, GILEE works with international partners, exchanging American expertise in areas like violent crime, community policing and urban policing. On July 27, 1996, a bomb went off in Centennial Olympic Park, killing one and injuring 111.  The bomb was planted by domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph and would be his first of four bombings between 1996 and 1998.  Richard Jewell, a security guard, spotted the bomb and evacuated the area, limiting the...

The Iran-Israel War Is Here

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The Iran-Israel War Is Here The Wall Street Journal More than a decade of civil strife has opened up the region for the escalating state-to-state conflict. By Jonathan Spyer Israel and Iran are at war. Israeli strikes this week in southern Syria, western Iraq and eastern Lebanon—and possibly even Beirut—confirm it. This war is a very 21st-century affair. For now it involves only small circles among the Israeli and Iranian populations. Parts of the air force, intelligence services and probably special forces are active on the Israeli side. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, its expeditionary Quds Force and proxy politico-military organizations in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are engaged on behalf of Iran. The war marks a hinge point in Middle Eastern geopolitics. For the past decade and a half, the region has been engaged mainly with internal strife: civil wars, insurgencies and mass protests. These are now largely spent, leaving...

Hezbollah Planning 'Calculated Strike' Against Israel

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Hezbollah Planning 'Calculated Strike' Against Israel Haaretz Shi'ite organization warns retaliation 'is being arranged in a way which wouldn't lead to a war that neither Hezbollah nor Israel wants' Hezbollah is preparing a "calculated strike" against its enemy Israel after drones crashed in Beirut but it seeks to avoid a new war, two sources allied to the heavily armed Shi'ite Muslim movement told Reuters on Tuesday.A reaction "is being arranged in a way which wouldn't lead to a war" that Hezbollah does not want, one of the sources said. "The direction now is for a calculated strike, but how matters develop, that's another thing."Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier on Tuesday that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah should "calm down" after Nasrallah said his Iranian-backed movement would respond to the crash of two drones in a Beirut suburb.  Read more: https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/hezbollah-planning-calculated-strike-against-israel-1.7761120...
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UN peacekeeping patrol filmed coming under attack by Hezbollah in Lebanon By Ben Evansky | Fox News The United Nations Security Council is expected to renew the yearly mandate of its UNIFIL, its peacekeeping force in Lebanon, this week.But exclusive video obtained by Fox News shows a peacekeeping patrol under attack by the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hezbollah. An intelligence source confirmed to Fox News the Iranian proxy force was behind the attack.While the U.N. described the attack in a report, the video and the ensuing chaos following the ambush show how dangerous Hezbollah has made the situation for UNIFIL, or the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.The video shows groups of men block off the convoy with their cars. Once blocked off several men set upon the vehicles, trying to break in through the windows with hammers and stones.At one stage, gasoline is poured over the second U.N. armored vehicle...

The Call To Brand Hezbollah

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The Jerusalem Post The Call To Brand Hezbollah To suggest in any way that Hezbollah’s terrorist activities are entirely disassociated from the violent ideology that supports it, is entirely false and intellectually bankrupt. By RAMAN GHAVAMI The news that Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is actively considering labeling Hezbollah a terrorist organization should be welcomed across the civilized world. Momentum is finally gathering behind this movement, as governments belatedly recognize the pernicious and malign threat this organization poses. Previously, they have avoided such measures due to the so-called, entirely illusionary distinction between Hezbollah’s military and political wings. As Iran’s proxy-in-chief, we must use all tools at our disposal to cut off their funding and inhibit their ability to operate.Iran has long sought to destabilize its neighbors and perceived enemies through unconventional means. Lacking the resources of “the Great Satan” in the United States, it has sought to project its power by...
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SarahCarter.com ‘Gulf Cartel’ Attacked CBP Boat To Protect Secret Underwater Drug Pulley by Sarah Carter Armed smugglers allegedly associated with the Gulf Cartel were responsible for the onslaught of automatic fire that endangered the lives a Border Patrol Marine Unit in early August, as it policed the banks for drug smugglers and human traffickers along the Rio Grande Valley River, in Texas.Department of Homeland Security investigators recently uncovered that it was to prevent the Border Patrol boat from trampling or breaking an underwater pulley line devised by the cartel to transport large quantities of cocaine into the United States, according to a For Official Use Only law enforcement sensitive document obtained by SaraACarter.com.U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents were not aware at the time why the assault was launched on their Marine Unit, according to a Border Patrol official who spoke to this news outlet. The U.S. Border Patrol agents,...
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NYPD arrests slump in wake of firing of officer accused in Garner case, report saysBy Adam Shaw | Fox News The firing of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was involved in the fatal arrest of Eric Garner in 2014, appears to have already had an effect on the Big Apple, with the number of arrests dropping sharply compared to 2018 and cops warning of plummeting morale among New York City's finest.Just between Aug. 17, when Pantaleo was fired, and Aug. 25, arrests dropped by 27 percent compared to the same period in 2018, the New York Post reported.NYPD cops made 3,508 arrests compared to 4,827 a year earlier, according to the Post. Pantaleo was fired over his role in the arrest of Garner, who was selling untaxed cigarrettes on Staten Island. After he resisted arrest, Pantaleo got behind him and took him down. Prosecutors later argued that he used a banned...
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Iraqi Army Launches New Security Campaign In Anbar Desert Asharq Al-Awsat by  Hamza Mustafa The Joint Operations Command (JOC) announced on Saturday the start of the fourth phase of the Will of Victory Operation to hunt down remnants of ISIS militants in the desert of Iraq's western province of Anbar.A statement issued by the JOC media office said: "the fourth phase of this operation was launched at dawn on Saturday, to search and clear the entire desert and the regions in Anbar province from the ISIS remnants.”It said the operation was under the direction of the commander in chief of the armed forces and the supervision of the joint operations command and came after the third phase of the Will of Victory Operation achieved its objectives accurately and successfully.The troops concluded the third phase of the major offensive in the provinces of Nineveh and Diyala on Aug. 5.Read more: https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1871456/iraqi-army-launches-new-security-campaign-anbar-desert...
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2 Women Plead Guilty In Plot To Commit Terror Attack In US By Jay Croft, CNN Two New York women who plotted to build a bomb for a terrorist attack in the United States face 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges, authorities say.Asia Siddiqui, 35, and Noelle Velentzas, 31, are US citizens and residents of the New York borough of Queens. In federal court in Brooklyn on Friday, both pleaded guilty to "teaching and distributing information pertaining to the making and use of an explosive, destructive device, and weapon of mass destruction, intending that it be used to commit a federal crime of violence," according to a press release from the US Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of New York. "In an effort to implement their violent, radical ideology, the defendants studied some of the most deadly terrorist attacks in U.S. history, and used them...
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Orlando-area agencies emphasize need for anti-terrorism funding WKMG News 6 By Emilee Speck ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando will receive $3.25 million in funding to support anti-terrorism as part of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security program to protect urban areas from threats.Following the Pulse shooting on June 12, 2016, Florida lawmakers and law enforcement officials requested Orlando be included in the Urban Areas Security Initiative program. The major tourist destination did not receive UASI funding from 2015 to 2017. Former Orlando police Chief, now Orange County Sheriff John Mina said the funding will help cover training and equipment for police, deputies, fire and emergency management staff.Last year those efforts paid off and Orlando received $1.5 million. Read more: https://www.clickorlando.com/news/politics/orlando-anti-terrorism-funds-double-to-325-million...
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Clarion Project By Guest Contributor Islamists and Neo-Nazis Are Not Opposites – On the Contrary You may think that Islamists and neo-Nazis/white supremacists are complete opposites. After all, they’re willing to take physical violence against each other to the streets. Both use the threat of the other one as a recruiting tool to boost numbers. But their bitter enmity is surface level. When we look at the views of Islamists and neo-Nazis/white supremacists — what we will call for simplicity, the Far Right — we start to see the similarities. For groups that hate each other, Islamists and the Far Right tend to talk about a lot of the same things. Here are just a few of the views they share: They hate gay people They hate democracy They hate Jews They think women should stay at home to bear and raise children They support use of extreme violence against...
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TMLC Uncovers Tax-Payer Funded Islamic Propaganda Forced On TeachersA SPECIAL INVESTIGATIVE REPORTANN ARBOR, MI – The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national nonprofit public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has uncovered evidence of a well-orchestrated Islamic propaganda campaign aimed at teachers in school systems throughout Michigan and several other states.Concerned about a two-day mandatory teacher-training seminar on Islam conducted by a Muslim consultant hired by Michigan’s Novi Community Schools District, TMLC filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to the workshop.Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Law Center, commented on the results of their investigation, “We found that the teachers were subjected to two days of Islamic propaganda, where Islam was glorified, Christianity disparaged, and America bashed—all funded by Novi taxpayers.”Moreover, during the past five years the school district has presented no teacher-training seminars focusing on Christianity, Judaism or any other...

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CBS News There's been a wave of arrests of people who police said threatened to carry out mass shootings after this month's massacres in Dayton and El Paso, renewing the debate over how to best combat domestic terrorism threats. CBS News senior national security analyst Fran Townsend said on "CBS This Morning" Wednesday that the U.S. needs to start employing the strategies used to fight terrorism abroad here at home."It is an epidemic. There is no question there's a rise in anti-Semitism, racism," Townsend said. "What we need to understand is many of the lessons learned about fighting international terrorism apply here domestically."But applying those same tactics isn't that simple. International agencies have a different set of resources to work with than domestic law enforcement, primarily in terms of surveillance and subpoena capability, according to Townsend."No question ... that we had all these authorities when we were fighting international terrorism,...
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National Review The U.S. Must Remain In Africa’s Fight Against Boko Haram by Kaj Larsen On Thursday, August 15, the international terrorist group Boko Haram attacked a military base and community in Nigeria, killing three soldiers. This comes on the heels of an even deadlier attack three weeks ago, when armed members of the group rode motorcycles into a funeral in northern Nigeria and opened fire on the procession, killing 65 mourners.For many, these are just forgettable attacks by Boko Haram. But for me, this story hit close to home. A few years ago, I was an investigative journalist reporting from where the carnage occurred. And years before that, I served as a Navy SEAL in Africa trying to prevent such carnage from taking place at all.In today’s era of trade war with China and potential hot wars with Iran and North Korea, it’s easy to overlook the threat posed...
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Sara Carter By Staff Writer Times of Israel reported that a rocket was fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip early Thursday morning, the military said. This was the 5th rocket launched from Gaza in past week.The Israel Defense Forces said earlier that fighter jets and aircraft hit several “sea-based bases” in the north belonging to the Hamas terror group after Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired a rocket into southern Israel Wednesday night. Read more: https://saraacarter.com/palestinian-terror-group-hamas-attacks-israel-with-rockets-from-gaza-strip/...

Pakistan: Terrorism And Extremism

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Pakistan Today Terrorism And Extremism by Editorial An inability to control either oneThere has been a significant uptick in the frequency and intensity of terrorist attacks recently, most notably in Balochistan that has had four attacks in the past four weeks. Last month an attack in North Waziristan claimed the lives of ten soldiers while on the same day an attack in Turbat, Balochistan resulted in the killing of four paramilitary soldiers. The attacks are primarily targeted towards law enforcement agencies that are easy targets as they are the first line of defence against terrorists. It has been a long, weary and bloody war fought over the past ten years to get the menace of terrorism under our control– according to NACTA there were 2,081 fatalities in 2010 due to terror-related attacks; this figure has been reduced to 584 in 2018. The achievements are undeniable but there still remains a...
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Bloomberg Brazil’s Bolsonaro Says He Plans To Label Hezbollah Terrorists By Flavia Said and Samy Adghirni Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he intends to designate Hezbollah a terrorist group, a move that would follow on the footsteps of other South American nations.In comments to reporters in Brasilia, Bolsonaro compared Hezbollah to Brazil’s landless workers movement that he has repeatedly called a terrorist group. Despite his rhetoric, the move would require changes to Brazil’s narrow anti-terror legislation, and possibly congressional support.Brazil’s new classification of Hezbollah would be part of Bolsonaro’s efforts to align his government with that of U.S. President Donald Trump. The risk is that doing so could strain relations with Iran, a Hezbollah ally which imports $2.5 billion of Brazilian products per year. A weak domestic economy increases pressure to refrain from any decision that undermines exports.Brazilian officials are already reviewing options to move forward with the designation, which...

US military drone shot down over Yemen

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US military drone shot down over Yemen, official confirmsBy Lucia I. Suarez Sang | Fox News A U.S. military MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News.The drone was shot down late on Tuesday in Yemen’s Dhamar governate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, officials told Reuters, which first reported the news.Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for shooting down the drone, saying in a statement that their air defenses downed the MQ9 drone with a missile.The U.S. military's Central Command later said in a statement that it was investigating the Houthi claims that they attacked an unmanned U.S. drone "operating in authorized airspace" over Yemen."We have been clear that Iran's provocative actions and support to militants and proxies, like the Iranian-backed Houthis, poses a serious threat to stability in the region and our partners," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Earl Brown, a CENTCOM spokesman.This...