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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 --...
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The Denver Post Photographer recounts facing Dallas gunman who opened fire on federal building “It was just instinctual,” The Dallas Morning News photographer said. By Jake Bleiberg and The Associated Press DALLAS — Waiting outside a federal courthouse, photographer Tom Fox took in Dallas’ 8 a.m. bustle. People dressed for work got out of cars. A homeless man danced on a street pole. But when what initially sounded like a truck backfiring clarified into gunshots, the routine assignment for a veteran journalist morphed in a moment.As shots echoed off the tall buildings, an armed officer dashed past The Dallas Morning News photographer. A man came around the corner half a block away and Fox pulled out his long lens — focusing in on green military-style garb, a mask and a belt full of ammunition. The gun barrel swung around. Fox squeezed off a last frame. And he ran for cover...
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BBC News Children were used as suicide bombers in a triple attack in Nigeria on Monday, Unicef has said.Two girls and a boy carried out the bombing outside a video hall in Konduga village in north-eastern Borno State, the UN children's charity said. Their ages are not yet known.Officials say at least 30 people were killed and 40 injured in the attack.The bombing is believed to have been carried out by the Boko Haram jihadist group. It has not yet commented.According to Unicef, five children have been used in suicide attacks since the beginning of the year.In 2018, 48 children were used as human bombs in Nigeria, including 38 girls."Unicef appeals to all those involved in this terrible conflict to protect children at all times and to keep them out of harm's way," the organisation said.Formed in Borno State, Boko Haram has waged a brutal insurgency across the north-east for...
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  South Carolina ‘terrorist sympathizer’ placed bomb inside teddy bear, FBI says By Stephen Sorace | Fox News A South Carolina “terrorist sympathizer” hid an explosive device inside a teddy bear during a serial bombing spree last year, the FBI said Monday.Wesley Ayers, 26, had placed six devices – three bombs and three “hoax devices” – on roadways around Anderson County between January 24 and February 24, 2018, the agency said in a news release.A pipe bomb with nails was found inside a teddy bear sitting in a basket in the middle of a road on Feb 15, the release said. Bomb technicians were able to disable the device after a motorist reported the out-of-place stuffed animal to police. No one was injured.“This was deliberately placed where a child or passerby could have found it. Fortunately, someone saw it and knew to call us,” said Special Agent Christopher Derrickson. However,...
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Military Times US releases photos to bolster claim Iran attacked tankers as 1,000 additional troops to be sent to Middle East By Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press   WASHINGTON — In an effort to bolster its public case against Iran, the Pentagon on Monday released new photos that officials said show that members of Tehran’s Revolutionary Guard were responsible for attacks last week on two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf.The images, many taken from a Navy helicopter, show what the Pentagon said were Iranian forces removing an unexploded mine from the side of the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman. Officials last week said the move appeared to be an attempt to remove forensic evidence from the scene of the attack. But it's not clear if examination of the mine would have made it definitively clear that the device was planted by the IRGC....
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Las Cruces Police Department reported on Facebook: Officers Injured, Suspect Dead in Early-morning IncidentLas Cruces police and the Officer-involved Incident Task Force are investigating an incident that led to the injury of three law enforcement officers and the death of a man who is suspected of firing multiple rounds at officers.Shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Monday, June 17, a Las Cruces Police Department officer was checking out with a suspicious subject near Lohman Avenue and Nacho Drive. Preliminary information indicates the officer, in his marked police unit, shined a spotlight on the subject who was on foot. The subject, a man who remains unidentified at this time, fired multiple rounds at the officer’s police unit.At least two rounds penetrated the police unit’s windshield, one of which struck the officer. The officer drove himself to a nearby hospital. His injury is not life-threatening.Police believe the shooting suspect also tried to carjack...
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Female Jihadists Are Just As 'Motivated' To Build An Islamic State As Men, Report Concludes Fox News By Hollie McKay Female jihadists are just as dedicated as their male counterparts when it comes to bringing to life an “Islamic State,” the European Union’s police agency stated Friday.“Female jihadists are ideologically motivated as their male counterparts and their sense of empowerment lies in contributing to the building of an Islamic state,” Europol surmised in an extensive report titled “Women in Islamic State Propaganda,” adding that there are numerous examples of women who either executed or were intending to execute vicious attacks.“(This) proves that women are willing to use violence if the ideology allows them to do so,” the report concluded. “For now it is not yet their role, but this balance may easily shift according to the organization’s strategic needs and developments on the ground.”Europol figures show that around 15 percent...
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    by Majid Rafizadeh  •  Gatestone Institute   Iran recently produced a program on its state television channel demonstrating that the government is currently practicing missile attacks, with the purpose of carrying out actual attacks on Israel.... The video excerpt included in the television broadcast showed how the operations the Iranians are striving to put into action will bombard Tel Aviv. From the perspective of the Iranian leaders, if they continue to increase their threats against Israel, the United States will be pressured to change its strategy and lift pressure that has been placed on the clerical establishment, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and its elite branch, the Quds Force. It is an unacceptable double-standard that the United Nations and the international community have been, and continue to be, silent about Iran's threats against Israeli citizens. If the situation were reversed and if Israel threatened to annihilate Iran,...
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Texas Standard News Roundup: Homeland Security Says Change Needed After ‘Dangerous Overcrowding’ At El Paso CenterHere’s a look at headlines from around the state. By Becky Fogel Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan says the agency is taking steps to reduce overcrowding at federal immigration facilities.McAleenan appeared on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday. His interview came just days after the DHS Inspector General found “dangerous overcrowding” and unsanitary conditions at an El Paso, Border Patrol processing facility. These findings were made during an unannounced inspection last month. There were as many as 900 migrants detained at the site, which has a maximum capacity of 125 people.McAleenan told program host, Jake Tapper, current conditions are not appropriate.“I could not agree more with IG’s findings that we need a solution and changes, and we have a solution on the table with congress,” McAleenan said. “We asked for 4.5 billion dollars, 3.3...
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Homeland Security official describes widespread 'fraudulent' families at border The HillBy Alexander Bolton Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told Congress Tuesday that 15 percent of migrant families screened at the border were found to be misrepresenting minors as their own children in order to bolster their asylum claims.Families with minors are released from detention to shelters more quickly because minors are not allowed to be held in custody for more than 20 days under a 1997 court settlement.McAleenan told Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) that a DNA-testing pilot program found that 17 out of 109 people tested were found to be misrepresenting a minor they were detained with as a blood relation."Seventeen admitted or were tested out as fraudulent," McAleenan testified. "This is a 15 percent return." Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/447919-homeland-security-official-describes-widespread-fraudulent-families-at-border...
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In Homeland Security By Dr. Brian BlodgettMeanwhile, on the other side of the country, several helicopters land at petroleum refineries and plant improvised explosive devices (IEDs) before launching rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) at the distillation units. As the helicopters leave the refinery, they see cargo containers at a nearby port explode. At the same time in a Midwest city, terrorists release sarin gas into the ventilation systems of three large commercial office buildings.Many Fatalities and HospitalizationsThe chlorine attack results in 17,500 fatalities, 10,000 severe injuries and 100,000 hospitalizations. An estimated 100,000 other victims have to shelter in place; 50,000 are evacuated to nearby shelters; and 500,000 self-evacuate the area. The economic impact is in the millions of dollars and the recovery timeline takes weeks.The refinery and nearby port attacks result in 350 fatalities and thousands of hospitalizations. An estimated 25,000 people have to shelter in place, 10,000 others are evacuated and...
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Department of JusticeOffice of Public AffairsA Dayton, Ohio man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court to 180 months in prison and 25 years of supervised release for attempting, and conspiring, to join the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).  Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman for the Southern District of Ohio and Special Agent in Charge Todd A. Wickerham of the FBI’s Cincinnati Division made the announcement.“Alebbini was determined to travel overseas for the purpose of joining ISIS and engaging in violence in support of the foreign terrorist organization,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers.  “Notwithstanding pleas from others close to him, Alebbini declared that he is a terrorist and decided to move forward with his plan to join ISIS.  Thanks to the great work of the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are assigned to this case, Alebbini’s plans were thwarted...

Pompeo Says Iran Behind Oil Tanker Attacks

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The Epoch Times Pompeo Says Iran Behind Oil Tanker Attacks, Citing Intelligence Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran was responsible for the June 13 attacks against two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, as President Donald Trump responded that it was “too soon” to even consider sorting out a deal with the country.One of the tankers was set ablaze during the attack as the U.S. Navy rushed to assist the stricken vessels near the Strait of Hormuz. Each tanker was loaded with petroleum products with one vessel, named the Front Altair, burning for hours.“It is the assessment of the United States government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred,” Pompeo said at a department press briefing. “This is only the latest in a series of attacks instigated by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its surrogates against American and allied interests.”Pompeo said...

Memphis: Dozens of officers injured during protest

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NBC News Dozens of officers injured during protest in Memphis after task force kills man Most of the injuries to law enforcement officers were minor. Police said some in a crowd protesting the shooting turned violent. By Phil HelselSeveral law enforcement officers in Memphis were injured during a protest that began after federal authorities killed a man they were attempting to arrest Wednesday, officials said.A driver wanted on multiple felony warrants attempted to ram law enforcement vehicles when officers with a regional U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force attempted to arrest him in Memphis' Frayser community at about 7 p.m., Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Keli McAlister said.The man then got out of the vehicle with a weapon, according to McAlister."The officers fired, striking and killing the individual," she said. No officers were injured in the incident, she said.The man was later identified as Brandon Webber, 20, state law enforcement...
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WCBD News 2 By Georgiaree Godfrey COLUMBIA, SC - Federal law enforcement agencies were in Columbia Tuesday to talk school violence, specifically what law enforcement agencies and schools can do prevent it. The United States Secret Service has been expanding its threat assessment teams since Columbine. The shooting prompted the agency and the U.S. Department of Education to study school violence. The Secret Service has since been using that study to teach law enforcement and educators across the country how to prevent targeted violence in schools. At Tuesday's session held at the Koger Center, dozens of law enforcement departments across the state were in attendance, including deputies with the Pickens County Sheriff's Office. "We've been doing a lot with school safety. But this is kind of different in where we look at what happens maybe before an active shooter are a sign there or there signs there," explained Pickens Co....

Boko Haram Attack Kills At Least 26 In Cameroon

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  Yahoo News Yaoundé (AFP) - Jihadist fighters belonging to the Boko Haram group active in Nigeria killed at least 26 people in an attack in neighbouring Cameroon that was one of the bloodiest in recent months, according to a security official. "Seventeen soldiers and nine civilians" were killed in the attack early Monday on Darak, a Cameroonian island located near Lake Chad, the regional security official told AFP. A preliminary count, given on Monday, had three Cameroonian soldiers killed along with an unspecified number of civilians in an attack on a military post in the area. The official told AFP on Tuesday that the Boko Haram attack sparked fierce combat with Cameroonian troops. He said 40 of the jihadists were captured and seven soldiers remained missing. Before being repelled, the jihadists managed to hoist their flag over Darak, several security sources said. Boko Haram's decade-long uprising to establish a...