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Business Insider by Ryan Pickrell   * A French airstrike on a terrorist camp in Mali killed a senior leader of the Islamic State affiliate in West Africa that killed four Green Berets in a deadly ambush in Niger last year, according to reports from the French military.    * Mohamed Ag Almouner, a top official for the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, was found dead by a French-led unit after an airstrike by two Mirage fighters.    * The strike also killed another member of the group, as well as two civilians.A senior official with the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara was killed in a strike on a terrorist camp in Mali involving French warplanes and commandos, the French defense ministry confirmed Monday.The lifeless body of Mohamed Ag Almouner, a senior leader for the ISIS affiliate that claimed responsibility for a deadly ambush that left four American Green...
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NBC News by Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. — A hand-written document called "Phases of a Terrorist Attack," was seized from a remote New Mexico desert compound where authorities found 11 children living in wretched conditions, and later a dead 3-year-old boy, prosecutors said.The document, cited in a court filing Friday by state prosecutors, included vague instructions for "the one-time terrorist" and mentioned an unnamed place called "the ideal attack site."Prosecutors wrote that new interviews with some of the children taken from the site revealed that one of the adults, Lucas Morton, stated he wished to die in jihad as a martyr, and that defendants Jany Leveille and defendant Subhannah Wahhaj joked about dying in jihad.Morton's attorney did not respond immediately to requests for comment. Megan Mitsunaga, who represents Subhannah Wahhaj, said the she has not seen any evidence to support the accusation against her client. Leveille's attorney could not...

New Mexico Child-Terrorist Training Camp Leaders Go Free

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Frontpage MAG Democrat judge sends dangerous jihadists back into our midst. by Lloyd Billingsley  New Mexico state judge Sarah Backus on Monday released five Islamic radicals on a $20,000 “signature bond,” which requires no payment.  The decision came as a shock, given what local law enforcement had discovered. At a ramshackle compound near the Colorado state line, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, Lucas Morton, 40, Jany Leveille, 35, Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, and Subhanah Wahhaj, 35, trained 11 children to use firearms and attack schools. The compound had been under surveillance but police only launched a raid when one of the children texted that they were all in need of food and water.Police found rifles, handguns and ammunition and a shooting range. In a tunnel leading outside the compound they found the remains of a boy later identified as Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj. According to his mother, he took medicine for seizures but the...

Fostering A Culture Of Cybersecurity

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Forbes by Boris Chen Cybersecurity is important. In talking to executives, it would be hard to imagine someone disputing that statement based on today’s climate. Experts estimate that the 2017 Equifax breach cost the company $439 million. It's believed that Target lost $292 million as a result of its 2015 breach. CISOs and CEOs have their jobs threatened by failures to have adequate security.While cybersecurity may be every executive’s job, there is frustration at every level of the corporation while trying to make progress. Ask any gathering of executives on the topic of security and there will be plenty of stories shared about having too much security or not enough.Everyone agrees that security is important. The majority of the friction among the C-suite is about how to translate that sentiment into what a company should do about it.Whether you are a CISO, CEO, another team member or someone interested in...
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By Travis Fedschun | Fox News A major shipping route located between Oman and Iran where nearly one-third of the world's sea-traded oil passes through daily may become a new flashpoint after a top Iranian Navy general said Monday that the country has taken full control of the Strait of Hormuz.The head of the navy of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Alireza Tangsiri, said that Iran had full control of both the Persian Gulf itself and the Strait of Hormuz that leads into it, Reuters reported.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded Monday night: "The Islamic Republic of Iran does not control the Strait of Hormuz. The Strait is an international waterway. The United States will continue to work with our partners to ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce in international waterways." The strait, which at its narrowest point is 21 miles wide, has shipping lanes that are 2...
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Dunya News (World Economic Forum) - When two drones, each equipped with a kilogram of powerful plastic explosives, were used on August 4 to attempt to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, it may have ushered in a foreboding new era—terrorism by unmanned aircraft.The use of weaponized drones by lone individuals and small groups—some acting as proxies of nation-states—is no longer just a concern for the future, but very much for the present. The proliferation of certain emerging technologies has effectively diffused power and made it available at the lowest levels.The barriers to entry have never been lower for individuals to gain access to commercial off-the-shelf technology that can be used to lethally target individuals. Lone actors or small cells of terrorists, criminals, or insurgents can effectively harness the tactical flexibility of a small drone to wreak havoc, including potentially using a drone to take down an airliner. State sponsorship of...
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MAREEG The Islamist group of Al Shabaab carried out an attack on military base near Baidoa town, some 250km southwest of Somali capital Mogadishu.In a statement aired by Radio Andulus, an Al Shabaab mouthpiece, said that the group’s fighters launched an attack on military base in Daynunay area, some 18km away from Baidoa town.The group says its fighters had seized the military camp, killing at least 5 government soldiers during hours of fighting.“We have captured military base in Daynunay area. Our fighters killed 5 soldiers during the clash”, the group said.Meanwhile, Somali military denied claims by Al Shabaab, saying its forces had repulsed the attack.Major Hussein Mohamed, military commander said that 9 Al Shabaab militants had been killed in the fighting.He confirmed four soldiers had lost their lives during fighting against Al Shabaab. Read more: https://mareeg.com/somalias-al-shabaab-attacks-on-army-camp-near-baidoa/...
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CBS Chicago 2 (CBS) — A mother of four from Indiana has been charged with providing money and tactical gear to two ISIS fighters, but she has said her husband tricked her into traveling with their children to Syria, where he died fighting for the Islamic State.Samantha Elhassani, 32, has been indicted on one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, and one count of false statements.Elhassani, of Elkhart, allegedly provided tactical gear and funds to two unidentified ISIS fighters.Her attorney, Thomas Durkin, called the charges “wrong-headed and cruel.” He said Elhassani is “a victim of her jihadist husband (who) should be receiving treatment rather than incarceration” and that she should not be separated from her children.Earlier this year, Elhassani told CNN she left the U.S. with her husband in 2014, after he promised them a new life in his native Morocco. Instead, they traveled to Syria, where...
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WSVN 7 BALTIMORE (AP) — The suspect in a deadly shooting at a Florida video game tournament had previously been hospitalized for mental illness, according to court records in his home state of Maryland reviewed by The Associated Press. Divorce filings from the parents of 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore say that as an adolescent he was twice hospitalized in psychiatric facilities and was prescribed antipsychotic and antidepressant medications. The records show Katz’s parents disagreed on how to care for their troubled son, with his father claiming his estranged wife was exaggerating symptoms of mental illness as part of their long and bitter custody battle. The couple divorced in 2007. Katz opened fire Sunday at a gaming bar inside a collection of restaurants and shops in Jacksonville. He killed two people and wounded 10 others before fatally shooting himself during the “Madden NFL 19” tournament, authorities said. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike...
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By Ray Sanchez, CNN (CNN)A handwritten document titled "Phases of a Terrorist Attack." Talk of confronting and attacking "corrupt" institutions, including Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital. Jokes about dying in jihad. An underground stash of weapons and ammunition. New court documents revealed these and other details in the case against five adults who lived in squalor with 11 starving children in a ramshackle New Mexico compound.In a case infused with allegations of abuse and terrorism, prosecutors this week asked a judge to reconsider an order granting bond to all five adults arrested at the compound.As part of the request, prosecutors on Friday cited not only the death of three-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj at the remote site but also plans by the defendants to attack law enforcement and "specific targets such as teachers, schools, banks and other 'corrupt' institutions." The dead boy's father, Siraj Wahhaj, 40, and his partner, Jany Leveille, 35, have...
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By Lucas Tomlinson | Fox News The leader of an ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan, who was responsible for a spate of recent bombings that left hundreds of civilians dead, was killed in an American drone strike, U.S. officials told Fox News on Sunday. The deputy spokesperson for Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani announced the death of ISIS-K leader, Abu Sayeed Orakzai, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell said.  “I would also add that the United States unrelentingly continues its counterterrorism efforts against ISIS-K, Al-Qaeda, and other regional and international terrorist groups,” O'Donnell said in a statement. The airstrikes were launched in the Nangarhar province, near the border with Pakistan, according to Agence France-Presse. Ten other ISIS fighters were also killed.  Orakzai is at least the 3rd ISIS-K leader in Afghanistan killed in the past 2 years. The Islamic State has lost around 90 percent of the lands bordering Iraq and Syria...
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KTLA 5 Authorities in Arizona discovered $1 million in drugs during a traffic stop — and officials say that led them to a nearly 600-foot drug tunnel that runs between a former fast food restaurant and a private home in Mexico.It all began August 13, when police in the border city of San Luis, Arizona, say they saw the owner of a now-abandoned business bringing several plastic containers outside and loading them onto a trailer, according to court documents obtained by CNN affiliate KGUN.Officers pulled the man over for an unspecified equipment violation. During the traffic stop, a narcotics dog alerted authorities to the presence of drugs in the two containers.Inside the containers, police found 239 packages of various drugs, including over 261 pounds of methamphetamine, 14 pounds of cocaine, 30 pounds of white heroin, 13.7 pounds of brown heroin and 6.8 pounds of fentanyl. The fentanyl alone “translates to...
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Euro News By Chris Harris  with AFP Israel has changed its gun laws and opened the door to thousands more of its citizens applying for licences.Gilad Erdan, Israeli’s public security minister, said the move could help counter “lone-wolf attacks” by Palestinians.The change, announced late on Monday, could see up to 600,000 Israelis apply for gun licences.But a source in the public security ministry told AFP news agency that only an estimated 35,000 people would be interested in applying.Erdan was also keen to play down the law change and rejected comparisons with the US, where 15,549 were killed by guns last year, excluding suicides."There's no intention to reach a situation like in the United States," he told public radio on Tuesday."Here we conduct background checks on people's past, their health, including mental health -- you need permits from the health ministry and police."Under the new regulations, any Israeli who had extensive...
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Paris knife attacker kills his mum and sister shouting 'Allahu Akbar' as ISIS claims responsibility Mirror Online A knifeman armed with several blades killed his mum and sister and seriously injured another person in Paris in an attack claimed by ISIS.The attacker, who was known to intelligence services, was shot dead in the suburb of Trappes after charging at police.ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bloodbath, describing the killer as an "Islamic state fighter", but has offered no further evidence.However sources in Paris suggest that the slaughter was the result of a domestic argument.The 36-year-old taxi driver, named as Kamel Salhi in local media, is said to have attacked his sister in the street before killing his mother inside a home.Police sources told Le Parisien that the man told police while he was inside the home: "Allahu akbar, if you enter I smoke you all." Read more: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/breaking-paris-knife-attack-one-13125150.amp...
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Chicago Tribune by Becky Jacobs A Crown Point man who shared information about how to create explosives and poisons in hopes of carrying out an attack in the United States was sentenced to 15 years in prison.Marlonn Hicks, 31, wore an orange jail uniform Monday in Hammond’s federal court as his parents watched him be sentenced.“I’m not a menace to society, your honor,” Hicks said in a statement read by his attorney. “I’m not a terrorist. I’m a big teddy bear that got emotional.”Hicks pleaded guilty in October 2016 to distributing information regarding the manufacture and use of explosives, with the intent that the information be used for and in furtherance of a crime of violence.Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen sentenced Hicks Monday to 180 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.“This exemplifies the government’s commitment to prevent terrorism,” U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch said in a statement. “Rather...

Two Arrested For Allegedly Spying For Iran In U.S.

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Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Iranian men were indicted on Monday for allegedly spying for Tehran in the United States, including conducting surveillance at a Jewish facility and gathering information on backers of the militant Iranian opposition Mujahideen-e Khalq, the Justice Department said. Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, 38, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, and Majid Ghorbani, 59, an Iranian citizen and resident of California, were charged in the indictment with acting on behalf of Iran by conducting the surveillance, the Justice Department said in a statement. Both were arrested on Aug. 9. The indictment alleges Doostdar traveled from Iran to the United States in July 2017 to collect intelligence about entities considered to be enemies of the Iranian government, including Israeli and Jewish interests as well as people associated with MEK, it said.The Justice Department said Doostdar conducted surveillance in July 2017 of an ultraorthodox Jewish facility in Chicago, the Rohr Chabad House,...

Taxpayers Sue Over Islamist Propaganda in Public School

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The Clarion Project A local group of citizens is suing the school committee in Newton, Massachusetts for using Islamist propaganda as teaching materials in a public school. The group says the school’s curriculum is  based on  “unvetted educational matierals” produced by Saudi Arabian oil company ARAMCO and the Qatari government, reported The Washington Free Beacon.“Newton public school students are propagandized with materials that slander Israel and the Jewish people, and that falsify history to promote the Islamic religion in public schools,” said the group in a press release.The citizen’s group, called Educations Without Indoctrination, further claims that the issue is being deliberately suppressed by the school committee, as the committee has repeatedly stonewalled parents.“All that secrecy has now crossed into illegality,” said Karen Hurvitz, the lawyer for the group, in the lawsuit. “For months now, dozens of Newton citizens have come before the school committee to complain about the non-objective,...
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Army Times By: Kyle Rempfer The Defense Department has released the identity of the soldier killed early Monday morning in an overseas helicopter crash.Chief Warrant Officer 3 Taylor Galvin died Monday in Baghdad, Iraq, as a result of injuries sustained when his helicopter crashed in Sinjar, in Iraq’s Ninevah Province, according to a Pentagon statement Tuesday morning.Galvin’s helicopter crashed late Sunday night while conducting a partnered counterterrorism mission in support of the Operation Inherent Resolve coalition to defeat the Islamic State, according to a U.S. Central Command statement.The 34-year-old from Spokane, Washington, was assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment — known as the Night Stalkers — out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.The incident is under investigation. However, it was last reported that enemy fire was not suspected to have caused the helicopter crash.Galvin first entered the Army as a CH-47 aircraft mechanic in 2003. In 2007,...
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Daily Caller News FoundationVandana Rambaran | Foreign Policy ReporterU.S. officials confirmed that the man considered the most dangerous terrorist in the world after Osama bin Laden and a top al-Qaeda bomb-maker was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2017.Ibrahim al-Asiri, a 37-year-old from Saudi Arabia who is responsible for creating a host of bombs — including the underwear bomb intended to take down a flight from Detroit to Amsterdam on Christmas in 2009 — escaped U.S. strikes in the past, despite a $5 million bounty for his capture since 2014, according to reports by Fox News.Al-Asiri and several associates were standing beside his car when a drone struck and killed him, a tribal leader and a source linked to the deadliest affiliate of al-Qaeda in Yemen told The Associated Press on Friday. Al-Qaeda did not memorialize al-Asiri’s death as they normally would on militant sites, and instead...

German Court: Bring Back Deported Jihadist

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Gatestone Institute   by Soeren Kern  •  August 19, 2018 at 5:00 am   Aidoudi's asylum request was rejected in 2007 after allegations surfaced that he had undergone military training at an al-Qaeda jihadi camp in Afghanistan between 1999 and 2000. During his training, he had allegedly worked as a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden. "What we are currently experiencing is not a struggle for the rule of law, but a power struggle between an obviously ideologically oriented judiciary and unpopular political representatives." — Tomas Spahn, writing for Tichys Einblick. "Confidence in the rule of law is not undermined by a ruling such as that of the Gelsenkirchen Administrative Court, but by the fact that it took almost twelve years for Osama bin Laden's 'alleged' bodyguard finally to be deported." — Henryk Broder, columnist, Die Welt. Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12882/germany-deported-jihadist...