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New York bomber was not operating as a 'lone wolf’, warns counter-terrorism expert THE Afghan-born man accused of the Manhattan and New Jersey terror attacks was not working as a “lone wolf” according to a counter-terrorism expert. By Joe Barnes - Express UK Ahmad Rahami, who has been charged with using weapons of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, was arrested following a dramatic shootout with police.The terror suspect told police he planted the deadly pipe bombs because he was following orders from “terrorist leaders… to attack non-believers where they live.” Investigators believe Rahami planted two bombs in Chelsea, Manhattan, but one failed to detonate.He is also believed to have placed a rucksack containing five IEDs in a bin at a New Jersey train station. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, called the bombings the actions of a lone wolf.Speaking on talkRADIO, a counter-terrorism expert has...

Palestinian 'Reconciliation': Jihad is Calling

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  by Bassam Tawil  •  Gatestone Institute Leaders of Hamas maintain that under no circumstances will they agree to lay down their weapons. Hamas is, in fact, continuing full-speed-ahead digging tunnels under the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. Hamas is planning to use the tunnels to smuggle armed terrorists into Israel. The accord with Hamas requires Mahmoud Abbas to lift the sanctions he recently imposed on the Gaza Strip, such as refusing to pay Israel for the electricity it supplies to Gaza. It also requires Abbas to resume payment of salaries to thousands of Palestinians who served time in Israeli prison for terror-related offenses. Above all, Hamas wants to use the agreement to be removed from the U.S. State Department List of Foreign Terror Organizations. The Russians are closing their ears to what Hamas itself declares day after day: that its true goal is to eliminate Israel and...

UK's terror fight 'puts unsustainable strain on police'

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BBC The UK's counter-terrorism effort is putting an unsustainable strain on policing, the head of the National Police Chiefs' Council has said.Chief Constable Sara Thornton said resources were being diverted from mainstream policing in England and Wales, leading to backlogs in control rooms and slower response times.She said the strain was "causing real problems" and "frankly unsustainable".The Home Office said it was working with police on the demands they faced.So far in 2017 there have been five terror attacks in the UK, killing 36 people.Four people remain in police custody, including a 17-year-old boy, following last week's explosion at Parsons Green Tube station in which 30 people were injured. Earlier this year, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley wrote to the home secretary warning that the counter-terrorism policing network was not able to operate at "full strength".He added that other areas of policing would be at "significant" risk if resources...
Fox News One woman was killed and seven other people were hurt after a suspect identified as a Sudanese immigrant opened fire at a Tennessee church Sunday, police said, as the FBI confirmed it's launched a civil rights investigation into the shooting.The suspect, 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, immigrated from Sudan two decades ago, police said. He's suspected of bringing at least two pistols and a mask to the predominantly white Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, southeast of Nashville, before Metropolitan Nashville Police Department tweeted that Samson had been released from the hospital and will be charged with murder and attempted murder.Photos from a Facebook page under Samson's name seemed to show him lifting weights and showing off his physique. A post earlier Sunday read: "Everything you've ever doubted or made to be believe as false, is real. & vice versa, B." Another post read, "Become the creator instead...

Morocco Remains at the Core of Global Counterterrorism

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The North African Post Morocco, which puts counterterrorism at the top of its priorities, has been re-elected along with the Netherlands to the co-Chairmanship of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) for another two-year mandate.The decision was made during the 8th GCTF ministerial plenary meeting convened Wednesday in New York.Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita said the extension of the co-chairmanship is an international recognition of the efforts made by the Kingdom in the fight against terrorism.After their re-election, Morocco and The Netherlands said they look forward to continue to lead the efforts of the GCTF in countering terrorism and violent extremism during their second mandate.During this meeting, the ministers of the GCTF member countries reaffirmed their commitment to the joint international fight against terrorism and violent extremism.In their joint statement released following their gathering, the GCTF members recognized the need for enhanced capacity-building and expressed their support to the GCTF-Inspired institutions.This...
by Jeremy Gorner - Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune Beginning next year, every Chicago cop will undergo hours of training each year, the first regular training for many since graduating from the police academy as new recruits.The ambitious plan laid out by the Police Department on Thursday calls for the training to expand to 40 hours a year for every officer beginning in 2021, up from 16 hours next year. It comes as the department also attempts to add nearly 1,000 officers to its force by the end of next year — recruits who all must undergo months of training before hitting the street.Meanwhile, the department said it expects the vast majority of officers to have completed a four-hour course on its revised use-of-force policy by Oct. 15, when those changes are scheduled to take effect.The department has moved to beef up its training efforts in the aftermath of the court-ordered...

Turkey arrests 14 lawyers over alleged terrorism links

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DW Turkey has arrested 14 lawyers whom Ankara accuses of having terrorist ties. The case is related to that of two jailed teachers on hunger strike and adds to an unknown number of lawyers now sitting in Turkish prisons. Protesters supporting the teachers were detailed earlier this month Turkish authorities have arrested 14 lawyers they said are members of an "armed terrorist organization." The lawyers were among a group of 16 detained last week, although two of those originally detained were later released under judicial control. The lawyers are accused of having ties to the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party (DHKP-C), a leftist organization that has carried out violent attacks and is staunchly anti-Western. The government has labeled DHKP-C a terrorist group. The daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, which is critical of the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reported that the lawyers were all from a law firm involved in the...

Terrorism: The Lessons of Barcelona

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by Nafees Hamid - NYR Daily As I walked home on a sunny August day in Barcelona, I took in the mingling of tourists, locals, and expats so typical of the cosmopolitan city that I’ve called home for the past few years. This was interrupted by the sound of terrified screams from behind me. When I turned and saw throngs of people running my way, I immediately knew my fears had come true. I’ve spent the last three and a half years conducting fieldwork on radicalization in Barcelona. From everything I’ve seen and learned, I knew a day like this was inevitable. I just didn’t expect to witness it myself.Barcelona has a long, complicated history with radical networks. In 2001, Mohammad Atta had a meeting with an aide in Cambrils (one of the locations of the Barcelona attacks) before continuing his journey to the US to lead the September 11...
by Ellie Burns - Computer Business Review Theresa May will today tell the United Nations general assembly that tech giants must “go further and faster” in taking down terror content on the internet.The UK prime minister is set to throw the gauntlet down at the likes of Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter and push for the removal of extremist content within two hours.In a move likely to win support from UK citizens in the wake of the Parsons Green bombing, London Bridge terror attack and Manchester Arena bombing, the prime minister will specifically call on technology companies to accelerate the development of AI solutions in order to automatically reduce the amount of time terror propaganda stays online.Theresa May, Terrorism, Tech Giants & the Threat of Orwell’s 1984As May petitions the biggest in tech to do more, ministers have also called for end-to-end encryption to be limited, again igniting the debate around...

Islamic Rules in Danish Schools

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Gatestone Institute by Judith Bergman The Nord-Vest Private School in Copenhagen, came under investigation by Danish authorities during an unannounced visit after teaching materials were found extolling and encouraging young people to commit jihad. Luqman Pedersen, a Danish convert to Islam, admitted to the authorities that the school wishes to create a parallel Muslim society. Two former teachers at the Nord-Vest school described how the children at the school spoke of Danes in terms of "them and us". In a school poetry contest, several of the children composed poems that detailed their wish to beat up and break the legs and hands of the "Danish pigs". "I teach religion, but I was not allowed to teach Christianity. Instead, a visiting imam from Iraq taught Christianity... I could imagine that some of the boys I taught could have been radicalized," a teacher said. The teachers tried to alert both politicians and...
Jihad Watch by Robert Spencer Dahir Adan’s motive is abundantly clear from this article itself, yet law enforcement officials still apparently think that why Adan stabbed 10 shoppers at St. Cloud’s Crossroads Center remains a big mystery.Well, let’s see.1. He “plunged kitchen knives into 10 shoppers at St. Cloud’s Crossroads Center mall, after reportedly asking some if they were Muslim.’2. The Islamic State hailed him as a “soldier of the Islamic State.” This, of course, may be jihadi opportunism, and reflect only on the Islamic State and not on Adan at all, but even if this comes from the Islamic State and not from Adan, it demonstrates that the Islamic State saw his attack as a plausible enough jihad to be worth claiming, while non-Muslim Minnesota officials are still scratching their heads.3. He screamed “Allahu akbar” as he was stabbing his victims.Nonetheless, “authorities still say they may never know what...
by Counter IED Report Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley has said ‘hundreds’ of officers are currently ‘trawling through CCTV’ in a desperate bid to close in on the ‘suspects’ involved in the Parsons Green bomb.Rowley said Met Police had embarked on a complex investigation and while the device had now been safely defused, his officers were also starting to examine some of the pictures sent in from witnesses at the scene.The Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner told reporters: ‘We are making excellent progress at the moment as we pursue our lines of inquiry to identify, locate and arrest those responsible.‘We have hundreds of police officers trawling through CCTV footage, detectives have spoken to tens of witnesses and we have taken a large number of calls from to the hotline… for members of the public.‘Indeed members of the public have sent in so far 77 images and videos of the scene…...

Glass Wall to Be Built Around Eiffel Tower

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By Clarion Project A permanent glass wall and fence will be built around the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris to protect the site from terrorist attacks, reported DW.com.The wall will replace the temporary metal barriers and pre-fabricated building that were erected around the area after the wave of terror attacks that hit France in 2015.The glass wall will be bullet proof and will be erected on the sides of the wall that face the Seine River. The other two sides will be built from metal in a design similar to the tower. The cost of the project, which is slated to be finished by mid-2018 is 20 million euros ($23.9 million).The Eiffel Tower is a popular tourist site in Paris, with close to six million visitors in 2016. Just last month, security personnel overpowered a man with a knife who had tried to force his way through a security checkpoint...
Russia to support UN newly established Counter-Terrorism Office TASS Russian Politics & DiplomacyThe Under Secretary General of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office will have meetings with the foreign ministers of 41 countriesUNITED NATIONS, September 18. /TASS/. Russia will support the work of the United Nations newly established Counter-Terrorism Office, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday at a meeting with Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office Vladimir Voronkov."We will continue to support your activity, the activity of your office. We will do our best to make our contribution to its work," the minister pledged."We are thankful to the United Nations Secretary-General for this decision (to establish an anti-terrorism office - TASS)," he said. "We are also thankful for approving your candidature (as the office’s head).""We hope that the establishment of this structure can be interpreted as a sign of how much attention the United Nations is paying to counter-terrorism...

123 arrested in St. Louis in 3rd night of rioting

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ABC News by By Karma Allen  As St. Louis braces for a fourth night of demonstrations, the final arrest total in the city from the protest that began on Sunday night over last week’s acquittal of a former police officer involved in a 2011 shooting of a black motorist rose to 123 people, the city’s police said Monday evening.After three nights of protests, more than 160 people have now been now arrested, as police have been aggressively arresting more people to curb property destruction and police assaults.The protests began peacefully on Friday after St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson found Jason Stockley, 36, not guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action. On Dec. 20, 2011, the then-police officer shot 24-year-old Lamar Smith five times after a high-speed chase and crash.Police said the demonstrations were “no longer peaceful” as of late Saturday night, and five weapons were confiscated, according to...

Lessons from Africa on terrorism

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ReliefWeb.int by Institute for Security Studies State responses to terrorism risk making the problem worse ISS research challenges misperceptions about extremism Malian youths join jihadi groups for protection not fanaticism There’s a lack of evidence to link migration and extremism Sustained security requires policy that understands why people become terrorists New research from Africa shows that governments’ responses to terrorism often make the problem worse. This is the message the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is taking to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. The ISS works on prevention of violent extremism and responses to terrorism as part of its core mission to improve human security in Africa. It brings an African perspective to global discussions about extremism, terrorism, migration and development. Recent research in East and West Africa has challenged many false perceptions about the best way to combat terrorism. Rethinking youth involvement in violent...
Fox News At least 22 people were injured Friday morning after a “terrorist incident” in a London subway station during rush hour.A homemade bomb exploded on the crowded subway in what police said was a terrorist attack – Britain’s fifth this year. Most of the people injured had “flash burns,” police said.No deaths have been reported. Friday’s attack isn’t the first this year that occurred on a train. Read on for a look at other train attacks.St. Petersburg, Russia – April 2017A bomb was detonated between Sennaya Square and Technology Institute, two busy stations in the center of the Russian city, killing 14 people -- including the suicide bomber -- and injuring dozens of others, according to Sky News.Police said Akbardzhon Dzhalilov, 22, walked into the subway with a backpack that held the bomb on April 3. Dzhalilov was linked to radical Islamic terror groups by investigators.A second device was...

Myanmar: Terrorism Hotbed in The Making

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HuffPost by Basma Elbaz, Contributor Editor-in-Chief & Blogger   The way the international community is responding to Rohingya ethnic cleansing in Myanmar is not only inadequate but also extremely dangerous as the crisis is attracting attention of extremist groups around the globe.The UN issued many statements about the crisis in Myanmar, “called for” an end of violence and many UN officials described the crisis as an “example of ethnic cleansing”, but calling a spade a spade without taking a proper action to alleviate the plight of those suffering is worth nothing.On the other hand, Al Qaeda rushed to take advantage of the situation by calling for support of the Rohingya and threatening to punish those who caused their suffering. “We call upon all mujahid brothers in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines to set out for Burma to help their Muslim brothers, and to make the necessary preparations — training...
Fox News A U.S. citizen fighting for ISIS surrendered to U.S.-backed fighters in Syria, two U.S. military officials confirmed to Fox News on Thursday.It was not immediately clear where or when the surrender took place, but one official said it occurred in northern Syria in an area controlled by a U.S.-backed militia called the Syrian Democratic Forces. The SDF is a Kurdish and Arab army that has been fighting ISIS. The man was not immediately identified and it was not clear where he was being held.Col. Ryan Dillon, a U.S. military spokesman for the coalition against ISIS, would not comment on the surrender. Dillon deferred to the State Department on the issue. The U.S. military command told the Daily Beast they were aware of the report.“We are aware of the report that a U.S. citizen believed to be fighting for ISIS surrendered to Syrian Democratic Forces on or about Sept....

Police: London Underground Blast A Terror Incident

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BBC An "improvised explosive device" was detonated on a Tube train in south-west London during Friday's rush hour, Scotland Yard has confirmed. The blast, at Parsons Green station on an eastbound District Line train from Wimbledon, is being treated as terrorism. Twenty-two people are being treated in hospital, mostly for burn injuries. A hunt for the person who placed the device is under way, with hundreds of detectives and MI5 investigating. Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the "cowardly" attack, which she said had "intended to cause significant harm". She said the UK's terror threat level would remain at severe - the second highest - but would be under review. Speaking in Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee, she said there would be an increased armed police presence on the transport network in London. Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley earlier refused to reveal whether anyone had yet...