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The Guardian Umm Sayyaf, sentenced to death in Iraq, tells how she exposed fugitive’s secrets by Martin Chulov in ErbilThe most senior female Islamic State captive has played a central role in the hunt for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, helping identify safe houses used by the fugitive terrorist leader and in one case pinpointing his location in Mosul, the Guardian can reveal.The Isis woman, Nisrine Assad Ibrahim, better known by her nom de guerre, Umm Sayyaf, has helped the CIA and Kurdish intelligence officers build a detailed portrait of Baghdadi’s movements, hideouts and networks, investigators have disclosed. The claims have been confirmed by Umm Sayyaf in her first interview since being captured in a Delta Force raid in Syria four years ago that killed her husband, the then Isis oil minister.Umm Sayyaf, 29, is a highly controversial figure who has been accused of involvement in some of the terror group’s most...

Jeremy Corbyn, a Pro-Terrorist Prime Minister?

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  by Denis MacEoin  •  Gatestone Institute Sadly, ever since Corbyn's unexpected election as leader in 2015 and the rapid growth in the numbers of far-left members who adulate him, antisemitism has become the core identifying characteristic of the Labour Party. The evidence for massive antisemitism and anti-Zionism (in breach of some clauses in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Definition of Antisemitism, recognized after a long struggle by the Labour Party) within Labour ranks has been building for over two years. "The dossier details 100,000 emails, including tens of thousands showing how Labour ignored complaints that supporters promoted anti-Semitism, the former staffers told Private Eye.... The protection of anti-Semites was on a scale and at a level that the public does not begin to understand." – Claire Ellicott, Daily Mail, May 16, 2019. Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14299/corbyn-pro-terrorist-prime-minister...
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ABC News Gunman used security pass, two.45-caliber guns to access and kill 12 at Virginia Beach municipal building By Bill HutchinsonA longtime city employee entered a packed building of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center using his own security pass and wielding two .45-caliber guns as he went floor-to-floor "indiscriminately" killing 11 co-workers and a contractor before police shot him dead during a fierce gun battle, officials said on Saturday.Eleven of the five women and seven men shot to death at the Municipal Center on Friday afternoon were city employees and the gunman who allegedly committed the killing spree was also a city engineer, authorities said.The suspect, identified by police as DeWayne Craddock, 40, allegedly used two .45-caliber pistols in the rampage, Ashan Benedict, the special agent in charge of the Washington field division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said at a news conference Saturday afternoon. He...
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By FOX 5 NewsATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - More than 200 children who were missing or exploited are in safe hands.The rescue operation dubbed "Safe Summer II" was a joint effort with 27 different Georgia law enforcement agencies headed up by the FBI's Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking (MATCH) task force.Between the start of the month and May 24, 231 children were located across the metro Atlanta area."Thanks to the month-long efforts of our partners, 231 children are no longer vulnerable to predators who would seek to exploit them," said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. "Operation Safe Summer is another example of the FBI's commitment to protecting our children before they become victims."In 2018, more than 23,500 runaways were reported with one in seven believed to be part of child sex trafficking across the country. The FBI said 11 percent of endangered runaways turn...
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Sky News IS supporter admits beheading Scandinavian backpacker on Morocco camping trip One of the men, who faces the death penalty, tells the court he regrets the killing "and I am still trying to grasp it"An Islamic State supporter has admitted beheading one of two Scandinavian backpackers found murdered in their tent in Morocco's Atlas Mountains.One of the men involved also admitted recording a video of the killing, which was shared online with other sympathisers of the terror group. The bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway were found in December in the popular hiking area south of Marrakesh.They were on an unguided trip and camping close to North Africa's highest mountain, Mount Toubkal. Read more: https://news.sky.com/story/is-supporters-admit-beheading-scandinavian-backpackers-on-morocco-camping-trip-11732214...
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The Jerusalem Post IDF destroying Hezbollah's last, largest cross-border attack tunnel The tunnel, which began in the southern Lebanese village of Ramiya and stretched one kilometer infiltrated several dozen meters into northern Israel, close to the communities of Zarit and Shetula. By Anna Ahronheim Six months after the Israeli military declared an end to Operation Northern Shield, the IDF has begun destroying the final and largest cross-border tunnel dug by Hezbollah into Israeli territory.The tunnel began in the Lebanese village of Ramiyeh and stretched one kilometer before infiltrating several meters into northern Israel, close to the communities of Zarit and Shtula.It was the last one discovered by the IDF in early January, the largest and most strategic of the six cross-border tunnels dug by the Lebanese Shi’ite group. Hezbollah had planned to have dozens of armed terrorists attack the nearby communities in the next war with Israel. Read more: https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/IDF-destroys-Hezbollahs-last-largest-cross-border-attack-tunnel-591019...
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The Wall Street Journal As Diplomacy Shifts, U.S. Expands Military-Style Counterterrorism Training Sites are added to aid governments in Africa, Southeast Asia as diplomacy faces potential cuts By Jessica DonatiDAKAR, Senegal—The U.S. State Department is opening new, military-style training facilities around the world, expanding plans to prop up local forces battling terrorism as the Trump administration seeks cutbacks in conventional diplomacy and development programs.Three new State Department training centers—in Africa and Southeast Asia—are joining two centers in the Middle East that train and equip forces responding to terrorist attacks in their home countries. Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/state-department-expands-military-style-counterterrorism-training-overseas-11557141192...
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US Army DOD Centers share best practices on 'Securing Borders against Traveling Terrorists'By Christine June, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- The U.S. Department of Defense Regional Centers in the Indo-Pacific and Europe teamed up to host the first collaborative global counterterrorism alumni workshop here from May 13 to 17.Professors of the counterterrorism courses at Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii, and George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies based here, organized this workshop for their alumni to discuss and exchange ideas, best practices and recommendations regarding the issues of how to deal with "Securing Borders against Traveling Terrorists."Attending this week-long workshop were 24 security professionals, 10 alumni from DKI APCSS and 14 from the Marshall Center, representing 19 countries.'PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH'Retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. James Howcroft, Marshall Center's course director of the Program on Terrorism and Security...
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Captured ISIS fighter says he helped imprison James Foley and Alan HenningBy Nada Bashir Alexanda Kotey, a former ISIS fighter accused of forming one of the group's most notorious terror cells, admitted he was responsible for overseeing the imprisonment of western hostages James Foley, Alan Henning and John Cantlie. Foley, an American journalist, and Henning, a British aid worker, were beheaded on camera by the terror group in 2014. Cantlie's whereabouts are unknown. He was a British war photographer and correspondent before being captured by the group, and was featured as a presenter in several of ISIS' propaganda videos. Kotey is being held by Syrian Kurdish forces in Syria awaiting potential extradition to the US. The US State Department accuses him of engaging in ISIS executions and the "exceptionally cruel torture" of Western hostages. Speaking to the ITV News, Kotey explained that he joined ISIS as a regular fighter but...

FBI Arrested Former Translator

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Clarion Project FBI Arrests Former Translator A former FBI translator from Virginia was arrested on charges of obstructing a federal investigation over his connection to a terror suspect.The indictment against Abdirizak Wehelie, 66, was unsealed May 6, 2019. Wehelie worked as a contractor, translating for the FBI from 2012 to 2015. In December 2012, a man targeted by the FBI because of his connections to the Al-Shabab terrorist organization in Somalia called Wehelie and left him a voicemail using Wehelie’s name, according to court documents.The call was monitored as per a court order. The next day, Wehelie was given the job of translating the call. In the translation, instead of identifying himself as did the man on the phone, Wehelie marked himself down as an “unidentified male.”When the FBI questioned Wehelie about the translation in 2016, he admitted that he had failed to identify himself. However, he also told the...
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ISIS bombing kills 5, injures 10 who were extinguishing fire in disputed Kirkuk: source Kurdistan 24 ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – An alleged Islamic State bomb late Saturday killed five people who were going to their farm fields in the disputed province of Kirkuk to put out fires that had also been started by the terrorist organization, local media reported.“An improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in the evening, in the al-Abbasi sub-district of the al-Hawija district of Kirkuk, killing four civilians and wounding two others,” Alsumaria reported, quoting a security source.One of the injuries seemed to have been fatal as shortly after another source told Kurdistan 24 that five “farmers and firefighters” had died in the incident. It added that 10 others had been injured. All were transported to the nearest hospital in Hawija city.The victims were attempting to put out a major fire at an agricultural farm, which Islamic State...
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For The Record - The IPT Blog  U.S. Islamist Leader Calls for Stigmatizing Words He Calls 'Islamophobic'by John Rossomando Anyone who uses terms including "jihadist," "violent jihad," "Islamist terrorism" or "Islamic extremist" is a hater who deserves to be shunned, an influential Muslim political leader argues.Esam Omeish issued this call Friday on Facebook, in the emotional wake of the Christchurch mosque massacre in New Zealand.Omeish is a board member at the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., which has exhibited Muslim Brotherhood sympathies. He previously served as president of the Muslim American Society (MAS), which prosecutors say was established as the "overt arm" of the Muslim Brotherhood in America."Anyone who uses the following terms is Islamophobic and must stop their hate," Omeish said.Memo to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups which have "jihad" in their name: Esam Omeish thinks you hate Muslims. Read more: https://www.investigativeproject.org/7865/us-islamist-leader-calls-for-stigmatizing-words...

Once A Terrorist Always A Terrorist

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The Washington Times: By Cal Thomas - ANALYSIS/OPINIONSecretary of State Mike Pompeo called the release of self-admitted “American Taliban” member John Walker Lindh “unexplainable and unconscionable.”Lindh, who was paroled last Thursday from a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, served 17 years of a 20-year sentence for illegally aiding Taliban forces. Lindh had joined the terrorist organization before Sept. 11, 2001. He was in Afghanistan at the time and was also there when a group of Taliban prisoners murdered CIA officer Johnny Micheal Spann.Spann’s daughter, who was 9 when her father died, called Lindh’s early release “a slap in the face” to everyone who died on 9-11. After his capture and return to the United States, Lindh struck a plea bargain, admitting to illegally providing help to the Taliban, but denying any role in Spann’s death.Lindh is barred from traveling and using a cellphone or the Internet. He could still...

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Clarion Project In honor of Memorial Day, Clarion reached out to veterans to talk to them about preventing violent extremism. This following is Part II of our series “Veterans Speak Out.”     Read more: https://clarionproject.org/veterans-speak-out-part-ii-parents-can-prevent-radicalization/...

Iran's Plans to Kidnap and Kill More Americans

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by Majid Rafizadeh  •  Gatestone Intstitute   A leading Republican lawmaker, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), also the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has pointed out that recent intelligence obtained about Iran's threat was extremely detailed. These are simply preemptive measures that any rational state would take in the face of those clear threats. They were being taken to save the lives of American citizens and prevent the world's official leading state sponsor of terrorism from destabilizing the region. What do critics of the Trump administration expect the American government to do...? Do these critics want the Trump administration to ignore Iran and its terror groups until another terrorist act like 9/11 occurs? Or is it possible that these critics, deep-down, do not care about U.S. national security and the lives of ordinary citizens? While plans were being concocted to harm or murder Americans, it is mind-boggling that...
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French Report: US Sanctions Choke Off Iran’s Aid To Hezbollah Asharq Al-Awsat London - A French newspaper has found that crippling US sanctions on Iran have choked off Tehran’s financial support to Hezbollah, one of the country’s most important proxies in the Middle East. Le Figaro’s report entitled, “Hezbollah put on diet due to the fall of Iranian aid”, emphasized that Iran has cut its transfers to the Lebanese group by half, reducing the salaries of party members. The report quoted a Hezbollah media worker as saying that the salaries were cut by two thirds, and that the party had to reduce compensation to the families of “martyrs.” According to the report, wages paid to Hezbollah fighters returning from Syria (formerly ranging between $600 and $1,200) have fallen by 50 percent, while salaries of soldiers fully dedicated to the fighting will be also reduced. A well-informed diplomatic source quoted by Le Figaro said that...

Please Don’t Forget Memorial Day’s Meaning

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The Daily Signal Please Don’t Forget Memorial Day’s Meaningby Steven Bucci America has undergone a lot of maturing between the Vietnam War and the conflicts of the 21st century. I know, I wore a uniform during both periods.On Memorial Day, let’s not regress in that maturity.When I was still a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, I watched our instructors (all multitour Vietnam veterans) deal with the end of the war. In that cathartic period, these brave warriors related the stories of coming home, not to the cheering parades held for their predecessors, but to horrible vilification. This included name-calling and spitting on service members in airports.All of it was infantile blaming of the young men and women who fought because of the policy decisions of the elected government that sent them. Read more: https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/05/26/please-dont-forget-memorial-days-meaning/...

When Jihadists Come Back Home

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The Wall Street Journal When Jihadists Come Back Home Returning foreign fighters can make would-be local killers far deadlier, posing a major new challenge for Western counterterrorism efforts By Daniel Byman In 2015, Mohamed Elshinawy, a Maryland resident, considered joining Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate in Syria but decided to attack at home instead. Islamic State provided him with several thousand dollars, as well as instructions on how to build a peroxide bomb. But the FBI had been following the money transfer almost from the start, and the feds arrested Mr. Elshinawy before his plot was close to fruition. This made for a counterterrorism success story. But what if Mr. Elshinawy—or some of the hundreds of other Americans who wanted to join Islamic State—had joined with a foreign fighter who had come back from waging jihad in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan? Such returning jihadists, who often carry Western passports, could have...
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John Hernandez Felix found guilty on all counts in Palm Springs police murder trial by Christopher Damien, Palm Springs Desert Sun John Hernandez Felix has been found guilty on all counts for the 2016 murders of Palm Springs Police officers Jose "Gil" Vega and Lesley Zerebny, the attempted murders of six other police officers dispatched to the scene of the shooting, and firearms charges.In addition to the guilty verdicts, the jury found true special circumstance enhancements that the two were killed while working as police officers, meaning the case will now go to the sentencing phase Tuesday at 10 a.m. to decide on the death penalty.Vega was killed just months before he was set to retire after 35 years of service and Zerebny was killed after recently returning to her patrol from maternity leave.The verdict was read by Judge Anthony Villalobos on Monday just after 1:30 p.m. at the Larson...
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Federal Grand Jury Charges San Fernando Valley Man with Planning Long Beach Terror Attack in Plot to Cause Mass CasualtiesDepartment of JusticeOffice of Public AffairsA federal grand jury has indicted a San Fernando Valley man for his role in planning to bomb a rally in Long Beach last month for the purpose of causing mass casualties.  Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Nicola T. Hanna for the Central District of California made the announcement.Mark Steven Domingo, 26, of Reseda, California, a former U.S. Army infantryman who was deployed to Afghanistan, was previously arrested on a criminal complaint in this case.  The indictment returned today formally charges him with providing material support to terrorists and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.  If convicted, he would face a statutory maximum sentence of life in federal prison.Domingo, who has been in federal custody since his...