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Nextgov By Frank Konkel,Executive Editor The software allows the FBI to go through video surveillance footage much faster than agents can. The FBI is piloting Amazon’s facial matching software—Amazon Rekognition—as a means to sift through mountains of video surveillance footage the agency routinely collects during investigations.The pilot kicked off in early 2018 following a string of high-profile counterterrorism investigations that tested the limits of the FBI’s technological capabilities, according to FBI officials.For example, in the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas carried out by Stephen Paddock, the law enforcement agency collected a petabyte worth of data, much of it video from cellphones and surveillance cameras. Read more: https://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2019/01/fbi-trying-amazons-facial-recognition-software/153888/...

The changing face of Islamic terrorism

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American Thinker The changing face of Islamic terrorism By Rick MoranVera Mironova, writing in Foreign Policy, says that in 2019, the terrorists menacing the west will not primarily be from the Middle East. Look to Russia's Muslim provinces for the "New face of terrorism."    The threat posed by Middle Eastern terrorists has been shrinking for some time. Even during the war against the Islamic State, Russian speakers from former Soviet countries were already committing many of the major attacks in the West. Those included relatively simple lone-wolf events, such as the 2017 truck strikes on pedestrians in New York and Stockholm—both conducted by Uzbeks—but also more complicated operations, such as the 2016 suicide bombing of Istanbul’s airport—which was allegedly organized by a Russian national—and the 2017 attack on a nightclub in the same city, led by an Uzbek.    There are several reasons for the relative increase in anti-Western terrorism coming...

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By Clarion Project     Read more: https://clarionproject.org/larges-terror-funding-case-why-not-prosecuted/...

UK Welcomes Extremists, Bans Critics of Extremists

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by Douglas Murray  • Gatestone Institute In November, it was reported that the Pakistani Christian mother of five, Asia Bibi, was unlikely to be offered asylum by the British government due to concerns about "community" relations in the UK. What this means is that the UK government was worried that Muslims of Pakistani origin in Britain may object to the presence in the UK of a Christian woman who has spent most of the last decade on death row in Pakistan, before being officially declared innocent of a trumped-up charge of "blasphemy". One person who has had no trouble being in London is Dr Ataollah Mohajerani, Iran's former Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Mohajerani is best known for his book-length defence of the Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa against the British novelist Salman Rushdie. This week we learned that the UK government has allowed in a man called Brahim Belkaid, a...

Terrorism greets the New Year, from Britain to Japan

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  Kurdistan 24 by Laurie Mylroie WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan24) – As the year 2019 began, Britain, Germany, and Japan all saw terrorist attacks, although each attack had a different political motive, and at least two of them may also have involved mental illness.In the northern British city of Manchester, a British couple suffered serious injuries after being stabbed by a 25-year-old Somali immigrant wielding a large knife. The attacker lived in the city with his parents and four siblings.The New Year’s Eve assault occurred at Manchester’s train station, and a video, taken by a witness on his cellphone, showed the suspect shouting “Allahu Akbar” and “Long live the caliphate.”In Tokyo, shortly after midnight on New Year's Day, a 21-year-old Japanese man rammed his car into a narrow street crowded with pedestrians. The attack, in a district known for shopping and tourism, injured nine people, one of them seriously. Read more:...
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In Homeland Security December Terror Threat Snapshot: Vigilance For The HolidaysBy Glynn CoskerManaging Editor, In Homeland Security Each month, the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee releases its Terror Threat Snapshot – authored by the committee’s chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas). The current report’s release coincided with another deadly attack at a Christmas market in Europe, and as we approach the holiday season in the United States, it is vital that we stay focused on deterring any possible attacks here at home.“In the midst of the holiday season, we must remain even more vigilant as jihadists remain intent on spreading fear and terror during this time of year,” Rep. McCaul exclusively told In Homeland Security. “We are solemnly reminded of the heinous attack at a Christmas market in Berlin only two years ago – and just this week, a radicalized gunman opened fire in Strasbourg at one of France’s oldest Christmas...
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PJ Media By Patrick Poole To close out 2018, three people have been stabbed at the Manchester Victoria train station in the UK in an apparent act of terrorism.The train station where the stabbings occurred is directly beside the Manchester arena where a suicide bomber killed 22 in May 2017.The attack took place at around 9:00 p.m. local time.The BBC reports:    Three people - including a police officer - have been stabbed by a man wielding a knife at Manchester Victoria railway station.    A man and woman were taken to hospital with knife injuries after the attack at about 20:50 GMT, British Transport Police (BTP) said. Their conditions are not known.    It said one of its officers suffered a stab wound to the shoulder.    A man has been arrested and the station is shut.    Officers remain at the scene.    The New Year celebrations went ahead in the city centre. Read...
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News !2 Long Island NEW YORK - Streets around Times Square have been shut down as officials prepare for big crowds.   Security is expected to be tight for the ball drop with an NYPD drone keeping watch overhead the expected 1 million people in Manhattan for the event.   "That's going to give us a visual aid and a flexibility of being able to move a camera to a certain spot with great rapidity throughout a tremendous crowd,” says NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller.   More than 7,000 officers will be on duty, with bomb-sniffing dogs and sand-filled sanitation trucks blocking streets.   Police say there are no specific, credible threats to the Times Square celebration.   Despite the forecast for rain, umbrella and backpacks will not be allowed.   This year, the nearly 12,000 pound sphere made up of more than 2,600 crystal triangles and lit up by...
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BBC News Australian police have arrested a man they allege was planning to carry out a terror attack during New Year's Eve celebrations in Melbourne.Ali Khalif Shire Ali, 20, will be charged with terrorism offences that carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, authorities said.Police allege he had planned to shoot people with an automatic gun at Federation Square in the city's centre.There is no ongoing threat to the public, police said.Last year, about 500,000 people celebrated New Year's Eve in Melbourne's city centre.Authorities said Mr Ali was born in Australia to Somali parents and had been monitored by police as a "person of interest" since January.They said he had not obtained an automatic weapon before his arrest in Werribee, a Melbourne suburb, on Monday. Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-42146664...
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DAWN by Imtiaz Ali KARACHI: Police on Sunday claimed to have foiled a major terrorism plot by defusing a seven-kilogram bomb planted in a motorbike in the old Subzi Mandi area.Acting on a tip-off provided by an ‘informer’, contingents of police conducted a raid early on Sunday morning in Kernal Basti at old Subzi Mandi, where they came under a gun-and-grenade attack, but no one was wounded in the assault. The police detained seven suspects.The police seized three hand grenades from the spot besides a motorbike which was rigged with electric wires, triggering suspicion in the law enforcers, said Karachi East SSP Azfar Mahesar.The Bomb Disposal Squad was called in, who defused an explosive device attached to the motorbike. Mr Mahesar said that the bomb weighed around seven kilograms containing nuts and bolts. It was attached to a remote control device. Regarding the motorbike, the officer said that it was...
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Satellite Images Show ‘Completely Destroyed’ Iranian Rocket Storage Site Near Syrian Capital After Reported Israeli Strikes the algemeiner Satellite images published on Thursday show the damage caused by reported Israeli air strikes in Syria earlier this week.The photos — taken by ImageSat International (ISI) — reveal what is described as a “completely destroyed” Iranian Fajr-5 rocket storage facility, located on Syrian military base west of Damascus.Russia on Wednesday accused Israel of committing a “gross violation” of Syria’s sovereignty.Speaking at a graduation ceremony for new air force pilots on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “We are not prepared to accept the Iranian military entrenchment in Syria which is directed against us. We will act against it vigorously and continuously, including during the current period.” Read more: https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/12/27/satellite-images-show-completely-destroyed-iranian-rocket-storage-site-near-syrian-capital-after-reported-israeli-strikes/...
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WSVN 7News Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — More police officers have died in the line of duty this year in the United States than in 2017, according to data released Thursday. The most common cause of death was gunfire, and vehicular accidents claimed nearly as many officers’ lives.The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said in a report that 144 federal, state and local officers have died so far in 2018. That figure represents roughly a 12 percent increase from the 129 who died in 2017.The majority of the officers who died were either shot — 52 this year, up from 46 in 2017 — or fatally injured in car or motorcycle crashes, which accounted for 50 deaths. Other fatalities involved heart attacks, strokes, drownings and cancer and other illnesses among those who responded to the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.Of the officers who were shot, eight were killed during investigative...
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Stars and Stripes ANALYSIS Military walks a fine line in discussing Afghanistan after Trump orders withdrawal plansBy DAN LAMOTHE | The Washington Post A week after President Donald Trump directed the military to draw up plans to withdraw about half the American troops deployed in Afghanistan, military officials are walking a fine line detailing the future of the longest U.S. war in history.Trump pressed White House national security adviser John Bolton to make the move Dec. 18, and he and other U.S. officials were trying to talk him out of it, administration officials said. Since then, no announcements have been made, and senior U.S. military officers have said they have received no new orders.The situation has put the American generals in the awkward position of attempting to downplay the significance of a potential reduction in U.S. troops in Afghanistan while American diplomats try to negotiate a peace deal with the...

Islamism in Eastern Africa: Not immune to terror

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Qantara.de Islamism in eastern Africa Not immune to terror Somalia, Kenya and their neighbouring countries are increasingly being haunted by extremist violence. This essay assesses why this region has become a hotbed of Islamism and why one-dimensional military interventions by external forces have not delivered the desired results. By Emmanuel Kisiangani In eastern Africa, the Islamic faith has been used for political purposes for a long time. Muslim groups were active in various movements, including the mostly secular liberation struggles against the colonial powers in places such as Tanzania (then Tanganyika), Sudan and Somalia.In national politics, adherence to a particular faith often defines allegiances and roles in politics. In a short essay of this kind, however, it is impossible to convey the entire complexity of the matter. This essay is, therefore, concerned with a more recent phenomenon of political Islam in eastern Africa: violent extremism, which will be called "Islamism"...

Boko Haram: Controversy over desertion in police

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Sun News Online Molly Kilete, AbujaAt least 200 operatives of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), otherwise known as MOPOL, undergoing training at the Special Forces School (SFS), Buni-Yadi, Yobe State, have disappeared into thin air for fear of being killed by Boko Haram terrorists. They left Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, on Sunday, December 23, at exactly 2pm on the grounds that they did not want to die like soldiers. Daily Sun gathered that the policemen made up their minds to abandon the operations after the military authorities running the school announced to them that they were changing their uniforms from the MOPOL colours to woodland camouflage, the official uniform for personnel engaged in the counterterrorism war.It was gathered that the policemen became terribly afraid upon the news and made up their minds to abscond. The MOPOL personnel were said to be among the 2,000 officers deployed on December 2,...
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By Christina Maxouris, CNN (CNN)The man suspected to have shot and killed a police officer during a traffic stop in Newman, California, was in the country illegally, the Stanislaus County sheriff said Thursday. The 33-year-old police officer, Ronil Singh, pulled over the suspect just before 1 a.m. Wednesday and a few moments later called out "shot fired" over the radio. "Multiple agencies responded to assist, and Singh was found at the scene with gunshot wounds," the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, which is leading the investigation, said in a news release. Singh was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.The sheriff's department has identified a suspect but is not releasing his name. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/27/us/suspect-california-police-officer-killed/index.html...
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Faithwire Muslim Leader in Canada Says Wishing Christians ‘Merry Christmas’ Is Worse Than Murder By Tré Goins-PhillipsAn imam in British Columbia said this week that wishing Christians a “merry Christmas” is worse than murder.The Muslim leader, Sheikh Younus Kathrada, made the comment during a sermon at the Muslim Youth of Victoria. He told congregants he feels “great sadness” when he observes his fellow Muslims’ casual treatment of Christmas, which he described a “false holiday.”“There are those who will say to them ‘Merry Christmas,’” the cleric said. “What are you congratulating them on? Congratulations on the birth of your Lord? Is that acceptable to a Muslim? Are you now approving of their beliefs? By saying that you are approving of it.” Read more: https://www.faithwire.com/2018/12/26/muslim-leader-in-canada-says-wishing-christians-merry-christmas-is-worse-than-murder/...
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The Washington Times  By Stephen DinanBorder officials begged for medical help from the Coast Guard and the Pentagon to screen illegal immigrants and asked both American and Mexican disease specialists to investigate a surge in sick migrants being caught at the border after another illegal immigrant child died in U.S. custody.Every juvenile currently held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection is being rechecked for health issues, and a new review of CBP procedures is underway, authorities said after the latest death on Christmas Eve.This one involved an 8-year-old boy who’d jumped the border with his father on Dec. 18. They had been shuttled to four different CBP facilities and one hospital during the next six days until his death.CBP said more than two dozen “welfare checks” were performed during those six days, and it wasn’t until the final day that the boy showed any problems — and was actually treated...
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    The Sacramento Bee   By Deke Farrow A manhunt continued Wednesday morning for the suspect wanted in the shooting death of a Newman Police Department corporal during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning, authorities said. Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, called in a traffic stop at Merced Street and Eucalyptus Avenue just before 1 a.m. Three minutes later, there was a report of “shots fired.” The corporal’s partner, who was patrolling nearby, was first on scene and found Singh suffering from gunshot wounds, said a spokesman for the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, which is leading the investigation. Singh was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Sheriff’s Department reported later in the morning that Singh is survived by his wife, Anamika, their 5-month-old son, his parents and a brother. Read more: https://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/article223560025.html Read more here: https://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/article223560025.html?fbclid=IwAR33NBoTN_mqcipNRt540jMZng1MNcjVhkM6hMJ3C4a0U8isWenjFyo6b6I#storylink=cpy...
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CBS News By Olivia Gazis Even though the territories held by extremist groups like al Qaeda and ISIS have been eroded, the groups' global propaganda reach is still proving to be an effective recruitment tool, inspiring uncomplicated but deadly terror attacks on U.S. soil, according to the head of the New York Police Department's Intelligence and Counterterrorism bureaus."[T]he unintended consequence of our effectively smashing ISIS and al-Qaeda – the pieces scattered," said Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller in a recent interview with Intelligence Matters host and CBS News senior national security contributor Michael Morell.While the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011 and the organization's top propagandist, Anwar al-Awlaki, in 2012 were effective setbacks, the group and, more significantly, its regional successor, ISIS, have maintained a propaganda arm that reaches around the world and often across ideologies, Miller said.He listed as examples some small but...