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The Diplomat The Changing Dynamics of Islamist Terrorism in Philippines The Jolo church bombing might signal a tactical shift from the groups affiliated to the Islamic State. By Kenneth Yeo Yaoren A suicide attack was conducted at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Jolo on January 27, 2019. It was a two-stage attack – the first improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the middle of the church and the second at the church’s entrance. This attack took the lives of at least 20 and wounded more than 90. The military pinned Hatib Sawadjaan as the mastermind of the attack, a natural conclusion as the Sulu island chain is plagued with the presence of Sawadjaan’s group, Islamic State-Sulu. This attack raised the notoriety of Sawadjaan and successfully diverted resources away from hunting Abu Dar – a possible candidate as emir for the Islamic State (IS) of the Philippines...
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The Hundu U.S. urges Pakistan to take ‘meaningful action’ against terrorist groups operating on its soil The Hindu Desk U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges India and Pakistan to de-escalate tensions and avoid further military actionU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said he spoke to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the topic of taking “meaningful action” against terrorist groups operating on Pakistan soil, following an air strike by India inside Pakistan. “I spoke to Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi to underscore the priority of de-escalating current tensions by avoiding military action, and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil,” said Mr. Pompeo in a statment.He said he also spoke to the Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. “Following Indian counter-terrorism actions on February 26, I spoke with the Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to emphasise our close...
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American Security Today Madison Square Garden Adds CLEAR Security Making New York Top Market By Tammy Waitt "Instead of using traditional ID documents, CLEAR uses biometrics – your eyes and fingertips – to confirm it’s really you. IrisID, the world’s most deployed iris recognition platform, and a 2018 Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winner for Best Biometric Recognition System, provides a fast, accurate and non-contact method of capturing fans’ biometrics and identifying people. The company’s authentication systems are used worldwide for access control, time and attendance checks, national ID programs, border crossings, voter registration, and a number of other applications." Read more: https://americansecuritytoday.com/madison-square-garden-adds-clear-security-making-new-york-top-market/...
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American Military News by Laura Widener   MS-13 gang members have threatened attacks on New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers right in very homes, putting the agency on alert. The NYPD released a bulletin this week alerting officers that “members of MS-13 are looking to ‘hit’ NYPD police officers, specifically in the Brentwood/Central Islip area as well as possibly Patchogue” on Long Island. “These members are conducting reconnaissance of MOS [members of service] private residences,” the bulletin added. The department has warned its officers to remain on alert while on or off duty and take precautions to ensure their safety. Officers have also been advised to change up their daily routines in order to make them less predictable, and thus, less vulnerable to attacks. Read more: https://americanmilitarynews.com/2019/03/ms-13-threatens-attacks-on-nypd-officers-in-their-homes/...
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How Minneapolis' Somali community became the terrorist recruitment capital of the USBy Hollie McKay | Fox News MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – More men and boys from a Somali American community in Minneapolis have joined – or attempted to join – a foreign terrorist organization over the last 12 years than any other jurisdiction in the country.FBI stats show 45 Somalis left to join the ranks of either the Somalia-based Islamic insurgency al-Shabab, or the Iraq- and Syria-based ISIS combined. And as of 2018, a dozen more had been arrested with the intention of leaving to support ISIS. Both numbers are far higher than those of alleged terrorist wannabes who left or attempted to leave the country from other areas in the country where Muslim refugees have been resettled.In the case of the Somalis, it's no longer just the men. Early last year, a female was apprehended by authorities on charges of...
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Coast Guard Officer Accused Of Plotting Terrorist Attack Charged With Illegally Possessing Silencers In Homeland Security A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of planning a domestic terrorist attack illegally possessed silencers among the arsenal of weapons prosecutors contend he stockpiled for his plot, according to new court filings.A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted Christopher P. Hasson, 49, of Maryland, adding two charges related to the unlawful possession of silencers to the drug and weapons counts he has faced since his Feb. 15 arrest.Two silencers Hasson had in his possession did not have serial numbers and had not been registered as required by law, the U.S. attorney’s office in Maryland said in announcing Hasson’s indictment. The indictment, which does not include any terrorism-related counts, did not indicate why the silencers lacked serial numbers. Read more: https://inhomelandsecurity.com/coast-guard-officer-accused-of-plotting-terrorist-attack-charged-with-illegally-possessing-silencers/...

RCMP planning for return of Canadian ISIS members

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Global News ‘We need to get ready’: RCMP planning for return of Canadian ISIS members By Stewart Bell    The RCMP is preparing for the return of at least a dozen Canadians detained in Syria amidst the collapse of the so-called Islamic State, a senior law enforcement official has told Global News. The capture of suspected Canadian ISIS members, and uncertainty over their fate due to a planned U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria, has prompted the RCMP to ramp up preparations for their possible arrival.   As part of a national strategy now being put in place, police are working with prosecutors to prepare charges and peace bonds against the detainees, and speaking with allies to manage their return to Canada. Read more: https://globalnews.ca/news/5004932/rcmp-preparing-for-return-isis/...

UN: We’re Underestimating Threat From Jihadi Brides

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Clarion Project Renu Begum, eldest sister of Shamima, holds her sister’s photo as she is interviewed by the media at New Scotland Yard in 2015. Shamima went on to become a jihadi bride – three times over and now wants to return to the UK. (Photo: Laura Lean / WPA Pool / Getty Images)The threat from jihadi brides is palpable and possibly underestimated, according to the United Nations counter-terrorism body.The Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate believes the penal system in Syria and Iraq may not be able to cope and if ISIS women are left in those areas, that:    “could exacerbate future Isis-related threats and, more generally, threaten the long-term recovery and stability of the region.” Read more: https://clarionproject.org/un-were-underestimating-threat-from-jihadi-brides/...
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The Washington Examiner by Tom Rogan On Thursday, the Pakistani terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed killed at least 40 Indian security officers in India's northern Jammu and Kashmir province. Confronting terrorism and supporting an important democratic partner, the United States should respond positively to India's request for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting. As an Indian government statement put it: "We strongly reiterate our appeal to all members of the international community to support the proposal to list terrorists, including [JeM] Chief Masood Azhar, as a designated terrorist under the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council ..."India and the world have good reason to want Azhar on that list. A longtime Islamist fanatic known both for his orchestration of brutal attacks and for his cultivation of global Sunni fanaticism; Azhar is a terrorist's terrorist. But while much of the world recognizes as much, China and Pakistan do not. That matters,...

India Hits ‘Terror Camps’ Inside Pakistan

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FARS News Agency TEHRAN (FNA)- India announced that it has conducted airstrikes against “terror camps” inside Pakistan, shortly after the Pakistani military accused New Delhi of violating its territory in the Kashmir region, dramatically escalating tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors weeks after a suicide attack in the disputed Kashmir region.“Twelve Mirage 2000 Indian fighter jets struck major terrorist camps across the Line of Control (LoC) and completely destroyed it [sic] by shelling 1,000 kg bombs,” unnamed Indian Air Force sources told Asian News International, and Indian news agency based in New Delhi, on Tuesday, World News reported.Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat tweeted, “Air Force carried out aerial strike early morning today at terror camps across the LoC (Line of Control) and Completely destroyed it."Pakistan first reported the Indian airspace incursion, with Pakistani military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor saying its air force jets were scrambling to respond,...
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NL Times By Janene Pieters There are still jihadists who are making plans to commit an attack in the Netherlands, the national coordinator for counter terrorism and security NCTV said in its latest threat assessment. The chance of an attack in the Netherlands remains real, and the threat level is therefore still at 4 on a scale of 5, NOS reports.According to the NCTV, the remaining threat is shown by the arrest of seven men in September last year. These arrests are believed to have foiled an attack. The 'September 27 cell', as the NCTV refers to the group, shows that the jihadist struggle continues after the fall of the ISIS caliphate, also in the Netherlands. Members of this group did have contact with other jihadists in the Netherlands and abroad, but they seem to have operated alone and did not share their plans. "The size of the cell is...

Report: Terrorism and the threat to democracy

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Brookings Terrorism and the threat to democracy by Daniel L. Byman Terrorism does more than kill the innocent: It undermines democratic governments, even in mature democracies like those in the United States and much of Europe. The fear terrorism generates can distort public debates, discredit moderates, empower political extremes, and polarize societies. An array of actors, including governments, international institutions, and civil society can decrease the scale and scope of terrorist violence and mitigate its most dangerous political effects. To mitigate the danger terrorism poses to democracies, the United States and its allies should continue to emphasize intelligence-sharing and expand such efforts when possible. This is true even though in 2018 the number of successful jihadist attacks fell dramatically in the United States and Europe. Although the Islamic State continued to plot terrorist attacks, aggressive law enforcement and the disruption of the Islamic State’s safe haven account for much of...
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by Óscar López-Fonseca The Spanish Interior Ministry has released a new counter-terrorism strategy that targets jihadist terrorism, focusing specifically on former members of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda who are returning from conflict zones, prisons where petty criminals become radicalized, and homegrown terrorist cells such as the one that perpetrated the 2017 Barcelona attack.The document, which was published on Tuesday in the Official State Gazette (BOE), also argues that “the rise of identity-based extremism with exclusionary positions” is “one of the most worrying issues today” because it is “leading to violent dynamics and support for terrorism among minority sectors of our society.” It adds that the problem could “increase in the context of financial crisis.”But the text’s primary focus is on the fight against jihadist terrorism, particularly addressing the return of former ISIS and Al Qaeda fighters. Most of these jihadists left their homes principally in Madrid,...
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BizPac Review by Vivek Saxena One of two newly elected Muslim congresswomen, both of them known antisemites, reportedly grew up in what has been dubbed the terrorist recruitment capital of the United States.“More men and boys from a Somali American community in Minneapolis have joined – or attempted to join – a foreign terrorist organization over the last 12 years than any other jurisdiction in the country,” Fox News reported Saturday, citing data from the FBI.The data specifically shows that over the past 12 years, a total of 45 Muslims have departed from the Minnesota city to go join a radical Islamic troop, be it ISIS or al-Shabab. And of this 45, roughly a dozen Somalis left as recently as 2018 and some even reportedly this year.“Both numbers are far higher than those of alleged terrorist wannabes who left or attempted to leave the country from other areas in the...

ISIS Beheads 50 Yazidi Sex Slaves as Parting Gift

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Clarion Project ISIS Beheads 50 Yazidi Sex Slaves as Parting Gift Fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on the frontlines in the Syrian village of Baghuz, ISIS last holdout in Syria (Photo: DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)In a final act of depravity, fleeing ISIS beheaded 50 Yazidi sex slaves, dumping their heads into trash bins for coalition soldiers to find.ISIS fighters were besieged in their last stronghold – a small area in Baghuz located in eastern Syria. One hundred ISIS jihadis were killed in the final battle in which British Special Forces (SAS) fired 600 mortar bombs and tens of thousands of machine-gun rounds against the terror group.Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, a source said:    “In their hour of defeat, the jihadis’ cruelty knew no bounds. They conducted a cowardly slaughter of these desperately unfortunate women as a final act of depravity and left their severed heads behind for us...
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NEWSREP Never again: How the military prepares for a Benghazi terrorist scenario in Africa by Stavros Atlamazoglou ·The night of September 11, 2012, the U.S. diplomatic post and the nearby CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, were attacked by Islamic terrorists. The ensuing two-day battle left four Americans dead: U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, State Department employee Sean Smith, CIA contractor and former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, and CIA contractor and former Navy SEAL Glenn Doherty.Failed leadership from the higher echelons of the State Department and the CIA meant the much-needed Quick Reaction Force (QRF) didn’t arrive for almost a day. A two-man Delta Force team, comprised of an Army master sergeant and a Marine, that was in nearby Tripoli, took the initiative and flew into Benghazi to provide support. The two men respectively received the Distinguished Service Cross and Navy Cross for their actions.In the debacle’s aftermath, much ink...
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25 MS-13 gang members found in migrant caravan at border, then deported American Military News by Cheryl Hinneburg A caravan of around 1,600 migrants that arrived two weeks ago from Central America was found to have MS-13 gang members from El Salvador hiding among them.They were all staying at a federally operated facility in Piedras Negras, Coahuila when officials discovered who they were, FOX News reported.In all, some 25 MS-13 gang members were deported across two related incidents.Officials from the Instituto Nacional de Migración identified 10 MS-13 gang members when the caravan first arrived, but 15 more were identified last week when there was an incident with police and the caravan, according to INM Media Deputy Director Aline Juarez.    At least 25 gang members affiliated with the MS-13 gang were deported from Mexico after they were revealed to be concealed within the caravan of 1,600 Central American migrants just across...

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ABP News As 44 CRPF jawans died in one of the deadliest terror attacks in J&K, a 22-year-old Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar was identified as the suicide bomber who carried out the attack.  ...
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The National by Mina Al-Oraibi Earlier this month, the Pentagon issued a warning that ISIS militants are regrouping and that they could regain control of territory within six to 12 months, if significant action is not taken to counter their activities.In a quarterly report intended to track the progress made against the extremist group, the US military warned that ISIS is consolidating at a faster pace in Iraq than in Syria, where, two years after declaring victory, the government struggles to provide basic housing and health services for its people. The potent mix of security vacuums, a proliferation of arms, large numbers of unemployed men – whose only skill might be fighting – and long-held grievances still exists.And yet, the impact of ISIS is not restricted to Iraq and Syria, nor to the domestic political situations of each. The militant group’s ability to attract thousands of foreign fighters ensured it...
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Department of JusticeU.S. Attorney’s OfficeNorthern District of Texas A north Texas man was charged today with conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, announced Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox.Michael Kyle Sewell, 18, was charged Friday morning by criminal complaint in Fort Worth, Texas with conspiring to provide material support and resources to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani-based foreign terrorist organization.As set forth in the complaint, Sewell recruited an individual, identified in the complaint as coconspirator 1, to join Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a designated foreign terrorist organization.  Sewell met the coconspirator online and encouraged him to join LeT. Sewell provided the coconspirator with contact information for an individual he believed could facilitate the coconspirator’s travel to join the organization. Unbeknownst to Sewel and the coconspirator, the facilitator was an undercover FBI agent.Sewell coached the coconspirator about what to say to convince...