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Jerusalem Post by Reuters DUBAI - Iran's ruling powers represent the "tip of the spear" of global terrorism, Saudi King Salman said in a speech on Sunday during a visit of US President Donald Trump to the kingdom."Our responsibility before God and our people and the whole world is to stand united to fight the forces of evil and extremism wherever they are ... The Iranian regime represents the tip of the spear of global terrorism."The king also said in a televised speech that Saudi Arabia would not be lenient in trying anyone who finances terrorism."We will never be lenient in trying anyone who finances terrorism, in any way or means, to the full force of the law." Read more: http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Saudi-king-says-Iran-at-forefront-of-global-terrorism-492434...
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9news.com.au by Emily McPherson One of Australia’s leading counter-terrorism experts has slammed the length of time taken to complete the Lindt Café inquest, saying the face of terrorism has changed in the two-and-a-half years since the siege.Australian National University Professor Clarke Jones, who has worked on national security for more than 17 years and also gave evidence at the inquest, said the government needed to respond more quickly to the terrorist threat.“Why has the inquest taken so long? I know there’s been a lot of court appearances and that takes time to get everyone together but I would have expected 12 months. The years have really dragged on, it’s just crazy,” Dr Jones told Nine.com.au.“Things need to move a lot faster. I will say that to anything around extremism or terrorism. What was terrorism, even three to five years ago, isn’t what it is today. Offshore the Islamic State were...

Muslim Brotherhood Lobbies Congress

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 By Cynthia Farahat - Clarion ProjectAn innocent-sounding New Jersey-based organization called Egyptian AmericansFor Freedom And Justice (EAFAJ) made the rounds on Capitol Hill May 4 to urge U.S. lawmakers not to support designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.The visit, which came hours after the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Hasm terrorist organization claimed responsibly for a deadly attack on a security convoy in Cairo, wasn’t the first time radical Islamists have masqueraded as human rights activists when seeking to sway American minds and won’t be the last.Although EAFAJ makes an effort to talk the talk of democracy and freedom, its unabashed support for armed jihadis wreaking havoc in Egypt is hard to miss. At a November 2016 EAFAJ event, radical imam Mohamed Elbar declared that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi “ought to be beheaded.”The EAFAJ delegation included several known New Jersey-based Islamic extremists. EAFAJ chairman Hani ElKadi, for example, helped...
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By: Gopi - Social NewsIndia-Sweden talk on cooperation in counter-terrorismNew Delhi, May 18 (IANS) India and Sweden on Thursday discussed bilateral issues, including threat from the Islamic State, radicalisation, and steps taken to counter global terror.The talks were held between a delegations led by Swedish Minister for European Union Affairs and Trade Ann Linde and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju here."Both appreciated the ongoing cooperation in counter-terrorism, cyber security and anti-radicalism being pursued by the two countries and emphasised the need for close collaboration both at bilateral and multilateral levels to counter this very serious threat," a Home Ministry statement said.Linde observed that terrorism and IS threat are big issues for Europe and urgent steps are being taken to check the same.She shared Swedish perceptions about Brexit and challenges of refugee influx faced by her country.While she reiterated the commitment on economic cooperation, the Swedish side offered transfer...
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Business Insider by Reuters BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe will face an exodus of Islamic State fighters defeated in Syria and Iraq this year, more dangerous and battle hardened than previous returnees, the head of the U.N. Security Council's counterterrorism agency said on Thursday.Speaking to reporters following meetings with EU officials, Jean-Paul Laborde said several European countries estimate that the rates of fighters returning from conflict zones has increased by one-third over the past year.Threat levels in Western Europe are high following a spate of deadly attacks that killed dozens over the past two years, with many nations concerned about their ability to guard their borders.Laborde said the foreign fighters seeking to return to Europe now are much "more dangerous" than previous waves of returnees, full of resentment after years on the battlefield including in recent confrontations.Islamic State has lost large swathes of territory during military campaigns, including by the Russian-backed...

Update: More US firms believed hit by cyberattack

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SF Gate NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the global extortion cyberattack that hit dozens of countries (all times local): 3:25 p.m. A law enforcement official says investigators believe additional companies in the United States have been affected by the global "ransomware" software cyberattack but have not yet come forward to report the attacks. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation. The official says that investigators have obtained some of the phishing emails and are analyzing them for "bread crumbs" that may lead them to the attackers. Authorities have been encouraging affected companies to contact law enforcement and not pay the ransom.While the attack that emerged Friday hitting companies and governments around the world ebbed in intensity Monday, experts warned that new versions of the virus could emerge.Investigators fear the ransomware can...

Jihad in Denmark

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by Judith Bergman Gatestone Institute Danish Minister of Justice Søren Pape hopes to solve the issue by prosecuting the imam. However, Danish politicians appear to miss the critical fact that there is clearly a thirsty audience for sermons like this.This sermon is a call to violence against Jews.As the Quran cannot be changed, it is crucial to make more broadly known what is in it, so at least people can see the facts confronting them, to help them determine what choices they might care to make for their own future and that of their children.In 2015, Omar El-Hussein listened to the imam Hajj Saeed, at the Hizb-ut-Tahrir- linked Al-Faruq-mosque in Copenhagen, decry interfaith dialogue as a "malignant" idea and explain that the right way, according to Mohammed, is to wage war on the Jews. The next day, El-Hussein went out and murdered Dan Uzan, the volunteer Jewish guard of the...

Mali organizes to stop terrorist cells

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by DefenceWeb.co.za Reducing violent extremism in Mali seems technically and tactically uncertain, owing to the complexity of regional politics. This is marked by an increasing number of players and stakeholders whose interests compete more often than they align.Since 2012, the number of armed groups in Mali has increased, and the spread of intercommunal violence is jeopardizing the Algiers’ Comprehensive Peace and Reconciliation Agreement (CPRA). Terrorist cells have proliferated throughout the country as the threat’s epicenter has moved from northern Mali to the center and the south, with sporadic attacks in the Mopti, Koulikoro and Sikasso regions.These attacks have targeted security posts and local administration facilities. The capital, Bamako, has not been spared. Terrorists move throughout the Sahel region, and Mali’s national boundaries are still porous despite an international presence since 2013, notably through the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Also deployed are personnel from the French...
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Sky News Terror police are searching five homes and a business in east London as part of an ongoing investigation with MI5. Four men have been arrested on suspicion of plotting a UK-linked terror attack, Scotland Yard has said. The men are being held on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. Metropolitan Police officers said the arrests were pre-planned as part of an ongoing investigation by the force's counter terrorism command and MI5, and that they were linked to activity in the UK. Three of the men, aged 18, 25 and 27, were arrested at their home addresses in east London, while a 24-year-old was arrested near to his home address, also in east London. They are in custody at a south London police station. Officers have been searching five homes and a business...
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OnTheNewsNow.com WASHINGTON, DC — The American homeland is facing “the most frequent and unpredictable” Islamic terrorist threat from Sunni “U.S.-based homegrown violent extremists (HVEs),” warns the most recent Worldwide Threat Assessment issued by the United States intelligence community (IC).The number of foreign fighters traveling to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria will probably continue to decline as potential recruits face increasing difficulties attempting to travel there,” states the assessment presented Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats during a hearing Thursday held by the Senate Intelligence Committee.In the past 12 months alone, the number of homegrown terrorism cases reached 36 in 18 U.S. states, revealed Kelly, noting, “Over the past few years, we’ve seen an unprecedented spike in homegrown terrorism.”In recent years, the Sunni Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) group has inspired many attacks inside and outside the United Sates, both successful and foiled.The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) continues to...

Weaponizing the internet for terrorism

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Science Magazine Terrorism is a fact of life as are the collectives and networks to which counter-terrorism organizations and the media have given various labels and names. These networks are well versed in exploiting modern information technology through social media awareness, marketing and recruitment campaigns. However, there is the more insidious use by terrorists groups of online networks and exploits in the creation of so-called bots (computers that have been compromised through the implementation of malware and control over which has been assumed by a third party, or more likely a third party control a lot array of such bots in a botnet.Writing in the International Journal of Collaborative Intelligence, Emmanuel Ogu of the Department of Computer Science, at Babcock University, in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria, and colleagues suggest that the problems caused by botnets in terms of interfering with infrastructure, healthcare services, transport, power supply and other critical parts...
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BBC News A computer malware that has spread across 150 countries appears to be slowing down, with few reports of fresh attacks globally on Monday. A spokesperson for police agency Europol said the situation in Europe "seems stable". In Asia, where many offices closed before the WannaCry ransomware struck on Friday, the attack has been less severe than expected. The ransomware takes over users' files, demanding $300 (£230) to restore them. The White House said on Monday that under $70,000 (£54,000) had been paid in total in a bid to get any locked data released. Payments could go up as the ransomware warned the cost would double after three days, and threatened to delete files within seven days if no payment was made. Computer giant Microsoft said the attack, which has affected hundreds of thousands of computers, should serve as a wake-up call. Among the organisations targeted worldwide have been...
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by Genevieve Alison, Herald Sun* Why kids should stay inside today* Slain Vic soldier ‘best son, brother and mate’* ‘It made us feel that his life was just cheap’* Anzac Day being betrayed by RSL itself BLACKHAWK helicopters have spent hours hovering over the city early this morning leaving sleepy Melburnians asking what were they doing there.Many inner city residents reported hearing army helicopters in the city from 1am until around 4am this morning but officials say it’s all part of routine training.The Australian Defence Force is carrying out counter terrorism training throughout Melbourne this month with defence force personnel and Blackhawk helicopters enlisted to simulate terrorism scenarios. Training will take place at a series of buildings in the CBD and surrounding area which may involve vehicles and soldiers carrying weapons and tactical equipment as well as the use of blank ammunition and pyrotechnics.Melburnians took to social media during the...
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SOURCE : Times Now Mumbai: Police officials in Mumbai are on high alert following the disappearance of 26 Pakistani nationals in the city. The Pakistani citizens, reported to be missing from the past two to three weeks, are being tracked down by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).  According to The Hindustan Times, following intelligence reports about threats coming from moles in Pakistan's ISI, police officials went on high alert after they were unable to trace them through their 'C-forms'. The C form provides details about the address of Pakistani nationals in India along with copies of passport, visa, and residential permit. Officials said none of the Pakistanis provided correct details on their C forms with respect to who they had come to meet or where they were staying. Maharashtra ATS has dispatched teams to all hotels and lodges in Mumbai to find them, a report said. Following reports of Indian Mujahideen conducting 'reconnaissance' in the...
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by Ron Corben - VOA The United Nations says economic success in Southeast Asia has caused an increase in crime and terrorism.The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said economic success has led to major improvements in infrastructure and a lessening of border controls in the region.Aldo Lale Demoz is the deputy executive director of the UNODC.He said this success has also led to “growing security challenges -- including those posed by transnational crime and terrorist groups.”The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, reported the region’s merchandise trade was $1.06 trillion in the first six months of 2016. About a quarter of that was among ASEAN nations.Somchai Seanglai is an advisor to the Thai justice minister.He agreed that increased trade has led to the possibility of an increase in such crimes as human trafficking, drug trading and counterfeit goods -- along with the possibility of terrorists being able...
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The sanctions are expected to also affect the Taliban and Islamic State who rely on related networks for recruitment and funding of suicide bombers and other violent insurgents.by Yashwant Raj The United States on Thursday announced sanctions against  three Pakistan-based individuals and an entity in an effort to disrupt their leadership and funding, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its front for charitable activities, Jamaat-ud-Dawah, as a part of its counter terrorism measures.Other outfits expected to be impacted by these measures are the Taliban, al Qaeda and the Islamic State-Khorasan.“These sanctions seek to disrupt the financial support networks of terrorists based in Pakistan who have provided support to the Taliban, al-Qaeda, Islamic State and LeT for recruitment and funding of suicide bombers and other violent insurgent operations,” John E Smith of the treasury department said in a statement.  “The United States continues to aggressively target extremists in Pakistan and the surrounding region,...
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By Brooke SingmanFox NewsICE sweep results in 1,378 arrestsThe Trump administration has concluded a six-week nationwide sweep of suspected gang members with 1,378 arrests — the largest such gang sweep conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to date.The operation, which ran from March 26 through May 6, targeted gang members and associates involved in transnational criminal activity, including drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder and racketeering.  “Gangs threaten the safety of our communities, not just in major metropolitan areas, but in our suburbs and rural areas, too,” ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said Thursday. “Gang-related violence and criminal activity present an ongoing challenge for law enforcement everywhere.”According to ICE, of the 1,378 total arrested, 933 were U.S. citizens, and 1,095 were confirmed as gang members or affiliates. Also, 104 of those arrested were affiliated with the dreaded MS-13 gang, eight of...

Turkey is Tangled up in Terrorism

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by Aaron Stein - WarOnTheRocks.com Just after midnight on January 1st, a lone attacker, Abdulgadir Masharipov,  drove up in a taxi to Reina, a famous Istanbul nightclub on the Bosphorus.  After exiting the vehicle, the gunman retrieved a Kalashnikov from a bag inside the trunk and began to fire his weapon as he walked towards the club entrance. Less than 10 minutes later, the attacker had expended six magazines of ammunition, killing 39 people and injuring 69.The Islamic State has been carrying out attacks in Turkey since May 2015. The main group responsible for these — a Gaziantep-based cell headed by Turkish nationals who had spent considerable time in Syria in 2013 and 2014 — was in charge of getting supplies across the Syrian border to the Islamic State. A series of police raids have severely disrupted the cell. More recent Islamic State attacks point to a different Turkey-based network....

Ohio Man Charged With Providing Support to ISIS

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Authorities say suspect tried joining terror group in Syria By Charles Fain Lehman - Washington Free Beacon A federal grand jury on Thursday charged an Ohio man with one count of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State terrorist organization.Laith Waleed Alebbini, 26, allegedly attempted to join ISIS and was arrested on April 26 at the Cincinnati/Kentucky International Airport, according to a Justice Department press release.The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested the suspect for trying to join the terror group in Syria, authorities said, and has remained in custody since then.Alebbini had previously been arrested on Jan. 10 for unlawfully entering the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The charges were later dropped.During a subsequent interview with the FBI on Jan. 23, Alebbini admitted to posting pro-ISIS videos on Facebook and supporting the group's ideological goals, describing himself as "the perfect recruit for...
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Fox News U.S. Central Command announced Thursday that the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish and Arab force, recaptured the key Syrian city of Tabqah, the Tabqah Dam and a nearby airfield from the Islamic State, continuing to weaken ISIS’s control of territory and people.The successful recapture of Tabqah, located roughly 30 miles west of ISIS stronghold Raqqa, denies the terrorists “a key coordination hub” that had been used by the group since 2013 to plan attacks on the West. Tabqah served as a base for planning such attacks after ISIS lost other territories in northern Syria.According to the statement from U.S. Central Command, 70 ISIS terrorists surrendered to the U.S.-led international coalition Wednesday, and left heavy weapons behind them.Coalition spokesman Col. John Dorrian said the recapture of Tabqah is “yet another victory” for the Kurdish-led forces, the U.S.’s most effective partner on the ground fighting ISIS in Syria.“The...