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The Algemeiner With Eye Toward ‘Complex Challenges’ in Future Wars, IDF Counter-Terrorism School Provides Innovative Training to Snipers and Subterranean Fighting Units by Benjamin Kerstein The Israel Defense Forces’ counter-terrorism school is trying to use innovative tactics and training programs to maintain quiet on the border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and prepare for future wars.In particular, the Lotar Counter-Terrorism School trains and equips snipers and underground fighting units.Snipers have perhaps the most difficult and potentially explosive task on the Gaza border — using live fire to prevent infiltration and attacks on Israel’s border communities.Deaths from Israeli live fire frequently make the international news and tend to be spun to Israel’s detriment, making the snipers a major part of the media war.A new rifle has been issued to prospective snipers, and tactics are being changed to emphasize non-lethal targeting if possible. “The goal is to wound, not kill,” a high-ranking...
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Taliban Claims Responsibility for Suicide Bombing Killing 9 People Outside Pakistani Hospital By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD / AP(DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan) — A female suicide bomber struck outside a hospital in Pakistan on Sunday as the wounded were being brought in from an earlier shooting against police, in a complex assault claimed by the Pakistani Taliban that killed a total of nine people and wounded another 30.Salim Riaz Khan, a senior police officer in Dera Ismail Khan, said gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on police in a residential area, killing two. He says the bomber then struck at the entrance to the hospital, killing another four police and three civilians who were visiting their relatives. He said eight police were among the wounded, and that many of the wounded were in critical condition.Inayat Ullah, a local forensics expert, said the female attacker set off 7 kilograms (15 pounds) of explosives packed...
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13 people experience what it's like to be a Detroit Homeland Security Investigations agentBy Koco McAboy - Reporter, Derick Hutchinson - ClickonDetroit.com DETROIT - What's it like to be a federal agent, investigating drug crimes, terrorism and human trafficking? Homeland Security Investigations in Detroit gave 13 members of the community a chance to experience what agents do.Local 4's Koco McAboy got a look inside the first Homeland Security Citizens' Academy.Portia Lockett was ready for an intense day of training for Homeland Security Investigations, but she isn't a special agent. She is part of the Citizens' Academy learning how HSI agents get the job done."I'm just embracing the knowledge so I can pass it on to anyone I come across within the community to say, these ladies and men put their lives on the line every single day for all of us," Lockett said.She normally directs other people in her job...
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Forbes Warning As Iran 'Ready To Strike' In The West Using Sleeper Terror Cells: Report Zak DoffmanCybersecurity With tensions between Iran and Britain escalating over the seizure of the Stena Impero tanker, the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph reported on Monday (July 22) that British intelligence agencies "believe Iran has organized and funded sleeper terror cells across Europe including the U.K. and could greenlight attacks in response to a conflict in the Gulf."The claims refer to Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi'a group that has been designated as a terrorist organization—in whole or part—by much of the West. In June, the same newspaper reported that a devastating cache of explosives, linked to Hezbollah, had been discovered in London by security agencies back in 2015. The three tons of ammonium nitrate was "more than was used in the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people." Hezbollah is sponsored by Iran, and back in 2015, the...
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New York Post Trio sentenced to death for beheading backpackers in ISIS-inspired slayingsBy Jackie SaloThree jihadists were sentenced to death in Morocco for butchering two female Scandinavian backpackers in an ISIS-inspired execution.Ringleader Abdessamad Ejjoud, Younes Ouaziyad and Rachid Afatti were convicted of terror charges Thursday in the trial over the grisly slaughterings back in December.Maren Ueland, 28, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, were fatally wounded Dec. 17 in a tent on a Christmas camping trip near Mount Toubkal, one of Morocco’s highest peaks.Prosecutors allege that Ejjoud, 25, and Ouaziyad, 27, beheaded the hikers while Afatti, 33, recorded the slayings on his phone. All three men pledged allegiance to ISIS in a video before the murders.The trio was sentenced along with 20 other accomplices who received jail terms ranging from five to 30 years. Read more: https://nypost.com/2019/07/18/trio-sentenced-to-death-for-beheading-backpackers-in-isis-inspired-slayings/...
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New footage by Iran purportedly shows commandos rappelling onto UK-flagged oil tanker By Lukas Mikelionis | Fox NewsVideo reportedly shows Iranian commandos rappelling onto seized UK tankerRaw Video: New dramatic footage released by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards purportedly show Iranian commandos and fatigues rappelling from a helicopter onto a British oil tanker seized in the Strait of Hormuz.New dramatic footage released by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Saturday purportedly shows their commandos in black ski masks and fatigues rappelling from a helicopter onto a British oil tanker seized in the Strait of Hormuz.The video shows several small Guard boats surrounding the larger Stena Impero tanker as it moves through the strait. Above, a military helicopter hovers before several men rappel onto the ship.The high-quality video, aired on Iranian state TV, appeared to be shot with at least two cameras, one from a speed boat-like vessel and one from the chopper.Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/world/iran-uk-tanker-video-commando-rappelling...
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The New York Times Iran Said to Seize British Tanker in Persian Gulf By David D. Kirkpatrick and Megan Specia LONDON — Iran said Friday that it had seized a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, and the tanker’s owner said it had lost contact with the vessel as it appeared to be heading toward Iran. The British government said it was urgently seeking information about the incident. The possible seizure of the ship, the Stena Impero, in the Strait of Hormuz, was the latest episode in three months of escalating tensions between Iran and the West. It came a day after the United States said it had downed an Iranian drone in the area, which the Iranians denied. There were also unconfirmed reports on Friday that a second British-owned tanker may have been seized. Britain and Iran have been embroiled in a dispute for the past few weeks...
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Jail: Inmate detailed plan to join ISIS, made bomb threats in note FOX 35 ORLANDO DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - An inmate at the Volusia County Branch Jail is accused of threatening to bomb several government buildings in Florida and around the country. Ethan Russell, 18, faces a felony charge of making written threats to kill after he handed a jail officer a five-page handwritten note detailing his plans to join ISIS, the Taliban and al-Qaeda, and bomb seven locations.Among his targets were the White House, the U.S. Capitol building, the Pentagon, Orlando International Airport, the Amway Center, Daytona International Speedway and the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand. Read more: http://www.fox35orlando.com/news/local-news/jail-inmate-detailed-plan-to-join-isis-made-bomb-threats-in-note...
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The Jerusalem Post The government announced Tuesday that it was creating “a public registry of persons and entities connected to acts of terrorism and its financing.” By JTA STAFF BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Argentina took a step closer to declaring Hezbollah a terrorist group. The government announced Tuesday that it was creating “a public registry of persons and entities connected to acts of terrorism and its financing.” While neither Hezbollah nor any other group or person being considered for blacklisting are listed, Security Minister Patricia Bullrich indicated that Hezbollah will be added.The announcement comes two days before the 25th anniversary of the deadly bombing of the AMIA Jewish center that Argentina and other countries say was carried out by Hezbollah.President Mauricio Macri said last week that Argentina will consider Hezbollah a terrorist organization.The Argentine government and judiciary had been using the U.N. Security Council registry, which does not include the...
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The Jerusalem Post Israeli Air Force to build hardened aircraft hangers at a cost of $10 million. By Anna Ahronheim Israel’s military will provide anti-missile protection to 20 strategic sites across the country, as well as build additional hardened aircraft hangers to protect against the threat posed by Hezbollah’s missile arsenal.According to a report in Jane’s Defence Weekly, the Israeli Air Force is looking to build an unspecified number of strengthened aircraft hangars at a cost of $10 million in an area of about 4,000 sq.m.The work will see the construction of about 1.5 km. of taxiways, 3.3 km. of service roads, 2,150 sq.m. of auxiliary facilities, 450 sq.m. of administrative buildings, 1,900 sq.m. of utilities tunnels and 5,600 sq.m. of general storage buildings, the report said, quoting a notice published on the USU Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) websiteIn addition, according to a report in Haaretz, the IDF’s Home Front...
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Asia Times By John McBeth, JakartaLegal teams are interviewing witnesses across the region in preparation for the long-awaited trial of Indonesian terrorist leader Riduan Isanuddin, who has been incarcerated at the United States-run Guantanamo Bay detention facility for 13 years.Isanuddin, 55, better known as Hambali, was captured by American and Thai intelligence agents in Thailand’s ancient riverside capital of Ayutthaya in August 2003, 10 months after the devastating Bali bombing which he stands accused of funding.Ironically, the alleged mastermind of the attack will apparently finally go on trial more than a decade after Indonesia and its often criticized judicial system prosecuted the last of the Bali bomb perpetrators, along with 250 other militants linked with the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah regional terror network. Two US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and two military prosecutors were in Jakarta late last year to gather evidence, and a defense team visited Kuala...
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Driverless Car Bomb Plot Shows The Threat From ISIS Supporters Who Are Unable To Fight Abroad The Independent Analysis: Preventing jihadis from wreaking death and chaos abroad is having consequences at home by Llizzie Dearden An Isis supporter who attempted to create a driverless car bomb is the latest terrorist to plot an attack on the UK after failing to join Isis abroad.British security services have been heavily criticized for allowing at least 900 men, women and children to leave for Syria and Iraq since 2014.The flow of jihadis has dried up since the UK and international partners increased efforts to intercept anyone attempting the journey and prosecute them for terror offenses. Read more: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/isis-attacks-uk-plot-farhad-salah-syria-prevent-threat-a9005886.html...
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By Victor Morton - The Washington Times The rifle-wielding attacker who tried to burn an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Washington over the weekend wrote a self-justifying manifesto repeating many standard Democratic talking points about the border crisis and other issues.In a three-page document posted on Seattle TV station KIRO’s website, Willem Van Spronsen cited popular left-wing historian Howard Zinn, said that “i am antifa,” criticized the Electoral College and accused the U.S. of running “concentration camps” on the border.Willem Van Spronsen, 69, declares early on in his manifesto that “evil says concentration camps for folks deemed lesser are necessary. the handmaid of evil says the concentration camps should be more humane,” using a term usually reserved for Nazi Germany’s death camps, but introduced in the border-security debate last month by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.He also mocked people criticizing Ms. Ocasio-Cortez for intellectual sloppiness, referring to “these...

FBI: The Homegrown Threat

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Federal Bureau of Investigation The Homegrown ThreatBooklet Lists Observable Indicators of Potential Violent ExtremistsA list of nearly four dozen observable behavioral signs that someone might be planning to commit an act of extremist violence is contained in a newly updated publication released by the country’s foremost counterterrorism organizations.Homegrown Violent Extremist Mobilization Indicators, 2019 Edition, produced by the FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the Department of Homeland Security, contains a broad list of 46 behavioral indicators listed in color-coded groupings of how clearly the indicators might demonstrate an individual’s likelihood of engaging in terrorist activity. The booklet updates a prior version published in 2017.The agencies authored the updated publication to help law enforcement—and the public at large—recognize potentially dangerous behaviors as the U.S. faces a heightened threat from homegrown violent extremists.“The booklet provides our partners with tools to identify concerning behavior so that it can be responsibly reported to law...
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Acting CBP Commissioner: Some critics either misinformed or lying about agency, actions By Charles Creitz | Fox News U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are being wrongfully criticized and attacked by misinformed or intentionally misguided people, according to Mark Morgan, the acting CBP commissioner said.Law enforcement and the intelligence community are likely successfully tracking potential threats against the agency and its infrastructure, Morgan claimed Monday on "The Ingraham Angle.""It's absolutely dangerous," he said of some of the opposition to the agency's mission of border enforcement."I have full confidence that the law enforcement mechanisms and intelligence agencies are watching these groups." "A lone wolf or violent extremist are very hard to prevent," he said, referring to a 69-year-old Antifa activist shot and killed by Washington state police after attacking an ICE facility in the Evergreen State.Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mark-morgan-cbp-unjust-unfair-border-immigratoin...
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The Ellsworth American Hancock County law enforcement leads the state in solving cases by Kate Cough ELLSWORTH — If you commit a crime in Maine, there’s a 64 percent chance you’ll get away with it, according to the latest data from the Maine Department of Public Safety, which collects monthly reports from agencies around the state.Unless you’re in Hancock County that is, where law enforcement officers solved 60 percent of crimes in 2017 — the highest percentage of any county in the state.“We’ve always taken pride in our high clearance rate,” said Ellsworth Police Department Chief Glenn Moshier. “It can be misleading but I think it can be a useful tool.”A crime is considered “cleared” (solved) when a suspect has been charged, arrested or turned over to the court. Cases may also be considered cleared for other reasons, such as when a suspect dies, or if a victim declines to...
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Nine.Com.Au Islamic State oil minister 'killed' in Syrian hideout: report By Mark Saunokonoko A high-ranking Islamic State leader who allegedly masterminded the extremist group's half-billion-dollar oil smuggling enterprise has been killed in a firefight, according to reports. Thabit Sobhi Fahd Al-Ahmad, a self-styled minister of oil in the now dismantled so-called caliphate, was gunned down in his hideout by Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to a statement. The SDF statement said the attack in Deir Al-Zor province, east of Syria, was carried out in cooperation with the US-led Coalition forces. Ahmad was considered to have a close relationship with the elusive leader of IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who remains at large - despite several reports in the past claiming he had been killed. The smuggling of black market oil had been a lucrative cornerstone of the IS economy, which helped the group take over vast swathes of Iraq and...

'Sweden is at War' with 61 No-Go Zones

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"Sweden is at War"   by Judith Bergman  •  July 13, 2019 at 5:00 am   In 2017, a Swedish police report, "Utsatta områden 2017" ("Vulnerable Areas 2017") showed that there are 61 such areas -- also known as no-go zones -- in Sweden. They encompass 200 criminal networks, consisting of an estimated 5,000 criminals. Most of the inhabitants are non-Western immigrants and their descendants. In March, the Swedish National Forensic Centre estimated that since 2012, the number of shootings classified as murder or attempted murder had increased by almost 100 percent. "Sweden is at war and it is the politicians who are responsible. Five nights in a row, cars have been set on fire in the university town of Lund. Such insane acts have occurred on hundreds of occasions in various places in Sweden over the past fifteen years. From 1955 to 1985, not a single car was ignited...
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NBC News Decorated special forces soldier dies in combat in Afghanistan Sgt. Maj. James Sartor "was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet professional," a military official said. By Tim StellohA Special Forces company sergeant was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan, military officials said Sunday.Sgt. Maj. James Sartor, 40, died Saturday in the country’s northern Faryab Province, U.S. Army Special Operations spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer said in a statement.Additional details about Sartor’s death were not immediately available.Sartor, of Teague, Texas, was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group in Fort Carson, Colorado, Bymer said. He deployed to Iraq as an infantryman in 2002 and later as a Green Beret. Sartor had served in Afghanistan twice — once in 2017 and again this year.Sartor, who went by "Ryan," joined the Army in June, 2001, and was given more than 20 awards and decorations during his military career. He will...
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The Epoch Times Police Kill Antifa Extremist Attacking Immigrant Detention Facility By Ivan Pentchoukov Police in Tacoma, Washington, killed an armed Antifa extremist early on July 13 after the man threw firebombs at an immigrant detention building and cars in the parking lot and attempted to blow up a large propane tank.The man succeeded in setting one car on fire before officers responded at 4 a.m. and gunned him down, according to the Tacoma Police Department. The man was armed with a rifle and wore a satchel with flares, the police said. No officers were hurt in the encounter.“This morning’s attack at the ICE detention center in Tacoma was a horrific act of violence that has shaken us all,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wrote on Twitter.Inslee, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, quickly turned to politics, attacking President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, but added: “Violence is not acceptable. We must be...