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9news.com.au In a room in the 9/11 museum, there are a police captain's poignant notes and a flashlight that illuminated the way to safety. Nearby, a letter from a trapped man tells his family, "I love you very much.... Do wonderful things in your life."The artifacts aren't from Sept 11, 2001. They are reminders of a terror attack that foreshadowed it: the deadly World Trade Centre bombing, 25 years ago.That shadow fell personally on Lolita Jackson. As a young finance worker, she picked her way down 72 flights of blacked-out stairs on Feb. 26, 1993, and fled the trade centre's south tower again in 2001. The bombing "tends to be forgotten because 9/11 was such a cataclysmic event," she says, but the blast has its own place in the lives and memories of an estimated 50,000 people who were in the twin towers that snowy afternoon.The explosion killed six people,...

  The Counter Jihad Report Read more: https://counterjihadreport.com/2018/02/08/guandolo-how-muslim-brotherhood-compromised-the-fbi-national-security/...
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Reuters by Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN (Reuters) - At least 14 people were killed and 40 wounded when Islamist car suicide bombers and gunmen tried to storm the headquarters of a counter-terrorism unit in the southern port city of Aden on Saturday, security and medical sources said. Islamic State, in a statement carried by its Amaq news agency, claimed responsibility for what it described as two “martyrdom operations” targeting the camp in Tawahi district in south-western Aden. The agency provided no immediate evidence for the claim.Security sources said two suicide bombers detonated two cars laden with explosives at the camp’s entrance while six gunmen tried to storm the facility. They were all killed by guards and their bodies taken to a military hospital, a medical source told Reuters.Aden police said in a statement on its Facebook page that security forces had foiled a major attack on the camp.“All the ... terrorists...
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Department of Justice Office of Public AffairsTwo Men Arrested and Charged With Illegally Exporting UAV Parts and Technology to Hizballah The indictment of Usama Darwich Hamade, 53, Samir Ahmed Berro, 64, and Issam Darwich Hamade, 55, was announced today for their conspiring to illegally export goods and technology from the United States to Lebanon and to Hizballah, a designated foreign terrorist organization, in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), the Export Administration Regulations, and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Defendants Usama Hamade and Issam Hamade are currently in custody in South Africa. Samir Ahmed Berro remains at large. Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Edward C. O’Callaghan and U.S. Attorney Gregory G. Brooker of the District of Minnesota made the announcement.According to the Indictment, from 2009 through December 2013, Usama Hamade, Berro and Issam Hamade willfully conspired to export and attempted to export from the...

Court Sentences Al-Qa‘ida Operative to Life in Prison

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Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs Al-Qaeda Operative Sentenced to Life in Prison for Terrorism Offenses Targeting Americans Overseas Earlier today, Al-Qaeda operative Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun, aka Spin Ghul, 47, was sentenced to life in prison following his March 16, 2017 trial conviction of multiple terrorism offenses, including conspiracy to murder American military personnel in Afghanistan, conspiracy to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, and providing material support to al-Qaeda. Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Edward O’Callaghan, U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue for the Eastern District of New York, Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney, Jr. of the FBI’s New York Field Office and Commissioner James P. O’Neill of the NYPD made the announcement. The sentence was issued by U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan. “With the sentence handed down today, our justice system has once again held accountable an al-Qaeda operative for his...
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The Hill By William Braniff and Alex Gallo, opinion contributors In late 1999, the Clinton administration issued “A National Security Strategy for a New Century.” Included in this document was a prescient statement that has become the dominant U.S. counterterrorism policy and approach today: “As long as terrorists continue to target American citizens, we reserve the right to act in self-defense by striking at their bases and those who sponsor, assist, or actively support them.”Since that time — and particularly after 9/11 — the United States has not looked back, allocating vast resources to counterterrorism. That is, until the recent National Defense Strategy was published last Friday.In a speech at Johns Hopkins’ Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Secretary Mattis unveiled a strategy that shifts what has been the dominant national security paradigm in the post-9/11 era, asserting: “Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern...
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  The Sydney Morning Heraldby Clive Williams This year could see China and Russia with a counterterrorism capability to deploy smart killer drones using facial-recognition technology to eliminate persons deemed to be "terrorists". Many such persons would be considered by Australians to be activists, separatists or insurgents - rather than "terrorists".Some terrorist groups are also using drones, but they are unsophisticated and used for more basic purposes, such as surveillance, collecting intelligence, videoing propaganda footage, and dropping munitions. While terrorism remains a common-denominator topic at international government meetings, there is still no agreed international definition of terrorism, or consensus about which groups are "terrorist" and which are not. Each nation therefore usually focuses on the groups it considers to be its main enemies.Australia has 25 proscribed terrorist organisations on our national list, New Zealand 18, the UK 74, and the US 61. To make the Australian list, the Attorney-General must...

Egypt: Court sentences 21 to death on terrorism charges

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ABC News By Menna Zaki, Associated Press  An Egyptian court sentenced on Thursday 21 people to death and seven others to up to life in prison over belonging to a group believed to be affiliated with the extremist Islamic State group, the state-run MENA news agency reported.Beside the 21 death sentences, the court handed down life sentences — which in Egypt are equal to 25 years — to four defendants, and 15-year-sentences to three others, MENA said.The 28 on trial were charged with belonging to an outlawed group linked to IS, disrupting public order, possession of weapons and endangering society among other charges. Of the total, only 12 are in custody while the others — 16 suspects — are at large.Rights groups have repeatedly criticized similar mass sentencings in Egypt and called on authorities to ensure fair trials.Egyptian authorities have been carrying out a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent since the...
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By Lauren SlagterMlive.comSOUTH LYON, MI - A South Lyon High School student who police believe threatened to re-enact the recent Florida school shooting at his school on Wednesday is being held on a $10 million bond. Ryan R. DeBruyne, who turned 18 on Wednesday, Feb. 21, was arraigned on Tuesday in Oakland County's 52nd District Court on a charge of making a false report or threat of terrorism, according to South Lyon Police. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. A probable cause conference has been scheduled for Feb. 28 before Judge Travis Reeds. Bond was set at $10 million cash, and DeBruyne remains in custody at the Oakland County Jail. Police say DeBruyne sent a message to a fellow South Lyon High School student on social media on Friday, Feb. 16, asking the other student if he would like to re-enact the Feb. 14 school...

How Far Can Iran’s Missiles Reach?

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By Clarion Project Look at this infographic and see just how dangerous the terror-sponsoring Islamic Republic of Iran is:   Read more: https://clarionproject.org/far-can-irans-missiles-reach/...

Islamic State sympathizer pleads guilty in terrorism case

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By The Associated PressNEW YORK An Albanian man who became a U.S. citizen but carried an Islamic State flag has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges.Sajmir Alimehmeti entered the plea Wednesday in Manhattan federal court to an indictment alleging he provided material support to the group.His trial had been scheduled to begin in May. Sentencing is set for June 7.The 24-year-old Alimehmeti was living in the Bronx before his May 2016 arrest. Investigators say two undercover officers and an undercover FBI employee posing as an Islamic State supporter began gathering evidence in September 2015.Authorities say Alimehmeti began collecting weapons such as combat knives that could be used in a "lone-wolf" style terrorist attack.Arresting agents reported recovering terrorist propaganda, the flag and images of jihadist fighters. Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/islamic-state-sympathizer-pleads-guilty-terrorism-case-53249454...
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Gov.UK Press release New technology revealed to help fight terrorist content online The Home Office has today announced the development of new technology to automatically detect terrorist content on any online platforms. by Home Office and The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP Tests have shown this new tool can automatically detect 94% of Daesh propaganda with 99.995% accuracy. It has an extremely high degree of accuracy, for instance if it analyses one million randomly selected videos, only 50 would require additional human review. The tool can be used by any platform, and integrated into the upload process, so that the majority of video propaganda is stopped before it ever reaches the internet. Developed by the Home Office and ASI Data Science, the technology uses advanced machine learning to analyse the audio and visuals of a video to determine whether it could be Daesh propaganda. The Home Office and ASI will...
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VOA News by Ayaz Gul ISLAMABAD — Officials in Afghanistan say four operatives of the national intelligence agency have gunned down their 16 colleagues before fleeing to join the Taliban insurgency in the southern Helmand province. The rare overnight “insider” attack took place at a facility linked to the National Directorate of Security or NDS in the Gerishk district, security sources told VOA Sunday. Omar Zawak, the provincial government spokesman, confirmed the incident saying the Taliban also assaulted the NDS Center while the insider attack was under way, sparking fierce clashes with Afghan security guards. Zawak said both sides suffered heavy casualties but would not give further details. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out by three “infiltrators” who seized all weapons and equipment at the facility. The slain Afghan personnel belonged to the “Songaryan” unit working for NDS in Helmand. The unit is named...

ISIS Supporter Sentenced to Prison for Firearms Offense

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    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs Casey Charles Spain, 29, of Richmond, Virginia, who is a previously convicted felon and supporter of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization, was sentenced today to the statutory maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment, for being a felon in possession of a firearm less than three weeks after he was released from prison. Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Edward C. O’Callaghan, Acting U.S. Attorney Tracy Doherty-McCormick for the Eastern District of Virginia and Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Lee of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office made the announcement.  The sentence was issued by U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney, Jr. According to court documents and statements made in court proceedings, Spain was in prison for over seven years after being convicted for abducting a 15-year-old girl with the intent to rape her. ...

Finnish police: Knife attacker identified with ISIS

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Washington Post By Jari Tanner | AP HELSINKI — Finnish police say the Moroccan asylum-seeker who killed two people and wounded eight others in last year’s stabbing attack in southwestern Finland identified strongly with the Islamic State group and was motivated largely by hatred after heavy bombardments by the Western-led coalition in the Syrian city of Raqqa. Olli Toyras of the National Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday that Abderrahman Bouanane became radicalized some three months before the Aug. 18 attack in the western city of Turku, and although he acted alone, he thought of himself as an IS fighter. “We don’t think any group is being involved in this,” Toyras said, although adding that the suspect’s phone and computer contained IS-related photos and material. “He has seen himself as a fighter, a soldier, a man of IS. He would have liked IS to have taken credit for the attack.” On the day...

Treasury Sanctions South Asian Terrorist Facilitators

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U.S. Department of Treasury Designations Continue to Pressure and Expose Operatives in Radical Terrorist Organizations Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today to disrupt South Asian terrorist support networks by designating three individuals, Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan, and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.  As a result of today’s designation, all property and interests in property of these persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. “Treasury continues to aggressively pursue and expose radicals who support terrorist organizations and run illicit financial networks across South Asia.  We are targeting operatives who have provided logistical support, improvised explosive devices, and other technological assistance to...

History Lessons from Years Under Islamism

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Gatestone Institute by Majid Rafizadeh My father's generation in Iran lived in an environment in which the Islamist party of the country's clergy cunningly depicted themselves as intending no harm, supportive of the people, and not interested in power. So, before the revolution, many Iranians did not think that Khomeini's party would be committing the atrocities that they are committing now or that they would have such an unrelenting hunger for power. Instead, during this time, the country thought it was on a smooth path towards democracy, with no expectation of ever returning to a barbaric era. Even the then-US President Jimmy Carter viewed Khomeini as a good religious holy man. Iranians did not just submit to these new laws; they rose up in protest. This uprising was met with torture, rape, and death. With the regime eager to wipe any who dared to resist, the people had no choice...
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Dallas NewsWritten by Valerie Wigglesworth, Staff Writer PLANO — A Plano couple whose adult sons traveled to Syria to fight with ISIS are headed to federal prison after lying to the FBI about the activities of their children. Sumaiya Ali was sentenced to 30 months in prison, while her husband, Mohommad Hasnain Ali, was sentenced to 12 months plus one day. Both paid a $5,000 fine and will serve three years of supervised release after prison.The couple were sentenced during back-to-back hearings in U.S. District Court in Plano on Tuesday. They had pleaded guilty last year to making false statements regarding international terrorism. "I apologize for my actions and thank the court for considering the plea deal," Sumaiya Ali, 49, said before District Judge Marcia A. Crone pronounced her sentence.Mohommad Hasnain Ali, 58, issued a similar apology moments later.  Their defense attorneys declined to comment after the hearing. Sumaiya Ali must...

33 Dead, 130 Injured in China Knife-Wielding Spree

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NBC NewsA group of knife-wielding men attacked a train station in southwestern China on Saturday, killing at least 29 people and injuring more than 130 others in what Chinese officials called a terrorist strike, the official Xinhua News Agency said.Four of the attackers were also shot dead and only one was captured alive after the mayhem, which broke out about 9 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) at the Kunming Railway Station in the capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province.The Kunming government said the "serious violent terrorist attack was planned and organized by Xinjiang separatist forces," Xinhua reported.Ethnic Turkish Uighur separatists have been sporadically fighting for an independent state in Xinjiang, in northwestern China, home to about 10 million Uighur, who are predominantly Muslim. More than 100 people have been killed in protests in Xinjiang in the past year.Yang Haifei, a resident of Yunnan, told Xinhua that he was attacked and sustained...

Terrorism returns to Afghanistan

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Al Arabiya Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi The phenomenon of contemporary terrorism is one of the most dangerous phenomena in history as it contains hostility within a live ideology that’s protected by countries like Qatar and another regional country.This ideology is also fully sponsored by the guardian of the jurist’s regime in Iran. It justifies its presence through the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood and political Islam groups.Terror attacks have currently increased in Afghanistan which has been calm for years except for few incidents. Terrorist operations have dominated the scene again via explosions targeting the Afghani state and its stability.This has worried the entire world, and it raised many questions. Is it just a coincidence that terrorism went rampant in Afghanistan after ISIS was eliminated in Iraq and Syria?Will it be strange that the road which Zarqawi and his followers took to Iraq after 2003 will be the same road which Baghdadi and...