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Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s OfficeNorthern District of Ohio Press ReleaseThree men plead guilty to concealing sending money to Anwar Al-AwlakiThree men pleaded guilty to their roles in concealing the provision of thousands of dollars to Anwar Al-Awlaki in an effort to support violent jihad against U.S. military personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world.The guilty pleas were announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman of the Northern District of Ohio and Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony of the FBI’s Cleveland Division.Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, 38; Asif Ahmed Salim, 37; and Sultane Room Salim, 43, each pleaded guilty this week to one count of concealment of financing of terrorism. They are expected to be sentenced later this year.“These defendants provided thousands of dollars to finance terrorism, then used every effort to conceal their activity from law enforcement,” U.S. Attorney...
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By Nick Paton Walsh and Salma Abdelaziz, CNN (CNN) For Samantha Sally, a vacation was all it took to flip her quiet middle-American world of muscle cars, cotton candy and an Indiana packing company, into the horror of the ritual beatings, serial rape, torture and propaganda videos of ISIS's so-called Caliphate.A holiday is what her husband, Moussa Elhassani, promised her when she went to Hong Kong in 2014, she says. The couple was planning to move to Morocco to start a new, cheaper life, she says, and needed to go through Hong Kong to transfer money.Days later, Sally says, she stood on the Turkish border with Syria, on the edge of ISIS territory, her husband holding her daughter, Sarah, while she held her son, Matthew, then 7, confronted with an impossible choice: Abandon her daughter to ISIS and save her son, or follow her husband into ISIS's so-called Caliphate. Following...

ISIS Threatens to Attack NYC Subway

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By The Clarion Project ISIS’ latest threat is against New York City, where the group has promised to attack the subway. A new poster appeared on a messaging platform used by the terror group showing a man standing inside Brooklyn Bridge Station at High Street,  the Daily Mail reported.Behind him sticks of dynamite are shown rigged to a timer. The poster states, “You will not expect where we will attack.”The poster was produced by the group’s propaganda wing, the Wafa Media Foundation, which also produced posters threatening the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia. That poster states, “Putin: You disbeliever. You will pay the price for killing Muslims. Just Terror.”The group also threatened to attack Paris again. Last year, its propaganda was directed towards the Queen of England and the Vatican. Read more: https://clarionproject.org/latest-taunt-isis-threatens-attack-nyc-subway/...

The fatal kidnap machine of ISIS

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DW Documentary ISIS, or so-called Islamic State, made millions by taking hostages - many of whom didn’t survive. An in-depth look at how kidnapping helped IS rise to power.   ...

U.S. Expert: Age of the jihadist drone has arrived

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Evening Standard by Martin Bentham Britain must prepare to face the threat of Islamic State terrorists using drones to attack buildings and other landmark targets, a security expert will warn in a book published next month. Nicholas Grossman said that IS had already used drones packed with explosives in Syria and that no terror group had done more to exploit the new technology. He said options for protecting against the danger included using electrical repulsion systems. But he warned that if the use of drones for commercial deliveries and other purposes becomes more common it will become increasingly difficult to stop terrorists using drones to destructive effect.  There are already concerns about the potential risk that such devices could pose to aircraft if they stray into flight paths, and the possibility that out-of-control drones could injure people. But in his book Drones and Terrorism, Mr Grossman, an academic from the...
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Marine Corps Times By: Shawn Snow Thousands of Marines and U.S. troops kicked off a major training exercise Sunday hosted by Jordan that will include civilian evacuation operations, and chemical and biological drills, according to U.S. military officials.Known as Eager Lion, the nearly two-week exercise started Sunday, coincidentally following U.S., French and British strikes on three Syrian chemical weapons sites. The strikes were in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack April 7 on the Syrian city of Douma that killed scores of citizens.“Planned training evolutions include live-fire ranges, fire support coordination exercises, military working dog training, close quarters battle, military operations in urban terrain, chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear training, visit/board/search/seizure, and an Embassy Reinforcement/ Noncombatant Evacuation Operation, among others,” Capt. Natalie Poggemeyer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement to Marine Corps Times on Saturday.Military officials would not confirm whether the chemical and biological training in the region was in...

What is terrorism?

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The New Arab by Zohra El-Mokhtari What is terrorism? French, Tunisian and international legislation has not provided a clear definition of the word, and the UN struggles to define a concept that has meant different things to different people. So how is it possible to fight something that is so vaguely defined?Countries including France, Tunisia, Israel and the United States have often used the concept of "war on terror" without giving it much explanation.On 9 January 2016, while paying homage to the victims of the 2015 attack in the French supermarket Hypercacher, Prime Minister Emmanuel Valls repeated the phrases he had used in November 2015: "Those enemies who attack their co-citizens deserve no explanation. Because explaining would be the beginning of forgiveness."More recently, after the attacks that took place in Aude (though no longer prime minister), he pleaded for "a ban on Salafism". Like other presidents and prime ministers across...

American ‘ISIS Boy’ Turns Up in Kurdish Prison

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The evolution of terror: Anarchists to Al-Qaeda

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9news.com.au by Nick Pearson When Frenchman Emile Henry detonated a bomb in the middle of one of Paris' most popular cafes in 1894, he set the spark for a new kind of violence.Bloodshed was nothing new in the 1800s, a century which included the Napoleonic Wars, the American Civil War and countless colonial conquests.And specific acts of violence were hardly unusual either. Two US presidents had been successfully assassinated in the past 30 years.But what set Henry's attack apart was his target, according to Yale University historian John Merriman."His bomb in 1894 which he threw into the Café Terminus, what made it in my mind the first act of modern terror was that terrorists used to go after heads of state, like (President William) McKinley," Dr Merriman told nine.com.au."When Henry went out to kill, he was out to kill ordinary people, killing them because they were bourgeois."Henry was an anarchist,...
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Fox News Hollie McKay RAQQA, Syria – The Syrian government and its Iran and Russian backers continue to rebuff staunchly any responsibility for chemical attacks in the war-ravaged country — of which there allegedly have been more than 50 since the war began — including last weekend in the city of Douma. Instead, they point the finger at opposition “terrorist” groups at having either “staged” the events or dispersed the chemicals themselves. And while the U.S. and allied French and U.K. officials collected irrefutable evidence linking the Assad regime to the recent attacks — prompting retaliatory action to take out their stockpiles early Saturday — the showdown has cast a renewed spotlight onto the chemical weapons use of non-state actors in the war-torn country. According to some experts, this latest development poses a perhaps even more direct threat on U.S. interests. “There has always been a sneaking suspicion that ISIS...
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Minneapolis Star Tribune An atypical terror case comes to close with 20-year sentence By ERIC TUCKER and SADIE GURMAN Associated PressBALTIMORE — It was July 2015 when the FBI, scrambling to contain a surge in Islamic State group propaganda, first visited an Egyptian-American newspaper deliveryman in Maryland.Agents needed to ask Mohamed Elshinawy why his phone number had surfaced in an investigation involving ISIS extremists and how he came to receive a $1,000 Western Union transaction from Egypt.During hours of questioning, Elshinawy first suggested the money was from his mother. Next he said it was for an iPhone purchase for a friend. After being reminded it was a crime to lie to federal agents, he proceeded to tell a whole new story — that he had indeed received money from the Islamic State but that he was actually scamming the group instead of planning an attack.It was a pivotal moment in...
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by Clarion ProjectA U.S.-led effort to get member states of the United Nations to take appropriate measures to combat terror travel was passed unanimously by the Security Council. Here are the solutions proposed by U.N. Security Council Resolution 2396 and the U.S.: Read more: https://clarionproject.org/us-leads-global-track-down-foreign-jihadis/...
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89.3 WFPL The Kentucky Author ForumCounter-terrorism expert Malcolm Nance’s book, “The Plot to Hack America,” was released a year and a half ago and has proven to be highly accurate in predicting the unfolding situation involving Russia’s plan to influence the 2016 election.Nance spoke at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum on April 5, 2018. He was interviewed by Ned Price of National Security Action. LISTEN HERE...

OHIO: 2 plead guilty in terrorism case

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By Jennifer Feehan  | BLADE STAFF WRITER Two men admitted in federal court Thursday that they provided money to a known terrorist. Brothers Sultane Roome Salim, 43, and Asif Ahmed Salim, 37, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to concealment of financing of terrorism. Asif Ahmed Salim, left, and Sultane Roome Salim. They each face up to eight years in a federal prison when they are sentenced later this year by Judge Jeffrey Helmick. As part of a plea agreement, Sultane also agreed to forfeit $21,595 that was seized from his bank account by federal agents in 2015. The brothers' pleas came a day after co-defendant Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, 38, pleaded guilty to the same charge in a deal that calls for a 60-month prison sentence. Mohammad, like Asif Salim, already has spent nearly 30 months in jail awaiting trial, which was set to begin April 23. Both will receive credit...
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NLTimes By Janene Pieters The municipality of Amsterdam learned important lessons from a large anti-terrorism drill held in the Dutch capital in November. One lesson is that the cooperation between the police and Defense must be improved, interim Amsterdam mayor Jozias van Aartsen said in a letter to the city council on Tuesday, AT5 reports.On November 8th and 9th a large-scale terrorism drill was held in Amsterdam. A scenario was simulated in which a group of armed men crashed into pedestrians with a truck. A large number of local and national emergency services participated in the drill, including the communal control room, units of special intervention service DSI, security units of Defense, crisis teams of the municipality and the police. Although intense work was done on cooperation between the police and Defense in case of a terrorist attack, the drill showed that the services have trouble working well together, according...
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Daily Nation By Stella CheronoDetails of a terrorist attack foiled by police last month show that al-Shabaab local operatives are increasingly posing a grave danger to Kenya.The plot by homegrown elements of the Somalia-based terrorist group targeted the Judiciary.Detectives are still processing the seized vehicles, which suicide bombers reportedly planned to use in the raid.Those familiar with the sophisticated plot say it shows the changing face of terrorism.The classic picture of AK47-wielding men with bushy beards behind a black flag is no longer the major focus in the war against violent extremism.Mr Tyrus Kamau Muya, a security consultant, says terrorism has evolved in recruitment, membership and tactics. Read more: https://allafrica.com/stories/201804110253.html...
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By: NewsOn6.com TULSA COUNTY, Oklahoma -Charges have been filed against a Collinsville man police say admitted to having a hit list of Tulsa County employees. Jeffrey Leinen was arrested April 6 after his wife said he stuck a loaded firearm in her face and threatened to kill her.Police say that's when Leinen, a former Tulsa County employee, told them he had a list of county workers he intended to kill.He has been charged with feloniously pointing a firearm, planning an act of terrorism, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping. Read more: http://www.newson6.com/story/37934789/collinsville-man-charged-with-planning-act-of-terrorism-other-felonies...

Arizona governor: National Guard needed at border

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USA Today by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey The most fundamental responsibility of government is to protect its citizens. This is an issue for all governors, but it has added meaning and complexity for border governors.For those living with the consequences of Washington’s failures, border security isn’t a political issue, it’s a personal one. I’ve grieved with the widow of a rancher slain by an illegal immigrant and with the family members of agent Brian Terry, who was gunned down by cartel members 10 miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border. I’ve spent time with parents whose children’s lives were ruined by the drugs smuggled across our border.The majority of illegal drugs in this country come through our southern border. If you know someone impacted by drug addiction, there’s a good chance their last “hit” came from drugs that flowed through Arizona.For years, Americans, particularly in border states such as Arizona, have...
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Express UK Syria MISSILE STRIKE 'within hours': RAF on ALERT for possible launch BRITISH and French forces could launch an imminent missile strike on Syria within a matter of hours, aviation monitors have revealed. By Joey MillarA coalition force could fire “air-to-ground or cruise missiles” in the wake of a horrifying chemical attack on innocent civilians in Syria last week.Aviation experts AirLive have reported a “rapid alert notification” warning aircraft in the eastern Mediterranean to be wary of a sudden missile strike.AirLive said the alert was issued by Eurocontrol for a “possible launch … within the next 72 hours”.AirLive said: “According to reports, British forces are mobilising at their bases in Cyprus and Rafale fighter jets could takeoff from St Dizier airbase in France for possible strikes against Syria.” The Eurocontrol alert said: “Due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles within the...

Soldiers thwart suicide bombers in northeast Nigeria

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Fox News Associated Press BAUCHI, Nigeria –  A police official says Nigerian soldiers have foiled an attack by three female suicide bombers targeting the largest city in the country's northeast region.Victor Isuku, deputy superintendent of police in Borno state, said the assailants were spotted heading toward Maiduguri early Friday morning with bombs strapped to their bodies. He said soldiers shot at them and that two of their bombs exploded, killing all three.He said a police bomb disposal unit then detonated the unexploded bomb.Boko Haram frequently uses female suicide bombers. Its uprising has killed more than 20,000 people over seven years.The Nigeria-based militant group has recently stepped up attacks after a months-long lull. On Nov. 1, a car bomb targeted a military checkpoint on a road leading to Maiduguri, killing nine people. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/11/11/soldiers-thwart-suicide-bombers-in-northeast-nigeria.html...