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Freight in the City by Christopher Walton    HGV operators and rental suppliers have been urged to be vigilant in order to mitigate the use of the ‘vehicle as a weapon’ in a terrorist attack.Following incidents in Nice and Berlin in 2016, where trucks were used as part of attacks in built-up and crowded areas, and incidents on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge in the capital – as well as in Manchester in May 2017 – Sergeant Wayne Watling, counter terrorism focus desk, Metropolitan Police took the opportunities to tell delegates at Freight in the City 2017 of the need to remain watchful.How many people have drivers that go out on the same routes? They know what is normal. They will know if there is something out of the ordinary,” Watling said. “We have been at severe [risk of terrorism] since August 2014 – that is an awfully long time.“If you...
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KWQC 6 - NBC PARIS (AP) - A French security official says several people suspected of preparing a possible attack have been arrested in a counterterrorism operation in the Paris suburbs and in southeastern France.The official says that the arrests Tuesday were prompted by suspicious activity on social networks that suggested an attack was in the works. The official, who was not authorized to be publicly named discussing security operations, would not provide further details.The operation is still underway in the Val-de-Marne region just southeast of Paris and in the Alpes-Maritimes region, which includes part of the French Riviera and the Alps.It comes days after a new counterterrorism law came into effect to replace a state of emergency that had been in place since deadly attacks in Paris two years ago. Read more:  http://www.kwqc.com/content/news/French-officials-several-suspected-of-preparing-attack-arrested-in-counter-terrorism-operation-455788843.html  ...
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NBC Newsby Daniel Arkin and Tracy ConnorThe gunman accused of the worst mass murder in Texas history escaped from a mental health hospital during his stint in the Air Force, according to a 2012 police report.Police took Devin Kelley into custody on June 7, 2012 at a bus terminal in downtown El Paso, Texas, where he had planned to flee by bus after breaking out of Peak Behavioral Health Services, some 10 miles away in New Mexico, according to NBC Houston affiliate KPRC. Kelley, who was 21 at the time of the escape, had been sent to the facility after he was accused of assaulting his wife and infant stepson.A witness told El Paso officers that Kelley "was a danger to himself and others as he had already been caught sneaking firearms onto Holloman Air Force Base," where he was stationed at the time, according to the police report obtained...
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BY: Bill Gertz - Wshington Free Beacon Israel's government waged financial warfare on terror groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, which became a model for most states battling terrorism today, according to members of a once secret Israeli task force called Harpoon.The operations ranged from financial operations that caused terrorist groups to lose tens of millions from bad investments, to commando raids on banks linked to the funding of suicide bombings, to targeted assassinations of terror group financiers."Harpoon showed the world that there must constantly be new angles to attack terrorist groups and infrastructure," said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, coauthor with Samuel M. Katz of a new book, Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism's Money Masters, to be published Tuesday. "The Israeli task force realized ahead of everyone else that money was the oxygen for the terrorist networks and you could badly damage them by choking it off," she said.Beginning in the...
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by Brennan Weiss - Business Insider The man who rammed a truck into bicyclists and pedestrians in lower Manhattan on Tuesday, killing eight and injuring 11 more, had been known to federal authorities, according to The New York Times.Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek national living in Paterson, New Jersey, was interviewed in 2015 by federal agents as part of an unrelated counterterrorism case after he was identified as an associate of two men under investigation.ABC News says, however, that Saipov was never the main focus of the investigation and law enforcement was never investigating him directly as a terror suspect.During a press conference on Wednesday, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said investigators are looking at "how [Saipov] has touched the subjects of other investigations.""It appears he will have some connectivity to individuals who were the subjects of investigation, though he himself was not," he said.In...
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Newsweek By Conor Gaffey The United States pledged $60 million towards a new counterterrorism force in West Africa on Monday, almost a month after four American soldiers were killed in an Islamist militant attack in Niger.U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the funding, which is subject to congressional approval, at a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on Monday. Haley said that violent extremism in Africa was a “growing problem” but that it was down to the countries themselves to respond to the threats, not the United Nations.The counterterrorism force will comprise almost 5,000 troops from the so-called Group of Five Sahel States (or G5): Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. It is aimed at countering the threat posed by extremist groups— including those with ties to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State militant group (ISIS)—in the Sahel region, an arid and impoverished part of West...

Texas Shooter: 5 Facts You Need to Know

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By Jessica McBride - Heavy.com Devin P. Kelley, who received a court martial from the U.S. Air Force, was identified as the black-clad gunman who walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday morning and slaughtered at least 26 people in the tiny, rural community near San Antonio.The shooter’s name was reported through sources by The New York Times and CBS News; the latter gave his name as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, Texas and said the Air Force court martial occurred only three years ago. Although the motive was not yet clear, the gunman’s background includes religious school work, but he also liked pages devoted to atheism. The shooter, who is dead, left behind disturbing social media posts, including a Facebook page that showed off a rifle, calling it a “bad b*tch.” (You can see the photo later in this story.) Authorities revealed...
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BBC News A Pentagon assessment has declared the only way to completely destroy all parts of North Korea's nuclear weapons programme is through a ground invasion.Rear Admiral Michael Dumont expressed the opinion on behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a letter to Congressman Ted Lieu.Mr Dumont said calculating "even the roughest" potential casualty figures would be extremely difficult.He also gave some detail on what the first hours of a war would involve."The only way to 'locate and destroy - with complete certainty - all components of North Korea's nuclear weapons programs' is through a ground invasion," he wrote in response to Congressman Lieu's questions about a potential conflict.The risks involved included a potential nuclear counter-attack by North Korea while US forces attempted to disable its "deeply buried, underground facilities", he said."A classified briefing is the best venue for a detailed discussion," he added.The Joint Chiefs of Staff directly...

Germany: Violence Spirals in Refugee Shelters

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by Soeren Kern - Gatestone Institute German authorities have justified their failure to inform the public about the scale of the problem by citing the privacy rights of the criminal offenders. Experts have long warned that the practice of housing migrants from different ethnic and religious backgrounds in tight accommodations is the ideal breeding ground for violence. "A maintenance man who worked in a refugee shelter reported 'mafia-like' conditions. Refugees were required to pay for access to the electrical sockets there." — Der Tagesspiegel. Migrant men exercise at the shelter where they live in Sarstedt, Germany, on November 17, 2015. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)Violent crime, including murder, rape and physical assault, is running rampant in German asylum shelters, according to a leaked intelligence report. German authorities, who appear powerless to stem the rising tide of violence, have justified their failure to inform the public about the scale of the...
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Terror-Alert.com The Chinese government-run Global Times newspaper responded to the jihadist attack in Manhattan this week by declaring that China’s military belligerence is not a threat to America, instead claiming that the threat comes from America’s “haphazard and scattershot” democracy, which has led to a state of “domestic chaos.”The Global Times column closely follows the unveiling of President Xi Jinping’s “socialism with Chinese characteristics” ideology to the Communist Party of China (CPC) last month. Xi presented a brutally authoritarian, ethnically homogeneous and religiously void vision for the future to China, and to the world a future in which China is the one global superpower above all other nations.While Xi abstained from mentioning the United States, his state-controlled propaganda vehicles have endeavored to contrast his quest for totalitarian rule with the allegedly dismal state of affairs in America’s free society.“The U.S. is faced with a spectrum of serious problems and its...
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Jihad Watch By Robert SpencerNot that this has anything to do with Islam, right, Mr. Miller? New York Deputy Police Commissioner John Miller says, “This isn’t about Islam, this isn’t about the mosque he attends.” He is ignoring the reality in front of his face, and depriving himself of the ability to understand Saipov’s motives and goals. “Feds reveal what they found in NYC terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov’s truck,” by Stefan Becket, CBS News, November 2, 2017:    NEW YORK — The suspect charged in Tuesday’s terrorist attack in lower Manhattan had two cell phones with 90 videos of propaganda about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and 3,800 images related to the terrorist group, prosecutors said.    In an affidavit filed in federal court on Wednesday, FBI agent Amber Tyree revealed what investigators discovered in the rental truck used to mow down 20 people along a bike lane in...

Confronting the Terror Threat

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National Review by The Editors Yesterday’s terror attack in Manhattan serves as a reminder that if a man is truly determined to kill innocent people, there is no truly effective countermeasure. In the aftermath of mass murders, it’s common to focus on the means of the attacks. If it’s a gun, then we immediately debate gun control. If it’s an airplane, we focus on improved security at airports. But what if the attacker uses something so common — and so deadly — as a truck? There is no such thing as “truck control,” and there’s simply no way to prevent a homicidal monster from getting behind the wheel. Moreover, the success of this attack raises a disturbing possibility. Will our terrorist enemies exploit our vulnerability in the United States to the same extent that they have in Europe — where deadly vehicular attacks are depressingly common? After all, a series...

FBI Bombshell: Far-Left U.S. Radicals Colluding With ISIS

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Clarion Project A new book by a former editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine and best-selling author reveals for the first time an FBI field report about the collusion between American anti-Trump radicals and foreign ISIS/al-Qaeda operatives. In his latest book, All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump, set to be released today, Edward Klein reveals to the public findings from an FBI investigation into the shocking ties between far-left radicals in America and Islamist extremists. The FBI report was delivered to Acting Director Andrew McCabe on July 11, 2017. While certain names have been redacted, Klein reveals how the FBI followed a group of Americans anarchists/radicals who traveled to Germany to join their German counterpart Antifaschistische Aktion to protest Trump’s attendance at a meeting of G20 leaders and central bank governors. Evidence gathered from a variety of intelligence sources showed the Americans took part in the violence...
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Fox News By Travis Fedschun The alleged ISIS fanatic authorities say was behind Tuesday’s deadly New York City slaughter came to the United States seven years ago from Uzbekistan under the Diversity Visa Program, details of Sayfullo Saipov’s travel to America that could become all the more important as President Trump proposes revisions to his “extreme vetting” program.The Diversity Visa Program, a State Department program which offers a lottery for people from countries with few immigrants in America, drew the ire of Trump early Wednesday morning. "The terrorist came into our country through what is called the 'Diversity Visa Lottery Program,' a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based," Trump tweeted. "We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter)." The DV program makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually, "drawn from random selection among all entries to...
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by John Binder - Breitbart The suspected foreign national terrorist behind the New York City attack that has left at least eight individuals dead came to the United States years ago through the Diversity Visa Lottery, a program that President Trump and pro-American immigration reformers have demanded an end to.According to ABC New York, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov — the man who allegedly mowed down pedestrians in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City — entered the U.S. in 2010 from Uzbekistan under the Diversity Visa Lottery before obtaining a Green Card.The Diversity Visa Lottery gives out 50,000 visas every year to foreign nationals from a multitude of countries, including those with known terrorist problems – such as Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Yemen, and Uzbekistan.Trump, though, along with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), has been calling...
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The Hill By J. Peter Pham, opinion contributor The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill . Since October 4, when militants ambushed a U.S. Special Operations Forces unit accompanying soldiers from Niger on a reconnaissance mission, an attack that left four Special Forces members dead and two others wounded (in addition to five Nigerien personnel killed), the drip-drip of often-conflicting bits of information about the incident sparked numerous questions on Capitol Hill and beyond.While it may be some time before the thorough inquiry into the incident can be completed, what is clearer is why the about 800 U.S. service members are currently engaged on a mission many Americans were largely unaware of (notwithstanding the deployment notifications by both President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump) and why the West African country where these men and women serve matters to the United States....

Rising Islamic terror in Africa draws American concern

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The Borderless War The Washington Times ANALYSIS/OPINION: Thanks to a cowboy hat and a sharp tongue, a moment of fame has stretched into two moments for a Florida congresswoman. The uproar over who said what to whom when President Trump called the widow of an American soldier killed in the defense of his country becomes travesty through the dark arts of politics. Just as the United States and its allies were mopping up the ragtag remnants of the Islamic State and crushed ISIS dreams of an aggressive dominant caliphate in the Middle East, there was grim news of an ambush of that killed four American soldiers in Niger. Rep. Frederica Wilson said she eavesdropped on the call when President Trump telephoned the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson to convey the nation’s condolences. She described the president’s sentiments to Myeshia Johnson, that her husband “knew what he signed up for,”...

Terror Strikes Somalia: Car Bombs Kill At Least 25

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Terror Strikes Somalia Again: Car Bombs Kill At Least 25 Carbonated.TV An Islamist attack on a hotel in the Somali capital ended on Sunday after 25 people had been killed in a near 12-hour siege, police said, underlining the insurgents' ability to carry out deadly attacks in the heart of the city. "The death toll rises to 25 people including police, hotel guards and residents. The death toll may rise. We suspect some other militants disguised themselves and escaped with the residents who were rescued," police officer Major Mohamed Hussein told Reuters. "Three militants were captured alive and two others blew up themselves after they were shot," he added. The attack began around at 5 p.m. on Saturday with a car bomb. Gunmen then stormed the building after the bomb had destroyed its defences. The siege ended on Sunday morning. A Reuters witness saw seven bodies lying inside the hotel....

On counterterrorism, we're still fighting the last war

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by Washington Examiner Staff Ryan Greer for New America: One overarching challenge to improving counterterrorism tactics is that much of the policy revolution in the last few years has been a revolution in speech or in structure, but only rarely in funding or action, let alone in evaluation to assess what even works.For example, consider the challenge of sharing information on foreign fighters. Providing this information to Interpol may involve reducing sensitive data (e.g., intelligence derived from a war zone) to only what is appropriate for law enforcement and also may reasonably be assumed to fall into the hands of any Interpol member, including Russia, who could misuse information provided by the U.S. or other sources. ... These challenges highlight that encouraging trust among global partners is paramount, that bilateral exchanges of information are still critical for sensitive issues, and that both civil liberties and intelligence concerns must be represented...
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Keep a 'wary eye' on U.S. travel visas, Goodale tells American counterpart Ralph Goodale says some migrants are obtaining U.S. travel visas for the sole purpose of coming to CanadaBy Alison Crawford, CBC News Canada's Public Safety Minister has told his American counterpart to keep a "wary eye" on the travel visas it issues to the United States.In an interview Sunday with CBC News, Goodale said Canadian officials have identified trends where documents issued from certain U.S. embassies and consulates are being misused."We have asked them to go back upstream and examine the pattern of these travel documents being issued and how come the people to whom they were issued appear to have had no intention of staying in the United States, but were simply using the documents as vehicles to get into the United States and then make a beeline for the Canadian border," Goodale explained. While the minister...