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Top enlisted leader to remaining ISIS fighters: Surrender or we'll beat you to death with shovels Washington Examiner by Travis J. Tritten The military’s top enlisted leader says Islamic State fighters must surrender or face a range of violent deaths at the hands of U.S. troops, to include being shot in the face or beaten to death with entrenching tools.Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell made the threats in a tweet and Facebook post on Tuesday evening. He is the military’s senior enlisted adviser to Gen. Joe Dunford, the Joint Chiefs chairman, and its most senior noncommissioned officer. "ISIS needs to understand that the Joint Force is on orders to annihilate them. So, they have two options should they decide to come up against the United States, our allies and partners: surrender or die!" Troxell wrote on Facebook. "If they surrender, we will safeguard them to their detainee facility...
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Los Angeles Times by Ann M. Simmons When the Trump administration announced this week it was suspending military aid to Pakistan until the country takes more aggressive action against terrorist organizations that have targeted Americans, one of the groups it named was the Haqqani network. Compared to other extremist groups, it is unfamiliar to many people in the U.S.So who is Haqqani? What is the network? And what are its links to Pakistan?Jalaluddin Haqqani was an Afghan warlord and a leader of the insurgency against Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s, when he formed his Sunni Islamist militant organization, which the U.S. government did not designate as a foreign terrorist organization until 2012.Today the group is based primarily in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan, from which it conducts cross-border operations into eastern Afghanistan and Kabul, according to a counter-terrorism guide published by the U.S. government’s National Counterterrorism Center.“It...
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Miami New Times by Jerry Iannelli Few American airports shuttle more travelers out of the country than Miami International. But many travelers who've flown internationally from MIA since October have been stopped by agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and guided to a small kiosk with a camera inside that resembles an iPhone the size of a shoebox.The tiny boxes take facial scans of thousands of travelers departing from nine airports — in Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York City, Houston, D.C., and Miami. Homeland Security rolled out the so-called biometric exit technology at MIA in October, but a group of Georgetown University legal advocates released a report just before Christmas detailing the many terrifying and unanswered questions about the new data-collection program. They demanded the federal government stop needlessly collecting sensitive data on thousands, if not millions, of people exiting the country. The Georgetown legal experts...
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KTLA The Department of Homeland Security on Friday released new policies on searching electronic devices at the US border.The new policies, replacing guidance from 2009, clarify government search powers when it comes to such devices, which have exploded in both use and capability in recent years. The policies place some new restrictions on how extensively electronics can be searched, but still give latitude to US officials.The government has wide legal authority to search the belongings without a warrant of travelers at the border — a term that applies to all entry points to the US from abroad. The new policy offers guidance to US officials on to what extent, however, they can search the personal electronic devices of all travelers entering and exiting the country.The move comes amid heightened anxiety under the aggressive border policies of the Trump administration as well as recent court decisions limiting the government’s reach into...
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Worcester's police chief is one of many U.S. police officials who attended a weeklong seminar in Israel. By GEORGE BARNES Associated Press WORCESTER, Mass. — Israel and Worcester are worlds apart, but Police Chief Steven M. Sargent said there is a lot the city can learn from how terrorist threats are being addressed in the Middle East.Chief Sargent recently returned from Israel after attending a weeklong counterterrorism seminar sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League of New England. The seminar brought together members of law enforcement of every level from throughout New England to learn from senior Israeli intelligence, police and military officials about the latest methods of preventing terrorism.The Anti-Defamation League pays for training of law enforcement officials as part of its overall mission of reducing anti-Semitism and securing justice and fair treatment for all. It has been sending law enforcement officials to counterterrorism seminars in Israel since 2004.The trip coincided...

2017: A record year for US counterterrorism strikes

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FDD’s Long War Journal By Bill Roggio & Alexandra Gutowski The United States launched a record number of airstrikes in Yemen and Somalia in 2017, and more importantly has reinitiated the targeting of terrorists in Pakistan and Libya. The pattern of operations in 2017 in what the Obama administration used to call areas “outside of active hostilities” (or active war zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria) indicated that the US will continue the reinvigorated air campaign in these theaters in the coming years.The increased targeting of jihadists in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya provides proof that the Obama administration strategy to defeat terrorist groups in these countries with airpower and limited support to local governments has failed. The US has targeted Shabaab in Yemen since 2007 and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula since 2009, yet both of these al Qaeda branches maintain a robust insurgency and continue to...
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KOMO Newsby Christopher Shaw FREDERICKSON, Wash. -- A Pierce County sheriff's deputy has died after being shot during a response to a burglary in Frederickson late Sunday night, and an active manhunt is under way for his suspected shooter. According to the sheriff's office, the deputy responded at about 11:30 p.m. to a 911 call during which dispatchers could hear screaming and some type of altercation. The deputy arrived at the home on 200th St. E. and chased a suspect but was struck by gunfire during the pursuit. Police have determined that two suspects were involved in the incident. A white man was found dead at the scene but police are actively looking for another black man who is believed to be armed and dangerous, deputies said, adding they do not have a more detailed description of their suspect yet. Officials said it does appear that the suspect partially disrobed...
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By John UbaldiContributor, In Homeland SecurityISIS has commanded the attention of the United States since it burst on the international political scene in 2014. But before the U.S. can take a victory lap about its defeat of ISIS, it needs to figure out what to do next for Iraq.Throughout the 2016 presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump vowed to lift the highly restrictive rules of engagement imposed by President Obama against the Islamic State. Trump sought to fully unleash the U.S. military and destroy ISIS.This goal has been accomplished. A tactical victory has been achieved, but as far as achieving a strategic victory, the U.S. has yet to figure out how to rebuild Iraq.President Bush’s Mistakes with IraqThe past two administrations have made strategic miscalculations with regard to Iraq. For example, President George W. Bush invaded Iraq in the belief that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had developed and possessed weapons of...

Gatestone Institute: Sharia for New Year's

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by Bruce Bawer  •  Gatestone Institute The same reporters and commentators who insist that it is absurd to worry about sharia coming to the West are, in fact, ideologically arm-in-arm with those in authority who are aggressively introducing sharia-style laws in the West, prosecuting speech that violates those laws, and issuing dark warnings -- in tones unbefitting public officials in a free country -- that you had better learn to be sharia-compliant or you will be sorry. The real lesson of all this is that we had better learn to be aggressive in our resistance to this proliferation of sharia-influenced prohibitions or we will, indeed, end up being very, very sorry. Last September, a man named Mark Feigin posted five comments on the Facebook page of an Islamic center. They were not Islam-friendly. "THE MORE MUSLIMS WE ALLOW INTO AMERICA," he wrote, "THE MORE TERROR WE WILL SEE." He called...
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Omaha World-Herald By Andrew J. Nelson / World-Herald staff writer A Missouri man with connections to white supremacists has been charged with terrorism after authorities said he brought a cross-country Amtrak train to a halt last fall in rural Nebraska.Taylor M. Wilson of suburban St. Louis intended to hurt passengers, authorities said.The 26-year-old has been charged in federal court in Lincoln with terrorism attacks and other violence against mass transportation systems, according to federal court records unsealed Wednesday.The incident occurred overnight as the train traveled through Nebraska during the third weekend of October, according to law enforcement officials.A St. Charles, Missouri, resident, Wilson was a ticketed passenger on the California Zephyr, en route from California to Chicago via Omaha. Authorities believe he was headed home to Missouri.Early on Oct. 21, Wilson entered a restricted area of the train as it neared Oxford, Nebraska, and triggered the emergency brake in what...

Terror in the Workplace: How to Counter the Threat?

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Clarion Project By Pierre Spain The following article was adapted from a speech given at a conference titled Islamic Radicalism in the Workplace sponsored by FIRM (Forum on Islamic Radicalism and Management) in Paris November 16, 2017.The airline business has been a target for terrorists since the early 70’s. There were bombings on planes prior to this, but the first terrorist attack was against a Swissair aircraft in 1970 and was attributed to the PLO at the time.But the attack that shook the world and changed the face of airline security was the bombing of the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland in December of 1988.Since then, the airline industry has spent an enormous amount of money and resources on ways to protect itself. These measures were boosted hugely following 9/11 when governments became involved – in the U.S. through Homeland Security and the Transport Security Administration (TSA).There are now...

Trump: Chain migration provides a gateway for terrorism

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Outlook India - The News Scroll By Lalit K JhaWashington, Jan 4 US President Donald Trump today reiterated his resolve to end diversity visa and chain migration which he asserted provides a gateway for terrorism.There was, however, no mention of H-1B visa during his remarks on immigration. His remarks were mostly focused on illegal immigrants.            "Our current immigration system fails Americans. Chain migration is a total disaster which threatens our security and economy, and provides a gateway for terrorism. Likewise, the visa lottery is bad for our economy and very bad for security. You saw that recently in New York along the West Side Highway," Trump said."We need a physical border wall. We're going to have a wall – remember that, we're going to have a wall – to keep out deadly drug dealers, dangerous traffickers and violent criminal cartels. Mexico's having a tremendous problem with crime and we want...
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The Straits Times WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD • The United States has accused Pakistan of playing a "double game" on fighting terrorism, and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to maintain US aid."They can do more to stop terrorism, and we want them to do that," White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Tuesday.The White House said it would likely announce actions to pressure Pakistan within days, shortly after US Ambassador Nikki Haley said at the United Nations that Washington would withhold US$255 million (S$339 million) in assistance to Pakistan. "There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years," Ms Haley told reporters."They work with us at times, and they also harbour the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan."That game is not acceptable to this administration. We expect far more cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism."The comments followed...
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  USNews.comDUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish police are investigating whether the fatal stabbing of a Japanese man in a series of apparently random and unprovoked attacks in the northeastern town of Dundalk on Wednesday is related to terrorism.Police arrested an 18-year-old Egyptian man on suspicion of the murder of the 24-year-old Japanese man who had been living in Ireland for the past year. Two other men were injured in the attacks that took place shortly before 0900 GMT, police said."A terror attack is a line of enquiry - it is certainly a line that we would look at," Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan told a news conference, adding police would be aiming to check the suspect's background and why he was in Ireland. Read more: https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-01-03/irish-police-investigating-whether-fatal-stabbing-linked-to-terrorism...

The Islamization of Britain in 2017

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"I think we are heading towards disaster." by Soeren Kern  - Gatestone Institute Reports of alleged links between Islamic charities and terrorism or extremism surged to a record high, according to the Charity Commission, a charity watchdog. Azad Ali, an Islamist who has said that he supports killing British soldiers, was named a director of Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend), a controversial Muslim pressure group which advises the British government. Ali said that the jihadist attack at Westminster on March 22, 2017 was not an act of terrorism. "Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections." — Manchester-born singer Morrissey. The British government refused to say whether telling people about Christianity could be a hate crime. Lord Pearson of Rannoch said that when he raised a...
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by Michael Hart - Geopolitical MonitorSince ISIS burst onto the scene after rampaging through northern Syria and Iraq more than three years ago, Southeast Asia’s Muslim-majority countries have been concerned that the new wave of terrorism would eventually spread to their region.These fears have indeed been realized: a deadly gun and bomb attack rocked Jakarta, killing four civilians in January 2016; whilst last year, ISIS-inspired militants laid siege to the southern Philippine city of Marawi for more than five months, resulting in hundreds of deaths and brazenly confirming the arrival of a dangerous new era of jihadism in Southeast Asia.Malaysia is one Southeast Asian country that’s taking the threat particularly seriously. There is a very real risk of fighters returning from Syria, Iraq, and Marawi launching attacks in Malaysia, in addition to the threat emanating from ISIS’ online recruitment and radicalization efforts aimed at inspiring sympathizers to carry-out low-tech, lone-wolf...
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ABC News 7 NEW YORK (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced new measures to prevent vehicle ramming terror attacks in New York City.Starting later this month, the city will begin installing more than 1,500 new permanent bollards in Times Square and other public spaces.The metal stations are meant to address the threat of vehicle borne terror attacks and keep pedestrians safe."These bollards will make sure vehicles can never come into places where pedestrians are," de Blasio said.The mayor mentioned the Halloween terror attack, in which alleged ISIS sympathizer Sayfullo Saipov allegedly drove a rented truck into pedestrians on the jogging path adjacent to the Hudson River."When a vehicle plows into a group of innocent pedestrians, it's disgusting," de Blasio said.The mayor also mentioned what happened in Times Square in May, when Richard Rojas, a Navy veteran allegedly high on drugs, plowed through a crowded sidewalk, killing an...
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An air force helicopter was blown to pieces in a by-the-book military operation that could have seen two senior ministers killed. This was the latest in a string of attacks that could force Egypt – and Israel – to respond by Amos Harel A video released late last week by Wilayat Sinai, the Islamic State offshoot in the Sinai Peninsula, got relatively little attention in the Israeli media. It shows a Kornet anti-tank missile being fired at an Egyptian air force helicopter parked at the military airport near Al-Arish. To the calls of “Allahu Akbar,” the missile hits the helicopter and blows it to smithereens.The explosion killed three people – one of the pilots, a security guard and the bureau chief of Egyptian Defense Minister Sedki Sobhy. The incident documented was not a terror attack, but an assassination attempt. The precision strike took place during a visit to the base...
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Express TURKISH warplanes and artillery obliterated 100 ISIS targets hours after a gunman from the terror group slaughtered 39 New Year’s Eve party goers inside an Istanbul nightclub. By Jack Warren Aerial footage shows aircraft flattening Islamic State hideouts with missiles close to the towns of al-Bab, Tadif and Bazgah in the north of the war-torn country.Turkey’s military reported it had been successful in wiping out 22 of the group’s militants as part of its on going operation dubbed “Euphrates Shield”.Huge explosion can be seen as Turkish forces devastated targets with the help of Russian forces on Monday. The latest bombardment in the four-month campaign came as Turkish officials continued their manhunt for the nightclub killer. A gunman dressed as Father Christmas stormed the Reina venue in Istanbul and opened fire on clubbers celebrating the start of 2017.After shooting victims outside the nightclub, the attacker entered the club and started...
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Forbes by  Michael Goldstein This is the time of year when journalists look back at the year that was.  And while terrorism seemed to ebb somewhat from previous years, a number of violent attacks took the lives of innocent travelers. While in the West mass casualty events did not reach the level of the Bataclan shooting in Paris in 2015 (130 dead) or the 2016 Nice truck rampage (86 dead), there were still a number of high profile attacks in 2017Terrorist attacks on tourist destinations included the Westminster Bridge attack (5 dead), a van ramming in London (7 dead) a subway bombing in Saint Petersburg (12 dead) and a Stockholm truck attack (5 dead). One of the most notorious attacks took place in Manchester on May 22. The bombing, at a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande, left 22 dead.Another notorious attack, a van ramming on Los Ramblas in...