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Exposure of minors to radical Islam is ‘alarming,’ German authorities warn.By Maxime Schlee - PoliticoGerman authorities have warned that several hundred children are at risk of Islamic radicalization and pose a “not negligible” risk to security.Children and adolescents growing up in families that follow radical Islamist teachings are “raised with an extremist worldview that legitimizes violence toward others and belittles those who do not belong to their group,” according to an analysis by Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.Children in this group show signs of “faster, earlier and more likely radicalization,” according to the report, a copy of which was seen by newspapers belonging to the Funke media group. The exposure of minors to radical Islam is “alarming” and poses a “challenge” for the years ahead, Hans-Georg Maaßen, the president of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, told the media group. Read more: https://www.politico.eu/article/radicalization-islamic-state-terrorism-radicalized-children-pose-security-risk-in-germany-report/...

Syria: 28 ISIS Fighters Killed In US-Led Strikes

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The National Dozens of ISIS terrorists were killed on Monday in strikes by the US-led coalition and allied fighters in eastern Syria, a monitoring group says."At least 28 ISIS fighters were killed in air and artillery strikes" in Deir Ezzor province, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.He said the coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, had carried out the attacks in the Bir Al Meleh region of the province, which borders Iraq.ISIS-held territory in eastern Syria has been reduced to a "small pocket" since early May, when the SDF launched the final phase of an offensive to expel the extremists from eastern Syria, he said. As the international coalition winds down its air war against ISIS, it has stopped releasing daily operational reports. In its weekly report on Monday, the coalition reported that between July 30...

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By The Associated PressADEN, Yemen (AP) — Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, is considered the most dangerous branch of the terror network after a series of failed attacks on U.S. soil.AQAP has been enmeshed in conflicts in impoverished Yemen for nearly 20 years — at times working with the government and at times facing crackdown, all the while building ties among tribes in the mountainous countryside to establish refuges and allies.___AQAP'S PREDECESSORS: What is Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula? A video explainer Read more: https://apnews.com/amp/6ae9def4aa9f43258aa80d5f61b251d0...
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USA Today Network Rochel Leah Goldblatt and Matt Spillane, Rockland/Westchester Journal News WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A 12-year-old boy is recovering and remains hospitalized days after he jumped several feet from an overpass and a police officer jumped to help him Friday. "Everything happened so fast and I think my adrenaline was pumping so high" said police Officer Jessie Ferreira Cavallo, of the Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., police department over the weekend.Ferreira, who was on her way to work in the village, was one of a few passers-by to stop to help. She said she jumped after the boy and helped him after he was unresponsive on the ground.Ferreira said she immediately parked her car on the shoulder, stuffed her pockets with first-aid materials from her car and then jumped after the boy, who she said looked like a young teenager."I wasn't thinking too much," she said. "I just knew, when I...
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Nevada Public Radio ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A teenager accused of trying to blow up a homemade backpack bomb at a St. George high school after looking at Islamic State propaganda has pleaded not guilty. The Spectrum newspaper in St. George reports the 16-year-old boy entered his plea Wednesday and is due back in court Aug. 22. The teen is charged with felony attempted murder and using a weapon of mass destruction, as well as misdemeanor graffiti and abuse of a flag. The charges were filed after the smoking backpack was found in a common area of Pine View High School in March. It failed to explode.Investigators found no known connections between the boy and the terror group. He's also charged with spray-painting "ISIS is comi_" on a Hurricane High school wall in February plus cutting up an American flag and replacing it on a flagpole with a homemade ISIS flag. Read more:...
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Middle East Monitor The United Nation’s Security Council yesterday voted to delay the reduction of troops in the peacekeeping mission in Somalia, Associated Press reported.Troops part of the African Union Mission will be permitted to deploy in Somalia until 31 May 2019 according to the unanimously adopted resolution. The measure includes a reduction to a maximum of 20,626 uniformed troops by 28 February 2019. This pushed back the withdrawal of troops from October 2018 to February 2019 with a view for Somalia’s National Army to take over security details in December 2021.“AMISOM is providing the critical space while Somalia gets its own security forces up to capacity, and we hope that that will continue,” British Ambassador Karen Pierce said.“The resolution allows for a delay in the transition of AMISOM precisely so that there’s enough time and space for the Somalis to get their house in order on the security side,”...

A suicide blast that killed at least four people in the main court building in the Libyan city of Misrata has been caught on video obtained by Ruptly. The attack, claimed by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists, was carried out by several assailants  ...
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The Hill By Hany Farid, opinion contributor The past few months have been challenging for social media companies, as a continuous stream of new revelations of internet misuse have dominated the news – privacy scandals, special user data deals with Chinese companies, antitrust violations, terrorists recruiting and inciting violence, fake news, and election meddling, to name a few.Members of the U.K. Parliament recently called Google-owned YouTube “utterly hopeless” over its handling of extremist and violent videos. A frustrated European Union Commission insisted that internet companies like Google and Facebook, must remove terrorist and other illegal content within an hour of being notified or face legislation forcing them to do so. The exasperated Germans recently began enforcing a tough hate speech law that can slap these offending multi-billion-dollar corporations with heavy fines. Tech companies rolled out big numbers earlier this year to try and convince skeptical lawmakers and advertisers that they...
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Op-Ed The Washington Diplomat By Ahmed Al Hamli and Richard BurchillIt is now one year on from the decision of four Middle East states to implement a diplomatic and trade boycott of Qatar in protest to a range of matters, foremost being Qatar’s continued support for terrorism and extremism.The boycott brought to light Qatar’s failures to adhere to its international obligations concerning the funding and support of terrorism, and its absence of international cooperation in the fight against terrorism. Resolving these failures would require Qatar to do more than pay lip service to its international obligations and cooperation in the global framework for combatting terrorism. Twelve months, on has much changed?Since the boycott, the U.S. government has made a number of announcements that allege Qatar is showing advances in cooperation for fighting terrorism, and there exists newly signed agreements between the U.S. and Qatar on dealing with terrorist matters. But...

A Global Approach to Rooting Out Terrorism

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FBI A Global Approach to Rooting Out TerrorismInternational Law Enforcement Academy Training Program Addresses Underlying Causes of Terrorism and How to Counter Violent Extremism The United States woke up to the reality of terrorism on 9/11, but many of the African nations that participated in a recent FBI-led program aimed at countering violent extremism have been fighting terror attacks on their soil for decades.“Terrorism is a global problem, and it requires a global response,” said Special Agent Rick Hernandez, who provides counterterrorism training to the FBI’s international partners. The Bureau’s highest priority is to prevent terror attacks in the United States, Hernandez noted. “But if we can prevent an act of terrorism anywhere in the world, it helps keep America safe and it helps keep our partners safe.”The recent training—conducted at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Roswell, New Mexico—included delegations from Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Angola, Botswana, and Mozambique....
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The Yeshiva World YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem In the latest IDF counter-terrorism operation in areas of Yehuda and Shomron, on Sunday night the eve of 18 Menachem Av, security forces made 20 arrests; PA (Palestine Authority) residents suspected of taking part in acts of terror and/or participating in violent confrontations with security forces.IDF soldiers took part in operations along with border police and agents of the Shin Bet, with the latter usually providing the intelligence information regarding the whereabouts of the wanted suspects. Part of the operations took place in the Efraim Brigade district, where a Hamas terrorist was arrested in Kalkilye, wanted for months for advancing planned terror attacks.Arrests were also made including Hamas terrorists affiliated with Hebron University, another hotbed of indoctrination for Islamic terrorists as are Birzeit University in the Ramallah district and other universities located in the confines of the PA. Read more: https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/israel-news/1566790/idf-arrests-20-pa-residents-in-latest-counter-terrorism-operations-in-yehuda-and-shomron.html...

Man jailed in Australia over terror plot

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The Jakarta Post News Desk      Agence France-Presse A man was jailed for 17 years Tuesday for plotting a terrorist attack in Australia after being prevented from travelling to Syria, with the judge saying he continued to hold extremist views.Agim Kruezi, 25, was arrested in 2014 and pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to one count each of preparing for terrorist acts and planning a foreign incursion.The court heard Kruezi, reportedly an Australian-born Albanian, planned to travel to Syria to fight with an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group but was stopped by customs officers and his passport was cancelled.He instead turned his attention to an attack on home soil.Broadcaster ABC said police found a loaded semi-automatic sawn-off rifle, two balaclavas, two machetes, a photocopy of a book titled Jihad, and an Islamic State flag pinned to his bedroom wall when he was arrested.Instructions to carry out beheadings were also discovered on his computer...
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ABC News 5 Cleveland by CLEVELAND - The man arrested for plotting a terrorist attack in downtown Cleveland on the Fourth of July will undergo a psych evaluation before his case moves forward.The court has ordered a psychiatric and/or psychological examination of Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts to determine his competency to stand trial and his ability to exercise his rights related to the defense of his case, according to court documents.The judge has also ordered that a report on the examination be submitted to the court and counsel — Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle Baeppler and Matthew Shepherd and Assistant Federal Public Defender Charles Fleming. The report should be completed at the earliest possible date in the interest of justice, the court documents said.A competency hearing will also be scheduled after the court and counsel receive the report, according to court documents. Read more: https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/oh-cuyahoga/man-accused-of-plotting-terrorist-attack-in-downtown-cleveland-on-july-4-to-undergo-psych-evaluation...
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AP LONDON (AP) — The Royal Navy rescued the Manchester Arena suicide bomber and his younger brother from the civil war in Libya three years before he killed 22 people at the Ariana Grande pop concert. Britain's Daily Mail reported Tuesday that the HMS Enterprise picked up Salman Abedi and more than 100 other British citizens from the Libyan coast and took them to Malta, where they flew back to the U.K. Abedi, a 22-year-old Briton of Libyan descent, blew himself up as fans were leaving Grande's concert at Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017. Twenty-two concertgoers were killed, and police say more than 800 people were left "with physical and deep psychological injuries." Abedi's brother, Hashem, is in jail in Libya. British government requests for his extradition to face trial have been refused. Read more: https://missoulian.com/entertainment/music/royal-navy-rescued-suicide-bomber-years-before-attack/article_da38defa-3d48-50ae-8cc3-ed57b1be994d.html...
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Opinion The Inquirer - Philly by Marisa Porges, For the InquirerPARIS — On the streets of Paris, police are breathing a sigh of relief.The two-year anniversary of the Nice terrorist attack, when a man associated with the Islamic State killed 86 people and injured 434 by driving a truck into large crowds watching Bastille Day fireworks, passed without incident. This despite massive parades and public gatherings across France, in honor of last weekend’s national holiday and the French soccer team’s World Cup win.For the hundreds of thousands celebrating in central Paris, the World Cup victory parade was a reminder of how a city and country can recover from a series of deadly terrorist attacks that have killed 246 people all told. For those watching from across the Atlantic, it provided lessons for how to effectively respond to the sorts of terrorist attacks that have become more and more common over...
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FDD's Long War Journal By Bill Roggio & Alexandra Gutowski For more than a decade, the United States has been engaged in air campaigns against jihadists in what the Obama administration referred to as areas “outside of active hostilities,” or active war zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. FDD’s Long War Journal tracks these counterterrorism air campaigns in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Libya from press releases, media reports and correspondence with the relevant combatant commands. LWJ has visualized this data in interactive maps and timelines, which are available online.In 2017, LWJ reported unprecedented levels of airstrikes in Somalia and Yemen. Thus far in 2018, the United States has sustained its high strike tempo in Somalia and increased transparency on its air campaign in Yemen. Strikes in Pakistan have leveled off, although press restrictions make tracking operations there difficult. In Libya, the US has targeted jihadists sparingly.SomaliaThe rate of US...
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News.com.auBRITAIN is bracing itself, with 80 terrorists expected to be free to walk the streets by Christmas — and that’s not all the bad news. Andrew Koubaridis AS MANY as 80 convicted terrorists will be free to roam British streets by the end of the year, including an Islamist preacher who urged people to join the Islamic State.The extraordinary situation has arisen because about 40 per cent of the sentences for terrorism issued between 2007 and 2016 will have ended by Christmas — meaning police are powerless to stop them walking free.Police and the government have admitted more resources will have to be pumped into keeping a close eye on the terrorists, at a time when resources are already stretched coping with a crime wave that has seen 80 killings in London so far this year.UK Security Minister Ben Wallace said police would focus on getting them to “disengage” from...
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Washington Examiner by Anna Giaritelli A man from Jordan was arrested in New York City Saturday for attempting to smuggle six Middle Easterners into the United States by way of the Mexican border, according to the Justice Department.Moayad Heider Mohammad Aldairi, who resides in Monterrey, Mexico, was taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport after disembarking an international flight. Several federal agencies accuse him of conspiring with others to smuggle six Yemeni nationals from Mexico to Texas in return for money.The criminal complaint states that the 31-year-old man started in the second half of 2017 making plans to get six people across the ocean to Central America and then up to the U.S. “The arrest of Aldairi showcases HSI’s unique ability to coordinate investigative efforts across international boundaries with multiple countries and different agencies throughout the U.S. Government,” said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations Special...

Texas Honor Killer Found Guilty

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by Clarion Project (Ed.: This is an update to a post published on July 18, 2018:) It took a jury just an hour to found guilty a Harris County, Texas man guilty of a double murder that revolved around his daughter’s love for a non-Muslim. The Texas honor killer Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, 60, apparently planned on killing five, including his own daughter.Original post:No, this isn’t a story from Pakistan or Afghanistan. We’re talking about a trial in Texas for Houston honor killings.Jordanian-American Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, 60, is on trial for capital murder, after allegedly killing two back in 2012. The victims were Irrsan’s son-in-law, Coty Beavers, and his daughter’s best friend, Gelareh Bagherzadeh, the Houston Chronicle reported. The prosecution claims Irsan murdered the pair as he was furious that his own daughter, Nesreen, wanted to marry Beavers – a local non-Muslim.One of Irsan’s two wives Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh, 40, is...

Sustaining Nigeria’s Victory Over Terrorism

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by Dickson LEADERSHIP Recent weeks have seen sections of the legacy and new media, especially the international components, hyping Boko Haram’s ambushes of government troops and attacks on military formations. These attacks are not only celebrated with some sort of twisted glee but their rendition by those that are in a hurry to push such reports is such that the valour of the Nigerian Army in repelling the attacks is often underplayed or sometimes completely ignored. The number of terrorists killed in such incursions is usually deliberately ignored such that citizens are clearly being frightened with stories that suggest that Boko Haram has the upper hand.Nothing can be farther from the truth. Prior to December 2016 when the Nigerian Army, under the leadership of Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, symbolically captured Camp Zero in Sambisa Forest, the military had rapidly degraded Boko Haram with series of strategic operations that have resulted...