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Iran in Flames: US Sanctions Pit People Against Regime

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Iran in Flames: US Sanctions Pit People Against Regime The Clarion Project By Ran Meir Iran is in flames with protests against the regime foreign terror spending, perceived to be the cause of the deteriorating economic situation in Iran.America has heavily sanctioned Iran for its recalcitrant funding of international terror, putting an enormous pinch on the Iranian economy.Massive protests erupted over the weekend after the Iranian government announced a 50 percent hike in gas prices as well as gasoline rationing.See our infographic below on just how much Iran is spending financing terror in the Middle East.Protesters took to the street in at least 53 cities. In some locations, security forces used snipers and opened fire on the protesters using live ammunition.At press time, at least 36 protesters were killed and more than 1,000 arrested.Demonstrators could be heard chanting against the regime: “No Gaza. No Lebanon. I give my life for...
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ABC News US and Australian hostages held by Taliban for over 3 years released in prisoner swapBy James Gordon Meek and Jon Hawthorn An American and Australian professor who were kidnapped in Afghanistan and held hostage for more than three years have been released by the Taliban in a prisoner swap aimed at restarting peace negotiations between the United States and the Afghan militant organization. American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks were both professors at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul when they were ambushed and abducted by gunmen while leaving the campus in August 2016. They had appeared in a proof-of-life video looking gaunt and disheveled in January 2017 requesting then-President-elect Donald Trump secure their release by agreeing to a deal."We are so happy to hear that my brother has been freed and is on his way home to us," King's sister, Stephanie Miller, said in a...

Rebalancing counterterrorism

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The Hindu Rebalancing counterterrorism by Arzan Tarapore How should India respond to the next terrorist attack sponsored by Pakistan? Future attacks are inevitable — the sponsorship of cross-border terrorism is a core tenet of Pakistan’s security strategy, even as Kashmiri militancy is increasingly dominated by radicalised locals. The BJP-led government has repeatedly declared that it will emulate Israel’s apparently successful strategy in responding to cross-border terrorism. But the government’s fetishisation of Israeli counterterrorism mischaracterises Israeli strategy. New Delhi risks overemphasising the showy but narrow role of military punishment, and it elides other elements of strategy, which Israel itself has embraced, that are critical to counterterrorism effectiveness.India’s military responses in 2016 and 2019 were framed as attempts to impose costs on the Pakistani terrorist groups and their Army backers. But such minor actions have marginal material impact on the target; at best they may have killed fighters and temporarily damaged a...

Chicago Gang Leader Accused Of Supporting ISIS

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Fox News Chicago Gang Leader Accused Of Supporting ISIS By Morgan Phillips The leader of a street gang in a Chicago suburb was arrested for allegedly attempting to aid ISIS, the Justice Department announced Friday.Jason Brown, also known as “Abdul Ja’Me,” allegedly provided $500 to an individual three separate times in 2019, believing that the recipient would then wire that money to an Islamic State (ISIS) soldier in Syria, according to the federal complaint.In a recorded conversation obtained by the Justice Department, Brown can be heard saying, “it [jihad] cannot be done like it is in Syria. In the U.S., jihad is done by spreading the word of Islam.”What Brown, 37, did not know was that the individual with whom he was dealing was working with law enforcement; the supposed ISIS fighter was an undercover officer.   Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/us/chicago-gang-leader-accused-of-supporting-isis...

American Held In Turkey As ISIS Suspect Returns To US

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Associated Press American Held In Turkey As IS Suspect Returns To US By MATTHEW LEE WASHINGTON (AP) — An American citizen alleged by Turkey to be an Islamic State member has returned to the United States.According to a government report obtained by The Associated Press, federal authorities questioned the man when he arrived Friday night at Dulles International Airport in Virginia and inspected his electronic devices.The report says he was allowed to enter the country en route to visit relatives in Texas.Media in Turkey have identified the man as 39-year-old Muhammad Darwis B.Turkey deported him after he spent five days in no man’s land between Turkey and Greece, where he had asked to be sent. Repatriation began after the U.S. agreed to accept him and provided travel documents. Read more: https://apnews.com/cad53e8403754f17b84fe1f8c440810b...
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ISIS Returnees to be Placed Under Close Monitoring in Germany Asharq Al-Awsat Nine German nationals suspected of supporting ISIS who are being deported from Turkey this week will not face immediate arrest when they return, German security sources have said.The sources said Wednesday there was insufficient evidence for warrants to be issued against the nine, prompting criticism from opposition politicians who said the deportations have caught the government unprepared.The deportees, who are due to arrive on Thursday or Friday, include a family of seven from Hildesheim -- a town in central Germany that has in the past been a focus of police raids against extremists.The father is a German of Iraqi origin referred to by the sources only by his first name, Kanan, and is known to be a radical, the sources said. Read more: https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1991041/isis-returnees-be-placed-under-close-monitoring-germany...

ISIS returnees cloud anniversary of Paris attacks

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Islamic State returnees cloud anniversary of Paris attacks Stars and StripesBy LORI HINNANT, Associated Press PARIS — France commemorated the fourth anniversary of the Islamic State attacks that struck the heart of Paris with a solemn reading Wednesday of the names of 131 dead, and the growing certainty that the group’s recruits will return home in increasing numbers.Three squads made up almost entirely of French and Belgian fighters for the Islamic State attacked the country’s national stadium, the Bataclan concert hall, and bars and restaurants in the city center, in the deadliest attack committed by the group in Europe. All but one of the attackers died.Wednesday’s commemorations of the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks were clouded by the impending return of more European recruits for the Islamic State — many of them women and their children. Turkey’s president has promised to deport foreign supporters of the group, even if their home...
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Voice of America Life Under Islamic State: Abducted, Trained and Forced to Fight  By Heather Murdock KHANKE, IRAQ - As Islamic State militants lost their territorial holdings in Iraq and Syria, VOA chronicled the events through the words of the victims, in a 12-part series called "Life Under Islamic State."Now we bring you voices of victims who were silenced until recently. Officials estimate nearly 3,000 Yazidi people remain missing after being captured and enslaved by IS.When Daoud was 15, he was kidnapped, trained and forced to fight for the militant group. He was imprisoned after the final battles.  These are his words, told to us in the tent where he lives with his brother in an informal refugee camp. They are are translated into English and edited for clarity.It was August 3, 2014 and we were preparing to flee when the militants captured us. My sister, mother, father and five...
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Fox News Missouri Man From Bosnia Who Aided ISIS Gets 8-Year Prison Term, Faces Deportation A Missouri man who came to the U.S. from Bosnia was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison for supporting terrorists, including an ISIS leader in Syria.Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, 45, of St. Louis County, pleaded guilty last spring to backing Bosnian-American Abdullah Ramo Pazara, who left Missouri for Syria in 2013 and died fighting for ISIS, authorities said. Hodzic sent cash and military equipment to several Middle Eastern countries and Pazara between 2013 and 2015 that furthered ISIS’s efforts, prosecutors said.His attorney asked for a lighter sentence, saying Hodzic mostly sent Pazara supplies like socks and that he loved the United States, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.Three of Hodzic’s co-defendants have already been sentenced. His wife and another defendant who pleaded not guilty await sentencing. Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/us/missouri-man-sentenced-to-8-years-for-supportign-isis...
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Business Insider A Federal Judge Ruled That New Jersey-Born, ISIS-Bride Hoda Muthana Is Not A US Citizen by  Rosie Perper A federal judge on Thursday ruled that Hoda Muthana, a 25-year-old woman born in New Jersey who joined ISIS in 2014, is not a US citizen.  Hoda Muthana is currently staying in a refugee camp in Syria with her young son. Her family sued the US government in order to have Muthana and her son recognized as US citizens so they could return home.  On Thursday, the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that there was sufficient evidence to indicate that Muthana was born while her father held diplomatic status in the US.  The Department of Justice has said that because Muthana's father, a former Yemeni diplomat, was under diplomatic protection at the time of her birth, she did not obtain US citizenship by birth. A federal judge...
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Clarion Project To Dodge Border Crisis, NY Times Pins Cartel Killings on Religion Breaking news coming out of Mexico detailed the horrific cartel killings of an American family, which, astonishingly, The New York Times tried to pin on (get ready for it) fundamentalist religion. Specifically, the Mormon faith.An American family living in Mexico was ambushed and massacred by a cartel, with three women and six children murdered. The scene as described by surviving family members is horrific:    “They described a terrifying scene in which one child was gunned down while running away, while others were trapped inside a burning car. Two of the children killed were less than a year old, the family members said. The car they were in with their mother was set ablaze.”In one article, the family is described as being part of a “fundamentalist Mormon community,” while in another the spotlight is on the victims’ faith.In...

Sweden's 100 explosions this year: What's going on?

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Sweden's 100 explosions this year: What's going on? BBC News By Maddy Savage Stockholm When three explosions took place in one night across different parts of Stockholm last month, it came as a shock to residents. There had been blasts in other city suburbs, but never on their doorstep.Swedish police are dealing with unprecedented levels of attacks, targeting city centre locations too. The bomb squad was called to deal with 97 explosions in the first nine months of this year."I grew up here and you feel like that environment gets violated," says Joel, 22.The front door of his apartment block in the central Stockholm neighbourhood of Sodermalm was blown out and windows were shattered along the street.Who is to blame?This category of crime was not even logged prior to 2017. Then, in 2018, there were 162 explosions and in the past two months alone the bomb squad have been called...

Trump Says US On The Hunt For New Islamic State’s Leader

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Associated Press By LOLITA C. BALDOR WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that America now has its eye on a new Islamic State leader, telling the Economic Club of New York that “we know where he is.”Trump didn’t mention the name of the new target, but he is likely referring to Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the man who has been named to replace Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as head of the terror group. Al-Baghdadi took his own life last month as U.S. commandoes closed in on him in northern Syria.In a speech Tuesday, Trump said the U.S. got al-Baghdadi, then got “his second” and now, “we have our eye on his third. His third has got a lot of problems because we know where he is, too.”Little is publicly known about al-Qurayshi, and the group typically identifies its leaders using pseudonyms that refer to their tribal affiliation and lineage....
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The Guardian Alleged militant deported as part of Turkey’s drive to expel foreign jihadists in its custody An alleged American member of Islamic State, stranded for a second day on the border between Greece and Turkey after Turkey expelled him, is “not our problem”, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said.The man, named by the Turkish news agency Demiroren as Muhammed Darwis B, is believed to be a US citizen of Jordanian descent. He was deported on Monday as part of Turkey’s controversial new policy to deport foreign jihadists in its custody.A Turkish official told AFP that he had refused to be returned to the US and instead asked to be sent to Greece. Athens said he was refused entry when he tried to cross the no man’s land between the two countries to the Greek town of Kastanies. He is reported to have spent the night outside and...
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Live: Several Israelis injured as Islamic Jihad continues firing rockets By JERUSALEM POST STAFF Israel came under heavy rocket fire Tuesday morning after the Air Force bombed a building in the Gaza Strip in a targeted strike which killed Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Leader Bahaa Abu al-Ata.Rocket sirens sounded in Israeli towns surrounding the Gaza Strip including Ashkelon, Ashdod and Gedera as two different barrages of rockets slammed into Israel. As of 1 p.m. Israel time, more than 150 rockets were launched and more than 50 intercepted, according to the IDF.Several Israelis have been injured, including an eight-year-old girl who collapsed while running for shelter in Holon. She was evacuated to Wolfson hospital in serious condition.The following is a list of red alerts and rocket interceptions in real time: Read more: https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Rocket-sirens-sound-near-Gaza-Strip-after-assassination-607581...
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Q13 FOX The FBI will join the investigation into an attack that killed 9 Mormon family members in Mexico by CNN Wire The FBI is taking part in the investigation into an attack that left nine people dead last week in Mexico near the US border.Three women and six children, all of the Mormon faith, were shot dead in the mountains on November 4 when suspected drug cartels opened fire on a remote dirt road in Sonora state. The victims were dual citizens of Mexico and the United States.“The FBI will be providing assistance at the invitation of the Mexican government with the investigation into the recent attack against American citizens,” the FBI said in a statement. “The FBI remains committed to working alongside our international partners to help bring justice to the perpetrators of this heinous act of violence.”Mexico’s foreign ministry sent an invitation to the FBI to assist...

Israel Kills Senior Islamic Jihad Leader In Gaza

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By Patrick Smith, Paul Goldman, Lawahez Jabari and Rachel ElbaumNearly 200 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Tuesday hours after an Israeli airstrike targeted and killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza in the most serious escalation of violence in months.The Israeli airstrike in northern Gaza killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife, as Islamic Jihad vowed further revenge.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement Tuesday that Abu el-Atta was the mastermind of many recent attacks against Israel and was a "ticking bomb."Image: The home of Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu Al-AttaThe home of Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander Bahaa Abu el-Atta after it was hit by an Israeli strike that killed him in Gaza City on Tuesday.Mohammed Salem / ReutersLess than two hours after the strike, sirens sounded in central and southern Israel warning of incoming rockets from Gaza. Around 50 rockets...
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USA Today This Veterans Day, know that the U.S. military is losing to the war called suicide Last year, 325 active-duty troops took their own lives, a rate of 24.8 per 100,000. The civilian rate is 18 per 100,000. Crisis cries out for a fresh approach: Our view The Editorial Board As Americans honor veterans this holiday, it’s vital to remember the silent war being waged in homes and barracks and countless other places where soldiers, past and present, are dying by the thousands every year. They’re killing themselves in a war of self-destruction that the United States is losing.The tide of this struggle turned years ago, after the Sept. 11 attacks, when America’s all-volunteer military — a force of fixed and limited size, unable to expand through conscription — was pressed into fighting two extended wars at once, in Afghanistan and Iraq.The resulting strain was unprecedented. Amid a daily...
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In honor of Veterans Day: The wildest stories behind Texas' Medal of Honor recipientsBy Peter Dawson, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest award for valor in combat.The actions and deeds of its recipients have been re-created in books, video games and movies like "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" (1944), "The Longest Day" (1962) and "Black Hawk Down" (2001). Fictional characters such as Forrest Gump and Rambo have been its standard bearers in film.Over the course of the United States' history, a number of native Texans have earned the distinction.The first medal was awarded back during the early days of the Civil War on March 25, 1863 to Private Jacob Parrott. The last award of the Medal of Honor was made October 30, 2019 to Sergeant Mathew O. Williams.Over time, the criteria for receiving the medal grew more rigorous. Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/In-honor-of-Veterans-Day-These-are-the-wildest-14825500.php...

The Fractured Terrorism Threat to America

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The Fractured Terrorism Threat to America LAWFARE By Seamus Hughes, Devorah Margolin The Islamic State and its formerly held territory are no longer the incandescent bug lamp for the jihadist scene. The organization has lost both its caliphate and its caliph in recent months. Although its remnants in Iraq and its affiliates in countries across the globe attempt to keep its radiance bright, when looking to understand the implications of recent events in the American context, it is clear that the jihadist threat has become fractured, with new and old hazards facing the United States concurrently.The next iteration of the jihadist movement in the United States will be, as then-National Counterterrorism Director Matthew Olsen told Congress back in 2011, a “more diffuse and diversified threat.” This is as true today as it was almost a decade ago. The threats to the United States will be similar to those we faced...