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by Verity Ryan - The TelegraphBritain’s most senior counter-terrorism policeman has called on “every strand of our society” to unite in defeating the threat of extremism.Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner and Head of National Counter Terrorism Policing for the Metropolitan Police, said universities, retailers, councils, hospitals and the public at large could all help “join the dots” to prevent future terrorist attacks.Invoking the words of Sir Robert Peel, the founder of British policing, he said: “the police are the public, and the public are the police.” Since March, 36 people have been killed and more than 200 injured in four separate terrorist attacks on British soil. A further six attacks were foiled by the police over the same period. Speaking in Israel at  the 17th Annual Conference of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism,  Mr Rowley appealed to society at large to “come on board and be part of our collective efforts...
USA Today by Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, Opinion contributors Despite our successes, each time we have made apparent progress our adversary only moves, morphs and grows. We aren't close to winning. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 16 years ago, herculean exertions by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies have prevented another mass casualty attack on our soil, and U.S. military and intelligence operations have killed Osama bin Laden and thousands of hardened terrorists overseas. Despite these successes, each time we have made apparent progress our adversary only moves, morphs and grows, and we cannot claim to be close to winning against this persistent threat.The answer for long-term defeat lies in understanding and winning the struggle of ideas. Defeating an ideology is hard, but not impossible: By the end of the Cold War, communism was utterly discredited as a governing philosophy. The U.S. and its allies must wage a...
by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - Fortune Sixteen years after the 9/11 attacks and the onset of the “war on terror,” the jihadist movement has grown stronger in almost every measurable way. Jihadists enjoy more safe havens throughout the globe, control more territory, are at the forefront of more insurgencies, and have achieved more popular support than they did 16 years ago. The pace and lethality of terrorist attacks in Europe represents something of a nightmare scenario, with hundreds of Europeans dying in the past three years. ISIS’s mobilization of foreign fighters creates a looming security issue across dozens of countries that will have to deal with returning fighters.While the factors leading us to this alarming state of affairs are many—including ill-conceived foreign adventures and critical misreadings by analysts at key junctures, including the lead-up to the Iraq war and early on the Arab uprisings—we cannot overlook how technological advances have provided...

McCaul Releases September Terror Threat Snapshot

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Washington, D.C. – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) today released September’s Terror Threat Snapshot, a monthly assessment of the Committee’s continuing effort to highlight the growing threat America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists. Chairman McCaul: “The attack last month in Barcelona further highlights the increasingly dangerous threat that Islamist terror presents to the West. While ISIS continues to suffer heavy territorial losses in Syria and Iraq, the group has intensified calls for jihadists to carry out attacks against the West. With the so-called ‘caliphate’ deteriorating, we must ensure that America and our allies are prepared to aggressively confront this evolving threat. Now more than ever, we must be vigilant so we can best protect our homeland from those attempting to sneak in or those already radicalized at home.” Key Points: Western foreign fighters who have travelled to join ISIS continue to be of...

Paris Terror Suspects Built Bombs In Plot To Blow Up Banks

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The Daily Caller by Jacob BojessonThree people have been arrested near Paris in relation to an alleged plot to bomb a number of banks, Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said Thursday.Police were called to an apartment Wednesday and discovered TATP explosives and other material commonly used by jihadis. Two men of North African origin, including the tenant of the apartment, were arrested close to the scene. A third suspect was detained hours later.French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said the suspects deny any terror plans despite regular phone contacts with people in Syria. The explosives were instead meant to be used during bank robberies. None of them were known to authorities and they all held French passports.“They wanted to blow up banks with the TATP, but what we’re seeing is that they were linked to terrorists, so it’s more in that direction that we have to look,” Collomb told FranceInfo TV.A counter-terrorism...
South China Morning Post by Clifford Lo and Christy Leung The number of sensitive locations that Hong Kong’s elite counter terrorism officers inspect and patrol has increased threefold to 600 over the past eight years, in response to global terror attacks, the Post has learned.The revelation comes after officers from the Counter Terrorism Response Unit (CTRU) were deployed to patrol outside the Hong Kong Stadium where the Premier League Asia Trophy took place in July. Four English soccer teams – Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion – played in the tournament.That event was the first time the anti-terrorism squad had carried out patrol duties at an international event in the city, the Post understands.Elite Hong Kong police units simulate London, Berlin and Nice attacks in anti-terror drill ahead of China leaders visitSimilar deployments will take place when US singer Ariana Grande performs in Hong Kong on September...
McClatchy DC BureauBy Tim JohnsonHere's a fear that keeps counter-terrorism officials up at night: Extremists might use drones to drop dirty bombs or poison on Western cities.It could just be a matter of time before Islamic State fighters take drone usage from the battlefield in Syria and Iraq to urban areas of the West, security officials say.“I understand that an openly available drone, such as a quadcopter, which is able to hold a camera, can drop some dirty explosive device,” Friedrich Grommes, Germany’s top international terrorism official, told McClatchy on the sidelines of a national security forum.“Even if only a few people are affected, it serves completely the idea of terrorism,” Grommes added. The payload would be “something which is poisonous. It could be a chemical or whatever is commercially available.”Concerns about such tactics grew after Australian federal police said on Aug. 3 that they had disrupted an Islamic State...
by Big Island News Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), a U.S. Marine Corps facility and air station on the Mokapu Peninsula of windward O’ahu, as well as several local, state and federal agencies, are scheduled to participate in an Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (AT/FP) exercise called “Lethal Breeze” on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 12 and 13, aboard the installation.The purpose of the exercise is prepare for all hazards type incidents through development of comprehensive base safety, security and emergency response plans and routine exercises; prevent manmade threats to MCBH through successful implementation of force protection measures.There will be increase activity aboard the installation to include smoke, waterfront operations, and increased traffic on and off base.The Giant Voice system will also be used during the exercise.Exercises such as Lethal Breeze are essential to respond to manmade and natural threats in accordance with plans and procedures developed through exercise lessons learned and recover...

War on terror: If we fail, region fails: Gen Bajwa

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By Kamran Yousaf - Tribune.com.pk ISLAMABAD: Hitting back at those who are questioning Pakistan’s credentials in the fight against terrorism, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday asked the world to do more and warned that the entire region would be destabilised if Pakistan’s counter-terrorism campaign fails.In a speech delivered at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to mark Defence Day, the chief of army staff (COAS) forcefully defended Pakistan’s gains against terrorism while vehemently dismissing allegations of double-crossing anyone. “If Pakistan has not done enough against terrorism, then no country in the world has done enough,” the army chief insisted while saying that now the time had come for the world to do more. In dealing with Trump, Pakistan plays its trump cardPakistan has been in the spotlight ever since US President Donald Trump unveiled a new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia. Trump, while seeking a greater role for...

Anti-terrorism operation underway near Paris, 2 arrested

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RT.com Two men have been arrested after the discovery of explosives and bomb components at an apartment in Villejuif, a suburb of Paris, local media reports.Following a tip-off from a man doing maintenance work, police raided an apartment in the Paris suburb and found explosive materials, including the ingredients for TATP explosive, gas canisters and wire, several local media report. Earlier, the official Twitter account of Villejuif warned people to stay away from the area.“The city is asking residents to avoid the neighborhood of 8 May and around the Esselières, where traffic is currently blocked,” it said.Counterterrorism police surrounded the building, at Boulevard Chastenet-de-Géry, at around 3pm and began evacuating residents.“I am counting on the police for a delicate operation,” Villejuif mayor Franck Le Bohellec wrote on Facebook, posting a picture from the scene. TATP, or triacetone triperoxide, is an explosive compound that can be made using readily-available ingredients, including...

Social Media’s Contribution To Virtual Terrorism

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Huffington Post by Daniel Wagner In the United States social networks are considered to be public spaces and any information shared there is covered under the so-called ‘third-party doctrine’, which means that users have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding the data their service providers collect about them. Any data you post online in any format (regardless of privacy settings), or any data collected by the third parties with whom you may have an agreed-upon business relationship, is not considered private, yet many people willingly stream data and images to their ‘network’ in the mistaken belief that they are the only one who will see or have access to it.In 2010, Eric Schmidt of Google said that the world produced as much information in two days as we did from the dawn of civilization until 2003. In 2014 it was estimated that each day the world creates 2.5 quintillion bytes...
Isolated communities, segregation and unregulated schooling create ideal conditions for fostering extremism, says Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu The Independent by Ryan Wilkinson Isolated communities, segregation and unregulated schooling in the UK are a “breeding ground” for extremism and future jihadists, a counter-terrorism police chief has warned.Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said there was a “definite problem” of second-generation Britons who became radicalised through the “very toxic combination” of isolation and extremist online content.Police are dealing with nearly 600 active investigations after a “summer like no other” that saw major attacks in Manchester and London that left dozens of people dead and more than 200 injured, he said.The attacks led to a “massive spike” in the number of calls to the national terrorism hotline, trebling the number of leads.Meanwhile the number of new investigations launched since March has surged by 75% to 65, while police have foiled five attacks....

Terrorism and the copycat effect

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DW.com A new study says the more the media covers terrorism, the more we inspire copycat attacks. What's at work? Is it a conscious plan by terrorists or the psychological phenomenon known as the Werther effect? The conclusion of the study is clear: Through our daily coverage of news events, we journalists have the power to decide over the lives of others. Or to be precise: Our articles and reports can kill.Most often it's with reports about terrorist attacks, with pictures of the victims and the perpetrators, speculation about motives, background analysis, emotive language - and all this, preferably, on the front page.Michael Jetter, an economics specialist at the University of Western Australia in Perth, has been researching the relationship between the media and terrorism. Jetter's recently published study involves 61,000 acts of terrorism in 200 countries, ranging from the years 1970 to 2012, and the coverage of those events...
For The Record - The IPT Blog  by IPT News Belgian authorities investigated 58 mosques and 61 Islamic associations in 2016 in an effort to counter the spread of radical Islamist ideology, according to the country's justice minister and reported by the Brussels Times.The data suggests that one in five mosques in Belgium are a cause for concern among domestic intelligence services.Mosques in Belgium attract inspections for various reasons, including imams who may be delivering radical sermons and for particular mosque attendants who catch the eye of security agencies. State authorities focus their efforts on threats related to "extremism, the radicalisation process and terrorism."The country is increasingly targeted for terrorist attacks. On Friday, a man of Somali origin stabbed and wounded two soldiers in Brussels in an attack claimed by ISIS. He reportedly yelled "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) during the attack. One of the soldiers shot the attacker twice,...

Expert: Here's How Antifa Is 'Terrorism'

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Anarchist groups satisfy all 3 prongs of the definition' by LIAM CLANCY - WND.com WASHINGTON – An expert on terrorism says there’s really no surprise that Antifa’s campaigns should be described by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI as terrorism.Joseph Giacalone, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and a retired NYPD sergeant, explained to WND how multiple dimensions of Antifa actions qualify.“The definition of terrorism, like the act itself, continues to evolve causing much confusion in the eyes of the public,’ Giacalone said Friday. “Anarchist groups satisfy all three prongs of the definition: operate within the U.S., involved in dangerous acts that violate fed and state law and appear to intimidate or coerce a civilian population.“By stifling free speech and [the] freedom to assemble one can make an argument for coercion. Going after people by exposing them, posting addresses, listing family your...

BRICS leaders condemn terrorism in all forms

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by Xinhua XIAMEN, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- BRICS leaders deplore all terrorist attacks worldwide and condemn terrorism in all forms and manifestations, according to the Xiamen Declaration released at the ninth BRICS summit Monday. "We reaffirm that those responsible for committing, organizing, or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable," it said. In the declaration, the leaders also stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation in the fight against terrorism. The leaders call upon all nations to adopt a comprehensive approach in combating terrorism, and are committed to prevent and counter the growing spread of terrorist narratives, and to tackle all sources, techniques and channels of terrorist financing, it said. They called for swift and effective implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) international standards worldwide. "We call upon the international community to establish a genuinely broad international counter-terrorism coalition and support the UN's...

Hydrogen bomb in NKorea’s biggest nuclear test yet

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DEBKAfile Special Report North Korea celebrated its sixth and most powerful nuclear test Sunday, boasting it had launched a hydrogen bomb outfitted for intercontinental ballistic missiles. The US Geological Survey recorded a 6.3 magnitude earth tremor, felt and confirmed in Seoul and China, from North Korea’s test side in Punggye-ri in the northeast region. It was manmade and attributed to this test, which seismic experts with Norway’s Norsar believe had an explosive yield of about 120 kilotons.The Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty said the test is evidence that North Korea's nuclear program is “advancing rapidly.”Seismologists also noted a second tremor of a 4.1 magnitude, which occurred at the same location minutes after the first one and they categorized as a “collapse.”As tensions around the peninsula ratcheted up further, US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster addressed the test in an emergency phone call with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, for about...
By Brian Michael Jenkins - Fox News The National Safety Council estimates that more than 400 people may be killed in car crashes over this Labor Day holiday weekend. And it says traffic fatalities claimed the lives of an estimated 40,200 people on U.S. roads in all of 2016. Yet traffic deaths often don’t make national news, unless someone famous is involved or a large number of people are killed in a single accident.My own search of public databases shows that since the year 2000, 170 people have been killed in the entire world in about 40 attacks by cars, trucks and vans driven by terrorists and people deemed mentally unstable. That works out to an average of about four people killed per attack, although loss of life is greater in some incidents and less in others. These attacks frequently draw heavy worldwide media coverage.Why? Because psychologists tell us that...

Certain terror offences should carry longer jail terms

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by Owen Bowcott - The Guardian Maximum sentences for certain terror offences should be longer, according to the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.Max Hill QC, who took up the role three weeks before the Westminster Bridge attack, suggested the crime of failing to alert authorities to possible attacks ought to be punishable, in serious cases, by jail terms of more than five years.There is no need for fresh anti-terror laws in the aftermath of jihadist attacks in Manchester and London this year, he said, but aspects of existing laws could be amended and improved.“With the benefit of experience and hindsight it may be the case that some offences have insufficient discretionary maximum sentences, which should be reviewed,” Hill said.Section 38B of the Terrorism Act 2000, under which an individual commits an offence if they do not inform police when they believe someone is preparing acts of terrorism, is one that...
CBS NewYorkWASHINGTON  — A new warning has been issued for Americans traveling overseas to Europe.The State Department announced Thursday night that a travel alert for Europe is now extended until Nov. 30.The department said attacks in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain and Finland show that ISIS, al-Qaeda and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute attacks in European cities.“While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the Department remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks,” the State Department said. “U.S. citizens should always be alert to the possibility that terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning.”Terrorists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets and shopping malls, and local government facilities as targets. Also vulnerable are hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, and airports, the State Department reported.The State Department advises anyone traveling between...