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US citizens travelling to the UK and Europe are put on high alert for threat of terrorist attacks over Christmas US State Department has updated advice citizens over travel at Christmas Said travellers should be 'alert' to threats after series of attacks in festive season  Police have been in evidence at Christmas markets in UK but no specific threat   By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline The United States has put its citizens on high alert about the threat of terror attacks in Europe over Christmas. Washington has stepped up advice to travellers after a series of atrocities this year - with fears extremists could strike again during the festive season. The announcement today comes with security services in the UK in a state of high vigilance.  Police have been in evidence at Christmas markets this week, although there is not thought to be any specific intelligence. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5091179/US-warns-Christmas-terror-threat-Europe.html...
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By Nicole Chavez and Alaa Elassar, CNN (CNN) School fire drills became popular decades ago after several deadly fires triggered changes in safety codes. Today, teachers and children are preparing for something entirely different: mass shootings.A gunman tried to break into a remote Northern California elementary school on Tuesday but officials say, the quick action of school officials "saved countless lives and children."The building went on lockdown, a teacher rushed to block a classroom's door with a computer and students ducked under their desks. Those responses have become the new normal as more schools are being forced to adapt to more elaborate safety measures. Two thirds of schools in the US conduct active-shooter exercises and nearly all of them have a plan if a shooter comes into the school, the Government Accountability Office found in a recent survey of schools."I think everybody, no matter where you are, needs to think...

Israel Sees Rising Threat From Iran After ISIS

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Like Islamic State, Iran and Hezbollah call for Israel’s destruction—but they have greater military capability By Yaroslav Trofimov - The Wall Street JournalJERUSALEM—While much of the world celebrates the impending defeat of Islamic State, Israeli officials look at Syria and see little reason for joy. To them, a lesser enemy is being supplanted by a far more dangerous one—Iran and its allies.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is consolidating control, and his forces—aided by Iran and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah—are eliminating Islamic State’s final pockets in the country while inching closer to the Israeli-held Golan Heights.“Every place we see ISIS evacuating, we see Iran taking hold,” warned Sharren Haskel, an Israeli lawmaker from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party. “We have been dealing with this threat of Iran through Hezbollah on our northern border [with Lebanon], and we would not want to see the same setup on our Syrian border.” Like Islamic...
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by Bart Jansen, USA TODAY Technology used in the medical field for years may soon revolutionize screening of carry-on bags at airports — bolstering security while dramatically cutting bottlenecks at checkpoints — with an expansion of testing planned for New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in January.Computed-tomography (CT) machines being tested at airports in Phoenix and Boston allow Transportation Security Administration screeners to rotate a three-dimensional image of a suspicious object without opening up a bag, meaning travelers can whisk through faster without removing items such as laptops and small containers of liquids.CT machines produce crisper images than standard X-rays and can automatically detect explosives by their density, which ease concerns about screeners missing suspicious items.The country's largest carrier, American Airlines, has been a pioneer in testing the machines and plans to install one after the holidays in coordination with TSA at JFK, the country's fifth-busiest airport with an...
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By Kris Van Cleave CBS News Experts working with Homeland Security hacked into Boeing 757There's some unsettling news about one of America's most widely-used jetliners.In a test, experts working with Homeland Security hacked into a Boeing 757. The team of researchers needed only two days in September 2016 to remotely hack into a 757 parked at the airport in Atlantic City, New Jersey.Speaking at a conference this week, Robert Hickey of the Department of Homeland Security said his team used "typical stuff that could get through security" and hacked into the aircraft systems using "radio frequency communications.""The 757 hasn't been in production since 2004, but the aging workhorse is still flown by major airlines like United, Delta and American," said Mark Rosenker, the former chair of the National Transportation Safety Board.President Trump's personal jet is a 757. So is the plane Vice President Pence often uses -- including on his...
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The updated summary suggests drones could be used against the U.S. “outside the conflict zones.” By Ashley Burns - Flying On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a six-month extension of the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin, marking the third time it has been reissued since its release in December 2015. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said she made the decision “with input from intelligence and law enforcement partners,” echoing the Bulletin’s summary in her official statement.“Our enemies remain focused on attacking the United States, and they are constantly adapting,” she explained. “DHS and its partners are stepping up efforts to keep terrorists out of America and to prevent terrorist recruitment and radicalization here at home, and we urge the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity.”The Bulletin focuses on the use of technology in attacks on the U.S., including unmanned aerial systems (UAS),...
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DW Even as terrorism-related deaths drop dramatically in some parts of the world, fatalities in OECD countries have reached a 16-year high. Research Director of the Global Terrorism Index Daniel Hyslop tells DW why.   The study by the Institute for Economics and Peace shows terrorism fell significantly in the worst-affected countries — Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria — bringing down global casualty figures. The report went on to call 2016 a "turning point" in the fight against radical Islamist extremism. The "Islamic State" (IS) was the "main driver" for a rise in deaths in Europe and other developed countries. The group was linked to 75 percent of deaths from terrorism in OECD nations since 2014. The rise in European deaths coincides with a tactical shift towards simpler and cheaper methods of attack.   Daniel Hyslop, Research Director at the Institute for Economics and Peace, talks to DW about global changes in terrorism-related deaths.  ...

Timeline of recent terror attacks against the West

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Brooke Singman | Fox News The New York City attack is the latest in a series of recent terror strikes aimed at the West. Here is a timeline of recent terror attacks in Europe and the United States: Oct. 31, 2017: Truck rams into cyclists, pedestrians in New York City Sayfullo Saipov, 29, from Uzbekistan, allegedly drove a rented truck into a crowd of pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path near the World Trade Center in Manhattan. The attack killed 8 people and injured at least 12 others. New York City officials later confirmed the attack was carried out in the name of ISIS. Sept. 15, 2017: Terror on the tube At least 22 people were injured when an apparent bucket bomb exploded on a London subway, causing mass panic and flash burns. Aug. 17, 2017: Van ramming in Barcelona A van attack killed 14 people in Barcelona, while another...

Lebanon's Fall Would Be Iran's Gain

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Gatestone Institute by John R. Bolton Almost unnoticed in the coverage of President Trump's Asia trip, Lebanon is slipping under Iran's control. On November 3, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, resigned, citing fears of assassination by Hezbollah, the Shia Muslim terrorist group funded and controlled by Iran. No one can say Hariri's fears are unjustified since his father, former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, was murdered in 2005 — almost certainly at Syrian or Iranian direction.While the full ramifications of Saad Hariri's resignation remain to be seen, Tehran's ayatollahs have now significantly extended their malign reach in the Middle East. This is bad for the people of Lebanon; bad for Israel, with which Lebanon shares a common border and a contentious history; bad for Arab states like Jordan and the oil-producing Arabian Peninsula monarchies; and bad for America and its vital national interests in this critical region. In...

Dutch woman convicted of terrorism for joining IS

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22-year-old convert to Islam receives 2-year prison sentence for traveling to Syria to join terror group with her partner, children by AFP    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch court sentenced a young woman to two years in prison Monday for traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State terror group in one of the first such cases in the Netherlands.“The court considers it proven that she planned to prepare and promote terrorist activities,” the Rotterdam District Court said.“Therefore she is sentenced to two years in jail of which 13 months are suspended for three years,” the court said in a statement.Because the woman, Laura Hansen, already spent another year in detention, she will effectively not go back to jail, the judges added.She was also acquitted of belonging to the IS terror group, the Dutch news agency ANP said.The 22-year-old convert to Islam was arrested when she flew back to Amsterdam’s...

The Afghan Taliban is promoting its 'Special Forces Unit'

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Business Insider UK by Bill Roggio, The Long War Journal The Afghan Taliban recently promoted its “Special Forces Unit” that purportedly is operating in the eastern Afghan province of Laghman. Since 2015, the Taliban has advertised its so-called “Special Forces Unit” which is known to have operated in southern Afghan provinces.These six photos of the “Special Forces Unit” operating in Laghman province were released by the Taliban on its official Telegram account on Nov. 1. The Taliban special forces are seen wearing new uniforms and chest rigs, and are photographed with a captured Afghan Army HUMVEE. The images were captured during the daylight.In 2015, Taliban supporters began circulating photographs online purporting to show a Taliban “Special Forces Unit” training camp somewhere in Afghanistan. The pictures showed dozens of Taliban recruits partaking in physical exercises and weapons training. The recruits were seen training with handguns, heavy machine guns, and what looks...
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New Orleans Mayor Seeking More Federal Counter-Terrorism, Crime Funding Occupational Health & Safety "Local police departments don't have the funding, training, or equipment to fully protect our country from terrorists," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. "We need more police officers on the streets with the tools to do both community policing and homeland security support."Citing terrorist attacks and mass shootings in New York City and Sutherland Springs, Texas, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu sent a letter this week to the two U.S. senators from Louisiana, Republicans John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, calling for increased funding for counter-terrorism efforts and crime fighting."Whether a terrorist attack comes from a radicalized lone wolf or a coordinated cell, local and state police officers are now the tip of the spear in the domestic fight against both terrorism and violence. The ever-changing threat from terrorism and violence inside our country threatens cities of all sizes, with...
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SBS Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte hold their first ever bilateral meeting at the East Asia Summit in Manila. Reuters - SBS WiresMalcolm Turnbull intends to rally world leaders to turn the tap off for money laundering schemes flowing to North Korea's weapons program and Islamic State militants.The prime minister touched down in Manila, the Philippines capital, on Sunday afternoon for the East Asia Summit, which coincides with the larger Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting, to be greeted by a ceremonial dance party welcome on the tarmac.The region's premier strategic forum is convened at a time of great global insecurity and uncertainty, Mr Turnbull said. "I will urge world leaders to implement meaningful, practical measures to bring North Korea to its senses and prevent the spread of terrorism," he said.Stamping out illegal financing underpinning Pyongyang's weapons program and IS militants is crucial."We must tighten the...

France charges 8 suspects after counterterrorism sweep

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ABC News   By Thomas Adamson, Associated Press   PARIS — The Paris prosecutor's office says preliminary terrorism charges have been handed to eight suspects in a French-Swiss counterterrorism sweep earlier this week.   A judicial official, who spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity as he was not allowed to comment publicly on the arrests, said the eight were charged for association with a terrorist network. Seven are in custody and one is under judicial supervision.   Ten people suspected of using encrypted social networks to prepare a possible attack were arrested Tuesday during operations in France and Switzerland aimed at clarifying details of an alleged plot.   The suspects are being questioned following searches of properties in the Paris suburbs and in southeastern France. Officials say some of the suspects previously had been flagged for alleged Islamic radicalization.   Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/france-charges-suspects-counterterrorism-sweep-51082060...
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AXIOS by Shannon Vavra UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that even as ISIS and its terror cells suffer military and territorial defeats in the Middle East, "their ability to upload and re-upload" propaganda "has remained consistent." Why it matters: Rudd, who has criticized tech companies in the past for not doing enough to collaborate with governments to access encrypted material in the wake of terrorism events, said tech companies can and should play a role in helping governments around the world to police terrorist content. That includes helping to identify that content and take it down in time to help thwart attacks on our soil. "What we have now is an online arms race. And we need our best technical experts to step up to the challenge." Keep reading 136 words The future of terrorism online, according to Rudd, who was speaking at a New America event Thursday evening,...

ISIS Hacks 800 School Websites Across the US

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By Clarion Project Eight hundred school websites across the U.S. were hacked by ISIS on Monday, November 7.The hack lasted close to two hours, during which time visitors to the sites were redirected to a YouTube video with Arabic audio and pictures of Saddam Hussein. Text also appeared which read, “I love Islamic State (ISIS).”The websites are all hosted by a company called School Desk (schooldesk.net) and are all connected to a server in Georgia.School Desk has given a copy of the server to the FBI. Some schools have also hired outside security firms to help track down the hackers.All the affected websites have been shut down to aid the FBI in its investigation.“You always think it happens somewhere else, and now it’s hitting home,” said Nicole Tierney, who is connected to a school in New Jersey whose site was hacked.Read more: https://clarionproject.org/isis-hacks-800-school-websites-across-us/...
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By Robert Spencer - Jihad WatchThis is more of the idiocy that results from believing that “Islamophobia” is more of a threat than jihad terror. Find out just how corrosive and dangerous this false view is in my new book Confessions of an Islamophobe — preorder your copy here.CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. CAIR officials have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements about how Islamic law should be imposed in the U.S. (Ahmad denies this, but the original reporter stands by her story.) CAIR chapters frequently distribute pamphlets telling Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement. CAIR has...

"Allahu Akbar": Islamic Battle Cry

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  by A. Z. Mohamed  •  Gatestone Institute What the phrase "Allahu Akbar" actually means is that "Allah is greater" than any other god. When recited, it empowers Muslims, making them feel superior to the rest of mankind. "Allahu Akbar" has, in fact, been a jihadist tool since the early years of Islam. Muslims do use it in various benign situations, as well. When it is shouted publicly as an expression of rage, however, particularly during an attack on others, it is intended to intimidate or threaten; its purpose is to emphasize that the assault is being committed on behalf of Allah -- submitting to his command to kill enemies -- and in the expectation of the reward of eternal paradise. When mainstream media outlets in the West whitewash a key tenet of Islam -- jihad in the name of Allah -- these "fellow travelers" are both enabling the problem...
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The Independent Al-Qaeda figurehead calls on supporters to 'take revenge on the Americans'by Lizzie Dearden Osama bin Laden’s son has called for jihadis to avenge his father’s death with terror attacks targeting the US in a new speech.“I invite Muslims generally to take revenge on the Americans, the murderers of the Sheikh [Bin Laden], specifically from those who participated in this heinous crime,” he said in an audio recording released by al-Qaeda’s propaganda channels.Hamza’s brother Khalid was killed alongside his father and three others during Sea Team Six’s raid on Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in 2011. The operation, at the end of a decade-long hunt for the al-Qaeda leader behind the 9/11 terror attacks, was celebrated as a major blow to jihadi terrorism.But there are fears that extremists could find a new figurehead in Hamza as Isis continues to lose territory and fighters across Syria and Iraq.In his lengthy speech,...
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Parties forming a new government debate stricter immigration checks, tougher laws and citizen surveillance Wall Street Journal By William Wilkes BERLIN—Germany’s anti-terror posture is facing a shake-up as parties locked in talks about forming the country’s next government wrangle over how to balance a strong state and individual liberties. Last week’s arrest of a 19-year-old Syrian man suspected of building a remote-controlled bomb in northern Germany was a stark reminder of how acute a threat Germany still faces even though it hasn’t had a large-scale attack for almost a year. And last week’s atrocity in Manhattan, in which a suspected Islamist radical mowed down cyclists and pedestrians with a rented truck, underscored the near-impossible task authorities face in preventing crude yet devastating plots. Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/germany-struggles-to-balance-terror-defense-with-individual-rights-1509793200...