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CBC News Chief of Canada's special forces won't comment, but promises his people are watching the 'threat environment' by Murray Brewster The new commander of Canada's special forces says there's no textbook answer to the threat posed by 'lone wolf' terrorist or criminal attacks, but the country's elite counter-terrorism unit has its eyes open to emerging trends.Maj.-Gen. Peter Dawe delivered the message of reassurance Wednesday following a change of command ceremony in Ottawa on Wednesday.Dawe said he was not able to comment directly on this week's van attack in Toronto, which claimed the lives of 10 people and injured 14 others."I can assure Canadians that its special forces are constantly analyzing the threat environment, making sure we have the right tools to respond at the right place and the right time," said Dawe, who has taken over for Maj.-Gen. Mike Rouleau.The Liberal government has been careful to describe the attack...

Spain: Jihad Continues

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by Soeren Kern  •  Gatestone Institute Since the March 2004 attacks on Madrid's trains, Spanish authorities have arrested more than 750 jihadis in 243 counter-terrorism operations, according to the Interior Ministry. Jihadis remain undeterred. A recent Islamic State document included a list of grievances against Spain for wrongs allegedly done to Muslims since the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa on July 16, 1212. "There is little doubt that the autonomous region of Catalonia has become a prime base of operations for terrorist activity. Spanish authorities tell us they fear the threat from these atomized immigrant communities prone to radicalism, but they have very little intelligence on or ability to penetrate these groups." — US diplomatic cable, October 2, 2007.   Ten members of an Islamic State jihadi cell have been sentenced to combined prison terms of nearly 100 years for a plot to bomb landmarks and behead infidels in...
According to Dallas County court records, 29-year-old Dallas man Armando Juarez pleaded guilty of stealing a car last November. by WFAA.com Staff DALLAS – The man accused of shooting two Dallas police officers at a northeastern Dallas Home Depot store was wanted for stealing a car late last year.According to Dallas County court records, 29-year-old Dallas man Armando Juarez pleaded guilty of stealing a car last November.He was wanted Tuesday after skipping a sentencing hearing in February. He allegedly shot two officers as they attempted to serve a warrant outside the Home Depot store. Court records say Juarez faced two years of deferred adjudication, a type of community supervision typically offered to first-time offenders.A family member told WFAA Juarez was unemployed. He used to work with his father as a bricklayer and forklift driver.He recently moved in with his girlfriend, who also lives in Dallas, the family member said.Both officers...
Fox News by Adam Shaw Dozens of gang members, some of whom belonged to the notorious MS-13, were shielded from deportation and released due to "sanctuary" policies last year, according to newly released stats from the Department of Homeland Security. The revelation could jolt the escalating "sanctuary" debate, especially in California where many of those gang members were located. "Two-thirds of the releases occurred in California, which has had a strict sanctuary policy in effect since January 2014," the Center for Immigration Studies said in a post on the data, pointing to "obvious public safety problems." DHS officials provided a breakdown of gang members that were released in fiscal 2017, in response to questions posed in June by the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing on the rise of MS-13. From October 2016 to June 2017, DHS says, sanctuary jurisdictions refused to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers on...
RT The UK government has admitted it’s “likely” it had communication with members of a violent jihadist group linked to Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi.British-born Abedi, as well as his father, had long-standing links to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which was both an affiliate of Al-Qaeda and a militant organization trying to topple Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Abedi killed 22 people and injured scores more when he detonated a bomb at Manchester Arena last May.The UK government has now conceded that it may have had contact with the group, despite it being proscribed as a terrorist organization in 2005. It was described at the time as seeking to establish a "hardline Islamic state" and "part of the wider Islamist extremist movement inspired by Al-Qaeda."After a question was raised in Parliament over the government’s connections to the terrorist group, the Foreign Office minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt,...
The social network says it removed 1.9 million pieces of ISIS and al-Qaida related content. CNETby Sean Hollister"Any nongovernmental organization that engages in premeditated acts of violence against persons or property to intimidate a civilian population, government or international organization in order to achieve a political, religious or ideological aim."That's the internal definition of terrorism at Facebook, according to a new blog post from the company. It's all about the violence, not a group's political goals, writes Monika Bickert, Facebook's VP of global policy management and Brian Fishman, the company's head of counterterrorism policy. And either way, governments are generally exempt.Why does that matter? Because it determines some of the posts you don't see in your Facebook feed, since the company's 200-person counterterrorism team removed them. (In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, Facebook is under pressure to show that it can police itself.)Facebook said Monday that it...
ABC 7 WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Four people suffered serious injuries but non-life-threatening injuries after they were struck by a vehicle that went onto the sidewalk following a two-vehicle collision in D.C. on Tuesday.The incident occurred in the area of 9th Street, K Street and New York Avenue in Northwest around 2:30 p.m.The four people struck were transported to area hospitals, DC Fire and EMS said. According to D.C. police, all four victims were conscious and breathing.Both drivers remained on the scene following the crash. No occupants in the vehicles were injured.Police said the incident was an "accident" and had "no nexus to terrorism." Read Updates at http://wjla.com/news/local/police-as-many-as-4-people-struck-by-vehicle-in-dc...
TIME By Rahim Faiez (KABUL, Afghanistan) — A suicide bomber struck a voter registration center in the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing at least 57 people in an attack claimed by ISIS.Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro said another 119 people were wounded in Sunday’s attack, updating an earlier toll. Gen. Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said the suicide bomber targeted civilians who had gathered to receive national identification cards.The large explosion echoed across the city, shattering windows miles away from the attack site and damaging several nearby vehicles. Police blocked all roads to the blast site, with only ambulances allowed in. Local TV stations broadcast live footage of hundreds of distraught people gathered at nearby hospitals seeking word about loved ones. Majro said there were five small children and 21 women among the dead. More than a dozen children and nearly 50 women were wounded, he said, adding...
VOX The trial of the Pulse nightclub shooter’s wife dramatically changed the narrative about the deadly attack. By Jane Coaston It’s been nearly two years since the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people — widely believed to be an act of aggression against the club’s LGBTQ clientele and “undeniably a homophobic hate crime.” There’s now conclusive evidence that the shooter wasn’t intending to target LGBTQ people at all.In fact, he allegedly had no idea Pulse was a gay club, and simply Googled “Orlando nightclubs” after finding that security at his original target, a major shopping and entertainment complex, was too high, as reported by ClickOrlando.com.This evidence dramatically changes the mass shooting’s narrative; politicians and individuals across the political spectrum had positioned it as an anti-LGBTQ hate crime. Instead, the new evidence suggests, the Pulse nightclub shooting was intended as revenge for US anti-terror policies...
CBSMIAMI.COMFORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office rank-and-file have until Thursday to let their voices be heard in a no-confidence vote for Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.Today, in person voting begins at the union office in Plantation.Deputies can check one of two boxes.  “They’ll come in, they’ll be given a ballot,” union president Jeff Bell explained, “A simple ballot right here, it’s a very simple question.  I have confidence in Sheriff Israel or I do not  have confidence in Sheriff Israel.” Bell said the historic move is due to the dysfunction of the office, which has been piling up for years but it was Israel’s handling of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that is a major component of the no-confidence campaign, saying he should not have put the full blame on Deputy Scot Peterson, the school’s resource officer.Video shows Peterson remained outside after investigators say...
Fox News By Katherine Lam, Matt Richardson Toronto cops nabbed the suspected driver who plowed into a group of people on a crowded city street Monday afternoon, leaving nine people dead. 16 people have been injured, Deputy Police Chief Peter Yuen said.Police confirmed to Fox News the arrest of the suspect, which came just minutes after news of the incident broke. "The van involved in multiple pedestrians stuck in the Yonge and Finch area of Toronto has been located and the driver arrested," Toronto police tweeted. The identity of the driver has not been released. Cops initially said eight to 10 people were hit near Yonge Street and Finch Avenue just before 1:30 p.m. A nearby hospital tweeted that it took in seven patients. After striking the pedestrians, the driver sped off, CBC reported. Photos from the site of the collision showed pedestrians attempting to help people on the ground...
InHomelandsecurity.com SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle area man suspected of sending suspicious packages to multiple government agencies and military installations around the nation’s capital was charged Tuesday with shipping explosive materials.Thanh Cong Phan, 43, of Everett, was charged with one count of shipment of explosive materials in federal court in Seattle, where he made his initial appearance Tuesday.Get started on your Homeland Security Degree at American Military University.A complaint alleges that Phan shipped a vial containing black powder with a fuse on March 16 from a U.S. Postal Service kiosk in Mill Creek, north of Seattle. Ashwin Cattamanchi, a public defender representing Phan, declined to comment on the case when reached by phone.Eleven suspicious packages were received through the U.S. Postal Service at various government agencies and military installations in the Washington D.C. area, including the U.S. Secret Service White House Mail Screen Facility, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren...

Passenger Scans For U.S. Airports May Go Nationwide

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by Dan Peltier, Skift The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has processed travelers with facial recognition scans at many U.S. airports, part of pilot programs during the past year that the government now believes it’s ready to roll out nationwide.That’s the view of Isabel Hill, director of the National Travel & Tourism Office, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, who spoke at the World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Wednesday about the future of secure and seamless travel.Various airlines and airports have trialed facial recognition in recent years, such as JetBlue and New York’s JFK Airport, the latter part of one of Homeland Security’s pilots. “We’re very advanced in facial biometric entry and exit,” said Hill. Homeland Security developed the backend technology for the pilot programs. “We’re developing a process where you’ll go from reservation to destination without every showing a boarding pass,”...

Al Qaeda Using Google Maps to Plan Jihadist Attacks

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Washington Free BeaconBy Adam Kredo   The al Qaeda terror organization is using Google Maps to plan precision jihadist attacks across the Middle East, according to a new propaganda video released by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula that features a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who has since returned to the terror group after being freed from the prison, according to a new report from a regional media monitoring organization.Al-Malahem, the media arm of Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, released on Friday a propaganda video featuring Sudanese national and former Gitmo detainee Ibrahim Al-Qusi, a onetime financial asset for al Qaeda who was arrested in December 2001 and spent more than 10 years as a convicted terrorist in Gitmo before being released to Sudan in 2012.Al-Qusi appears to be one of many former Gitmo inmates who returned to the battlefield after being freed from Gitmo.In the newly released video...
CATO Institute By David Bier President Donald Trump has promised to implement “extreme vetting” of immigrants and foreign travelers, asserting that widespread vetting failures had allowed many terrorists to enter the United States. This policy analysis provides the first estimate of the number of terrorism vetting failures, both before and after the vetting enhancements implemented in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks. Vetting failures are rare and have become much rarer since 9/11. A terrorism vetting failure occurs when a foreigner is granted entry to the United States who had terrorist associations or sympathies and who later committed a terrorism offense including support for terrorist groups abroad. This analysis defines vetting failure broadly to include individuals who had privately held extremist views before entry. Moreover, unless evidence exists to the contrary, it assumes that anyone who entered the United States legally either as an adult or older teenager, and...
Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s OfficeNorthern District of Ohio Press ReleaseThree men plead guilty to concealing sending money to Anwar Al-AwlakiThree men pleaded guilty to their roles in concealing the provision of thousands of dollars to Anwar Al-Awlaki in an effort to support violent jihad against U.S. military personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world.The guilty pleas were announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman of the Northern District of Ohio and Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony of the FBI’s Cleveland Division.Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, 38; Asif Ahmed Salim, 37; and Sultane Room Salim, 43, each pleaded guilty this week to one count of concealment of financing of terrorism. They are expected to be sentenced later this year.“These defendants provided thousands of dollars to finance terrorism, then used every effort to conceal their activity from law enforcement,” U.S. Attorney...
By Nick Paton Walsh and Salma Abdelaziz, CNN (CNN) For Samantha Sally, a vacation was all it took to flip her quiet middle-American world of muscle cars, cotton candy and an Indiana packing company, into the horror of the ritual beatings, serial rape, torture and propaganda videos of ISIS's so-called Caliphate.A holiday is what her husband, Moussa Elhassani, promised her when she went to Hong Kong in 2014, she says. The couple was planning to move to Morocco to start a new, cheaper life, she says, and needed to go through Hong Kong to transfer money.Days later, Sally says, she stood on the Turkish border with Syria, on the edge of ISIS territory, her husband holding her daughter, Sarah, while she held her son, Matthew, then 7, confronted with an impossible choice: Abandon her daughter to ISIS and save her son, or follow her husband into ISIS's so-called Caliphate. Following...

ISIS Threatens to Attack NYC Subway

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By The Clarion Project ISIS’ latest threat is against New York City, where the group has promised to attack the subway. A new poster appeared on a messaging platform used by the terror group showing a man standing inside Brooklyn Bridge Station at High Street,  the Daily Mail reported.Behind him sticks of dynamite are shown rigged to a timer. The poster states, “You will not expect where we will attack.”The poster was produced by the group’s propaganda wing, the Wafa Media Foundation, which also produced posters threatening the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia. That poster states, “Putin: You disbeliever. You will pay the price for killing Muslims. Just Terror.”The group also threatened to attack Paris again. Last year, its propaganda was directed towards the Queen of England and the Vatican. Read more: https://clarionproject.org/latest-taunt-isis-threatens-attack-nyc-subway/...

The fatal kidnap machine of ISIS

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DW Documentary ISIS, or so-called Islamic State, made millions by taking hostages - many of whom didn’t survive. An in-depth look at how kidnapping helped IS rise to power.   ...

U.S. Expert: Age of the jihadist drone has arrived

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Evening Standard by Martin Bentham Britain must prepare to face the threat of Islamic State terrorists using drones to attack buildings and other landmark targets, a security expert will warn in a book published next month. Nicholas Grossman said that IS had already used drones packed with explosives in Syria and that no terror group had done more to exploit the new technology. He said options for protecting against the danger included using electrical repulsion systems. But he warned that if the use of drones for commercial deliveries and other purposes becomes more common it will become increasingly difficult to stop terrorists using drones to destructive effect.  There are already concerns about the potential risk that such devices could pose to aircraft if they stray into flight paths, and the possibility that out-of-control drones could injure people. But in his book Drones and Terrorism, Mr Grossman, an academic from the...

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