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Is Turkey Becoming Another Iran?

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Is Turkey Becoming Another Iran?by Uzay Bulut  •  July 20, 2017 at 4:00 am* Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish secondary schools, after being described as a "controversial subject" by the government.* So, the question naturally arises what exactly will Turkish schoolchildren be taught instead. The answer is "jihad." Turkey is in the process of including the concept of jihad in compulsory school curricula. In eighth grade, jihad will also be taught under the title "Struggling on the Path to Allah: Jihad," under a chapter called "Worshipping Allah."* The Ministry of National Education has also increased class hours for the mandatory course in "religion, culture and morality," and decreased art and philosophy classes to one hour per week. Turkey has recently been in the news for various developments that include, among other matters, its record number of jailed journalists, the destruction of Kurdish towns and forced displacement of...
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by Michael Balsamo Associated Press LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says security at the nation's ports is a top priority to preventing terrorism.Kelly boarded a Coast Guard cutter in Long Beach on Thursday and watched a new unit conduct a demonstration responding to a mock radiological threat.Members of the Coast Guard descended from helicopters with their rifles drawn and stormed the vessel as part of the exercise. Kelly watched from a deck above as they charged stairwells to search the ship.Kelly says the threat to the nation's ports is "always changing" and the U.S. will continue to train for evolving threats. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Homeland-security-secretary-says-ports-a-11303928.php...
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Stars and Stripes by AP AUSTIN, Texas — The billions of dollars that Texas has spent on border security in recent years will no longer include a lengthy Texas National Guard deployment.article continues below Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that Guard members who remain on the U.S.-Mexico border will begin taking federal orders this month. The transition comes three years after Texas started using the Guard in a largely surveillance role.Lt. Col. Travis Walters is a spokesman with the Texas Air National Guard. He says about 100 service-members remain on the mission. Walter says the federal government will pay more than $2 million to fund them through September.Abbott signed a new state budget in June that includes spending another $800 million on border security through 2019. Read more: https://www.stripes.com/news/us/feds-taking-over-texas-national-guard-mission-along-border-1.478762#.WXFYDen_qM9...

Facebook: Where Do They Stand On Terror?

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by Meira Svirsky In a move that has become unfortunately typical of Facebook, the social media giant has shut the page of the Counter Jihad Coalition, a group that educates the public on political Islam and exposes the human rights abuses inherent in sharia law.When the notification came that the group had violated the company’s “Community Standards,” they were told that the page would be taken down for just 24 hours. One week later, the page remains closed.Facebook also recently restricted and then shut down the public pages of Ex-Muslim of North America and Atheist Republic, groups that both provide support to those who leave Islam and often face persecution because of it.While Islamists most likely mobilized to get the pages shut down by getting their followers to “flag” pages for violation, it is ultimately up to Facebook to check the claims and make the decision.Meaning, the buck stops with...
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By Jack Moore - Newsweek Canada is investigating reports that two women found by Iraqi security forces in a secret tunnel under the Old City of Mosul, the northern Iraqi former bastion of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), are Canadian.They were part of a 20-strong group of women hiding in the city after Iraqi forces wrested it from ISIS after three years of control. The group was composed of two Canadians, five Germans, three Russians, three Turkish citizens, a Chechen and six Libyans and Syrians, according to reports in the Kurdish press that cited an Iraqi counterterrorism official.The reports said Iraqi forces found the women in a secret tunnel in the Quleiat neighborhood of Mosul. Iraqi counterterrorism expert Haider al-Araji said the females had guns and explosive devices with them in the tunnel.“We are aware of these media reports. Canadian officials are contacting local authorities and gathering additional information,”...
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Stephen Tankel - War On The Rocks “We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let’s get out!” That was Donald Trump tweeting in November 2013. Fast forward and President Trump is considering sending 3,000 to 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Although the precise troop numbers and particulars of their deployment are still being mapped out, all indications are that these additional forces would not directly contribute to the counter-terrorism mission. Rather, they would be sent to shore up the Afghan government forces fighting against the Taliban. As the White House reviews the proposed increase, there are numerous questions it should address. Four are paramount.1. Is shoring up the Afghan government forces necessary to enable an ongoing counter-terrorism mission, and, if not, then what U.S. interests are at stake?For the past three years, the U.S. mission in Afghanistan has focused on...
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BreakingNews.ie A security expert has warned that we are hugely under-prepared for a terrorist attack.Former Lieutenant Colonel Michael Murphy says we are lacking intelligence structures and our security systems would not be able to adequately cope.He has made a number of suggestions, including removing the responsibility for state security from the Garda Commissioner and establishing a separate civilian intelligence agency.Speaking at the MacGill Summer School, the security expert said we do not need to wait until there is an attack to figure out where we are failing."It will not take them very long to come to the conclusion that this State's counter-terrorism preparation was grossly negligent," he said."Our current intelligence structures are not fit for purpose."Not alone does this put the lives of our people at risk, but also those of our close neighbour in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe." Read more: http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/security-expert-irelands-counter-terrorism-preparation-grossly-negligent-798297.html...
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By Camila DeChalusThe Trump administration issued new economic sanctions against Iran on Tuesday over its ballistic missile program and alleged support of terrorist groups.The new sanctions come a day after the Trump administration warned Iran that it was not following the terms of its nuclear agreement with world powers, according to a statement from U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert."The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malignant activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security, and prosperity," Nauert said. "Iran continues to support terrorist groups such as Hizballah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad that threaten Israel and stability in the Middle East." The sanctions target "18 entities and individuals" that the department claims are "supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program." Read more: https://www.circa.com/story/2017/07/18/world/us-imposes-new-sanctions-on-iran-over-missile-program...
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CNET by Zoey Chong Telegram may have escaped Russia's threats to ban it, but in Indonesia that wasn't the case.On Sunday, the founder of the free encrypted messaging app, Pavel Durov, posted on his Telegram channel that the company has removed "all terrorist-related public channels" previously reported by Indonesia's Ministry of Communication and IT.The move comes after Indonesian authorities banned the messaging service on Saturday, citing security concerns over terrorists using it as a communication platform. The ban on Telegram will not affect other social media platforms, according to the statement."The government detects the presence of thousands of communication activities among countries [on Telegram] leading to terrorist activities," President Joko Widodo was quoted as saying in the statement. "There are still thousands [who have] escaped."Durov, however, said he was "unaware" of requests made by the country earlier for it to remove the channels, calling it a "miscommunication.""Telegram is heavily-encrypted and...

Al-Baghdadi reportedly still alive

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Sky News Australia A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official says he is 99 per cent sure Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, despite reports he has been killed.'Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that he is alive. We believe 99 per cent he is alive,' Lahur Talabany told Reuters news agency on Monday.'Don't forget his roots go back to al Qaeda days in Iraq. He was hiding from security services. He knows what he is doing.'The secretive Islamic State leader has frequently been reported killed or wounded since climbing the pulpit of a mosque in Mosul in 2014 and declaring a caliphate with himself the leader of all Muslims.After leading his fighters on a sweep through northern Iraq, Baghdadi attempted to create a self-sustaining modern-day caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.He is now a man on...
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DW The US is aiming to impose aid restrictions on Pakistan. In an interview with DW, analyst Michael Kugelman says if there's one US administration likely to take a hard line against Pakistan, it's the Trump administration.DW: Is the US government finally taking a hard line against Pakistan?Michael Kugelman: A tougher policy is certainly a strong possibility. If there is one US administration likely to take a hard line against Pakistan, it's the Trump administration. Trump projects himself as tough on terror and takes a very principled and strident approach to terror - it needs to be wiped out, wherever it is and in whatever form. It would seem that Trump would have zero patience for Pakistan's policy of going after some terrorists while letting others be.There has been speculation that the US could expand the drone war and cut Pakistan funds. The harshest critics of Pakistan believe that the...
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by CBR Staff Writer The Government launches a competition to find new technology that can identify possible terrorists, and protect crowds from attacks. A competition has been launched by the Government that aims to find new technology that can identify possible terrorists and protect people from bomb or gun terrorism attacks.The Government hopes the scheme will improve the surveillance and detection of potential threats and attacks on popular crowded spaces and deter such events now, and in the future.Up to £2million is available to be put forward for in-depth research into science and technology that can protect the population.Security Minister Ben Wallace will announce the funding at a summit in London today.He is expected to say: “The threat from terror does not stand still so neither will we, which is why we are calling on the best and the brightest from the science and technology sector to come forward with...

Plotting terror

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Dawn by Tariq KhosaNEW York police have foiled at least 25 major terror attacks since 9/11, says John Miller, the counterterrorism chief, adding that NYPD maintains on average three or four active terrorist investigations at any given time. “Terrorists didn’t rest on their laurels after 9/11,” said former police commissioner of New York, Ray Kelly, while giving an account of 16 plots of terrorists foiled since he became head of NYPD in early 2002.A case of three Pakistanis allegedly involved in planning a terrorist act finds prominent mention in his book Vigilance. The main character Majid Khan, an illegal immigrant, left America secretly in violation of the US immigration law and met Al Qaeda’s Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Karachi in early 2003. He was tasked with bombing underground storage tanks at petrol stations in Maryland. Majid wanted somehow to get back to the US unnoticed. He contacted 23-year-old Uzair Paracha...
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Evening Standard by Patrick Grafton-Green A man suspected of preparing to carry out a terror attack has been arrested at London City Airport.Counter terrorism officers detained the 49-year-old when he returned to the UK from an undisclosed location on Thursday afternoon.He was arrested on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.He has been taken into custody at a south London police station and has since been released on bail to return on a date in late July.Officers also carried out a search at an address in Essex, which is now complete.Enquiries continue. Read more: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/man-49-arrested-at-london-city-airport-on-suspicion-of-planning-terror-attacks-a3588501.html...

National security wrap

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by Patrick Kennedy, Madeleine Nyst, Sophie Qin and Zoe Glasson - THE STRATEGIST Violence spikes in RioBrazil’s Institute of Public Security has reported a sharp uptick in the incidence of ‘lethal violence’ in Rio de Janeiro. In the first five months of 2016, there were an average of 16 deaths per day; between January and May this year, the number had risen to 19—an increase of 16.4%.That has prompted some city-dwellers to flee; there’s a growing feeling that it’s too dangerous to raise a family in Rio. Other citizens, aided by human rights organisations like Amnesty International, are instead using crowdsourced apps to pinpoint gunfire locales for 3 million of the city’s residents.As the violence spirals into Rio’s ‘worst security crisis in more than a decade’, there will need to be a concerted effort to address the underlying socioeconomic causes. That won’t be easy—there are hints that the rampant corruption...

 
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TerrorThreatReport.comA new report reveals that at least 61 people who came to the United States as refugees between 2002 and 2016 participated in terror activities aimed at injuring or slaughtering people on U.S. soil. This new information from the Heritage Foundation could provide new fuel to the debate over immigration policy and President Trump's recently reinstated travel ban. The Heritage Foundation identified dozens of refugees who came to the United States and did anything from lying to authorities about ongoing terror plots, to personally taking part in terror plots themselves. The report also presents a new problem -- that none of the United State's security efforts can effectively prevent the "1.5 generation," or individuals who immigrate to the country before or during their early teens, from becoming radicalized after they have already entered the country. What's unique about the 1.5 generation is these young refugees do not let go of...
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Theresa May to “Rip Up” Human Rights if Necessary to Force New Restrictions on Terror Suspectsby Joud Halawani Al-Tamimi - Majalla.comThe UK has witnessed four terror attacks the past three months, which adds unprecedented pressure on the country’s security services to better respond to terrorism and prevent similar attacks from happening and claiming more lives in the future. The weight of the task made Theresa May go as far as saying she would “rip up” human rights laws if needed to force new restrictions on terror suspects. But what are these new restrictions going to look like?The Prime Minister is planning to facilitate the deportation of foreign terror suspects and bolster up controls on extremists in cases where they pose a threat and there is a lack of adequate proof to get them prosecuted.Following terror attacks on London Bridge, Manchester and Westminster, May said: “I can tell you a few...
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by Soeren Kern - Gatestone Institute A 10-year-old girl from a former republic of the Soviet Union was raped by an asylum seeker from Ghana, but police and the local government allegedly suppressed information about the crime for more than two weeks. A student sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl and punched another boy in the face, breaking his glasses. At least six other students have been beaten bloody. The school's leadership has refused to discipline the child, apparently because of his migrant background, and instead has lashed out at the parents for demanding a safe environment for their children. Police in Lübeck suspect that refugees are taking over illegal drug trade in the city. June 1. A Syrian migrant was stabbed to death in Oldenburg by another Syrian because he was eating ice cream during Ramadan. The murder, which occurred in broad daylight in a busy pedestrian shopping area, was...
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*** Immediate Intelligence Bulletin ***  July 11, 2017   Arab News Platforms Echo Reports ISIS Leader Dead Information: According to information echoed on July 11, 2017 on some Arab news platforms. ISIS will soon announce the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. A platform associated with ISIS echoed – yet did not confirm – the report. In addition, the Director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoted by the Al Arabiya news network confirms the information. Yet as of the time this report was published, no formal announcement has been made by ISIS. Analysis:                                                                        In June 2016, the Russian Defense Ministry posted on its Facebook page that it was checking information that Baghdadi was killed in the strike on the outskirts of Al-Raqqa in Syria. This was the Russian announcement: “On May 28, after drones were used to confirm the information regarding the location and time of the...

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