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6th, unexploded bomb found at Austin FedEx facility

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ABC NewsBy Mark Osborne, Josh Margolin, Bill Hutchinson, and Aaron Katersky An unexploded package bomb was discovered today at the FedEx facility in Austin, Texas, two sources briefed on the investigation told ABC News, bringing the total number of devices connected to a serial bomber terrorizing the area to six.The string of explosions in Austin, which left two dead and injured others, has the city on edge and sparked hundreds of law enforcement to descend on the area. Earlier on Tuesday, a package detonated at a FedEx facility near San Antonio, injuring one.The Houston branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed Tuesday evening all six bombs -- five package bombs and one involving a tripwire -- were related.The intact package was discovered by FedEx workers, the company said in a statement, and could yield major clues in the hunt for the serial bomber terrorizing Austin."We have...
7News by Belinda Tasker Malaysia's prime minister has warned Australia and its Southeast Asian neighbours that the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar could explode into a serious security threat for the region. As a major counter-terrorism conference at the special ASEAN summit in Sydney wrapped up on Saturday, Najib Razak warned that thousands of desperate Rohingya people in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state could easily be potential recruits for Islamic State."Because of the suffering of Rohingya people and that of displacement around the region, the situation in Rakhine state and Myanmar can no longer be considered to be a purely domestic matter," he told his fellow ASEAN leaders.They included Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and summit host, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull."In addition, the problem should not be looked at through the humanitarian prism only because it has the potential of developing into a serious security threat to the...
PublicTechnology.net by Dr Charles Kriel The rapid rise of fake news, terrorist propaganda and malicious communications means that the internet has never been a more uncertain and dangerous place for vulnerable minds. With the ability to quickly create, and spread, false and inflammatory content at the touch of a button, online radicalization is a problem set to get much worse before it gets better. The internet is proving to be a highly effective tool for extremism. Recent studies have suggested that half of British jihadists are radicalized and recruited online. In the last five years, it has been estimated that 53% of the UK’s Islamist terrorists were inspired by extremist content on the web over that period, compared to just 22 per cent before that. The murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by a white supremacist was also believed to have been inspired by extremist content online. The Government’s Counter...
USA Today by John Bacon A student gunman opened fire Tuesday at a high school in southern Maryland, injuring two students before an armed school resources officer intervened, authorities said.The gunman, identified as Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, was killed, but St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron said it was not immediately clear whether the school officer fired the fatal shot or whether the gunman killed himself.The attack began shortly before classes were scheduled to start at Great Mills High, a 1,500-student school 65 miles south of Washington, D.C. Cameron said Rollins was armed with a Glock, semiautomatic handgun when he shot a 16-year-old female student in a hallway. A 14-year-old male student also was shot."Our school resource officer was alerted to the events," Cameron said. "He engaged the shooter and fired a round; subsequently the shooter fired a round as well."Cameron said it was not clear whether the gunman shot...
9news.com.au By Mark Saunokonoko There are growing signs that Islamic State cells are preparing for violent insurgencies in southern Philippines to build a prized so-called caliphate on Australia's backdoor.The establishment of an entrenched caliphate in the Philippines, at worst, brings the risk of suicide bombers and chemical weapons attacks in Australian cities, a leading Australian expert has warned.Alan Dupont, chief strategist and defence analyst for The Cognoscenti Group, told nine.com.au that he expects the Islamic State threat in the Philippines to worsen over the next two years.Would-be Australian jihadis and other foreign fighters drawn to a self-styled caliphate would pose a serious and deadly risk to national and regional security, Dupont said."Those fighters would be upskilled in all kinds of bombmaking and other activities we saw in Iraq and Syria, and those skillsets could then be brought back to Australia and used here," Dupont said."The core problem is it is relatively...
February kidnapping of 110 girls seems similarly intended to bring funds and fame to a new, more dangerous faction The Wall Street Journal By Joe Parkinson, Drew Hinshaw and Gbenga Akingbule DAPCHI, Nigeria—As evening prayers resounded across this northeastern Nigerian town last month, camouflage-clad jihadists drove up to a local girls’ school and kidnapped 110 students in a replay of one of the world’s most infamous abductions: Boko Haram’s 2014 seizure of 276 girls, hours away in Chibok. But the Feb. 19 attack was different in an important and unsettling way, according to U.S. and Nigerian officials. The culprit wasn’t Boko Haram, but a breakaway faction that is allied with Islamic State and, in the eyes of Washington, the biggest terrorist threat in Africa’s most-populous nation. This splinter group, known as Islamic State West African Province, is better trained and more focused on Western targets, American officials say. It is...
Spencer Fernando Assessment finds that Abdulahi Hasan Sharif – a Somali refugee claimant who reportedly supported ISIS – will not be able to use the ‘Not Criminally Responsible’ designation to avoid trial.Sharif allegedly tried running down five people in Edmonton, and ran into, then stabbed a police officer.An ISIS flag was found in a vehicle allegedly used by Sharif in the attack, and there were reports that people who knew him mentioned his support for ISIS.Now, he has been found mentally fit to stand trail. As reported by the Edmonton Journal, “Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 31, does not meet the threshold to be deemed not criminally responsible following the completion of a court-ordered assessment. Medical professionals preparing reports on criminal responsibility assess whether an accused person understood their actions, right from wrong, and their ability to control their own behaviour at the time of an offence.” Read more: https://www.spencerfernando.com/2018/03/14/report-edmonton-terror-attack-suspect-found-mentally-fit-stand-trial/...
Miami Herald By JOSHUA GOODMAN and CESAR GARCIA Associated PressBOGOTA, Colombia - Police hauled a handcuffed Cuban man into court in Colombia's capital Thursday for allegedly plotting to kill U.S. diplomats in the name of the Islamic State extremist group.A judge ordered the suspect, Raul Gutierrez, held without bail on terrorism and conspiracy charges. He was arrested earlier in the week in the western city of Pereira in a coordinated investigation involving police in Spain and the FBI, officials said.Authorities said they intercepted communications from late February in which Gutierrez allegedly discussed plans to make and detonate a homemade bomb in a restaurant in Bogota where he had sought work as a dishwasher and which is frequented by U.S. diplomats. In another message sent over the Telegram instant messaging service, he also allegedly expressed a willingness to blow himself up for Allah and the IS group, officials said.Gutierrez, who pleaded...

7 US servicemembers killed in Iraq helicopter crash

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Stars and Stripes By CHAD GARLAND | STARS AND STRIPES All seven servicemembers onboard a U.S. military helicopter died when the aircraft crashed near the Iraq-Syria border on Thursday evening, military officials said.“This tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women face every day in service of our nations,” said Brig. Gen. Jonathan P. Braga, director of operations for Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, in a statement. “We are thinking of the loved ones of these service members today."The HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crash did not appear to be the result of enemy activity, said the statement from the U.S.-led operation battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.Used by the Air Force for combat search and rescue, the Pave Hawk was on a routine transit flight when it went down near the town of Qaim in Anbar province, officials said.   Read more: https://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/7-us-servicemembers-killed-in-iraq-helicopter-crash-1.517161...
SpaceNews.com Missile Defense by Sandra Erwin Everyone says the U.S. needs missile-tracking sensors in space, but will the DoD make it happen?“On National Security” appears in every issue of SpaceNews magazine. This column ran in the March 12, 2018 issue.The hand-wringing continues at the Pentagon over how to respond to Chinese and Russian missile advances. The latest line of thinking is that the U.S. needs more sophisticated and more discriminating sensors that can fill in blind spots in current air and missile defense systems. And that the best approach would be to place those sensors on satellites in space.With U.S. adversaries on a path toward faster and stealthier missiles, “sensor coverage is a very big deal,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, director of the Missile Defense Agency.It’s simple, he said. “If you can’t see it, you can’t shoot.” The reality is that current anti-missile defenses have gaps. Greaves...
MIT Technology ReviewPosted by Jamie Condliffe The US Treasury also placed sanctions on Russian hackers over election meddling and last year’s NotPetya ransomware attack. Infrastructure hacks: A joint alert from the FBI and Homeland Security Department explains that “since at least March 2016, Russian government cyber actors have also targeted U.S. government entities and multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors.” Direct action: The US Treasury has placed sanctions on five groups and 19 individuals from Russia for their involvement with “nefarious [cyber] attacks.” It specifically mentions interference in the 2016 US election and the NotPetya ransomware attack. The sanctions mean individuals and organizations in the US are banned from doing business with the Russian entities. The message: “The Administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in U.S. elections, destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure,” explained...

US military reveals new firefight in Niger

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By Ryan Browne, CNN  (CNN)The US military revealed for the first time Wednesday that US troops were involved in a firefight in Niger in December, just months after a Green Beret-led team was ambushed by ISIS militants in October, an attack that left four US soldiers dead. In a statement provided to CNN by Pentagon spokeswoman Maj. Sheryll Klinkel, the US military said that "during a mission in the Lake Chad Basin region the morning of Dec. 6, a combined force of Nigerien and US military members came under fire from a formation of violent extremists." The military stressed that US troops were not seeking combat and that the joint US-Nigerien mission was aimed at setting "the conditions for future partner-led operations against violent extremist organizations in the region," adding that "no aspect of this mission focused on pursuing enemy militants.""With that said, our forces do operate in unstable areas...
by SAM DORMAN - IJR A federal judge sentenced 32-year-old Muhanad Mahmoud al Farekh to 45 years in prison for engaging in terrorist conduct and conspiring to carry out terrorist acts.Farekh, an American citizen who ascended to Al-Qaeda leadership, faced a trial conviction in September of last year. The Justice Department claimed Tuesday that the trial proved Farekh and his co-conspirators traveled to fight United States forces in the Middle East.ADVERTISINGFarekh, DOJ said, helped build an explosive device used in an attack on a U.S. military installation in Afghanistan.“Farekh, a citizen of this country,” U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said, "turned his back on America by joining Al-Qaeda and trying to kill American soldiers in a bomb attack on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.“This case demonstrates that we will do everything in our power to ensure that those who seek to harm our country and our armed forces will...
UNCOVA - The German government has given Nigerian Navy 5 gunboats to fight terrorists- Consul-General of Germany in Nigeria, Ingo Herbert, said the development deepen its partnership with Nigeria- The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas, said that Germany had earlier supported the Nigerian Navy in provision of MTUThe German government has donated five gunboats to Nigerian Navy to fight insurgency in the Lake Chad area of the northeast.Vanguard reports that Consul-General of Germany in Nigeria, Ingo Herbert, on Tuesday, March 13, at the handover of the boats in Onne, Rivers state, said the development was a positive vibe for Germany in deepening its partnership with Nigeria and helping build peace and development in the country.NAIJ.com gathered that Herbert said: “The five boats are part of the Greater Initiatives Germany to enhance peace and security in partner-countries and fight against terrorism. The maritime space sensitively accommodates a...
Palm Beach Post PALM BEACH GARDENS - A Jupiter teenager said his Muslim faith led him to fatally stab a boy on his 13th birthday and injure two others at a sleepover Sunday night in BallenIsles Country Club, Palm Beach Gardens police said during a 2 p.m. news conference.Corey Johnson, 17, was arrested Monday after he reportedly confessed to stabbing the three people while he spent the night at a friend’s home in the gated community off PGA Boulevard. He faces one murder and two attempted-murder charges in the stabbings. The FBI also is investigating the attacks.Also Tuesday, Judge Daliah H. Weiss ordered Johnson be held in a juvenile detention center while a grand jury decides whether to charge him as an adult in the killing. Friends and family of the victims packed the juvenile courtroom Tuesday afternoon for the brief hearing. Johnson, who police said recently withdrew from William...

Six Counterterrorism Lessons From the Syrian Civil War

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LAWFARE By Daniel Byman It has been almost seven years since unrest in Syria began and spiraled into a civil war that has killed perhaps 500,000 people and displaced millions more. The war and associated diplomacy offer much to chew on, but the counterterrorism implications are particularly striking—for Syria is both a counterterrorism success and a counterterrorism failure. The Islamic State, one of the most vicious and powerful terrorist groups the world has ever seen, emerged out of the conflict. But the United States and its allies have also weakened the group and managed the terrorism threat. This mixed record offers many lessons for counterterrorism.    1.  Civil wars and terrorism go together.Syria illustrates how jihadists thrive on civil wars in the Muslim world. Although much is made about why individuals join terrorist groups (Are they alienated from society? Lacking jobs? And so on.), wars act as a “pull” factor. Europe,...

Seattle Man Pleads Guilty to Jihad Killing

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The Clarion Project Ali Muhammad Brown, a radicalized Muslim, pleaded guilty to killing a college student in New Jersey in 2014. Brown previously confessed to killing three people in Washington state in a terrorist spree in 2014, but has not made a plea in that case.At the time, Brown said the murders were retaliation for U.S. foreign policy. Two of his victims were targeted because of their homosexual orientation.Brown began the murder spree by killing Leroy Henderson in Seattle in a drive-by shooting April 27, 2014. He then lured Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young using a gay dating app and murdered them on June 1, 2014. The attack was the second anti-gay attack by a radical Muslim in the Seattle that year, after another extremist Islamist tried to burn down a nightclub frequented by gays on New Year’s Eve.Brown then escaped to N.J. and murdered 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin on June...
"The best place to hide a tree is in a forest."   by Soeren Kern "I'd like to know whose bright idea this was. It is ridiculous and not the business of a Government department. I can't see the Foreign Office promoting Christianity or the handing out of crosses." — Tory MP Andrew Bridgen in response to a decision by Foreign Office officials to give away taxpayer-funded Islamic headscarves, claiming they symbolized "liberation, respect and security." A review chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui, a professor of Islam, proposed legislative changes that would require Muslim couples to undergo a civil marriage before or at the same time as their Islamic ceremony, to provide women with legal protection under British law. Nearly all those using Sharia councils were females seeking an Islamic divorce. "We, the United Kingdom, produced Jihadi John. Something in our cities and towns... have produced the most infamous terrorists....

Drone Swarms Are A Big Threat To Infantry

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iHLS The emergence of inexpensive small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs) that operate without a human pilot has led to adversarial groups threatening deployed U.S. forces, especially infantry units. Although the U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) are developing tactics and systems to counter single sUASs, a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine emphasizes the need for developing countermeasures against multiple sUASs – organized in coordinated groups, swarms, and collaborative groups – which could be used much sooner than the Army anticipates.The committee that conducted the study developed a classified report that details its findings and recommendations, along with an unclassified public version that discusses key background issues presented in this news release, according to spacewar.com.“Hobby drones are easy to buy, their performance is improving dramatically, and their cost has dropped significantly; now with millions of them around the world, they pose a...
by FOX59 Web INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A man in the U.S. illegally faces federal and state charges related to a pair of gun scares.Ahmed Alaklouk, 22, has been living in Indiana on a terminated student visa. He’s a Tunisian native and Saudi Arabian citizen, according to court documents. Under federal law, someone in the country illegally is prohibited from possessing guns or ammunition.The first case happened on Jan. 20. Security at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis called Indianapolis Metropolitan police after seeing several firearms in Alaklouk’s truck, including six handguns in the front seat and a rifle.Police said the rifle had been modified to resemble an AR-15 and included a scope, bipod and bump stock; Alaklouk told police it was “fully tricked out” and claimed the rifle belonged to his father. Police told Alaklouk to secure the weapons because someone could break into his truck and steal them, according...

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