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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette By Gregory Viscusi / Bloomberg News Arab countries pledged more money and five West African countries said they would accelerate efforts to get a joint anti-guerrilla military force up and running as they met Wednesday near Paris at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron.Saudi Arabia will contribute 100 million euros ($118 million) and the United Arab Emirates 30 million euros to the so-called “G5 Sahel” force, Macron said. The U.S. confirmed its commitment to spend $60 million on the force being put together by Niger, Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso and Mauritania to combat Islamist extremists across the southern rim of the Sahara.“We must win this battle against terrorism in the Sahel,” Macron said at a press conference after the meeting, held in the Paris suburb of Celles-Saint-Cloud. “There are attacks every day and states are under threat. We must intensify efforts.” The talks, which were also attended...

Iraq Iraq hangs 38 on terrorism charges

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BBC News Iraq says it has hanged, in a mass execution, 38 jihadist militants convicted of terrorism offences.The justice ministry said they were all members of so-called Islamic State (IS).The death sentences were carried out in a prison in the southern city of Nasiriyah.However, international advocacy groups have repeatedly criticised Iraq's use of the death penalty and how terrorism charges are brought.It was the largest mass execution since 25 September when 42 militants were hanged.Amnesty International said the latest mass executions had "tainted" the celebrations following Iraq's declaration of victory over IS."The victims of IS deserve justice, not mass executions carried out after deeply flawed and hasty trials," said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty's Middle East director.Human Rights Watch recently accused the justice system of "failing to distinguish" between doctors who protected lives under IS rule and "those responsible for crimes against humanity". Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42356155...

New DHS Secretary presses for more border security

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Valley Morning Star By MITCHELL FERMAN Staff WriterHIDALGO — Less than a week after taking office, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stood in the shadow of the levee wall here and applied a semblance of finesse to the Trump administration’s tough immigration rhetoric.Years of immigration policy failures are now rooted in the United States, which “make it almost impossible to carry out the law,” Nielsen said as her words echoed off the bollard levee wall behind her.The immigration court backlog continues to pile up, which Nielsen wants to diminish. And working with landowners to make way for the border wall can be complicated, Nielsen said.Meanwhile, Customs and Border Protection numbers show apprehensions were down this year, which Nielsen acknowledged after her tour of the border in the Rio Grande Valley yesterday. It was her second visit here this year, the first coming two weeks after President Donald Trump was sworn...
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Federal News Radio By David Thornton The U.S. Coast Guard has a split-identity – it’s a military service, but it falls under the purview of the Homeland Security Department, not the Defense Department. That means its Cyber Command has to balance the competing demands of protecting operational capability in an armed conflict with protecting infrastructure during peacetime.“The first thing the commandant said was,’ Cyberspace is an operational domain. That means we’re going to operate in cyberspace just like we have in the maritime domain for over 227 years,’” Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, commander of CG Cyber, said on DHS 15th Anniversary.So the command has broken down its responsibilities into three strategic priorities:    Operate and defend Coast Guard networks and information systems    Operate in the cyber domain to enable missions in maritime and air domains    Protect maritime transportation from cyber threats.Operate and defend“Every cutter, boat or aircraft these days has not...

CAIR Criticizes Police Over New York Terror Attack

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By Clarion Project The family of the terrorist who carried out yesterday’s attempted bombing in New York slammed the police investigation into the attack. The criticisms were made in a statement issued by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).“We are heartbroken by this attack on our city today and by the allegations being made against a member of our family,” Albert Fox Cahn, legal director for CAIR New York read in a statement from the attacker’s family. “Our family like all families is committed to the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers,” the family said in a statement provided by the Council on American-Islamic Relations-New York.“But we are also outraged by the behavior of law enforcement officials during this investigation. Today, we have seen our children, as young as four years old, held out in the cold, detained as their parents were questioned,” the statement continued. “One teenage...
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Washington Post By Devlin Barrett and Mark BermanFederal prosecutors filed terrorism charges Tuesday against the suspected New York City subway bomber, Akayed Ullah, saying he posted a taunt online aimed at President Trump before the attack in a tunnel beneath Times Square and then proclaimed “I did it for the Islamic State.’’A criminal complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan charges Ullah with providing material support to a terrorist group, using a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a public place, destruction of property by means of fire or explosive, and use of a destructive device during a crime of violence.The 27-year-old is an immigrant from Bangladesh who came to the United States in 2011, fueling the Trump administration’s argument that Monday’s attack is proof the country is too lax in how it allows immigrants to enter. According to the criminal complaint, Ullah’s radicalization began in at least 2014, as he...

Study: 70 percent of US oil, gas companies hacked last year

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Businesswire.com Study Reveals Cybersecurity Readiness Gaps in America’s Oil and Gas Industry    * 68 percent of respondents said their operations have had at least one security compromise in the past year    * Only about one-third of U.S. oil and gas cyber managers rate their organization’s cyber readiness as high    * 59 percent believe there is a greater risk to operational technology than to ITFebruary 16, 2017 08:00 AM Eastern Standard TimeHOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A survey of U.S. oil and gas cybersecurity risk managers indicates that the deployment of cybersecurity measures in the industry isn’t keeping pace with the growth of digitalization in oil and gas operations. In a study from the Ponemon Institute – The State of Cybersecurity in the Oil & Gas Industry: United States – just 35 percent of respondents rated their organization’s operational technology (OT) cyber readiness as high. The Ponemon Institute – which conducts independent research on privacy,...
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Fox News By Patrick Dunleavy America and our allies have made major progress against ISIS and other radical Islamic terrorists this year, but as we head toward 2018 the battle against these murderers is shifting into a new phase. Unfortunately, the terrorists are far from being eliminated.ISIS – which stands for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – lost most of the territory it controlled in those countries this year, making a mockery of its claim to be a “state.” The liberation of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, with the help of U.S. military advisers and air bombardments, sent ISIS fighters fleeing like rats from a sinking ship.Explore our new Cowboy Bone-in Rib Eye and other bone-in cuts like succulent lamb chops, beef and pork ribs, and more.The physical caliphate founded by terrorist leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is no more. And the loss of territory by...
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The Hill By Mallory Shelbourne President Trump has approved of a national security strategy and has the support of key Cabinet secretaries, Axios reported on Sunday. According to the report, the new strategy will be centered on new technological threats, homeland security and economic competition in regards to national security.It will lay out the path for how the administration will handle various choices about foreign policy and national security, Axios said. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo back the strategy, which will come under evaluation by the Cabinet this week in its meeting.The report on the strategy comes as Trump continues to grapple with North Korea’s nuclear aggression and amid the ongoing investigations into Russia’s efforts to meddle in the United States election. Two aides to national security adviser H.R. McMaster worked with him on putting together the strategy, the report...
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Suspect in custody after detonating a pipe bomb attached to his body in Port Authority terminal; travel hub partially evacuated The Times of Israel By Agencies and TOI staff NEW YORK — A pipe bomb apparently attached to a suspect exploded in the Port Authority travel terminal in New York Monday morning, injuring the suspect.A law enforcement official said an explosive device was set off on a subway platform at the busy New York City transportation hub in midtown Manhattan, which includes bus terminals and subway stations. The only person injured was a man detained in connection with the blast, New York police said on Twitter.They said subway trains were ordered to bypass that bustling part of New York.“One male suspect is in custody. No injuries other than suspect at this time. Avoid the area,” police said in a tweet.An official said a man had a pipe bomb strapped to...
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By Elliot Friedland Clarion Project British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s just delivered a speech on the problem of Islamist terror that hit many right notes. The address, on December 7, named the ideology driving the extremism, called out Arab dictatorships who are deliberately enabling terror for their own ends and debunked the myth this is all the fault of Western foreign policy.Here are Clarion’s top five takeaways: 1.He defined the problemIn a line reminiscent of President Trump, Johnson defined the war on terror in stark terms of “winning” against an ideological enemy.“It is a struggle not against a religion but an idea, a perverse ideology.”He defined the ideology as a religiously-based idea that offers a powerful emotional solution to feeling alienated, powerless, humiliated and afraid – a violent path of holy redemption.“It is a very ancient idea, and common to virtually all religions – including Christianity – that any kind of...

Violence Should Not Determine Policy

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by Alan M. Dershowitz  •  Gatestone Institute Violence should be responded to by police and military action, not by giving in to the unreasonable demands of those who use violence as a tactic. The reason violence — whether rock-throwing or more lethal forms of terrorism — is used is because it works... as a way to extort concessions from the world. And it works because policy makers often make or refrain from making controversial decisions based on the fear of violent reactions. Now just imagine what will happen if peace negotiations are commenced and both sides have to compromise. Israel's comprises will be met with law suits, political pushback and possibly resistance from some settlers who will have to be uprooted.... Palestinian compromises will be met with street violence, terrorism and assassinations. That has long been the modus operandi of Palestinian leaders and dissidents. A clear message must be sent...

First counter-terrorism exercise held at State Courts

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The Straits Times by Ng HuiwenSINGAPORE - A counter-terrorism exercise was held for the first time at the State Courts on Thursday (Dec 7) at noon.In a statement on Thursday, the police said that the simulated terrorist attack was to test the coordination between the polic and the State Courts in emergencies.The exercise scenario began with two gunmen walking into the building and shooting at the crowd.Auxiliary Police Officers and State Courts staff were seen containing the situation, before officers from the Emergency Response Team and Bukit Merah East neighbourhood police centre arrived.The officers were able to locate and take down the gunmen within minutes.Earlier on Thursday, the police posted an advisory on the exercise on its Facebook page. "Exercise in progress" signage will be displayed at and around the exercise areas, and blanks will be fired, it said. In the statement, a State Courts spokesman said it has partnered...

Military Not Only Solution to Terrorism in Africa

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Top Policy Official: Military Not Only Solution to Terrorism in AfricaBy Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2017 — U.S.-led efforts in Africa are vitally important as African nations confront complex and growing threats from multiple terrorist groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, al-Qaida affiliates and other extremist groups such as Boko Haram, the acting undersecretary of defense for policy said today on Capitol Hill. “These groups exploit instability, weak governance, vulnerable populations, social media and vast spaces to establish safe havens, spread their toxic ideology and attack all who do not subscribe to it,” David J. Trachtenberg said during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on counterterrorism efforts in Africa.“While DoD maintains expert counterterrorism forces -- the best in the world, bar none -- capable of conducting precision air strikes and complex raids to protect our interests, we are focused principally on...

Record 400 arrests for terrorism in Britain in 2017

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Evening Standard by Justin davenport and Nicholas Cecil The number of suspects arrested in terrorism investigations in Britain has reached a record high, official figures revealed today. A total of 400 people were held for terror-related offences in Britain in the year to the end of September - a 54 per cent jump on the previous 12 months. This was the highest tally since data collection started in 2001 with figures also revealing that 58 of those held were female - the highest number on record.The Home Office said the increase was partly due to a large number of arrests made following terrorist attacks in London and Manchester this year.The figures show that 115 arrests - or 29 per cent - resulted in charges of which 97 were terror-related. A total of 213 people were released without charge, 60 were released on bail pending further investigation and 11 faced “alternative...
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THE Manchester bombing that killed 22 people in May could have been averted, a counter-terrorism review has found. AP and staff writers News Corp Australia Network The deadly suicide bombing at Manchester Arena might have been prevented if information had been handled differently, an independent review of the counter-terrorism performance by British police and intelligence services has suggested.The review by lawyer David Anderson, ordered by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, said the May 22 attack that killed 22 people might have been thwarted “had the cards fallen differently”.He also found that three extremists involved in four attacks in Britain earlier this year had at some point been investigated by counter-terrorism police or security services. The Sun reports, spy chiefs agreed to meet to discuss the threat posed by Manchester Arena terrorist Salman Abedi shortly before the bomb attack.The jihadist was on the radar of the intelligence services for at least three years...
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2016 may go down on record as one of the worst for cybersecurity. Hacks, breaches, and leaks were everywhere in the news. Forrester has a few things for us to remember going forward.By Brandon Vigliarolo - Tech Republic If you had to guess how many individual customer records were breached around the globe in 2016 what would you estimate? It was a big year for cyber attacks, but Forrester's report puts in in a staggeringly large context: Approximately one billion records were compromised in the past year.That's around three accounts for each US citizen, and it means one thing: Cybersecurity efforts are lagging behind. If the tech industry is going to win the security arms race, Forrester argues, there are some key lessons it needs to take away from 2016's constant attacks and breaches.Who has the issue?95 percent of breached records came from three industries in 2016: Government, retail, and...

Prime Minister Theresa May’s assassination attempt foiled

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Wikileaks Terror suspects ‘planned to bomb Downing Street and murder Theresa May’ – but plot was foiled by police,” by Patrick Lion, Mirror, December 5, 2017Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman and Mohammed Aqib Imran, who were remanded in custody, will face court tomorrow over the alleged attackCounter-terror police have foiled an alleged plot to bomb Downing Street and murder PM Theresa May. Two suspects were arrested during raids in London and Birmingham last week, it emerged tonight.Scotland Yard said: “Both men were remanded in custody to appear at Westminster magistrates court.”The pair – Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, of North London, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, from south east Birmingham – were held on November 28.It came during raids by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command.Tonight the London force said Rahman, aged 20, had been charged with preparing acts of terrorism as well as assisting Imran in terror planning.Rahman was reportedly arrested while...

Trial delayed for police officer charged with terrorism

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ABC News By The Associated Press A judge has ordered a one-week delay in the trial of the first law enforcement officer in the U.S. ever to be charged with a terrorism offense.Jury selection was scheduled for Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. Nicholas Young was a police officer in the region's Metro system when he was arrested last year in a government sting.Judge Leonie Brinkema ordered the delay after defense lawyers asked for more time to review a new batch of evidence.Prosecutors say Young bought nearly $250 in gift cards he intended for the Islamic State group, giving the cards to an individual who turned out to be an FBI source.Young's lawyers say the sting operation amounts to entrapment.Documents show Young had been under surveillance since 2010. Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/trial-delayed-police-officer-charged-terrorism-51589395...

France: Islamism in the Heart of the State

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by Yves Mamou  •  Gatestone Institute On all questions dedicated to immigration and Islam, France's Council of State has become an Islamo-leftist body, dedicated to encouraging Muslim immigration and protecting the expansion of Islam and Islamism in France. The government wanted to expel foreign workers immediately after the cancellation of their work permit. Due to the Council of State, deportation was delayed by 24 hours, enough time to allow them to escape and become permanent illegal immigrants. Maybe the elites are looking for "redemption" after France colonized parts of Africa. They are forgetting, however, that it was Muslims who colonized the Middle East, the Christian Byzantine Empire, North Africa, Greece, much of Eastern Europe and Asia, Northern Cyprus and Spain. On October 25, 2017, the highest French administrative court, the Council of State (Conseil d'État), ordered the removal of a Roman Catholic cross from the top of a monument dedicated...

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