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Federal Grand Jury Charges San Fernando Valley Man with Planning Long Beach Terror Attack in Plot to Cause Mass CasualtiesDepartment of JusticeOffice of Public AffairsA federal grand jury has indicted a San Fernando Valley man for his role in planning to bomb a rally in Long Beach last month for the purpose of causing mass casualties.  Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Nicola T. Hanna for the Central District of California made the announcement.Mark Steven Domingo, 26, of Reseda, California, a former U.S. Army infantryman who was deployed to Afghanistan, was previously arrested on a criminal complaint in this case.  The indictment returned today formally charges him with providing material support to terrorists and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.  If convicted, he would face a statutory maximum sentence of life in federal prison.Domingo, who has been in federal custody since his...
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Xinhua BAGHDAD, (Xinhua) -- Iraqi security forces killed 11 Islamic State (IS) militants in an operation in Iraq's central province of Salahudin, the Iraqi military said on Tuesday.A joint force from the Iraqi army, provincial police and paramilitary Hashd Shaabi units conducted an operation to clear a desert area in Salahudin province from IS militants, the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement.During the operation, the troops discovered 13 IS hideouts and two car-bomb-making sites, as well as killing 11 IS militants and destroying two booby-trapped vehicles, the statement said.The troops also found 16 explosive belts and six containers filled with explosives, in addition to other supplies and equipment, the statement added.The security situation in Iraq was dramatically improved after Iraqi security forces fully defeated the extremist IS militants across the country in late 2017. Read more: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/21/c_138077209.htm...

Israel Slams Un For Consorting With Hezbollah

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The Jerusalem Post Israel slams UN for consorting with Hezbollah "We are shocked and disappointed by this meeting with a designated terror organization’s leader." By JERUSALEM POST STAFF  After United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis met with Deputy Secretary General Naim Qassem of Hezbollah, Israel officials condemned the meeting. "We are shocked and disappointed by this meeting with a designated terror organization’s leader, threatening Israel, Lebanon and the whole region," Israel’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted. "One doesn’t need to read the Naim Qassem book, courtesy of #Hezbollah terrorists, in order to understand this !!" Read more: https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Israel-slams-UN-for-consorting-with-Hezbollah-590342...
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Iran's Deadly Reach in the Middle East Puts U.S. Forces and Israel in Striking RangeIran backs militias in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, where U.S. troops are also based, and in Lebanon and Yemen, located next to Washington's closest regional allies Israel and Saudi Arabia Haaretz and Reuters Threats of conflict between the United States and Iran have highlighted the places and ways their forces, proxies or allies could clash. Iran and Saudi Arabia have long been locked in a regional Cold War using proxy battles in four different countries to attack the other's interests. From Lebanon to Syria to Iraq to Yemen, each country has paid the price of being a battleground in the Iran-Saudi regional power battle. Iran backs militias in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, where U.S. troops are also based, and in Lebanon and Yemen, located next to Washington's closest regional allies Israel and Saudi Arabia.It is situated...
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Voice of America by Jeff Seldin The collapse of the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq is doing little to slow down the terror group's branch in Afghanistan.Newly unclassified intelligence suggests IS-Khorasan, as the group is known, is growing both in numbers and ambition, now boasting as many as 5,000 fighters — nearly five times as many as estimates from last year — while turning its focus to bigger and more spectacular attacks.Military officials say the numbers, shared by U.S. Forces-Afghanistan for the latest quarterly report by the Lead Inspector General for Operation Freedom Sentinel, issued Tuesday, are "low confidence" estimates but that IS-Khorasan has fighters in Kabul, as well as in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces and in other parts of northeastern Afghanistan.More worrisome, according to defense intelligence officials, is that the terror group has been gaining ground, both against the Afghan government and the Taliban, expanding the...
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Department of Justice   Office of Public Affairs   Federal Grand Jury Charges San Fernando Valley Man with Planning Long Beach Terror Attack in Plot to Cause Mass Casualties A federal grand jury has indicted a San Fernando Valley man for his role in planning to bomb a rally in Long Beach last month for the purpose of causing mass casualties.  Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Nicola T. Hanna for the Central District of California made the announcement. Mark Steven Domingo, 26, of Reseda, California, a former U.S. Army infantryman who was deployed to Afghanistan, was previously arrested on a criminal complaint in this case.  The indictment returned today formally charges him with providing material support to terrorists and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.  If convicted, he would face a statutory maximum sentence of life in federal prison. Domingo, who...
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The Daily Caller News Foundation United States Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers – TWICEMary Margaret Olohan | ReporterUnited States fighter jets intercepted Russian bombers for the second time in two days off the Alaskan coast, according to a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command.Four Tupolev Tu-95 bombers and two Su-35 fighters entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on Monday and were intercepted by two pairs of F-22 fighters and an E-3 Airborne Early Warning and Control System, according to NORAD’s press release. Two U.S. F-22’s intercepted two of the Russian bombers and two more F-22’s intercepted the second group of Russian bombers. The Russian bombers did not leave international aerospace and at no time entered U.S. territory, the press release reveals. Read more: https://www.dailycaller.com/2019/05/22/us-jets-intercept-russian-bombers/...
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Fox News Associated Press BEIRUT – A spokesman for a U.S.-backed force in Syria says a suicide bomber from the Islamic State extremist group detonated his explosives on a road in northern Syria, targeting a joint convoy belonging to the force and the U.S.-led anti-IS coalition.Mustafa Bali is a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. He says Monday's attack near the town of Shaddadeh caused material damage but no casualties. IS claimed responsibility in a statement and said the blast killed or wounded eight people in the convoy.There was no immediate comment by the U.S. military or anti-IS coalition.Bali tweeted that the attack was an attempt by IS to disrupt the campaign to root out IS sleeper cells that are staging attacks in Syria despite their group's territorial defeat earlier this year. Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/world/is-claims-bomb-attack-targeting-us-backed-force-in-syria...
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Alpha News Audio: Mob with Hammers Descends on Minneapolis East Bank LRT PatronsA mob of eight to 10 males wielding hammers descended upon bystanders at the East Bank Light Rail station on Friday night injuring several, according to recorded police dispatch audio.The incident was apparently reported to 911 just before 10 p.m. on Friday according to the audio and other social media police scanner reports. A 9:48 p.m. Facebook post on 2nd Precinct Minneapolis Crime Watch page said that University of Minnesota (U of M) police were requesting assistance from Minneapolis police (MPD) and Metro Transit police for “a group of 8-10 males chasing people with hammers” and that some people were injured. A Facebook post a minute later on Minneapolis Scanner page said that the three police departments were responding to “multiple [911] calls” about “10-12 Somali teen males armed with hammers chasing people,” also with “several injuries reported.”...

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The Clarion Project How to Fight the Ideological War Against Jihadis: Mauro & Gorka   Read more: https://clarionproject.org/how-to-fight-the-ideological-war-against-jihadis-mauro-gorka/...

Acid attacks growing more common across Europe

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USA Today Acid attacks growing more common across EuropePolice say four young female U.S. tourists were attacked with acid Sunday in Marseille, France by a woman who has been arrested.Acid attacks, similar to the one injuring four U.S. women Sunday at a French train station, are escalating across Europe, and authorities are concerned that corrosive substances may become more of a “weapon of choice” for potential terrorist attacks. Sunday's attack in Marseille against four Boston College students studying abroad is not being considered a terrorist attack, French authorities said.  The female suspect, 41, has a history of mental health problems and was arrested at the scene. Motorcycle delivery drivers and motorcyclists take part in a demonstration in Parliament Square in central London on July 18, 2017, following a spate of acid attacks on July 13. A 16-year-old boy was charged by police investigating five linked acid attacks in London.Boston College...

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Arutz Sheva Terror on bus ride home: 'We're going up in flames!'Bus taking high school girls back home after Shabbat hit by firebomb, leaving vehicle damaged and girls suffering from shock.     Read more: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/263364...

Rocket Lands Near U.S. Embassy In Baghdad

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Rocket Lands Near U.S. Embassy In Baghdad Amid Tensions With Iran Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty By RFE/RL A rocket landed in Baghdad's Green Zone near the huge U.S. Embassy compound amid heightened tensions in the region as Washington withdraws personnel from Iraq and President Donald Trump issued a warning to Iran.Iraq's state-run news agency said there were no casualties as a result of the Katyusha rocket exploding less than 1 kilometer from the U.S. Embassy on May 19.It was the first such rocket attack in the Green Zone -- a high-security area where many foreign and Iraqi officials, including parliament and the prime minister, are based -- since September 2018.An Iraqi military spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Rasul, told AP that the rocket fell near Iraq's statue of the Unknown Soldier, and was being investigated.Rasul said the rocket was believed to have been fired from the eastern part of Baghdad, which...
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Jihad Watch Sweden: Wife of senior Jewish leader stabbed 9 times in street by Muslim man; police not treating it as hate crimeBy Christine Douglass-Williams A Jewish woman in her 60’s who is the wife of a senior leader of the local Helsingborg’s Jewish community–and its secretary–was randomly stabbed 9 times by a Muslim man who is “known to police”. Yet investigators are not treating the incident as a hate crime. That is absurd. “Israel’s Foreign Ministry said the stabbing appeared to have been anti-Semitic in nature. A leading rabbi echoed this sentiment.”The rise of violent anti-semitism is so bad in Sweden that many Jews in that country have moved to Israel for sanctuary, ever since the flood of Muslim migrants have entered Sweden. Swedish authorities shield them from public scrutiny and criticism, so the problem escalates.Ever since the surge of Muslim migrants into Europe, the incidents of violent anti-semitism...
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United States Department of Justice Ali Kourani Convicted in Manhattan Federal Court for Covert Terrorist Activities on Behalf of Hizballah’s Islamic Jihad Organization   Ali Kourani Was Trained by Hizballah’s External Terrorist Operations Component and Gathered Intelligence in New York City in Support of Attack-Planning Efforts   Yesterday, a jury returned a guilty verdict against Ali Kourani, a.k.a. “Ali Mohamad Kourani,” a.k.a. “Jacob Lewis,” a.k.a. “Daniel,” on all eight counts in the Indictment, which charged him with terrorism, sanctions and immigration offenses for his illicit work as an operative for Hizballah’s external attack-planning component.  Kourani is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 27, 2019, by the Honorable Alvin K. Hellerstein, who presided over the eight-day trial.  Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York, Assistant Director Michael McGarrity of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division and Assistant Director in...
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BBC The bodies of 11 Nigerien soldiers missing since Tuesday's ambush have been discovered, bringing the death toll to 28.Militants killed four US soldiers at the same place in 2017.Niger and other countries in the Sahel have been facing a growing militant threat from several Islamist groups.The Islamic State group has said it was behind the ambush but there has been no confirmation of this claim by the authorities.Militants belonging to affiliates of al-Qaeda are also active in the region.They are most active in neighbouring Mali, where French troops intervened in 2013 to prevent them from advancing on the capital, but they often stage cross-border raids.How did the attack happen?The soldiers were in pursuit of militants who attacked a high security prison 50km (30 miles) on Tuesday outside the capital, Niamey, a government spokesman told the BBC."One of the soldiers' vehicles drove into a landmine and then the assailants started...
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AL.com By Mike Cason  and Carol Robinson An Alabama State Trooper was called to the scene on Dec. 13, 2017 when a vehicle overturned in Chilton County.The driver, Siraj Wahhaj, was with an adult and seven children and said they were going from Georgia to New Mexico for a camping trip, according to news reports at the time.The trooper’s report said he found no camping equipment but noted Wahhaj had five guns, a bag of ammunition and a bulletproof vest.“Mr. Wahhaj seemed to be very concerned about his weapons and stated several times that they were his property and that he owned them legally,” according to the report, shared by CBS News.It was the last time one of those children -- Wahhaj’s 3-year-old son Abdul-ghani Wahhaj -- was seen alive. Read more: https://www.al.com/news/2019/05/it-was-in-our-backyard-alabama-terrorist-camp-report-shocks-macon-county.html...
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The Wall Street Journal U.S. Embassy Staff to Leave Iraq as Iran Tensions Mount Directive comes amid warnings of heightened threats in the Middle East from Iran-allied militias, as lawmakers press Trump administration for details on reasons for withdrawalsBy Ghassan Adnan in Baghdad and Courtney McBride and Siobhan Hughes in WashingtonThe Trump administration ordered a partial withdrawal of its diplomats from Iraq on Wednesday, as Washington warned of heightened threats from Iran and Tehran-backed Shiite militias.This week, a U.S. official said Iran likely was behind recent attacks on oil tankers in waters off the United Arab Emirates, something Tehran has strenuously denied. Last week, the administration deployed an aircraft carrier, a bomber task force and other equipment and personnel, citing unspecified threats from Iran. Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-embassy-staff-told-to-leave-iraq-amid-iran-tensions-11557910345...
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The Washington Examiner Thousands of ISIS fighters remain undefeated in underground cells, coalition general admits by Jamie McIntyre Despite the destruction of the Islamic State's physical caliphate in March, thousands of its fighters have simply gone underground and remain a significant threat, carrying out deadly attacks, a senior coalition military officer said Tuesday.“It has been reorganizing itself into a network of cells and intent on striking key leaders, village elders, and military personnel to undermine the security and stability in Iraq and Syria,” British Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, a senior spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, said from Baghdad in a briefing for Pentagon reporters.“Daesh fighters are still ambushing security patrols, detonating [improvised explosive devices], and conducting kidnappings,” said Ghika, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS. “Despite its territorial setbacks, Daesh is still having successes, and its ideology still inspires people around the world.” Read more: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/thousands-of-isis-fighters-remain-undefeated-in-underground-cells-coalition-general-admits...
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By Clarion ProjectA teenager from Fort Worth, Texas says he helped recruit for a Pakistani terror organization. Michael Kyle Sewell, 18, could face 20 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to using social media to recruit for Lashkar-e-Taiba. LeT, the organization behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks that left 166 dead and many more wounded. Sewell provided contact details for someone he believed could help facilitate travel to Pakistan for a potential LeT recruit. A Department of Justice statement offers more details: Sewell then provided the coconspirator, who he spoke to on social media, with contact information for an individual he believed could facilitate the coconspirator’s travel to Pakistan to join LeT. Unbeknownst to Sewell and the coconspirator, the facilitator was an undercover FBI agent. Sewell and the coconspirator discussed what the coconspirator should say to the undercover agent who posed as the facilitator, in order to gain the facilitator’s...