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The Register - Herald BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)Researchers at the premier dark web data intelligence company, Terbium Labs, have released the findings of new research that examines the deeply intertwined nature of payment fraud and transnational crime. Results from the report titled, "The Next Generation of Criminal Financing: How Payment Fraud Funds Transnational Crime," illustrate the far-reaching effect of payment fraud – where and how stolen payment data is used to either fund or launder the proceeds from large-scale, pernicious criminal activity across the world. The research features geographical breakdowns and real-world case studies of how payment-card fraud is used to launder money by organized crime syndicates; subsidize the costs of trafficking in drugs, guns and humans; and provide material support for terrorist groups at levels in the billions of dollars.This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190625005191/en/Where and how stolen payment data is used in transnational crime throughout...
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ABC 25 WPBF News Local law enforcement agencies team up for terrorist attack trainingShayne Wright Dozens of law enforcement officers in full tactical gear with tactical vehicles filled the parking lot of Jim Barry Park in Riviera Beach on Wednesday. The park served as the staging area for Operation Heat Shield III, a regional complex coordinated terrorist attack initiative, focused on advancing whole community and regional partnerships by collaborating across jurisdictional boundaries and multidisciplinary entities. All teams engaged in mock active shooter situations.The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said the operation offers regional first responders a series of unique and realistic drills designed around real-world scenarios that test unified command capabilities. The drills were scheduled at 19 venues throughout the region, supported by thousands of participants and volunteers.AdvertisementThe initiative began in August 2018 with a regional capability assessment, followed by a series of train-the-trainer courses designed to strengthen the region’s...
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Man Kidnaps Woman, Takes Law Enforcement on High Speed Chase My Panhandle By Kelsey Peck JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. - A convicted felon is back behind bars after deputies say he kidnapped a woman before leading law enforcement on a high speed chase in Jackson County.On Sunday, deputies responded to the Loves Truck Stop in Cottondale after a woman claimed she was kidnaped and forced into her vehicle at gunpoint by Albert Chester McKinnie. The victim told deputies she convinced McKinnie to let her use the restroom at the truck stop.Deputies responded but when they confronted the suspect, McKinnie drove off, leading them on a high speed chase.Deputies said the suspect continued at speeds well over 100 MPH on Kynseville Highway and threw several bags of unknown items out of the vehicle along the road.The pursuit continued into Washington County where Florida Highway Patrol troopers attempted to pull over McKinnie.After the...
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NBC KGW8 Tensions have been mounting since Trump last year withdrew the U.S. from a global nuclear deal with Iran and began pressuring Tehran with economic sanctions. Authors AYA BATRAWY , Associated Press, NASSER KARIMI , Associated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Saudi Arabia on Monday in a hastily arranged visit amid mounting tensions between Washington and Tehran as Iran's navy chief warned Iranian forces wouldn't hesitate to shoot down more U.S. surveillance drones from their skies.The downing of the drone, valued at more than $100 million, saw the United States pull back from the brink of a military strike on Iran after President Donald Trump last week called off strikes in retaliation.Iran's naval commander, Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi, threatened Washington, saying that Tehran is capable of shooting down other American spy drones that violate Iranian airspace."We confidently say that the...
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Times Of Israel In a reality once unthinkable, Assad’s troops along Golan border are heeding commanders of the Iran-backed terror group, and helping it prepare for conflict with the Jewish state By Avi Issacharoff    Earlier this month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based watchdog group, reported that Israeli fighter jets struck Hezbollah positions on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. There was no Israeli comment on the claim.The report said one of the targets was a post on Tel al-Harra, a mountain that is considered a strategic point that overlooks the Golan Heights, while the other was in Quneitra, near the UN-monitored border crossing with Israel, where Arab media reports a Syrian air-defense position and a Hezbollah intelligence center are located. The Iran-backed Lebanese terror group had been trying to set up a front on the Syrian Golan for years, but had previously been unable to gain...

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  Missouri: Hazelwood Police Officer saved a woman and her three-year-old granddaughter from a burning home.   ...
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Paraguayan extradited to Miami for key role in huge money laundering schemes, feds say By Jay Weaver Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article231810213.html#storylink=cpy A Paraguayan businessman accused of moving millions of dollars around the globe for drug traffickers and other criminals with suspected links to the terrorist group Hezbollah was extradited to Miami to face money-laundering charges on Friday.Before his extradition late Thursday, Nader Mohamad Farhat operated one of the biggest currency exchange businesses in the Tri-Border Area of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. At his first appearance in Miami federal court, he was charged with two counts of conspiring to launder money from drug-trafficking proceeds and an unlicensed currency transmitter in the United States, as well as six related money-laundering offenses.Farhat faces similar charges in New York federal court, but his Miami case must be resolved first before he is transferred there. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Miami next Thursday,...
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Department of Justice Office of Public AffairsTwo Suburban Chicago Men Convicted of Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISISMen Conspired to Help Individual They Believed Would Travel to Syria to Fight for ISIS, Provided Cell Phones They Believed Would be Used in Explosive Attacks OverseasTwo men from a north suburb of Chicago have been convicted of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, a foreign terrorist organization also known as ISIS. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch Jr. and Special Agent-in-Charge Jeffrey S. Sallet of the FBI’s Chicago Field Office made the announcement.The jury in federal court in Chicago on Thursday convicted Joseph D. Jones, 37, and Edward Schimenti, 37, both of Zion, Illinois, on one count of conspiring to provide material support and resources to ISIS.  Schimenti was also convicted on one count of...

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  State television has broadcast footage of a US military drone which was shot down on Thursday. Footage of the debris purports to show fragments from the destroyed RQ-4A Global Hawk which was reportedly hit by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.   ...
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  Associated Press WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump declared Thursday that "Iran made a very big mistake" by shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz but suggested it was a foolish error rather than an intentional escalation of the tensions that have led to rising fears of open military conflict.Asked about a U.S. response, the president said pointedly, "You'll soon find out."The downing of the huge, unmanned aircraft , which Iran portrayed as a deliberate defense of its territory rather than a mistake, was a stark reminder of the risk of military conflict between U.S. and Iranian forces as the Trump administration combines a "maximum pressure" campaign of economic sanctions against Iran with a buildup of American forces in the region.On Thursday, Iran called the sanctions "economic terrorism," insisted the drone had invaded its airspace and said it was taking its case to the United Nations in an...
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Syrian Man Arrested on Terrorism Charges After Planning Attack on Christian Church Complaint Alleges Syrian Man Plotted Attacks in the Name of ISISDepartment of JusticeOffice of Public AffairsMustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was arrested today based on a federal complaint charging him with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and two counts of distributing information relating to an explosive, destructive device, or weapon of mass destruction in relation to his plan to attack a church in Pittsburgh.The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Assistant Director Michael McGarrity of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division and Special Agent in Charge Robert Jones of the FBI’s Pittsburgh Division.“Targeting places of worship is beyond the...
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US Navy drone shot down by Iranian missile over Strait of Hormuz in 'unprovoked attack,' central command says By Lucas Tomlinson, Edmund DeMarche, Travis Fedschun | Fox NewsU.S. military officials returned fire -- verbally -- hours after Iran blasted a Navy high-altitude drone out of the sky over the Strait of Hormuz, with U.S. Central Command leaders on Thursday slamming the "unprovoked" strike and Tehran's subsequent "false" justifications for it.The downing of the drone, via surface-to-air missile, is only the most recent Iranian provocation in the region, coming on the heels of a disputed attack on a pair of oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. U.S. officials say Iran was behind the tanker attacks, however, the Islamic Republic has not claimed responsibility and even suggested American involvement in the plot.Similarly, Iran claimed the U.S. drone on Thursday was over Iranian airspace when it was shot down --...
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The Denver Post Photographer recounts facing Dallas gunman who opened fire on federal building “It was just instinctual,” The Dallas Morning News photographer said. By Jake Bleiberg and The Associated Press DALLAS — Waiting outside a federal courthouse, photographer Tom Fox took in Dallas’ 8 a.m. bustle. People dressed for work got out of cars. A homeless man danced on a street pole. But when what initially sounded like a truck backfiring clarified into gunshots, the routine assignment for a veteran journalist morphed in a moment.As shots echoed off the tall buildings, an armed officer dashed past The Dallas Morning News photographer. A man came around the corner half a block away and Fox pulled out his long lens — focusing in on green military-style garb, a mask and a belt full of ammunition. The gun barrel swung around. Fox squeezed off a last frame. And he ran for cover...
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BBC News Children were used as suicide bombers in a triple attack in Nigeria on Monday, Unicef has said.Two girls and a boy carried out the bombing outside a video hall in Konduga village in north-eastern Borno State, the UN children's charity said. Their ages are not yet known.Officials say at least 30 people were killed and 40 injured in the attack.The bombing is believed to have been carried out by the Boko Haram jihadist group. It has not yet commented.According to Unicef, five children have been used in suicide attacks since the beginning of the year.In 2018, 48 children were used as human bombs in Nigeria, including 38 girls."Unicef appeals to all those involved in this terrible conflict to protect children at all times and to keep them out of harm's way," the organisation said.Formed in Borno State, Boko Haram has waged a brutal insurgency across the north-east for...
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  South Carolina ‘terrorist sympathizer’ placed bomb inside teddy bear, FBI says By Stephen Sorace | Fox News A South Carolina “terrorist sympathizer” hid an explosive device inside a teddy bear during a serial bombing spree last year, the FBI said Monday.Wesley Ayers, 26, had placed six devices – three bombs and three “hoax devices” – on roadways around Anderson County between January 24 and February 24, 2018, the agency said in a news release.A pipe bomb with nails was found inside a teddy bear sitting in a basket in the middle of a road on Feb 15, the release said. Bomb technicians were able to disable the device after a motorist reported the out-of-place stuffed animal to police. No one was injured.“This was deliberately placed where a child or passerby could have found it. Fortunately, someone saw it and knew to call us,” said Special Agent Christopher Derrickson. However,...
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Military Times US releases photos to bolster claim Iran attacked tankers as 1,000 additional troops to be sent to Middle East By Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press   WASHINGTON — In an effort to bolster its public case against Iran, the Pentagon on Monday released new photos that officials said show that members of Tehran’s Revolutionary Guard were responsible for attacks last week on two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf.The images, many taken from a Navy helicopter, show what the Pentagon said were Iranian forces removing an unexploded mine from the side of the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman. Officials last week said the move appeared to be an attempt to remove forensic evidence from the scene of the attack. But it's not clear if examination of the mine would have made it definitively clear that the device was planted by the IRGC....
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Las Cruces Police Department reported on Facebook: Officers Injured, Suspect Dead in Early-morning IncidentLas Cruces police and the Officer-involved Incident Task Force are investigating an incident that led to the injury of three law enforcement officers and the death of a man who is suspected of firing multiple rounds at officers.Shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Monday, June 17, a Las Cruces Police Department officer was checking out with a suspicious subject near Lohman Avenue and Nacho Drive. Preliminary information indicates the officer, in his marked police unit, shined a spotlight on the subject who was on foot. The subject, a man who remains unidentified at this time, fired multiple rounds at the officer’s police unit.At least two rounds penetrated the police unit’s windshield, one of which struck the officer. The officer drove himself to a nearby hospital. His injury is not life-threatening.Police believe the shooting suspect also tried to carjack...
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Female Jihadists Are Just As 'Motivated' To Build An Islamic State As Men, Report Concludes Fox News By Hollie McKay Female jihadists are just as dedicated as their male counterparts when it comes to bringing to life an “Islamic State,” the European Union’s police agency stated Friday.“Female jihadists are ideologically motivated as their male counterparts and their sense of empowerment lies in contributing to the building of an Islamic state,” Europol surmised in an extensive report titled “Women in Islamic State Propaganda,” adding that there are numerous examples of women who either executed or were intending to execute vicious attacks.“(This) proves that women are willing to use violence if the ideology allows them to do so,” the report concluded. “For now it is not yet their role, but this balance may easily shift according to the organization’s strategic needs and developments on the ground.”Europol figures show that around 15 percent...
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    by Majid Rafizadeh  •  Gatestone Institute   Iran recently produced a program on its state television channel demonstrating that the government is currently practicing missile attacks, with the purpose of carrying out actual attacks on Israel.... The video excerpt included in the television broadcast showed how the operations the Iranians are striving to put into action will bombard Tel Aviv. From the perspective of the Iranian leaders, if they continue to increase their threats against Israel, the United States will be pressured to change its strategy and lift pressure that has been placed on the clerical establishment, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and its elite branch, the Quds Force. It is an unacceptable double-standard that the United Nations and the international community have been, and continue to be, silent about Iran's threats against Israeli citizens. If the situation were reversed and if Israel threatened to annihilate Iran,...
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Texas Standard News Roundup: Homeland Security Says Change Needed After ‘Dangerous Overcrowding’ At El Paso CenterHere’s a look at headlines from around the state. By Becky Fogel Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan says the agency is taking steps to reduce overcrowding at federal immigration facilities.McAleenan appeared on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday. His interview came just days after the DHS Inspector General found “dangerous overcrowding” and unsanitary conditions at an El Paso, Border Patrol processing facility. These findings were made during an unannounced inspection last month. There were as many as 900 migrants detained at the site, which has a maximum capacity of 125 people.McAleenan told program host, Jake Tapper, current conditions are not appropriate.“I could not agree more with IG’s findings that we need a solution and changes, and we have a solution on the table with congress,” McAleenan said. “We asked for 4.5 billion dollars, 3.3...

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