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The Federalist It’s Time To Officially Acknowledge That Qatar Is A State Sponsor Of Terrorism For years, Qatar has bankrolled and provided haven to terrorist groups that threaten America’s interests and its allies. Let’s call a spade a spade.By Jordan CopeQatar boasts the world’s second-largest gross domestic product per capita. The wealthy oil emirate operates Qatar Airways, one of the world’s largest airlines. It hosts one of the world’s most influential state-sponsored news sources, Al Jazeera, and maintains significant influence in higher American education, donating more than $1.5 billion to some of America’s most well-known universities: the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina, Northwestern, Texas A&M, and Cornell.For all its “contributions,” however, Qatar also has a dark side. It openly supports and harbors terrorists to a disproportionate and unparalleled degree for its size. Qatar’s actions prompted President Trump to recognize Qatar’s terror funding as being “on [a] very...
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Fox News Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan: Attack On Immigration Offices Was An Act Of 'Domestic Terrorism' By Nick Givas The former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Tom Homan, said the attack on federal immigration offices in San Antonio, Texas, should be considered an act of "domestic terrorism," and he warned against the effects of extreme political rhetoric.The FBI is calling the early-Tuesday event a "targeted attack" after shots were fired at an ICE building where two floors of administrative and executive offices were housed, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The outlet also reported there was also gunfire at another facility where an ICE contractor was located."I think this was an act of terrorism. I mean, look at the definition of terrorism, this is exactly what they're doing," Homan said during an interview on "Outnumbered Overtime" on Wednesday. "This is domestic terrorism."Homan, who also wrote...
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UPI Texas Gov. Greg Abbott launches domestic terrorism task force By Troy Closson, The Texas Tribune Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Less than two weeks after a gunman walked into an El Paso Walmart and killed 22 shoppers, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has launched a Domestic Terrorism Task Force to protect against statewide acts of extremism, his office announced in a Wednesday release.The task force -- comprising federal, state and local officials, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen -- will analyze current and emerging state threats and form prevention and response strategies, the release says. Federal authorities have treated the El Paso shooting as an act of domestic terrorism after the discovery of a hate-filled manifesto, which they believe was authored by the gunman, warning of a "Hispanic invasion of Texas" amid other racist and xenophobic language. "Our top priority is...
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The Inquirer In North Philly standoff, alleged cop shooter Maurice Hill has a long criminal history by Samantha Melamed, Jeremy Roebuck, Dylan Purcell and Craig R. McCoyPolice sources identified the gunman in a standoff at a Tioga apartment building that left six police officers injured as Maurice Hill, 36, a Philadelphia man with a lengthy history of gun convictions and of resisting attempts to bring him to justice.The police sources declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak. Reached by phone about 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening, Shaka Johnson, the lawyer who most recently represented Hill, confirmed that Hill had a connection to the standoff. “My client is requesting me to come to the scene,” he said.The standoff began Wednesday about 4:30 p.m. when a Narcotics Strike Force unit attempted to serve a search warrant at a house on the 3700 block of North 15th Street.For the next...
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WBALTV 11 PHILADELPHIA — At least six police officers were shot following an incident in Philadelphia, according to Philadelphia Police Sergeant Eric Gripp.Those officers have non life-threatening injuries.Additional officers are receiving treatment for non-gunshot injuries, police say. The shooting began around 4:30 p.m. when police were first called to a home to serve a state narcotics warrant, according to authorities.An unidentified gunman fired at dozens of police officers on scene.Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said many of the officers "had to escape through windows and doors to get away from a barrage of bullets."Two officers were trapped inside the home, Gripp said. They were safely evacuated by the Philadelphia Police Department SWAT team hours after the standoff began.SWAT officers also escorted four women out of the home where the shooter had been earlier in the evening, according to KYW. The women were located on the second floor. Read more: https://www.wbaltv.com/article/reports-multiple-philadelphia-police-officers-have-been-shot/28703502...
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Reuters FBI Seeking To Question Alleged Al Qaeda Operative In Brazil RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking to question an alleged Egyptian Al Qaeda operative believed to be living in Brazil, and the South American country has pledged to cooperate with the United States in any way it can.The FBI added Mohamed Ahmed Elsayed Ahmed Ibrahim to its Most Wanted list on Monday, saying he was being sought “for questioning in connection with his alleged role as an Al Qaeda operative and facilitator who has allegedly been involved in plotting attacks against the United States and its interests.”The FBI said he had been “providing material support” since about 2013 for Al Qaeda, the group behind the Sept. 11 attacks in New York in 2001. It said he was born in Egypt in 1977 and is currently living in Brazil.In a joint statement on...
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News Now - New Zealand Satellite photos show what appear to be armoured personnel carriers and other vehicles belonging to the China's paramilitary People's Armed Police parked in a sports complex in the city of Shenzhen, in what some have interpreted as a threat from Beijing to use increased force against pro-democracy protestors across the border in Hong Kong. The pictures collected by Maxar's WorldView show 500 or more vehicles sitting on and around the soccer stadium at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre just across the harbour from the Asian financial hub that has been rocked by more than two months of near-daily street demonstrations. Flights at Hong Kong's airport, one of the world's busiest, were disrupted on Tuesday and Wednesday by a mass demonstration and occasional violence inside its terminal. Chinese state media have said only that the Shenzhen exercises had been planned before hand and were not directly...
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France 24 Paris Attacks Suspect Charged Over Brussels Suicide Bombings by NEWS WIRESSalah Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspect in the November 2015 Paris attacks, has been formally charged in connection with the Brussels suicide bombings months later, federal prosecutors said Monday.Abdeslam was charged with "participating in the activities of a terrorist group," the federal prosecutor's office told AFP, confirming reports in the Belgian media in recent days.The prosecutor's office did not give details of his alleged role in the suicide bombings at Brussels airport and a city metro station on March 22, 2016, which killed 32 people and wounded 340 others.The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks which occurred within an hour of each other.Investigators say the attacks were ordered from Syria and organised by a French-Belgian cell in Brussels, which was also behind the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds...
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NBC News Dayton Shooter's Friend Bought Body Armor, Gun Accessories Used In Deadly Attack, Prosecutors Say By Pete Williams and David K. LiA longtime friend of Dayton shooter Connor Betts allegedly bought the body armor, 100-round magazine and a firearm accessory used in the deadly attack that killed nine people, officials said Monday.Ethan Kollie, 24, of the Dayton suburb of Kettering, was charged with two offenses, not connected to the Aug. 4 massacre — falsely denying that he was a drug user when buying a handgun for himself in May, and then possession of a firearm while unlawfully using drugs.But Kollie's weapons played no role in the mass shooting, investigators said. And authorities also emphasized that Kollie appeared to play no part in the planning of Betts' mass shooting in the early morning of Aug. 4."To be clear, there is no evidence and allegation in this criminal complaint that Kollie...

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Terrorist Screams Allahu Akbar While Stabbing Two Women, Killing One 7NEWS ...
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UK: Going Easy on ISIS Terrorists, Hard on Those Who Fought Them? by Judith Bergman  •  Gatestone Institute While the UK government is seemingly intent on prosecuting those who have fought against ISIS, what has it been doing about the at least 425 returned ISIS terrorists themselves? Prosecuting around 400 ISIS terrorists means Britain would "lose a generation"? What about the loss of security that these terrorists pose to the rest of British society? Killing, torturing, raping and abusing Yazidis, Christians and others for sport was something that looked "bright and attractive"? The law does not appear to apply to ISIS terrorists the same way it applies to those young Britons who went to fight against them. The United Kingdom's moral compass seems to be entirely broken. The West has mercilessly let down persecuted minorities in the Middle East, while showing great concern for the well-being of returning ISIS terrorists,...
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Xinhua Nigerian Military Kill Boko Haram Militants, Destroy Command Center In Airstrikes ABUJA, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Airstrikes by the Nigerian military killed a number of Boko Haram militants and destroyed a location identified as their command and control center following a raid in the northeastern state of Borno, a military spokesman said here on Saturday.The raid, on Friday, targeted the command and control center of the Boko Haram terror group in Dusala, on the fringes of the Sambisa forest in Borno, Ibikunle Daramola, spokesman for the Nigerian air force, said in a statement made available to Xinhua in Abuja.Three Alpha jets dispatched by the Air Task Force engaged the location in multiple passes, recording accurate hits on the target area, he said.Daramola declined to give the accurate figure of Boko Haram militants killed in the raid but said the structures housing the command center were completely destroyed by the...
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Is Iraq’s Nineveh boiling over? The Jerusalem Post A US service member was killed on a mission assisting Iraqi security forces By Seth J. Frantzman   A US service member was killed during a mission with Iraqi Security Forces in Nineveh province in Iraq, reports indicated over the weekend.  However, US authorities say they cannot confirm details of the incident, pending an investigation, and that the name of the service member has been withheld until next of kin can be notified.This is a rare casualty for US operations in Iraq, where ISIS was largely defeated in large scale battles in 2017. However over the last year and a half ISIS has attempted to establish a new foothold and a recent US report said that it is trying to build up its command and control networks. It exploits areas where there is either weak government control, such as the desert border...
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NYPD Counterterrorism Chief on Threats, Privacy & Transparency by Noah Berman - Gotham Gazette As the internet continues to transform the landscape of threats to the United States and New York City specifically, the NYPD has had to adapt, and the police department in the country’s largest city, what some call its ‘number one terror target,’ uses monitoring and surveillance tools that have raised questions. Advancements in technology and tactics -- as well as age-old concerns about privacy, free speech, and due process, plus prior departmental errors in judgement -- have led to calls for more transparency by some advocates and lawmakers.Amid the push to ensure civil liberties and NYPD transparency, the department has fought to maintain its own privacy, arguing that keeping its strategies and tools secure is necessary to truly provide public safety in the age of internet terrorism. Particularly, the NYPD’s intelligence and counterterrorism units must be...

Afghan Forces Claim Attack On ISIS Cells In Kabul

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Voice Of America Afghan Forces Claim Attack On IS Cells In Kabul by Hasib Danish Alikozai VOA’s Afghanistan Service contributed to this report.WASHINGTON — Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, the country’s intelligence agency, released a new video showing its special forces attacking Islamic State sleeper cells in rural areas of Kabul Wednesday.The agency also said it arrested this week a key member of the terror group accused of coordinating suicide attacks and managing suicide bombers in the capital.The agency said in a statement that it acted on prior intelligence about three locations around the capital, killing two IS suicide bombers and seizing a large amount of explosives and ammunitions.“We have killed two IS suicide bombers and seized heavy weaponry, suicide vests, explosives and materials used to improvise vehicular bombs,” the statement said.At least two members of the Afghan security forces also died in the operation. Read more: https://www.voanews.com/extremism-watch/afghan-forces-claim-attack-cells-kabul...
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Gizmodo FBI Plans To Monitor Facebook, Twitter, And Instagram For Terrorism And Domestic Threats In Real-Time by Jennings Brown The Federal Bureau of Investigation is soliciting technology firms to build a tool that can monitor social media for threats.The agency posted a request for proposals on July 8 claiming it wants a “social media early alerting tool,” that will help it track the use of the platforms by terrorists, criminal organizations, and foreign agencies.“With increased use of social media platforms by subjects of current FBI investigations and individuals that pose a threat to the United States, it is critical to obtain a service which will allow the FBI to identify relevant information from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms in a timely fashion,” the request reads. “Consequently, the FBI needs near real-time access to a full range of social media exchanges in order to obtain the most current...
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Second Man Sentenced In Plot To Join Islamic State by Bruce VielmettiFederal prosecutors couldn't get a 20-year sentence for a man who really wanted to join the Islamic State, but that didn't stop them from seeking the same sanction for the man's less-culpable follower.Again, the judge imposed a far less severe sentence — five and a half years.Yosvany Padilla-Conde (pictured on the right), 32, pleaded guilty in April to helping Jason Ludke travel to Texas in 2016, with plans to then enter Mexico and ultimately go to Syria. Their journey was at the direction of FBI agents posing online as IS recruiters, who arrested the pair near San Angelo.Padilla-Conde made videos in which he swore allegiance to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and said he planned to travel to the Middle East. Read more: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/crime/2019/08/07/milwaukee-man-sentenced-helping-friend-try-join-islamic-state/1938056001/...

Iraq: Caught Between Militias And 'Islamic State'

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Deutsche Welle Iraq: Caught Between Militias And 'Islamic State' by Judit Neurink (Bashiqa, Iraq) Iraq's prime minister wants to integrate militias into the Iraqi army, but in Bashiqa the local Shiite militia refuses to leave. Is the region plunging into dark times once again? "Yes, there have been murder incidents," admits Hussein Zainal, a member of Bashiqa's local council, when asked about the behavior of the 30th Brigade of the Iraqi Shiite militias in this mixed town on the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq. "They are not a trained army. The boys have no ethics or knowledge of human rights."The 30th brigade is part of the Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), which consists of some 150,000 volunteers divided between some 40 Shiite militias. The PMU was formed to fight the Islamic terror group "Islamic State" (IS) after a fatwa issued by the religious leader of the Iraqi Shiites,...
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4 fatally injured in stabbing spree in Southern California, suspect nabbed By Brie Stimson | Fox News A suspect armed with "machete knives" fatally stabbed four random people and wounded two others in a Southern California stabbing spree Wednesday, police said.An unidentified 33-year-old Orange County man who police said was "full of anger" was arrested. He allegedly stabbed a woman at an insurance business, two men at the Garden Grove apartment complex where he lived and a man at a gas station. The crimes spanned a period of two hours from Garden Grove to Santa Ana, which are under 10 miles from each other. The victim at the gas station was slashed in the face so badly, his nose was nearly severed. Both men at the apartment complex died. The suspect also fatally stabbed a 7-Eleven security guard and a Subway employee, police said.He was arrested without incident after the...
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The Jerusalem Post Taliban Claim Bomb Attack On Police In Afghanistan; Nearly 100 Wounded A car bomb exploded on Wednesday outside a police station in the Afghan capital, Kabul, wounding at least 95 people, government officials said, and the Taliban claimed responsibility.There has been no let-up in violence in Afghanistan even though the Taliban and the United States appear close to a historic pact for U.S. troops to withdraw in exchange for a Taliban promise the country would not be used as a base from which to plot attacks by extremists. The blast, in the west of the city during the morning rush hour, sent a huge cloud of grey smoke billowing into the sky.The Taliban said a "recruitment center" had been attacked by one of their suicide bombers."A large number of soldiers and police were killed or wounded," the Taliban said in a statement.Read more: https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Explosion-in-Kabul-no-casualties-reported-597916...

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