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The Daily Caller Ryan Pickrell China/Asia Pacific Reporter   The death toll in a city in the southern Philippines overrun by Islamic State-linked Muslim militants rose Wednesday as the military discovered the bodies of five decapitated civilians. The military warned that atrocities are expected to continue as Filipino troops liberate Marawi, where the armed forces have been combating militants affiliated with Islamic separatist groups, specifically the ISIS-aligned Maute Group, for over a month. The militants, who carry the black ISIS standard into battle, have torched schools and churches, slaughtered civilians, and taken hostages. The military has leveled whole sections of the city through airstrikes and bombing runs in an attempt to exterminate the terrorists attempting to build an Islamic caliphate in the southern Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte, who has declared martial law in the south, says the Philippines is facing a “very dangerous situation” as young Muslims buy into the...
Wired by LILY HAY NEWMAN - SECURITY A type of  ransomware researchers have identified as Petya (also called Petrwrap) began spreading internationally on Tuesday. Reported victims so far include Ukrainian infrastructure like power companies, airports, public transit, and the central bank, as well as Danish shipping company Maersk, the Russian oil giant Rosnoft, and institutions in India, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, and beyond. What makes the rapid escalation of Petya both surprising and alarming is its similarity to the recent worldwide WannaCry ransomware crisis, primarily in its use of NSA exploit EternalBlue to spread through networks. "It is definitely using EternalBlue to spread," says Fabian Wosar, a security researcher at the defense firm Emsisoft, which specializes in malware and ransomware. "I confirm, this is a WannaCry situation," Matthieu Suiche, the founder of security firm Comae Technologies, wrote on Twitter. Microsoft had patched the EternalBlue vulnerability in March, prior to...

Most Want Person Terror List

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Gatestone Institute by Hakim Haider One of these World Banned Terrorist Organization Head was just elected Member for Parliament. If world add my name Thousand Time on Most Want Person Terror List, than am not for care: the Love that You are gives me are Bigger! This list are nothing infront of me, it equal to the piece of Paper. A lot of World Banned Terrorist Organization start for work openly in my Country. One of these World Banned Terrorist Organization Head was just elected Member for Parliament. Other day, a Ambulance come by with mark of Famous World Banned Terrorist Organization that say they collecting fund for Muslims in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, etc. There are two persons one are driving the Ambulance and other one announce in a speaker for Donation. He say, We buy Food and cloth for our Men and we also use this Donation for Fight...
Phys.org Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube announced Monday the launch of an anti-terror partnership aimed at thwarting the spread of extremist content online.The "Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism" intends to share engineering, research and knowledge to help "continue to make our hosted consumer services hostile to terrorists and violent extremists," the companies said.Each of the technology giants has been working individually to prevent its platforms or services from being used to promote or spread extremist views."The spread of terrorism and violent extremism is a pressing global problem and a critical challenge for us all," said a joint statement posted on Twitter's policy blog."We believe that by working together, sharing the best technological and operational elements of our individual efforts, we can have a greater impact on the threat of terrorist content online."The new forum built on discussions in Europe and conclusions of recent G7 and European Council, according to...

Ramadan: 3 Times Bloodier Than Year Before

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Clarion Project by Ryan Mauro The Islamic holy month of Ramadan was three times bloodier than last year, according to a tally by Breitbart. There were at least eight acts of violent jihad in the North America and Europe. According to the tally, 1,627 people were killed and 1,824 were injured during this year’s Ramadan, as compared to 421 being killed last year and 729 injured. Almost 160 terrorist attacks took place in about 30 Muslim-majority countries. The following is a list of the acts of jihad that took place in the U.S., Canada and Europe (the suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena happened shortly before Ramadan begun): In Germany, a Syrian Kurdish refugee was stabbed to death by Arabs who saw him smoking during Ramadan. At the London Bridge, three Islamists launched a vehicular attack, followed by a slashing rampage. Eight people died and 48 were injured. In a...
Sky News France has sentenced 18 members of a notorious jihadist network that it considers the "missing link" between multiple terrorist attacks.Members of the Cannes-Torcy cell were sentenced to between one and 28 years in prison on Thursday for an attack on a Jewish grocery store.One person was injured in the 2012 attack, in which a grenade was thrown into the shop. Prosecutors said it was a "miracle" no one was killed.The man who threw the grenade, Jeremy Bailly, received the longest sentence.But other members of the notorious cell were given sentences for other crimes, including travelling to Syria and planning further atrocities in France.One, Ibrahim Boudina, spent 16 months in the war-torn state and was accused of returning to commit an attack. The discovery of the "Cannes-Torcy" cell in 2012 prompted a profound change in France's counter-terrorism strategy.Following its rise and discovery, security agencies shifted their focus to jihadist...
Business Insider by Bruce Newsome The latest attacks in London and Manchester – like last year’s attacks in Orlando, Florida and St. Cloud, Minnesota – epitomize what I call the newest form of terrorism.The newest terrorists aim to kill as many people as possible, as frequently as possible, as horrifically as possible, intimately, suicidally, with the most accessible weapons, in the most accessible public spaces.Defining what terrorism is can be contentious but over the years scholars have identified several distinct waves. The “old” wave of terrorism from the 1960s was largely secular, aiming for political representation, ideological change and separatism.In the 1990s, a group of scholars identified the rise of what they dubbed “new terrorism.” New terrorists, these scholars argued, tend to be religiously motivated – and, because religious terrorists are usually more interested in killing outsiders than causing political change, they tend to be more lethal.Although the term “new”...
TechDirt by Tim Cushing  See Something, Say Something (UK Edition) has arrived! In the wake of terrorist attacks, local law enforcement are urging people to report "suspicious" activities. There's a long list of things to be on the lookout for, but most notable is the call to view certain internet use as suspicious, as Joseph Cox reports.    Police in the capital have reportedly been handing out leaflets listing what authorities deem as suspicious activity, in the hope that vigilant community members can continue to provide helpful information to law enforcement. Perhaps, in a sign of how online communities play an increased role in radicalization, the leaflet specifically points to use of the dark web as a potential link to terrorism.    "Be aware of what is going on around you—of anything that strikes you as different or unusual, or anyone that you feel is acting suspiciously—it could be someone you know...
Belfast Telegram French President Emmanuel Macron's new government has presented a security bill to beef up police powers amid extremist threats in Europe. Mr Macron insists the bill discussed at a cabinet meeting will not infringe on freedoms, but rights groups fear France is heading for a permanent state of emergency. His government is seeking to extend France's existing state of emergency through until November 1, the time it will take the new security bill to pass through parliament. The current expiration date for the state of emergency is July 15. It would be the sixth extension of the measure since deadly attacks by extremists in Paris in November 2015. advertisement   The move comes days after an attacker drove a car carrying explosives into a police convoy on Paris's busy Champs-Elysees avenue, the latest of several small-scale attacks on European cities. "The threat is long-lasting," Mr Macron told several...
  RAAF sends aircraft to combat ISIS in the Philippines as Muslim extremism moves from the Middle East into Asia and becomes 'a direct threat to Australia'    Australia's intelligence-gathering P-3 Orion aircraft are going to the Philippines     The planes will help in the fight against Islamic State-affiliated terrorist groups     They will operate in the Mindanao region where four Islamist groups are fighting    Philippines President Duterte has placed the Mindanao region under martial lawBy Fiona Connor For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated PressAustralia's advanced intelligence-gathering P-3 Orion aircraft are heading to the Philippines to help in the fight against Islamic State-affiliated terrorist groups.Defence Minister Marise Payne on Friday confirmed two RAAF P-3 Orion aircraft will provide surveillance support to local forces.The planes will operate in the Mindanao region where four Islamist groups, including Abu Sayyaf and the Maute group, are fighting. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4631262/RAAF-sends-aircraft-combat-ISIS-Philippines.html...

Brussels station attacker 'had ISIS sympathies'

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Euronews In the end, the bomb suspect was the only casualty.But a Moroccan man who struck at Brussels’ Central Station could have harmed many more.His suitcase was packed with nails and gas bottles, officials say.The 36-year-old, not previously known for terror activities, was shot dead after rushing towards a soldier shouting “Allahu akbar“ - God is greatest, in Arabic.Prosecutors say they have found indications that he had sympathies for so-called Islamic State. Federal Prosecutor’s spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt told a news conference: “It is clear that he wanted to cause much more damage than he did. He tried to make the case explode, it caught fire. There was a small explosion first, then he moved away and the case exploded a second time. This was a stronger blast but the damage could have been a lot worse.”A security source named the dead man, identified officially only by the initials...

ISIS Losing the Battle but Winning the War

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by Giulio Meotti  If ISIS is retreating in Mosul, it is rapidly advancing in Manchester. The Caliphate is winning its war in Europe. Six months ago in Britain, the rise of Jeremy Corbyn, the ultra-pacifist Labour party leader who blamed the "war on terror" for the recent attacks in Manchester and London, would have been unthinkable.As the Caliphate razed to the ground everything in its path, Europe reacted as if that were just the result of regrettable manners that should not concern her. The Islamists, however, had other plans."Why, in August 2015, did ISIS need to blow up and destroy that temple of Baalshamin? Because it was a temple where pagans before Islam came to adore mendacious idols? No, it was because that monument was venerated by contemporary Westerners, whose culture includes an educated love for 'historical monuments' and a great curiosity for the beliefs of other people and other times....
NBC News by Tom Winter, Andrew Blankstein, Kalhan Rosenblatt and Phil McCausland     An officer for Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, was stabbed Wednesday in what local, state and federal law enforcement authorities were investigating as a terrorist act. According to witnesses, 52-year-old Canadian Amor Ftouhi, who first entered the United States June 16, allegedly shouted "Allahu akbar" and blamed the United States for deaths in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville with a large knife. Multiple senior law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the investigation told NBC News that the suspect was not in any FBI databases prior to the incident, unlike the majority of suspects in the last several U.S. terror attacks. The FBI is leading the investigation in coordination with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Michigan State Police and other partners in Flint and Canada. The stabbing happened...

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DW On Saturday, thousands of Muslims in Cologne will take to the streets in a "March Against Terror." But Germany's largest Islamic organization, DITIB, will not be taking part. This decision has drawn strong criticism.Duisburg Moschee DITIB (picture-alliance/dpa/R. Weihrauch)Aydan Özoguz, a member of the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the German commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration, cannot hide her dismay. She has no sympathy for DITIB's decision not to take part in a Muslim anti-terror demonstration."To be frank, it is no longer understandable. I also believe that DITIB is hurting itself the most, especially its own members who, in part, find this call for action good," she said, adding that these members regard the board's decision as an affront.Muslims plan to hold a demonstration under the motto "Not with us" in the German city of Cologne on Saturday to promote peace and show that they are against Islamic...
Reuters  By David Brunnstrom | WASHINGTONThe United States wants China to become more involved in supporting the global fight against terrorism and efforts to defeat Islamic State, including in Iraq, a senior U.S. official said on Monday ahead of high-level security talks with Beijing.Susan Thornton, the U.S. acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said that China has taken only a limited role in counter-terrorism efforts, although it appeared to be becoming more interested."We would like to see them step up and take more responsibility," Thornton told reporters as Washington and China's diplomatic and defense chiefs prepared for a meeting in the U.S. capital on Wednesday."They have a lot of interests, for example in Iraq, and we think they should be doing to more to contribute to the efforts of the international coalition to defeat ISIS (Islamic State)," she said.Thornton said Beijing, which is not a member of the...
CBS News By Peter Martinez CBS/AP BRUSSELS -- Soldiers shot a suspect after a small explosion at the central Brussels train station, a spokeswoman for the city prosecutor's office said on Tuesday evening. Noboy else seemed to be injured and the damage was limited, Ine Van Wymersch told VRT network. It was not clear if the suspect survived. Photos posted on social media showed a small fire in the station. National newspaper La Libre Belgique quoted the Brussels prosecutor's office as saying the suspect was wearing a backpack and an explosive belt. Brussels police said via Twitter that there was "an incident with an individual at the station. The situation is under control." Grand Place, a major tourist site in the Belgian capital, was evacuated along with the station about 200 meters -- 656 feet away -- the AP reports. They asked the public to follow police instructions. Belgium's Crisis Center,...
Evening Standard by Jonathan Mitchell Counter-terror police have launched an investigation after a man was Tasered outside Parliament when he allegedly reached for a knife.Armed officers arrested a 30-year-old man outside the gates to the Palace of Westminster on Friday morning, after passers-by spotted the man and began shouting "knife, knife, knife".Although the Met Police has not declared the arrest as a terrorist incident, the force said it was "open minded as to whether terrorism was a motive".The bearded suspect, aged in his 30s, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife after being approached by armed officers. The arrest happened just yards from the spot where PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death in the Westminster terror attack in March.Security has been heightened across the capital after string of terrorist attacks this year.Earlier this month, three terrorists killed eight people when they mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge...

Facebook using AI to combat terrorism

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Sky News Australia Artificial intelligence is being deployed by Facebook in an effort to stop terrorists from using its website.The social media company said in a blog post that it will use AI to find and remove terrorist content before other users see it.The technology is the same as that used to block child pornography on the website but, as AI and algorithms are not yet as good as people at understanding the nuances of content and language, the website still needs human reviewers as well.One of the techniques used is image matching - comparing photos and videos uploaded by users with known terrorist images or videos.Facebook is also working on 'text-based signals' from material that has already been removed. These signals will be fed into a machine-learning system and that machine will, over time, be able to detect similar posts.The move comes after repeated calls from authorities for social...
Evening Standard by Tess de la Mare, Alexander Britton, Jason Collie One man was killed and 10 others injured after a van was driven into worshippers near Finsbury Park mosque in a suspected terrorist attack.Dozens of people had just finished prayers at the mosque when the vehicle crashed into pedestrians in Seven Sisters Road at about 12.15am on Monday.One man has been arrested and the Metropolitan Police has confirmed that one man has died and that Counter Terrorism officers are investigating the attack.Witnesses said people were also attacked by a knife-wielding man but the Met said there had been no reports of anyone suffering stab wounds.Prime Minister Theresa May said it was being treated as "a potential terrorist attack" and that she would hold a Cobra committee emergency meeting later on Monday.The nature of the attack drew immediate parallels with the London Bridge atrocity two weeks ago, in which eight...

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