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Terrorism

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Gunman holds hostages at synagogue in Texas, one released An FBI SWAT team was on the scene and law enforcement negotiated with the gunman. By ARIELLA MARSDEN A rabbi and three others were taken hostage during a Shabbat service at the reform Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, on Saturday. One hostage has been released, leaving three remaining hostages, according to police. According to multiple news outlets, the gunman demanded the release of Pakistani Al-Qaeda-affiliated Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year prison sentence for multiple felonies including trying to kill US Army officers. The gunman demanded to meet with Aafia in negotiations with the FBI as well as have her released from a federal medical facility where she has been held for the last few days. According to CNN, the gunman spoke to a New York-based rabbi earlier in the day on the phone and told him that he...
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The Washington Times Iran-Backed Forces In Syria Attack U.S. Troops In Anti-ISIS Coalition  By Mike GlennIran is believed to be behind a number of recent attacks targeting U.S. forces operating in parts of Iraq and Syria as part of a continuing mission to defeat the remnants of Islamic State forces, also known as Daesh.American troops have come under fire at least three times since the start of the new year.The U.S.-led coalition on Jan. 6 accused Iran-backed militias of targeting Green Village, a Syrian Democratic Forces base with a small international advisory presence in northeast Syria. The attack didn’t cause any casualties, but several rounds impacted inside the base and caused minor damage, officials said.Coalition and Syrian Democratic Forces fired six artillery rounds toward the attack’s point of origin in response.The attacks’ indiscriminate nature pose a “serious threat” to civilians in the area, said Army Maj. Gen. John W. Brennan...

Justice Dept. Forms Domestic Terrorism Unit

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  The New York Times Justice Dept. Forms Domestic Terrorism UnitThe move is in keeping with Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s vow to make combating domestic terrorism a priority. by Katie Benner Olsen added, but a group of lawyers will now be dedicated to the domestic threat and ensure that cases will be “handled properly and effectively coordinated” across the agency and federal law enforcement.The move is in keeping with Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s vow to prioritize combating domestic extremism. It comes as the Justice Department investigates the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, an assault that underscores the resurgence of domestic extremism driven in part by the baseless perception that the 2020 election was marred by election fraud.Last year, the Biden administration unveiled a national strategy to tackle domestic extremism, which called for preventing recruitment by extremist groups and bolstering information sharing across law enforcement.In its budget proposal...
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The National Sweden And France Launch Joint Task Force To Prosecute ISIS Fighters Over Yazidi Genocide by Nicky Harley Authorities in Sweden and France have launched a joint team to investigate atrocities committed by ISIS against the Yazidi community.Europe's crime agency, Eurojust, has set up the team to prosecute foreign terrorist fighters for their persecution of the Yazidi population.More than 10,000 Yazidis were killed when ISIS swept through northern Iraq in 2014 and about 7,000 women and girls were enslaved, many of whom are still missing."The main aim of the team will be to identify foreign terrorist fighters who were involved in core international crimes, such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, primarily perpetrated against members of the Yazidi minority during the armed conflict in Syria and Iraq, in view of potential prosecution," Eurojust said."The team will also focus on identifying victims and witnesses of these crimes committed...

Drone Attack On U.S. Forces Foiled West Of Baghdad

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Reuters Drone Attack On U.S. Forces Foiled West Of Baghdad BAGHDAD, Jan 4 (Reuters) - (This January 4 story corrects year when Soleimani was killed in 10th paragraph to 2020, not 2021)Two explosive-laden drones were shot down on Tuesday by Iraq's air defenses as they approached the Ain al-Asad air base, which hosts U.S. forces, west of Baghdad, an official of the U.S.-led international military coalition said.U.S. officials in recent weeks had warned that they expected an uptick in attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria, in part because of the second anniversary of the killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.A similar attack was foiled on Monday, when Iraqi air defenses downed two drones as they approached a base hosting U.S. forces near Baghdad's international airport.Separately, another coalition official told Reuters that the coalition had carried out strikes against an "imminent threat" after they saw several rocket launch...