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New York Post ISIS Affiliate Claims Responsibility For Egypt Beheadings By Emily Jacobs Video of a terror group in Egypt with ties to the Islamic State executing one Coptic Christian and two tribesmen is making the rounds online — as the country’s Interior Ministry revealed Monday that it had killed three suspects in the slayings.The 13-minute video, released late Saturday, showed 62-year-old Nabil Habashi Salama being shot in the back of the head with an AK-47 in the middle of what appeared to be the Egyptian desert.Three armed militants with their faces blurred stood behind Habashi Salama, who had helped build the sole Coptic church in the area, as he was murdered.Shortly after, the same three militants took out two tribesmen, whom they accused of fighting with the Egyptian armed forces.The Coptic Orthodox Church represents between 10 and 15 percent of Egypt’s 100 million people.The Christians, along with Egyptian security...
  All Africa East Africa: Fight Against Violent Extremism, And Graft Take Toll On Region By Anthony KitimoAs East Africa struggles to recover from the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic, the region is also fighting extremism, crime and corruption.In this mix is illicit trade that is increasingly rising as the principal financier of extremism, criminal enterprises and breeder of corruption in East Africa and its surrounding regions, says a report by the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) released recently.The region's woes are compounded by the fact that it is surrounded on all sides by potent terror groups, deeply penetrated by domestic and international crime groups and undermined from within by corrupt members of its business, civic and political classes.According to the report, terrorists and international crime groups are increasingly targeting East Africa as a destination market for illicit trade, as well as a transport hub for the mass import and export...
The Wall Street Journal Biden Officials Say World-Wide Concerns And Terrorism Justify Afghanistan Pullout Resources are needed to confront terrorist groups in a variety of countries, officials say By William MauldinShifting U.S. security priorities and a dispersed terrorist threat justify President Biden’s planned pullout this year of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, senior administration officials said Sunday.“The terrorism threat has moved to other places, and we have other very important items on our agenda, including the relationship with China,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on ABC’s “This Week”.In recent days, Mr. Biden and senior officials have sought to defend the troop withdrawal by Sept. 11 of this year, saying Washington will retain the ability to monitor and target militants in Afghanistan and gain greater ability to counter threats around the world.The exit plan runs counter to the recommendations of Mr. Biden’s top military commanders, who feared it could undermine security...
The Telegraph Taliban Attack On US Secret Base Raises Fear Of Pullout Deadline Violence A base hosting military personnel working for the CIA was hit by rockets twice in March and Kandahar airfield was hit earlier this week By Ben Farmer A series of attacks on American bases in Afghanistan, including a secret spy base, have raised fears that the Taliban will step up assaults on US forces ahead of the May 1 deadline to pull out.Rockets twice struck a base used by military personnel working for the CIA in eastern Afghanistan last month, CNN reported, in apparent breach of the US-Taliban withdrawal deal signed last year.Kandahar airfield which is used by US and coalition troops supporting the Afghan forces was then hit earlier this week.The attacks came as Joe Biden is reviewing whether to stick with the Doha deal signed by Donald Trump, under which all US troops should...
Minnesota police, rioters clash after Daunte Wright shooting; dozens arrested Police shot and killed Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop Sunday By David Aaro Minnesota authorities arrested about 40 people after rioters and police clashed for a second night in Brooklyn Center, Minn., authorities said during a news conference early Tuesday.Hundreds gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department Monday and defied curfew. They demanded justice for Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man fatally shot by police during a traffic stop. The crowd chanted "Daunte Wright!" Some shouted obscenities at officers.Authorities fired tear gas, and flash-bang grenades into the crowd after warning them that they were in violation of curfew. Some rioters retaliated by throwing smoke canisters back toward law enforcement, while others launched fireworks at the police lines, according to reports."Move back!" the police chanted. "Hands up! Don't shoot!" the crowd chanted back.Authorities said officers were shelled...