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Parade Shooting Live Updates: 22-Year-Old Is in Custody After Manhunt


New York Times Parade Shooting Live Updates: 22-Year-Old Is in Custody After Manhunt The police said they had detained a man they described as a person of interest in the shooting at the Highland Park, Ill., Fourth of July celebration. Six people were killed, including a 76-year-old grandfather. Many details about the attack remained unclear a day after the shooting. HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — The attack on a Fourth of July parade in a lakefront suburb north of Chicago that killed six people on Monday left the community and country reeling with questions, as a 22-year-old suspect remained in custody, his motive unclear and charges expected. Numerous people were still being treated in hospitals for gunshot wounds and other injuries. The shooting came a week and a half after President Biden signed the most significant gun measure to clear Congress in nearly three decades, but it was unclear whether any of...

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Protests erupt in Ohio after graphic video released of Jayland Walker’s police shooting


New York Post Protests erupt in Ohio after graphic video released of Jayland Walker’s police shooting By Snejana Farberov Heated protests broke out in downtown Akron, Ohio, Sunday, raging late into the night, after police released graphic body camera video showing black DoorDash deliveryman Jayland Walker being shot dozens of times as he tried to flee a traffic stop. Demonstrations have been held around Akron since the June 27 police shooting of Walker, but they intensified Sunday after police made the video public, with Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan calling it “heartbreaking.” Video captured cops dressed in riot gear and carrying shields confronting demonstrators, who could be heard chanting, “F–k the police,” “Justice for Jayland” and “We are done dying,” reported News 5 Cleveland. Other videos depicted police officers deploying what appeared to be a dozen cannisters of tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowd after someone had knocked over...

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Orlando police release body camera video of deadly shooting outside Olive Garden


WESH 2 ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando police released body camera video on Monday showing a shooting involving officers that happened near Mall at Millenia on May 28. An off-duty police officer was working extra duty at Mall at Millenia, near Millenia Boulevard and Conroy Road, when a man was asked to leave through a Neiman Marcus store around 7:12 p.m. Nineteen-year-old Sebastian Roman allegedly pulled out a gun and fired once outside of the mall, OPD said. In the video, Roman was asked to leave the mall by an officer. Then an officer asked if he could search Roman's bag, and that's when shots were fired. The off-duty officer initiated a foot pursuit and called for backup. According to the police department, the officer did not discharge his weapon when initially shot at outside of the mall. An on-duty officer in a patrol car caught up to the suspect outside an...

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US forces kill senior terrorist leader in Syria


  US forces kill senior terrorist leader in Syria Abu Hamzah al Yemeni was a senior leader of al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group. By Matt Seyler U.S. forces killed a senior terrorist leader in an airstrike in Syria on Monday, according to military officials. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said the target of the strike, Abu Hamzah al Yemeni, was a senior leader of an al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group known as Hurras al-Din. The leader was riding alone on a motorcycle in Idlib province at the time of the attack, CENTCOM said. Violent groups like Hurras al-Din pose an ongoing threat to the U.S. and its allies, according to the statement. "The removal of this senior leader will disrupt Al Qaeda's ability to carry out attacks against U.S. citizens our partners, and innocent civilians around the world," the statement said. An early review showed no sign of civilian casualties, according to the U.S. military. The...

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Oslo Shooting: Norway Attack Being Treated As Islamist Terrorism, Police Say


  BBC Oslo Shooting: Norway Attack Being Treated As Islamist Terrorism, Police Say A 42-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder and terrorist acts after a shooting in the centre of Norway's capital, Oslo. Two people died and 21 were wounded early on Saturday in what police called an "act of Islamist terrorism". The shootings were in and near the London Pub, a popular LGBTQ+ venue, the Herr Nilsen jazz club and another pub. Norway's prime minister told the BBC the suspect was questioned in May, but was not deemed a threat at the time. "We now need to see the result of an investigation," PM Jonas Gahr Stoere told the BBC's Newshour programme late on Saturday. The shooting started at about 01:15 local time on Saturday (23:15 GMT Friday), officials said. Full story https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-61933817

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Head of State Police Calls Response to Uvalde Shooting an ‘Abject Failure’


    Head of State Police Calls Response to Uvalde Shooting an ‘Abject Failure’ The director of the Department of Public Safety said that police officers wasted time looking for a classroom door key that was “never needed.” New York Times By J. David Goodman AUSTIN, Texas — The head of the Texas State Police on Tuesday offered a pointed and emphatic rebuke of the police response to a shooting last month at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, calling it “an abject failure” that ran counter to decades of training. In his comments before a special State Senate committee in Austin, Steven McCraw, the director of the Department of Public Safety, provided the most complete public account yet of his agency’s month-old investigation and a forceful argument that officers at the scene could have — and should have — confronted the gunman without delay after arriving. Just minutes after a...

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Officials Say Suspected Jihadists Kill More Than 130 Civilians In Central Mali


France 24 Suspected Jihadists Kill More Than 130 Civilians In Central Mali, Officials Say Suspected jihadists massacred more than 130 civilians over the weekend in neighbouring central Mali towns, the latest mass killings in the troubled Sahel region. Local officials reported scenes of systematic killings by armed men in Diallassagou and two surrounding towns in the Bankass circle, a longtime hotbed of Sahelian violence. "They have also been burning huts, houses, and stealing cattle -- it's really a free-for-all," said a local official who for security reasons spoke on the condition of anonymity. He and another official, who like him had fled his village, said the death toll was still being counted on Monday. Nouhoum Togo, a local official from Bankass, the main town in the area, said it was even higher than the 132 announced by the government, who have blamed al-Qaeda affiliated jihadists for the killings. The national authorities...

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Man Runs at Chicago-Area Officer With a Hatchet, Officer Responds Accordingly


  Chicago-area officer fatally shoots suspect who ran at him with a hatchet, shocking video shows The suspect pulled up to where the officer was conducting a traffic stop before charging at him with the weapon, the video shows. By Brie Stimson | Fox News Police released video of a fatal officer-involved shooting Tuesday from earlier this month when an officer in a Chicago suburb fired several shots at a man who allegedly charged at him with a hatchet while he was conducting a traffic stop. The Naperville, Illinois police officer was conducting a traffic stop for a minor infraction for around 11 minutes at 11 a.m. on June 3 with a driver who was pulled to the side of the road. That's when the suspect’s car suddenly pulled up in the middle of the road, the body camera video released by the Naperville Police Department shows.       "Who...

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Senior ISIS Leader Captured In Syria, U.S. Military Officials Say


The Wall Street Journal Senior ISIS Leader Captured In Syria, U.S. Military Officials Say U.S.-led coalition forces detained Islamic State bomb maker in a raid By Gordon Lubold and Nancy A. Youssef DUSHANBE, Tajikistan—U.S.-led coalition forces seized a man described by officials as a senior leader of Islamic State in an operation in northeast Syria late Wednesday. Military forces detained Hani Ahmed al-Kurdi, assessed to be a bomb maker and facilitator who had become one of Islamic State’s senior leaders in Syria, U.S. military officials said. They didn’t disclose more details about the raid that led to Mr. al-Kurdi’s arrest. “The mission was meticulously planned to minimize the risk of collateral damage, particularly any potential harm to civilians,” Operation Inherent Resolve, the command that oversees operations against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said in a statement. “There were no civilians harmed during the operation nor any damage to coalition aircraft...

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Utah Paramedic ‘Baby Dog’ Left Dayjob, Flew To Ukraine To Fight Russians


  SOFREP Utah Paramedic ‘Baby Dog’ Left Dayjob, Flew To Ukraine To Fight Russians Journalists were surprised to find an American fighter and medic amidst the ruins of the front lines in Ukraine. Known in her detachment as “Baby Dog,” the Utah native stood under the hot Eastern European sun donning her full military fatigue with a yellow tape attached to her left arm and shoulder, a color that represents allegiance to Ukraine. “I wasn’t doing much at home. It was just working two jobs, pretty boring,” the 21-year-old said. Baby Dog shared she was a paramedic working two jobs back in Utah when news of the Russian assault on Ukraine broke out. “This is a human thing. You can’t sit back and watch. It’s like sitting and watching someone kicking a dog for no reason, kicking a dog in the head. It’s crying. You don’t stop it,” she said, explaining...

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NATO Chief: Turkey Has “Legitimate Concerns” Over Terrorism


  Associated Press NATO Chief: Turkey Has “Legitimate Concerns” Over Terrorism HELSINKI (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday that Turkey has “legitimate concerns” over terrorism and other issues that need to be taken seriously. Turkey has accused Finland and Sweden of supporting Kurdish militants and says it will not back the two Nordic nations joining NATO until they change their policies. Speaking at a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Stoltenberg stressed that “no other NATO ally has suffered more terrorist attacks than Turkey” and pointed to its strategic geographic location with neighbors like Iraq and Syria. “These are legitimate concerns. This is about terrorism, it’s about weapons exports,” Stoltenberg said. “We have to address the security concerns of all allies, including Turkish concerns about the terrorist group PKK.” He spoke at Finland’s presidential summer residence Kultaranta in western Finland. After decades of military non-alignment, Russia’s war...

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Homeland Security Warns Of Heightened Extremist Threats, Uvalde Copycats


  NBC News Homeland Security Warns Of Heightened Extremist Threats, Uvalde Copycats By David K. Li and Austin Mullen The Department of Homeland Security warned Tuesday of potential domestic violence in the coming months due to "several high-profile events." The bulletin was issued as the Supreme Court appears poised to end constitutional protection for women's rights to abortion and as a highly charged midterm election unfolds less than two years after violent protesters tried to overturn legitimate election results. "The United States remains in a heightened threat environment, as noted in the previous Bulletin, and several recent attacks have highlighted the dynamic and complex nature of the threat environment," Homeland Security said in a statement. "In the coming months, we expect the threat environment to become more dynamic as several high-profile events could be exploited to justify acts of violence against a range of possible targets." Clint Watts, a national security...

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How the War Against ISIS Was Won


The Wall Street Journal How the War Against ISIS Was Won Fighting ‘by, with and through’ local allies may be the U.S. military strategy of the future. In Mosul, it survived its toughest test. By Michael R. Gordon In mid-April 2017, I was a fly on the wall for a top-level meeting that helped cement the defeat of Islamic State. Nearly three years earlier, Islamic State militants had taken the city of Mosul, rocking the Middle East and spurring the U.S. to send its military forces back to Iraq. The American mission this time wasn’t to do the fighting on the ground but to back up Iraqi forces with U.S. firepower and advise them as they battled their way forward. The name of the military campaign was “Operation Inherent Resolve,” and in the spring of 2017, that resolve was being put to the test. Full story https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-war-against-isis-was-won-11654271174

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Police release names, motivation behind Tulsa medical center shooting


  KOCO News 5 - ABC Police release names, motivation behind Tulsa medical center shooting TULSA, Okla. — Four victims were shot and killed during an active shooter situation Wednesday afternoon at a medical facility in Tulsa. ulsa police said a gunman charged into the second floor of the Natalie Building at St. Francis Hospital at 4:52 p.m. Wednesday, opening fire and killing four victims. Police also said the suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Tulsa Police Department identified the victims as Dr. Preston Phillips, Dr. Stephanie Husen, Amanda Glenn and William Love. They also identified the suspect as Michael Louis. Tulsa police Chief Wendell Franklin said during a news conference Thursday that Louis underwent back surgery performed by Phillips on May 19 and complained of pain after being released from the hospital. Louis contacted Phillips’ office several times over the coming weeks and met with Phillips for additional...

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Pakistan Sponsored Terror Next Door. Now, It’s Back to Roost


Pakistan Sponsored Terror Next Door. Now, It’s Back to Roost Afghans rue the return of the Taliban. So does Pakistan, as al Qaeda-linked militants run rampant. by Lynne O’Donnell The United Nations Security Council has confirmed the resurgence of al Qaeda, the terrorist group behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that is closely tied to the Taliban and is using their return to power in Afghanistan to find safe haven, attract recruits, and boost fundraising for their never-ending jihad. Al Qaeda’s leader, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, who succeeded Osama bin Laden in 2011, and other core members of the group’s leadership are living in eastern Afghanistan as the Taliban’s guests, a report by the U.N. Security Council notes. The U.N. report says Zawahiri is churning out propaganda videos, apparently comfortable that he can “lead more effectively” than was possible before last year’s Taliban victory over the United States. The biggest loser of...

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Al Qaeda Isn’t Dead Yet


  Foreign Policy Al Qaeda Isn’t Dead Yet The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has put 9/11’s planners back in the terror cockpit.By Lynne O’Donnell, a columnist at Foreign Policy and an Australian journalist and author. The United States, under then-President Donald Trump, made a peace pact in 2020 with the Taliban under the pretense that they would break ties with al Qaeda. It didn’t happen then, it hasn’t happened since, and now the group that blew up the twin towers is enjoying Taliban hospitality while remaining the dominant ideological and operational influence for jihadis from South Asia to North Africa. U.S. officials, in both the Trump and Biden administrations, saw the Islamic State rather than al Qaeda as the biggest threat to the American homeland. Al Qaeda, it was argued, was a spent force, especially after the forehead-tap elimination of leader Osama bin Laden in a raid by U.S. special forces...

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Texas shooting is the deadliest at an elementary school since Newtown


The New York Times Texas shooting is the deadliest at an elementary school since Newtown. By Sarah Mervosh The shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday jolted a nation numbed by a drumbeat of mass shootings and evoked painful memories of another time a gunman crossed the sacred threshold of an elementary school and opened fire in Newtown, Conn., 10 years ago. The shooting at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday “horrifically, incomprehensibly” killed 14 students and a teacher, Gov. Greg Abbott announced. Within hours, the death toll rose to 19 students and two adults. It was the deadliest shooting at an elementary school since Newtown, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group. The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in 2012 killed 20 first graders and six adults and plunged the nation into a stunned grief. The image of 6-year-old and...

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US removes 5 groups from terror blacklist, retains al-Qaida


Associated Press US removes 5 groups from terror blacklist, retains al-Qaida By MATTHEW LEE WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has removed five extremist groups, all believed to be defunct, from its list of foreign terrorist organizations. In notices published in the Federal Register on Friday, the State Department said it had removed the groups after a mandatory five-year review of their designations. Al-Qaida, which was also up for review, was kept on the list, which was created under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, or INA. “Our review of these five FTO designations determined that, as defined by the INA the five organizations are no longer engaged in terrorism or terrorist activity and do not retain the capability and intent to do so,” the State Department said in a statement. “Therefore, as required by the INA, these FTO designations are being revoked.” Several of the removed groups once posed significant...

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IDF, Shin Bet, Border Police Arrest 13 Terrorism Suspects In The West Bank


  The Jerusalem Post IDF, Shin Bet, Border Police Arrest 13 Terrorism Suspects In The West Bank Israeli security forces were active in several areas throughout the West Bank, including the villages of al-'Arub, 'Abidia, Rifida, Bidu and the Qalandiya refugee camp. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF Thirteen individuals suspected of terrorist activity were arrested on Wednesday night by the IDF, Shin Bet and Border Police in the West Bank, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit announced. Israeli security forces were active in several areas throughout the West Bank, including the villages of al-'Arub, 'Abidia, Rifida, Bidu and the Qalandiya refugee camp. Five suspects were arrested in Hebron for alleged involvement in terrorist activities and possession of weapons. Two wanted persons were arrested in Beit Rima, where Israeli forces also found M-16 rifles and ammunition. Clashes broke out during this operation; dozens of Palestinians threw stones and fired fireworks at IDF soldiers who ultimately...

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Biden Approves Return Of US Troops For Somalia Counterterrorism Fight, Reversing Trump


  ABC News Biden Approves Return Of US Troops For Somalia Counterterrorism Fight, Reversing Trump The move is meant to aid Somalia against al-Shabab, an al-Qaida affiliate. By Luis Martinez Reversing a decision by predecessor Donald Trump, President Joe Biden has approved a Pentagon request to redeploy several hundred American troops to Somalia for what the National Security Council calls "a persistent U.S. military presence" there as part of counterterrorism efforts. The move will reestablish an open-ended mission in Somalia assisting the country in its fight against al-Shabab, a local al-Qaida affiliate. The group once ruled Somalia and has been seeking to regain territorial control over parts of the country. It has carried out overseas terror attacks in Kenya, including in January 2020 when three Americans died in an assault targeting a U.S. base. The Biden administration believes the move will "enable our partners to conduct a more effective fight against...

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