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Israel weighs response after Iran fires missile barrage

  • The Israeli war cabinet has reviewed military plans for a potential response against Iran, an official said. The cabinet remains determined to act, but it's not clear if a decision has been made. Israel has vowed to "exact a price" after the unprecedented large-scale drone and missile attack.
  • US President Joe Biden addressed Iran’s attack for the first time publicly Monday, saying he remains focused on Israel’s security, reaching a Gaza ceasefire and hostage deal and preventing the conflict from spreading.
  • Iran’s attack on Israel was “legitimate” and “responsible,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said Monday. Tehran is not seeking to raise tension but will take “proportionate action” to defend itself, he said.
  • Meanwhile, Israel was set to take its first steps toward a ground offensive on the Gaza city of Rafah but delayed the campaign after Iran’s attack, Israeli sources told CNN.
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Israel’s Netanyahu: Mossad helped Greece uncover terror plot

FILE - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves 10 Downing Street after a meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in London, March 24, 2023. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late Tuesday March 28, 2023, said his country's intelligence agency Mossad helped Greece prevent a terrorist attack planned against at least one Jewish site in Athens. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)

Greece uncover terror plot  AP By DEREK GATOPOULOS, COSTAS KANTOURIS and JOSEF FEDERMANMarch 28, 2023   ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late Tuesday said his country’s intelligence agency Mossad helped Greece prevent a terrorist attack planned against at least one Jewish site in Athens. Greek authorities said earlier that two men described as being of Pakistani origin, who were not named, had been arrested for allegedly planning an attack on a Jewish restaurant. The attack was considered to be imminent and to be intended to cause extensive loss of life. The suspects were charged Tuesday with terrorism offenses, while a third man believed to be outside Greece has been charged in absentia with similar offenses. A statement from Netanyahu’s office maintained that the attackers were linked to Iran. “After the start of the investigation of the suspects in Greece, the Mossad rendered intelligence assistance in unraveling the...

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David Stern, ex-Marine who fired back, says surviving terror shooting was ‘a miracle’

Speaking from his hospital bed, Israeli-American describes slowing his car to give right of way to a pedestrian, who then opened fireBy TOI STAFF21 March 2023, 8:49 pm David Stern, an Israeli-American man shot and badly injured on Sunday in a Palestinian terror attack, said Tuesday that it was a “miracle” that he managed to return fire and survive the attack. Stern, a resident of the Itamar settlement in the northern West Bank, said he was driving with his wife on Route 60 through the Palestinian town of Huwara on their way to Jerusalem, when he stopped to give the right of way to a pedestrian, who then pulled out a gun and fired. “I noticed he was blocking one hand in a very suspicious way,” Stern recalled from his hospital bed. “I immediately reached for my handgun, the terrorist turned toward us, and we started shooting, almost at the same...

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London's counter-terror Prevent referrals buck UK trend - meeting

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BBC News - 03/08/2023 by Jess Warren Ali Harbi Ali, who murdered Sir David Amess MP in 2021, engaged with Prevent between 2014 and 2015   Most of London's anti-terrorism referrals are for "Islamist activity", bucking a national trend, London's Police and Crime Committee has heard. Latest figures from Prevent show there were more than three times the number of referrals compared to right-wing extremism, the meeting heard. London Assembly members were putting questions to the Met Police and the Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime. Met Police Commander Dom Murphy said: "Our focus is where the threat exists."  Prevent is a key part of the UK's counter-terrorism strategy and places public bodies, including schools and the police, under a legal duty to identify people who may turn to extremism, and intervene in their lives before it is too late. But in a recent highly critical independent review, Prevent was said to...

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Israel attacks Iranian targets in Syria as shadow war heats up between the two adversaries: report

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, people view the damage in residential neighborhood after an early morning Israeli airstrike in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023. (AP)

By Benjamin Weinthal | Fox News JERUSALEM, Israel – Israel’s military reportedly launched an air strike Sunday in a Damascus neighborhood near an Iranian military installation – the latest attack in the Jewish state’s "shadow war" against Iran. The Syrian opposition news outlet Orient News claimed the military strikes targeted Iranian regime officials in the central Damascus neighborhood of Kafar Sousah. Israeli intelligence and security expert, Brig. Gen. (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, now a senior researcher at the Israeli Defense Security Forum, told Fox News Digital that "Israel continues to actively undermine and hamper Iranian efforts to supply the [Bashar] Assad regime [in Syria] and Hezbollah with advanced weaponry." https://www.foxnews.com/world/israel-attacks-iranian-targets-syria-shadow-war-heats-up-the-two-adversaries-report  

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Meetings with Lindh prompt move to revoke convict's release

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A northern Virginia man convicted nearly a decade ago of supporting the Islamic State group as a teenager has now been accused of violating his terms of release by meeting with convicted Taliban supporter John Walker Lindh.    Matthew BarakatThursday 26 January 2023 16:22 The Independent According to court documents, the FBI photographed Ali Shukri Amin meeting with Lindh on three different occasions in for about three hours. The document does not state where the meetings occurred. The meetings violate a condition of Amin's supervised release, which bars him from meeting with known extremists, prosecutors said. The meetings could have well have constituted a violation of Lindh's supervised release as well when they occurred but Lindh's term of supervised release expired last year and he is no longer subject to supervision. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-islamic-state-fbi-taliban-british-b2269900.html

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UK counter-terrorism strategy needs to refocus on Islamism -review

LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Britain's counter-terrorism programme "Prevent" must refocus its efforts more on the threat posed by militant Islamism after becoming too concerned with right-wing extremism, an independent review of the often-criticised strategy concluded on Wednesday. "Prevent" is a key strand of Britain’s security apparatus, which was brought in after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States with the aim of stopping radicalisation and preventing people from going on to commit acts of violence.  https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/uk-counter-terrorism-strategy-needs-refocus-islamism-review-2023-02-08/  Reuters - Michael Holden

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Israeli drone strike in Iran hit advanced weapon facility - report

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  weapon facility - report i24NEWSJanuary 31, 2023 at 09:50 AMlatest revision January 31, 2023 at 10:16 PM Israel's spy agency Mossad reportedly achieved its goals by hitting a facility in the central city of Isfahan, a major missile research and development hub An Israeli drone strike that targeted a military compound in Iran on Sunday hit an advanced weapons facility in an attack that Jerusalem said achieved its goals, U.S. media reported Monday. According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad targeted an Iranian Defense Ministry site in the central city of Isfahan, hitting a building in four different areas, the report cited people familiar with the attack as saying. https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/middle-east/iran-eastern-states/1675176190-israeli-drone-strike-in-iran-hit-advanced-weapon-facility-report 

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Jabel Mukaber, East Jerusalem: Palestinians pour oil on the road, create improvised roadblocks, and burned tires to prevent Israeli Police from continuing the destruction of illegal homes in the…

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Abu Ali Express News and commentary about the Arab world  https://abualiexpress.com/en/jabel-mukaber-east-jerusalem-palestinians-pour-oil-on-the-road-create-improvised-roadblocks-and-burned-tires-to-prevent-israeli-police-from-continuing-the-destruction-of-illegal-homes-in-the/  Jabel Mukaber, East Jerusalem: Palestinians pour oil on the road, create improvised roadblocks, and burned tires to prevent Israeli Police from continuing the destruction of illegal homes in the neighborhood.

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Sussex County Woman Sentenced to 34 Months in Prison for Concealing Terrorist Financing to Syrian Foreign Terrorist Organizations

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023 FBI Press release NEWARK, N.J. – A Sussex County, New Jersey, woman was sentenced today to 34 months in prison for concealing her attempts to provide material support to Syrian foreign terrorist organizations, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger, Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division, FBI-Newark Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy, and FBI Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Timothy Langan announced. Maria Bell, aka “Maria Sue Bell,” 55, of Hopatcong, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to an information charging her with one count of concealing attempts to provide material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations. Judge Vazquez imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court. According to documents previously filed in this case: Bell admitted that from February 2018 to November 2018 she knowingly concealed and disguised the nature, location, source,...

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Stress of mass shootings causing cascade of collective traumas

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The regularity of mass shootings is razing Americans’ mental health—heightening stress and dulling compassion in ways that demand broader concern, engagement, and change By Zara AbramsLast updated: September 1, 2022 Date created: July 11, 202213 min read Vol. 53 No. 6Print version: page 20   As mass shootings repeatedly erupt in schools, grocery stores, and other establishments we visit every week, Americans are living in fear. For children and teens, whose mental health is already in crisis, the ongoing backdrop of violence is steadily eroding the sense of well-being, safety, and efficacy known to be essential for healthy development. On top of recent surges in depression, anxiety, and suicides, a majority of teens now say they worry about a shooting happening at their school (Pew Research Center, 2018). Those concerns have been linked with elevated anxiety levels and fear among students (O’Brien, C., & Taku, K., Personality and Individual Differences, Vol. 186, 2022). Meanwhile, clinical...

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Six Antifa Extremists Arrested, Charged with Domestic Terrorism in Fiery Atlanta Riots

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Six Antifa Extremists Arrested, Charged with Domestic Terrorism in Fiery Atlanta Riots National Review By Ari Blaff Six people were arrested on charges of domestic terrorism by Atlanta police Saturday night following violent riots carried out by Antifa activists who shattered windows, destroyed a police car, and vandalized walls with graffiti. Protesters descended upon Atlanta following the death of Manuel Esteban Paez Terán (“Tortuguita”), a climate activist who was killed during a violent confrontation with police earlier in the week. Five of the six people arrested came from out of state to cause mayhem. One of the arrested, Francis Carroll, was out on bail for domestic terrorism and is the son of a wealthy Maine family, according to investigative reporter Andy Ngo. Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum strongly condemned the violence.”We can tell now, early in this investigation, this was not the focus tonight just to damage the windows of three...

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British Teenager Admits Plotting Islamist Terrorist Attack Against Police Officers


    The National British Teenager Admits Plotting Islamist Terrorist Attack Against Police Officers by Gillian Duncan A British teenager accused of holding extremist beliefs pleaded guilty to planning an Islamist terrorist attack, allegedly with the intention to target police officers or military personnel. Prosecutors said Matthew King, 19, carried out surveillance at police stations, railway stations, a magistrates court and a British Army barracks. At a hearing at the Old Bailey in London on Friday, King pleaded guilty to preparation of terrorist acts. The teenager stood in the dock to enter his plea wearing a grey shirt and sleeveless black padded jacket. His lawyer, Hossein Zahir KC, said the defence had submitted a basis of plea to the court. Judge Mark Lucraft KC adjourned sentencing until April 14 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared, which will include the issue of the danger posed by the defendant. Addressing King, Judge...

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Palestinian Terrorist Killed While Shooting At IDF Troops Near Hebron

  The Jerusalem Post Palestinian Terrorist Killed While Shooting At IDF Troops Near Hebron Armed Palestinian stopped at entrance to Elon Moreh settlement By JERUSALEM POST STAFF IDF reservists on Tuesday shot and killed Palestinian terrorist Hamed Abu Diah, a released prisoner, during a vehicle check near Hebron in the West Bank, Israeli media reported. The terrorist reportedly shot at a bus in Gush Etzion on another, unspecified day. He had also been trying to shoot Israeli soldiers near the checkpoint before they fired back and killed him, Ynet reported. According to Haaretz, Abu Diah had previously served as a prisoner in Israel, but after his release, he worked as a Palestinian Authority police officer in the Bethlehem area. A letter supposedly written by the 40-year-old terrorist was later shared on Palestinian news outlets, where he claimed that he had made the decision to "take revenge and hurt the Zionists" as...

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The Tools of the Incident Commander

  Firehouse The Tools of the Incident Commanderby Frank Leeb The incident commander (IC) must manage successfully and proficiently the many responsibilities of command, to best fulfill the fire service core mission of life and property preservation. These responsibilities include everyday responses, such as structural fires, calls to help the sick and injured, alarms ringing, odors of smoke or gas and automobile accidents, to name a few. However, they also include and extend to everything else that the public calls upon us to help to solve. These are awesome responsibilities that we must be prepared for. The tools of the chief officer or IC are vastly different from those of the irons or nozzle firefighter. The firefighter who occupies the nozzle or irons position must be proficient at stretching the hoseline or forcing a door, respectively. The IC must have a wider aperture/more global view of all of the aspects of...

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National Security and the Middle Class

Real Clear Defense National Security and the Middle ClassBy Jack Gardner Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reminds us that the world is still a very dangerous place where many nations and non-state actors hold world views fundamentally different than those of most Americans. Having spent much of my life in the military looking at these threats, I’m concerned that they are more menacing now than several decades ago. But I also feel reasonably confident that if we stay vigilant, work with our allies, and, in a bipartisan manner, leverage our huge advantages our national security apparatus can effectively deal with them. But since I retired from the military, I sense another threat to our future. An equally challenging one that also requires a systemic national security response. In this case, though, the threat is internal and centers around the fragile state of our middle class and limitations on economic mobility. To me...

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Germany detains brothers from Iran over alleged terror plot involving cyanide and ricin

  CBS News Germany detains brothers from Iran over alleged terror plot involving cyanide and ricin By Anna Noryskiewicz Berlin — Counterterrorism police in Germany raided an apartment in the west of the country over the weekend, arresting an Iranian national and his brother who now stand accused of preparing an attack motivated by Islamic extremism. The 32-year-old man who was the primary subject of the investigation is suspected of preparing an attack using cyanide and ricin, according to the General Prosecutor's Office in Düsseldorf. The suspects were taken into custody on Sunday. How far the plan had progressed, whether there was any concrete target decided upon, or whether the men had already obtained either of the lethal substances remained unclear on Monday. The prosecutor's office said there was no indication of involvement by Iranian government agencies in the alleged plot. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the German government's national health...

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France: Muslim migrant screaming ‘Allahu akbar’ stabs six people at Paris train station

Jihad Watch France: Muslim migrant screaming ‘Allahu akbar’ stabs six people at Paris train station By Robert Spencer In total, 5 victims were slightly injured: 1 policeman from the PAF and 4 users. The author, in his thirties, has his vital prognosis involved. The police officer who opened fire was off duty, in civilian clothes, and was returning home. (@Europe1) #GareDuNord The perpetrator, on whom no identity papers were found, declared his name to be Mohamed Amine M., of Algerian nationality. He says he is 31 years old. The investigators of the criminal brigade, to whom the investigation was entrusted, are trying to cross-check his statements. (@Europe1) Two police officers, including one who was off duty, opened fire. Three casings were found. The investigators verify by means of the testimony of the victims and witnesses that the suspect shouted “Allah akbar” during the attack. Among the victims was a 40-year-old Belgian....

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Las Vegas police: Man faces terrorism count after fire at power facility

Las Vegas Sun Las Vegas police: Man faces terrorism count after fire at power facility By Katie Ann McCarver A man accused of breaking into a power facility and setting a vehicle on fire next to a transformer has been arrested on a terrorism count, according to Metro Police. Mohammed Mesmarian, 34, was located by counter terrorism detectives and taken into custody Thursday in Boulder City, police said. Mesmarian is accused of breaking into the Mega Solar Array facility on U.S. 93 at about 11:35 a.m. Wednesday and causing damage by setting a vehicle on fire, police said. The facility is owned and operated by Invenergy and AEP Renewables, according to the Invenergy website. On-site personnel at the facility immediately notified authorities and shut down the plant’s operations as a precaution, in accordance with industry-standard safety protocols, said a spokesperson for Invenergy, a global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions. The...

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Ukraine Unleashes ‘Bonus’ Weapon that Vaporizes Multiple Tanks

The Telegraph Ukraine unleashes ‘Bonus’ weapon that can destroy two tanks in a single shot Kyiv’s troops fire new munitions, likely from France, that uses thermal mapping to seek out and strike Russian targets By Joe Barnes, BRUSSELS CORRESPONDENT Ukraine has started using new high-tech artillery shells capable of destroying two tanks in a single shot from up to 20 miles away, imagery from the battlefield has shown. Russian sources have shared photos online showing what appeared to be a 155mm (6.1in) Bonus projectile, likely supplied by France to be fired by the Cesar self-propelled howitzers it also sent to Ukraine. The “Tankers U” channel, run by Russian tank operators, shared an image, believed to be the first, showing an unexploded submunition recovered by Russian troops in the eastern Donetsk region. Each Bonus shell contains two such submunitions, which feature fold-out wings and advanced sensors. Once fired, the two submunitions are...

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