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U.S. Sends Saudi Detainee Accused Of Link To 9/11 Home From Guantanamo


NBC News U.S. Sends Saudi Detainee Accused Of Link To 9/11 Home From Guantanamo Mohammad Mani Ahmad al-Qahtani, 46, who has been held at the U.S. base in Cuba since 2002, will receive treatment at a psychiatric facility. By Courtney Kube, Mosheh Gains and The Associated PressA Saudi detainee at Guantanamo Bay who allegedly tried to take part in the 9/11 hijacking plot has been sent back to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Monday.Mohammad Mani Ahmad al-Qahtani, 46, who has been held at the U.S. base in Cuba since 2002, will receive treatment at a psychiatric facility. His lawyers maintain that he has displayed symptoms of schizophrenia since a young age, and in 2002 an FBI official saw al-Qahtani speaking to non-existent people, hearing voices and crouching in a corner of his cell while covering himself with a sheet for hours.A U.S. review board determined in 2021 that his detention...

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Russia: Countries Allowing Ukraine to Use Their Airfields ‘May Be Regarded’ as Entering Conflict


The EPOCH Times by Jack Philips Russia’s Defense Ministry on Sunday warned that any country that offers the use of its airfields to Ukraine’s military for attacks on Russian assets could be considered as having entered the conflict.“The use of the airfield networks of these countries to base Ukrainian military aircraft and their subsequent use against the Russian armed forces may be regarded as the involvement of these states in an armed conflict,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told the Interfax news agency on Sunday evening local time.Konashenkov said Russian officials are aware of “Ukrainian combat planes which earlier flew to Romania and other neighboring countries,” without elaborating.Since the conflict started on Feb. 24, the United States, its NATO allies, and other European nations have flooded Ukraine with missiles, anti-tank missiles, ammunition, weapons, and other supplies. There have also been reports claiming that European and NATO countries are working to...

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Justice Department Accuses Ericsson Of Failing To Fully Disclose Alleged Fraud And Possible Payments To ISIS


The Washington Post Justice Department Accuses Ericsson Of Failing To Fully Disclose Alleged Fraud And Possible Payments To ISIS The telecom giant said it was told it had breached a billion-dollar legal settlement after media reports of wrongdoing in IraqBy Greg Miller and Louisa Loveluck The Justice Department has accused telecommunications giant Ericsson of violating a billion-dollar legal settlement by failing to fully disclose evidence of alleged corruption and possible payments to terrorists in Iraq, the company said Wednesday.The revelation raises substantial legal risks for the Swedish company, including the possibility of steep fines or a new criminal investigation three years after Ericsson paid more than $1 billion to avoid prosecution in other cases.The disclosure came three days after The Washington Post and other news organizations published details of an internal Ericsson probe that had uncovered evidence of extensive fraud by company officials, decisions to send workers into territory controlled by...

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Israel seizes cryptocurrency destined for Hamas terrorism funding


  The Jerusalem Post Israel Seizes Cryptocurrency Destined For Hamas Terrorism Funding The Al'matchadun currency exchange company was accused of assisting Hamas with the transfer of tens of millions of dollars per year by the Defense Ministry. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF A seizure order for Hamas-destined cryptocurrency worth tens of thousands of shekels was signed by Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday morningThis marks the third time within a year that Israel has seized cryptocurrency accounts funding terrorism.The 12 digital accounts and 30 digital wallets belonged to businesses associated with the Al'matchadun currency exchange company, the Defense Ministry said. The company, owned by the Shamlach family, is alleged to be affiliated with terrorism networks.The Shamlach family has been accused by the Defense Ministry of assisting Hamas with the transfer of tens of millions of dollars per year.Some of the cryptocurrencies announced today as confiscated by the ministry were owned by the...

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Ukraine-Russia negotiations begin in Belarus as war rages across Ukraine


The Jerusalem Post Ukraine-Russia negotiations begin in Belarus as war rages across Ukraine By GADI ZAIG , TZVI JOFFRE , REUTERS Talks between Russia and Ukraine began in Belarus on Monday morning, as fighting continued on the fifth day of Russia's invasion of its southwestern neighbor.Negotiations ended early in the evening, and the delegants returned to their respective countries for deliberations before another round of negotiations.In a phone conversation with France's President Emmanuel Macron, Putin set three conditions for the end of the war: Ukrainian recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea, solving problems of "demilitarization and denazification of the Ukrainian state" and ensuring Ukraine's "neutral status", according to Pravda. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry shared a photo of the room where negotiations were taking place, tweeting that they were just waiting for delegations to arrive. The Ukrainian delegation arrived on Monday morning. The head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, stated that...

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Missiles rain down around Ukraine


Reuters Missiles rain down around Ukraine By Natalia Zinets and Aleksandar Vasovic KYIV/MARIUPOL, Ukraine, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces battled Russian invaders on three sides on Thursday after Moscow mounted an assault by land, sea and air in the biggest attack on a European state since World War Two.After Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war in a pre-dawn televised address, explosions and gunfire were heard throughout the morning in Kyiv, a city of 3 million people.By nightfall, a picture was emerging of fierce fighting across multiple fronts.An adviser to the Ukrainian presidential office said Russian forces had captured the Chernobyl former nuclear power plant, just 90 km (60 miles) north of the capital, and Hostomel airport in the Kyiv region, where paratroopers had earlier been landed.Heavy exchanges of fire were also taking place in the regions of Sumy and Kharkiv in the northeast and Kherson and Odessa, home to a...

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U.S. Begins Counter-Terrorism Training In Africa Amid Upheaval


Reuters U.S. Begins Counter-Terrorism Training In Africa Amid Upheaval JACQUEVILLE, Ivory Coast, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The United States' yearly counter-terrorism training program for African forces began on Sunday in Ivory Coast at a time of upheaval in which Islamist fighters control large areas, coups are on the rise and French forces are winding down.The training program, known as Flintlock, will bring together more than 400 soldiers from across West Africa to bolster the skills of forces, some of which are under regular attack by armed groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State.Those not present included forces from Guinea and two countries worst-hit by Islamist violence, Mali and Burkina Faso. Military juntas have snatched power in those three countries since 2020, raising concerns about a return to West Africa's post-colonial reputation as a "coup belt".Central to this year's training is coordination between different forces fighting the same enemy."A main focus...

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White House says Russia invasion will be ‘extremely violent’


White House says Russia invasion will be ‘extremely violent’ The Washington Times  By Jeff Mordock White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Monday that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would be “extremely violent” and “harm” the country’s citizens.“We believe that any military operation the size, scope and magnitude of what we believe the Russians are planning will be extremely violent,” Mr. Sullivan said in an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show.“But we also have intelligence to suggest that there will be an even greater form of brutality because this will not simply be some conventional war between two armies,” he said. “It will be a war waged by Russia on the Ukrainian people to repress them, to crush them, to harm them.” Mr. Sullivan said the U.S. is still pursuing all diplomatic options to end the Ukraine crisis.“We’re prepared to respond decisively if Russia moves on Ukraine and we’re prepared for...

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Israel Seized NIS 103 Million Hamas Terror Funds - Counterterror Financial Official


The Jerusalem Post Israel Seized NIS 103 Million Hamas Terror Funds - Counterterror Financial Official Cyberattacks on Israel jumped by seven times annually, National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing of Israel official Sagi Volkovitz said. By YONAH JEREMY BOB A range of moves by the government have led to the seizure of NIS 103 million of Hamas terrorism funds, National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing of Israel official Sagi Volkovitz said at a government conference on Tuesday.His agency is part of the Defense Ministry. Volkovitz gave complex examples of groups that would sell or deliver goods to Hamas in Gaza to get around banking regulations, while a seemingly disconnected Hamas office in a foreign country would pay for something in return that regulators would be hard-pressed to make a connection with.The conference primarily highlighted the 20th anniversary and work of the Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority (IMPA) headed...

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Durham Filing Detailing Spying on Trump White House Raises National Security Implications


The Epoch Times Durham Filing Detailing Spying on Trump White House Raises National Security ImplicationsBy Jeff Carlson and Hans MahnckeA new filing from special counsel John Durham has raised major national security concerns over access to White House internet traffic.The filing, which was submitted late on Feb. 11 in connection with the indictment of Michael Sussmann, a former attorney to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, reveals that Rodney Joffe, a tech executive who was working with Sussmann, had exploited access to domain name system (DNS) internet traffic pertaining to the Executive Office of the President of the United States (EOP) as well as Trump Tower and Donald Trump’s Central Park West apartment building.The filing also discloses that Joffe, a private individual who has been implicated in mail order scams in the past, had access to the White House’s DNS internet traffic since at least 2014.Joffe gained this access when his firm, Neustar,...

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Missile Attacks Fuel Support For Reversing U.S. Stance And Placing Yemen Rebels Back On Terrorist Blacklist


  The Washington Post Missile Attacks Fuel Support For Reversing U.S. Stance And Placing Yemen Rebels Back On Terrorist Blacklist By Missy Ryan and John Hudson Expanded missile attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels have fueled support among some U.S. and Middle Eastern officials for placing them back on a U.S. terrorist blacklist, a year after the Biden administration ended that designation on humanitarian grounds.The possible naming of the Iranian-backed rebels as a proscribed “foreign terrorist” organization, which would criminalize dealings with the group, is being raised following attacks on Yemen’s Gulf neighbors, including on a base housing U.S. troops in the United Arab Emirates.But such a step, if approved, would constitute a highly unusual reversal of an earlier decision to end a Trump-era terrorist designation that Biden administration officials said would worsen already-dire conditions for Yemeni civilians. Humanitarian groups are warning that a renewed designation could have the same punishing effect as...

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UN Experts: ‘Terrorist Groups’ Enjoy Freedom In Afghanistan


Associated Press UN Experts: ‘Terrorist Groups’ Enjoy Freedom In Afghanistan By EDITH M. LEDERER UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Al-Qaida’s past ties to the recently empowered Taliban have the potential of making Afghanistan a safe haven for extremists, and “terrorist groups enjoy greater freedom there than at any time in recent history,” U.N. experts said in a report circulated Monday.In the wide-ranging report, the experts also said extremists linked to both al-Qaida and the Islamic State group are successfully advancing in Africa, especially in the turbulent Sahel. And they said the Islamic State continues to operate “as an entrenched rural insurgency” in Iraq and Syria, where its so-called caliphate ruled a significant swathe of the two countries from 2014-2017 when it was defeated by Iraqi forces and a U.S.-led coalition.In what it called “a bright spot” in Southeast Asia, the panel of experts said both Indonesia and the Philippines reported “significant gains”...

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US Centcom Nominee Urges 'Pragmatic' Co-Operation With Taliban In Anti-ISIS Fight


The National US Centcom Nominee Urges 'Pragmatic' Co-Operation With Taliban In Anti-ISIS Fight by Bryant Harris President Joe Biden’s nominee to oversee US forces in the Middle East and Central Asia is floating the possibility of co-operating with the Taliban in certain instances to take out ISIS targets in Afghanistan.Lt Gen Erik Kurilla — who is the Biden administration's pick to head US Central Command, or Centcom — raised the idea during his nomination hearing before the Senate on Tuesday.“In my personal opinion, there are pragmatic instances where we could come together going after [ISIS-Khorasan] based on the threat to the homeland,” Lt Gen Kurilla said in response to a question from Angus King, an independent senator who votes with the Democrats. ISIS-K has stepped up attacks against Taliban targets in the months following the US withdrawal.Lt Gen Kurilla assessed that “over-the-horizon” counter-terrorism operations — strikes launched from another country or...

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Car Ramming Attack at 'Freedom Convoy' Rally in Winnipeg


    BREAKING: Several People Injured By Vehicle That Appears To Intentionally Ram Into Truck At Trucker’s “Freedom Convoy” [VIDEO] By Patty McMurray "In the video, a white vehicle can be seen speeding up and then ramming into the back of another vehicle where protesters are casually lining the edge of the street. In the video, it appears as though the driver is intentionally ramming into the vehicle in front of it where the pedestrian is also standing." Read story at https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/02/breaking-several-people-injured-vehicle-appears-intentionally-ram-truck-truckers-freedom-convoy-video/

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Biden Calls Death of ISIS Leader a Warning to Terrorists Worldwide


New York Times Live Updates: Biden Calls Death of ISIS Leader a Warning to Terrorists WorldwidePresident Biden said that the raid targeting Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi in Syria showed that American forces could “take out” terrorist threats anywhere in the world.RIGHT NOWWitnesses tell The Times what happened: ‘Those who remain will die.’ Here’s what you need to know:    Islamic State’s leader blows himself up during raid, U.S. says.    Biden describes a risky Special Forces raid designed to minimize civilian casualties.    U.S. officials say planning for the raid began months ago.    Who was Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi?    The raid targeted a three-story cinder block building surrounded by olive trees. President Biden said on Thursday that the leader of the Islamic State died during a raid by U.S. Special Operations commandos in a risky pre-dawn attack in northwest Syria. Rescue workers said women and children were among at least 13 people killed during...

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With US Away, China Gets Friendly With Afghanistan's Taliban


Voice Of America With US Away, China Gets Friendly With Afghanistan's Taliban South & Central Asia by Asim KashgarianWASHINGTON — It's approaching six months since the Taliban took over the Afghan capital, Kabul, on August 15. And in the months since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, neighboring China has taken a keen interest in the fate of the Central Asian country.The interest, in fact, predated the Taliban takeover. In late July, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and a nine-member Taliban delegation met in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin. The meeting, some analysts said at the time, underscored Beijing's warming ties with the Islamist group and the Taliban's growing clout on the global stage. In addition, last October, Foreign Minister Wang spoke about China's expectations for Afghanistan's future after he had met with the Taliban interim government representatives in Doha, Qatar, where the two parties "decided to establish a working-level mechanism."China's...

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Islamic State Plotted Comeback Long Before Syria Prison Attack


The Wall Street Journal Islamic State Plotted Comeback Long Before Syria Prison Attack Jihadist group demonstrates it can adapt after being driven from power By Jared Malsin and Benoit FauconIslamic State has been slowly preparing for a comeback in the Syrian and Iraqi territory that it lost nearly three years ago.Black Islamic State flags have cropped up in northeastern Syria in recent months, witnesses say. Men claiming to represent the jihadists have extorted shopkeepers and truck drivers. Over the past year, the extremists have killed dozens of people in shootings and suicide bombings that attracted little attention outside the region. “The insurgency never went away,” said Gregory Waters, a research analyst who tracks Islamic State attacks with the Counter Extremism Project, a think tank. “They’ve been growing stronger.” There is little chance that the group could regain its former strength, according to local and Western security officials, who argue that regional...

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U.S. Cites Missile, Drone Threat In Latest UAE Travel Warning


Reuters U.S. Cites Missile, Drone Threat In Latest UAE Travel Warning WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Thursday urged Americans who may be considering travel to the United Arab Emirates to reconsider, citing the threat of missile or drone attacks.The department retained the highest level warning for the UAE in its updated travel advisory. It had already urged Americans against traveling to the country because of COVID-19.Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement launched a missile attack at the UAE on Monday that targeted a base hosting the U.S. military, U.S. and Emirati officials said. It was the second attack in a week.A Houthi military spokesperson said the group had fired Zulfiqar ballistic missiles at al-Dhafra airbase, used by U.S. forces, and other "sensitive targets". Houthis had also launched drones towards Dubai, the spokesperson said. Full story https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/us-state-department-cites-missile-drone-threats-latest-travel-warning-uae-2022-01-27/   Previous Yemen's Houthis fail in second missile attack on UAEBy Alexander...

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Former Border Patrol chief: 14 illegal immigrants on terror watchlist stopped at border in 2021


Washington Examiner 14 illegal immigrants on terror watchlist stopped at border in 2021, former Border Patrol chief says by Anna Giaritelli, Homeland Security Reporter AUSTIN, Texas — Law enforcement intercepted 14 illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border who were on the terrorist watchlist, a former top official said, more than the four stops that the Department of Homeland Security had disclosed.U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped 14 noncitizens who were named on the terror watchlist and tried to sneak into the United States between October 2020 and August 2021, one month short of the entire fiscal year 2021, according to recently retired Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott, who disclosed the number during a panel discussion at a Texas Public Policy Foundation conference in Austin this month and in a follow-up conversation with the Washington Examiner. The terror watchlist stops in 2021 are significant because they are higher than in previous years. U.S....

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Biden Weighs Deploying Thousands of Troops to Eastern Europe and Baltics


The New York Times Biden Weighs Deploying Thousands of Troops to Eastern Europe and Baltics By Helene Cooper and Eric SchmittWASHINGTON — President Biden is considering deploying several thousand U.S. troops, as well as warships and aircraft, to NATO allies in the Baltics and Eastern Europe, an expansion of American military involvement amid mounting fears of a Russian incursion into Ukraine, according to administration officials.The move would signal a major pivot for the Biden administration, which up until recently was taking a restrained stance on Ukraine, out of fear of provoking Russia into invading. But as President Vladimir V. Putin has ramped up his threatening actions toward Ukraine, and talks between American and Russian officials have failed to discourage him, the administration is now moving away from its do-not-provoke strategy.In a meeting on Saturday at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, senior Pentagon officials presented Mr. Biden with several options...

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