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Counter Extremism Project : Fight Against Violent Extremism, And Graft Take Toll In East Africa


  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 of...

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Biden Officials Say World-Wide Concerns And Terrorism Justify Afghanistan Pullout


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 in...

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Taliban Attack On US Secret Base Raises Fear Of Pullout Deadline Violence


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 leave...

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Minnesota police, rioters clash after Daunte Wright shooting; dozens arrested


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 "pretty...

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Illinois Man Gets More Than 13 Years In Prison For Conspiracy To Support Islamic State, Telling Informant ‘I Want To See Blood Flowing’


Chicago Sun Times Zion Man Gets More Than 13 Years In Prison For Conspiracy To Support Islamic State, Telling Informant ‘I Want To See Blood Flowing’ U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood called Edward Schimenti the “more culpable” of the two men charged in the case, but she also described the crime as “on the less serious end of a scale that starts at a very serious level.” By Jon Seidel A federal judge on Friday sentenced a Zion man to 13 and a half years in prison for taking part in a conspiracy to support the Islamic State, in part by collecting cellphones he thought could be used as detonators overseas.Edward Schimenti, 39, was originally charged with Joseph D. Jones in 2017. In handing down the sentence Friday, U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood called Schimenti the “more culpable” of the two, having had a “better idea of what he was getting...

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Two suspected terrorists on FBI, DHS watch lists arrested at US border


American Military NewsTwo suspected terrorists on FBI, DHS watch lists arrested at US borderby Ryan MorganOn Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that within the last two months, it caught two Yemeni nationals, listed on the FBI’s terrorism watch list, trying to cross through the same border sector.On March 30, at approximately 11:30 p.m., border patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Station arrested a Yemeni man for illegally entering the U.S. The agents caught the man about two miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry and transported him to the El Centro Processing Center for immigration and criminal history screening.Without providing his name, CBP said they performed a records check on the 26-year-old suspect, identifying him as a Yemeni man on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) No-Fly list.A similar incident took place two months earlier when, on Janaury 29,...

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Four dead, including child, after 'multiple victims' shot in California


4 dead, including child, after 'multiple victims' shot in CaliforniaPolice identified the suspect as 44-year-old Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez. By Marlene Lenthang and William Mansell At least four people are dead, including a 9-year-old boy, in what authorities are calling a targeted attack in Orange, California.Officers arrived at 202 W. Lincoln Ave around 5:30 p.m. local time Wednesday as shots were being fired. There were "multiple victims at the scene," according to the Orange Police Department.The suspect, identified as Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, 44, from Fullerton, entered the courtyard of the building and started “shooting into the windows,” a law enforcement source told ABC News.Two officers tried to enter the courtyard but could not get through because the suspect locked it and an officer-involved shooting ensued. Officers were able to force entry through the gates and enter the courtyard. Upon entry, officers located the suspect, who was injured, and took him into custody....

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China Has a New Way to Find and Kill U.S. Navy Submarines


1945 China Has a New Way to Find and Kill U.S. Navy Submarines Caleb Larson A new open-source investigation has revealed that China recently launched their third anti-submarine detection ship at a shipbuilding facility in Wuhan, augmenting Beijing’s ability to detect submarines.The ship is most likely a SWATH design, or Small Waterplane-Area Twin Hull. The twin-hull design is both very stable, even at high speeds or in rough seas, and is also known for being very quiet, a useful quality to have for a ship intended to use sonar and other acoustic listening devices to detect submarines.The Chinese design is likely broadly similar to American SWATH designs, which are noted for having long-range and high endurance.SWATH-type ships track submarines by trailing towed sonar devices behind them on long spools of cable, and can actively detect submarines by shooting “pings” into the ocean and listening to the bounce-back for submarines hiding in...

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ISIS Attacks In Africa Rise As UK And US Warn Of Islamist Insurgency On Continent


The Independent ISIS Attacks In Africa Rise By Third In A Year As UK And US Warn Of Islamist Insurgency On Continent Jihadi violence recorded in swathe of states including those in the Sahel, with recent attacks on aid workers by Kim Sengupta Attacks by Isis in Africa have gone up by a third over the past year in a relentless rise of Islamist insurgency in the continent, Antony Blinken and Dominic Raab have warned, as they called for a united international strategy to counter the threat. The US secretary of state and the British foreign secretary issued a statement along with ministers from the Global Coalition against Daesh [Isis], highlighting how the group has become lethally active in Africa, as well as showing signs of a resurgence in the Middle East. The ministers pointed to a recent coordinated double suicide attack in Baghdad as evidence that the group has been...

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America’s Maritime Army: How the U.S. Military Would Fight China?


1945 America’s Maritime Army: How the U.S. Military Would Fight China?By James Holmes A couple of weeks back the U.S. Army released the latest in the family of strategy documents to issue forth from the armed services, alongside such directives as the U.S. Marines’ Tentative Manual for Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations and the sea services’ Triservice Maritime Strategy. Read the whole thing and hurry on back. Titled Army Multi-Domain Transformation, this “Chief of Staff Paper” from General James McConville makes it official: the army is back in the sea-power business.And nary a moment too soon.Under the multi-domain concept, light army units will deploy as “inside forces” along Asia’s first island chain in stressful times. They will defy China’s access- and area-denial defenses, remaining within the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) weapons-engagement zone and enduring or eluding punishment while meting out heavy blows of their own. Demonstrated resilience and combat capability will give...

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The Original 20 Guantánamo Detainees: A Roster, and Where They Are Now


The New York Times The Original 20 Guantánamo Detainees: A Roster, and Where They Are NowStarting with the Bush administration, the United States has gradually transferred all but two of the first 20 prisoners at the wartime detention facility to other nations. Here’s who, and where, they are.By Carol RosenbergShabidzada Usman Ali, sent to Pakistan in 2003Mr. Ali, a Pakistani citizen, was among the earliest people repatriated from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, at a time when the main prison facility, Camp Delta, held 680 detainees. The journalist Mark Bowden wrote that he traveled to Pakistan to meet some former Guantánamo prisoners and found Mr. Ali and another detainee, who said they had not been abused in American custody “except for some roughing up immediately after they were captured.” Both were in their 20s, he wrote in a later account, from tiny villages in the mountainous region of Pakistan where Al Qaeda and...

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Indonesia: Several injured in church suicide bombing on Palm Sunday


DW Indonesia: Several injured in church suicide bombingNewlywed suicide bombers have struck outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Palm Sunday, injuring more than a dozen people. President Widodo said he "strongly condemned this act of terror." A Catholic church in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province was rocked by a suicide bombing on Sunday, authorities said.The blast in the city of Makassar wounded at least 14 people including church workers and worshippers.Police chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo said the attackers were members of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an extremist group also blamed for a deadly church bombing in the Indonesian city of Surabaya in 2018."There were two perpetrators killed, one is a man and another one is a woman," Prabowo said. "They're members of the JAD group." The police said that those who carried out the attack were a newlywed couple that belonged to the local branch of JAD....

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Here's what we know about the Boulder, Colorado, mass shooting suspect


  Here's what we know about the Boulder, Colorado, mass shooting suspectBy Ray Sanchez, Paul Murphy, Blake Ellis and Amir Vera, CNN Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was identified by authorities Tuesday as the gunman who opened fire at a King Soopers grocery store in Colorado, killing 10 people, including a Boulder police officer. The name of the 21-year-old suspect, who is in custody, was released at a news conference by Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold, who did not disclose a possible motive for Monday's bloodshed. A search of the suspect's suburban Denver home turned up other weapons, a senior law enforcement source said Tuesday. The weapon used in the attack was an AR-15-style pistol modified with an arm brace, according to the source.Authorities have said they believe Alissa was the only person involved and that there was no additional threat to the community.The suspect has been charged with 10 counts of...

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Boulder shooting: Gunman kills 10, including police officer, at King Soopers


East Bay Times Boulder shooting: Gunman kills 10, including police officer, at King Soopers Boulder police say Officer Eric Talley was first on the scene when killed; investigation will take several days By Joe Rubino A gunman killed 10 people at a King Soopers in Boulder on Monday afternoon, the latest in a grim litany of mass shootings in Colorado — this one including among its victims a police officer who was first to respond to reports of shots fired at the grocery store.The suspect was taken into custody, but there were few answers in the following hours. Officials said it would take days to investigate the large crime scene and to notify families that their loved ones had been killed.The workers and shoppers who survived the violent scene in the Front Range college town fled the store any way they could — if they couldn’t, they took shelter inside —...

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Failure To Stop Iran's Terror Support Might Lead To Israel-Hezbollah War


  The Jerusalem Post Failure To Stop Iran's Terror Support Might Lead To Israel-Hezbollah War To understand the new complex Middle Eastern puzzle, it is first necessary to recognize the fact that the Biden administration is dealing with Iran on two fronts. By EITAN DANGOT The Middle East has entered a new and significant stage in recent weeks, as all regional actors position themselves around the key question of whether or not US President Joe Biden’s administration renews the Iran nuclear agreement. Failure to achieve an improved nuclear deal and cause Iran to downgrade its regional destabilizing activities will have long-lasting effects, could create an economic disaster in Iran and could lead to a military escalation between Iran and America’s regional allies. The issue of whether sanctions on Iran will be lifted and the outline of a possible new agreement is the leading factor that will shape the face of the...

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Georgia spa shootings: Suspect confesses, says he was not racially motivated


Georgia spa shootings: Suspect confesses, claims he was not racially motivated, sheriff says By WSBTV.com News StaffATLANTA — Authorities said the suspect in the deadly rampage at three metro Atlanta spas targeted the businesses because he had “issues” with sexual addiction and had been planning to commit more shootings before he was captured.The Cherokee County Sheriff said the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock, claimed the shootings were not racially motivated. The sheriff described it as “targets of opportunity” and said Long told investigators he wanted to “eliminate the temptation.”Channel 2′s Chris Jose learned that Long allegedly targeted businesses that he had been to before. A total of eight people were killed and another was injured in Tuesday’s shootings in Atlanta and Cherokee County. The FBI has now joined in the investigation.White House officials tell Channel 2 Action News that President Biden has been briefed on the “horrific” shootings and...

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Inside U.S. Troops’ Stronghold in Syria


Stars and Stripes Inside US troops’ stronghold in Syria, a question of how long Biden will keep them there By DAVID S. CLOUD | Los Angeles Times (Tribune News Service) — At a makeshift military outpost abutting a natural gas field in eastern Syria, the signs of the country's violent upheaval are everywhere. Bombed-out concrete buildings lie in ruins. The pipes that once carried liquefied natural gas are shredded and twisted.A tattered U.S. flag strung between 40-foot-tall gas processing towers flies high over the base, a visible symbol that American troops are here — and not planning on leaving soon."We've got the flagpole planted," said Army Lt. Alan Favalora, a Louisiana National Guard soldier at Conoco, the name the base acquired from the long-departed U.S. oil and gas firm that once operated the wells. "We want them to know we are committed to this region."How committed President Biden will be to...

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ISIS Continues Attacks In Syria Despite Counterterrorism Operations By US-Backed Forces


Kurdistan 24 ISIS Continues Attacks In Syria Despite Counterterrorism Operations By US-Backed Forces The latest arrests, including senior ISIS figures, come as the Kurdish-led SDF steps up operations against the terrorist organization. by Wladimir van Wilgenburg ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday arrested nine suspects affiliated with the so-called Islamic State, as the terrorist group continues attacks in northeast Syria, especially in the Arab majority Deir al-Zor province.The SDF's Coordination and Military Operations Center on Sunday said on Twitter that SDF special forces units had in a raid arrested nine Islamic State suspects, including senior leaders (emirs) in the Deir al-Zor countryside.The cell was suspected of carrying out assassinations, planting improvised explosive device (IEDs) and smuggling weapons.Although the SDF and the US-led Coalition announced the territorial defeat of the Islamic State in Syria in March 2019, sleeper cell attacks persist—especially in liberated territories—in an apparent...

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China's Operation Desert Storm Education


U.S. Naval Institute China's Desert Storm Education China took lessons from Operation Desert Storm and remade itself with foreign technology to build a formidable joint military force with expeditionary ambitions. By Commander Michael Dahm, U.S. Navy (Retired) THE 1991 GULF WAR was a harbinger of change for the Chinese military. In just 42 days, a United States–led coalition eviscerated the Iraqi military and expelled it from Kuwait. Before Operation Desert Storm, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was aware of its shortcomings relative to the West, but the war underscored the magnitude of the problem. The similarities between the PLA and the vanquished Iraqi military—an army-centric force organized for a defensive campaign—created a sense of urgency, as Beijing realized its military was ill-prepared to face a modern foe like the United States. The transformations in Chinese military strategy, technology, and force structure born out of the Gulf War have been seismic,...

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How the US military is preparing for a war with China


NIKKEI Asia How the US military is preparing for a war with ChinaJuicy targets include artificial islands in the South China Sea by James Stavridis Admiral James Stavridis was 16th Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and 12th Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He spent the bulk of his operational career in the Pacific, and is author of "2034: A Novel of the Next World War."The Atlantic Council's publication of The Longer Telegram, which lays out a sweeping blueprint for a U.S. strategy to face China, provides significant clues about a new lay-down of American forces around east Asia.Whether the new Biden administration fully embraces the paper's aggressive stance remains to be seen, but elements are under serious consideration. Certainly, the new team at the National Security Council, led by highly respected Asia hand Kurt Campbell and a deep bench of Asia experts, will be...

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