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DEBKA reveals: Hizballah officers land in Tehran with Syrian defense chief. Iran OKs anti-Israel strategy

DEBKAfile Special Report April 29, 2015, 8:50 AM (IDT) A high-level Hizballah delegation arrived secretly in Tehran Tuesday, April 28, along with the large military group led by Syrian Defense Minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij, DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources report exclusively. Both are taking part in the four days of military and intelligence consultations with Iranian officials on the war situation in Syria and the steps planned against Israel. According to a senior Gulf intelligence official, “The parties quickly finalized their plans of action against Israel, and the IDF will no doubt face on the Golan a far more active and intense front than they have seen yet.” The failed attempt Sunday, April 26, by a Druze squad to plant a bomb near an Israeli military border post in northern Golan was just a foretaste of the coming offensive, according to the source. He found Hizballah’s active participation in the Syrian-Iranian military talks...

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Jordan – key country in fight against ISIS. Canadians give clear welcome to the King of Jordan

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BY THE CANADIAN PRESS ON APRIL 29, 2015.   OTTAWA – King Abdullah II of Jordan has arrived in Ottawa – his third Canadian visit since his ascension to the throne in February 1999. Abdullah arrived this morning at Rideau Hall, where he was greeted by Governor General David Johnston and Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson. Defence Minister Jason Kenney and Trade Minister Ed Fast were also on hand to greet the king, who was welcomed with a full honour guard salute before a scheduled meeting later today with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Jordan and Canada are among the allies conducting bombing missions against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets inside Syria. The tiny Middle Eastern desert kingdom has also borne a heavy load from Syria’s civil war, now in its fifth year, and is home to an estimated 625,000 refugees. A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office says...

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The growing failure of the campaign to contain ISIS got a rude awakening yesterday as sources reported that ISIS has spread to ROME.

 

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The Greatest Betrayal, David E. Sarfatti

By: David E. Sarfatti:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Rarely in history has the preeminent author of a signature act of duplicity been displaced from the pinnacle of timeless shame as Obama has now reduced Chamberlain. The prime minister’s descendants have been robbed of that special opprobrium attached to their name and his nation has been pushed from center stage into the shadows in this play of bad historical example. Munich has now been swept aside as the locus of the greatest geopolitical betrayal in favor of sleepy Lausanne. Let us not be unfair, however. We should weigh the special advantages and handicaps of these contenders for the crown of shame. In 1938, an ill British prime minister was blessed to govern a small, and nearly bankrupt isle which only 20 years before had the signal advantage of having lost the better part of a generation in the war to end all wars. It had virtually...

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Obama to remove Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism




By the Guardian White House says Obama has submitted required certifications to Congress indicating his intent to take Cuba off list, in latest move to normalise relations Barack Obama will remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House said on Tuesday, marking the president’s biggest move yet towards the resumption of diplomatic ties with Havana. Obama in historic talks with Castro but Cuban leader in no mood for a love-in   Read more The White House confirmed that Obama had notified Congress of his intention to remove Cuba from the list, reversing a designation that has been in place since 1982. The announcement came days after a historic meeting between Obama and Cuban president Raúl Castro on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama, in the first formal talks between the two countries’ leaders in more than 50 years. In his letter to Congress, Obama wrote...

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Isis send warning message to US

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ISIS HAS CAMPS ON THE U.S. BORDER, BUT OBAMA SAYS ‘RIGHT-WING EXTREMISTS’ ARE THE GREATEST TERROR THREAT


ISIS camps have now been discovered directly across the U.S. border with Mexico by MICHAEL SNYDER | ECONOMIC COLLAPSE | APRIL 15, 2015 ISIS camps have now been discovered directly across the U.S. border with Mexico, ISIS operatives have been captured illegally entering the United States, and ISIS is threatening to conduct a massive campaign of terror against U.S. targets, and yet Barack Obama and his underlings continue to insist that “right-wing extremists” are the greatest terror threat that this nation is facing. One recent survey found that 84 percent of all Americans believe that ISIS is a “direct threat to the USA”, but Obama refuses to secure our borders and he is even allowing dozens of American citizens that fought for ISIS overseas to come back into this country. What in the world is Obama thinking?  Even though ISIS has promised to drown all of us in our own blood, the Obama administrationhas purged virtually all references...

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GLOCK Releases Single Stack 9mm Concealed Carry – The New G43

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Mar. 20, 2015   Media Contact: Kie Wagner, GLOCK, Inc. 770-432-1202 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   GLOCK Releases Single Stack 9mm Concealed Carry – The New G43   SMYRNA, Ga – (Mar. 20, 2015)  - Today GLOCK, Inc. announced the release of the new GLOCK single stack slimline 9mm pistol, the GLOCK 43. The G43 is the most highly desired and anticipated pistol release in GLOCKs history. Designed to be the answer to everyday concealed carry needs, the G43 is ultra-concealable, accurate, and comfortable for all shooters, regardless of hand size.   “The G43 is the most exciting product release to date because it addresses a variety of issues that many shooters face with pistols in the concealed carry category,” stated GLOCK, Inc., VP Josh Dorsey. “It will be the pistol of choice for law enforcement and civilians. The G43 sets a new standard for concealed carry pistols.”...

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ISIS death-cult tells Aussie supporters how to sidestep government internet scrutiny

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By News.com.au AUSTRALIAN terror supporters have been handed explicit instructions on how to avoid leaving a digital fingerprint. Days after the Federal Government passed contentious new laws, allowing security agencies to access two years of an individual’s metadata, News Corp Australia has sighted documents on recommended internet behaviours for “pro-IS sympathisers”. The 60 text files, uploaded in Arabic by a Twitter user which News Corp has verified but chosen not to name for legal reasons, contain instructions on how to dodge online government security apparatuses monitoring people linked to the death cult. “It’s almost like a stay safe online guide for jihadists,” said Lee Mansfield, the practising manager for Cyber Security for Thales Group. “These are standard things that have always been a problem for organisations trying to get information.”   Death wish ... Melbourne suicide bomber Jake Bilardi (centre) was killed while fighting in the Iraqi city of Ramadi.Source: Supplied Islamic...

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In Good Faith? No Nukes for Iran!

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PERSPECTIVES ON TERRORISM Volume 9, Issue 1

ISSN 2334-3745 115 February 2015 PERSPECTIVES ON TERRORISM Volume 9, Issue 1 Counterterrorism Bookshelf: 16 Books on Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism-related Subjects Reviewed by Joshua Sinai This column consists of capsule reviews of books published by various publishers, with the authors listed in alphabetical order. Please note that most of these books were recently published, with several published over the past several years but deserving renewed interest. Yaniv Barzilai, 102 Days of War: How Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda & the Taliban Survived 2001 (Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2013). 194 pp., US $ 19.96 [Hardcover], ISBN: 978-1612345338. A detailed, authoritative and extensively footnoted account of how al Qaida, led by Osama bin Laden, succeeded in escaping from Afghanistan into Pakistan, following the United States-led intervention that overthrew the Taliban regime in late 2001. The book also chronicles the Pakistani government’s efforts to assist the Taliban’s retreat into Pakistan. Al Qaida and the...

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Measuring the Effectiveness of Israel’s ‘Targeted Killing’ Campaign

Measuring the Effectiveness of Israel’s ‘Targeted Killing’ Campaign by Ophir Falk ISSN 2334-3745 2 February 2015 PERSPECTIVES ON TERRORISM Volume 9, Issue 1 I. Articles Measuring the Effectiveness of Israel’s ‘Targeted Killing’ Campaign by Ophir Falk Abstract With targeted killing long becoming a key and perhaps primary counterterrorism measure used by a number of States in their confrontation with lethal terror, this article looks at the pros and cons of this method of warfare while focusing on the underlying justification for its use–namely its objective driven effectiveness. Israel’s use of targeted killing, intended to mitigate Palestinian suicide terrorism during the first decade of the 21st century, serves as the key case study in this article. A quantitative approach was adopted, using growth model analysis, and isolation of designated area, to demonstrate the effectiveness of targeted killing in reducing fatalities caused by suicide bombings. The period examined was from 2000 to 2010,...

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Most Cyber Attacks Occur From This Common Vulnerability

Time Clark As you read this, hackers are working diligently to uncover avenues, inroads and byroads to get into your confidential corporate data. I know what you’re thinking. You’ve heard this all before, your company isn’t vulnerable and you already took care of it. Are you sure? Time for a reality check. Even if you figured out how to plug holes in your networks, the hackers may be gaining access through applications and solutions. Sure, many organizations have significant network security in place but it’s not enough as 84% of all cyber-attacks are happening on the application layer. This final security frontier, the application layer, was a hot topic during a recent SAP Radio broadcast where three security experts weighed in on the threat of cyber-attacks and offered ideas on how to prevent them. While software is enabling really exciting and cool things, like connected cars and robotic vacuums, this pervasiveness...

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Testimony turns to MIT officer’s death in bombing trial

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By Milton J. Valencia Nathan Harman , recounting his story publicly for the first time on Wednesday, told a federal jury that he was riding his bike through the MIT campus in Cambridge one night two years ago when he came upon a strange figure. The man was leaning into a police cruiser. The driver’s-side door was open, and the window down. “He sort of popped up, stood up, and turned around. He looked startled,” said Harman, a 24-year-old graduate student. The person was thin, and tall, but not as tall as Harman, who is six feet. He had a sweater with an emblem on the front, was wearing a hat, and something about his nose was remarkable. In federal court in Boston Wednesday, a visibly nervous Harman saw that man again: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston Marathon bomber. Harman pointed and declared, “That’s him, he has a blue shirt on.”...

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Hear the Chilling Audio From an Islamic State Terror Suspect Captured in the U.S.

By: Zach Noble The Islamic State’s supporters have a message for America: They’re in your country, in your state, ready to wage jihad on American soil. One Islamic State supporter, Christopher Cornell, called three times from jail to make sure that message was heard in an unexpected interview with WXIX-TV. The 20-year-old Cornell, who refers to himself as Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, was arrested as part of an undercover FBI investigation in January after he bought two rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition for a planned attack on the U.S. Capitol, authorities said. The Ohio man is being held at the Boone County Jail in Kentucky, and on Thursday he got in touch with WXIX reporter Tricia Macke after calling the television station three times from his cell. What Cornell said in the interview was so blunt and disturbing, his attorney tried to get a judge to prevent WXIX from airing the...

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MEMRI TV, Egyptian Muslim Cleric, "Boston Bombs A Message" (Supporters Of Terrorism)

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ISIS goes global

By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst (CNN)In the past eight months, ISIS has seeded itself in some dozen countries around the globe. Indicative of this was the announcement on Saturday that the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram had pledged its "allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims," ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The global spread of ISIS raises key questions about whether these new affiliates signal an intensification of the threat of terror. It also has important implications for the debate in Congress over Obama's request for a new authorization to fight ISIS. Lt. Col. Michael Waltz, a U.S. Special Forces reserve officer who has just returned to the States after advising the Nigerian Ministry of Defence in its fight against Boko Haram, told me, "So far the pledge (to ISIS) seems to be legit." Waltz says there is some debate about the timing of the pledge, because Boko...

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Ohio Muslim says he would have shot Obama, attacked Israeli embassy

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BY ROBERT SPENCER An earlier Associated Press story says that he “wanted to be addressed by his Muslim name, Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, and to have access to a prayer mat and a clock in jail so he could continue his religious practices.” But the headline of this one calls him Christopher Lee Cornell, in keeping with the constant mainstream media practice of minimizing and downplaying the Islamic character of Islamic jihad terrorism. Note also that in this story he also says that “support of the Islamic State group is widespread. ‘We’re here in Ohio, we’re in every state,’ he said. ‘We’re more organized than you think.'” This is because mainstream analysts are too busy denying that the Islamic State is Islamic to study why it has so much appeal among young Muslims in the West. “Christopher Lee Cornell, Ohio Terrorism Suspect, Says He Would Have Shot Obama,” by Lisa Cornwall and...

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ISIS Chemical Weapons Libya: Military Warns Islamic State Might Have Mustard Gas, Sarin

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By Cristina Silva   Islamic State fighters in Libya allegedly have seized large amounts of chemical weapons, including mustard gas and the nerve agent Sarin, the Libyan military charged. “Unfortunately [chemical weapons] exist in locations known to the militias, who have seized large amounts of them to use in their war against the [Libyan] army,” a Libyan military official told the London daily Asharq al-Awsat. ISIS fighters near Tripoli have begun testing the weapons that reportedly once belonged to the former regime of Moammar Gadhafi. “Before his death, Gadhafi left approximately 1,000 cubic tons worth of material used for manufacturing chemical weapons and about 20,000 cubic tons of mustard gas,” the military official said. The weapons are likely 10 years old and in a degraded state, but remain dangerous, former British Army officer Hamish de Bretton-Gordon told The Daily Mail Sunday. "While we don’t know how much IS has acquired, and...

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Mall Terror: Lone Wolf Threat Is Real, Say Officials


BY TOM WINTER AND ROBERT WINDREM ficials say publicly there is no "credible threat" of an attack on America's shopping malls, despite an on-line "call to action" by terror group al Shabab -- but behind the scenes authorities are taking the threat seriously, because previous calls to action have been heeded by violent "lone wolves." Last October a soldier was shot and killed in Ottawa just steps from Parliament in what Canadian officials called a terrorist act. The FBI says a bloody hatchet attack on NYPD officers the same month was also terrorism. Both attacks came after ISIS urged lone offenders in the West to attack "soldiers, patrons and troops" and members of law enforcement. "Calls to action are a way a terrorist group like al Shabab can project itself without expending resources," said a U.S. counterterrorism official. "It's a way to awaken and embolden those who may not be in...

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