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Along Afghanistan’s ‘Highway Of Death,’ The Bombs Are Gone But Suffering Has Deepened

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The Washington Post Along Afghanistan’s ‘Highway Of Death,’ The Bombs Are Gone But Suffering Has Deepened By Sudarsan Raghavan and Lorenzo Tugnoli Flowing from the capital, the highway begins without promise, a long, curving scar stretching across the navel of Afghanistan. Potholes. Ruts. A bridge destroyed in an airstrike, still unfixed. Visible symbols of two decades of war, corruption, and neglect along the artery that connects the nation’s two largest cities, Kabul and Kandahar. The conflict is over, at least as it was known for the past 20 years: airstrikes, night raids, ambushes, roadside bombs, a grass-roots insurgency that outmaneuvered the world’s most powerful army and its proxies.Taliban fighters, whose attacks burnished this road’s reputation as “the highway of death,” are again Afghanistan’s rulers. The Americans have left, but peace remains elusive. There are fresh enemies, fresh challenges. Hundreds of Afghans have been killed by suicide-bombings and other attacks since the takeover....

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Sutherland man arrested on Christmas Eve over alleged terror attack plans

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The Sydney Morning Herald Sutherland man arrested on Christmas Eve over alleged terror attack plansBy Sally Rawsthorne Counter-terror police say that alleged aspiring jihadist Daniel Greenfield was allegedly well into planning a terror attack when they arrested him in Sutherland on Christmas Eve.The 34-year-old had planned to attack police officers, government officials and other Muslims that he deemed insufficiently devout, Detective Superintendent Michael Sheehy told reporters on Friday morning. "This individual is [allegedly] posting a significant amount of material about bombings and manufacturing explosives,” Det Supt Sheehy said. “We will suggest he was planning to commit a terrorist attack that would be an act of violence against law enforcement. “We are at the point where through the potential rapid escalation we needed to act now to ensure the safety of the community.” Police raided Mr Greenfield’s home on the Kingsway on Friday, arresting him as he left his house early in...

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Border Patrol Catch Potential Saudi Terrorist Entering Arizona Illegally From Mexico

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Border Patrol Catch Potential Saudi Terrorist Entering Arizona Illegally From Mexico By TrishIntel.Com Staff The Center Square) – A Saudi Arabian man described by a U.S. Border Patrol chief as a “potential terrorist” was apprehended attempting to enter the U.S. illegally near Yuma, Arizona. He was apprehended wearing a New York county ambulance jacket.Yuma Sector Chief Border Patrol Agent Chris Clem announced the apprehension on Twitter with an accompanying blurred photo of the man.“Yuma Sector agents apprehended a potential terrorist who illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico Thursday night,” Clem wrote. “The 21-year-old migrant from Saudi Arabia is linked to several Yemeni subjects of interest.” Border Patrol hasn’t released any more details about the “Yemeni subjects of interest.” The Saudi national will be processed for an expedited removal from the U.S., per federal immigration law. Full story https://trishintel.com/border-patrol-catch-potential-saudi-terrorist-entering-arizona-illegally-from-mexico/

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Terrorist Groups Attempting Wave Of Violence, Bennett Warns

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The Jerusalem Post Terrorist Groups Attempting Wave Of Violence, Bennett Warns Palestinian terrorists have carried out several attacks in Jerusalem and West Bank in recent weeks. By LAHAV HARKOV Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned of attempts to spark a wave of terrorism in the West Bank, following the capture Sunday morning of four Palestinian terrorists responsible for killing Yehuda Dimentman, 25, and wounding two other yeshiva students on Thursday. “We have witnessed in recent weeks attempts by terrorist organizations to rear their head in Judea and Samaria,” Bennett said at the opening of Sunday’s cabinet meeting. “At the same time, there are terrorist attacks by lone actors, inspired by the regular incitement that may change its platform – in the past it was Facebook and now it’s TikTok – but the incitement is the same incitement.” The IDF, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), and all other security forces are prepared, he...

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Indonesia's Anti-Terror Squad Arrests 4 Suspected Terrorists Planning Attacks During Christmas And New Year

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The Straits Times Indonesia's Anti-Terror Squad Arrests 4 Suspected Terrorists Planning Attacks During Christmas And New Year JAKARTA (XINHUA) - The Indonesian Police's anti-terror squad Densus 88 on Monday (Dec 13) arrested four suspected terrorists in the cities of Palembang and Lubuklinggau, in South Sumatra province, a police officer said.They are allegedly linked to the outlawed Jamaah Islamiyah (JI) militant group and are suspected of planning several attacks during Christmas and New Year holidays, the South Sumatra Police's spokesman Senior Commissioner Supriadi told a press conference on Monday.He said that the police had watched the four suspects for four months before arresting them. They are now detained for further investigation.Following the arrest, Supriadi said the police would strengthen security during the holidays, particularly at places of worship, urging people to immediately report to the police if they find something suspicious.JI, an affiliate of Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda, was behind some of...

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U.S.-Trained Somali Commandos Suspend Fight Against Islamic State

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The Wall Street Journal Caught In A Political Crossfire, U.S.-Trained Somali Commandos Suspend Fight Against Islamic State With American forces gone, a skirmish breaks out over one of Somalia’s elite counterterrorism units By Michael M. Philips NAIROBI—A Somali commando unit trained by Central Intelligence Agency operatives and U.S. Navy SEALs has become so entangled in local political power struggles that it has ceased operations against the Islamist militants it was created to fight.Until last year, the 600-strong Puntland Security Force had reported directly to U.S. forces and was largely independent of Somali government control. But now the unit, the main force combating Islamic State’s Somali affiliate, ISIS-Somalia, has abandoned the front lines and returned to its headquarters in the northeastern port of Bosaso, overlooking the Gulf of Aden, according to U.S. officials and Somalis familiar with the situation. The troops have dug defensive positions around their headquarters building in a standoff...

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‘Officer Down’: Small Towns Shocked by Surge in Ambush Cop Killings

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EPOCH Times ‘Officer Down’: Small Towns Shocked by Surge in Ambush Cop Killings Families, colleagues in Louisiana, Georgia, and Virginia open up in wake of heart-wrenching losses By Steven Kovac DOYLINE, La.—“Crinkle-cut fries are better than curly fries.”And with that, Officer Billy Collins got the last word in on a long-running household controversy.The joke was the last thing 17-year-old Danielle Collins heard from her father as she left the house to pick up the family’s dinner.A far different domestic dispute was unfolding at a nearby residence at that very moment.“At 5:45 p.m., we got the call that a suicidal guy with a gun was arguing with his wife and had fired a shot in the air,” Sgt. Coby Barton of the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office said. “Billy got there three minutes before I did. The location was just 250 yards from his house.”The scene was in the 400 block of Green...

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Three Children Hurt in Waukesha Parade Massacre Still Hospitalized

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WHBL Three Children Hurt in Waukesha Parade Massacre Still Hospitalized By Rob Sussman MILWAUKEE, WI (WRN) — Three children injured in the Waukesha Christmas Parade Massacre remain hospitalized at Children’s Hospital Wisconsin.They’re listed in “fair condition.” according to a Tuesday update from the hospital. That update also said two other kids were released last week to continue recovering at home.Sixteen kids including three sets of siblings, were admitted to Children’s November 21 after Darrell Brooks Jr. allegedly plowed into the parade behind the wheel of an SUV. Eight-year-old Jordan Sparks died two days later. Five adults also died, dozens more were injured.   Full story https://whbl.com/2021/12/07/three-children-hurt-in-waukesha-parade-massacre-still-hospitalized/

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Incitement Behind Rise In Palestinian Terror Attacks

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  The Jerusalem Post Incitement Behind Rise In Palestinian Terror Attacks Hamas and PIJ say they are working to ignite a new intifada against Israel, especially in Jerusalem and the West Bank. By KHALED ABU TOAMEH It’s hard to point to a specific reason for the latest wave of terrorist attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. What is certain, however, is that the attacks are the result of the ongoing and increasing incitement against Israel by Palestinian officials, factions and media outlets. The attacks are also the result of calls by Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and other Gaza-based groups for stepping up the “resistance” against Israel. Hamas and PIJ say they are working to ignite a new intifada (uprising) against Israel, especially in Jerusalem and the West Bank. They want to take the fight against Israel to the streets of Jerusalem and the West Bank, while keeping the situation...

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CENTCOM Confirms Drone Strike Targeted Al-Qaeda Leader In Syria

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Fox News CENTCOM Confirms Drone Strike Targeted Al-Qaeda Leader In Syria CENTCOM says civilian casualties are a possibility By Andrew Mark MillerThe United States military conducted a drone strike in Syria targeting a senior al-Qaeda leader and planner, a CENTCOM spokesperson says."U.S. forces conducted a kinetic strike near Idlib, Syria, December 3, targeting a senior al-Qaeda leader and planner," CENTCOM spokesperson Captain Bill Urban told Fox News Digital in a statement. "The strike was conducted using a precision strike method from MQ-9 aircraft." Urban added that an "initial review of this strike indicates the potential for possible civilian casualties.""We abhor the loss of innocent life and take all possible measures to prevent them. The possibility of a civilian casualty was immediately self-reported to U.S. Central Command. We are initiating a full investigation of the allegations and will release the results when appropriate," Urban added. CENTCOM says it will reveal the results...

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SDF Releases 853 ‘Non-Violent’ ISIS Detainees

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  Kurdistan 24 SDF Releases 853 ‘Non-Violent’ ISIS Detainees: RIC "According to local sources, this batch is set to be the first of many, as the AANES attempts to relieve its overcrowded camps & prisons of non-violent ISIS detainees." ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that it has released 853 “non-violent ISIS” detainees from prisons across the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) “in collaboration with local sheikhs, the Syria-based Rojava Information Center reported on Saturday.According to the center, approximately 80 percent of the released detainees were originally from Syria’s Arab-majority Deir al-Zor province. They were released “after thorough investigations proved they were not involved in violent acts as part of ISIS.”“According to local sources, this batch is set to be the first of many, as the AANES attempts to relieve its overcrowded camps & prisons of non-violent ISIS detainees,” the Rojava Information Center tweeted....

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Pentagon Report: Islamic State Down But Not Out In Syria And Iraq

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  Al Monitor Islamic State Down But Not Out In Syria And Iraq: Pentagon Report Also, Al-Monitor’s on-the-ground reporting on the security situations in Syria and Iraq, including the impact of the Turkish lira crisis on Idlib. Islamic State ‘entrenched as low-level insurgency’ The most recent report from the Pentagon’s Inspector General on Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led diplomatic and military operation against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, indicates that IS has weakened but remains a priority for US national security interests in the region. These quarterly reports provide the most comprehensive reporting and assessment of the US-led mission against IS and therefore deserve attention. Among the latest findings:   The report makes clear that the United States and its coalition partners remain essential to the continued success of the mission.The Iraq-Syria border remains an area of concern for IS activity.Economic hardship, the COVID-19 pandemic and a devastating drought,...

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Manchester Arena Inquiry: Mosque Failed To Act On Extremism

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  BBC NewsManchester Arena Inquiry: Mosque Failed To Act On Extremism, Families Say The mosque which the Manchester Arena bomber attended failed to adequately "challenge extremist ideology" in the years before the attack, the families of his victims have said.A former Didsbury Mosque imam has told the Manchester Arena Inquiry support for terror groups was preached there.In a statement, some of the bereaved said they were "dismayed" by the mosque's "failure to acknowledge this".A trustee has previously told the inquiry the mosque was "mainstream".On Tuesday, the chairman of the mosque's trustees, Fawaz Haffar, said encouraging any radicalisation would be "in contradiction of our charitable objects"."We are a mainstream mosque welcoming all Muslims, but we are in the middle of the road," he said.Twenty-two people were killed and hundreds more injured when Abedi detonated his homemade device at Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017.The inquiry has previously heard how his elder brother...

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SUV Crash Into Wisconsin Christmas Parade Is Latest Among Deadly Car-Ramming Incidents

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The Washington Post SUV Crash Into Wisconsin Christmas Parade Is Latest Among Deadly Car-Ramming Incidents By Annabelle TimsitPolice say that the driver of an SUV that plowed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis. Sunday, killing five people and wounding 48, did not appear to know anybody in the parade.At a news conference Monday afternoon, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said police are “confident” that the suspect, identified as Darrell E. Brooks Jr., 39, acted alone, and there is “no evidence this is a terrorist incident.” Car-ramming incidents have become all too familiar in the United States and around the world.They have an explicit endorsement from the Islamic State, for instance, as they are relatively simple and inexpensive to carry out — but can cause great harm if done in very crowded areas. They are also becoming a more prominent tool in attacks against protesters by far-right or far-left groups.Driver suspected...

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U.S. Blacklists 3 Leaders, Financial Facilitator For Afghan Affiliate Of Islamic State

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Reuters U.S. Blacklists 3 Leaders, Financial Facilitator For Afghan Affiliate Of Islamic State WASHINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on three leaders of Islamic State's Afghanistan branch and another man it accused of acting as a financial facilitator for the group, in a move that follows a series of attacks in Kabul claimed by the militant group.The State Department on Monday named the group's emir, Sanaullah Ghafari, spokesperson Sultan Aziz Azam and Kabul province leader Maulaw Rajab as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.The U.S. Treasury Department also blacklisted Ismatullah Khalozai, accusing him of operating a Turkey-based informal money-moving network, known as a hawala, to transfer funds to finance the Islamic State-Khorasan Province."Today's designation underscores the United States' determination to prevent ISIS-K and its members from exploiting the international financial system to support terrorist acts in Afghanistan and...

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5 dead, more than 40 injured after SUV plows into crowd at Christmas parade in Wisconsin

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5 dead, more than 40 injured after SUV plows into crowd at Christmas parade in Wisconsin Washington Post By Reis Thebault, Andrea Salcedo, Bryan Pietsch and Jennifer Hassan Five people were killed and more than 40 were injured after a driver in an SUV plowed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., on Sunday evening, officials said — a violent end to the otherwise festive scene where children were dancing in the street and a marching band played “Jingle Bells.”The toll of dead and injured could increase as more information is gathered, the Waukesha Police Department said early Monday.Authorities have recovered the driver’s vehicle and have taken one person into custody, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said at a news conference Sunday evening. Thompson, who said the investigation was still “very fluid” and that it was “unknown at this time whether the incident has any nexus to terrorism,” did not comment...

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UK Christmas Crowds Warned Of Increased Terror Threat From Emboldened Extremists

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The National UK Christmas Crowds Warned Of Increased Terror Threat From Emboldened Extremists Patrols by armed police will be increased and security plans for major events reviewed after Britain's terrorist threat level was raised following the Liverpool attack.Assistant Commissioner Matt Jukes, the head of UK counterterrorism policing, said the public will see an increased police presence in key locations and officers will boost their work online.The British public were also asked to remain alert during the Christmas period and report anything suspicious to the police.Speaking in Leicester Square in London’s West End on Wednesday, Mr Jukes told the PA news agency: “All across the country you will have seen plans for major events reviewed, you will see an increased armed policing presence in some key locations. “In places like London where we have dedicated counterterror patrols, they will be very focused.“You will see some more visible policing but, of course, also...

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UK Counter-Terrorism Police Arrest Three After Liverpool Car Blast

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Reuters UK Counter-Terrorism Police Arrest Three After Liverpool Car Blast LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Counter-terrorism officers arrested three men after a vehicle exploded outside a hospital in the northern English city of Liverpoolon Sunday,killing one person and wounding another, police said.A male passenger in the car was declared dead at the scene, while the male driver was injured and was in hospital in a stable condition, police said.Counter-terrorism officers said they were investigating the case with local police and that they were keeping an open mind as to what had happened.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his thoughts were with those people affected and interior minister Priti Patel said she was being kept regularly updated.Three men - aged 29, 26, and 21 - were detained in the Kensington area of the city and arrested under the Terrorism Act, police said in a statement. Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said police were...

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An ISIS Attack In Iraq Provokes Conflict Between Neighbors, Stirring Sectarian Violence

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The Washington Post An ISIS Attack In Iraq Provokes Conflict Between Neighbors, Stirring Sectarian Violence By Louisa Loveluck and Mustafa Salim MUQDADIYA, Iraq — The attack on the village of Rashad last month was unusual in recent Iraqi times for its cruelty.Islamic State gunmen opened fire on a group of seven young men — four cousins, three friends — as they smoked nargilah pipes on a warm evening, residents of the mostly Shiite Muslim village said. Then the militants waited in the dark until a rescue party arrived and turned the guns on them, too. Within hours, Shiite tribesmen had crossed the stream that separates Rashad from its Sunni Muslim neighbors and were going house to house. Families cowered in the foliage. An old man was shot in his bed. By midnight, at least nine more villagers were dead, and the sky burned red as fires ate up their homes. The initial...

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DHS Issues Fresh Warning Of Terrorism, Citing 'Diverse And Challenging Threat Environment'

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  USA Today DHS Issues Fresh Warning Of Terrorism, Citing 'Diverse And Challenging Threat Environment' by Kevin Johnson and Josh Meyer Federal authorities extended a national terror warning, citing a "challenging threat environment" in part related to the chaotic U.S. exit from Afghanistan where there are increasing concerns for the reconstitution of terror groups, including al Qaeda and ISIS.The new Department of Homeland Security bulletin, which takes effect today, builds on an alert issued in advance of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacksand the looming threat posed by domestic violent extremists as a busy holiday season approaches.In September, FBI Director Christopher Wray referred to the rising domestic terror threat, telling a Senate committee that domestic terror cases had more than doubled since early 2020.  "The Homeland continues to face a diverse and challenging threat environment as it approaches several religious holidays and associated mass gatherings that in the past...

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