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Terrorist Prisoners 'Study Psychology To Fool Rehab Professionals'

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The National Terrorist Prisoners 'Study Psychology To Fool Rehab Professionals' by Nicky Harley Terrorist prisoners across Europe, such as London Bridge attacker Usman Khan, are hiding in plain sight and deceiving deradicalisation professionals, a study has found.The Counter Extremism Project think tank is calling for “significant improvements” in rehabilitation schemes after it found some terrorists were studying psychology to bluff professionals into believing they no longer pose a threat.In its study released on Tuesday, the think tank makes 13 recommendations for dealing with extremist prisoners, including the use of lie detectors, and is calling on European nations to follow the UK in ending automatic early release for prisoners convicted of terrorism.It advises that extremists should have limited contact with each other in prison to avoid them exploiting the system.Report author, Ian Acheson, recommends creating a unified team with permanent overall responsibility for offenders to prevent dangerous extremists from "falling through the...

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Terrorism Charges Laid Against 45 People Accused Of Trying To Infect Others With COVID-19

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National Post Terrorism Charges Laid Against 45 People Accused Of Trying To Infect Others With COVID-19 If convicted, the 45 people in New Jersey face up to 10 years in prison by Devika Desai Nearly four dozen people in New Jersey have been hit with terrorism charges as part of the state’s campaign to criminalize threats of COVID-19 transmission. If convicted, the 45 people could each face up to 10 years of prison time and a $150,000 fine, in what defence attorneys of the accused have called a “miscarriage of justice” targeting the poorest and most vulnerable residents of the state. Denise Lewis, 28, told the Guardian she had been arrested while walking on the streets in April 2020, with warrants related to failure to pay traffic tickets and an incident in which she had “escaped” from a police vehicle.She had been a witness to a fight but left the back...

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European Union To Train Mozambican Military To Fight Terrorism

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  Bloomberg European Union To Train Mozambican Military To Fight Terrorismby Borges NhamirreThe European Union will train around 2,000 Mozambican naval and special forces to help fight an Islamic State-linked insurgency that’s left more than 3,400 people dead and halted Africa’s biggest private investment yet. Mozambique, one of the world’s poorest countries, is desperately trying to end a four-year insurgency in gas-rich northern province Cabo Delgado province, which threatens to derail its ambitions to become one of the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas exporters. In April, TotalEnergies SE suspended work on its $20 billion LNG project due to an escalation of violence in the region. The two-year training mission that began Wednesday aims to create a quick-reaction force specialized in counter-terrorism, said Antonio Sánchez-Benedito Gaspar, the head of the EU mission in Mozambique. It will comply with international humanitarian law and human rights while protecting the population, he said. “We will...

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ISIS Branch Releases Video Of 12-Year-Old Executing Nigerian Soldiers

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Washington Examiner ISIS Branch Releases Video Of 12-Year-Old Executing Nigerian Soldiers by Christopher Hutton A branch of the Islamic State has reportedly released footage of a 12-year-old executing two Nigerian soldiers.The terrorist group released footage of a 12-year-old member of the Islamic State in West Africa Province killing two Nigerian soldiers in a video titled "Makers of Epic Battles." Tomasz Rolbiecki , a researcher of ISIS and its worldwide tactics, noted that the 17-minute-long video depicts the attacks from ISWAP's spring campaign, which erupted in northern Borno and Yobe, two states in Nigeria. "There are no words to describe how awful it is," tweeted Rolbiecki.Large portions of the execution footage has been published in previous photo reports, though not the video in its entirety.The footage also revealed additional details about the organization's growing weapon supply — the video confirmed that ISWAP had acquired a Mowag Piranha APC . Full story https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/isis-12-year-old-execution-nigerian-soldiers-iswap

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Jihadi Networks Are More Resilient Than We Think

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  Foreign Policy Jihadi Networks Are More Resilient Than We Think The world may be distracted by other threats, but jihadis aren’t going away anytime soon. By Daniel Byman With the departure of U.S. troops from Afghanistan this August, the post-9/11 era seems to be ending. Challenges such as climate change, a bellicose China, and the crisis of liberal institutions have crowded out jihadi terrorism as the primary American foreign-policy concern. Even in the narrow counterterrorism realm, white supremacist violence and anti-government extremism are the flavors of the day, and the occasional jihadi attack doesn’t seem to change things.Yet a new book provides a stark reminder of the persistence of terrorist networks despite over 20 years of relentless counterterrorism. In Western Jihadism: A Thirty Year History, Jytte Klausen, a professor at Brandeis University and a highly respected scholar of terrorism, traces the origins of al Qaeda and the broader jihadi movement,...

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Left Behind After U.S. Withdrawal, Some Former Afghan Spies And Soldiers Turn To ISIS Cell

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The Wall Street Journal Left Behind After U.S. Withdrawal, Some Former Afghan Spies And Soldiers Turn To Islamic State By Yaroslav Trofimov Some former members of Afghanistan’s U.S.-trained intelligence service and elite military units—now abandoned by their American patrons and hunted by the Taliban—have enlisted in the only force currently challenging the country’s new rulers: Islamic State. The number of defectors joining the terrorist group is relatively small, but growing, according to Taliban leaders, former Afghan republic security officials and people who know the defectors. Importantly, these new recruits bring to Islamic State critical expertise in intelligence-gathering and warfare techniques, potentially strengthening the extremist organization’s ability to contest Taliban supremacy. An Afghan national army officer who commanded the military’s weapons and ammunition depot in Gardez, the capital of southeastern Paktia province, joined the extremist group’s regional affiliate, Islamic State-Khorasan Province, and was killed a week ago in a clash with Taliban...

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Nigerian Army Says Islamic State West Africa's New Leader Killed In Military Operation

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Reuters Nigerian Army Says Islamic State West Africa's New Leader Killed In Military Operation ABUJA, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Nigeria's army said on Thursday it had killed the new leader of insurgent group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in a military operation this month, two weeks after announcing the death of the group's former head Abu Musab al-Barnawi.ISWAP is an offshoot of the Boko Haram insurgent group that has been fighting against the Nigerian armed forces for over a decade. The two militant groups later turned on each other.The conflict, which has spilled into neighbouring Chad and Cameroon, has left about 300,000 dead and millions dependent on aid, the United Nations says.Army spokesman Brigadier Benard Onyuko said in a statement that Nigerian troops had conducted several land and air raids on suspected insurgent locations, during which ISWAP's new leader, Malam Bako, was killed."In the course of the operations within the...

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Miami Man Pleads Guilty To Trying To Aid ISIS With Pipe Bomb-Making Instructions

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Miami Herald Miami Man Pleads Guilty To Trying To Aid ISIS With Pipe Bomb-Making Instructions By Jay Weaver A Miami man who posted pipe bomb instructions on the internet for people he believed to be followers of an Islamic terrorist group faces up to 15 years in prison, U.S. authorities said Monday. Samuel Baptiste, 29, pleaded guilty Friday to attempting to provide material support to terrorists, namely ISIS in the Middle East. Baptiste reached a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and avoided a potential sentence of up to 115 years if he had been convicted at trial of six terrorism-related changes, including distributing information on how to make explosives. According to court records, Baptiste attempted to provide material support to ISIS in late 2016 by posting information on the internet with links to information about explosive devices, including a bomb-making manual. Federal prosecutors say Baptiste posted and distributed online...

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Pakistan Using Informal Intelligence Channels To Prop Up Taliban Fight Against ISIS

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The Washington Post Pakistan Using Informal Intelligence Channels To Prop Up Taliban Fight Against ISIS By Susannah George, Joby Warrick and Karen DeYoung KABUL — As the Islamic State-Khorasan is ramping up attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan is using a network of informal channels to feed intelligence and technical support to the Taliban to combat the threat, according to two Taliban leaders.Pakistan is passing the group raw information as well as helping it monitor phone and Internet communication to identify Islamic State members and operational hubs, according to a senior Taliban leader who, along with a Taliban commander and others in this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.A Pakistani official described the communication between the two sides as informal discussions, rather than an established intelligence-sharing partnership.Pakistan appears to be one of the few foreign governments directly aiding the Taliban in the Islamic...

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Sailors didn't know what to do in USS Bonhomme Richard fire, Navy probe finds

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The Hill Sailors didn't know what to do in USS Bonhomme Richard fire, Navy probe finds By Ellen Mitchell When a fire broke out aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard in July 2020, its sailors did not know how to react and its leaders didn't take control, a Navy investigation found.The 400-page report, officially released on Wednesday, found that 36 individuals, including the ship's commander and five admirals, were responsible for numerous errors and breakdowns that followed after the vessel was purposely set on fire while it sat pier-side in San Diego.“Although the fire was started by an act of arson, the ship was lost due to an inability to extinguish the fire,” the report said.Once the blaze started, “the response effort was placed in the hands of inadequately trained and drilled personnel from a disparate set of uncoordinated organizations that had not fully exercised together and were unfamiliar...

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China appears to have combined orbiting nukes with long-range gliders

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What is China’s new hypersonic glide vehicle? The country appears to have combined orbiting nukes with long-range gliders IN AUGUST a Chinese “Long March” rocket streaked into space. That is hardly unusual; there were nearly three dozen such launches last year. But having begun to orbit the Earth, the rocket’s payload then swung back down, glided through the upper atmosphere and crashed into the ground, missing a target by about 40km. According to the Financial Times, which first reported the news, this was a test of a new, nuclear-capable hypersonic glide vehicle. China has insisted that it merely conducted a “routine test of a space vehicle to verify technology of spacecraft's reusability”. Yet the demonstration reportedly stunned American officials. “We have no idea how they did this,” one of them told the newspaper. What are hypersonic gliders and why do they matter?Conventional intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) follow a parabolic trajectory, like...

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U.K. Politician’s Murder Puts Focus on Anti-Terrorism Program

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Bloomberg U.K. Politician’s Murder Puts Focus on Anti-Terrorism Program By Irene Garcia Perez and Kitty Donaldson The murder of a U.K. lawmaker has focused attention on “Prevent,” a program designed to identify people at risk of becoming radicalized, as well as on how to combat “corrosive” online discourse.U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel said Sunday the counter-terrorism program is undergoing an independent review. The suspect in the deadly stabbing of Conservative MP David Amess had reportedly been referred to “Prevent” several years ago -- as had at least two others in the past few years who went on to commit violent or deadly acts.    “It’s timely to do that, we have to learn, not just from incidents that have taken place, but how we can strengthen our programs,” Patel said on Sky News’s “Trevor Philipps Show.” The suspect in custody was identified by a U.K. government official as Ali Harbi Ali, a...

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Bow-and-Arrow Attack in Norway Treated As Apparent Terrorist Attack

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  The New York Times Bow-and-Arrow Attack in Norway Treated As Apparent Terrorist Attack The police said that they had previously contacted the suspect, a 37-year-old Danish citizen who is believed to have killed five people, over concerns that he had been radicalized. By Henrik Pryser Libell and Marc Santora A 37-year-old man was charged on Thursday in connection with a bow-and-arrow rampage in a small town in Norway that killed five people and wounded three others, in what the authorities said was an apparent act of terrorism.In a statement, the police identified the suspect as Espen Andersen Brathen. The Norwegian security agency, known by its acronym, PST, said investigators were still trying to determine what motivated the attacker to carry out his grisly assault in the town of Kongsberg, about 50 miles southwest of Oslo.The statement said that Mr. Brathren had been apprehended in  Kongsberg.Earlier, the regional police chief said...

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UK trustees 'recklessly sent cash to charity linked to Al Qaeda'

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  The National UK trustees 'recklessly sent cash to charity linked to Al Qaeda' by Nicky Harley Five trustees of Syria and Gaza relief group Human Aid mismanaged cash sent abroad to a charity linked to Al Qaeda, a UK watchdog has found.The Charity Commission has described the trustees as "reckless" after the aid group sent more than £250,000 to a Turkish non-profit organisation, which UK police say had links to Al Qaeda.In its report, the Commission laid out its concerns about the group it referred to as "NPO".“The Commission’s concerns in relation to the NPO followed a disclosure to the Commission, from the police, which stated in its assessment the NPO was being used to provide support to Al-Qaeda aligned individuals in Syria,” it said.However the body upgraded its investigation to a statutory inquiry after UK counterterrorism police seized $9,774 and £9,200 in cash from Human Aid officials at Heathrow...

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Student taken into custody hours after Texas school shooting

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Student taken into custody hours after Texas school shooting By JAMIE STENGLE and JILL BLEED ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — An 18-year-old student opened fire during a fight at his Dallas-area high school on Wednesday, injuring four people and then fleeing before being taken into custody hours later, authorities said.Timothy George Simpkins was taken into custody without incident, the Arlington Police Department tweeted. He was booked in the Arlington jail on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was being held on $75,000 bail.One person was in critical condition, another was in good condition and a third person was treated for minor abrasions and was scheduled to be released from the hospital later Wednesday, police said. A fourth person was hurt but did not require treatment at a hospital. Police said earlier that three of the four injured were students.The shooting at Timberview High School, which is in Arlington...

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Opposition Group: Iran Smuggling High-Tech Drones To Militant Allies

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The Washington Times Iran Smuggling High-Tech Drones To Militant Allies, Opposition Group Says  By Guy Taylor Iran’s theocratic regime has ramped up its drone manufacturing operation in recent years and is now smuggling an increasingly sophisticated slate of the weaponized remote control aircraft to allied militant groups around the Middle East, according to intelligence gathered by a leading Iranian dissident group.The Iranian military’s embrace of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has given Tehran an expanding edge in asymmetric warfare across the region while U.S. sanctions have otherwise crippled the capabilities of its conventional air forces, the National Council of Resistance of Iran said Wednesday.The dissident group gave a presentation to journalists at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, revealing what it characterized as “newly disclosed information” about the scope and nature of the Iranian program, including a matrix of eight drone development complexes. “The UAV program of the Iranian regime is...

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Nigeria: Troops Repel Attack On Repentant Terrorist Camp

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Premium Times Nigeria: Troops Repel Attack On Repentant Terrorist Camp - Army The army says the terrorists made attempt to access the camp in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State but were resisted by superior gun power. by Nasir Ayitogo    Troops of Operation Hadin Kai have foiled an attack by members of the Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) on a camp housing repentant members of Boko Haram.Spokesperson of the Army, Onyema Nwachukwu, made this known in a statement on Sunday.According to him, the terrorists made attempt to access the camp in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State but were resisted by superior gun power.The attack is coming on the heels of reported massive surrendering by members of the terrorist group.Thousands of terrorists alongside their family members have recently repented and handed over themselves to authorities.President Muhammudu Buhari had , on Friday, during a nationwide address commemorating Nigeria’s 61st anniversary,...

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For Years, The Voice Behind ISIS Propaganda Was A Mystery. Now A Canadian Faces Criminal Charges.

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The Washington Post For Years, The Voice Behind ISIS Propaganda Was A Mystery. Now A Canadian Faces Criminal Charges. By Rachel WeinerA Canadian who U.S. prosecutors allege is behind influential English-language propaganda videos for the Islamic State has been brought to Virginia to be prosecuted.Mohammed Khalifa, 38, was captured by Kurdish forces in Syria in 2019. At that point, according to prosecutors, he had been with the Islamic State for six years. He started as a fighter, according to court documents, before becoming involved in the translation and dissemination of English-language propaganda.He ultimately led ISIS’s English-language media arm, prosecutors allege, whose output included videos, audio statements and an online magazine. Prosecutors say Khalifa narrated over a dozen ISIS recruitment videos, including two of the group’s most influential efforts at luring Westerners: “Flames of War: Fighting Has Just Begun,” in 2014, and “Flames of War II: Until the Final Hour,” in 2017....

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New Zealand Tightens Terror Law After Recent IS-Linked Attack

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Reuters New Zealand Tightens Terror Law After Recent IS-Linked Attack By Colin Packham Sept 30 (Reuters) - New Zealand passed a new security law on Thursday that outlaws preparations for terror attacks, closing a loophole exposed after seven people were stabbed and wounded this month in a supermarket in the most populous city of Auckland.Amid heightened fears of "lone wolf" terror attacks, New Zealand has worked to beef up its laws, but rushed the new law through parliament after the Auckland attack, unleashed by an assailant authorities said had been inspired by Islamic State. "The nature of terrorism has changed," Justice Minister Kris Faafoi said in an email. "Across the world there are more lone actors, rather than larger organised groups."The measure pulls New Zealand's security laws in line with most other countries, he added.It gives police the power of entry, search and surveillance without warrants in their efforts to prevent...

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Bombs, Bodies And Islamic State Propaganda Shock Paris Terror Trial

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RFI Bombs, Bodies And Islamic State Propaganda Shock Paris Terror Trial The third week of the trial of those accused of involvement in the November 2015 massacre of 130 people in Paris came to an end with three very different reports from expert witnesses. The themes were DNA, explosions and Islamic State propaganda.A police officer showed the court how to make a bomb.It's not difficult, all the ingredients and equipment are easily available. "Anyone can do it," the tribunal was told. That information was greeted with nervous laughter.It is extremely risky. So risky, in fact, that the experts at the French police explosives lab have done very little research into TATP or triacetone triperoxide, the explosive used by the November 2015 killers. It is simply too dangerous.The police bomb squad systematically refuse to transport any object suspected of containing TATP, preferring to neutralise the notoriously unstable mixture on the spot. The...

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